I noticed up for pre-order two versions of a Captain Tsubasa figure: normal version and battle version. Battle Version has exact same poise. Only difference is that the guy’s got a dirty face and uniform. Whoopeee!!! I personally wouldn’t justify paying for a second figure just for a dirty uniform. Gimme a break. At least have the guy in a different poise or something. To me, that’s just the manufacturer being lazy, and hoping Captain Tsubasa fans play suckers for a money grab. tsk tsk
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I saw the Queen’s Blade Reina VMF Action Figure on the retailer shelf this weekend. Yamato’s charging 90 bucks for a 9 inches, 1/7 scale action figure. I just don’t feel it’s worth paying double for this figure. For one thing, Yamato’s record for action figures, or anything with moving parts hasn’t been that great. And personally, I’d rather have my action figures all relatively the same size.
Hopefully, someone will post a figure review that will change my impression.
An AAAAnime.com preorder listing this month includes a Medicom Eva Unit 01 1/80 scale Vinyl Statue. With a MSRP of a whopping $2,000!!! I’d love to find out how many pre-orders are made for this item. While it IS a lot of money, I’m sure there’s a die hard Eva fan out there drooling for this statue.
The latest CDJapan.com anime newsletter included a pre-order for a nifty looking (and cheaper) Creators’ Labo CL #022 Tsukasa Bullet Sound Pretty pvc figure from Yamato. No mention of scale, but it’s probably 1/8. Chances are good, though, that Yamato USA branch will release it in the N.A. eventually. It’s a nice alternative to the resin statue of Tsukasa Bullet at a SRP of $248.
Griffon Enterprises, a figure manufacturer known more for its lineup of sexy figures from Ikki Tousen, seems to be expanding its horizon. I had to do a double take when I saw a Fate/ Stay Night Chibi Saber Armor Ver. figure on the retailer shelf. The figure itself looks fine. Unlike a Nendoroid, the head is proportionate to the body. And the pose is a classic Saber pose, with the sword’s point on the ground, and Saber’s hands resting on the handle. The only problem I have with this release is the. . . price. A retail price of $65.99 in this economic environment? Holy smokes!@#$ To me, the figure is AT LEAST 20 bucks overpriced, compared to a Nendoroid or a Figma. And THOSE figures are action figures with poseable joints. This is a static statue that’s 1/9 scale (no wonder GE had to call it “Non-Scale”).
If you buy this figure online without ever seeing it in person, you will be unhappy with the size of this figure. I welcome the fact that Griffon is trying to expand its product line, but I think the folks there need a reality check and see if their Chibi figures (I’m assuming Saber the first of many down the road) can compete with what’s available already. At a $65.99 retail price, only the most diehard Saber fans with consider buying this product.
I saw the Creators’ Labo version of Chaos Gate Jingai Makyo Ignis on the retailer shelf this afternoon. Although the box itself is fairly big, I do believe the figure is more 1/8 scale. Ignis looks really dynamic, and her chewed up costume looks fine from what I can see by looking through the box. However, she’s standing on a tentacle, and I don’t know if the stand is sturdy enough to maintain her weight over time.
Also, I don’t know if this figure is a cast-off or not. The warning label said for 18+, but this warning could be due to the sharp sword edge. Hopefully someone will enlighten us on this one.
It’s been a while since I wrote a Side Step article (end of September to be exact), and this topic has been on the mentioned on and off for the past few months. I fully recommend that you BUY NOW! If you have some spare dollar left in your wallet, you may want to consider buying your anime products sooner rather than later.
Here are the reasons why:
1. The U.S. dollar’s depreciation has continued. Last week, the dollar hit a 13 year low of 87 yen per dollar after the Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate down to 0% to 0.25%. And I would NOT be surprised to see the dollar drop below 85 yen before the end of this year. This depreciation affects consumer prices in two ways. First, if you import from let’s say a Hobby Link Japan or CD Japan and pay in yen, you have to pay more dollars than before. In the mid 2000s, I was paying 110-120 yen per dollar for oversea imports, or a 1/3 less than today’s prices.
Secondly, Japanese manufacturers who sell their products in the U.S. are forced to raise prices for goods sold domestically. I’m seeing this in the pre-order pricings for upcoming anime figure releases in spring and summer of 2009. We’re talking three digit prices ($100+) for anime figures. And these prices, I predict, will likely stay in this range for the rest of 2009.
Additionally, the dollar depreciation has already hit the prices of some recent releases. I’ve seen newly released anime trading figures, high quality ones, going for $15-18 each. In the past, you would pay $10 or $12 for them.
2. Retailers are looking to cut inventory. They are DESPERATE to sell. If they can get past this holiday season with less profit, but no inventory, they’ll take that tradeoff. There is absolutely NO reason to wait for prices to come down, because prices are ALREADY discounted as low as the retailers will go right now. If they can’t find consumers for their inventory, that stock will get passed off to liquidators. But if YOU wait to make a purchase, you’ll find the same prices as now, but LESS items to choose from. The prices now are as good as they’ll get. There won’t be better after holiday sales this year.
3. Some retailers will go out of business. The smaller guys will have a tough time suriving in these economic conditions, with increasing prices on one hand, and less consumer demand on the other hand. And after this year, you will find that some of your favorite online retailers will be out of business. Less sellers mean less choices for consumers. So if there’s a product on your wishlist and only this particular, small retailer has it in stock, you should seriously consider getting it before year end.
I recognize that this advice to buy now sounds very contrarian in light of this global economic recession. And true enough, if the choice is money for food or hobby, food takes priority. But for those who have a more stable economic footing, and thinking about buying something online, I believe this is great advice.
I saw Yuria figure from Yamato on the retailer shelf. It’s definitely 1/5 scale; it’s really tall. And unlike stock photos, the apron is transparent color, rather than solid white. Very interesting product for the horndogs out there!
I saw the Griffon version of Sengoku Rance Kenshin Uesugi on the retailer shelf. And the box is obscenely HUGE. It’s like 1 1/2 feet across. And obviously, this 1/7 scale figure isn’t that big. I’ll hate to see someone order it online and pay a massive premium in shipping fees for this product.