As I mentioned, I’m taking some time to travel around and just step back from things since work finished for me a couple of weeks ago. Last week I headed to China for four days, mainly in the Shanghai area this time around. I had the chance to do some looking around, and managed to come across legitimate Gunpla goods in Shanghai. While China is well known for their… for the lack of a better word, fake goods, I’ve not seen any of the Gunpla kind during my travels in Beijing and Shanghai. Now, watches, designer goods, movies, and electronics? Yep, tons of those. If anything, this time it seems that officials are cracking down on the fake good peddlers, at least around Shanghai, due to the upcoming World Expo. There wasn’t that many compared to Beijing. But we’ll leave that be.
I’ve heard that there are some various Asia “gentei” goods out there, and managed to get a couple of snaps while I was there. For the most part, it looks like they just import the Japanese versions, since they had the clear part runner campaign versions of quite a few kits.
Other than that, there seemed to be a few of the Astray/Seed kits like the depowered Strike Gundam, and such that I believe were convention or expo only releases in Japan. The big suprise to me was the fact that they have a HGUC 0 Gundam and Exia Gundam kit all in one there. If it wasn’t for the fact that they are clear versions, I’d almost pick it up, simply for the fact that it’s admittedly got bad ass box art. The Mechanical Smoked Clear Version of the Gundam 2.0 also is China only, since you can see it has the map of China in the background on the box art. In the long run, I ended up picking up nothing though. Similar to Buster over at Plamo Addiction, I just didn’t want to increase my luggage. The thought that I could have just pawned those versions off on Yahoo Auctions for some quick spending money didn’t hit me till I was on my way to the airport of course…
Overall though, regarding the fake this time around I got to go to Suzhou and old Shanghai, and it’s quite true what they say about the widening gap between the poor and the rich in China. Prices for Gunpla seemed to be slightly more expensive to 1.5~2 times the price in Japan. It didn’t seem like they were selling at all as well, as most boxes were quite dusty. With that said, I get the feeling that it must be more popular in Hong Kong than elsewhere in mainland China. Still, this is just idle speculation.
But, enough of that, here are some of my favorite shots from the trip for you guys to enjoy.