The preorders for both Barnaby Brooks Jr. by S.H. Figuarts and the Deformeister SD figure set have opened at 16:00 Japan time (which was about an hour ago as I’m writing this post). It took me 40 minutes to get through to Animate site because it was under such a heavy load that they even had to put up a notice for it.
Coincidence? I think not.
If these figures sell on preorders like the Wild Tiger figure, they’ll probably skyrocket in value once they’re finally released. Like the Limited Edition of the first BD of Tiger & Bunny – it’s now out of print everywhere I’ve checked, and I’ve seen it resold for 22,000 JPY. People have reported even higher prices, up to four times the original retail price of ~7,000 JPY. I was checking some stores yesterday and I noticed that the stocks on the LE of 2nd BD are running low in them, too.
It seems that it’s best to act fast if you want to own the LE BDs or figures, they’re flying off the shelves.
Update: Preorders have been open for 2 hours at Animate, site finally loads for me again, and both Deformeisters and Barnaby figure are marked sold out.
Update 2: Turns out Deformeisters aren’t Animate exclusives, you can find them on preorder also in other stores. For example, HLJ still has Deformeisters
and Barnaby Brooks Jr. available. Amiami and Hobby Search have had them, too. (Thanks to Weslea J M for info!) I still recommend to act fast if you want to preorder, chances are that many stores will quickly run out of preorder stock.