30 September 2012
Limited Edition, this and that
These days, you see an announcement of a new toy, a new figure, or a new model kit which tickles your interest, only to find out it's going to be (yet) another limited edition item.
Amd it appears that it is become more and more of a norm than before.
Looking back, I do have quite a few toys that are of "limited edition". Here are the ones that I have blogged about:
Nendoroid Shana Dengeki Daioh version
1/100 Gundam Exia Roll Out Colour
Nendoroid Snow Miku
figma WRS (don't get me started on this -_-;)
figma Racing Miku 2011 version
Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Playtime Edition (aka 2011 version)
Oh yes, more Balls. The Shark Mouth and the Type C version (along with GM Kai normal colour version). I still need to get around to build them once renovation is over @_@;
Limited editions toys... They often are harder to acquire as they are only available for purchase via restricted premises, and those who want them in overseas will often have to resort to proxy services and such. Those who seek them tend to value them more, be it for the character involved, the colours / designs, the quality, or the money value in it.
I am actually becoming more and more hesitant on these limited toys recently. Not only do they become more and more expensive to acquire, but also becoming more apparent and in different forms, be they come as event exclusives, bundled with games or DVDs/BDs. Heck, even gashapons have premiere editions too. At least the ones that I may my eyes on tend to end up that way...
Though at the same time they are also becoming a bit more viable to overseas collectors by offering their own overseas online shop, such as Goodsmile Online Shop, or the Hong Kong branch of Premium Bandai. Nevertheless, they are still more expensive than what local shops may offer, which are usually sold at a small discount of the suggested retail price (though there are always exceptions).
I am not exactly sure the reasons as for why this is becoming more apparent, but the belief that recent struggling Japanese economy is a big factor, and that anything produced in a surplus with relatively few people buying will hurt the companies, so the "made-to-order" basis is becoming more favourable instead, which skips the retail stores in many cases (unless the stores order the items for the customers at a higher cost). There could be other factors as well, but you have any ideas please do feel free to share out or discuss.
My expenditure on toys are becoming greater and greater, and much of these are due to limited stuff... Maybe it's just me, but seeing all sorts of things are ended up like that, rather than encouraging, the "limited" label is starting to discourage me from getting them instead. The high prices and the recent flop in qualities for some of the toys can be quite an impact.
Is it really just me, or others are feeling this (perhaps long ago) already?