Butanohana Database- a visual guide

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  1. Mr. Humphreys

    Mr. Humphreys S7 Royalty

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    A Buta history question for you please. This was sold on Mandarake...

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    It is described as a Pocket Staiin custom one-off, painted by Kioka Ikeda. Simple but oh so nice! Love the little knees detail. Does anyone know if this was painted for the 2009 Gargamel / Buta Thrashout show?
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaiju-taro/sets/72157620487411581/
     
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    Excellent detective work, as usual @akum6n :thumbsup:
     
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    Goodness! :shock: Thank you Daniel, you're a genius! How do you manage to remember all of the details and lore?! :razz: Looks like it was a fun show, I wonder where all of the paper sculptures are now?
     
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    I've been through this thread many times and never actually clicked on those links until last night. My soul hurts. So many great figures.

    I have no idea about the production numbers but the small amount that make it on to the secondary market suggests they are extremely small. Super frustrating to try and find figures and then to see multiple painted G Series sets pop up on Mandarake. How could they possibly have 5-6 sets of those? Basically $800 for the full set. What are the retail on those? I don't mind paying a secondary price but I don;t like getting hit over the head with a brick..end of rant :)
     
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    It’s buta No hana, it has always been like this.
    I’ve actually only owned secondary market buta and all bought here. During simpler times and less hype.

    It was nice and it was still expensive then
     
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    @Radin
    His run sizes are usually pretty large for regular shop releases.
    But he has an incredibly dedicated fanbase and then the people buying for hype on top of that.
     
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    I remember in the early days, prices weren't so crazy and the demand wasn't frantic. I started collecting buta in 2008-ish, and dear old Super 7 (their original store in SF Japan town was filled with buta, vintage, and modern sofubi) had the whole line of dinos as well as what are now, some of the rarest figures. They even sold buta through their webstore and would stock subsequent releases. I adopted 80% of my dino herd in one day, after Tokyo Buyers forgot to place my bid on a vintage burgundy Nakajima magnetic head dino (3 interchangeable heads, each had a magnet at the base of the neck which would attach to the dino body with a receiving magnet at the neck) :x:x:x:x:x! I was so frustrated, I had to go to Super 7 for a therapy session! :oops: Dinos back then were $65 - $80 (i think), and you could buy as many as you wanted. Some of them sat on the shelves for more than a year, for sure. The beloved Kaiju Taro had a web store and sold them internationally, and figures sat for months and months with no buyers. Chris mentioned that when KT had their online blowout going out of business sale, he picked up a MIB set of naked cavemen for under $60, and I think they were originally listed for $125, "exorbitanty expensive" :lol:. KT prices were also similar to Super 7. Mr. Ohashisan sold them in his webstore, and quite a few would languish for 2-3 years unadopted. You could get a deputy service to make a purchase for you. Back in the "early days" people had no idea what Butanohana was. It took some time before they became interesting, then popular, then insanely crazy trophies. With the prices these days, it's definitely harder to collect them just for the sheer pleasure because you like them. I started off wanting just to collect one sculpt of each critter, but as you know, once you play with them, you really appreciate them as toys and something beyond -- there is a special whimsicality about them that is addictive and mesmerizing, so it's hard not being completist when new colorways have gorgeous colors lavished on them!

    Personally, I've drastically slowed down collecting all toys. Crazy prices and finding space to display them, makes me appreciate what I have :)

    p.s. @Radin I can genuinely sympathize with the frustration you feel, collecting buta now is much more difficult and daunting. Keep checking the For Sale section here, and don't forget to create your list (with photos!) in the Wants section. SB'ers are awesome folks! There have been MANY boardies who have helped me with my buta adoptions, for which I am deeply grateful! :razz: Patience and perseverance are also key to finding them as well.
     
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