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Kubrick is a line of collectible block-style figures, produced by Medicom Toy and started in 2000. Originally created by the founder of Medicom and a previous Lego employee, this line represents characters taken from various worldwide popular media in a block style, similar to the figures from the Playmobil and Lego toy lines.
Figures are usually about 6 cm tall, but subsequently 2 other standard sizes appeared, calling for the current nomenclature system:
- Kubrick 100% designates regular 6 cm tall figures,
- Kubrick 400% for 24 cm tall figures,
- Kubrick 1000% for 60 cm tall figures.
They sometimes come with accessories or alternative limbs, and always released with fixed quantities as one shots. For this reason, Kubrick figures are considered rare collectibles and their value on second-hand markets is usually quite high.
The Kubrick brand name and logo style is a direct reference to the director Stanley Kubrick. The brand name is also a pun as Kubrick is pronounced Kyūburikku キューブリック in Japanese, which is homophonous to 9 brick (きゅう ブリック). Indeed, Kubrick figures are composed of 9 bricks / elements: head, torso, hips, two arms, two hands, and two legs.
One Piece x Devilock Kubrick
To commemorate the release in theaters of Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, Medicom Toy produced a 2-set special release of Kubrick figures in July 2005. Those 4-figure sets could only be ordered online from the Devilock website for ¥5,250 each (VAT included). A 9th figure, representing Baron Omatsuri, was offered if you ordered sets A and B at the same time.