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  1. Some of you here may remember that I was once a seller here on MW, and for a time, I ran a full-time proxy service from Tokyo. Being a collector myself, and knowing PayPal rules, and just by doing my due diligence as a seller I had hardly ever had problems with items being damaged. I also knew that taking a loss was inevitably in the cards, no matter who’s fault it was by. That is the price of doing business, and it’s as simple as that. This is not a case of dealing with a buyer trying to scam the seller, this is just — the seller harassing the buyer over — his own bad business practices. Being on the blacklist is appropriate. Besides, it’s not like the seller couldn’t have invested in extra bubble wrap (hell even old newspapers) as cushion and over sizes shipping boxes without taking a loss, since he had — saved money by not paying for a — license — to produce the item in the first place.
  2. Consume whatever you like and all that, but for those out there who are deliberately breaking international laws, just remember one day, the Chogokins are coming home to roost. KO and 3rd Party makers, welcome to 2020! Investigation to raid and arrests took less than three months. "The knockoff toys, sold on the Internet under another name, differed from authentic ones only in size, according to police." Yeah, "BlackAces Mac Z 1/72 Tomcat “Shin Special” Custom Diecast Metal Collectors’ Model" ain't gonna fly. https://www.shine.cn/news/metro/2007232766/ https://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/shanghai-police-crack-down-on-transformers-kos-raiding-factory-and-arresting-people/45048/
  3. Actually that was done by Black Aces/Noel (individual/amateur kit circle) and not by Calibre Wings, it's was also a one-day license which is not a direct interaction with the rights holder (BW), they are arranged on behalf of the event organizers.
  4. If the recent "news" doesn't deal directly with BIG WEST, then we probably won't. Well... At least not for the moment.
  5. Before I go reading through all the replies, which are you watching, the official releases that included Eng subs, or by-ear fan subs?
  6. Akiba is pretty much Bandai Tamashi HQ, since they are working really close with Sofmap on releases and promotional displays. Getting one on release day shouldn't be a problem. Plus there are still other shops like Yellow Sub, Akiba X, and Tokyo Anime Center (nobody ever checks there). The Hikaru Vf-1J lasted about a week in shops before it sold out.
  7. Yep. That is what they say around these parts. Same reason he did both the Hi-Metal R box art and was interviewed for the booklet in the Mac II blu-ray.
  8. Mechanical designers didn't have input on the direction of the plot of II. Fun Fact: In Japan everybody refers to it as Obari's Macross (and he didn't work on any of the Gundam shows you had mentioned.
  9. Wong again. Seen? Seen where? In person? On TV? While you visited or lived in Japan? It happens behind closed doors in front of other girls and women (onsen), and in front of others from time to time as well. It depends on the group of girls or women. It has happened in front of me a few times, the first two times it was jaw-drapping, then it was just something some people do. Even drunk JP guys get too touchy with guys sometimes, your blocking form needs to be quick.
  10. Tochiro and myself had first hand experience with what you're having a hard time believing. Even with the official English subtitles Kawamori was in the loop and signed off on things. And it wasn't just on the scripts being a native translation. He made sure that the nuance of dialogs and song lyrics were clear. I also spoke about it at last years SDcon panel.
  11. I have no idea what that's all about. Maybe he's talking about Gubaba.
  12. Yep, but that one isn't as cheap, yet. They have it at 18,000. I have no idea. The VF-2SS probably sold well enough compared to their other toys lines. Last week's Miyazawa Mokei they only had Super Robot stuff on display, not ever the Legioss what there.
  13. There is a shop in Akihabara that has dropped the Nexx to 15,000 yen. If anyone is interested in getting one PM me.
  14. No Legioss displayed at today's Miyazawa Mokei.
  15. This is probably the best shot of it online (thank you Egan Loo).
  16. Too bad there's no time in the production schedule to work on the extra release content.
  17. Thanks to stram8777 for a painless and fast transaction.
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    Hi-Metal R

    I've been told the VF-2SS will most likely be released in 2017 and will included the SAP.
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    Hi-Metal R

    The VF-2SS is looking good.
  20. Glad the guy liked it and gave it a "B-", even if for all the wrong reasons. The movie scores an A+ if you ask me. Everything important in the movie went right over the above review's head. At least he like it, and that's good for the film, even though he's thinking it's suppose to be "a Godzilla film", which was not really the point or realistic Japanese social commentary Ano captured. I caught it in California last week, and I was so surprised that the audience actually applauded at the end of the film.
  21. I'll be in So. Cal for a few more weeks so here are a few things I had left over from MWcon 2016. A few more items will go up as I unpack. PM if you have any questions. Prices do not include shipping. Bandai DX Chogokin Macross Quarter (Damaged but complete with all parts with display stand without packaging) $60.00 Macross Kit VF-1 Atmospheric BOOSTER Display Base sculpted by F. Moscato, released by Samurai Monkey (NEW original not a recast! Complete with packaging) $100.00 Bandai The Robot Spirits SIDE MS Loose but complete: R-Number 009 GNX-609T GN-X III A-Raws Type (Complete without packaging) $15.00 R-Number 065 GN-006/SA Cherudim Gundam Saga (Complete without packaging) $20.00 R-Number 072 ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam (One beam attach pin broken otherwise complete, without packaging) $15.00 Loose missing parts: R-Number 018 GNX-609T GN-X III ESFF Type (Missing beam saber and shoulder armor piece, without packaging) $10.00 R-Number 092 GN-001/hs-A01 Gundam Avalanche Exia (Missing all four beams and, four out of five hands) $15.00 Misc HCM Pro SP-001 Sazabi Special Metallic Painted (Complete without packaging) RARE $50.00 Keroro Fix Figuration #6003 KA-006 (Mising Base, cannon without packaging) $5.00 Nenderoid 81 Drossel Von Flugel Fireball (Complete without packaging) $10.00
  22. Tenjin will be at the Wacom Technology Booth: 444 during New York Comic Con. He will be doing one-hour live drawing sessions three times a day during the convention (check booth for his schedule). While he's not doing any formal signing make sure to stop by and say hi.
  23. We're running behind on the final installment of Gertalk, due to our host being out of commission (Var Syndrome obviously). If anybody here would like to send in their comments or questions before we record, go ahead and PM directly with your questions, jokes or shout-outs.
  24. There is no box set being planned as of now. Frontier's box set came 5+ years after the original DVDs and Blurays were individually all released. There probably will be a complete box set at some point, but there is no guarantee the English sub will be reused.
  25. Cheers for that. Actually, I've looked into Cranston two years ago, last year I had also pitched the idea of a Macross Plus panel with possibly getting Richard Epcar and Dan Warren as guests. Too bad it didn't get off the ground. See you guys next month.
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