The “mini figure” craze
When I first discovered this series in Japan a few years back, I had a gut feeling the Re-ment Mini Figure collection would end up being a cult hit. My friend and her mother love mini everythings, and especially the fake Japanese foods that you see in display cases outside of the restaurants.
Every trip home I make it a point to scour the stores (best prices were at Daiei or Jusco) and bring back one box from each series available. (cheap omiyage) Over the years, this collection has gone though many themes, ranging from everyday toiletry goods to famous regional omiyage. Now, this is no typical toy you get with a lame stick of gum. The attention to detail is amazing. When I look at these things, I get extremely homesick. And though I’ve resisted starting up my own collection – these things are so fascinating I’m rethinking my stance…I’ve missed out on a lot of great ones as each series is discontinued after a calendar season. This “candy” is so popular the company has held two contests for the most creative display of the “mini figures”, and boy, do they get creative!
So, unfortunately for my bank account, I think I will start off my collection with the Wagashi (Japanese sweets) series. I give in.
You can find these things at Daiei Kaheka for about $4.50 – $6.00. And of course, it was inevitable: They’re coming out with a new series called the “I Love Hawaii Collection” complete with a Hawaiian food grouping, and a Duty Free grouping. Yikes.
One last thing – for Lauren: