In case you're wondering where I got the "idea" that the terms "Gundam" and "Gunpla" are Bandai copyright, it's simple research (and common sense, which A LOT of people lack nowadays). Regardless, a lot of people (who buy bootlegs) doubt this, and despite bootlegs are no longer being labeled "Gundams" by the bootleggers, people continue calling them as "Gunpla."
On my previous post, I added a post he made on Facebook, verbatim.
はっきり言っときます。Well, this confirms what I have been saying and makes it official. Bootlegs are not Gunpla, no matter how we want to put it. Since bootlegs didn't go through the same rigorous process or research and development Bandai kits have, they have not earned the right to the title. Master Kawaguchi rarely posts in English, and when he does, you can be sure it's important, since he is trying to communicate with ALL of us.
I say clearly.
I do not have approved of a friend who has been posting pirated model kit on FB.
Model kit does not have the name "BANDAI" is not a GUNPLA.
Sorry some people are uploading without knowing's pirated, but I will be the same correspondence.
Sure, bootleggers will say they don't care. Of course they don't. They don't have as much respect for actual GUNPLA as a hobby. Don't get me wrong, I understand why people buy bootlegs. They're CHEAP. Other than that, there's nothing else. Gunpla is expensive, because they actually have to PAY people that work on developing the same kits you buy bootlegs for. Imagine, if there is no Bandai producing authentic kits, there won't be any bootleg for you to buy.
He aired that same sentiment here:
Quality of pirated model kits has improved compared to the old days. There is also a model kit not inferior, even in comparison with GUNPLA.If I got it right, he might be talking about Dragon Momoko's recent production. Bandai (or at least, Master Kawaguchi) is considering getting DM as a licensee (which is what DM claims to begin with). Isn't that good news?
We licensee is going to have to strive to create a Gundam with the licensor.
Or more, which is a business, we contract with the licensor, we are selling the GUNPLA paying consideration.
It becomes the source to foster the consideration Gundam. Is produced as a source its consideration also new Gundam.
What I'm concerned about is to include it in by pirated model kit flows, such circulation is cut off.
It will ensure that pirated model kit becomes so many distribution, Gundam die out soon.
But, I'm only speculating on the context of his statement. He might be saying that if a bootlegger becomes an official licensee that produces Gundams/Gunpla, then you'll basically be paying Bandai price for THAT licensee's products as well. It's the same thing as someone buying a franchise license to, say, Jollibee, or McDonalds. The franchisee will still sell the products they franchised at the pricethe mother franchise dictates.
His last two sentences should be taken note of, because it's the same thing I said. No Bandai. No Gunpla. No bootlegs.
No hobby for anyone. Any reasoning other than bootlegs are cheap you may employ to defend why you buy bootlegs is SELF-DEFEATING. That's why I said "If you can't afford Bandai, get another hobby you can afford" in my previous post.
A hobby involves money. Even CHEAP bootlegs cost money. If one does not know how to prioritize, saying that one has children and can't afford to buy Bandai so one buys bootlegs instead as an alternative is a self pity stance. You have children. PRIORITIZE them. You need a hobby, go knit, or do some cross stitching, or READ a book or something that will not devastate your finances so much, you have to use having children as a reason why you buy bootlegs.
There goes your "alternative" hobby. Because you bought bootlegs, you also killed the REAL hobby in turn. This is also one of their reasons why GBWC Philippines came up with the receipt requirement in addition to the box as a preventive measure against people using bootlegs as entries, in part, in full, or both. You don't care about the GBWC, why, thank you a lot for ruining it for those who do.
There is no change to being an unlicensed kit what the name of the BANDAI does not contain even Resin kit claiming to GUNDAM.Resin kits. Definitely not Gunpla, as resin is considered a different material. If a resin "design" improves a current one, it may not technically be bootlegging, but it still infringes on Bandai's copyright. I would have to think long and hard if I am to push through with our plan to create a 1/60 resin Masurao.
We're aware that there are a problem of price, is the problem of the correandaissponding support.
We think that it is an issue such as improvement of production system and so on we should overcome.
I am aware that there are many issues and challenges realistic.Did you get it? He's still given you the liberty to choose, but, make the right choice. The more you buy bootlegs, the more difficult it is for Bandai to produce more and better products, because they are losing profit to bootlegs. Profit that gos to paying people to develop the next line of kits. Whereas they keep improving their production methods which costs money, bootleggers don't really spend anything in that department. And you curse at Bandai for not giving you what you want and releasing exclusives or color variants all the time. They do that to augment the profit the lost to bootlegs.
It is that there is no way So if you reject us that can not be eliminated current challenges. There is no enforceable against you guys for us.
However, there is no change in that it is a stance that rejects pirated model kit I am.
In a variety of environments, and there are those who enjoy the model kit under various constraints is that I understand. It can not deny anyone.
However, even what benefits, it is that stance I would not tolerate the presence of a pirated of the model kit.
I'm not going to discuss the pros and cons of pirated model kit here I am.
It is the judgment of all of you is whether or not to accept me standing in such a stance.
I think that the "registered friends" of the FB is a thing like that.
Lastly, in a PM conversation, I asked him to confirm if Dragon Momoko is a Bandai licensee. His response, verbatim:
Model kit of the Dragon Momoko is not licensed. Never Bandai entrust production and sales of GUNPLA to other companies.There you go. From the Bandai Man himself. Malvin of GTO did mention this some time ago, when the DM MG Strike Freedom was released, because the detail was "99%" close, as some have claimed. Maybe this will end the debacle.
You ask me if I have pirated stuff? No. I don't pirate stuff. I avoid downloading MP3s unless I pay for it, and I avoid downloading that violate copyright laws. I'm a musician and a songwriter, and is one of the reasons why I understand copyright. I also teach Adobe Software, and speak at seminars about creativity, originality and copyright, so yes, I can LECTURE anyone about the perils of buying bootlegs.
Now, having said all these, having made an effort to disseminate information for your benefit, you have a choice to make. Still gonna buy a bootleg, I suppose? Yes, because obviously, despite being shown the truth, you're really just a cheapskate bootleg "collector." It's not that you can't afford to buy Bandai, you just don't know what true value really is.
The money you save from buying a cheap bootleg less than quarter the price of a Bandai kit goes a long way, maybe buy you some BOOTLEG milk (imported from CHINA) for your kid. But, THINK. You buy 10 bootlegs for 500 each. You later try to sell them, for how much, you ask?
Bootlegs, even unbuilt ones, have a very low resale value. You'll be hard-pressed to sell those 10 at a profit, most likely you'll sell them at a loss. Whereas, concurrently, I have 4 unbuilt Sinanjus I procured over the course of several years that I plan to use for a big project. I saved enough money from each of my project to get one. If I suddenly need cash, I can sell those 4 Sinanjus for a little profit over the price I got them for. I made an investment, and it worked for me. Whereas you ended up with 10 lousy bootlegs you'll be hard-pressed to sell, if at all.
Okay. It's your money to waste. It's your right to choose. Go buy that bootleg. But, take a long, hard look at that bootleg you purchased, and think of the people who worked hard of getting them to you. The REAL people who worked on developing it, only for bootleggers to copy it so you can get your fill of the hobby.
The time might come that it may be the last one, because there are no other kits to bootleg.
On a final note, would anyone want some fine and fresh bootleg milk and onions?