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Old 2014-01-25, 17:03   Link #5201
takai
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Just got my Ousawa Miu: Open Shirt Ver in the mail today.
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I also forgot to mention I got my Milla Maxwell and Luka figures too. They're beautiful.
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Old 2014-02-01, 03:24   Link #5202
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Just a question. Am I right to assume Hobby Search' Japanese version applies only to Japanese customers? At least it doesn't log you in automatically/let you log in there with your credentials from the English front.

Curious as it does have plenty of sections/articles missing from the English one.
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Old 2014-02-01, 05:12   Link #5203
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Just a question. Am I right to assume Hobby Search' Japanese version applies only to Japanese customers? At least it doesn't log you in automatically/let you log in there with your credentials from the English front.

Curious as it does have plenty of sections/articles missing from the English one.
Basically, it seems that the answer is yes. The Japanese site uses email addresses as the UserID and registration appears to require a Japanese shipping address. Also, certain products indeed don't exist on the English site, even if you append /eng/ to the URL for the product code. So it seems likely that the only way you could order things from the Japanese site would be through a proxy or forwarding service.
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Old 2014-02-08, 02:26   Link #5204
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I just got in my Yagyuu by Vertex today. I have to say, she is beautifully crafted. Even her stand is nice. The cape and scarf, along with the very pretty umbrella just looks great. And of course they nailed her great body. I'm definitely satisfied with this purchase.

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Old 2014-02-08, 10:57   Link #5205
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Recently just got an A/C rated PMMM Sayaka TV ver. at AmiAmi... (Was planned to get A/A rated Akarin but it was sold out before I decide to order it..... )

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I could just seen little dents on the box, although it was rated C on the box status.

By the way, can't wait to see which figures will be shown / announce on the Winter Wonfes which will be held at tomorrow (Personally prefer any Neptunia or RM characters )
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Old 2014-02-13, 05:22   Link #5206
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I'm a bit of a complete ignoramus when it comes to pvc figures so i'm after a bit of advice and information about one that's caught my eye. Basically, is good smile company's Asuna knights of the blood a wise pre order? I like what i'm seeing from the prototype images but i just want to get my info straight before actually putting in a pre order.
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Old 2014-02-13, 07:22   Link #5207
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I'm a bit of a complete ignoramus when it comes to pvc figures so i'm after a bit of advice and information about one that's caught my eye. Basically, is good smile company's Asuna knights of the blood a wise pre order? I like what i'm seeing from the prototype images but i just want to get my info straight before actually putting in a pre order.
You cannot go wrong with a GSC figure, it's one of the best figure manufacturers and the mass produced version that you buy will look just like the one on the promotional images

On that note, I got this GSC Kuroyukihime for my birthday last month

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Old 2014-02-13, 13:06   Link #5208
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You cannot go wrong with a GSC figure, it's one of the best figure manufacturers and the mass produced version that you buy will look just like the one on the promotional images

On that note, I got this GSC Kuroyukihime for my birthday last month

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That's good to hear, i'll slap a order down.
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Old 2014-02-15, 18:07   Link #5209
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Just ordered myself Ruby Rose from RWBY. I was surprised figures were made, so when Roosterteeth announced that McFarlane had made one I immediately jumped onto it on their website

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Old 2014-02-15, 21:54   Link #5210
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Been meaning to buy this one for a while;

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Finally got a few other purchases out of the way and ordered this last week.
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Old 2014-02-17, 07:48   Link #5211
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Old 2014-03-05, 14:48   Link #5212
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Something old school I found while packing stuff for moving house.

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Old 2014-03-10, 04:16   Link #5213
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Hey people, I have a bunch of figures I bought on trips to Japan but I've been wanting to buy some online. Are there any reliable sites with international shipping that you all order from?
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Old 2014-03-11, 21:47   Link #5214
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Hey people, I have a bunch of figures I bought on trips to Japan but I've been wanting to buy some online. Are there any reliable sites with international shipping that you all order from?
I use Hobby Search Japan: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/
A lot of people use amiami: http://www.amiami.com/

Those 2 shops ship overseas to you as soon as the product comes out. Depending on the shipping you choose you can get it in 2-3 days (EMS) vs 2-3 weeks (SAL). Depending on the country you're in you might have to pay additional fees at customs.

American based shops like Hobbyfan, HLJ, etc don't receive their items until 1-2 months after the initial Japanese release but at least you don't have to worry about customs as they will receive the items from Japan first then ship it to you locally. However, you are not always guaranteed an item because they sometimes don't always have the stock they promised and sometimes their orders fall through.

For 'exclusives' you need to use a proxy service like BigInJapan or TokyoHunter.
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Old 2014-03-12, 03:05   Link #5215
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American based shops like Hobbyfan, HLJ, etc don't receive their items until 1-2 months after the initial Japanese release
HLJ is Japan-based, actually, and the longest I had to wait for them to ship after release (and by that, I assume you mean actual release, not announcement) was a week, maybe two. Definitely not a month, let alone two. When it does take a long time, it's always due to local customs holding my stuff hostage.

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However, you are not always guaranteed an item because they sometimes don't always have the stock they promised and sometimes their orders fall through.
I've used HLJ for years, bought pretty much all my figurines from them, and never had any issues with them whatsoever. If they do have any issues, I have yet to come across them. Then again, your experience may differ from mine (assuming you've ever used them), so maybe you just got really unlucky.

I myself tried HS, and am not really happy about them. My main issue is that you can't cancel an order after a week (I can cancel anytime between preorder and release at HLJ), which became a bit problematic when I was really strapped for cash and had barely enough funds to pay for an order I placed with them.
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Old 2014-03-12, 05:50   Link #5216
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You're right about HLJ, I was thinking of another shop with a similar sounding name.
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Old 2014-03-19, 14:09   Link #5217
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HLJ up until recently has been my go to shop for figures. Usually they ship out your order 1 week for me after release.

I'll still use them but they just burned me real bad on my last order.

I ordered a figure 1st day or pre-order back in June that kept getting pushed back manufactures fault so it's cool. Then I noticed it said item discontinued on the product page but I still didn't get billed or emailed for mine.

Had to send them a email they replied that they didn't get enough to fill all the orders but they would see if someone canceled. In the end they sent another email sorry no longer available. After all the money I spent with them over the years no discount on another figure or shipping.

And the worst thing that pissed me off the most I had to email them to find out what the hell was going on.

Their lucky I'll I give them another shot since this is the first time this has happened in 5-6 years.
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Old 2014-03-19, 15:07   Link #5218
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HLJ up until recently has been my go to shop for figures. Usually they ship out your order 1 week for me after release.

I'll still use them but they just burned me real bad on my last order.

I ordered a figure 1st day or pre-order back in June that kept getting pushed back manufactures fault so it's cool. Then I noticed it said item discontinued on the product page but I still didn't get billed or emailed for mine.

Had to send them a email they replied that they didn't get enough to fill all the orders but they would see if someone canceled. In the end they sent another email sorry no longer available. After all the money I spent with them over the years no discount on another figure or shipping.

And the worst thing that pissed me off the most I had to email them to find out what the hell was going on.

Their lucky I'll I give them another shot since this is the first time this has happened in 5-6 years.
This exact thing happened to me for the "World is mine" Miku wall figure. HLJ is good when it is not a rare/LE figure, but tends to drop the ball when it is.

What did they ended up screwing you out of, if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 2014-03-19, 19:11   Link #5219
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hi can anyone identify this guy



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Old 2014-03-26, 06:43   Link #5220
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I use Hobby Search Japan: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/
A lot of people use amiami: http://www.amiami.com/

Those 2 shops ship overseas to you as soon as the product comes out. Depending on the shipping you choose you can get it in 2-3 days (EMS) vs 2-3 weeks (SAL). Depending on the country you're in you might have to pay additional fees at customs.

American based shops like Hobbyfan, HLJ, etc don't receive their items until 1-2 months after the initial Japanese release but at least you don't have to worry about customs as they will receive the items from Japan first then ship it to you locally. However, you are not always guaranteed an item because they sometimes don't always have the stock they promised and sometimes their orders fall through.

For 'exclusives' you need to use a proxy service like BigInJapan or TokyoHunter.
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HLJ is Japan-based, actually, and the longest I had to wait for them to ship after release (and by that, I assume you mean actual release, not announcement) was a week, maybe two. Definitely not a month, let alone two. When it does take a long time, it's always due to local customs holding my stuff hostage.



I've used HLJ for years, bought pretty much all my figurines from them, and never had any issues with them whatsoever. If they do have any issues, I have yet to come across them. Then again, your experience may differ from mine (assuming you've ever used them), so maybe you just got really unlucky.

I myself tried HS, and am not really happy about them. My main issue is that you can't cancel an order after a week (I can cancel anytime between preorder and release at HLJ), which became a bit problematic when I was really strapped for cash and had barely enough funds to pay for an order I placed with them.
Thank you so much for the info guys. It was very thorough. I ended up ordering something through HLJ just because of price and availability. Will update when I get the order.
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