Studio Half Eye has announced the opening of pre-orders for the new version of its Gurren Lagann for convertible Perfect Change line. The manufacturer has announced that before developing the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann has decided to propose an improved and updated version of the old Gurren Lagann out for several years now. Fully articulated and transformable, in pure style Studio Half Eye, it is made entirely of PVC and pre-colored resin.
The Perfect Change Ver. 2.0 Gurren Lagann the Studio Half Eye is the preorder price of 57,000 yen . It will be distributed in the month of November 2017.
including those for the Deluxe version called Giga Box, which will include not only the new Gurren Lagann also older versions Glen Wing and the Giga Drill.
The Perfect Change Ver. 2.0 Gurren Lagann Giga Box vers. the Studio Half Eye is the preorder price of 108,000 yen . It will be distributed in the month of November 2017.
"We're charging so much because its value is guaranteed to go up! It's made of materials that will deteriorate over time, so every day it will get rarer!" Uh huh... Nope! Nope! Nope!
For those unfamiliar with the stuff. Resin is an easily workable 2 part mixed plastic. It is often used for short run Hobby products because it can tolerate lower cost and flexible molds such as silicon. Most "Garage Kits" use resin. It's quality can vary wildly depending on the mix and quality of materials used. It can hold sharp crisp details. But unless it is incredibly well mixed, it will decay in some way over time. It will either outgas and grow brittle, or if not mixed right it it can start leeching chemicals such as unbonded hardening agent. And in many many cases it can and will warp as it settles over time. I have a number of Garage Kit models, spaceships and such. They look gorgeous, until about 5 years or so then they start to bow, sag or crumble, etc. Resin is ok for a fixed pose model such as a Gundam. Something that will be solidly glued together. And they you know how to reinforce with brass rod. But a resin articulated collectors robot? That's insane. Not the appropriate material for the job.
SHE stuff has always been expensive because it's a niche product on usually niche characters (or a niche aspect of a popular character in this case). It offers something no-one else does on the market. The base price for the figure (57,000 yen without drill and wing) is comparable with previous releases of similar size and complexity. These are engineering marvels that aren't available from any other manufacturers. The production numbers are likely very low and it has a very narrow range of target audience. It's understandable that many are taken back by the price, but those are the prices of one of a kind products. I sure hate to see all the negative energy towards releases like this. These aren't meant to be mass produced figures like Bandai SOCs or Sentinel Riobots, and aren't priced as such.
To this day, no one has ever attempted a perfect transformation Gurren Lagann. No one has done a perfect transformation Gunbuster, or Godannar. SHE is still the only maker of a perfect transformation Getter that isn't super deformed and has decent articulation (Freeing did release a SD Getter that only looks "ok" from the front with almost no articulation). Shouldn't we as toy collectors, even though most of us can't justify the pricing, embrace these kind of releases that is on the avant-garde of toy engineering?
When I first learned of SHE years ago, the perfect transformation Getter blew my mind. I still can't fathom how Godannar turn inside out and still looks good and articulated. This Gurren Lagann is another transformation scheme that is subltle but at the same time mind blowing. The drill, even though it's an accessory, achieves almost mass shifting magic. I can't afford it, but sure hope bros on RJ will buy one and show us how it works!
Post by supergetterv on May 10, 2017 16:00:28 GMT -5
My experience with Studio Halfeye Products, specifically I own 4 of their products with my rarest and most prize one the Perfect Change Compact Version Shin Getter 1. I still don't know of any other company that has put out a Shin Getter 1 that can transform between the Shin Getter Machines and Combine to form Shin Getter 1. I also have the Perfect Change Dann of Thursday, simple change Getter 1 and Simple Change Gravion Zwei. .
But you have to understand the target audience and who the customer base for Studio Halfeyes are. Collectors that buy these, most are GK (Garage Kit) collectors. S.H.E. has been around since 90's and started as a company that only sell GK. GK production are never high. A couple hundred set per project as resin molds don't last. As for the high price, it's basically a complete GK, fully painted and assembled. So imagine buying a G-System Gundam Resin Kit or those ultra high price Japan Wonder Festival resin Kits. Do a eBay search for wonder festival exclusive kits and just see how outrageous the prices are for those. For Transformers collectors, remember that Jizai Toys Wonder Festival PowerGlide kit or the smaller size Predaking kit. Not only are they hard to find but extremely expensive. So, to equate the cost of this Gurren Lagann, the way I see it, it's paying for a high Price GK and kinda like commissioning someone to put it together.
Collecting since 1997. 1st toy as a collector-Bandai Rockman X All X model kit Current Favorite - Perfect Effects Leonidas Most Anticipated for 2016-
Post by KumaStyle.com (TJ) on May 14, 2017 3:18:26 GMT -5
I'm not questioning whether or not it's niche or why it's expensive... so I'm not really understanding what that was in response to. I own Godannar and I get it (I also want to track down Dancouga Nova at some point.)
My question revolves around the fact that this just isn't stuff that you read about a lot of people actually buying. It could be a situation to where tens of thousands of people buy these releases and no one ever really talks about it anywhere; not likely, but who knows?
My big thing is that in my years of collecting and all of the tons of people I've had the pleasure of interacting with and threads I've lurked, the S.H.E. stuff just doesn't seem to be very popular. I can't think of 20 people I've seen buy the stuff, and SuperGetter is one of a handful I've seen who've actually purchased more than one (which is SICK btw!)
So with that, I just wonder how this company is doing financially in the sense that they produce higher-priced items and continue to have the funds to do so. I almost feel like there's this big-but-hidden S.H.E. collector's community and I want to find it!
No problem. I got in a Getter frenzy back in the day and got my hands on the perfect change getter, compact change Shin Getter 1 as well as the simple change getters 1&2. All getters! Interestingly enough, I got two of them from HK and the other two from a RJ member from South America somewhere. All used.
While they are awesome pieces I just don't have time (or $) for more SHE products. I remember each transformation was a time sucker, which is great before I had kids and not so much now. Lol. I still haven't gotten around to transform my MP Meg and my DX chogokin SV-262.
KumaStyle.com (TJ): Oh definitely. I think that there are a number of times where KOs do it better especially since they come out later and have the opportunity to rectify stuff the officially made mistakes on,
May 4, 2020 16:11:43 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): I don't know how into transformers you are but the NeoArt Toys Beast Muscle Leonidas absolutely destroys the quality of the original PerfectEffect releases and even has an Eva 01 inspired variant. I try to support the original when I can but I'm not
May 4, 2020 16:13:01 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): going to sacrifice quality for the sake of it. I'm with you.
May 4, 2020 16:13:27 GMT -5
getterjehuty: yeah I agree with you. Quality should be high importance. I actually love FansToys products. and Yes, I do prefer Fanstoys over takara tomy.a bit controversial but I like the die cast and the accuracy of fanstoys.
May 4, 2020 16:37:17 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): It's a fair statement. The MP official line has been a q.c. dice roll for years and I feel like MP-44 was such a big release that no one could avoid that elephant in the room anymore after it turned out to be a mess but I'm glad the community is
May 4, 2020 16:41:22 GMT -5
getterjehuty: Isn't the Perfec Effect Leonidas have loose joint legs?
May 4, 2020 16:41:22 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): at a point where they are vocal about it... and the PerfectEffect Leonidases literally have a loose everything. Even if they're half decent out of the box they seem to just go to heck sitting on a shelf after a bit and unfortunately it's pretty universal.
May 4, 2020 16:42:48 GMT -5
getterjehuty: THis is my opinion but the issues of mp-44 are the knees and the paint. You have to be really careful or the paint will scratch. It is near the abdomen area side.
May 4, 2020 16:44:27 GMT -5
getterjehuty: I need to ask, KumaStyle. What is your favorite EX Gokin Fewture Robot?
May 4, 2020 16:45:29 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): I agree on the issues and those compounded with how incohesive the aesthetic is compared to the third party offerings that came out around the whole time was just.... ugh. Ref EX Gokin: That's a tough call and I honestly don't really think I have a
May 4, 2020 17:13:56 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): favorite in terms of look and quality because it was a very consistent line for me in that regard but if someone put a gun to my head and said choose now I'd probably go with the original release Getter Dragon. I think it has
May 4, 2020 17:15:11 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): the perfect mix of homaging the original design but having Sato's signature stylization while the build and articulation were pretty tops. I feel like it has the most crossover appeal to those wanting something more faithful while not having any
May 4, 2020 17:16:25 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): little finicky parts that will fall off during handling like some of the others do.
May 4, 2020 17:16:49 GMT -5
getterjehuty: Mine is Reideen or Shin Getter. I love their designs
May 4, 2020 17:31:07 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): Yea. Shin Getter is up there for me as well. Probably my favorite visually but it's definitely not one I like handling at all anymore.
May 4, 2020 17:40:17 GMT -5
getterjehuty: Happy Friday Folks
May 8, 2020 13:56:52 GMT -5