Figures keep getting worse. I'm surprised these aren't American figures. They look like the crap we get.
I agree, it seems like the only figures we've been getting in the US lately are weird, poorly sculpted, mini articulated chibi figures. I don't mind chibi figures if they look good, I actually like DWC/WCF and Tamashii Buddies. But these look just as bad as (maybe even worse than) those Loyal Subjects DBZ figures.
Have you seen the thread regarding the upcoming US figures by Bandai? They're halfway decent.
The only announcement I care about right now are release dates on Yamcha and Tien.
Agreed. I was impressed they showed us such rough prototypes. Based on the prototypes being as early in the process as they were, I'd wager we're still a little further away on Tien and Yamcha. I think they knew that the hype train would take off if they showed them, regardless of them being the most rough prototypes they've ever displayed.
One thing I think is worth mentioning is this thread is that using the word "invested" suggests that you're spending the money with an expectation of achieving a profit. I've collected many things in my life, in addition to Dragon Ball figures and something I've learned is that these types of collectable arent always the best investment. I own a few figures that used to sell for hundreds back when I was young, but now a days they're worth a quarter of their original price. This goes for anything in life, really. You can buy it cheaply and sell it at a profit, so long as you do both these things at the right time.
I suppose my point is that dont buy these figures hoping to make a fortune or profit one day. Its very risky. Buy them because you like them and enjoy the hobby.