jpn fans reaction to classics?

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  1. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    so, any of you guys venture into japanese TF forums?

    whats their reaction to all the cool stuff coming out in the west?

    are they like, "omg hasbro fans get all the good stuff, takatomy you suck!" but in japanese?
     
  2. Nightrain

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    They probably say that anyway.
     
  3. Feralstorm

    Feralstorm I ship Nick & Judy TFW2005 Supporter

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    Golly, I HOPE they're saying that! :) 
     
  4. Chaos Muffin

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    Was wondering the same thing. That and what Japan thinks of the Cybertron figs that were never in GF. Oh and do they have to pay crazy cash for their imports like we do?

    I know we love importing the Japanese goodies.


    *Paging Mr SydneyY
     
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    Well importing probably isnt as bad since they can get them out of hong kong
     
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    I went to Japan a few years back, and I remember being rather amused seeing several US/western market toys commanding fairly hefty prices (like McFarlane stuff and others) at small toy shops that sell imports. The most interesting was seeing the western small Gundam MSIA figures (with fewer paint apps and accessories than their Japanese equivalents) selling for nearly twice what the same figure in Japanese packaging was on the same shelf.
     
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    They must think; "Man, the Americans get cool classics and exclusive Cybertron figs and we get TF porn."
     
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    it's a flip in good fortune

    (well not for those in the uk, it just keeps getting worse apparantly deluxes will be costing £15 when classics arrives (thats about $30 for one deluxe)
     
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    I'm told that they lust after our stuff the same way we lust after theirs. Some of them even import our toys at higher prices because they like our packaging better. It's truly a case of wanting whatever you don't have in action.
     
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    *Comes whenever CM calls*

    I only visit a few Japanese message boards, but as far as I know almost everyone wants Classics. Bumble (as they call him) seems to be the most popular.

    Importing toys are very difficult for most Japanese fans due to the language difference and the use of credit card (direct deposit is still the most popular way to pay for online purchases in Japan). There are quite few brick and mortar shops which sell Hasbro TFs, but they are only in big cities, and they are pricy. Deluxes often go for as much as US$30.
     
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    Judging from the numbers on Yahoo Japan they seem to be in pretty high demand :) 
     
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    artiepants Just over here punching Unicron.

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    oh, totally, half the mystique on getting something mainline is: if it has different paint aps/deco like SL Nightscream Reverse or ML Shock/TidalWave + the groovy packaging that's just such a different sensabilitie than what we're used too. (or just getting it wicked early in some cases like Galaxy Convoy :p )

    but I'm sure it's totally a grass is greener thing... I am hopeing against hope though that Takomy might drop a Classics Megs in G1 colors. I'd buy that in a heartbeat.
    proably because he kicks so much @$$. he's like the culmination of every dream i had about a Transformer since i discovered Car Robots in 2000... (minus the dorky trailer :p )
     
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    They're probably wondering where are the half naked adolescent girl figures!

    Honestly, yeah from what I've gathered Hasbro stuff is just as in demand there as Takara stuff is here. Afterall, would e-Hobby go to the trouble of 'importing' and selling the last few Cybertron figures in Japan if there wasn't a demand?

    Too bad there isn't a way for US residents to sell on Yahoo! Japan...one could make a small killing!
     
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    I found a toy hobby shop right out side of base here in Japan. There were two japanese guys there contenplating on if they should pick MP Starscream. We got into talking about Transformers toys and our collections. They're really into hasbro toys, just as much we are into theirs. They love the classics line and their hoping that TomyTakara will sell them there. The funny thing is that they don't like the concept of KISS Transformers and the only reason they wanna buy them is because Alternators Ops and Mirage are too expensive for them.

    You're right the American transformers here are hella expensive. That place had Hasbro Primus w/unicron head for $160!
     
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    Before being to impressed by the prices they're going for, remember that they're paying for shipping and other import fees too. That always seems to jack up the price when I was buying imports. Although I'd like to see price comparisons after taking that into account.
     
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    Some of the Hasbro Transformers the shop had weren't that much more. The owner probably marked the price to include shipping plus a little so he could make a profit.

    When I saw Primus at Toys R Us, he was selling for about 50 bucks just like in the States. I didn't pick him up because I wanted him w/Unicron's head. I've sold a couple of stuff on ebay from here and I have to take it to the Japanese post office because I'm not allowed to mail home business mail like that through the post office on base and the most I've had to pay for shipping back to the States is 20 bucks. SO yeah paying 160 bucks for him, I think is a little too much

    But for the most part I've seen the japanese get screwed on imports prices more than we do since I've been here.
     
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    Justice in a way. :D 
     
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    Do you need a Japanese address to register as a seller? I sometimes see an item located in Hong Kong.
    Speaking of Hong Kong items, when ALT Nemesis was out, Hong Kong sellers were usually asking much more than the ebay price at Yahoo auctions. Talk about a ripoff.

    The price of a GF deluxe in Japan is 2100yen, which is about US$17. Though most mass retailers such as TRU knocks off a few hundred yen.
    I have to pay US$19 or so for a Cyb deluxe in Australia, BTW.
     
  19. Deathx360

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    What is causing such a huge difference in price? I've read in another thread about the Classics coming out first in the UK and everyone was saying that fewer and fewer Transformers were being release and that the series was not that popular over there right now, or that's the way I took the discussions. I could see a little higher price than the US but 3x as much is outrageous.
     
  20. ambushbug74

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    sad part about this is, there is a comic store down the street from me with a Primus w/unicron head and he wants $90 for it. And remember, I'm in Michigan!
     

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