Kaiju no Mura wrote:Just because it is mass produced does not mean it cannot be made in Japan and that only China can mass produce items. Godzilla vinyl toys from Bandai Japan starting in 1997 was being manufacture fully in China. 1996 Godzilla Forever line was the last to be made in Japan.
M1GO and Gigabrain are NOT designer vinyl toy companies. They are stylized vinyl toys to appeal to a specific generation era. Those companies are simply "kaiju toy companies." Kidrobot, Uglytoys, Medicom's Be@rbrick line, to name a few are designer toys. With the exception of Medicom the others are "designer toy companies." People throw the name "designer toy" term around alot in this forum tying to link neo-kaiju and stylized-kaiju toys lines like M1GO's Bullmark Type Series as "designer toys." That's not correct.
Now back to my original question and I guess I should have given you guys some additional information when I asked it. Toumart is known for designer toys. And they do produce some of their toys in Japan and in China depending who they are contracted by. They are Tokyo base company. And I am asking if this new Bandai USA "Tokyo Vinyl" line is actually produced in China. Though I appreciate everyones input, I don't want assumptions. I want someone who actually has this line to confirm where it is made. Thanks.
I already confirmed this in my post stating that everything is made in China. And that isn't an assumption as I own the product. Did you not see the pic I posted of the item above?
Kaiju no Mura wrote:I was stating in general Japanese companies can also mass produce toys made in Japan. I do not doubt that these are probably made in China. I prefer someone to confirm it by actually looking at the manufacturing information than just assume it. That is why I was poking fun in my first post at the Bandai USA "Tokyo Vinyl" naming. If it's made in China it wouldn't actually be Tokyo vinyl.
You're getting hung up on marketing semantics here. High-end, ready-to-wear clothing is mostly sourced from Chinese textile firms and sewn and assembled in Chinese factories. However, they are designed by Parisien or New York fashion houses and as such are marketed to originate from there, despite the fact that they sourced the fabrics from China and that the retail price for that piece of clothing can run into 4 digit pricing schemes.
Lastly, mass production by toy companies is almost exclusively performed in China. Toy companies have reduced economies of scale producing anywhere else outisde China. For example, Transformers can be designed by Hasbro in the United States, and engineered and developed by Takara in Japan, but are assigned manufacture in China, despite the countries of origination.