Volkswagen Minibus Toasters have appeared in many English sites and blogs since VW Japan started giving them out as lottery prizes for their showroom visitors. They are so cute, and of course exclusive to Japan.
This toaster is not only designed after VW’s long-loved Minibus, but it also burns VW logo on your toasts when they are done!
They are available in two colors, and only 5,000 of them were made in total.
On ebay, they are generally listed around the price range of $380-$600.
On Yahoo Japan Auction, an used one could sometimes be found under 10,000 yen, if you are lucky, but typically sold around 25,000 yen. Here is a record of won prices on Yahoo Japan Auction from January – February, 2013.
Due to small quantity, you may not always find the listings you like, but keep checking on Volkswagen Minibus Toasters using this link with preset keywords on Rinkya! Save searches so you can view new auction listings at any given time!
Pacific Rim premiered in Japan on August 8th, and it’s already scoring 3 hundred million yen (~US$3M) for Japanese box office in 3 days! With all the super robots and kaijus rampaging on large screens, it’s not surprising that Japanese people fell in love with the film.
And of course, as customary for Japanese marketing, limited edition items related to the film are being released, in which Japanese fans cannot resist!
Currently, especially sought after among Japanese fans is a book called “Pacific Rim Visual Guide,” which is a translated version of what’s originally titled Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monster in English by David S. Cohen.
This is the cover for the Japanese version, translated and released from ShoPro Books.
It contains beautiful concept sketches, commentary, director’s notes, behind-the-scene stories, all the good stuff. On Amazon Japan, Pacific Rim Visual Guide sold out quickly after the film’s successful opening. Right now, it’s being sold for whooping 14,000 yen at Amazon Marketplace. Wow, that’s quite a jump, since the original English version is still being sold for under $30 (although the English version seems to be out of stock at the moment too and takes months to get a reprint). This rise in price is due to the small number of prints in Japan. Only 3,000 of Pacific Rim Visual Guides were printed in total, while 200,000 people have already gone to see the film in the first 3 days.
On Yahoo Japan Auction, the price for Visual Guide is less ridiculous, ranging from 6000-8000 yen, but it’s fiercely competed and creating quite a bidding war, a different kind of war than defeating a giant monster from the ocean!
If you are a fan, could you resist the urge to add this to your collection? Or are you happy with just the movie experience? Japanese people certainly are prone to exclusive items and limited edition collectibles!
If you are interested in joining the war, check out all listings on Pacific Rim Visual Guide from the Bid Now button below!
LAWSON, one of the larger convenience store chains in Japan, recently did a collaboration with Uta no Prince Sama (“Uta Pri” for short), in which whoever buys L-Chiki (Large Fried Chiken) in a certain period can get the chicken in a special Uta Pri paper wrapper. Only 100 wrappers are available per store, so naturally, it turned into an instant fangirl war, and a great number of wrappers suddenly appeared on Yahoo Japan Auction.
Search results of the Uta Puri L-Chiki wrappers on YJ Auction via Rinkya
Not only it has began a bidding battle on Yahoo Japan Auction, it’s causing some weird phenomenons around this item.
It’s a paper wrapper used to wrap a fried chicken, so of course it gets all the grease if you were to buy it normally. A lot of fans just want the wrappers and have asked the store employee to sell the wrappers without chickens in them. Some others brought their own plastic containers to take the chickens with so they can have clean wrappers.
In some cases, store employees are maybe too understanding, as seen in one conversation reported by a Twitter user:
Me: “Can I have a L-Chiki?” LAWSON staff: “Do you want this? (pointing at Uta Puri wrapper)” Me: “Hai!” Staff: “I’ll put the chicken in the normal wrapper, and I’ll hand this one to you clean! “ “Oh, and it would get crumpled from the moisture if I put them in the same plastic bag. I’ll put the clean wrapper in a separate bag!”
Japan is known for polite, dedicated services, but this is a little over the top!
On Twitter, there’s a weird trend going on where people would volunteer to exchange their Uta Pri wrappers for free LAWSON fried chickens. Some say that they’d accept Family Mart chickens or Seven Eleven chickens instead too. At the end, somehow people started exchanging LAWSON fried chickens to Family Mart fried chickens (???). It just gets more random and random as it goes!