|12-24-2009, 08:37 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: San Diego
Japan and other countries seem to take their toy manufacturing more seriously than american to include quality, worth while gimmicks and more directed towards adults. A few years back I picked up a "Star Blazers" toy for a couple hundred (I don't remember what I paid) well this thing was so cool. It was about 2 feet long and 6-7 inches high. A bunch of electronic gizmos, the hatches opened and had great detail inside. had a bunch of small jets for, the wings opened. I loved star Blazers as a kid and had to have it. (My brother picked up a diecast one for me in the 80s from Japan again for the time it beat American quality) I was thinking why can't something like this make it in the American market. Alot of our greatest toys originated in Japan (transformers/diaclone) the Power Rangers (never got into them myself) the quality of Hot Toys products (I believe they are chinese) far out shine anything we have (Sideshow is trying). I spent some time in okinawa and the amount of transformers, TMNT stuff that they had that didn't make it to the states. The amazing and expensive models ($100 plus American for glue together models Macross stuff) the transformer tranformable shoes by Nike I think. The transformable Ipod (soundwave and Optimus) What in their culture makes expensive toys a viable enterprise?
|12-24-2009, 09:00 AM||#2|
Master of Disguise
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sarasota, FL
Quite honestly the whole genre of Toys/Cartoons is geared more towards adults in Japan than kids.
So to answer your question, yes! part of that reason is that it is far more socially acceptable to like such things as an adult in Japan.
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|12-24-2009, 09:39 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Asteroid M
well, they can do more detail since they're ok w/ using toxic lead and mercury that kills children.
|12-24-2009, 09:42 AM||#4|
Join Date: Nov 2008
The Japanese take take their collector toys seriously. Quality can be spotty, but it's like anything else.
Hot Toys (Hong Kong) has really set the world on fire. I laugh at Sideshow charging HT prices for their Joes.
|12-24-2009, 09:44 AM||#5|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bergen, Norway
I think that the reason they can have the amount of detail is precisely that its geared towards an adult consumer group. Asians as a group never really "grow up" in the westerners way of thinking, they love games and to some extent toys just as much as when they were kids (especially Japanese folks). There's nothing racial about it, its the culture. Truth be told, as a westerner I feel more comfortable over there buying my toys then here, its more accepted and less frowned upon.
|12-24-2009, 10:08 AM||#6|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Monrovia, CA
the answer is no, the countries take them equally seriously, but it is the American collector that interprets them differently because of their bias against children's toys.
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|12-24-2009, 10:27 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Cobra Island
It's cause rednecks won't pay more the twenty bucks fer a toy down at the Walmart.
|12-24-2009, 10:43 AM||#8|
Not Hasbro approved.
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: :Location: Location.
I think it's inconclusive at best.
I've had more problems with Takara's QC on TFs than Hasbro's.
|12-24-2009, 10:53 AM||#9|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Woodbridge, VA
A cantaloupe can cost $60-$100 in Japan. Everything is expensive there, but then there economy and society is quite different to ours.
|12-24-2009, 11:17 AM||#10|
Join Date: Dec 2008
In the Asian countries, you find toys in all types of stores. It isn't unusual to see them in jewelry stores and clothing boutiques.
In America, targeting toys towards adults is relatively new... They have been doing it over there much longer and the market reflects that.
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