Footage from Chinese "Sofubi" Factory?

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    Footage from Chinese "Sofubi" Factory?
    3 days back and I'm getting rage flashbacks... SERENITY NOWWWW!!

    Of course slush casting has been around forever - but not when it comes to producing vinyl toys outside of Japan.

    I don't know why so many members defend the blatant bullshit that's taking place within the sofubi scene recently.. whether if it's Hirota's paranoid sales methods or the swiping of production methods and styles (robots, gorillas, zombies) left right and centre. I was attracted to these toys because they were unique and had a certain charm about them. Unfortunately the bullshit is far outweighing the good stuff atm - no wonder the fugly thread has been so active.
     
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    Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but your premise in this thread seems to be that what is shown in the videos is representative of something brand new happening in Chinese factories. It's not. Chinese factories have been using Japanese slush casting techniques for a long time.

    There are Bandai Ultraman kaiju figures from the late 1990s made in mainland China that have identical properties to the ones made in Japan. M1GO made a figure in China around 2001, it felt just like their other figures. Marusan's TEDEROS figures were made in China. Going way back to 1978, you have Mattel's Godzilla's Gang toys, made in Taiwan and feel just like the Popy King Zaurus toys from Japan.

    I'm not defending anyone's bullshit, I'm just disagreeing with what I think is your thesis statement here.
     
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    Ok fair enough - however I think it's the same kind of grey area that has been discussed on the boards previously in other areas. Would there be so many new gorilla/mecha gorilla/vintage robot kit vinyl toys around if HxS wasn't so popular? The same defense could be made.. gorilla sculptures have been around for thousands of years ;)

    But seriously, you've supplied some good info - and at this stage I feel like I'm coming off like the Bagel Shop Guy when it comes to chinese production. I've had my own personal issues with quality control with the Cheestroyer vinyl toy etc so there are definitely personal things there that get my blood boiling.
     
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    Maybe part of the issue with this discussion is that I know nothing about "the scene." I collect the old Marusan and Bullmark toys and their direct descendants, that's it. It's a pretty severe case of tunnel vision but it keeps my collecting focussed.

    I do see that a lot of modern sofubi makers like gorillas (sometimes with extra heads) but I have no idea who "Hirota" or "HxS" is. There's definitely an experience gap at work here. ;P
     
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    Seems like it @Roger - you may not be hip to the current state of affairs but your 'old-school' knowledge has been a great resource for the board on several occasions. And by no means Japanese vinyl is perfect either...

    On a related note I showed your post about the blank cheap Bear Models to Yoda during dinner when he was in town - he believed that they were defective samples. Hope that helps in some kind of way!
     
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    A little late to the party here. How do you guys feel about the Soft Vinyl factory that's being built in Texas?

    I'm still in the larval stages of my collection, so my opinion may not be worth much here. I personally don't care where it's made, if it's a nice-looking vinyl kaiju toy, and if it's made in similar style to the classic stuff. That being said, I know that every collector has a different criteria for what fits within the collection, and I understand country of origin being important to some folks.

    The only thing I'm a bit concerned about is the chemical makeup. People have mentioned here that some of the chemicals used in the Japanese workshops are strictly regulated, here. I haven't looked into this personally. If that's true, could that mean that the chemical makeup of USA vinyl would be different from Japan vinyl? If so, it could take a very long time to see the flaws in the new material. I've had to deal with bad plastics in Transformers & Legos before, and it's no fun.
     
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    Here ya go http://www.skullbrain.org/bb/index.php?threads/american-soft-vinyl-producers.50793/#post-975254
     
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    Thanks, Patrick. Sorry I missed that. I swear I used the search function, but I didn't search thoroughly enough. Apparently in that whole thread, nobody called him by his full name, haha. I should have just searched "Texas" or looked up the company name first. Please disregard my previous post.
     
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