Holiday Feature! O-No Sushi Giveaway- 12.18.09
Andy Bell is probably one of the awesomest people i’ve met in 2009 (yay, sdcc?) ~ and his red and blue sushi’s sit sadly in their boxes by my desk inspiring me daily. So you can only imagine how ridiculously giddy i’ve been photoshopping the behind the scenes pics for this feature where he gives us a look into not only how they came to be, but also a chance to giveaway one of the much coveted GREEN O-NO SUSHIs!!! Before they are even available (you can buy one in january, but you’d better be quick!)…
So if you’re ready ~ go see the making of feature as well as details on how to win one of these awesome little guys + some stickers too on the next page!
p.s. we got a sneak peek at the green ones at SDCC
MAKING OF DEAD ZEBRA INC’S O-NO SUSHI
Feature and photos by Andy Bell
Apparently when you have several hundred boxes that say “SUSHI” on them imported by a company named “DEAD ZEBRA, INC” they are more likely to be held at the port for additional inspection! But the second shipment of the red edition of O-No sushi figures is finally hitting shops this week. The green edition will be available in January 2010.
The idea for these little guys came from a print I did a few years back:
The original sculpt of the tentacle on the sushi was made using real rice! But (obviously) rice dries out and changes size/shape. By the time the master was cast, the prototype sculpt had become rough and jagged, not very appealing and certainly not at all like real sushi rice! We had to re-sculpt that accessory to “plump” out the rice!
The biggest challenge was getting sushi take-out style packaging made specifically for this project. The toy factory had never worked on something so off the wall package wise. We contacted several vendors who sell actual food-grade sushi trays, but either they were the wrong size, or the minimum order was in the tens of thousands. We ended up having to make a custom tray and cover set, which was recently revised on the new edition to fix a few small problems with the original. Getting the packaging I wanted added several months to production, and the factory begged me to do something more traditional, but for me the presentation was as important as the figure itself.
And here we have the final product! O-No Sushi ready in green. Available for purchase in January 2010, but you have a chance to win one early here on NOTCOT!
So if you’re ready for a chance to win a limited edition green O-NO Sushi before its release, leave a comment with what food is your guilty indulgence. You know the type… the thing you know you shouldn’t have any more of, but you just need one. more. bite. (or sip!) Last chance to enter will be Dec 25th (yes! christmas!)
Here’s a peek at the stickers that Andy’s included for you!