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The Great Old One Cthulhu as Imagined by Takayuki Takeya


The Cthulhu Evolution Original Statue Series features famous Japanese creators reimagining the fear inspired by the cosmic horror of the Cthulhu Mythos. The first entry of the series features famous Sculptor/Character Designer Takayuki Takeya's reimagining of the Great Old One, Cthulhu.

We invite you to experience the outstanding detail of Takayuki Takeya's interpretation of Cthulhu.

Designer/Sculptor: Takayuki Takeya

Visuals we often see have been the standard octopus-like image, but I wanted to make it a bit more anthropomorphic. I wanted to show a fearful depiction with no face and no way of knowing what he is thinking, so everything above the eyes was removed. "Biologically loathsome"was the keyword I went for, with a warty or veiny exterior. Or just completely cut off the way I did. I was gradually trying to work the feeling of something repugnant to humans into the designs and molds. Something like the wrinkliness of things in formaldehyde. Or like inside the head—wouldn't anyone find it horrible if it were crawling with maggots? So I decided to go with this. Actually, it's not just that he's being eaten by worms from the inside, even though it looks that way, because normally you'd die, but I wanted to create this kind of 'illogical state.' As for the wings, they look like wings, but they also could be tentacles. Even saying they are wings, he can't use them to aerodynamically fly, but is able to through some incomprehensible power. It was the feeling that maybe this is how he might look to humans.


Among Lovecraft's gods, the most famous is Cthulhu.
Lovecraft describes him in “The Call of Cthulhu” through the depiction of a statuette possessed by his cultists.
Based off Lovecraft's rendition, Takeya's Cthulhu features the octopus-like head with the mass of tentacles, the dropping hooked claws, the long thin wings—all combined with Takeya's unique style to superbly depict an idol that could have only been dreamed up by the owner of an abnormal imagination.

Cthulhu Evolution Takayuki Takeya’s “Cthulhu”

  • Sculpting/Design: Takayuki Takeya
  • Painted polystone non-scale
  • complete product with base included.
  • Cthulhu Evolution booklet included.
  • Height: Approx. 500mm
  • Release Date: March 2020
  • Price: ¥99,000 (After Tax)
  • Planning/Production: Arclight
  • Released by: Max Factory
  • Distributed by: Good Smile Company

A 36 page booklet in approximately A4 size is included as a purchase bonus. Learn all about “Cthulhu Evolution”!