I had already rearranged my schedule to take in the Mandarake event. The question was, how was I going to make it to both???
I found out on Friday night that the pachi kaiju stuff would be sold at Mandarake 10:20 AM, and the line was based on random numbers which would be handed out at 10:00 AM. So that was cool. It meant I had a shot at attending both events. But everything hinged on how many people would be at SB and how good my random number draw was!
First I went to Harajuku at 9:00 AM to see what the situation was like. Just a few folks were in line, so I put down a copy of Hyper Hobby to hold my place in line and then hot footed it to Shibuya.
When I got to Mandarake, there was already a long line. I figured it was random numbers, so no stress really - luck of the draw all the way. Turns out there were multiple lines - one for event exclusives, and one line (mine) that combined the random draw people with the Godzilla exclusive people.
Eventually the lines were sorted out, and we went downstairs into the store and drew tickets from a stack. I got 405 which I thought really sucked until I realized it started at 401! Stoked! Nobody had 401, so I wound up being the fourth to choose.
After I paid at Mandarake, I headed right back to Harajuku. A longer line had formed. I picked up my magazine and got in line. Everyone there was really cool, and the sale (started at 12:00) was super smooth.
The Pushead figures were blind bagged. Not sure how many were sold, but I`m pretty sure everyone who had waited in line was able to get one, since SB took some phone orders (after the line people got their figures, I assume).