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Why prize figures in English game collector's editions...?Why prize figures in English game collector's editions...?Misc

MobiusXMobiusX6 years ago
Don't get me wrong, I love prize figures!

Having received an email this morning from NBGI Europe/Australia, I took a gander at whatever "Collector's Editions" they decided to bring out into the market this time.

Dragon Ball Z: The Battle of Z, comes packed with the "Super Saiyan Goku figurine" with some fancy positive adjectives slapped on it. It's actually just the Master Stars Piece by Banpresto, re-released.

http://i860.photobucket.com/albums/ab164/Strikeshots/gokumsp_zps5cde172b.png

Such promotion:I do like how they add the sculptor though :D




Non figure-collectors be like:
"OH MY GOD IT'S BEAUTIFUL, IT'S SO DETAILED!"

MFC'ers be like:
"lol, cheap prize figure."



While personally I'm a fan of prize figures, particularly of Banpresto's diverse lines of figures, I just find it... well... a little funny reading pages after pages of comments about praise for a prize figure on the influx of FaceBook advertisements or YouTube promotions.

With the release of Tales of Xillia in North America, they included the Ichiban Kuji Milla. Ichiban Kuji's quality, at times, towers that of scaled figures in the more expensive-end of the collector's scale. I believe with the release of Tales of (Symphonia? I think...), there's Banpresto Kyun-charas included.

I myself bought the Naruto Shippuuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Will of Fire Edition for European/Australian release. It came with a "shiny variant" Naruto Shinobi Relations DX figure. I read during many unboxings that people wished the "figure was matte", when in reality a matte version exists!

I paid $128 AUD for my edition, for a single figure. Americans paid just $100 for their Edition, and came with two figures! I was pretty damn annoyed by this. Banpresto's racking up cash quick from us PAL-regioners >_<

Do Western localizations/distributions really like to feed on the "wow factor" straight up? It's fuel for customer's money, and damn it works well. Prize figures wow the non-collector real quick, completely unaware of their real price point.


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SamuraiofHeiji6 years ago#1896622lol be cool, mate, as long as they live in business way, so be it. to stretching the width of market, they must pull people's interest to buy it. yeah i feel shame too, but what can we do if the main target is money? only blindless people will realized. i hope i said something relevant with your article.

blaizevincent6 years ago#1896639Basically because what you are buying is the game not the figure. Those who Don't knwo about figures will be happy enough.
Also if it wasn't a prize figure then the collectors edition would be far too expensive.
Its hardly rocket science


Having gone through more discussion in regard to this article with many other members, the only issue that prevails is the term "collectors edition" or even more explicitly "limited edition".

> Bundled game figures are re-runs, hence not limited
> They broadcast a run amount, eg 3000 pieces (if the figure is a variant), but only applies to the region of distribution. The same figure may be released across two regions, eg AUSTRALIA and USA - hence doubling the run to 6000, making an inaccurate description of the product, not to include the original non-variants already on the market. While these details may be obsolete to most MFCers, the ethics behind the sole purpose of these editions are questionable.

Collecting and all of its mechanics should be revised by NBGI in understanding that not all of their buyers are casual customers who simply want the edition to be "happy" so to speak, but also people like myself who carefully consider the monetary component, in aspect to ratio (value in regard to the rest of the edition) for the figure and other included parts. Inevitably though, the casual customers overwhelm real collectors.

I guess bundle = more bang for your buck. Except in the case of comparing Australian CE's with US ones... they just get the upper hand :x

Thanks for your feedback guys!
6 years ago
Basically because what you are buying is the game not the figure. Those who Don't knwo about figures will be happy enough.

Also if it wasn't a prize figure then the collectors edition would be far too expensive.

Its hardly rocket science
6 years ago
lol be cool, mate, as long as they live in business way, so be it. to stretching the width of market, they must pull people's interest to buy it. yeah i feel shame too, but what can we do if the main target is money? only blindless people will realized. i hope i said something relevant with your article.
6 years ago
I never really bothered. Prize Figures CAN be good.
But Bravely Default's collectors edition was just a terrible joke.
6 years ago
I used to be a real sucker for anything collector's edition box set whatever. These days a lot of them aren't really anything special now. Just a different case and the same fare like a soundtrack disc and a mini artbook. With limited shelf space, I cut down on those types of games and just get the normal versions most of the time.

When I saw the Tales of Xillia version that comes with a Milla figure, at first I was thinking, "How cool!" but then I stopped, thought about it and saw it was just a low cost prize figure. At that time, I became indifferent to it. ^^;
6 years ago
MetalGearSora6 years ago#1896014
Really? I'm not so sure, considering that most figures are of game/anime characters those groups of interests often tend to overlap. Personally I love both video games and figures. I own far more video games because I've been playing and collecting them longer than I have figures (15 years vs 2 years) but both are fantastic. I think to the uninitiated the idea of paying 100 dollars for something you're only going to look at seems ridiculous. I know that was the case for me before I purchased my first figure and realized how incredibly detailed they are.


I don't deny they can overlap, you're correct that a good chunk of figures come from video games. I too like video games and figures (plus Japanese telephone cards!).

However, it's uncommon for a gamer to be into figure hobby as well. When a figure from their favourite game gets released, they tend to treat it as "nice, an extra good from the series", and that's it: they won't dwell any further into the world of figure collecting. At worst, they see figure collecting as a disgusting hobby (which is kinda ironic, given that, despite gaming getting more popular these years, there's still a lingering stigma on at least some portions of it :p)

(At least, that's the experience I've seen from various groups of people both online and in real life. Maybe my perception is wrong after all, would be fun and interesting to hear the experience of other MFC members who also are gamers.)
6 years ago
This was something that was on my mind recently as well. I bought the Uncharted 3 collector's edition for $100 CAD before I knew anything about figures. The Nathan Drake figure it comes with looks like crap now that I know what good quality figures look like and the same is true for virtually every other special edition video game I know of. It's a good thing that Uncharted 3 is a great game or else I'd really feel like I wasted my money. I tend avoid collector's editions now because companies include low quality figures and charge way too much.

Eccmy6 years ago#1895475Gamers rarely interact with hobbyists.
Really? I'm not so sure, considering that most figures are of game/anime characters those groups of interests often tend to overlap. Personally I love both video games and figures. I own far more video games because I've been playing and collecting them longer than I have figures (15 years vs 2 years) but both are fantastic. I think to the uninitiated the idea of paying 100 dollars for something you're only going to look at seems ridiculous. I know that was the case for me before I purchased my first figure and realized how incredibly detailed they are.
6 years ago
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xanxas6 years ago#1895937picture/866477&...

Aha. First-world MFC problems ^^"
6 years ago
A prize figure fan here too. I like them so much because I love arcades. Even if they are unavailable here in my country as an arcade prize, I order them instead.
6 years ago