Footage from Chinese "Sofubi" Factory?

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    Footage from Chinese "Sofubi" Factory?
    While doing a late night skim over the #sofubi tag on instagram I came across this video... Pretty sure this is from a Chinese factory. Japanese sofubi seems to 'slip' out of the mold (regardless of the shape) - whereas this looks like it's clammy/catching as it's being pulled out. Watch with the volume on to have more of an effect.. it just doesn't resemble any real sofubi workshop video I've ever seen. Maybe might be of an interest of production heads like @Omnihiro

    Thought it's worthwhile posting here as generally footage from Chinese factories is pretty hard to come by - and considering the whole boom in Asian production over recent years.

    Chick on the image to be taken to Instagram to watch the video through their interface.

     
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    The quality of the Red hot style toys is quite good. they did the phobia toys.
    Most places in china are using the rotocasting ovens, the chemical bath seems to be pretty rare for China.
    I saw this awhile ago and was surprised they were using the chemical bath, those dudes make nice stuff.
     
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    I'm wondering honestly if it was because the vinyl was starting to cool down enough to become difficult to get out of the mold in that video. Nice color on that one.
     
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    That whole ensemble resembles a Japanese factory to my eyes. Particularly the construction of the molds and how it’s being held in place for pulling. Doug is right, though. If the vinyl cooled down too much in the mold it’d definitely be harder to pull with ease.
     
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    The whole thing just looks a bit off to me.. surely with the amount of Japanese production videos on YouTube it would be easy to make something that resembles it over there - especially the molds and the holding rack. A cheap imitation of the real deal.. plus the background noise seems to indicate it's located in a large industrial warehouse/factory.
     
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    so are you saying, you think a chinese company built a replica of a japanese factory just to fake out people on youtube?
     
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    Wow they should really do studies on how your mind works.. you're either the ultimate troll or completely bonkers!

    I'm saying that it's easy enough for people to replicate the types of metal molds and bath setup, register/pulling station because there have been enough videos around on Youtube out there to show how it's done at this stage. Just a coincidence that somebody filmed it and put it up onto Youtube.

    Chinese vinyl up until a couple of years back generally used mushroom plugs for joints with a believe a clamshell/two-part style mold. Now the joints on Chinese vinyl are much more similar to the open funnel style that you see with Japanese vinyl. What I'm saying @chimmychazz is in 2019 the production techniques, character design elements, sales methods, packaging design, paint apps have all been swiped due to the increased exposure and popularity of this scene - and as a result of this unoriginal and uninspired bullshit sofubi doesn't feel anywhere near as special or unique as it did 10 - even 5 years ago.
     
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    That puts a "bootleg (or knock-off) factory" into a new context.
     
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    Does anyone even know if Red Hot Style’s shit is made in China for sure? It’s pretty possible they have Japanese production, despite their regional residence.

    Edit: after watching the video again, it’s a Japanese factory. When the camera handler holds the head to the lens there’s a can of Kobasol on the floor in the background.
     
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    That's bootleg kobasol for sure... ;)

    Alright seems like my suspicions have been debunked and case closed.. Robert Mueller signing out
     
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    totally agree.
     
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    They may utilize both or they’ve switched over entirely, because in the Summer of 2016, when they were 2 characters in (with Umbrella Dog and Canadian Hairless) they were being produced in China.

    I spoke to Jin that summer (very pleasant fellow) and picked up a Rainbow Umbrella Dog from him.

    [Image from Red Hot’s IG]

    Fun character but the vinyl was noticeably not sofubi. I like it all the same, but it was very similar to Unbox’s earlier clear soft vinyl (NutiPati for example) in so many ways that I thought that they were perhaps using the same factory (until Unbox Dan voiced on skullbrain that wasn’t the case).

    It wouldn’t be surprising to me if they had a couple places of production now tho. That is 1 hard working team and 1 of those companies that seems to have new sculpts out about every month.
     
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