Well, if you’re an expert Bandai collector then you’ll be familliar with this.. Reason why I wrote this is, I just wanna solve this clearly on their differences. Firstly, what is Bandai Region? The exact answer for you is here: http://www.tamashii.jp/special/global/index.html & It’ll also explained that variable region does not vary the contents itself. They’re all the same, so for those who believed Japan Region got a better Quality Control that’s totally bullshit! So why they’re expensive than the other region? Well, it is matter of the shipping & taxes, since Japan Region was released & distributed directly in Japan. If you preordered choosing Japan region you’ll have to deal the import charge shipping from Japan to your countries + they got their own taxes from Bandai Japan’s distributor. Japanese release itself was actually made from the same factory (China) as the other regions too but, each regions got different schedule to set on sale. Usually Japan, Hong Kong, & Taiwan was released first, the other regions (Bandai Indonesia to be precise, since I’m from Indonesia) usually on sale 2 or 3 months after the Japanese release. However, if you’re unlucky enough you might ended waiting for like 4 to 6 months or maybe there’s a cut order but, gladly the current cut order are now less happening.
To all newcomers collector, I’ll also point out the difference about variable Bandai region on the box. In Japan Region there’s no sticker on the box, they’re all clean & smooth. While Bandai Asia region got several stickers on the back (Warning) of the box, & on the bottom (Bandai Asia web with Hongkong holdings & Facebook account of Tamashii Nations South Asia). Well, the preview comparison that I used here is a S.H.Figuarts Dragon Ranger Bandai Indonesia & Japan, actually depending where did they come from they got extra hologram sticker. As far as I know there’s Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, & Malaysia available, also need to notice there are variable kinds of hologram stickers. I once saw Bandai Indonesia’s different shaped hologram stickers which is 4 squares, instead of the one shown above. Some says it was an early hologram sticker of SHF release around 2008-2009, also the sticker of Bandai Web with Holdings got a different address. & there’s other Bandai Asia one without the extra hologram sticker one, where they only put warning & the web with holdings stickers. They were actually Bandai Hong Kong but without hologram sticker. There’s also a US import like Bandai US region with Bluefin stickers, & some products got their variant box for example this Dragon Ranger was included with a different franchise box. There’s more but I didn’t managed to get their picture… That’s the differences they had but, the contents are all the same.
Whoa… Don’t believe what I said about the contents? Well, let me show you then! X) Starting from helmet, body, arms, & legs.
Then option parts.
Man, If I have to guess which one is their respective region, I’ll definitely fooled because I myself couldn’t tell their differences… All I saw are exactly the same! Well, here’s a challenge from me. From all of this photos can you tell me which one is the Indonesia or Japan? & of course, give me a good reasons to believe you. Well, if you’re a Bandai Japan freaks then you should know how to guess their respective region & why you chose them. The pictures that I put are randomly placed, I’ll spend my precious 25 cents for you if you can tell them perfectly. Go ahead, & don’t be shy on telling me your nonsense theory.
So, the matter of the price are not related to the contents but depending how we got them, but for me… I don’t care about region things no more, because the Quality Control (QC) depends on our luck on getting them, sometimes either Japan/Asia one gets an issues or we’re lucky enough to get them flawless. Actually, you know what they said “Contents may vary from photos or illustrations shown on the package”. Hell yeah, they’re generally mass products, so never ever expect them to be completely perfect because there’s no way Bandai could have make them busy just for choosing the region in a million of stocks. Besides, what I really don’t get they were actually produced in the same factory (Made in China), but how in the world they would came up with the thoughts of Japan region was considered as the best ones? Well, from what I experienced so far about Bandai Region, I did once unwittingly thought that Japan region is the best from some friends who believed those. Unfortunately, none of them are true… Most of my Bandai Japan import figures got a small issues on them, especially on my S.I.C. collections. So, don’t be fooled by a people who thinks Japan Region is the best. I actually have no intention to against their opinions, but since they fooled me up by their false thoughts, then I wrote this… I hope this will help all newcomers.
Even a Rangers need to rest & gets a special treatment
As well being stressed by everything they suffered….
Since I don’t have my own Dragon Caesar’s toy/figure, I used the original footage from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger episode 43….