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Figurine Issue in Malaysia

Two recent articles in a local tabloid regarding figures collecting, hit the jump to read the articles.

Patung terlampau

Oleh Mohd Jamilul Anbia Md Denin dan Syarifah Dayana Syed Bakri
anbia@hmetro.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Lambakan patung permainan gadis aksi lucah setinggi hampir satu kaki yang dijual di kebanyakan pusat beli-belah terkemuka di ibu negara mengundang rasa kurang senang di kalangan ibu bapa.

Ini berikutan penjualan patung permainan terbabit boleh merangsang minat remaja dan kanak-kanak kepada seks, sekali gus mendedahkan mereka kepada perlakuan tidak bermoral.

Patung terbabit yang tampil sama ada bogel sepenuhnya atau separuh bogel dengan menonjolkan bahagian tertentu diletakkan bersama barang permainan lain, menjadikan sasaran penjualannya di kalangan remaja dan kanak-kanak sekolah.

Difahamkan, kebanyakan patung gadis berahi itu diadaptasi daripada karakter kartun manga atau animasi dalam komik Jepun.

Wartawan Harian Metro membuat tinjauan penjualan patung itu selepas menerima aduan daripada seorang ibu, Normah Abdul Karim, 40, beberapa hari lalu.

Menurut Normah, dia terlihat patung berahi itu ketika membawa dua anak lelakinya berusia 12 dan lapan tahun menonton filem Iron Man di sebuah pusat beli-belah terkenal di sini, baru-baru ini.

Sebelum memasuki panggung wayang, anaknya merayu-rayu di sebuah kedai menjual barang permainan di tingkat lima pusat beli-belah berkenaan.

“Anak yang yang teruja dengan filem berkenaan meminta saya membelikan mereka patung Iron Man di kedai terbabit yang berharga sekitar RM50 setiap satu.

“Sewaktu membelek patung Iron Man, mata anak sulung saya, Aiman, mula menjeling ke rak pameran kaca di belakang kaunter pembayaran yang mempamerkan beberapa patung permainan lain,” katanya yang juga pengusaha taman asuhan kanak-kanak (taska).

Normah yang mulanya menyangka permainan biasa yang diimport dari luar negara itu bagaimanapun terkejut sebaik mendapati rak permainan itu dipenuhi patung gadis beraksi lucah.

“Ada patung mainan itu bogel sepenuhnya dengan memperlihatkan bahagian sulit wanita. Malah, kebanyakan patung itu beraksi mengghairahkan sehingga menyebabkan saya sendiri malu untuk memandang.

“Saya lantas menarik anak daripada terus merenung deretan lebih 30 patung lucah berkenaan kerana bimbang boleh merosakkan minda mereka,” katanya yang sempat mempersoalkan penjualan patung terbabit kepada pekerja kedai itu.

Katanya, pekerja berusia 30-an itu memberi alasan patung berharga menjangkau RM200 itu hanya dibeli golongan dewasa yang meminati animasi Jepun.

Dia berkata, alasan diberikan seolah-olah cuba menafikan unsur seks yang ditonjol patung berkenaan.

“Bagi saya penjualan patung seumpama itu satu penghinaan kepada wanita berikutan cuba mengeksploitasi tubuh kaum hawa bagi mendapatkan keuntungan,” katanya.

Sementara itu, wartawan Harian Metro mendapati patung mengghairahkan itu dijual secara terang-terangan di beberapa kedai permainan di pusat beli-belah terkemuka di ibu kota.

Kebanyakan patung itu yang diimport dari China dan Jepun sengaja direka bagi menonjolkan aksi menjolok mata sama ada dengan sedikit pakaian atau bogel sepenuhnya.

Patung itu yang dibungkus rapi dalam kotak khas djual pada harga RM20 hingga RM300 berdasarkan ketinggian dan ketelitian pembuatannya.

For the translation of the article above, you can read it here.

Koleksi anak orang kaya
Oleh Mohd Jamilul Anbia Md Denin
anbia@hmetro.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Kebanjiran patung permainan lucah yang dijual di beberapa pusat beli-belah sekitar ibu kota dikesan dibawa masuk peniaga tempatan semata-mata bagi memenuhi minat dan hobi aneh terutama golongan anak orang kaya yang menggemarinya.

Perkara ini didedahkan Ketua Unit Penguat kuasa Pusat, Bahagian Kawalan Penerbitan dan Teks al-Quran, Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) Mohd Rizal Abidin selepas melakukan beberapa serbuan ke premis menjual permainan, susulan pendedahan Harian Metro berhubung penjualan permainan lucah 4 Ogos lalu.

Menurutnya, rata-rata peniaga ditemui mendakwa hanya menjual patung terbabit terutama kepada golongan anak ‘orang berada’ berikutan harga patung terbabit menjangkau hingga RM200 setiap satu.

“Apa yang dimaklumkan oleh peniaga, kebanyakan patung permainan ‘terlampau’ ini mendapat tempat terutama di kalangan remaja yang membelinya untuk koleksi peribadi atau dijadikan cenderamata kepada rakan-rakan.

“Pihak KDN memandang serius penjualan patung permainan berunsur lucah ini dan siasatan dilakukan sebaik berita berkenaan disiarkan. Tindakan perlu diambil kerana patung permainan lucah ini mengandungi unsur yang boleh memudaratkan moral masyarakat,” katanya.

Menurutnya, susulan itu, beberapa operasi dilakukan membabitkan empat lokasi kedai mainan sekitar pusat beli-belah terkemuka di Bukit Bintang, Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya dan Brickfields sejak Isnin minggu lalu.

“Operasi membabitkan lapan anggota KDN Putrajaya dibantu pegawai KDN Selangor diketuai Penolong Pegawai Penguat kuasa Kanan, Bahagian Kawalan Penerbitan dan Teks al-Quran KDN, Mohamad Hashim Kamaruddin akhirnya berjaya mengesan pelbagai jenis patung lucah didapati dijual secara terbuka kepada orang ramai.

“Hasil daripada bukti diperoleh, pihak KDN bertindak merampas lebih 114 unit patung permainan berbaur lucah berkenaan dari semua premis terbabit,” katanya.

Semua patung lucah bernilai hampir RM10,000 terbabit dirampas dan dibawa ke ibu pejabat KDN Putrajaya sementara tindakan pendakwaan dilakukan.

“Pemilik premis memiliki dan menjual patung itu boleh dikenakan hukuman mengikut Seksyen 7 dengan penjara tidak melebihi lima tahun dan denda tidak kurang RM20,000,” katanya

Menurutnya, rata-rata peniaga menjual patung lucah berkenaan menyedari kesalahan dilakukan.

“Mereka mendakwa patung terbabit yang diimport terutama dari China berjaya melepasi pemeriksaan pihak berkuasa di pelabuhan sebelum diseludup ke negara ini,” katanya.

Title: Wealthy Children’s Collection

KUALA LUMPUR: Surge of erotic figurines sold in several shopping complexes around the city capital had been confirmed being imported by local retailers for the sake of fulfilling the demand and interest of people with such wierd hobbies especially those that are rich.

This matter was unveiled by Central Enforcer Chief, Publication control and Quranic text Division, Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN*, Ministry of Internal Affairs) Mohd. Rizal Abidin – after several raids to toy selling premises, following a cover by Harian Metro (The newspaper responsible) regarding the selling of erotic toys on the 4th of August.

According to him, most of the sellers claimed that they only sell those figurines to ‘the more established youngsters’ due to the price of said figurines reaching up to MYR 200 each.

“According to the seller, most of these ‘obscene’ toy dolls are popular amongst teenagers that buys it for their personal collection, or as gifts for friends.”

“The KDN (see above) take the selling of said erotic themed toy dolls seriously and investigation of this matter is conducted as soon as the news was published. Action had to be taken as these erotic figurines contains elements that can harm corrupt our society’s morals.”

According to him again several operations made involving four locations of toy shops around famous shopping complexes at Star Hill, Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Brickfields since last Monday.

“The operations involving 8 officers from Putrajaya’s KDN branch supported by Selangor’s KDN officer led by Assistant Senior Enforcer from Publication control and Quranic text Division, Mohammad Hashim Kamaruddin finally succeeded to track down various erotic figurines found to be sold openly to public.”

“From the acquired evidences, the KDN confiscated more than 114 units of figurines with erotic elements from all of the above mentioned premises.”

All of the confiscated erotic figurines are estimated to be around MYR 10,000 and were brought to the KDN’s HQ at Putrajaya while prosecuting measures are being undertaken.

“Shop owners found posessing and selling of said figurines can be jailed for no more than 5 years and fined for no less than MYR 20,000 according to Section 7 of the Malaysian Law.”

According to him again, most of the sellers of above mentioned erotic figurines are aware of their crime.

“They claimed that those figurines were mainly imported from China and were succesfully avoiding authority’s inspection at local ports before being smuggled into this country.”

Credits:
Original Translation: Exiled_Gundam
Edited by: Quazacolt

My view on the article, I would say lack of research and over generalization. I don’t know about other places, but here it’s easier to find decent and clothed figures rather than those nude ones, which are usually either bootleg or resin. Well you can find them if you really look for it but reputable shop that sells original figures don’t carry them though.

Also those that collect figures are mostly young working adult and not school going children as mention in the article, grouping figures together with children toy is so wrong imo. Students won’t even be able to afford to buy those figures anyway unless their parents buy for them.

I don’t really blame the mother for making the complain, though I blame the shop for displaying suchs figures in the open and the over zealous reporter that wrote the first article without proper research. This becomes a problem for us genuine figures collector, since those above mention figures are mostly bootleg version and probably makeup only a small percentage of the local figures market. I just hope the articles doesn’t make it hard for us to continue with our hobby.

Anyway more rant from Aiko, LilKeV84, Setsuna and Fat Cat Lim.

The Gallery @ Comic Fiesta


Looking for photos of one of the biggest Anime event in Malaysia? Look no more, as Comic Fiesta has just open their brand new gallery filled with photos from the latest Comic Fiesta event.

Click the link below to go to the gallery and enjoy the photos, you might even find yourself in one of them…

Comic Fiesta Gallery

And on other news…

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DaiCon J-Pop Exhibition‏

Here’s an opportunity to get your hands on exclusive , super rare merchandise from Johnny’s Entertainment. The very same agency that manages groups like News, Arashi, Kanjani8, Kat-Tun, Hey! Say! Jump! and many more.

DaiCon’ve gotten in touch with an exclusive supplier of Johnny’s merchandise! This means that you will be able to get your hands on that poster/calendar/magazine of Kat-Tun/NEWS/Arashi that you’ve always wanted. Come over to56th_avenue@LiveJournal to make your pre-order purchase by the 10th of May.

You will be able to pick them up during DaiCon itself, so that’s an added incentive for you to come to our event.

Details regarding the pre-orders can be viewed at 56th_avenue.

However, if you’re unable to pre-order your items, don’t worry. There will also be sales on some Johnny’s merchandise during the event day itself. So, you’ll be able to get your hands on your most desired items, one way or another.

If you have any questions regarding your pre-orders, please direct them to the owner of 56th_avenue.

But wait, there’s more. During DaiCon, we’ll be setting up Johnny’s Corner, a space where you can meet like-minded fans of artists from Johnny’s and celebrate your “J-pop love”.

There will be screening of music videos, clips from talk shows featuring Johnny’s artistes, and many more. This will be part of the J-pop Exhibition, so be sure to check it out when you come for DaiCon!

The cosplay and karaoke competitions that we’ll be having will also encompass these elements. If you want to sing your favourite songs from NEWS (or cosplay as your favourite member of Arashi), come on over! Everything is fair game.

Original news from DaiCon here.

Hot Toys – MMS113 – Blade II – 1/6th scale BLADE

Hot Toys is proud to announce the latest collectible from our Marvel series – a vampire hunter who is half-man and half-vampire that becomes the protector of humans against the vampires – the 1/6th scale BLADE collectible figure.

This collectible stands approximately 30cm tall and features more than 32 points of articulation. Dressed in the Daywalker’s movie-accurate costume of an overcoat, black jacket, vest, shirt, pants and boots. And the accessories and weapons include:

  • Lifelike head sculpt with Blade’s signature tattoos at back
  • Authentic Likeness of Wesley Snipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Shoulder Holster
  • Two (2) foldable glaives
  • Two (2) extendable hand armors
  • Sword with scabbard
  • Interchangeable sword handle with blades
  • Five (5) stakes
  • Two (2) UV Bombs
  • Machine Gun
  • Two (2) Handguns
  • Four (4) sets of interchangeable gloved hands
  • Figure stand with Blade II movie logo and Blade nameplate

Release date: Q1, 2010

Artists info:
Head Sculpt by So Young Lee
Head Paint by JC. Hong

Source via onesixthwarriors

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

Hot Toys Blade II - 1/6th scale Blade

May’n BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! Live in Malaysia!

Great news for Macross Frontier and May’n fan as she’ll be performing LIVE in Malaysia in March.

BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! Asia Tour 2010 will start at Malaysia on March 7th, and will continue to Hong Kong and Taiwan.

For more information visit the links below

http://www.mayn.asia/

FOLLOWING HER SELLOUT “BUDOKAN” CONCERT TO A CROWD OF OVER 10,000 – ONE OF JAPANʼS MOST POPULAR J-POP AND ANIME MUSIC DIVA MAYʼN IS SET TO TAKE ASIA BY STORM!

For the first time ever, Mayʼn will be presenting her BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! concert series to audiences in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

(18th January, 2010) The organizers of Mayʼn BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! Asia Tour 2010 are excited to announce Mayʼnʼs first ever concert tour of Asia, which promises to deliver the latest hits from her chart topping repertoire of successful music releases. Her first concert of the tour is scheduled to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 7th of March 2010, while her concert in Hong Kong will be taking place on the 19th of March 2010, followed by the concert in Taipei, Taiwan on the 21st of March 2010.

“After my Budokan, to come to Asia again is a great honor for me. I love Asia and look forward to be connected with everyone all around the world through my music. I look forward to meeting everyone! Letʼs sing together!” Translated quote from Mayʼn.

For her Asian tour, May’n will be delivering a full concert experience, featuring specially choreographed dance moves and exclusive performances. Extremely popular with the Asian audience, Mayʼn has performed to sell-out concert audiences of over 5,000 twice at Singaporeʼs annual Anime Festival Asia event, and full house audiences in South Korea and Guangzhou, China.

Set to perform to a full house at Japanʼs iconic Budokan Concert hall to an audience of over 9,000 on January 24th this year, the concert follows suit her latest chart topping releases of her latest album “Styles” (Debut at #7 on the Japan Oricon Charts) and her Anime Macross Frontier mini-album “Universal Bunny” (Debut at #3 on the Japan Oricon Charts).

Mayʼnʼs Asia tour is organized by SOZO in SE Asia in partnership with ED Production in Hong Kong and CLS in Taiwan. Ticketing and venue details for the confirmed concerts will be released at a later date.

Mayʼnʼs official BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! Asia Tour 2010 website: www.mayn.asia

Comic Fiesta 2011 Special Screening: Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo (Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below)‏

Comic Fiesta 2011 Special Screening: Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo (Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below)

Comic Fiesta has always been more than just cosplay, comic books and goodies. It’s about celebrating the creativity within all of us. This year, Comic Fiesta’s giving you a good reason to stay back after the end of day 1 of CF 2011.

Makoto Shinkai, hailed as “The New Miyazaki” and the director of critically-acclaimed animated features Hoshi no Koe and 5 Centimeters per Second, will be showing something special in CF 2011. This year, Comic Fiesta will be presenting the Southeast Asian premiere of his latest epic masterpiece: Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo (Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below)!

Described by Shinkai himself as “his longest animation film to date”, Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo is a gorgeously animated, action-packed tale of adventure, friendship and romance. Comic Fiesta 2011 will be the FIRST screening of Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo in Southeast Asia!

This film tells the story of a young girl named Asuna who spends her days listening to a mysterious music coming from a crystal radio left by her late father. One day, she is attacked by a monster and subsequently saved by a boy named Shun. But Shun mysteriously
disappears and it’s up to Asuka to find out just what is going on.

The doors will open on the night of December 17, 2011 with a super-special screening of Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo for ALL Comic Fiesta
2011 attendees. But wait, there’s more! You’ll also have a chance to get your hands on exclusive posters and folders autographed by Makoto Shinkai himself!

More information will be released soon! Keep your eyes out for the latest updates on this exciting activity at
http://comicfiesta.org/makoto-shinkai/, our forums at http://forums.comicfiesta.org or through our Facebook account at
http://www.facebook.com/ComicFiesta.

Organized annually by SAYS Youth Society, Comic Fiesta is Malaysia’s longest-running animation, comics and games (ACG) convention that celebrates the best of art, creativity and the ACG culture. Entering its tenth year, the 2011 event will be held at KLCC Convention Centre on 17-18 December, 2011. Keep yourself updated with the latest news about Comic Fiesta at http://comicfiesta.org/, our forums at http://forums.comicfiesta.org or through our Facebook account at http://www.facebook.com/ComicFiesta.