[EVA] [actual link]Eva-04 Action Figure...
bochan at fuji.ne.jp
Fri Sep 8 19:57:08 EDT 2000
> Yes, there have been Unit 04 figures and models, but they were
> essentially "chrome" version of the Sega Real Model Eva 03 and the
> Bandai LMHG Unit 03; something to make some more money from.
Another thing to remember is that for all practical purposes Sega and
Bandai are just two different branches of the same company. (Bandai =
manufacturing, Sega = sales/distribution). For example, Cardass cards
are manufactured by Bandai and sold by Sega.
If you check your Sega merchandise boxes, you will probably find
"Manufactured by Bandai" in small (Japanese) letters somewhere.
> Gainax's approval was probably given during a time (around '97) when
> they were in a "yeah, whatever" state of mind. I'm sure the Bandai
> merchandising alone was a huge source of revenue for Gainax.
I asked my friend (the one who made the Misato's NERV uniforms) and he
said that merchandise licensing rights average around 4% of the item
retail price. Furthermore, these royalties are spread between many
companies including GAINAX, TV Tokyo, King Records, and so on.
"Oh, and forged GAINAX stickers can sometimes be found on bootleg
products coming out of SE Asia..." ¬_¬
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