Anime News Service – First Tokyo Mint Love Hina Statue Sells Out
Tokyo Mint, LLC has informed ANS that its first imported Love Hina statue-the gorgeous Naru Narusegawa Bikini Statue-sold out before shipping to retailers in December. The Naru statue, which was imported in an exclusive North American edition of 600, shipped to distributors December 12.
“We’ve been extremely gratified by the response to this first release in our Love Hina statue series,” said Tokyo Mint President Milton Griepp.
“Since we were just beginning to establish distribution for the line and a number of distributors have told us that they’ll begin carrying our line with our second statue, we expect even heavier demand for future releases.”
The second release in the Tokyo Mint Love Hina statue series, the Shinobu Maehara Bath Towel Statue, is scheduled for release in May 2003, but because of the long lead time for manufacturing distributors and some retailers will begin taking pre-orders in January. The new 1/8-scale statue, featuring another popular character from the Love Hina series, will be released in a limited North American edition of 800 at a MSRP of $99.
Tokyo Mint, LLC has also announced that the second statue in its exclusive line of Love Hina collectible statues will be Aoyama Motoko with Sword. This statue will be the first of this character, and the first at the larger 1/6 scale; it stands a full 13″ high. The North American edition will be 600, the same edition size as Tokyo Mint’s sold out Naru Narusegawa Bikini statue, which was released in December 2002. Each statue displays beautifully on a wooden base, and comes carefully packaged in an attractive color box (Japanese packaging with Tokyo Mint edition labeling). MSRP will be $139.