Kubo and the Two Strings (see our review) is a stop motion animated feature from Laika, the studio behind Coraline and Corpse Bride. Laika is the industry gold standard when it comes to stop motion animation, and they really pushed the envelope with their latest feature.
AND they decided to grace us with this uber exclusive Kubo and the Two Strings figurine! There are only 15 of them residing in Singapore, and a total of 1,200 worldwide.
From the moment I took it out of the brown packaging box, I could tell that Laika goes to great lengths to craft a memorable experience for their audiences.
The box is essentially a large slipcase with tags on the sides to slide the sleeves apart to reveal a silhouette of Kubo holding his sword up high.
There is an LED light at the back that is triggered when the sleeves are open to cast a shadow on the screen. I can’t remember the last time I felt so engrossed in the process of unboxing a figurine.
The screen then slides up to reveal a statue of Kubo with such detail that it looks like it could easily have been one of the models that they used for the stop-motion production.
Almost every aspect of the figurine is loaded with detail. The tsuba (guard) of Kubo’s sword is immaculately sculpted, and even the strings on his shamisen (three-stringed lute) are stitched into the body.
I’ve encountered other figurines where the entire shamisen is sculpted as one solid piece, rather than having individual strings laced into the spine. This is a very nice touch that other figurine makers tend to gloss over.
In a drawer just below the figurine (I love that there is so much hidden stuff) is a gorgeous art book and a certificate of authenticity.
Many thanks to UIP Singapore, for giving us the opportunity to check out this amazing sculpture. Kubo and the Two Strings is playing in Singapore now.