Yamato USA Announces Fantasy Figure Gallery: Akira, Inspired by the Work of Dorian Cleavenger
June 25, 2008

TORRANCE, CA, June 25, 2008.  Enigmatic beauty.  Two words used to describe the Mona Lisa, a figure which has captivated our collective imaginations for over five centuries.  Now, Yamato USA is proud to offer a modern Mona Lisa whose own enigmatic beauty will captivate us for centuries to come… AKIRA.

 Inspired by the work of renowned artist Dorian Cleavenger and sculpted by Plant-jzero Moekichi, Akira is the first piece in Yamato USA’s Fantasy Figure Gallery.  The Fantasy Figure Gallery is a groundbreaking union of East and West as the leading sculptors of Asia deliver the worlds of legendary fantasy artists from Europe and the Americas as only they are capable.  But what’s more, these gorgeous, resin-quality fantasy figures are made affordable for all through advanced PVC technology.  How’s this?

 For over a decade, Yamato has been on a quest, a quest for quality.  Through advanced mold engineering, PAD printing, and stringent quality control, we have minimized the shrinkage, deformation, and rough, unsightly parting lines typical of other PVC products.  Moreover, we have championed the paint application process.  Take for example, Akira!

Standing at an impressive 10.50”, 15.00” with her ornamental staff and themed display base, Akira is constructed of over 100 individual pieces and features over 400 paint applications, twice the conventional statue.  The result: an amazingly detailed piece of unmatched quality.  But artist Dorian Cleavenger puts it best:  “Yamato USA’s attention to detail and accuracy has far surpassed any expectations I’ve had; it’s like seeing my painting come to life.  They have created a beautiful piece of art.  This to me is a ‘dream’ come ‘true.’“

 Indeed.  A beautiful piece of art.  And as her soft, enigmatic features draw you in and take your breath away as they have with us, you will know why we liken her to a modern Mona Lisa.

 Yamato USA and its distribution partners are pleased to accept preorders for its Fantasy Figure Gallery:  Akira now through August 22, 2008 with a Winter 2008 release at a suggested retail price of only $98.  For more information, contact your local comic shop or visit us at www.YamatoToysUSA.com.



This talented, multi-faceted artist has garnered international fame for his novel approach to art…a distinct style he terms “Pseudo- Realism”, which is characterized not only by his intriguing subject matter, but also his mastery of the imposing and difficult medium of acrylic paints.  This technique has been so successful that many professional artists have confused his work as having been done in oils or airbrush.

Initially, after completing school, Dorian did artwork as a freelancer for various corporations; but feeling inhibited by the requirements of commercial art and by the concepts and dictates of the business world, soon struck out on his own.  Not long after he was doing covers for magazines, illustrations for various publications, and holding exhibitions of his original work in Europe and the United States. Several art books exclusively dedicated to his works followed, as well numerous articles and interviews on his art and techniques published throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  And now , in conjunction with Yamato USA, Dorian adds three dimensional figures as part of Yamato USA’s Fantasy Figure Gallery.

 Having become highly successful as a freelance artist, Dorian has also undertaken to share the knowledge he has acquired through acute analysis of the materials and techniques he employs. He currently teaches classes in airbrush, acrylics, and conceptual art and design at the prestigious Douglas Education Center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which has given him an outlet and the satisfaction of seeing his students accomplishing their artistic desires under his personal tutorage.  Dorian has also recently completed work on a personal tutorial DVD.  As well as displaying some of this prolific artist’s paintings, this DVD is structured to help the viewer, whether he is an accomplished artist or a beginner.

 To learn more of Dorian and view images of his artwork, visit his website: www.dorianart.com.  And for more on Dorian’s classes visit the Douglas Education Center’s website: www.douglas-school.com



Yamato USA is the wholly owned subsidiary of Yamato Co., Ltd with headquarters in the otaku capital of the world, the Akihabara district of Tokyo, Japan.  For nearly ten years, Yamato USA has proudly served otaku on this side of the world with a wide offering of miniature collectible figures, PVC and die-cast action figures, as well as poly-resin and PVC statues inspired by the hottest titles in Japanese anime, manga, and video game properties.  Yamato’s original collections include Story! Image! Figure! collectible miniatures and trading figures and Story! Image! Figure! EX PVC statues, as well as its newest lines, Creators’ Labo  and Sculptors’ Originals, highlighting the talents of the leading artists and sculptors working in Japan; The GN-U, a tribute to transforming super robots; and the explosive Project Dynamite.  Nor to be overlooked are Yamato’s Scopedog, Garland, and Motoslave engineering marvels from Armored Trooper Votoms,  Megazone 23, and Bubblegum Crisis, some of the most impressive collectibles you will ever own!  And now Yamato USA adds its own line of collectible figures with its Fantasy Figure Gallery, a groundbreaking union of East and West as the leading sculptors of Asia bring to life the vision of legendary fantasy artists from Europe and the America to create resin quality pieces at PVC prices.


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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