Crystal-Jade Vaughan’s Hex Pumpkin Pi

Today we have the 3A released Pumpkin Pi (2015) debut Hex collectable figure to examine. The name 3A has become synonymous with artist Ashley Wood, but this piece isn’t designed by Wood, rather it comes from the mind of UK-based artist Crystal-Jade Vaughan.

My Impressions of Hex Pumpkin Pi

This piece, honestly, does have a lot of what I would call problem points, but the overall appearance is so striking that I still deemed it worthy of being in my Top 10 releases of last year. The first figure from Vaughan’s Hex universe, this titular character from that world embodies the magical fairytale quality of its characters with mathematical elements… And if the latter are not obvious, that’s because they aren’t meant to be. Aside from this being the Pumpkin Pi — pi like 3.14 — version, Hex’s name itself is a shortened form of Hexadecimal.
Crystal-Jade Vaughan's Hex Pumpkin Pi
In what I would call a museum display worthy toy, this work — as seen assembled above — is beautiful. The plastic figure resides snuggly within the resin pumpkin bath, a transparent bubbling concealing her naughty bits. The downside to this was that assembling it to look this way was truly a labor. The bubbling element easily removes from the pumpkin shell, but fitting the figure into it was quite difficult. In fact, I had to detach her legs to fit it through.

Yes, I probably could’ve removed the arms to achieve the same result, but that would’ve required fitting the head through the small hole in the bubbles. And since the head has hand-painted detailing, I really didn’t want to risk chipping or smudging it. The figure itself is a 1/6th scale piece, meaning that every one inch of height on the toy would correlate to 6 inches of height in reality… So being almost 13-inches tall means Hex would be six-and-a-half feet tall in the real world! While that might make her sound like a potential model just by stature, bear in mind that she’s wearing wonderfully executed stiletto boots.
A common element in 1/6th scale designer toys, Hex features an impressive array of articulation points, allowing for near infinite pose options, as well as a real cloth, hand tailored towel affixed to her and a beautiful sword accessory. You might notice that her hands don’t seem to have a way to grip the sword, which is why she comes with alternate hands meant just for that. The downside of these sword-gripping hands is that they can only slide this far onto the sword before you reach the thread attached charms on the hilt. This means you’d actually have to completely remove the charms in order to get this hand to grip the sword higher, which is something I’m not interested in doing.
Once again, and I can’t emphasize this enough, regardless of the problems I have with this piece, it is — to me — a wonderful sculptural object when assembled. The typical playability of 1/6th scale figures might not be as easy, but it transcends that and becomes a true work of art.

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