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Just 4 days until the end of 2010!


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This will be my last blog this year!

Even with the trip to China the blog has been updated nearly every single weekday this year!

The final blog of the year of course has to be....


The Good Smile Company

Top Sales Ranking!


Last year this ranking caused quite a hype!


Let's take a look at which products were the most popular at stores this year!




Starting with 28th to 21st place!


[28th] 1/7 Saber ~Triumphant Excalibur~

[27th] Nendoroid Rinko Kobakawa

[26th] figma Fate Testarossa: School Uniform ver.

[25th] 1/8 Black Rock Shooter: Black blade ver.

[24th] figma Nanoha Takamachi: The MOVIE 1st ver.

[23rd] Nendoroid Petite Angel Beats! Set 01

[22nd] 1/8 Black Rock Shooter -animation version-

[21st]
Nendoroid Petite Angel Beats! Set 02


Onto 20th through to 11th place!


[20th] figma Fate Testarossa: The MOVIE 1st ver.

[19th] Nendoroid Petite: Bakemonogatari Set #3

[18th] Nendoroid Petite: Bakemonogatari Set #1

[17th] figma Makinami Mari Illustrious: New Plugsuit ver.

[16th] figma Saber Alter

[15th] figma Dead Master

[14th] Nendoroid Manaka Takane

[13th] Nendoroid Petite: Bakemonogatari Set #2

[12th] Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable

[11th] Nendoroid Luka Megurine

10th till 6th place!

[10th] Nendoroid Tsumugi Kotobuki

[9th]  figma Tsumugi Kotobuki: School Unifrom ver.

[8th]  figma Ritsu Tainaka: School Uniform ver.

[7th]  figma Luka Megurine

[6th]  Nendoroid Azusa Nakano



Now we'll go through the top five till we hit this years number one!

王冠2 5th Place 王冠2

figma Yui Hirasawa: School Uniform ver.
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王冠2 4th Place 王冠2

figma Mio Akiyama: School Uniform ver.
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王冠2 3rd Place 王冠2

figma Azusa Nakano: School Uniform ver.
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王冠2 2nd Place 王冠2

Nendoroid Black Rock Shooter
フィギュアメーカー・グッドスマイルカンパニー勤務 『ミカタンブログ -松戸駅からググって0分-』



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figma Black Rock Shooter
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Right!

Now we move onto the "Nendoroid Petite" sales ranking!


Nendoroid Petites not sold in sets differ from the sales of normal figures far too much, so they get their own category!


[4th] Nendoroid Petite: Death Note - Case File #02


[3rd] Nendoroid Petite: Fate/stay night


[2nd] Nendoroid Petite: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st.


[1st] Nendoroid Petite: K-ON!


Looks like K-ON! takes the gold for Nendoroid petites! It really is a popular series!

They should be settling down at everyone's houses by now - be sure to take good care of them!





Let's finish off by finding out what GSC's President, Aki, thinks about this year's Sales Ranking!


フィギュアメーカー・グッドスマイルカンパニー勤務 『ミカタンブログ -松戸駅からパンダで5分-』


Trends

The lower priced figures such as the figma and Nendoroid series have been growing more popular.

Both series have seen at least a 15% increase in average sales when compared to last year. We'll definitely be increasing the range of these series for all the figure lovers. It also seems like the figma and Nendoroids that bring out the atmosphere of the world the series is set in are very popular.

The scale figure market has also increased since last year, but not my nearly as much as the Nendoroid and figma series.


Summary
To everyone that has purchased our figures this year - I cannot thank you enough.
I get the feeling that the role that figures have in the world is growing more and more every year.
Thank you for buying the products to complement your favorite series, enjoying their company in your own homes and posing them in your favorite poses. Of course, whilst we grow the role of figures more and more, we also wish for all our customers to enjoy the figures as much as possible!

To take a look at sales from a different perspective, international sales have also increased considerably, particularly over Asia. On average. 10%-15% of product sales are now international sales, with some products even reaching as high as 30%. Japanese figures can now be seen at various overseas events and stores lined up just like they would be in Japan. I can't tell you how happy that makes me.
Sculptors from foreign countries also seem to be improving more and more all the time, so we may look into international collaboration teams next year some time.

But just what does next year have in store for us?
Both for GSC and other companies in the business, I'm positive it will be another big year. I look forward to working with various other figure creators to try and bring out more and more of what the figure scene in Japan has to show. From about half way through this year we have been hard at work finding new ways to improve the volume, and quality of all of our products - and we are sure to see the results in 2011.

Good Smile Company's 10th anniversary - 2011.
All of us at Good Smile will be doing our best to bring you some brand new things to enjoy in the new year.

Ranking Explanation
The ranking did not include the limited edition goods, DVDs or Blu-rays. It was based off the amount of figures that were shipped out from GSC. Nendoroid Petites are shipped using different unit amounts, so they had to be calculated separately.



That's all for the 2010 Good Smile Company Sales Ranking!

When you take a look down the ranking, you can really see the huge variety of figures that have all found their way to new owners around the world this year. I hope that next year we can show even more people the wonders of the figure world!



[Notice]


Starting tomorrow and continuing for the next three days is...

Comic Market 79!!


Unfortunately there will not be a Good Smile booth at the event, but there will still be some goods we helped out on that will be on sale at the event. I'll run through them quickly!

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First up from TYPE-MOON...

Nendoroid Petite: The Magician's Box Set!


The two girls from TYPE-MOON's mobile websit - 'Hibiki' and 'Chikagi' (also known as Hibichika) are becoming Nendoroid Petites!


フィギュアメーカー・グッドスマイルカンパニー勤務 『ミカタンブログ -松戸駅からググって0分-』

Hibichika!!
They... they're so adorable!!

The background is the cafe 'Ahnenerbe', which really suits their appearance!


The set comes with a booklet and will be on sale for just ¥3,000.

The booklet also contains one page is written by me... I played around with some of the replaceable parts, so give it a read if you pick it up!

[TYPE-MOON Comiket Information]

http://www.typemoon.com/event/c79/index.htm


They will have a lot of other amazing products available as well!


フィギュアメーカー・グッドスマイルカンパニー勤務 『ミカタンブログ -松戸駅からググって0分-』

Next up we have Gift's...

Octo-Luka Plushie Straps! (Hand Size)

Smiling Ver. and and Upset Ver.!


They are so soft and nice to touch! I love the feeling!

They are just ¥1000!! I was involved in the planning of other plushies, so I know that price really is incredible!



フィギュアメーカー・グッドスマイルカンパニー勤務 『ミカタンブログ -松戸駅からググって0分-』

Bakemonogatari Plushie Strap 01: Senjougahara Hitagi!

Kudo Wafter: Kudryavka Noumi Plushie!


Senjyougahara is finally joining Gift's plushie series! Plus the stapler in her left hand uses magnets, so it can be attached and removed!

Gift will have various other products at Comiket as well, so don't miss out!

Good Smile Company will also be displaying some products at the Gift booth!


[Gift Comiket Information]

http://www.gift-gift.jp/event/index.html








With that...

Mikatan Blog 2010 has come to an end!


To everyone who reads the blog...

To everyone who sent in letters...

To everyone involved with the blog...


There are simply no words for how much you mean to me!!


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I hope to see you all again in 2011!




That's all for today!

The next blog update will be on the 6th of January 2011.

(GSC is taking a break until the 4th!)


Enjoy the last few days of the year, and be careful not to catch a cold!

I'll be using the time to catch up in Monster Hunter.... ^^;





* Please note that this blog's contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas



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