14 March 2013
Yamato Closed Down?
Image of 1/60 scale Super VF-1 from AmiAmi
Yamato Co., Ltd., a toy company known for their 1/60 scale Macross variable fighter toys, as well as figures and dolls, seems to have closed down this month.
The official site seem to have disappeared last week. The USA site (aka Toycom Inc.) however is still open as of today.
Pictures spread from futaba channel this week show the office vacant and everything seemingly cleared out. There was not even an official announcement for this.
There were apparently some tell-tale signs of Yamato not doing well prior to this; there were no releases no new toys since late last year, and Yamato did not attend recent toy showcases or events.
The PVC figures and dolls have been transferred to a new company called ARCADIA Co., Ltd, with the dolls section has a branch called ANGEL PHILIA.
So what will happen to the Macross stuff? It does appear that there will be some to be announced soon or later. Hasegawa announced a joint project with Aracadia for a 1/72 scale VF-1 Valkyrie 30th anniversary version that will be released sometime this summer. While there are no official words on the previous lines such as the 1/60th Perfect Trans line, a tweet from the Arcadia twitter account replied to one of the users asking this question did mention that they will be announced soon or later.
It is a pity to see a toy company going, but even more when it disappeared without a word. While there is a sucessor of some kind for it, does this say something about how the company was struggling for quite some time? Perhaps it may also indicate something about how some of the toy companies in Japan are struggling at the moment?