Not content with trolling yaoi fangirls the tabloids have now decided to troll figure collectors as well. Well played tabloid journalists, well played.
KUALA LUMPUR: The large amount of figurines of girls in sexy poses, some as large as a foot tall in many renowned shopping complexes in the capital is creating a sense of unease among parents.
“So, Rider. You read the news today? It seems that the fools are cracking down on figures now.”
This is because the sales of such figurines would stimulate teenagers and kids to partake in sexual activities, as well as expose them to other unhealthy activities.
“What of it? Isn’t it better if we have less competition for Master’s attention?”
The said figurines are found to be nearly naked or completely nude are placed together with other toys, targeting sales amongst teens and school going kids.
It is understood that many of the figurines were adapted from characters in manga or Japanese animation.
“But if this goes on we won’t have new sisters to play with!”
Harian Metro’s (Daily Metro if translated to English) reporter made a survey on the sales of such figurines after a complaint was lodged by a mother, 40-year-old Normah Abdul Karim a few days ago.
According to Normah, she saw the sexy figurines while taking her two sons aged 12 and 8 out to watch the movie Iron Man at a well-known shopping mall recently.
Before entering the cinema, her kids were begging her at a toy store located at the fifth floor of the said shopping mall.
‘”Think about it Rider, Master must be really sad and angry right now.”
“My sons who were fascinated with the figure were begging me to buy a figure of the Iron Man costing RM50 each at the said shop.”
“While scrutinising the Iron Man figure my elder son, Aiman, ogled flirtatiously (I kid you not this is a direct translation, that kid has potential I tell you) at the display rack behind the payment counter that displayed a few other toys,” said the kindergarten operator.
At first, Normah though they were normal imported toys; however she was shocked to find that the rack was filled with female figurines in sexy poses.
“Some of the figurines were fully nude and displayed the private parts of women. In fact, some of the figurines were so provocative I was ashamed to look at them.” (Do I sense a jealous streak here?)
“I immediately pulled my kids away and prevented them from looking at the 30 or so figurines for fear that it might damage their minds,” said Normah, who was able to question the salesperson on the sale of such figurines at the shop.
“Well then ill just go and cheer him up now!”
According to her, the salesperson that was roughly 30 years old reasoned that the figurines were priced at over RM 200 each and were only bought by adults who were into Japanese animation.
She was of the opinion that the reasons given by the salesperson was as though he/she was trying to deny that the figurines were sexual in nature.
“Commencing re-writing of dimensional space. Eliminating faults and unwanted elements.”
“To me, the sales of such figurines is an insult to women because they are exploiting the body of women to make profits,” she commented.
In the mean time, Harian Metro’s reporter found that the provocative figurines were openly sold at a few toyshops in well-known shopping malls in the capital.
The majority of such figurines that were imported from China or Japan were designed to be provocative, displaying little or no clothing at all.
The figurines that are kept in special boxes were sold at prices starting from RM20-RM300 based on their height and the amount of details on them.
Sauce of shit: Harian Metro.
TL of shit: Me.
That’s just plain horrible. I almost puked reading this sorry excuse for a journalistic article. Bear in mind I am not criticising the parent in this case but the sensationalism the tabloid invoked in this piece of news (it actually made front page news). The writer it seems also has a poor understanding of the figure collectors, as there are a few glaring errors and generalizations that have been made. It is stated in the article that these figures are targeted at young teens and school kids and as we all know it the figures are really pricey and are most likely out of the budget of any reasonable teen. Also I would like to stress that the reporting smacked of bias as the journalist mentioned that the majority of figurines are scantily clad. This is completely untrue, ask any figure collector and I firmly believe they will all give the same answer that clothed figures are more common than nude/ cast-offable ones.
Another flaw I spotted is not in the nature of the report but when the complaint was lodged. The Iron Man movie has been gone from the Malaysian cinema screen for quite awhile now, so why are they choosing now to report this instead of say sometime earlier. It is quite glaring that the tabloid has ran out of stuff to write about and is now setting its sights on the otaku culture as its next target.
Truly I think that the tabloids have fallen really far to pick on such topics. I just hope that the shit does not hit the fan and figure collectors won’t be affected.
P.S. Images used in this post are taken using my D-40X with the aid of a newly bought external flash SB-600.