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How profitable is figure-making?How profitable is figure-making?Ask MFC

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A day or two ago ITEM #1042538 went up for preorders and it was the first figure by the company Miyuki, out of interest I checked the MFC sales to check how much revenue their first figure was (approx) making them and at 92 current orders on MFC the minimum revenue came up to $12.5k dollars so far. This is without accounting for what I'm sure are hundreds of sales from people who don't use this website. (She is currently No.1 on the Amiami rankings)

I then went and checked a much more popular figure, by a veteran figure-company ITEM #464669 I remember when she went up, a lot of people were arguing about her pricing. Looking at her MFC sales this figure alone at the minimum brought Alter $273k in revenue which got me wondering about the (Japanese) figure-making industry and how profitable it is. Do the people who work on these figures sculpt/paint get paid well? Are there any documentaries on this subject? Or any written experiences by people who worked on figures for mass-production?
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CactusCalin14 dag(en) geleden#84993226Man, this is so intersting. I am very passionnante about industrial process and figure are a mystery for me. I asked a technician who worked 20 years on injection molding machine and it told me that he thinks this is not injected. There is so much details and fragiles parts that it would be very hard to separate the figure from the mold (like tiny hair of finger), they would break in the process.
But you seem to know a lot about the topic. Do you have any video or any company website that are specialized in this kind of process? :)
PVC with tons of plasticizer will help with the demolding process. I'm curious as to what your friend thinks the manufacturing process would be if not injection molding.

Here's a good introductory video on injection molding.

For companies, just skim through alibaba and each company will have a small detailed section on their manufacturing services.
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CactusCalin14 dag(en) geleden#84993226Do you have any video or any company website that are specialized in this kind of process? :)
Here:
1 - Video: How nendoroids are made
2 - Blog: This has more detailed info about how nendos are manufactured.
3 - Blog: Same from above but a scaled. (Read all the parts.)
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RPG_FAN12814 dag(en) geleden#84982262I'm sure it's like every other company. The labor aspect is probably like any other job. But I imagine that the artist to designs the sculpt is paid more.
For example in a construction project the company that bids it profits the most. The architect/engineer gets the next most just drawing up the plans. Finally the physical labor workers get the basic wages.
And like any other company/business if the profit margin is in the green they continue/grow/expand, and if it is the red they minimize/consolidate/bankrupt.
well said , a friend of mind asked a labor about his salary while building his house , the labor answer was 1 USD per day for a house that cost my friend almost 500000 USD .
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Most figures made in China these days and most of workers probably have no idea about figures back ground . It is like when you ask a child about ATARI device or Nokia mobile phone when everybody using different brands .
They just have to work day and night .if they have a good idea about figures probably they kept a few automata figures for them self so they can sell it for a higher price. Remember some workers monthly salary doesn’t exceed 25000 jpy per month .
That’s my experience .
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Time to create stick figures and make a killing :) low production costs!
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plasticizer14 dag(en) geleden#84993183
If it's ABS and PVC, it's definitely injection molded, although with heavy assembly and finishing at the factory. Parting seam lines and runner gates can be machined off at the factory relatively easily with a rotary tool. And even though the figure came in a single piece, it's actually injection molded in pieces and glued at the factory.


Man, this is so intersting. I am very passionnante about industrial process and figure are a mystery for me. I asked a technician who worked 20 years on injection molding machine and it told me that he thinks this is not injected. There is so much details and fragiles parts that it would be very hard to separate the figure from the mold (like tiny hair of finger), they would break in the process.

But you seem to know a lot about the topic. Do you have any video or any company website that are specialized in this kind of process? :)
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BuyMyFigs14 dag(en) geleden#84993047Some lower quality scales and prize figures are 3D printed but I feel this process hasn't taken off and has it's issues. There's "cold cast" which I'm not 100% sure of but it seems to make the figures expensive so it must be fancy.For a large-scale production like prize figures, injection molding is more cost-effective than 3D printing. 3D printing is better suited for extremely limited-run production, made-to-order, or prototyping.

Cold casting usually refers to metals, where instead of the traditional 'hot casting' where you pour molten metal into a mold, metal powder is suspended in resin and is poured into a mold.

CactusCalin14 dag(en) geleden#84993127Thank you for your answer! :) If I take this ITEM #368441 as an exemple if it's ABS and PVC. Do you think it is injected. That seems so crazy to me, when I received it, the figure was in one piece, I cannot find any injection point and there is so many details, how can they unmold it safely during the process? :)If it's ABS and PVC, it's definitely injection molded, although with heavy assembly and finishing at the factory. Parting seam lines and runner gates can be machined off at the factory relatively easily with a rotary tool. And even though the figure came in a single piece, it's actually injection molded in pieces and glued at the factory.
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BuyMyFigs14 dag(en) geleden#84993047Depends on the material being used and what quality the company is going for. Most PVC are going to be injection molded, hence the occasional seam lines. Some lower quality scales and prize figures are 3D printed but I feel this process hasn't taken off and has it's issues. There's "cold cast" which I'm not 100% sure of but it seems to make the figures expensive so it must be fancy.

Thank you for your answer! :) If I take this ITEM #368441 as an exemple if it's ABS and PVC. Do you think it is injected. That seems so crazy to me, when I received it, the figure was in one piece, I cannot find any injection point and there is so many details, how can they unmold it safely during the process? :)
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CactusCalin14 dag(en) geleden#84957814I wish I could find informations how scale are mad like the video linked by PLASTICIZER
I am so curious about how they build it. Is it 3d printing, injection molding or other process... I cannot find any information about scale figure :(


Depends on the material being used and what quality the company is going for. Most PVC are going to be injection molded, hence the occasional seam lines. Some lower quality scales and prize figures are 3D printed but I feel this process hasn't taken off and has it's issues. There's "cold cast" which I'm not 100% sure of but it seems to make the figures expensive so it must be fancy.
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Xala2114 dag(en) geleden#84957052Where do I find this? Tried searching but found nothing.

If you go to the network tab of the developer tools of your favourite browser, you should see a request to /item, with an scode parameter. If you look at the result of this request, that'll contain the JSON with all the information about the item.

If these instructions are a bit baffling, the easier option is just to use buyfriend to look it up.
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