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SebastianLoverSebastianLover7 mese/i fa
I'm sure this has been discussed before, but most of the older threads I've found on here complain about delays rather than explain them. I haven't found a real answer to why delays happen, so why not ask the experts here?

I know stuff happens, but delays should be the exception not the norm, no? I could understand the smaller companies struggling with releasing on time, but it seems weird to me that the big names like Alter and Good Smile regularly fail to release on time. Is there something going on? Are they producing too many figures for them to keep up with? Is demand insane this year and they're continually underestimating how many to produce for fear of overproducing? Is there a big supply chain disruption? I read somewhere that Good Smile delayed once because it was "releasing too many at one time". I don't know if this is even true, but is this a valid reason? I would think delaying would make them look unreliable, but perhaps it's a good marketing stunt that makes their figures seem more like a premium product since it looks like they're really putting time into it. Do they just want to have perfect products to keep up their reputation no matter how long it takes?

I don't mind delays as long as the end product is good, I'm just curious. I'm new to the pre-order game, so I didn't think I'd have a delay practically every month, especially because I really only order from the big names. I'd just like to know if anything's going on right now or if this is just par for the course.

Edit: Thanks everyone for the insight. I didn't realize there were so many things that could go wrong in figure production. It probably doesn't help that figure designs are more ambitious these days. Now that begs the follow-up question, what's Koto's secret?
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AhagonUmiko7 mese/i fa#70875120I hope this entire industry is not under a threat of collapse due to the recent events. Just how many factories there are in HK? Or are they using HK as a logistics gateway between mainland China and Japan?

I've had quite a few orders go through hong kong recently very quickly. Two of them were from forwarding from a domestic Chinese shop (official goods from game developer's own shop since they're a Chinese company). And one was actually an amiami order. For some reason it went through Hong Kong then to the US.

Each of them passed through Hong Kong quickly. So as of now, I don't think any of the factories or shipping services are affected. Even in the unfortunate circumstance mainland China takes over, their shipping service is actually quite reliable too (as an American, obviously I don't want this though).
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I always assumed it was gremlins. They are usually the reason my underwear goes missing.
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My [url=]ITEM #464685[/url] I ordered Sept 2018 is delayed 7 months. I would rather wait than receive a sub-par product
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"Do they just want to have perfect products to keep up their reputation no matter how long it takes?"

hahahahahahahahahaha

But serious answer, I think it depends on the manufacturer. If Flare or Myethos has a delay, then I have no doubt that they're actually making improvements. For anyone else, I kind of assume that they're either just behind schedule because they're making too much or (probably more likely) they only put out the first release date to create hype. Maybe I'm just being negative, but when you have a company like GSC where you basically assume there's going to be a delay, there's got to be more going on than just poor time management.
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Kaneel7 mese/i fa#70874839One of the recent issues surfacing are overbooked factories.
This figure from Licorne ITEM #675951 for example was hit with a three month delay due to factory congestion.
That was the first time ever that i saw a japanese pvc company openly stating this reason.
i actually had to look up that word because i never came across this term before
I get the impression this is also what is happening to gsc to cause these massive delays of half a year and up considering that they used to be way more on time.
There was also a resin company who had to delay a piece by 9-10 months because their factory had no open slots for them before that date.
A smaller one but possible are Typhoons who are strong enough to affect the shipments from Hong Kong to Japan.
I read & heard a lot about this to. And experiencing a few GSC delays as well.
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Some figure companies have openly stated now and then a production run got delayed due to some manufacturing defect, but I feel this is the exception rather than the norm. I think if that is the reason, companies would probably like to be able to trot that one out, as it is an easy one for customers to understand.

If I had to guess, I'd say (as Kaneel also stated) factories being overrun, both with larger production runs than anticipated and other projects causing the congestion Kaneel mentioned. Also wouldn't be surprised if the factories are being overly optimistic about delivery dates, either to win bids or appear more productive (or just generally not being able to manage their workload). Wouldn't be surprised if the manufacturers don't want to give a certain level of leeway as they don't want to be storing 1000s of figures if something does get delivered on time - better to delay than have to hold onto stuff.

Kaneel's also correct about GSC - they did admit to their factories being overrun, which is why you now see scales being announced a year (or sometimes over!) in advance now. The bigger manufacturers don't really have a great situation if they want to keep over/underproduction to a minimum - main options are a loooong lead time so you can collect order numbers (or the first tranche of orders at least) or start producing prior to the preorder window, but then you risk over/underproduction. Underproduction is bad for collectors (ask an SH Figurarts collector!), overproduction can do a significant amount of harm to profit margins (unsold inventory costs - not only are you not getting money back, you're having to use/pay for storage space until a buyer can be found).
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Kaneel on Ice
AhagonUmiko7 mese/i fa#70875120I hope this entire industry is not under a threat of collapse due to the recent events. Just how many factories there are in HK? Or are they using HK as a logistics gateway between mainland China and Japan?

This thought did crossed my mind too.
Though i do think that the city's port is mostly used as a gateway from mainland china due to the limited space the city has.
I know for 100% sure that Orchid Seed is shipping via Hong Kong due to their unique status page which is kept updated with shipping dates from Hong Kong, arrival at Yokohama port and custom clearance.
Hopefully companies situated in Shanghai like Hobbymax or GSC arts are using their local port.
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Kaneel7 mese/i fa#70874839...shipments from Hong Kong to Japan.
I hope this entire industry is not under a threat of collapse due to the recent events. Just how many factories there are in HK? Or are they using HK as a logistics gateway between mainland China and Japan?
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Kaneel on Ice
One of the recent issues surfacing are overbooked factories.

This figure from Licorne ITEM #675951 for example was hit with a three month delay due to factory congestion.
That was the first time ever that i saw a japanese pvc company openly stating this reason.
i actually had to look up that word because i never came across this term before

I get the impression this is also what is happening to gsc to cause these massive delays of half a year and up considering that they used to be way more on time.

There was also a resin company who had to delay a piece by 9-10 months because their factory had no open slots for them before that date.

A smaller one but possible are Typhoons who are strong enough to affect the shipments from Hong Kong to Japan.
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1. company decides there weren't enough preorders and keep the window open for a bit longer. yes this is a thing.
2. the exact opposite of that, they got so many orders it will take longer to produce than expected.
3. fixing errors. when this happens you can start to worry that more than one thing went wrong.
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