Tomopop Review: Vinyl Cavey


Not so snuggly, but just as cute

Cavey has been a frequent visitor to the front page of Tomopop, in no small part due to my love of the design. The guinea pig-inspired plushes from A Little Stranger have been among my favorites for quite some time, in part because I'm a former guinea pig owner and I love the little critters. But with the release of vinyl Cavey, I had a thought or two in the back of my head: how would it be as a smaller vinyl figure? Could the charm of plush Cavey easily translate to a new medium?

I ended up purchasing one of the vinyl Caveys, and I thought that since I had the little critter here, why not try to answer my own question? Come on after the jump, and we'll see if the vinyl Cavey is as good as its plush sibling.

Figure Name: Vinyl Cavey
Figure Maker: Cavey (Holly Stanway) and Unbox Industries
Retail Price: £9
Available at: Hey Cavey shop (purple | white)

Vinyl Cavey comes bagged in clear plastic, with a header card on top to keep it inside. I do like how it's themed a bit here to resemble other kaiju/sofubi releases from Japan, but I think the Cavey in the illustration is perhaps a tiny bit too small. It does pop out with the purple coloring, but it's not easy to tell what it is right away.

The back of the packaging includes a list of all the folks involved with the design and production of the vinyl Cavey, along with two additional colorways listed: pink and black. These haven't been announced yet, but they could be in the future. Guess we'll have to want and see on that.

So here, with no frills, is our little plastic Cavey friend. I chose the purple colorway, but it's also available in white. As you can see, it's shaped just like the plush versions, with those little ears, two button-like eyes and a little smile. The casting job is very smooth and even. There's a nice little bit of detail here, too: vinyl Cavey "leans" to one side in his bean-shaped pose, and there's even folds properly sculpted in where the fabric should bunch and crease.

Vinyl Cavey is smaller than its plush sibling (seen here: Super Duper Caped Cavey Dragatomi ver. from SDCC 2011) by at least an inch or two, so if you're expecting it to be 1/1 scale ... you might be disappointed.

However, it's about the same size as one of Kidrobot's Dunnys, which essentially means it is to-scale with most blind-boxed figure releases. I'm quite okay with that, especially for the retail price.

Looking a little closer at the face, you can see that the details are pretty minimal, but then again, so is plush Cavey. What matters is that looking at this little fellow, I do indeed feel the same charm coming from it as I would a plush Cavey. And by charm, I mean that the plush Caveys always made me smile when I saw them, and the vinyl ones seem to do just the same.

The only thing that's not vinyl is the tag on the back. It is, in fact, made of fabric, just like the plush Caveys have. In fact, I think they are the exact same tags used on the plush Caveys. It's a pretty nice little touch and a throwback to vinyl Cavey's roots, and I'm quite glad to see it implemented in the final product.

And on the bottom? Just a simple name stamp like and small vinyl figure tends to have. Nothing too fancy.

Vinyl Cavey isn't very cuddly, but it still has the adorable charm of the original Cavey design. Plus, its basic shape lends itself well as a customizing platform, as we'll probably see for the Custom Cavey Vinyl Show in May. If you're a fan of Cavey or you want a fun little figure to customize that's not a Dunny, Munny or Qee, the vinyl Cavey is a pretty solid option. It is a little more expensive because of the pound sterling-to-dollar conversion rate (otherwise, it'd be priced similar to a Dunny) but worth it.

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reviewed by Brian Szabelski


Brian Szabelski
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Brian Szabelski is Tomopop's Editor-in-Chief, stuck with an ever-growing collection of figures and toys. When he's not posting on Tomopop, he can usually be found working on any number of project... more + disclosures


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