A new appreciation for your Japanese Toys

It’s easy in this day and age to forgot what goes into making a product. With almost everything just a couple of clicks away, even the effort we used to muster to make our way to the store has evaporated.

I wonder if these people are really smiling?

Because of that, we, and don’t try and deny it, suffer from massive entitlement complexes on more then on occasion. When it comes to merchandise based off Japanese toys, this is true. Our carefully laid out budgets and plans are thrown into disarray when a company delays a figure, nendoroid or model.

They should all just use magnets. Seriously, best idea ever.

Good Smile Company often cops a lot of flak in this regard, with some items suffering delays one month after the other. I know i am guilty of it, when a few Nendoroids of PVC slip into the next month, a month i planned to save money. WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO ME!? It’s not really a selfish though, but sometimes seeing how our pointless little Japanese toys are created can you give you prespective on the matter.

Mika-Tan over the past year has already done two tours of the Good Smile Company factory in China and her latest blog post rounds it out for the third and final chapter.

The heads, they cry out in horror.

The term mass produced will give most people the image of an automated assembly line, while it should have been obvious this was not the case, but you never know do you. The images from Mika-Tan’s blog really do show what a time consuming and probably delicate process making sure our hunks of plastic are as close to perfect as possible is.

So Close, yet So far (i don't know what that is meant to mean)

The delays GSC and other companies experience become a bit more understandable when you realise how the toys are manufactured.

There are of course, many more images on Mika-Tan’s blog post, as mentioned above, be sure to give them a look.

Will this stop me from complaining. No. No it wont.

Blogging 3.0

So, this will be about my third attempt at starting and maintaining an active blog. In the past, I have tried and failed, mostly due to a lack of motivation, isn’t that a problem so many of us are facing these days?

Looking back on it, I think it was that my focus was scattered, I could not decide what to write about. Holing me into just being about anime was far too limiting, especially when interests go further into ‘Geekdom’ then that

So what do I hope to continue (and I will!) posting about here? Well, yes anime, there is that, though I don’t watch it all much anymore, I guess that could be an entire post in itself.  Video Games, I mean, who does not like Video Games?

Toys, yes, toys, the drug that is probably more expensive then Heisenberg’s Meth – Both action figure and anime PVC news and reviews, probably more reviews then news.

Figures

A hobby I have found I picked up recently, without really knowing it mind you, was collecting Video Game T-Shirts. I am not talking about the ones you can just get at Jay Jay’s (The Australian equivalent of Hot Topic, more or less), but the more subtle and design minded shirts, from the likes of [but not limited to] Fangamer and InsertCoin. I hope to do some reviews of T-Shirts I own (something I have no idea how to even approach) and post a little news when they are busting out some new merch, so not only I will have to depart with my money.

T-Shirts

TV Shows, well TV recaps seem to be all the rage these days right? I hope I will be able to do some of these.

Blu Rays

Lastly, not sure how I forgot this one, Manga, not so much the content of the manga, there are plenty of places that already does that, but the actual manga releases themselves. After the collapse of Tokyopop, I can’t help but notice a surge in release quality by those still in the game, so yeah, that’s what I want to write about in terms of manga.

Manga

So all in all, I am hoping to stick at blogging this time and anyone who is actually reading this, I hope you will keep coming back, hope to hear you from in the comments!

– Kyonove