Skeleton Key Figures Announces ‘Shuonan’ Figures Based on Traditional Japanese Ghost Stories
March 21, 2013

bunya3Skeleton Key Figures is a production house specializing in the creation of highly detailed action figures and collectable statues based in Osaka, Japan. Established in 2011, we aim to produce premium quality limited edition figures. All our figures are resin cast and hand painted in Japan.
Shuonan is our series of five Yurei or Japanese ghosts. Each of the five figures is based upon a traditional Japanese ghost story. The ghosts will only be available in a strictly limited edition of 250.

All figures come in with a large detailed base and a thorough explanation of the ghost story in both English and Japanese.
Our products are sold exclusively through our website. We can ship worldwide.

Japanese ghosts, or Yurei 「幽霊」, are the restless souls of the departed that are unable to find peace in the hereafter. They linger on in this realm, driven by powerful emotions; such as rage, sorrow, or devotion.
Yurei are often malevolent spirits, seeking vengeance on those that wronged them in their mortal life.
Yurei typically appear in the hot months of summer, especially around Obon; the Japanese festival of the dead.

Shuonan「酬怨庵」is our series of Yurei collectable figures. The name refers to a sanctuary for spirits where malice can be paid back to their enemies.
Each of the figures is based upon a traditional Japanese ghost story. Each yurei is sold in a strictly limited edition of 250. All figures come in with a large detailed base and a thorough explanation of the ghost story in both English and Japanese.

OIWA
Oiwa, arguably the most famous of all Japanese ghosts, is characterized by her long tangled black hair and her deformed, drooping left eye.  Oiwa’s husband, Iemon, conspired to kill Oiwa by poisoning.  The poison didn’t kill Oiwa, but it severely disfigured her. Before committing suicide, Oiwa cursed her husband’s soul. Oiwa’s disfigured spirit returned to haunt Iemon.
Oiwa is scheduled for release on March 18th 2013. Preorders are available now. Oiwa comes complete with dead tree and haunted lantern base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. She stands approximately 12cm (4.7 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated. Oiwa will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.

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OIWA
Bunya is scheduled for release on April 22nd 2013. Preorders will be available on March 18. Bunya comes complete with Japanese graveyard base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. He stands approximately 15cm (5.9 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated. Bunya will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.

BUNYA
Bunya was a blind man traveling to Kyoto in order to receive a pension for blind men. He was robbed and murdered at the Utsunoya pass by a bandit, Itamiya. Before dying, Bunya cursed his attacker. Itamiya took the money home to his wife, Oshizu. A year later Oshizu fell sick and quickly lost her sight. Itamiya, remembering Bunya’s curse, repented for his crime by committing hara-kiri.

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Okiku
Okiku was the servant of a powerful samurai. One day she was accused of misplacing one of her master’s ten precious dinner plates. She was beaten and thrown down a well to her death. Since then, on lonely dark nights, her voice can be heard emanating from the well; sadly counting up to nine before wailing in despair at the tenth missing dinner plate. Okiku is scheduled for release on May 27th 2013. Preorders will be available on April 22. Okiku comes complete with well and enclosure base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. She stands approximately 15cm (5.9 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated. Okiku will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.

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The Gaki
The Gaki is scheduled for release on July 1st 2013. Preorders will be available on May 27. The Gaki comes complete with gory remains base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. He stands approximately 15cm (5.9 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated. The Gaki will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.
The Gaki are the spirits of selfish or gluttonous people who are cursed after death with an overwhelming desire to consume human cadavers.
They seek out fresh corpses at night, typically in graveyards, where they retrieve the bodies and devour the entire carcass. The Gaki may be released from his lamentable curse only though elaborate rituals and food offerings.

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Yuki Onna
Yuki Onna is scheduled for release on August 5th 2013. Preorders will be available on July 1st. Yuki Onna comes complete with snow and cadaver base and full explanation of the ghost story in sealed and numbered deluxe packaging. She stands approximately 15cm (5.9 inches) tall. The base has a diameter of 19cm (7.5 inches). The model is not articulated.
Yuki Onna will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 250.

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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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