Nendoroid Channels: ToyCrewBuddies

ToyCrewBuddies

Note: This article is part of Nendoroid Channels series, covering various online Nendoroid communities around the world.

Are you an Instagram user? If you do and you had posted some Nendoroid photos there, chances are you have already known about ToyCrewBuddies – or TCB, in short.

So what are they, exactly?

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Who is Involved in a Nendoroid Release?

Nendoroid for sale at a figure store

Various Nendoroid for sale at a figure store

Note: The topic is originally asked by Lexis from nendOtaku, a Germany-based Nendoroid blog.

If you have been collecting Nendoroid for a while, then you might have noticed that some Nendoroid boxes have another logo(s) beside Good Smile Company (GSC). They can be Max Factory, Phat Company, FREEing, or any other companies’ logo. So … who are they? Isn’t GSC the only one who make Nendoroid?

Well, in order to answer that questions, I am going to write about the parties involved for a Nendoroid release. Note that the explanation is based on my own, personal view. Therefore, it might be inaccurate in some ways or the other, but it should, hopefully, give you a bit of insight into the matter. ^^

Are you ready? Let’s get started! XD

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Bootleg vs Genuine: Nendoroid Black Rock Shooter by GSC

Nendoroid BRS: bootleg (left) vs genuine (right)

Nendoroid BRS: bootleg (left) vs genuine (right)

I guess some of you may have seen the bootleg version of Nendonesia’s Best Nendoroid in 2010Nendoroid Black Rock Shooter. Either way, GSC has put a bootleg-vs-genuine article of Nendoroid BRS to help you recognize which one is bootleg and which one is not.

Well then, kindly go visit the page to view the pics (and read the info, if you understand Japanese). ^^

Via GSC

Bootleg vs Genuine: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku

 

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku - bootleg (left) and genuine (right)

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku - bootleg (left) and genuine (right)

By popular demand, we are going to start a new series of articles with the topic: Bootleg vs Genuine, where we will do a side-by-side comparison of bootleg and genuine version of a particular Nendoroid. ^^

For starter, we will compare bootleg and genuine version of Nendoroid Hatsune Miku., one of the most widespread bootleg Nendoroid. No, this is not the old/usual bootleg one in which you could easily recognize it simply by looking at her expression, as this pic show:

Genuine (left) vs bootleg/fake (right)

Genuine (left) vs bootleg/fake (right)

The one featured in this article is slightly different than the bootleg you see at the pic above. I guess it is a new bootleg variant of Nendoroid Hatsune Miku. (-_-“”)

Well then, let’s get into the comparison, shall we? ^^

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Nendoroid Storage

They deserve a better place - it's so cramped there

They deserve a better place - it's so cramped there

Note: This article is part of a series focusing on Nendoroid maintenance. This time, it’s about Nendoroid storage.

As your size of Nendoroid collection grow larger, a new problem arise: storage. How do you store them? Keeping them inside their respective boxes or putting them inside your drawer or lining them up in a display case? Well, in this article, I will discuss some of my fellow collectors’ method of storing their Nendoroids.

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What is Nendoroid Petit?

Nendoroid Petit vs Normal

Nendoroid Petit vs Normal

In a glance, Nendoroid Petit, also known as “Nendoroid Puchi” is merely a smaller version of Nendoroid. Is that all? Well, we’re going to have a in-depth deeper view about Petits, including their characteristics and differences with normal Nendoroids.

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Nendoroid Sculptors

Nendoroid Suzumiya Haruhi - work in progress

Nendoroid Suzumiya Haruhi - work in progress

Today, we’ll view Nendoroid from another perspective. Yep, we’re going to discuss about the folks behind Nendoroid: the sculptors. Unlike most model kits (Gundam, Macross, etc.) which are already fully manufactured by machine, Nendoroids still have “human touches” despite being mass-produced in the factory. OK, let’s dig further on some famous Nendoroid sculptors.

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