star wrote:have there been any new shinki since the anime? just curious, just seems odd they'd spend the money to make an anime and then abandon the series
Nope. No new anything. I have a theory. I think they want to keep profiting off the line but something is stopping them. Could be factory issues, I don't know if it's popularity because Figma seems like the biggest label and they look way different than Busou Shinki (people love discreet joints but imo the obvious joints add personality to the line). But people are spending obscene amounts of money on them in the aftermarket (crazy: $200, $300 is an average price range), not sure if collectors or just a strong following. Not even talking about Japanese fans, there are way more there and I see many active Twitter accounts practically based on Busou Shinki; Japan is a tight niche country so if you see a blog about Busou Shinki, no doubt they're popular. Overall, if it's only popular with the cult following of collectors (Like me, I love BS for their customization) I don't think they can make that move; If Busou Shinki is a genuinely good product line at a good pricepoint (I think it is) like Figma, then I can see them (Konami) picking up the line again. Why not, it was huge only 2-3 years ago.
Imo the less you think about it, the quicker the days pass and this hiatus will end someday, at least with a formal end to the line instead of leaving us without news. I still buy them sometimes off Amazon, but I'm fine ignoring Busuo Shinki and checking back every month or two... Time will fly by quicker that way and I'm sooo hoping for good news (the day that happens, I might go crazy happy and flip things over)
The lines main flaw is that they can run out of ideas. Labels like Figma (most popular right now) are easy to manage. They just buy the rights to a popular anime or something and create the characters in figure form. Busou Shinki has to rely on it's own creative designers. IMO, that makes for a superior figure line but sadly, people like Figma because they take what's hot and make it into figures.
Don't forget they also need ideas for a comeback, something to cause market hype like a brand new shinki design. They need some creative minds to kick start the profit machine... and market analysis, etc... Why would they start an anime and not profit off merchandise, I don't understand, such a waste. I really really think it's a production issue.
Also, the company might be silent for now but FG-Site (one of the main figure appreciation/art sites) and Japanese figure enthusiasts still love them. I've seen custom figures that look just as nice or better than the official line... I love that.