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Tempe, AZ and Tokyo, Japan, December 1, 2009 The Yousei (elves) who dwell deep within the Rinkya warehouse packing and shipping Japanese goods to the rest of the world were ready for us this year. Actually put out some milk and cookies for us as they gave us the holiday shopping picture.
The Yousei on the automotive bench was pretty succinct. “We introduced our wheels without tires shipping this year, and it just took off,” he said. “The toy bench has gotten pretty busy," said the Yousei heading up the department. "Movie related toys like Transformers and Astro Boy are making real strong showings. I guess the biggest surprise is the strong resurgence of Blythe dolls after a year off.”
"The market for MIJ (manufactured in Japan) and CIJ (crafted in Japan) guitars just keeps growing," said the music Yousei. "Tokai seems the biggest breakthrough this year. The scare we all got when the Japanese government threatened to ban the sales of uncertified used electronics has created a real rush on vintage electronics worldwide. Older Sega, Nintendo, Casio and Roland pieces are flying out of here along with Sony, especially Aibos since they were discontinued. Old Moog analog synthesizers are also big, especially to Europe.
"Collectibles are pretty strong," added one Yousei, munching on a cookie. “With more European customers we're got upticks in cels, especially Jem and Transformer, our French customers are pretty big in cels. Collectible items featuring Mazinger, Goldrake, Grendizer are still big throughout Europe and especially through our Italian site.
"The true antiques are holding their own, and the occupied Japan pieces might have turned it up a notch," said the oldest Yousei wiping the milk from his moustache. "The curious thing is the run we've had on pieces and accessories from the Edo period. Things like Samurai scabbards and handles and the like. Overall investment quality pieces seem to be making up some of the ground they lost last year.”
The cosplay/fashion maven Yousei added that bags and purses are big this year, “We're doing a lot of Chanel, but other designer bags seem to be popping up too. As a line, this year's breakthrough is probably Undercover, like the line of clothes," she added with a blush, ” not like I'm not telling you or anything like that."
Rinkya CEO Heather Russell and the Rinkya Yousei then raised their milk glasses for their annual toast to Rinkya customers worldwide: “Meri Kurismasu and Happy Year of the Tiger.”
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