Became a dodo due to a lot of reasons, though one is the collapse of the gundam market here in the US back in about 2004~2005.
Most American kids only bought action figures and back then Bandai flooded the market with them in response. However as with all fads, the demand died quickly while the supply was overwhelming and what happened is that you had a SHITLOAD of figures sitting in shelves and inventory.
Couple that with poor DVD and VHS sales and it helped nail the coffin for most of Bandai America in mid 2000's.
>>13775741 I only ever saw the Deathscythy, 01, and Heavyarms here. Of course I bought all three. I didn't even know there were other figures until I moved to another state. A friend of mine in another state only saw Rose Gundam, Bolt Gundam, and Taurus Gundam.
>>13775731 Somewhat, though MSIAs were cheaper and be outright played with as toys and not as "collectibles" (I know, I know there's hardly any distinction between them and it's semantics) with the Arch Enemy series being meant more for serious collectors.
There were also a pause of a couple of years when the MSIA line ended and the RD line hasn't been introduced yet a transtition period perhaps where Bandai figured there's really more profits to be made on smaller scale production and collectibles.
>>13775731 Not really. RD is a much higher end series of collectors' figures for the Japanese fans with limited production whereas MSIA was aimed at kids who could reasonably drop like 15-20 bucks on a toy every once in a while.
>>13775772 Oh and incidentally a couple leftover MiA (Zudah and Nadleeh) still snuck out after RDs were already around.
There was also the brief Offshoot in Action line around about a year before and after but that pretty much became Knightmare Frame in Action.(despite RD only being Side MS, Side KMF, and Side LFO for the first year)
>>13775741 Everything from G got released. They were just released in waves. The Shuffle Alliance Gundams were in the first wave. The problem with G is that only Domon got an upgraded suit. So when God got released the other 4 main characters could only have Hyper Modes released. So the market got flooded with shit like Jester Gundam and a ton of Hyper Modes.
>>13779156 >>13779347 EMSIA really was something else. it completely retained the playability of the MSIA, was still pretty affordable, but improved almost every single aspect of the line. I have the G3 and it's really fun to play. The butter smooth joints feel so good.
I'm pretty sure in another alternate universe, Bandai would have tried pushing it a little harder and RD would never have had to exist.
>>13775767 >RD is a much higher end series of collectors' figures for the Japanese fans with limited production whereas MSIA was aimed at kids who could reasonably drop like 15-20 bucks on a toy every once in a while.
I hated the MSIA line because the detailing and proportions were so shitty, they looked horrible compared to 1/144 gunpla.
I would like to bring up the Gundam Fix toyline here. I loved these because of the quality jump upward from the MSIA. I know a lot of people do not like the Gundam Fix line of toys because they are VERY fragile...... and this is true. I never had a problem with this, though. I do not play with the toys I collect. I want a really good display piece. To each his own. But I loved the Gundam Fix line, even with the higher price.
Bandai could see people wanted the playability of the MSIA with the higher quality of the Gundam Fix, so out came... Robot Damashii. I am collecting this line, Im pretty impressed, so much so that between the Gundam Fix i have and the RDs I am getting, I stopped getting a lot of Gunpla.
>>13780514 >I would like to bring up the Gundam Fix toyline here. I loved these because of the quality jump upward from the MSIA. I know a lot of people do not like the Gundam Fix line of toys because they are VERY fragile...... and this is true. I never had a problem with this, though. I do not play with the toys I collect. I want a really good display piece. To each his own. But I loved the Gundam Fix line, even with the higher price. The FIX also have terrible range of motion and often have loose joints on the ones that have parts-swap transformations. They can't even be called action figures desu. They're basically just stand-art, you just have it stand with arms neutral to show off the color and detail and imagination of the designer. They're like art pieces.
The RD are actual high-end toys. They're durable and they often try to capture the look of the source material rather than showing of some original/novel interpretation like FIX.
This was the hardest line to collect! The distribution was awful and you had to go almost everywhere to get it. Walgreens would have certain ones, Kmart had a variant etc. I worked in a neighbouring state a few days a week was the only reason I found most of them.
I sold off my collection when I moved to Hong Kong, most of mine went right back to Japan to a store owner. He paid $258 for my carded Real Type Guntank but he had a buyer shelling out ¥4K for it.
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