So some guy has 13 [email protected] character standees


And I managed to get one too.

So over the past couple weeks, the internet is circulating all kinds of pictures of fans posing (or not posing) with their latest purchase. Big deal, right? It's only notable because standees are really cool, and they're rarely sold to the public.

I mean, when the Japanese Aniplex+ store opened up for preorders earlier this year for these [email protected] movie life-size cutouts, people in the know were abuzz with excitement. It's just that there's some other context I want to share before you get too impressed with a fan's purchasing power and/or why we are insane enough to spend so much on mere cardboard.

While the preorders were taken back in April, Aniplex only started shipping these cardboard cutouts (they call it POP) about a week ago. This is in contrast to what fans in Japan have seen about half a year ago when the [email protected] movie was in theaters, and the cardboard cutouts (these exact same ones) were put in movie theaters everywhere to promote the film. The Wald 9 theater in Shinjuku, which was where the debut screening happened, had an [email protected] makeover for about a week, featuring not only all thirteen standees, but a ton of other artwork and displays. There was a big marketing push for the [email protected] movie in Tokyo in general, so it was good times to be a Producer (fans of [email protected]). In other words, a lot of the fans of [email protected] have a special attachment to these cutouts because it's a great memento for the couple months when [email protected] took over their lives.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, at Area 51, a small video game-theme bar in Koenji. The deep-pocketed fan is actually a Producer from Taiwan currently living in Japan, and he rallied up a few fellow Producers to take those shots at Area 51. Why A51? Because it's now the unofficial [email protected] bar in Tokyo, both with the owner being a big fan of the franchise, and it decorates the place.

The standees were sold 15,000 yen each, and they were only available as special pre-orders from the Aniplex+ store, at least in retail. Each standee comes in a huge box that measures at about 32" by 39" and about 2" thick. When taken out of the box and displayed, it can be as tall as 160cm, depending on which character it is. Shipping within Japan is a flat 540 yen, so thirteen standees cost about 202020 yen, a tad under $2000. For prospective owners oversea, it takes about $80 USD to send it by EMS to the USA, so that would be roughly how much it cost for other countries that is considered Zone 2 from Japan. After all of that and fees, it can quickly become a serious investment to own more than just a few.

You can check out AkutokuP's collection on twitter.


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Jeff Chuang
Jeff ChuangAssociate Editor   gamer profile

Yet to be the oldest kid on the block, this East Coast implant writes cryptic things about JP folklore, the industry or dirty moe. Attend cons and lives the "I can buy Aniplex releases" life. ... more + disclosures



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