It looks like we are entering a crazy decade for sofubi... will prices continue to rise? Will new makers enter the fold and bring something new and refreshing? Will it all crash and burn like western vinyl did when we entered the 2010s? Uzumark entered a new realm of ridiculous pricing today... I mean I get it. Higher pricing automatically gives the perception that you are an artist that matters. Neckface recently told a story about how at his first gallery show the curator asked him "how much are you selling your paintings for?" and Neckface replied "Hmm I don't know.. $100?" and the curator said "No no no - these won't sell for $100, you will be taking them back home with you. We are going to price them at $500" Neckface thought she was crazy - but guess what? He had a complete sell out and the myth took off from there. Sure it's not quite the exact same situation as guys like Hirota and Uzumark have been building their production for years - but I believe the theory still rings true. If you could buy Mr. X for $40 would most of today's HxS fans look twice at it? Apparently we are gonna see soft vinyl artist-made toys produced in America during the 2020s.. hmmm still extremely skeptical about this one. Datadub posted another events calendar for 2020 on Facebook last week - the schedule is completely saturated. From the sounds of it people are over Dcon and are abandoning the event after this year - I imagine toy events will dry up completely besides Superfestival/WF and a couple of exhibitions by 2024 (and I feel like that's being generous - wouldn't be surprised to see a massive drop in events/releases/pricing around 2022). Also with events being saturated, that ties into my general feelings on sofubi coming into the next decade. At this point when you think about how many RxH figures are in circulation, how many Zagorans exist in the world, how many Refreshment cats are on people's shelves (and a hundred other examples) I find myself thinking about sofubi as being in the 'mass-produced' category. Sure there aren't thousands and thousands of Yamomark figures out there but collectively, the category of "sofubi" doesn't feel so special anymore. I feel like it's going to be a very interesting decade ahead for sofubi - anybody else have any thoughts?