This post is made to help collectors with questions regarding the quality of items and to debunk fabricated myths about particular toys and figures. For further reading on this topic, please refer to HS Hobby’s excellent blog posts located here and here.
Your toys and figures? They’re made in China.
We often get asked by new collectors whether or not our figures are made in Japan or if Japan version figures are superior to Asia version figures. This is only natural as all collectors would want to avoid getting something that’s not worth their purchase. To make the long story (or blog post) short, figures are not manufactured in Japan. They’re made in China. But that doesn’t mean that they’re of poor quality or are bootlegs. Here’s why. Continue reading →
Despite being both a well-known series, Dragonball Kai hasn’t had a great outing in terms of toys recently. Back then, Dragonball toys seemed to be all the rage, but now in an otakusphere where girly, fabulous men rule, these musclebound freakazoids have been left collecting dust in toy shelves. Such has been the case for the S.H.FiguArts Dragonball lineup as recent additions have been relegated to Tamashii Web exclusive status to prevent overproduction and costs for that good ol’ farmer, Bandai, which is a sad thing as their latest release, the Super Saiyan 3 form of Son Goku actually makes me kinda’ drool. Continue reading →
Scans of Figure Oh No. 163 just came out with more grim news for seemingly unflinching Bandai loyalists as a list of the toy makers Tamashii Web exclusive items was featured in one of its pages. Continue reading →
In what has been a slow week for Japanese figure collectors due to the Obon holidays (in short: break time for everyone), Bandai has seemingly been the Energizer Bunny of the manufacturer bunch and brought its money-hogging carnival to Hong Kong, and of course the tokusatsu line of S.H.FiguArts was in full force as always.
Apart from animu, I’ve also recently immersed myself into the outrageous world of Kamen Riders. While I am not as “into it” as other people are, I do find the S.H.FiguArts line quite impressive and good value for money. Continue reading →