Monday, August 18, 2014


What is Japan versions? Why many people ask about Japan version? Is Japan verion better? Have you asked or heard other collectors mention about Japan version for toys? OK, let me give a clearer picture what Japan version actually means. "Japan version" mostly applied to Bandai brand figures. It was used to describe a Kamen Rider toys product line called Super Imaginative Chogokin a.k.a. S.I.C. It was later used to described other toy lines such as Figuarts. Actually, Japan version toys also made in China. The stock that supply to Japan region is called Japan version. There were rumors back in year 2006 mentioned that Japan version has stricter quality control in terms of paint application and finishing. Based on my own experience, generally Japan version has better QC but still not 100% guarantee the stocks from Japan is perfect. Some has flaws too. How do you identified Japan version stock? Basically, Japan stock has no additional white stickers and Bandai region hologram sticker on the box. Recent stocks released by Bandai Japan has double tapes on the box, I guessed these are the sign of QC by QC department. However, the finishing is still not as good as the old released figures that I observed.

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