Inside a High-Quality Japanese Figurine Factory

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This is a rarity. These days, most anime figures are produced in China. Good Smile Company, however, has a factory in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, producing high-quality collectibles. Let’s take a look inside.

Recently, Japanese TV show Gacchiri Monday visited the factory, which opened in late 2014.

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Besides shaping the figures, everything is done by hand at this factory.

[Image via MoeJP | Gacchiri Monday]

This Good Smile Company employee is explaining how until now, the vast majority of figures are entirely made in China.

[Image via MoeJP | Gacchiri Monday]
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This is the company’s first figure factory in Japan.

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The goal is to make high-quality made-in-Japan collectibles.

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The painting is, of course, also done by hand.

[Image via MoeJP | Gacchiri Monday]
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There are so many small details to discover in the painting.

[Image via MoeJP | Gacchiri Monday]
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Can you see the difference between before and after?

[Image via MoeJP | Gacchiri Monday]
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The top part was painted navy, which you might think is unnoticeable, but diehard fans appreciate these small touches.

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So, for example, a hundred colors were used in painting this figure.

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Impressive work.

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Here, they are polishing each individual part to make them smooth and so that none of the plastic bits stick out.

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Then, the parts are checked and separated in quality control.

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Small imperfections are noticed.

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This face didn’t pass the quality test.

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That teeny black dot makes this face unacceptable for release.

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Some much work, care and attention goes into these little cute figurines.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.