I’ve had the luck of tracking down a rare and exotic beastie: the Abominable Snow Cone (2015). Designed by Jason Limon, this massive monstrosity began life in 2014 as a painting that he did for his year-long Cryptidbits series, which was a light-hearted exploration of original cryptids — creatures like Bigfoot or Nessie — that each had a strange twist: they all somehow interacted with or incorporated into their design everyday items. And while he had personally transformed many of his designs, including some of the Cryptidbits, into resin pieces, this is Limon’s first vinyl sculpture.

My Impressions of Abominable Snow Cone

Produced by Martian Toys and standing about 7″ tall, these Abominable Snow Cone creatures were conceived out of Limon’s surroundings. He lives in central Texas, where the end of Summer heat is unbearable, so in mid- to late August — when he was doing the original painting — his thoughts were turned towards icy treats, like the snow cone that this beast has for its body.

I’ve sadly been deprived in my life and never actually enjoyed a snow cone, but Limon has told us that he remembers when he was a kid that some snow cones came with a gumball at the very bottom of the paper cup, which was the inspiration behind the eyeballs, an element that is perfectly captured on these vinyl pieces.

An evolution of the abominable snowman or yeti concept, these figures have lots of details sculpted onto them, from the dripping fluids at the mouth to the recessed words “sno” right on the cup there, it’s on the front and on the back, and even the textures for all the creature elements. Fantastically done.

But there are two things that really make this piece perfect, in my opinion: one is the beautiful accessories, the spoon and the little truck. The weighty vinyl spoon actually has little droplets sculpted right onto it, and based on which color you get is the color of the droplets. And the same is true of the truck, which also has little droplets on it. And this way you can make a little scene where the monster is chasing the snow cone truck, which even says on it, “Snow Cones! Caution! Watch for children!”
The other thing that is really magnificent about this and, to be honest, I did not know before seeing this in person, was the translucent nature of the vinyl domes. It’s impressive that they got not only the crushed ice texture down but the perfect level of clarity. Once you put a light behind it or through it, not only can you see that it is translucent but elements on the other side — such as the eyeballs — don’t show through.
While I love this piece, and especially the two accessories that it comes with and how they create a wonderful little diorama for your display shelf, I am a little disappointed that it is truly a sculpture. There’s no moving parts on any of these; the arms don’t move, the legs don’t move, the head doesn’t turn. But the truth is it would’ve been really tough to pull off. The body has a very angular nature to it, and because of that the jointing on any of these limbs would’ve just been very awkward and given a spacing. And, on the head, if you made the snow part turn, it wouldn’t line up with the goo that’s dripping down. So I understand why this choice was made.

I really do wish though that the little truck was more like a Matchbox car with little working wheels and a little sculpted interior, but that’s a pie-in-the-sky dream. It really would’ve pushed the price point well above what it already is, and at $125 these figures are absolutely worth every penny already.

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