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135 часов назад (5 часов назад)solluxcaptorsolluxcaptor
I've seen people use bootlegs for customs before. In a way, I think it is safer with bootlegs but of course you have to question if you want to support the bootleg industry or not. I think there's no right or wrong answer, it's just your personal thoughts and preference.

You can expect the quality of the joints etc to be worse on the bootleg though.
117 часов назадAkibaMelonAkibaMelon
I wonder a bit where people get the idea from that figmas are supposed to be cheap >.> Just today it occured to me that designing a figma is quite a task. Translating 2D character designs into a fully flexible action figure that's able to pull off characteristic poses while staying as close as possible to the source material, so that the fans are happy, is challenging - and imho in absolutely no way compares to something like Funko Pops.
111 день назадsolluxcaptorsolluxcaptor
These blind boxes are so expensive and risky IMHO. I like the Kancolle ones but I just couldn't risk this personally ><;; You're braver than me! Your cat is really cute btw
104 часа назадrufusdrumknottrufusdrumknott
If you dont want to support the bootleg industry, you could always ask around for people who have accidentally bought bootlegs in the past and havent got rid of them yet.
91 день назад (1 день назад)Suteki_da_neSuteki_da_ne
I need Akechi TT_____TT
89 часов назадKlalaKlala
I like figmas better than Nendoroids and I think posing them is a lot of fun but what stops me from buying more is their price, especially the most recent figma's...Maybe the quality is good but I don't like spending so much money for a figure that is so small. I could get multiple larger prize figures with the same amount of money... I still don't want to see the line disappearing though, I hope that won't happen :(
81 день назадmukyuumukyuu
How I deal with figure doubt: If I doubt too much, I probably don't really want it so I don't buy it.
81 день назад (1 день назад)MugenTenshinFRDMugenTenshinFRD
"Only if there is absolutely nothing else you want."
Impossible! I always need to make lists to keep track of the items I want (hence we have MFC too).

Pretty nice items you got indeed, Miku is my favorite one too. It's funny how to give the Nendoroid Link with every lucky box.
76 часов назадnyugvo6nyugvo6
Figma is going downhill. This is a fact.
Constant price hike.
Less accessories with each release.
GSC "preorder bonus."
No more seasonal anime figures.
Ugly box.

Now with all the complaints done, here's what I think:
figma will fade out in time, but not anytime soon. GSC made some awful decisions. Awful to us, and awful to them. While these don't clash, they both add to a big loss of customers.
I consider the price hike nothing but corporate greed. They follow the example of play arts, trying to push prices to the limit by now. Of course there's inflation which is not their fault, and them bringing home the factories from china will increase production cost too. But when you add the massive downsizing on the accessories to the mix it doesn't add up anymore.
Price is a HUGE concern, when you feel you get less for what you paid for in the past. figma started with 2500yen figures and the quality didn't get that much better simply because it was always good. I could justify paying 5000 for a figma, but not 10000yen.

Trying to monopolize on sales with preorder bonuses is a mixed bag. It makes my blood boil at times when it's something crucial to the character, and I'm totally indifferent when it's something stupid.
I consider the "something stupid" things like love live crunchies or winter scarfs a nice gesture. But when it's a weapon, an alternate hair, a faceplate, or something the character constantly uses it's downright evil and unforgiveable. Let's say I bite and order through GSC. What happens next is that I'm FORCED to pay their 4000yen forced EMS, and on top of that pay for my other order I didn't place on GSC. Twice the postal fee already. I don't exclusively order GSC products, what about those? So I don't use their webshop, instead I make the smart decision. But at the same time I feel cheated out of something, and if I can't have the full package, I'd rather not have it at all. There are exceptions of course, when it would've been godsent to have the extra stuff excluded. Gilgamesh's naked torso and fancy box can burn in hell for all I care, I would've been happier with a Gates of Babylon backgdrop, or a sane pricetag.

The ugly box doesn't matter honestly to me. It looks bad but won't influence my purchase either way. I don't display figures in their boxes.

I saved the important part for last. Who's the target audience?
Clearly not the same group of people from 10 years ago. It's rare to see a new seasonal anime figma or anime figma at all these days. Why? Did japan stop caring about anime? Is anime no longer profitable? Are browser/phone games and meme figures that popular?
The thing about phone games is, that they have so many characters that it must be hell to choose which one to release. I think it's just as much of a risk as releasing a seasonal anime character. They will shelfwarm just the same.

Two more things are important to mention. I read in an interview that it's up to the sculptors what they do. If they're not into the next big thing it won't have any figma, and most importantly: nendos are much, much cheaper and easier to produce and sculpt than show accurate sculpts with articulation.

Here's a better question. How do we fix figma? IMO, they should fix the price range around 5000yen, stop cheaping out on accessories and make very throughout decisions when it comes to online shop bonuses.
78 часов назад (7 часов назад)riringoriringo
Free_Phi (10 часов назад) #29717618There is absolutely no doubt that this figure is highly influenced by the HBO GoT character.
You do realize that artists draw inspiration from multiple sources when creating a new work?

Why GoT specifically though? It doesn't matter if she was GoT inspired in some way, but I'm a GoT fan and Daenerys isn't the first thing that comes to my mind when I see this sculpt, since there are many Japanese artists who have a similar style to this. The only similarities I can see are her white long hair, large round eyes and expression, but those are all part of her original design, so I can't really see how "there's absolutely no doubt" that she's influenced by Daenerys when she's just as likely could have been inspired by anything else (and not by GoT at all).

Like, I can definitely see similarities, but saying it's a conscious influence feels like a leap. :\
79 часов назадMyondazeMyondaze
It's really sad to see the decline in figma, considering there are so many series and characters I would have loved to see in that form. The rising prices make me not want to buy them as much anymore though, I can't justify $70 on a small action figure. They are probably the highest quality of action figures, but way too pricey. Maybe if they came back down to what their prices were a few years back they'd still be popular like nendos, but that's just a far dream.
71 день назадSolarstormflareSolarstormflare
your cat is so so so cute!!!!! what's their name?
71 день назадsanzo_reloadsanzo_reload
Kyaaa...
his prototype looks so precious! I hope this means that the preorder for him and Kagehina jersey version will be up soon!!
62 часа назадBloodFlowerBloodFlower
Using bootlegs can sometimes be more work than using a original item. I've heard plenty of people customizing bootleg Nendos and Figmas saying that it's not worth it because of the bad quality (joints breaking easily, parts not fitting together when mixing two different figures, etc). So have that in mind when deciding to use bootlegs.
61 день назадKiz-xoKiz-xo
Awwyiss.
Finally something i can afford
61 день назадGSLinuxGSLinux Love coding, video & fi...
Cybogirl (1 день назад) #29664253Sooo... is 11th December still a go? Have Alter started shipping?

Dec. 11th (Manufacturer's shipping date) -> Dec. 12th (Available at retailers)
61 день назадTitan_ScientistTitan_Scientist
Hmm, unless they've hidden the bits where you attach the glasses really well, it doesn't look like he comes with his glasses.
612 часов назад (4 часа назад)GwenwyfarGwenwyfar
TeaKatt (12 часов назад) #29714402Oh! I was referring to FLARE's sculpt, not the source material.
It was based off the source material, there's an image of the original artwork in some of the photos, and other than that that's just how the character is. I highly doubt they took inspiration off anywhere else really, and the game came much before GoT. Most likely just a coincidence.
54 часа назад (3 часа назад)franjandarfranjandar
I have submitted this nendoroid face plate, just for the laughs: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/376485121274150914/390252062069227540/faces.png
56 часов назад (5 часов назад)LilieLilie
I love the figma line and they are my favorite figures to collect, but there's been a huge lack of 'good' variety and the lack of interesting character designs, while at the same time the prices of figmas have doubled since 2012. Good example of the ridiculous figma prices is the Love Live figma's: item #287760 for example was 5,3k yen for a simple school girl figma with barely any accessories. Remember when you could get a amazingly designed figma for around 3k yen: item #98875

Figmas used to be so affordable, but not anymore.

The GSC article you mentioned, did it have any mention of the manufacturing moving from china to japan? I remember there was someone talking about it few years ago and how it would increase the prices.

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