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If you’ve been following this blog you might have noticed that it has been very neglected over the past 12 months with only a few post over the last year compared to dozens a week we had back in 2008 – 2011.

Well this WordPress blog is now being officially retired and replaced with a much easier to manage system. Our new info site works as a hub for all our social networks as well as Anime Focus.

It’s been a great experience running this blog and I hope you will continue to follow us on the site.

The new site can be accessed here: http://animefigures.uk.com/

Best of Eye on Asia 2012

It’s the end of another amazing year at Eye on Asia, it’s hard to believe we’ve been going for five and a half years now!

To round off the year we going to show off what have been some of the top products we have had over the past 12 months, there are a couple of surprises in there.

BEST SELLING PRODUCT

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Kaiyodo – Revoltech Yotsuba&! DANBOARD Action Figure

MOST PRE-ORDERED PRODUCT

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Tsume Art – Fairy Tail NATSU DRAGNIR Limited Edition 1/8 High Quality Figure

MOST POPULAR CLASSIC PRODUCT

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Bandai – BB Gundam Seed DESTINY GUNDAM SD Kit

MOST POPULAR NEW PRODUCT

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Kotobukiya – YuYu Hakusho KURAMA 1/8 PVC Figure

MOST REQUESTED PRODUCT

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Max Factory – Figma 160 Haiyore! Nyaruko-san NYARUKO Action Figure

FIGURE OF THE YEAR 2012

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Alter – Fate/Hollow Ataraxia SABER Maid ver. R 1/6 PVC Figure

What do you think of the 2012 selection? Do you own any of them and what have been you favourite figures of 2012?

5% Off January Sale at Eye on Asia

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You can now get 5% off all orders (excluding shipping costs) at Eye on Asia until the end of 27th January 2013.

All you have to do is used code: 5OFFJAN13 at basket, this offer includes all in stock, pre-order and sale items and also works in conjunction with other promotions meaning first time customers can get up to 10% off their first order.

It’s the ideal time to treat yourself to the anime goodies you have been wanting! Head on over now.

Coming in 2013

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We have big plans for 2013!

After our massive site update this year work has already started to expand the range of types of products we sell. Of course we will continue to do all the things we have been doing but we will expanding our range of clothing and accessories, a department that has been feeling rejected recently, by this we don’t mean we will be selling those naff unlicensed cosplay outfits that some other places sell instead we will be stocking high quality clothing, the kind you can safely wear in public.

Also from today we will be starting to list new release and pre-order dvd’s and Blu-rays. Because we fully support the UK anime industry we will not be stocking unclassified region 1 dvd’s and all of them will be official UK releases from all the top distributors. Of course there are a lot of dvd’s out there and to list them all on our site would be very ambitious to say the least so we will be starting off with next years releases and expanding our back catalogue from there. You might think that our dvd prices will be high but rest assured that they are very competitive with the likes of Amazon and other big names just take a look at our most recently listed MVM titles.

There are other plans for next year including the introduction of a savings scheme that is very handy if you want to save a bit of cash up every now and again but we will go into details about these things another time.

In the meantime all of us at Eye on Asia would like to thank all our customers and any one else who has helped us this year and we look forward to serving you many more times in the future.

Tsume goes on with Saint Seiya and gets One Piece

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Tsume is proud to announce the renewal of its contract with Toei Animation for the Saint Seiya franchise. After Phenix no Ikki and Gemini no Saga, you will soon discover some new HQS by Tsume resin statues from the world created by Masami Kurumada.

Tsume will also launch a set of HQS by Tsume statues with the most popular shônen saga these days, the essential manga by Eiichiro Oda: One Piece!

Some more information……… in a few months!

Of course any new products will be available to order at Eye on Asia as soon as they become available.

Vocaloid MIKU HATSUNE Cheerful ver. 1/8 PVC Figure

Vocaloid MIKU HATSUNE Cheerful ver. 1/8 PVC Figure

  • Limited Edition
  • 1/8 PVC Figure
  • 22cm Tall
  • Minor Assembly Required

The final product to join the Cheerful JAPAN! charity project is a 1/8th scale figure based on the winning illustration from the Cheerful JAPAN! feat. Miku Hatsune Cheerful Illustration Contest. The illustration was titled ‘Cheer Up!!’, and was illustrated by bun150. She is wearing a cheerful cheerleader’s outfit, and has a huge smile across her face to help spread the cheer all over the world!

Not All Smiles for Good Smile Company

In recent weeks Good Smile Company has become the latest anime merchandise manufacturer and distributor to change the way they do business with customers and retailers outside of Japan. The changes that Good Smile are implementing will inflict a certain amount of pain on themselves and their consumers but in the long-term could be seen as acceptable losses because it could help reduce the amount of counterfeit and unlicensed goods that is being sold in their name.

Ever since Good Smile started selling its products overseas they have had official distributors, these have been based in Europe, USA and several regions of Asia, since establishing trade with these distributors they have also started to supply directly to some retailers. Good Smile dealing directly with retailers means that they make more money on this stock because there is no middle man but the retailers will tend not to order as much stock as the official distributors.

Good Smile have had problems keeping exclusive products exclusive. Many are available outside of Japan.

The problem with Good Smile selling directly to some retailers is that it damages sales of their official distributors, generally the retailers Good Smile supply to are the bigger companies, so this had made the largest negative impact on their distributors.

In recent weeks for some reason, likely either pressure from their distributors or just a need to simplify their management, Good Smile have decided to terminate all their dealings with retailers and from now on and their goods will only be available to retailers through their official distributors. To the retailers they have been stocking to this has been a very difficult time as in most cases they received very little or no advanced notice that their contracts (if they ever had them) are going to be terminated. The result of this has meant many of the affected retailers having stock available for pre-order but with no certainty that they would be able to obtain the stock at the listed prices.

Good Smile distribute the popular Figma and Nendoroid lines.

Because Good Smile goods will only be available to retailers through official distributors they will now have more control over pricing as well as limit the amount of counterfeit goods are available, although none of this will be evident until the long-term. In the short-term there could be a rise in their prices as retailers are forced to change suppliers.

It has also become apparent that Good Smile could be about to change they way it does business in Japan, here they are their own distributor. Many of the larger Japanese retailers have received advice of Good Smile suggesting that they cease sales of Good Smile goods to outside of Japan, effectively stopping the export of their goods. The reasons for this are still unknown. Perhaps this could be to encourage consumers to buy their goods from retailers in their own regions, supporting their official distributors. Alternatively Good Smile could have plans to start selling outside of Japan at retail themselves, we will have to wait and see what comes of this.

Revoltech Yamaguchi 100 Rebuild of Evangelion EVA-01 Action Figure

The 100th Revoltech Yamaguchi was unveiled earlier today. There had been plenty of speculation of what the 100th release would be.

In the end it was a new EVA-01. Some of the new features include a glowing color scheme, improved articulation, new accessories and a LED angel themed base.

Pre-orders will be opening mid November and will be released in January 2011.

Revoltech Yamaguchi Series 100 + Exclusive Items

After 4 years of production over 300 million units sold worldwide there is little disputing the fact that Revoltech are the best manufacturer of anime and mech action figures and the Yamaguchi line has always been at the forefront of the series success.

January 2011 marks the release of the 100th figure in the Yamaguchi line but to find out what this mile stone release you will have to wait until 23rd October.

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We have also managed to get our hands on some very exclusive revoltech, both are currently due for a March 2011 release. These items will be incredibly difficult to get so stock will be very limited.

Revoltech Yamaguchi 093 BLADE LIGER White version

Exclusive Color Version
Limited Edition
PVC Action Figure
8.5cm Tall
15cm Length
Accessories Included
Ready to Display

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Revoltech Yamaguchi 099 GETTER ARC Black version

ETA: March 2011.

Exclusive Color Version
Limited Edition
PVC Action Figure
12cm Tall
Accessories Included
Ready to Display

We’ll have some images of these figure coming soon as well as the announcement of the 100th Revoltech Yamaguchi.

London Anime Con 2010

 

Go Register Now at http://www.londonanimecon.com/ !

With a brand new far larger venue, ALCL is now a full-blown anime convention for over 800 people! It runs all day at the Rocket Complex (London Metropolitan University) on Saturday June 26th from MIDDAY TO MIDNIGHT! Pre-pay now at http://www.animeleague.com/london/registration.php and it is just £6 for all day entry! (It’s £8 on the door for all day from midday onward, and JUST £5 on the door if you come from 8pm onward!)

Watch Anime, Play Video Games, Show off your Artwork/chill with artists in the Artist Alley, dress up and enter our Cosplay Events, buy Anime & Manga from our dealers room, enter events like our DDR Tournament and pub quiz, learn Japanese Culture, check out our Trading Card Zone, listen to live-music and party away all night! Read the rest of this entry

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