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There are only 5 days left this year!
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I know it's hard to believe, but it's true!

...which also means the Wonder Festival is also getting closer!
We actually have a little network inside the company which has a countdown timer to WonFes, but I've actually just been completely ignoring it... I have not even accessed it once!


Anyway, today we are going to be doing the very last Letter Corner for the year!

Thanks to everyone for all the mail received this year, it was all appreciated!

From the positive opinions to the negative opinions to the wonderful images - I enjoyed every last one of them!


(゚д゚) - With regard to letters asking about changes to products, they are quite hard for me to reply to... but I do pass the info onto the design team!

(゚д゚) - If there is a problem with your product, please email the Good Smile Support Team at support@goodsmile.jp

(゚д゚) - If you want to let me know something without me talking about it on the blog, just let me know in the mail and I'll be happy to keep it quiet!


Let's get started! (・∀・)ノ




Opinions and Questions

I have a question that might be quite difficult to answer... no need to answer if you can't! (>Д<;)
Is there any chance that Nendoroids that have already been but on resale will do so again?


   - Mitsuki

I have a question that's been bothering me recently... is it difficult to put a figure on resale?

   - Kuromiya


There is always a chance for a resale as long as there are enough people asking for one!

Lots of different areas need to be checked into before something goes on resale, this includes the reliability of the production line, an estimation of the amount that will be able to sell, permission from the publishers to do the resale, and various other little things that all need to be looked into. Unfortunately it's just not possible to put all products on resale at the moment, but if you're looking for something specific let us know - if there are enough requests we might just put your figure on resale!



I am from China.I'm sorry that I cannot speak and wirte Japanese very well, so I have to write this letter in English.
I have been your fan for 2 or 3 years. No matter the PVC figures,Nendoroids or figmas, I like all of them. But I am still a student, I cannot afford each of them, so I want to show you the photos I take by my SONY T90. They are all my love, thank you for having a look at they.(Photo from No.5-No.18 are all my collection, most if the are from your company.)
In the end, I wish you will make more and more nice figures in the future for us. ( ^_^ )


   - Anon


E-English?!
I put the message though some translation software and noticed that he said he has been a fan for 2 or 3 years!! Thank you so much for all the beautiful photos!

Ever since the English version has started up I've actually received a lot of mail from overseas. Thanks to everyone who has sent in some mail - it's great to know how much Japanese figure culture has spread worldwide!




Sensei, I was taking a look at the Yuri figure from Angel Beats! that was on your blog, and I noticed that the gun she was holding actually wasn't a M92FS Brigadier Inox but in fact looked like the M92FS Inox. (There are two differences, both on the slide)

Is that really how it's supposed to be?
Yuri looks absolutely amazing, so I'd be sad if the gun wasn't right! (´・ω・`)


   - Tsurupeta Lolisuki-san


I love the name! :P

Thanks for pointing this out to us!
I mentioned this to Oda-P and he quickly said that it will be fixed! It's currently under review at the moment!




Mika-tan, I'm a third year university student that has just started searching for jobs.
Does Good Smile Company have any positions open at the moment?


  - Tattsun-san


What good timing!
We're currently looking for people to join both the planning division and the production team!

First up, the planning division! (The team that coordinates everything!)
http://p.tl/J7QX
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This is a picture that featured in EnJapan, aren't those smiles wonderful?! ^^

And the Production Team! (The team that makes the products look beautiful!)
http://p.tl/vcVj
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You can feel the passion coming from their unique posing here!

Feel free to apply if you feel you're up for the job!



Mika-tan, thanks so much for the factory field trip from China, it was really interesting! (゜ω゜)b"グッ

I have a question regarding the PVC leftovers that featured in one of the photos. (they looked like they come from another planet...)
I was wondering whether or not those leftovers are ground up again an reused? It seems like the logical thing to do. It would be a waste just to throw any PVC out with the trash.

In our current day where everything possible is recycled, I'm just wondering if that PVC is as well! (`・ω・´)

I hope you'll be able to tell me!


   - Occhii-san


An excellent question!
Let me answer the question first - some of the PVC is reused.

In fact though, it's not only the leftover PVC, but also the unused PVC from the machines that is reused.

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The reused PVC isn't used on the detailed parts of figures, but rather on small extras and accessories that will be completely coated in paint! It's a very ecological method!

The China factory field-trip isn't over yet, so look forward to the continuation coming up soon!




Mika-tan, thanks for the China factory report! It was a lot of fun to read!
I was actually just learning about metal casting so it was fun to see the similarities and differences in the process.

I always thought the Chinese kanji for Black Rock Shooter would simply be something like "Black - Shooting - Star", but it seems like they instead really sound it out as "Black Rock Shooter". Although when I first saw the Chinese kanji I misread the third kanji which made it seem rather strange.

Q is actually used as a "Q-version", which actually means "Cute Version", which in turn bascially means chibi characters. Based on that, I assume that mold must have been for the Nendoroid of BRS?

I'm looking forward to the painting report!



   - Hatsuhatsu


Ooh! Thanks for the lesson!

I was still wondering what that Q meant.... so it's a "Q Version"...
I've seen the "Q-Joy" series of figures from other companies, I finally understand why it's called that now!




You are always going over Max Factoy's Nendoroids on your blog, but you never go over Sega's Petite figures.... how come?

I don't mean to pry, but seen they are using the Nendoroid label, even if they comes from a different company, couldn't you still review them on your blog?


   - Nyanko Tokidoki Wanko


Even if they are Nendoroids, they are still products from other companies...

Max Factory and Phat company both work close with us so I can get permission to feature their figures very easily.

Also, I simply can't get hold of the figures from other companies as easily - I really don't go out shopping all that often, so I don't really have the time to pick them up.




I really love all the figures related to huke and the BRS series, and I intend to collect them all - but I'd really love to see a scale figure, figma or Nendoroid of huke's illustrations of Strength-chan!


   - Konogi


You're in luck!
At the BRS Christmas Caravan that took place just the other day, a 1/8th scale figure, Nendoroid and figma were all announced!

They look like awesome designs!!




On your 12/17 blog when you went over Nendoroid Kuroneko you had a really nice box from Kuroneko Couriers! How did you get hold of it?

I really want one! Can you tell me how to get one?



   - Sumairoido


I asked Google-sensei how to get hold of one, and it seems they are for sale!
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/sizai/sizai.html

That "Art Box" looks really interesting as well!!



Black Rock Shooter's star pendant design is really cute! I saw some pictures of the included pendant extra with the 'Comiket Set A', I can't wait to get hold of it!

Thanks for all the great products, as always. I work at an anime related store, so let me go over some things that have been going on recently!

  • Your blog's English version is helping me go over my English.

  • I put together one of the bikes. Unfortunately I accidentally put the handle's metal part on backwards, but either way it's still really nice! Just like a real bike!

  • I have bought and love Octo-Luka. She is adorable.

  • I got my wooser pre-order in. I don't really get twitter, though...

  • The Blue Eyes figure looks incredible, but the price puts me off a bit... I think I want a Nendoroid of it. (The Blue Eyes card I use in Yu-Gi-Oh is attached - it actually looks like a Nendoroid!) I'd also like to see A Nendoroid of Black Magician Girl from GSC!

  • I really like all the posable Nendoroids being released now.
    Just some ideas, but why not add some kind of sounds like talking or music to the figures, for instance when you put them into the stand or something. I'd also like figures that have things like wings that are attachable with magnets inside.

  • I got my alloy Miku Hatsune.
    She is just unbelievable. I can't bring myself to open the box, it's like there is an aura around it....

  • GSC always has such a nice original line up that sometimes it scares me. Are you aiming to take over the world?

   - Anon


Thanks so much! I can feel the love!!

We'll continue to try to meet all your expectations! We really will!
Oh, and we're not really trying to take over the world... just improve it for the better!




The figure of Haru-chan in today's blog is so adorable! *><*
I couldn't believe it was the NHK character when I saw her!

Anyway, I have a question that's been bothering me a little recently - who are the two girls on top of your PC? Are they little figures of Chi from Chobits? Sorry if I'm wrong! :P


  - Kitsune


Ping Pong! That's right!
They are capsule toys of Chi made by Kaiyodo!


They are fairly old products though... but they are really amazing quality for capsule toys - both the painting and sculpting. They are still some of my favorite figures!




Beautiful Photos

This is a picture of Rin I took in my room - what do you think?
I hope she'll be able to make the blog!

Did you enjoy your trip to China? I'm actually a Chinese reader of your blog!


   - kyokids

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Great!!
A very stunning Rin photographed perfectly!

Plus this letter comes from the winner of the WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU! photo contest !! I didn't even know we had entries from China! It was really a worldwide event!



There aren't that many girls into the figure scene, but over the past year I've found myself getting quite involved in it, particularly liking Nendoroids, which led me to find your blog. You always have such lively photos that show so much more than the photos on the official site, it's great to look through them all! (*´ω`*)

After looking at all your photos and other photos taken by people on your blog I decided I had to try take a cute photo for myself... and so I did! My first photo session was using my new "Saber Super Movable Edition"! I also decided to set the scene by adding a magic circle to the floor of the picture as well.

But right after taking the photo I noticed a little mini dango that was attached to a strap I bought just the other day. It's just a normal looking dango really, but it does look super delicious, so I decided to let Saber hold in in place of her sword!

It was the perfect size for her hands!! (´∀`)
Plus it looked super cute!

I wanted to show someone else, but I couldn't really think of anyone who would appreciate it until I thought of you, and so I sent this mail through! It might not be the same high quality of photography that others have, but it's got ten times the love!!

Anyway... I'm sorry for filling up tour inbox with such drivel... thanks for taking the time to read it! Keep well, and I'm looking forward to more blog entries in the future!


   - RR

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I normally cut the mails down a little when I put them up on the blog... but this one was just written so cutely that I had to put it all up!

It's Saber-san protecting her food!!
The pose is perfect for the greedy Saber! Good job!

By the way, I was just thinking I should have a "Girl's Only Letters" sometime!
A special blog out to give the female figure collectors a say!

I'll probably do it sometime after WonFes, so keep a look out and send in another mail!

I'm sure some guys will try to act girlish for it, but that'll be fun in it's own way. :P




The literature club is getting together for a read.
Sometimes it's nice to read outside while getting some fresh air and looking at the scenery.


   - Shinchou

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Having a tea party while reading! Wonderful!

Nao's expression really suits the scene!
Plus the little extras that make up the tea party really give the feeling of a nice girl's tea party... I wish I could join!




This is my first attempt at figure photography.

I went to Mt.Fuji for the first time in a while, and decided to do some BRS photography!
I think the result came out quite nicely, so I got exited and decided to sent it along! It was lots of fun! (^^)

Isn't she just too adorable!?



    - Gafe no Yuujin

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What a happy looking BRS!
The expression is from Luka-neesan, right?
Black Rock Shooter-chan looks nice with a calmer appearance like this one!

I'm glad you enjoyed your first outdoor photo session, I hope you'll try again soon
!



Hello.

I messed up sticking some decals on my Porsche model at first, but then made a second attempt at painting and adding decals. (I fixed up the window's glass by using the GSR Modeler Support Series' Chrome Master.)

Thanks for a great year, I'm looking forward to next year!



  -YOu

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What a wonderful car!
The other day at a product planning meeting I had the chance of sticking some decals... it's a lot harder than I thought! Although a lot of that might just be because I'm clumsy.... but still, to be able to stick them around curved surfaces so neatly... I wish I could do that!

I'll be sure to show this message to everyone from GSR. Thanks!




Hello! ^^
I have just recently found out the cuteness of Nendoroids this year, and have so far adopted four for myself! I carry them with me all over the place, and my bag is so full with Nendoroids that my husband often has to carry it for me.
They are all so cute, so much so that I just have to brag about them!

This was my second - Kona-chan.
She has been all over the place with me now. She mainly comes out to eat a lot with me, so that's where this photo comes from!



   - 26 year old housewife

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Taking Konata out eating! Uh-Oh...
Thank you for all the publicity!! Plus you must have a wonderful husband for him to carry your Nendoroid bag for you!

I hope you, your husband and all your Nendoroids continue to have fun going out all over!




Hello Mika-tan, I'ma long time reader of your blog.

It's taken me a while, but to commemorate the Nendoroid of my girlfriend, Rinko-chan (I even get to call her that in game now...) I decided to add on Azunyan's cat ears and use Sakuya-san's body in order to create Maid Neko Rinko-chan!

The cat ears didn't quite fit, and compared to others my photography isn't exactly top notch (it's taken on a cellphone), but either way, I've sent this along absolutely filled with love!



   - Anon

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C-U-T-E!!
That embarrassed expression is so suiting!!
Love Plus is great 'cause it let's you pick the girl you really like the most!




I took my very first photo of a Nendoroid today, so I decided I had to show it to you!

This is it....
My beloved Octo-Luka....

Isn't it cute?


   - Kururuna

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Now that's some feminine taste!!
A glass slipper with flowers and Octo-Luka... is certainly not a picture I would ever take! ^^;
If you're not a girl, I certainly hope you're willing to share some of that taste with me!
It's a very beautiful picture!




I've always wanted to send in some photos but never got around to it, but I took a rather bizarre picture and decided it had to be sent in. I really love this expression.

This picture was actually taken inside a karaoke booth with the two figures facing away from the door. When my friend came in and saw the front of them he got quite the surprise!



   - Kaeru Majin

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Eeee━━━((((゚Д゚)))━━━eek!!!!

Yet... somehow still cute!



A smile suits Duffer Coat Nagato the best!

   - Anon

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She looks so happy!
It's amazing how different expressions can look when the Nendos are outside. Nendoroids really do look harmonious when photographed outside...



As a medical student, the time I spend reading your blog is really a period of relaxation for me. (*´ω`)

Today is the very first time I've taken pictures of my BRS-chan! I decided to try and recreate the scene at the very end of the BRS advert, where she is riding a motorbike.

It's the first time I've sent in a picture to you, so I hope it reaches you alright...
Also, sorry for the grainy image - the picture was taken on my cellphone. (´・ω・`)


   - *FIRST-TONE*

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That bike is perfect Nendoroid size!
It's hard enough to pose a Nendoroid riding something, but you've even managed to include the stand!

Next time you're studying, just keep a Nendoroid nearby to help you relax!






And that brings today's letters to an end!

Thank you to everyone who sent in a message this year!

I hope to receive just as many, if not more mails next year, and get closer to everyone who sends something in!

I promise not to eat them before reading, so if you have any questions, photos or product requests... or if you want to talk about what you ate today, or what you did for new year... whatever you want to talk about, send it along!


(゚∀゚) Mika-tan Mail:
mikatan-b@goodsmile.jp


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