Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 15:31:45 -0700


>You know with all this business with the toys/models debate, I'm just
>going to have to put in my 2 cents. I think especially with Gundam Wing
>1/144 models you can go either way with them. And I believe that is
>Bandai's intent. You can build them, glue em if you want, prime, paint,
>detail and there you'll have a fantastic model showpiece. But then
>again, you can just snap em together(they're designed that way), and
>just play with em. They are even (mostly) in the correct colors (again
>they are designed that way) These of course are the extreme ends and you
>can build em anywhere between those. These are some of the most
>versatile kits made. And as for the suitability of playing with them,
>The Gundam Wing EW kits have some of the tightest polycap joints I have
>ever seen, making them perfect for playing with.
>
>Now my opinion for having them sell them at Toy R Us, I am absolutely
>for this idea. I would love to buy these models at a reasonable price,
>though I have to admit the import shops are getting pretty good at
>pricing. I have no problem with having a wider audience exposed to
>Gundam Wing, and I don't mind people thinking that Gundam models are
>toys. It happens all the time whem people see my collection of anime,
>and miniatures gaming stuff. My only concern is that Toys R Us should
>shrink wrap those bandai boxes. God know kids will be tampering with
>them and screwing things up for everyone. I can already imagine buying a
>kit there and getting home and it's got missing parts or manuals.
>
>Armand

Armand is making a great point here, and I agree 100%. If you pull the
Wing Gundam kits off the shelves at Toys R Us, where are you gonna put
them at? Import specialty hobby stores? WHY? Where do you think kids
will go buy the merchandise after seeing Gundam Wing on Cartoon Network?
The Samurai Import Hobby Store? Or get online and order from HLJ?

People, these are mass produced kits, not resin kits produced in limited
quantities or expensive chogokin toys that screams "keep me in the box
for investment purposes!" Don't feel sorry for them if they got thrown
against the wall and fall apart by some snot-nosed 5-year-olds.

BTW, the kits sold at TRU are shrinkwrapped by Bandai America. They slapped
2 stickers on the shrinkwrap to cover up the Japanese UPC and kit name and
replaced them with American ones. When you get rid of the shrinkwrap, it
is identical to the Japanese original except you get a full-color catalog
and a junkmail "Business Reply" card in the box, oh yeah and a leaflet of
pathetic excuse of "English instruction" which was a virtual copy of the
original assembly diagrams in B&W with all Japanese text removed.

Eddie

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