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AcePlatinumAcePlatinum19 days ago
Happy Monday MFC users!

After a stressful week, I feel so much better and relieved once the election results came in! How was y'alls weekend? I wonder if some of you guys partied just as I did over on Sat/Sun!


Anyways, sigh of relief aside, I just wanted to give a little PSA to second-hand figure collectors out there as I have had a few instances that spurred me to write this little article.

For some time now, I have been mostly getting second-hand figures from Japan; whether it be off Mandarake, Ebay, Mecari, Neokyo, etc. Since collecting these types of figures, I have had three/four situations that I felt the need to address so that others out there can not only pay attention to this issue, but also nip it in the bud once they have identified the problem. The problem in this case is the unfortunate transport of pests and diseases. Mainly, from to Japan to the U.S. (although obviously applies to other countries as well).

The first encounter I had with such an experience was with ITEM #94575 back in July. I got him off Manda and while there was no visible issues with the box (mind you, it was advertised as brand new), it was the inside that contained....a nasty pest. See, it was clear that the item--despite being brand new--had been sitting in the back of a shop/storage unit and was collecting dust over time. Unfortunately--and to my dismay/horror--dust was not the only thing the figure picked up. Inside the clamshell was evidence of an insect making its cocoon and webbing all at the bottom of the insert. Thankfully, it was only on the outside of the clamshell (not anywhere near or close to the figure) but alas I almost burned the darn thing thinking it was a spider. Upon closer inspection, it looked like more of a moth casing but I sure knew as H**L that I was not in the mood to find out. I quickly took care of the issue and made sure to properly dispose of it (after wiping it down with some natural chemicals, burned the castings). Clearly, Manda had not checked the contents of the packaging before sending it off and I could have potentially let loose another invasive pest into the wild by accident. And yes, it was relatively fresh so it may have been still alive. I deep cleaned my room as well just in case a relative got loose.

So, crisis averted right? Wrong. Fast-forward to August, and I get another pre-owned but still like-new figure from Manda again. Figure in question, ITEM #223707. Same sort of situation, only the webs this time were much older and it was clear that the owner was long gone but I still did not take any chances. Once again, the insides were not examined before shipment and I had to get rid of another potential pest. Finally, I just received ITEM #464646. This time, I got it from Mecari--> Neokyo and while no visible pest activity, I did find some rust-colored looking substance inside the clamshell. I will not speculate what the foreign substance was (from disease to dirt) but again, never taking any chances when dealing with unknown materials and deep cleaned the packaging. Insides were--say it with me--not checked and therefore was able to make its way to me.

I also had another incident where I obtained an older T-shirt off Manda--never opened since 2017/8--and smelled strongly of mildew: to the point where my skin itched so bad that I had to wash it twice.


The point that I want to bring across with this article--apart from creeping you out--is that to please make sure to check the plastic packaging/condition of the figure and/or item right after you open them, especially if they: 1) Have not been checked by the seller, 2) Has been sitting/locked away in its original packaging for so long, 3) is second-hand. You may unknowingly bring in a pest/disease into the wild and wreck havoc onto the natural landscape (although one can argue, global trade by itself has done more damage due to the constant transport of foreign goods on foreign vessels/pallets/packaging) but hopefully you get the idea. Make sure to deep clean all parts of the packaging/figure and properly dispose of the vermin/disease at hand. If you are not sure, you can always refer to the USDA and/or APHIS website such as these: www.aphis.usda.... www.ers.usda.go...

Thank you for reading this long article. I hope I didn't give you guys too much of the hibbie jibbies (I know, Halloween has already passed sorry!).

If you have any similar experiences in handling such an issue, feel free to comment so that others can learn and/or recognize how to deal with this! :)

DISCLAIMER: I have no affiliation with either U.S. government agencies, I just wanted to use them as a reference since they are the ones that mostly deal with this. If you are not in the U.S. and want to check with your country's regulations/monitoring program, I suggest trying the equivalent of a department of agriculture or environment. Additionally, I do not directly blame these online stores, just mainly wished individual seller/store fronts would pay more attention to checking the item condition before selling them to these online websites since most of the time they do not check as well.
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Anthy7 days ago#86976525i can maybe understand once, but, ugh, multiple times? what’s with the inspection crew over there?
and the webbing (shivers) i would have freaked out


Not sure, but maybe doing a double check would be nice.

Oh, I definitely did that and got rid of them at the speed of light!
7 days ago
i can maybe understand once, but, ugh, multiple times? what’s with the inspection crew over there?
and the webbing (shivers) i would have freaked out
7 days ago
I have mandarake order arriving tomorrow colour me stressed after reading this hahah
16 days ago
Well this just makes me never want to buy second hand ever.
16 days ago
Tofukins18 days ago#86352148Oh my what a narly post XD
Thank you for the information, I have so many purchases from Manda which are still in their boxes unopened. Now I am just concerned what they may contains. Some haven't been opened up in years so whatever left is probably dead by now o.o



Anytime! :)

Oh man, I hope so too! Some of these though can last quite awhile (sturdy little suckers!). I would give a quick check to make sure nothing is in those boxes ^^
18 days ago
Oh my what a narly post XD

Thank you for the information, I have so many purchases from Manda which are still in their boxes unopened. Now I am just concerned what they may contains. Some haven't been opened up in years so whatever left is probably dead by now o.o
18 days ago
D_A_R19 days ago#86305183I was able to get rid off them before they spread. I threw it in the trash right away. I had them once before, they came with the food I bought for my dog. I tried insecticides and heat to destroy them, but nothing worked. The parasitic wasps worked great. I didn't think it would work, but I've been bug free for 4 years now.
I'd highly recommend it if you ever have any problems with beetles like this. There are various types of parasitic wasps to get rid off all kinds of vermins. I was afraid at first, because I didn't know how tiny they were and I thought, that my dog would be bothered by having them around. They're smaller than fruit flies, so you barely see them and they just leave on their own (or die) once they have no more bugs to eat.


WOW! Thanks for sharing, this is incredibly informative :D I'm so curious where you can purchase these parasitic wasps and know which ones to get. I'll have to do more research on this!
18 days ago
AcePlatinum19 days ago#86300566WHAT. It's the same level as head lice or bed bugs! So you needed to actually bring into your home parasitic wasps?!?! I know they do that in farms or greenhouses but holy cow!

I was able to get rid off them before they spread. I threw it in the trash right away. I had them once before, they came with the food I bought for my dog. I tried insecticides and heat to destroy them, but nothing worked. The parasitic wasps worked great. I didn't think it would work, but I've been bug free for 4 years now.

I'd highly recommend it if you ever have any problems with beetles like this. There are various types of parasitic wasps to get rid off all kinds of vermins. I was afraid at first, because I didn't know how tiny they were and I thought, that my dog would be bothered by having them around. They're smaller than fruit flies, so you barely see them and they just leave on their own (or die) once they have no more bugs to eat.
19 days ago
Stereoman19 days ago#86304732I've bought so many figures second hand and I never had this issue. It's scary to hear this though as I suffer from entomophobia but I hope it'll never happen to me.
I once got silverfish from a parcel but it was because it had been left outside my door on a rainy day and they're drawn to boxes. Quickly got rid of it and haven't had issues since.


I am deathly afraid of wasps so I feel yah ;A;

Silverfish is one of those things that if not quickly taken care of, can eventually become a serious problem super fast. The key to dealing with an insect problem is to correctly identify what you have and then effectively and efficiently deal with them as soon as possible. Taking action too late can result in an infestation that may last longer. You did the right thing by squashing them quickly :)
19 days ago
Naf19 days ago#86302126w-what
i still hvent opened my preowned figure box from Manda and i saw this post- asdfgghjkshjsksk
Thanks for le info though xD


No problem! :) Its rare, but just check in case!
19 days ago
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