I love Anime, I love Manga, I love Video Games, I love Comic, there are a lot of things I love about pop culture, but there’s one thing I don’t love, at all, and it’s the prices of some of the merchandise made purchasable in more recent times. One of the very few reasons my bedroom isn’t packed to the rafters with my favorite character merchandise is simply because pieces nowadays are way too expensive for the average man or woman to afford. At least, that’s when it comes to importing. Luke Halliday, a fellow writer on the site, is currently in Japan and loving every moment of it. Not only because it’s been his life-long dream to travel there but because of just how much cheap Anime and manga merchandise there is over there. Out here in the West it’s hard to get a figure that’ll cost you less than sixty dollars and as someone that doesn’t make that much money…sixty dollars is a great deal. Despite all that…I love some good Japanese pop culture merchandise. Especially when the pieces look as good as the ones I’m about to begin writing about. Sometimes, the price is just worth it.
We all know the old-school series Cardcaptor Sakura, right? I’ll be honest, when it first got a release down here in Australia I wasn’t really a fan. As things usually go, even now in my twenties I’m still not too much of a fan but I know to give credit when credit is due and these two new figures, which are on the verge of being released, I really can appreciate. Kotobukiya is a brand that manufactures some of the most loved pop culture items in circulation as of right now. With franchises like Marvel under their belts, it’s hard for this company to do any wrong, but when you add things like Anime and Manga to the mix it transcends the bounds of right or wrong and, well…you know where I’m going with this. Two of the company’s upcoming items just so happen to be of both Sakura and Li from the series Cardcaptor Sakura but, considering the title and what I’ve already said, I suppose you already know that.
The Sakura figurine you may recall from the very first opening of the Anime series wherein which she wore this particular attire. The figure stands at a hefty 7.25 inches tall and, for those living in Japan, will only set you back about a hundred dollars. The Li Syaoran figure stands a little bit taller at 9 inches and will cost you about the same as the Sakura one. Both these figures are set to be sold over in Japan with shipments being despatched on the 19th of May. Chances are, a local distributor will import some units to sell in your local area but they’ll probably cost you a great deal more than the base hundred dollars the Japanese audience will be getting them for. It’s fine though, if you’ve got the cash, I saw you spend it. Just be warned that it will cost you a pretty penny.