HAZARAI EXCLUSIVE: The Latest Tenacious Toys “Super Series Sunday” Is An Undisputed Heavyweight Champion!
Benny Kline is one tough guy to nail down, the personification of the word “tenacious.” Therefore, when the owner of the aptly named, Tenacious Toys, offered to take a few minutes out of his 80-hour work week to sit down with us and show off the latest gem in his Super Series Sundays program we no doubt jumped at the opportunity. For those not familiar, Tenacious Toys’ Super Series Sunday is an exclusive weekly event featuring a new release of a resin or custom figure by an artist handpicked by Benny himself.
This week’s edition is a definite crowd pleaser, SumoTrooper, a 3″ sumo wrestler/stormtrooper cast from blue tinted resin. “That’s pretty f’en cool” we offer up almost reflexively when Benny shows us a picture of it, after all, what isn’t to love about mashing up Japanese culture with an homage to Star Wars? “It is, right?” Benny agrees, “but you know what’s really cool…exclusives – let me see if I can hook you up with one.” And just like that he’s on the phone with SumoTrooper creator, the uber talented multi-discipline artist, Kris Dulfer (and to imagine, we thought we hit the jackpot when Benny simply opened a Tenacious Toys store on HAZARAI).
For those not familiar with Kris Dulfer’s work, he’s a self-taught craftsman, a beyond obsessive perfectionist when it comes to his work, and a self-described “Culture Jammer” (more on this in our profile of Kris coming soon to the HAZARAI blog). He credits his inspiration for SumoTrooper as coming partially from Scott Kinnebrew‘s badass Buddha Fett, partially from a few stormtrooper helmets he had lying around, and partially from a handful of sumo wrestler toys that his father stumbled across at a dollar store, and figured Kris could find something to do with them. The original plan was to produce just 25 pieces in a limited edition set sold in blind boxes: 15 blue, 5 glow-in-the-dark chase pieces, and 5 hand-painted chase pieces – along with a randomly placed “golden ticket” in one of the boxes redeemable for a special golden SumoTrooper, (more teaser images are available by our friends over at TOYSREVIL), however, as a favor to Benny, Kris agreed to produce another 15 pieces in red and make them only available for purchase in his KiD iNk iNDUSTRIES HAZARAI store this Super Sunday, 3/31. As if it couldn’t get even better, he’s also including a “golden ticket” in one of the red exclusives too.
SumoTrooper drops this Sunday, March 31st at 4pm EST, and is the first in what hopes to be a long line of fresh creations by Kris Dulfer that we’ll be featuring on HAZARAI. Like we said, there’s only a limited amount of them being cast, so make sure to grab your red one on HAZARAI this Sunday (3/31) @ 4pm EST, and the rest on Tenacious Toys’ website then too.
Our very special thanks to Benny Kline for allowing us to be part of his Super Series Sundays (not to mention scoring us the exclusive).
Tenacious Toys is an internet-only store based in NYC committed to broadening the reach and recognition of independent creators in the growing art toy community. For more about Tenacious Toys owner, Benny Kline, check out both parts 1 & 2 of his interview with TOYSREVIL‘s Andy Heng.