31 July 2013
Good Smile Company recently released distribution maps for its nendoroid Snow Mikus. Snow Miku is a variation of Hatsune Miku, but gnerally with more white and lighter blue to reflect the winter and snow theme. This proves to be very popular, and new versions have appeared since the first one released in 2010. Let us see where these Snow Mikus were shipped for the past few years.
Here is the distribution map of the very first nendoroid Snow Miku in Japan back in 2010. As the first Snow Miku was for Japan only, those who got it outside Japan via proxy are not shown.
Those around Tokyo have the most.
Unfortunately, there is no indicator showing the quantity of Snow Miku for each location. We are only getting an approximate proportions without knowing the numbers.
Next is nendoroid Snow Miku Playtime Edition, which was released in 2011. Just as with the first Snow Miku, this was sold in Japan only.
Nendoroid Snow Miku Fluffy Coat Edition was the third Snow Miku. Released last year in 2012,
Nendoroid Snow Miku Strawberry White Kimono version for this year.
Nendoroid Snow Miku Fluffy Coat Edition was also the first Snow Miku to be available outside Japan. Let's see how that fares. The place where most Snow Mikus were shipped outside Japan was, interestingly enough, Mainland China. Running close behind were USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.
And finally the worldwide distribution map for this year's Snow Miku. As the official shipment date for overseas orders is 8th August, so this map is presumably based on the pre-orders. I doubt those that were officially sold in conventions such as C3 in Hong Kong and ACGHK 2013 were counted though.
Interesting to see that there is a general increase, with an apparent dramatic boost for Taiwan. However pre-orders for USA seems to have shrunk compared to last year.
Too bad the individual Miku figures on the maps don't really indicate the quantities, but I guess we have the approximate idea in terms of proportions comparing locations to locations. It's interesting to see where the Snow Mikus are shipped to, especially on the global maps. I am looking forward to receive mine soon for this year's Snow Miku!
30 July 2013
Continued from previous post, this post of ACGHK 2013 coverage will cover mainly those from Bandai's area.
HGUC 1/144 Doven Wolf and Zogok. Doven Wolf has fallen down unfortunately. ^^;
HG Amazing Zaku and Build Strike Gundam for upcoming Gundam Build Fighters anime
HG Wing Gundam
Replica of Gundam docks at Hong Kong
Full Metal Ghost, a collaboration between a Hong Kong studio B/3 and mecha designer Kunio Okawara
Premium Bandai, the web store of Bandai for pre-ordering limited items, has a display for upcoming items.
SHFiguarts Sailor Moon figures
Mechas from Mashin Hero Wataru
D-Arts Pokemon figures
One Piece and Dragon Ball Z trading figures
1/144 models for Valvrave the Liberator
MG 1/100 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. 3.0, soon to be released
And the promotion video for the said Gunpla was played on the big screen, together with those of Gundam Build Fighters and LBX Danball Senki.
The Bandai post is not as long as the first post. Next will be cosplay before we move to the entries for this year's Gundam models competition.
29 July 2013
The annual ACGHK convention (which stands for Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong) is back, which lasts from 26th to 30th July. Since I took quite a few photos this time, I have to split it to at least 3 parts. First off are the general stores and various display items!
As with the previous years, Microsoft has an XBOX 360 area just on the right of the entrance, with Kinect dance games, and other XBOX 360 games and demos for people to try out at the back.
Kinect dance game in action.
We are seeing more mobile phone app-related booths and stores in this year's convention. Naver's LINE has a store for people to buy the mascot merchandise, as well as an area for people to compete in LINE games for prizes.
LINE costumed characters attract a lot of the crowd's attention
Entries for original character design competition. These are scultped entries.
Entries for drawings and paintings are also available for viewing.
Action figure brand kidslogic has an open area for their display as well as a counter for pre-order
Base action figures in plain grey on display
Tenku Shenki Shurato (aka Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato)
Zone of Ender mecha. This is Jehuty I assumed? Correct me if I am wrong.
Ryu and Gouki (aka Akuma)
Deformed action figures of Optimus Prime from Transformers
Various kinds of Iron Man
Saint Seiya figures
Manchester United football club now has official action figures for its team players, with Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney on display
Publisher Jonesky's booth, with manhua Fung Wan on the banner.
Kadokawa's shop is overflowed with queues and crowds as usual.
Merchandise on display that were available for sale. Be it pillows, bags, clocks, or even bookmarks, the stock gets wiped out pretty quickly, especially those for Date A Live.
Life size Boa Hancock statue from One Piece
The huge Doraemon balloon is back, this time for promoting this year's movie "Doraemon: Treasure of the Shinugumi Mountain"
Apart from the official merchandise, unofficial ones are on sale in smaller stores, such as pillows, costumes and swords.
MUSE, a distributor for anime in Hong Kong and Taiwan, has its store up with many huge posters on the exterior like it did for previous years.
Animate, a large retailer for anime and manga related merchandise in Japan, makes its move to set up branch shops in Hong Kong recently. This is not to be confused with another chain retailer of the same English name but in different Japanese name though (which is 宇宙船).
1:1 scale replicas of Kirito's and Asuna's swords from Sword Art Online on display
1:1 scale replica of Nervgear from Sword Art Online on display
Artwork used for animation in Swort Art Online anime
Script for Sword Art Online anime, as well as bonus sketches, are also on display
Light novels of Sword Art Online and Accel World in Chinese, Korean, and English localised formats
Stuff from GSC and Max Factory are also on display in the Animate store
Figma and Nendoroid on display. Some are event and web order limited items, such as Yukata Miku and Maiko Madoka, that are also available for sale there
Stacks of event limited items on sale. Apparently Nendoroid Snow Miku Ichigo Kimono version was also available for sale in the earliest hours of the event, but not surprisingly that got wiped out pretty quickly.
Mikasa and Eren banners from Attack on Titan just outside the Animate store.
Enterprise shows off 1:6 scale NBA basketball players. The figures and even the basketball hoop were available for purchase in the event.
Enterprise Masked Rider 1
Gundam phone cases
Hot Toys is going very heavily on Iron Man lately, but then a lot of figure brands are doing so as well.
Iron Man holographic display. Merely for display only but it's pretty cool admittedly.
An event limited injured Tony Stark figure on display.
Batman and the Bat
Full parts display of the Iron Man suit
Event limited Danboard gold plated edition with weapons. Very bling for a cardboard box figure~
Superman figure (Man of Steel version)
Grungust Type-3, another event limited item
D-Style Choryujin, also an event limited item
Cupoche Dark Magician Girl and Kirino
Misty from Shining Blade
Part 2 will focus mostly on Bandai stuff!