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Silas Loki
12-01-2009, 12:52 PM
Hello All

The title really says it all, I guess. Obviously I'm a newb when it comes to Garage Kits, however, I'm not a newb when it comes to web forums :) so yes I have used the "search" function.....alot.

So for my first real post, I would like to ask the sage collectors here, where the best place to buy Garage Kit originals from? I'm mostly into the whole Anime and Sci Fi fantasy scene, if that helps!

I notieced that it seems like most places outside of Japan sell "recasts", but I don't feel I'm fully "getting into the hobby" if I don't own at least one original kit.

I realise that the ready made and painted statues you can get from Yamato etc, are probably "original", as in direct from the original manufacturer, but the resin kits all seem to be recasts.

So far I've been shopping on ebay and Hobby Fan Japan, and only recently read that Hobby Fan Japan are selling recasts as well....(which doesn't expalin the price difference to a Thai ebay seller)

So, apologies if this question has come up a million times before, but I would appreciate your help and guidance.

Kind regards
Silas

Dr.H
12-01-2009, 04:42 PM
That's a good question. Most of us get our kits directly from Japan using Yahoo Auctions. It can be a bit tough at first because it's all in Japanese and you have to set up an account with an import agent but after that it's the best source for kits online.

Here is a link talking about the auction site and importers: http://www.gkjapan.com/showthread.php?t=31

Some sites like Hobby Search and Hobby Link Japan still sell resin http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/ http://www.hlj.com/

I'm sure there is something I'm forgetting but others will fill it in.

We use to have chat nights where we would all search and post links for cool kits. We need to set a designated night for that now.

Silas Loki
12-01-2009, 04:53 PM
Hi Dr.H

Thanks for not newbing me for, what must be, the most asked question :)

You've kinda confirmed my biggest fear, that the kinda kits I like can only be sourced from Japan!! I'm not confident at this time to go onto a Japanese only website and start spending money :) so in the short term at least, it seems I'm going to be purchasing recasts :(

I'm surprised no enterprising individual hasn't set up a shop that supplies original kits.....still, I guess I really have got a lot to learn about this hobby!

Tsunamidelta
12-01-2009, 05:30 PM
I miss Chat nights.. Now its.. whenever someone is in chat is.. Chat night ^_^

Doc, you covered the major points for Originals.. Only other store that occassionaly still stocks originals is Rainbow Ten.

But outside of that, Yahoo Japan auctions is the best place to find em.

added for our pleasure: ^_^

Well, I think there was someone who was trying to do that at one point.. sell originals via the internet.. based in the us. I'm sure someone tried it at one point. Problem is.. There isn't that big a market for it, to support a business. This is no longer the heyday of Garage Kits.. Sadly. So.. you end up with Yahoo japan, fighting for the few that are made.

Don't worry, you get with a good importing service.. and become real familiar with Babel Fish or the ilk.. and the japanese websites become far less initimidating.

Shintocowboy
12-01-2009, 05:33 PM
Loki, myself and others here can speak Japanese and help you with somethings if you do want to delve into Japanese sites.

Masa
12-01-2009, 09:37 PM
Hi Dr.H

Thanks for not newbing me for, what must be, the most asked question :)

You've kinda confirmed my biggest fear, that the kinda kits I like can only be sourced from Japan!! I'm not confident at this time to go onto a Japanese only website and start spending money :) so in the short term at least, it seems I'm going to be purchasing recasts :(

I'm surprised no enterprising individual hasn't set up a shop that supplies original kits.....still, I guess I really have got a lot to learn about this hobby!

While Yahoo Japan Auctions is displayed in Japanese, if you look at some of the "middleman" companies mentioned in Dr.H's thread - you'll see that their websites are in English with English speaking staff. Your money will never have to touch a Japanese website :)

I would suggest that you take a few minutes to read our FAQ and recasting policy (http://www.gkjapan.com/faq.php?faq=rp#faq_rp1). You are not required to "announce" that you are intending to buy recasts nor should you feel a need to try and justify your actions. We are gathered here to talk about garage kits and our mutual interests in this hobby.

Like Tsunami mentioned, there have been numerous attempts to sell original kits in the United States, but all of them have met with the same fate.

I haven't updated this in a long time (really should set aside some time to do that) but I have a section on this forum where I sell discounted original kits from Japan. If you are interested, you can see that here (http://www.gkjapan.com/forumdisplay.php?f=26)

serogane
12-01-2009, 10:02 PM
I'm currently experimenting with Tenso.com (a redirecting service company). They provide you with a Japanese address (i.e. their warehouse) which is perfect for certain items on Volks' website that can't be shipped internationally. It's cheaper than using a deputy agent like Shopping Mall Japan because you only pay an extra redirecting fee (whereas SMJ would charge you a commission based on the price of the item). I only paid 980 yen (redirecting fee) to Tenso for a 50,400 yen item!

But on the other hand since most sellers on Yahoo! Japan Auction demand you do bank transfers from a Japanese bank post-auction you don't have a choice but to use a deputy agent. SMJ is the best choice speaking from experience.

Zakenna
12-02-2009, 05:55 AM
First of all, Hello!:hi: and Welcome! I come out of hiding every couple months with something to say or show :smile:
Yeah I use SMJ for most of my purchases, I originally used Rinkya but I switched to SMJ after a few purchases. I mainly switched because their US warehouse is only a state away so once I request a shipment it comes in a day. Rinkya was fine otherwise.


You've kinda confirmed my biggest fear, that the kinda kits I like can only be sourced from Japan!! I'm not confident at this time to go onto a Japanese only website and start spending money :) so in the short term at least, it seems I'm going to be purchasing recasts :(


To be honest, you can get by fine using babelfish when shopping for kits on Yahoo Auctions Japan.Most of the middle-man type companies have online translators and even staff that are willing to translate for you(this option usually takes a few days and should only be used if the online translators give you absolute gibberish) The hardest part is actually finding the correct search term to key in to get to the pages. After you're there babelfish gives you the gist of what you need. Usually it'll tell you the Character, Circle/sculptor and where the kit was sold, even the seller's country. As a rule of thumb I stay away from Chinese sellers since they're usually recasts although I've bought a kit from China that was actually an original I just triple checked the description before laying down the bid.

I've also acquired a few originals from online friends from other forums.But that method is a little bit less reliable and requires some social networking. But I'm sure that if you stick around here long enough there will be a few members here and there looking to offload some originals which means they won't be the new hottness most of the time but at least it's not utter rubbish either since the seller at one point would of had to go through all the troubles of importing the kit.

Silas Loki
12-02-2009, 12:31 PM
I haven't updated this in a long time (really should set aside some time to do that) but I have a section on this forum where I sell discounted original kits from Japan. If you are interested, you can see that here (http://www.gkjapan.com/forumdisplay.php?f=26)

First of all, thank you for your response.

I did visit your thread, in fact, that was one of the first places I looked. However, considering the age of the posts on the thread, I assumed that the pieces were all gone, I did not want to be accused of raising a dead post :) however, in hindsight, I could simply of pm'd you to find out what the status was.

Expect a pm regarding your wares, in due course :)

As for the topic of discussion, you'll have to forgive my original negativity, I think I was expecting the various products to be readily availible to any willing buyer. Now it seems, a bit more work and dedication is needed to acquire the various items I want. In a way, I guess, this adds to the excitement, and indeed, the exclusivity that is a resultant of the way in which we have to seek our resin "fix" :)

Thanks for all your help guys!

Tsunamidelta
12-02-2009, 01:48 PM
Yeah it takes a bit of work.. to get your Resin fix.. but that is part of the fun. It just bites when your in the boat some of us are in.. We remember when Kits were cheap and plentiful.. now they are less so. And the bidding wars can get nasty out there on Yahoo Japan.

Silas Loki
12-02-2009, 02:16 PM
Yes, price increases have hit every facet of our society in one way or another.

To be honest, I'm not massively phased by the price of the kits, I appreciate the amount of work that must have gone into them, and the time it must have taken the artist to reach that level of ability.

I'm also looking forward to getting a few large scale sculptures commissioned, next year in fact, I know that endeavour isn't going to be "cheap" either.....what we do for our hobbies :)

serogane
12-03-2009, 02:28 AM
I've got some original Cerberus Project (http://www.cerberusproject.com/2009/mainGall2007.html) kits on eBay if you're interested:

Original 1/6 "Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de" Kuonji Shinra Resin Kit (http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130348122734&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT)

Original 1/6 "Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de" Venis Resin Kit (http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130348123416&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT)

Original 1/6 Melty Blood -Re.Act- Tohno Akiha Resin Kit (http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130348121577&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT)

Hobby Link Japan is currently carrying 2 of Yamato's kits (both previously Yamato online exclusives):

1/5 Dynamite Project #002: Oh! Great Naked Star Limited Edition Resin Kit (http://www.hlj.com/product/YMTGK-02)

Aya Isejima Limited Edition Resin Kit (http://www.hlj.com/product/YMTGK-03)

Don't need a deputy agent for any of these so knock yourself out. ;)