29 September 2013

Disappearance of Capsule Toys Singapore

Some time ago on facebook, there was a "Capsule Toys Singapore" page but now it was no longer found. No official announcement, it just fade away without anyone notice. The fact it seems capsule toys in Singapore can be facing lesser capsule machines in retail mall or other places.

The reason could be the craze of Gashapon is not like a decade ago where many will try and try again to get some capsule toys in their collection though the capsule machine.That does not mean Singaporean do not love Gashapon or capsule toys as before. They still do as as when Takashimaya was having SGD$10 of capsule toys where consumer can choose to squeeze all it can into a plastic bag, the sales was popular and one of all time favorite.

Personally I was one of those who went on the crazy in the early 2000 where there were lots of quality capusle toys from Bandai and YuJin. In those days one turn of the capsule is only ranging SGD$2 for 200 Yen and SGD$3 for 300 Yen which is reasonable for most consumers. Capsule toys was so hot that some actually wanted to get direct from distributor for forming own collection. However distrubutor only allow minimum order of quantity and even if you get the it, you may only able to form a few complete set leaving behind some common figure where most people do not want.

Basically the manufacturer purposely produce some popular character in the set and limit the number. With that in play it trigger secondary market and collector to pay more turns to get that rare one. However this seems to back fire from the resellers all the way to the consumer who are selective collectors.

To make matter worst, in the recent years, the pricing of capsule machine went up to today the same 200 Yen gashapon was selling SGD$4 per turn and that is not because of currency conversion. Think about it. You may SGD$4 to try your luck and calculate the odds if you can get what you wanted in the selection. I personally struggle with it as SGD$4 I can pay for a meal and would I want to "Gamble" that and I may not get what I wanted? So I ceased.

Now I do understand much of the cost goes to retail of the machine in a way it was the Shopping mall that tax the reseller rental of the space of the machine and Singapore retail rental has been all time high thanks to some familiar factor like foreign investment. So the whole playing field is not leveled.

The ranges of Gashapon that can be import to Singapore also is limited as some Anime or Manga do not have licensing for Singapore as some was just for Japan only. However you may still ask why some local retails able to sell the whole set if it was not allowed into Singapore? It is simply because Bandai cannot allow in officially but they cannot stop third parties who got from Japan retail to ship over to Singapore and the price is of course generally much higher.

In the end, the Capsule Toys Singapore Facebook originally created by the Official distributor in Singapore now it has disappeared. Some noticed that in the most recent Takashimaya craziest toys sales  there was no more SGD$10 capsule bargain. That could be because the distributor already cleared all their stocks and it is possible we will not much capsule machines in Singapore.

While I cannot confirm the future of capsule and gashapon collecting, somehow most of capsule collector has weaned off this hobby in the past 5 years due to many factors like the products direction, pricing per turn and other factors.

For hardcore capsule toys collectors they may have already secure their own sources in buying set from some contacts and for those casual consumer like me already can do without. 

End of the day, the seller design and sell the product and the consumer will consider to buy or not to buy. The last thing you want is to push the consumer so much they can do without. That being said, I will missed the fun of turning for capsule but then again there are other capsule machine in most local neighbourhood for other third party stuff in more affordable prices.

That being said, I think we will surely missed this sight if this is true for Bandai official capsule machines.... Fading away....

Disclaimer: This article is just a personal sharing and observation from my point of view. There are others who have their own views and we are not here to prove them wrong or right.

28 September 2013

Nickelodeon TMNT MetalHead

I knew I got to have Metalhead when I saw his first appearance in the latest  Nickelodeon TMNT series.

In the series, Donny got the parts of Krangs and decided to make his own robot to even the odds between them and Krang. So with some of the parts from defeated Krang robot, Donny made his own robot named MetalHead.

He was created when Donny found out that fighting against Krang using his wooden Bo is not enough. Originally he can pilot him remotely using a control pad. He was design so that Donny do not need to physically fight Krang.

That action was frown upon by his brothers and even though the robot was well equiped for battle, it got overwrite by Krang later. His shell was a sewage cover with New York City marking on it.

This toy was quite well balance due to a big stable feet.

The feet on the other hand was hallow. Nonetheless that did not affect the stability.

There is a control panel on the top of Metalhead which the Krang intercepted the control from Donny. 

Metalhead has many weapons built in and the right hand was a flame thrower for the toy. Donny actually put a Hot warning sign on his arms.

For the fire, the toy comes with a missile to simulate the fire effect.. 

You just need to push the missile into the hole of his right palm. 

Time to let Metalhead meet his maker. Donnatello! I hope Donny is happy to see his robot.  

I fancy this Metalhead and I am glad my kid is currently enjoying him by playing with him now. 

Got to end my review and pass the toy back to my kid. :)

If you are a TMNT fans, this is one cool Turtles you got to have. :)

26 September 2013

Good Smile Racing 2013 Figma Miku Hatsune

It's another year and Good Smile Racing is having a new make over for Miku Hatsune for 2013.

Just like any other year, there will be a figma figure for Miku Hatsune and here is her in the new racing outfit. Since she is a race queen, they have put a crown for her.

This was the original illustration...

and here is the figma version doing the same pose.

How can race queen not having an umbrella? 

The umbrella can be open..or should I say they throw in the open umbrella accessory too.

See how she want you to bring her home? :P

Personally I like this outfit better than previous year. More mature and the skirt with glass like panel is classy.

What do you think?

24 September 2013


When REVOLTECH introduced the TAKEYA series where they took a giant step to make Japanese deities into pose-able figures, I was one of those that do not feel comfortable with the concept as respecting religion figures.

Now another toy company MEISTER JAPAN took another step further to create Ultraman into some of the identities of deities.

The whole series will be total of 12 releasing in batches. Each with a height of 160mm.

This is series 1 which already released in June.

This is series 2 which will be releasing this month September.

This is series 3 which will be releasing in November 2013.

There will be a special edition for Ultra Seven with two more side figures. This will be releasing in November 2013 at the price of 7980 Yen

I don't know about you but I do feel a bit weird. However I know Ultraman was someone special with a long history in Japan so I shall not comment much.

How about you? What do you think about this series?

22 September 2013

17th Craziest Toy Sale @ Takashimaya

It is another Craziest Toy sales again at Takashimaya shopping center in Singapore beginning 21st of September to 29th of September 2013.

Disclaimer: what is sharing here was indeed what was on sale there. some of the items I am sharing may sold out depending on which day you pop by. First is Starwars. Here is how crazy they cut the prices...

The 3.75" figures selling 2 for SGD$10!!

Ultimate Lightsaber was selling at SGD$20 each but as you can see, some familiar faces came to grab during the opening for reselling later.

Angry bird starwars plush at SGD$15.00 each

For Nerf guns lover, here are the offers...

The older Transformers prime deluxe classes toys at SGD$15.00.

For the 2012 Thundercats, the 4" figures selling 2 for SGD$8.

The new Sword of Omen toy selling at SGD$19.00

Not forgetting ThunderTank. Even with lower pricing, I don't feel like getting this series too.

For Japanese Bandai stuff, there are whole set of head of Ultraman, Power ranger and Mask riders.

There are S.I.C series

There's 3.75" Mask rider.

Also the 3.75" vehicle on sale...

Not forgetting if your kids or you like Beyblade, it is truely cut down prices.

Even the toy stories originally SGD$24 selling just for SGD$3...Crazy!.

Robot damashii selling at SGD$30.00

Also other tradepaper box clearing Gundam stuff and it is just SGD$3.00 each!

Tiger & Bunny selling at SGD$20 each!

Lastly there is also Chibi-arts for offer at SGD$15.00

Last but no least, the Decade belt which was SGD$99 to SGD$49 and now SGD$20!! Must buy!!

If you are free in the weekend, pop by Takashimaya fair too! Good Luck!

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