Looking for the ultimate in videogame-related collectibles? It might just be this new product from Pop Culture Shock Collectibles, which offers up a life-size bust of Street Fighter main man Ryu.
“With the Street Fighter Lifesize Ryu Bust, our goal was to create the ultimate Street Fighter collectible—something unique in a world of figurines,” Jerry Macaluso, founder of Pop Culture Shock Collectables, told me. “Some people have a Beethoven bust in their study, but we imagine todays generation might want something a little different.”
Different certainly is one way to describe this product. There’s that initial “oh my lord, this is totally crazy” type of reaction one has to a collectible like this. Once you get past that first wave of shock, however, there’s also an undeniable coolness to it—and to just how crazy Macaluso and his team are for even attempting products like these.
Not completely crazy, though, as this isn’t the first life-size game-related bust that Pop Culture Shock has produced. Previously, the company released one for Mortal Kombat 9‘s Sub-Zero—which Macaluso says was a “great success”.
There was one other thing I wanted to know: how do you even go about designing and creating something like a life-size bust of a video game character?
“These are very challenging to design and create,” Macaluso admitted. “At life-size, the sculpture needs to be very realistic, which includes skin, texture, and pores. We are fighting the ‘uncanny valley’ because everyone knows what a real person looks like—yet ours isn’t actually a real person. They are a video game character, which—in the case of Street Fighter—is a bit stylized, yet we have to render it realistically. I personally sculpted this bust, and it took me almost 8 months of going back and forth with [Yoshinori] Ono-San at Capcom until we were happy with it. We really pushed and challenged ourselves to create the best representation of Ryu seen to date.”
If you’re interested in Pop Culture Shock’s Ryu Lifesize Bust, you’ve got two options: Standard Ryu, and Evil Ryu (both pictured below). The bust will run $499.00, will be shipping in July/August 2013, and will be limited to 300 pcs (standard) and 120 pcs (Evil Ryu). The bust stands 24″ tall, and features a real fabric Gi and headband.
Pre-orders for the Ryu Lifesize Bust officially open today at 4pm PST—if you’d like to get in a pre-order, you can do so by hitting the link below and heading over to the official Pop Culture Shock Collectibles website.