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TBTS Question of the Day: Who buys this stuff?

February 4, 2010

We Tweederati realize there are different types of geeks, and there are degrees of overlap on the geek Venn diagram. Myself, I’m a pretty old school sci-fi geek, yet I’ve never gotten into, say, Dr. Who. Far be it from me to judge people who do enjoy Dr. Who.

As a geek with a modest amount of disposable income, I am an occasional patron of Entertainment Earth, an online retailer of pop culture toys & collectibles. Particularly, I’m a fan of the Flash Gordon action figures. I must have them all, including both Prince Barin variants! Unfortunately, the one with the big-ass gun doesn’t include a tripod for him to needlessly kick over. (If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about.) I demand accuracy in my action figures! Oh well, I guess I’ll have to just imagine a tripod when I play with…I mean…display them.

Additionally, The Big Lebowski action figures and various Dexter bobbleheads have also caught my discerning eye. Alas, there are as yet no Spaceballs dolls.

But in addition to this fairly mainstream, geeky movie/TV stuff, EntEarth also sells a HUGE assortment of weird anime/manga figures. Twelve-inch-tall figures of schoolgirls flashing their panties. Obscure, scantily clad anime characters in submissive poses. Removable clothing! Kung-fu grip! (If you know what I mean.)

Some of their stuff would make Larry Flynt blush. Look at the prices! 120 ducats for a statue you have to hide when mom or (God forbid) a girl comes over.

I get anime/manga in general, I really do. But why would someone pay money for statues of naked Japanese cartoon characters? What’s the market for these? I can’t really imagine why anyone would buy anything like this. Except for this, which is awesome and would of course look great on the mantelpiece of any home.

One Comment
  1. Gilroy permalink
    February 7, 2010 12:34 am

    This guy who used to be an assistant manager in my department got fired for spending too much time looking at pictures of scantily clad manga/anime characters on the internet. I’m guessing he is who buys this stuff.

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