I received my copy of f|c a day ago and had a chance to open it. i took some pics during the process (they're not very good though)
This is the box it comes packed in
Close-up of the logo detail on the box.
The envelope which contains the corrected text. It looks larger then it is as i zoomed in. the envelope is sealed so i dont know what the contents look like.
The envelope which contains the signed, numbered print. This isn't sealed so...
...tada. I am so thankful that they did not include this page in the binder and kept it separate. (for some reason the thumbnail preview isn't available)
Slice open the tape and remove the top piece of styrofoam to reveal the contents of the box.
Carefully slide the plastic slipcover off to reveal the book. The cover is done with a glossy material. make sure your hands are clean and dry.
The first image you see when you open the book. What you can't see is that there is a thick piece of soft plastic overlay.
The piece of plastic flipped over. I've zoomed in to show the logo detail on the plastic (naturally reversed as its flipped over)
The middle section of the image from above flips over to reveal a new image. the back of that small piece has instructions on how to use the book. now call me silly but i dont think anyone with a reasonable IQ needs instructions on how to use a binder
Good thing they have English translations!
After a series of images done on thick paper we come to the second section of the book. The image is also done with glossy paper (i.e. his pants are a black glossy texture)
A familiar image done poster size. It's pretty large relative to the book.
One of the pages is a folder which has 3 very very fragile pieces of paper. the two brown pieces are like sewing/schematic images. (I really really want that mailman bag)
A booklet which unfolds with more images.
Pinky!! (I still want that bag)
The final page of the book. Much has been made about damage to the book during shipping. As you can see the hole has been stretched a bit (hole to the far right). It also occurred on the hole to the far left (it's under the ring so you can't see it in that pic). I'm not sure how bad other people's books are, but for this i'm not going to raise any fuss as its probably in better shape then most other books.
clearly the medium has become an artform in this release. it exceeds what was done with past Murata releases and its truly a sight to behold. there's a lot to see in this book so its definately well worth it. however as an art piece you can't handle it like any other art book. i highly doubt i myself will flip through it again as its so fragile that every turn of the page can introduce a tear or a bend (so for goodness sake people be careful!!).
i do hope they release a leather portfolio (to match futurhythm) so as to give it a little bit more stability and protection.
in short a fantastic release. i almost wish i had two copies of it.