Saturday, January 26, 2013

Kaws x Medicom Star Wars Boba Fett release!

Today at OriginalFake, the new Kaws x Medicom Star Wars figure was released: Boba Fett! Everyone knew this was going to be a release for the ages, and I think it was incredibly well handled by the store's staff. But the sheer crush of people in line was staggering.
I've never seen anything like it. I got there and walked past the store and on and on, and then around a corner. I heard the line eventually snaked around a couple more streets. The tally was something like 1,600 people vying for around 400 figures (exact total not clear, but that's the number I've heard a lot).
 
Here's how the release was handled. You had to be in line by 9:00 AM. That entitled you to receive a lottery ticket in front of the store. There were two types of tickets. One was a rejection that basically said you were out of luck. The second type had a time frame on it (mine was 3:00-3:20 PM) with a lineup number on it (mine was 17). That meant you had to be at the store at 3:00 and line up according to your number.

However, having a time slot ticket was not a guarantee of receiving a figure. At 3:00, there were still figures available. But I heard they were gone by the 6:00 PM slot. So somewhere between 3:00 and 6:00, the figures sold out.

Luckily I was able to get one. Here are more pics of the figure, starting with the box:
 More after the jump:
The care with the packaging is exceptional.
Now a look at all sides. (Click on each image to see a larger size.)
Really nicely made figure, as you'd expect from Medicom.

Very nice attention to detail.
If you check out the first pic again, you can see Fett's scope can be rotated. When retracted, it slots into the figure's ear. Pretty cool touch.

The lion's share of the figures were sold at OriginalFake, but some were also sold at a department store in downtown Tokyo. From what I've heard, not many were sold there, but it was done according to lineup order, not lottery style.

And that's a look at the Kaws Boba Fett release.

This is also Kaiju Korner's 1,000th post - quite a milestone since we started back in 2007. Thanks to everyone for reading over the years!

6 comments:

krakit said...

Congrats on getting the Boba Fett
and for your blog's 1,000th post!!!!

You're on fire, man!

andy b said...

Thanks! It's been quite a 2013 so far!

CMR said...

1,000th post huh? Keep up the cool work & congratulations on having one of the more relevant & up-to-date Japanese omocha web sites.

And I hope you enjoy your new KAWS figure! all the best.

-Chris

andy b said...

Thanks Chris!

Jerry said...

Amazing piece! One question, can you remove the rocket in the back? Someon is selling me this piece and just noticed that the rocket (just behind the helmet) is removable. Your answer would be veeeery helpful, dont wanna buy a bootleg! Thanks

andy b said...

Sorry I don't know if it's removable.

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