Fools Paradise’s Sand K.Troop at Coin Rides Game #1

The history of Keiko, the character Sand K.Troop at Coin Rides Game #1 (2015) employs, has become a bit obscured over time. As such, it seems prudent to begin our review of this Fools Paradise piece with the history of this reoccurring element.

The History of Keiko

The initial Handmade:12 — Keiko (2010) might have a name that is recognizable to modern fans of Fools Paradise’s collectible creations, but she didn’t look anything like what we’ve come to know and love from the character. Back when the Hong Kong-based company began in 2009, founder Alan Ng — also known as DoubleLine — intended his handmade designer toys to center around the patients of Fools Paradise, a room in a mental hospital for those that have been stressed out from work and the daily pressures of life.

That 2010 version of Keiko quickly was supplanted by 2011’s Sexy Keiko, which introduced the stylized bear head we’ve come to know and love. But even more recognizable is the evolution of the piece into the Keikotrooper (2012), which merged the scantily-clad vixen with iconic Stormtrooper garb, though the helmet maintained the shape of the bear ears and snout.

While this wouldn’t be the last time Keiko adorned herself in Star Wars inspired dress. Though the Keikotrooper remains the most iconic, the character has been reinterpreted as Darkside Keiko (2012), K3K0 (2013), K2-D2 (2013), and Boba K (2014). Having once again evolved, the resin sculptures of his past releases have led the way to Fools Paradise’s first vinyl, PVC, and ABS plastic production piece: Sand K.Troop at Coin Rides Game #1.

My Impressions of Sand K.Troop at Coin Rides Game #1

A rather tongue-in-cheek pop art jest at Star Wars: A New Hope, the Keikotrooper is riding a Dewback, the reptiles employed as mounts by Stormtroopers on Tatooine. Though, of course, she’s sitting upon a coin-operated ride version of the beast, akin to those some of us may remember cluttering the outside of supermarkets to entertain the kiddies.

Keiko’s head rotates at the helmet line and at the boots, while the wonderfully textured Dewback rests on two ball-joint stands allowing for side-to-side movement. Now, I wish the bottoms of the stands also had ball-joints, which would create forward and backward movement options, but there is enough mobility on this work of art to already allow a multitude of display options.

I love the little touches, like the “Caution: Watch Your Step” signage and the “Punch A Ride” coin deposit box. Overall, Sand K.Troop at Coin Rides Game #1 is an exquisitely rendered piece and a worthy addition to any art toy collection, especially that of any Star Wars fan.

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