Still, a while ago I stumbled on something out of the ordinary while browsing one of the second hand markets in the Bangkok Chinatown area. There I was minding my own business while suddenly an angry Asshimar was staring down at me from one of those compartmentalized shelves where people sell their random stuff. This shelf was stuffed to the brim with decidedly old looking Gundam model kits and dolls but I can spot that angry glare from anywhere.
|FW Ultimate Operation figures as we are used to seeing them.|
Big One Group is Bandai's sole distributor of candy toys and capsule toys in Thailand. Mystery solved!
Still, one has to wonder why the distributor (or more likely the production plant) has gone through all this trouble of creating alternative packaging for these figures. The original figures are tied down to customized plastic packaging (similar to e.g. STANDart figures) and here they just bumble around inside a plastic bag inside the box. Apart from the sticker there is no localized text for Thailand on the boxes, it is the same Japanese product descriptions found on the home market releases. Perhaps these boxes are actually made by Bandai for export purposes to other markets across Asia?
I am curious to learn more about these figures. If anyone has any insight into how many of them were actually available in Thailand (and if they indeed came with some form of candy) I would be eager to know. Have you perhaps seen the same boxes in the Philippines, Indonesia or elsewhere?