Okay, so I’ve mentioned a while ago that the Nendoroid Aoba is starting to increase in market value, and it’s true. This isn’t rare, it’s just a matter of supply and demand, and it’s especially obvious for male figures. If you’re interested to get him I’d suggest securing your copy as soon as possible. But if you don’t know where to find him you might as well read along this quick guide (*´・ｖ・)
If you prefer importing your merchandise you may try these (mostly) Japan-based online stores. I’ve narrowed down the list to my most preferred and I’ve already bought items from all of these stores at least 10x so I assure you that they’re 100% legit and doesn’t sell counterfeits (if ever they do, which is impossible, you may open a dispute with them and I’m sure they’ll be willing to assist you).
I’m listing the shops with sold out Nendoroid Aoba because I’m gonna give a good tip at the end.
(As of writing) Out of stock at:
(As of writing) In stock at:
- Nippon Yassan (still stable price, recommended)
- YesAsia (their figures are always priced higher than others, but hey they still have stocks and also free shipping)
- Plamoya (price is too high, your choice)
It’s your choice if you want to grab the in-stock ones from the shops I listed. I’d recommend getting them from Nippon Yassan if you’re rushing (actually you need to rush haha) as it is the cheapest one I could find right now.
Alternatively, you can play the waiting game from the shops that are currently sold out. As in you wait for them to replenish their stocks because most of them do restocks after quite a while. That is, before they totally run out stocks and may never be re-listed again which will probably take a few more weeks if we speak of Nendoroid Aoba. You don’t have to check the list page everyday tho because there’s a sick hack for that lmao.
The best way to keep watch of the stock is to make an account at FigInStock. You just put the item link on the restock notification box and you’ll magically receive an e-mail you when the restock happens. There’s already a guide on the website on how to do that so you may read it from there. I’ve been using this site since it was launched and seriously bless their souls for coming up with this.
In the end, I do not suggest waiting for the restock because Aoba’s current market value is very shaky right now and it might move another level higher any time soon.
Now, if you want to buy locally (which is also preferable), whether from a physical or online store that’s available in your country, there’s also tons of them and I’m not willing to list them all because there’s… really fucking tons of them.
Good Smile Company has an official page of Partner Shop Listing where they sorted their partner shops per country. To be a GSC “Partner Shop”, the store should be getting their stocks directly from their respective local GSC distributor, so at least you are assured that these shops are legit, have good status, and are not selling counterfeits (
my shop would be in this list if our local dist. wasn’t so lazy pfft but we’re working on it).
This list is also very useful if you’re not aware about the figure retail store addresses in your country. The best advantage of buying from a physical store is you can have your item opened at the store itself (as you buy it) and have it inspected on the spot for any manufacturer defects/missing parts/etc and if you have problems you can ask them for a stock replacement.
Speaking of manufacturer defects/missing parts (which happens more often than you think), if you have any problems with your Nendoroid Aoba purchase or any GSC item for that matter, you should contact GSC Support and they will assist you efficiently. If your item needs a replacement part, they will ship them to you for free.
Super mega final tip: if you’re keeping an eye on Max Factory 1/7 Aoba, don’t ever risk trying to wait and maybe just get him when he’s released. Max Factory’s figure resale is like once-in-a-blue moon is2g and this resale is an absolute miracle in itself for this company and like I’m 100% sure the market value for this figure will sky rocket again after some time.
Your best choice is to pre-order from your preferred shop. From the ones I listed, YesAsia, Plamoya, and PlayAsia requires upfront payment but I don’t suggest any of them for pre-orders because of the huge price difference. The rest of the store from my list, they will only require payment once the item is already available in their warehouses which is December according to Aoba’s release date. But I’m also 60% sure that there will be a delay because Dec is a hectic month.
This turned out to be a really long post, but I sincerely hope this could at least help a soul out there. My inbox is open for any questions if you need more help. Good luck on your purchasing! o(*ﾟ▽ﾟ*)o