Show and Tell: Sergey Safonov's Lunos

4:00 PM on 11.04.2011 // Brian Szabelski
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A long, long time ago, all the way back in April, we first brought you news about a little project by Sergey Safonovv called Luno the Moon Rover. Luno was a successful Kickstarter project that I donated to, and as a result of my donation, I eventually had a little box show up at my door. Inside that box was ... well, these two.

I've also been a fan of Sergey's previous works, mostly his Godot figures (which I don't own any of yet, but I'm working on fixing that) and I loved little Luno when I first saw him. So I figured now that I've had these for a while, I'd show them to you, Tomopop readers, because they're absolutely one of my favorite things to have come out in 2011.

Both Lunos came in white boxes with a little Luno sticker on the top. GAH, SO ADORABLE!

Each box also has an original character illustration on it from Sergey's sketchbook. They're also individually numbered (50 of the mini Lunos, 30 of the big Lunos). Getting this little bit of a surprise is fantastic, and it's sure better than just getting a blank box!

The inside flap has a thank you from Crazylabel, who made the Lunos for Sergey.

Also inside was a Luno pin! And a little note about a Flickr group to post your Luno photos to. Hmmm, I might have to do that this weekend ...

Here's the smaller Luno out of its box! It's a resin-cast piece that's got decent weight to it and lots of little details, like his eyebrows and the little wings on the side of his body. Why a moon rover needs wings, I dunno, but hey, I won't complain!

From behind, you can see that Luno's got a tiny little third wheel in the back, and even a little hatch and ladder for entry, just like his illustration! No real issues with the surface of Luno either. I just love how much Luno feels like a little children's book or family-friendly movie character come to life.

From the front, you can check out Luno's big grin! I really love the simple, clean and cheerful design that Sergey has put into Luno. He's so happy to be exploring!

Oh wait, he's missing something.

That's better! Luno's antenna comes separately and you have to kind of slide it into a little hole. With the little Luno, it went well.

The big Luno was a little bit more of a hassle. The hole was at the wrong angle and a little too small, and I ended up making the little hole a bit bigger trying to get it in. The good news was that I have it glued in place now and really, it's not even that noticeable once I cleaned things up a bit.

Big Luno has all the details of little Luno ... except bigger. He still looks as adorable, plus, big Luno has one other feature:

Yes, big Luno's wheels work! You can push him around a bit if you'd like, but I'd rather just keep him sitting nice and stable on my shelf. Don't want him to fall off and break now!

These two are an absolute joy to have in my collection. And more Lunos are on the way: Sergey is bringing new mini-Luno colorways to DesignerCon with him, and the remainders from DCon will be available in December from his shop. Everyone ought to have at least one little Luno somewhere for exploration fun, don;t you think?

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