Okedoki’s Mighty Mo

The number three has power in fairy tales. From the three attempts that Rumpelstiltskin grants the queen to guess his name to the three magical gifts that Cinderella is given, from Snow White’s stepmother trying to kill her three times to the number of little pigs beset upon by a wolf, the number three has power in fairy tales. And should that number relate to three siblings, it is almost always the youngest one that is the focus of the tale, the unlikely hero who’s ultimately rewarded for their goodness or cleverness. So let’s weave a story of a far-away realm called the Golden Lotus Kingdom, one which is blessed with three princes, the youngest being a twelve-year-old boy — Prince Moshi Ren — who is the weakest and frailest of the lot. But when a mysterious illness threatens him, a life-saving potion inadvertently transforms Moshi into a frog. While his royal family views this as a shameful change, the princeling adores his newfound agility and the inner-courage it unlocks. Exiled due to his appearance, he becomes the rebel prince Mighty Mo; an adventurer who seeks not to become a real-boy again but rather to one day be welcomed home as a hero.

Okedoki’s Mighty Mo

The product of two-years of prototyping work by Canadian artist Okedoki, she not only evolved the sculptural form of Mighty Mo during that time but also the concept of the character itself. Initially announced as the runaway frog prince Iki the Slayer, earlier iterations of Mighty Mo were planned to exist in the same universe as its creator’s signature Benny the Dreamer universe, the two individuals destined to eventually team-up. Having apparently abandoned that direction, Mighty Mo now is proudly proclaimed to be Star Born Hero 001, the debut work within the artist’s Star Born Series. Wielding a wooden sword and leaf-life capelet, the Original Edition of Mighty Mo is limited to 25 pieces, each one carefully constructed out of resin and metal before being hand-adorned in acrylic paints at Okedoki’s Sherwood Park-based studio. It’s beautifully brown eyes popping against the form’s lavender skin and aqua-toned mushroom cap, there is an exquisite level of detail within Mighty Mo, an aspect carried throughout everything accompanying the form.

Protectively sheathed within a laser-etched Canadian birch wooden box, Mighty Mo can optionally be situated upon an included cattail-backed plinth, shifting the figure’s action-ready stance to that of serene contemplation. Described as revealing the shores of Misti Lake, this dioramic base highlights a trio of koi fish swimming within a crystal clear resin pond, a floating lily pad casting a dramatic shadow upon them. And while this addition certainly sheds some context to Mighty Mo, it is the enclosed special foil collector’s card that illuminates the character’s backstory most, this perfect touch stylized similar to those found in innumerable collectible card games. And while the tale of Mighty Mo can be superficially compared to “The Frog Prince; or, Iron Henry,” it is obvious that Prince Moshi Ren doesn’t wish to kiss the girl, to revert from his frog form. Mighty Mo is a character whose uplifting tale of personal transformation results in his betterment, ultimately making him more akin to the homely barnyard duck that blossoms into a beautiful swan.

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