Medicom Toy Covers New BE@RBRICK in Utagawa Kuniyoshi's Artwork

A cat design that references the 53 train stations along a coastal route in Japan.

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After revamping a BE@RBRICK of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 from 2018’s Terminator: Dark Fate, Medicom Toy has returned with a new collectible utilizing the work of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Kuniyoshi was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting in the mid-1800s. His subjects ranged from landscapes and Kabuki actors to cats and mythical animals.

Offered in the company’s 100% and 400% sizes, the collectible is covered in Kuniyoshi’s Miyaukaikou Gojusan-biki, a work informed by dozens of cats in different poses. The print refers to the 53 train stations along the Tokaido, a coastal route that connected Edo to Kyoto in Japan during the Edo period. The name of each inn town from the route is transformed into the cats’ behavior. Each wood-colored BE@RBRICK — evoking the original Miyaukaikou Gojusan-biki woodblock print by Kuniyoshi — features the ukiyo-e style cat print in a wraparound design.

Medicom Toy’s Miyaukaikou Gojusan-biki BE@RBRICK is available now on 7net’s web store for ¥15,000 (approx. $140 USD).

For more BE@RBRICKs, Medicom Toy dropped a Mickey Mouse toy rendered in monochrome to reference a vintage version of the cartoon.

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