Sun Wukong (simplified Chinese: 孙悟空; traditional Chinese: 孫悟空; pinyin: Sūn Wùkōng), also known as the Monkey King is a main character in the classical Chinese epic novel Journey to the West (Chinese: 西遊記; pinyin: Xīyóujì) written by Wu Cheng'en. In the novel, he is a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India.
Sun Wukong possesses an immense amount of strength; he is able to lift his 13,500 jīn (8,100 kg or 17,881 lbs) staff with ease. He is also superbly fast, able to travel 108,000 li (54,000 kilometers or 33,554 miles) in one somersault. Sun knows 72 transformations, which allows him to transform into various animals and objects; he has trouble, however, transforming into other people, because he is unable to complete the transformation of his tail. [source: wiki]
Coming soon from Inflames Toys will be this 1/6th scale 齊天大圣 The monkey king limited edition 12-inch collectible figure of the monkey king Sūn Wùkōng fully dressed in Chinese military garb, most likely inspired by the painting shown in the picture below. Scroll down to see more images / pictures of Inflames Toys 1/6th scale monkey king with its amazing details and multiple layered outfit :)
He is a skilled fighter, capable of holding his own against the best generals of heaven. Each of his hairs possesses magical properties, and is capable of transforming either into a clone of the Monkey King himself, or various weapons, animals, and other objects. He also knows spells that can command wind, part water, conjure protective circles against demons, and freeze humans, demons, and gods alike.
One of the most enduring Chinese literary characters, Sun Wukong has a varied background and colorful cultural history. For example, Sun Wukong's is considered by some American, Chinese, and Indian scholars to be influenced by both the Hindu deity Hanuman from the Ramayana and elements of Chinese folklore.
Sun Wukong was born from a mythical stone formed from the primal forces of chaos, located on the Mountain of Flowers and Fruit (hua guo shan). After joining a clan of monkeys, he earned their respect by discovering the Water Curtain Cave (shui lian dong) behind a large waterfall; the clan made it their new home. The other monkeys honored him as their king, and he called himself Měi Hóuwáng (handsome monkey king).
He soon realized that despite his power over the monkeys, he was still only mortal. Determined to find immortality, he traveled on a raft to civilized lands, where he became the disciple of a Taoist immortal, who bears resemblance and alludes to Subodhi. He was able to acquire human speech and manners through his travels.
Subodhi was initially reluctant to take him because he was not human; but the monkey's pertinacity impressed the patriarch. It was from him that the monkey received his official name Sun Wukong ("Sun" implies his origin as a monkey, and "Wukong" means aware of emptiness).
Soon, his eagerness and intelligence made him one of the favorite disciples of the patriarch, whose guidance and training taught the monkey a number of magic arts. He acquired the powers of shapeshifting known as the "72 transformations", supposedly the more versatile and difficult set of skills that allows him to transform into every possible form of existence, including people and objects. Finally, he could transform each of the 84,000 hairs on his body into inanimate objects and living beings, or even clones of himself.
In search of a weapon worthy of himself, Sun Wukong traveled into the oceans, where he acquired the Golden-banded staff Ruyi Jingu Bang, which could change its size, multiply itself, and fight according to the whim of its master.
In spite of their popularity (or perhaps because of it), legends regarding Sun Wukong have changed with Chinese culture. Various legends concerning Sun Wukong exist, and they tend to change and adapt to the popular Chinese religion of a given era.
The Hindu deity Hanuman from the Ramayana is also considered by some scholars to be an inspiration for Sun Wukong. Sun Wukong is so prominent in Journey to the West that the famous translation by Arthur Waley, entitled Monkey, led to other versions of Journey to the West, also called Monkey, among them a well-known Japanese television show.
This monkey king by Inflames Toys is most likely the image of the monkey king when the Jade Emperor invited Sun Wukong to Heaven, where the monkey believed he would receive an honorable place as one of the gods.
Sun Wukong would later wreak havoc in the Heavenly Kingdom and cause much chaos and destruction until he is subdued by Buddha.
The 1/6th scale "Monkey King" collectible figure specially features: Elaborately sculpted head, Facial expression with delicate wrinkles and skin texture, is Approximately 30 cm tall with IFB02 type body + 5 pieces of interchangeable palms. Costume: Printed yellow textile coat, Printed yellow textile pants, Red dragon robe, Silk sash over shoulder, Socks. Ancient Chinese armour: Helmet with phoenix wings, Armor on the shoulder, Brisket armor with a breast plate, Back armor, Thigh armor, Belt of thigh armor, Forearm armor, Leg armor, A pair of embroidery shoes, Abdomen wraps, Waist protector, Protecting-abdomen animal head, Silk sash with bead string decoration, Double-buckle belt clips, Double-buckle belt x2, Belt connecting cuirass and back armor x2, Belt clips connecting cuirass and back armor x4. Weapons: Monkey King bar (The Golden Cudgel)
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