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Figure Scale Trends, Part 3: Cast Off [NSFW]Comments • Figure Scale Trends, Part 3: Cast Off [NSFW]

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    Moeromoero Chinese Dress Hunter
    This is very detailed and informative as always. Thank you again for the hard work.
    Maybe we should start a bachelor degree of fig collection.
    3 days ago
    1pt
    Thanks for another part to this, very informative an eye opening to see just how the market has changed over the years. I'm thinking that 2016's spike could have been due to the fact that borderline hentai was still popular, now if you look at the trends of each season since Sword Art Online became so huge the rise in Anime set in game worlds or in other worlds has spiraled and interestingly the borderline hentai series have almost vanished! Thus maybe leaving a gap in the market? In 2016 we had Hybrid Heart which was the closest to hentai at the time and I'm sure manufacturers were on board that train not knowing that it was about to be stopped, as in 2017 the decline began and now it's rare to see a borderline hentai series however as you mentioned due to the popularity of 1/6 I'm sure companies picked up on this despite the decline in borderline hentai, as hey we got to get our fix from somewhere right!? lol So that might explain why cast off figure sales increased, as each season from 2016 there have been less borderline hentai series as well as a small decline in ecchi series as well, in 2019 there was only one borderline hentai series which was a 6 ep web series compared to other years where there have been at least 4-5 along with ecchi series. In 2010 there were 21 ecchi series and in 2019 there aren't many that can be classed as ecchi, some may have ecchi scenes this includes series like Fire Force but there aren't many series aimed at being ecchi, from what I've found we had only 4 series in 2019 that were aimed at being ecchi which shows the ecchi trend is gradually disappearing. It is generally quite shocking that trapped in another world/videogame anime has had over 24 series since SAO and that number continues to rise each season!

    I too prefer 1/6 because like many other collectors and again as you mentioned they're affordable and high in detail and have numerous display options which make them desirable, I do have some 1/8's and 1/7's that are cast off but 1/6 is just better as they don't take up too much space unless you're Daiki who have to do black disc bases which drive me insane, seriously Daiki stop with the crap bases already! Anyway I can see 1/6 becoming the future fav as 1/4 and 1/5 require a lot of space and despite them having higher quality prices are going to hurt, it's interesting to note that BINDing announced all these girls by Oda Non
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    but have only made two so far, this whole set alone is going to put you back a couple of grand, so the bigger figures are a bigger investment which a lot of us just can't do. Anyway thanks once again for this article looking forward to reading the next part! :D
    9 days ago
    1pt
    vgadict (10 days ago) #71229646Thanks! I have no idea why you missed the prior articles, but at times, the volume of new articles can quickly push recent articles off the links shown on the main page.
    Links to the prior articles should be available in the panel to the right. In case they aren't showing up, here they are:
    Part 1: BLOG #44130
    Part 2: BLOG #44189
    Whoa i guess that's the cause lol. Thanks for the links!! Heading there.
    10 days ago
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    BHEITHIR (10 days ago) #71222519What an informative article!! How come i missed the previous parts?
    Looking forward for the next to come. Keep up the great work!!

    Thanks! I have no idea why you missed the prior articles, but at times, the volume of new articles can quickly push recent articles off the links shown on the main page.

    Links to the prior articles should be available in the panel to the right. In case they aren't showing up, here they are:
    Part 1: BLOG #44130
    Part 2: BLOG #44189
    10 days ago
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    victorviper (11 days ago) #71195698My gut feeling was that the data would show explosive growth in 1/4 scales in the last year or so (with all the offerings from BINDing), and it's interesting to see that confirmed. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues; the aftermarket prices for a lot of the 1/4 BINDing figures seems to suggest that the demand is there, but it will be interesting to see if the 18+ collectors are willing to keep shelling out upwards of 25000 yen per item for these huge scales and if the secondhand prices will stay high.
    I'm very curious to see if the growth in 1/4 and 1/5 scales will endure. Collectors have been complaining about the rising costs of figures for at least a decade, yet it hasn't stopped the producers from continuing to raise the price of figures.

    I also keep reading posts about how many pre-ordered figures some collectors have which means there are still a lot of collectors continuing to buy figures despite the climbing prices. In economics this would be known as inelastic demand - regardless of the price, people still buy the item. Usually only items like food or fuel tend to follow that behavior while collectibles and art usually follow an elastic demand where higher prices causes fewer people to buy the item. It's concerning to me as a collector that there could be a huge number of people out there that are willing to buy figures at any price since that may just encourage the companies to raise their prices higher and higher since they know they'll still be able to sell the figures.
    10 days ago
    1pt
    What an informative article!! How come i missed the previous parts?
    Looking forward for the next to come. Keep up the great work!!
    10 days ago
    2pt
    My gut feeling was that the data would show explosive growth in 1/4 scales in the last year or so (with all the offerings from BINDing), and it's interesting to see that confirmed. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues; the aftermarket prices for a lot of the 1/4 BINDing figures seems to suggest that the demand is there, but it will be interesting to see if the 18+ collectors are willing to keep shelling out upwards of 25000 yen per item for these huge scales and if the secondhand prices will stay high.
    11 days ago
    1pt
    Maybe the 2016 dip has to do with the large back-up of figures being delayed by companies in that era. I remember a period where figures were delayed up to 12 months.
    Other explanation might be the fact that there was a period where 18+ figure weren't put up for PO on the english site for foreign customers, only on the japanese site for Japanese. (Luckily that is no longer the case)

    Just spitballing anyway. Regardlessly, these articles give some great insight and provide a great read. Keep the good work up ;3
    11 days ago
    1pt
    galablue (11 days ago) #71180701thank you for all the time and effort you put into these very informative articles! you always teach me so much :)
    Thanks! I'm glad you find them helpful.
    11 days ago
    2pt
    thank you for all the time and effort you put into these very informative articles! you always teach me so much :)
    11 days ago
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