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Hikari protos

Postby slim1977 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:04 pm

I'm just wondering, are there legitimate protos for hikari? There is a hikari proto on eBay that I am interested in, but I am hesitant being that I have never really seen any sold in the past.
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Postby Peachtree » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:07 pm

I have seen some genuine protos, but eBay is so flooded with scrappers I would exercise great caution in buying.
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Postby Poncho Pete » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:09 pm

Hundreds and Hundreds scrappers have crossed the ocean, but there are some legit ones out there from fundays and gemini.
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Postby Sarcasticguy » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:17 pm

Maybe I'm just ignorant, but I don't think i've ever seen a Hikari Proto, just APs.
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Postby JobaFett » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:05 pm

Mindstyle had some on display at their pop up shop at SDCC 2 years ago
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Postby kroffty » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:25 pm

Mine came directly from MINDstyle so legitimate pieces are out there although, I suspect, greatly outnumbered by scrappers
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Postby thejosh2010 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:38 pm

JobaFett wrote:Mindstyle had some on display at their pop up shop at SDCC 2 years ago
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So awesome!! Thank you for sharing this! :eek:

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Postby slim1977 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:11 am

That's good to know that there are some legit ones out there. EBay is a frightening place to shop for protos, but especially for hikari.
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Postby funkystark » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:13 am

Steer clear of Batman that's the number 1 offender in the scrapper proto game! Like others have said they are few and far between but there are legitimate-straight from Mindstyle protos out there.
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Postby SnackDaddy » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:42 am

Mine are scrappers, love the different variations, got these for an average of $15 each

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Postby mohawkjones » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:52 am

JobaFett wrote:Mindstyle had some on display at their pop up shop at SDCC 2 years ago
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That was such a great exhibit! It was what turned me on to Hikari and sent me down the dark sofubi road...

I would love to see them bring it back this year.
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Re: Hikari protos

Postby slim1977 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:12 pm

I'm checking out a groot proto. But from the pictures, the arms look a little bit like they have had paint removed from them.
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Postby Reverend » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:04 pm

I have a few of both good luck telling me which one is which- here is just a couple of them










It is so sad how one company destroyed the proto game IMO
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Postby HobieWanKenobi » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:26 pm



I only have this one, which I got from Mindstyle.

I'm not sure if that makes it legit or not. :D

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Postby newhousebailey » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:29 pm

Holy cow!!! The pictures in this post!! :eek:

I am amazed at the number of scrapper pieces on eBay. It seems that they have started pricing certain pieces higher as well. I guess they are learning what people will pay. I wish nobody would support the scappers so they didn't have a market.
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Postby homietrav » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:12 pm

I have a few Batman Hikari protos. 100% legit! ;-)
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Postby bryan_sato54 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:38 pm

HobieWanKenobi wrote:

I only have this one, which I got from Mindstyle.

I'm not sure if that makes it legit or not. :D


that vader proto is sick...love it
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Postby TriFeckTa » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:45 am

I would want a clone trooper one!
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Postby funkystark » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:13 am

These are my Astro Boy one, white one on top and clear glitter one in the middle of the bottom row (in the box), both from MindStyle the only two Astro Boys I've ever seen. I've since sent the white to an Astro Boy/Funko collector friend.

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Postby JobaFett » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:50 pm

I got the 2 front ones on eBay for a few bucks. They are 100% scrapers (back 2 for reference of what the final pieces ended up looking like)
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Postby Trixt » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:58 pm

mohawkjones wrote:
JobaFett wrote:Mindstyle had some on display at their pop up shop at SDCC 2 years ago
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That was such a great exhibit! It was what turned me on to Hikari and sent me down the dark sofubi road...

I would love to see them bring it back this year.


I was so disappointed mindstyle didn't have any crazy Hikari this year. I love their legendary creatures line.
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Postby bryan_sato54 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:10 pm

JobaFett wrote:I got the 2 front ones on eBay for a few bucks. They are 100% scrapers (back 2 for reference of what the final pieces ended up looking like)
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thats pretty cool..awesome!
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Postby KMFH11 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:30 pm

Hikari proto looks so rad!!
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Postby Vetinari » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:41 pm

Wow the clear protos look absolutely fantastic! There's something rather nice about seeing them blank and unpainted like that. I'm rather jealous of everyone who's managed to find one of those, but equally I'm very happy to see that people have been able to pick them up.

(Is it terrible that this is making want to pick up another molecular Iron Man to wipe and repaint into something that highlights the transparency of the underlying vinyl? Wanders off pondering which paint solvent would be safe to use on one of these guys, and where to pick up appropriately insane paints... Something like Alclad II - but actually appropriate for vinyl...)
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Postby Poncho Pete » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:58 pm

Here's my 4...

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Postby thejosh2010 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:18 am

Really love the comparison shot with the production pieces Jordan!

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Poncho Pete wrote:Here's my 4...
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Argh, that Jack makes me so wish we would have gotten an "Original" color release for him!

Nice set of photos you got there.
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Postby Squird » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:42 pm

funkystark wrote:Steer clear of Batman that's the number 1 offender in the scrapper proto game! Like others have said they are few and far between but there are legitimate-straight from Mindstyle protos out there.


I love my Scrapmen! But yeah, they're total dumpster dives. Like Huse's turtles, I'm only into them for about 15 bucks a piece, max.

If you're looking on ebay, check closed sales. The ones you see over and over and over again are crap..
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Postby TriFeckTa » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:34 pm

Just recently picked up my first iron man hikari and now i wish i had the proto of him thats on the toymonster IG.
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TriFeckTa wrote:Just recently picked up my first iron man hikari and now i wish i had the proto of him thats on the toymonster IG.

Good luck, hikari are a little addictive. I bought one groot and before I knew it I had picked up all of them. I would get the proto if I could get it from a reliable source.
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Postby Lonikins » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:35 pm

I'm not big into Hikari, but daaaaaang. These protos are beautiful.
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TriFeckTa wrote:Just recently picked up my first iron man hikari and now i wish i had the proto of him thats on the toymonster IG.

Good luck, hikari are a little addictive. I bought one groot and before I knew it I had picked up all of them. I would get the proto if I could get it from a reliable source.

I plan on getting all of the Iron Man ones, but i won't pursue any other ones...hopefully.
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TriFeckTa wrote:Just recently picked up my first iron man hikari and now i wish i had the proto of him thats on the toymonster IG.

Good luck, hikari are a little addictive. I bought one groot and before I knew it I had picked up all of them. I would get the proto if I could get it from a reliable source.

I plan on getting all of the Iron Man ones, but i won't pursue any other ones...hopefully.

The nice thing is, hikari prices are very reasonable on eBay. So it's not too bad playing catch up.
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slim1977 wrote:Good luck, hikari are a little addictive. I bought one groot and before I knew it I had picked up all of them. I would get the proto if I could get it from a reliable source.

I plan on getting all of the Iron Man ones, but i won't pursue any other ones...hopefully.

The nice thing is, hikari prices are very reasonable on eBay. So it's not too bad playing catch up.

Yup they totally are. I plan on getting the majority of them off ebay.
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Postby nanite » Tue May 02, 2017 10:46 pm

Vetinari wrote:Wow the clear protos look absolutely fantastic! There's something rather nice about seeing them blank and unpainted like that. I'm rather jealous of everyone who's managed to find one of those, but equally I'm very happy to see that people have been able to pick them up.

(Is it terrible that this is making want to pick up another molecular Iron Man to wipe and repaint into something that highlights the transparency of the underlying vinyl? Wanders off pondering which paint solvent would be safe to use on one of these guys, and where to pick up appropriately insane paints... Something like Alclad II - but actually appropriate for vinyl...)


Lacquer thinner kinda works, but not really good enough. I need to try the vinyl-paint thinner I got recently.

No prototypes for me, but scrappers are loads of fun for custimization or display, just don't pay too much. I don't think I've gone over $10 shipped. Poor glitter distribution is the most common 'defect' I've seen, but bubbles are pretty common too. But if you go in knowing that, and have a low price ceiling, I'd say go for it.

Protos though! That's a world I can't afford.
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Postby hikanteki » Wed May 03, 2017 4:48 pm

For Hikaris, are protos more expensive than the regular figures?
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Postby slim1977 » Wed May 03, 2017 4:55 pm

hikanteki wrote:For Hikaris, are protos more expensive than the regular figures?

For the most part, legitimate protos always demand more than the production piece. The amount just varies depending on the character.
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Postby Vetinari » Wed May 03, 2017 6:42 pm

nanite wrote:Lacquer thinner kinda works, but not really good enough. I need to try the vinyl-paint thinner I got recently.

No prototypes for me, but scrappers are loads of fun for custimization or display, just don't pay too much. I don't think I've gone over $10 shipped. Poor glitter distribution is the most common 'defect' I've seen, but bubbles are pretty common too. But if you go in knowing that, and have a low price ceiling, I'd say go for it.

Protos though! That's a world I can't afford.


Hah - yeah I'm not even sure how I'd even begin to hunt down a proto from this side of the pond.

A wipe and a repaint though? That sounds like fun. Especially since the paintjob on one of my untouched Hikaris isn't actually all that impressive up close... I've got to admit I was wondering if a quick swipe with pure acetone would do the trick, you can even get away with acetone on plastics that it will definitely melt if you've a delicate enough touch with it - and well, being vinyl theoretically acetone would 'only' shrink a Hikari even if it took a prolonged dunk (not that I'd actually try that). I'd need to get my hands on a spare first though before I'd be willing to risk it!
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Postby SazukiSenpai » Sun May 07, 2017 2:35 pm

So far the only Hikari's I've fallen in love with is the Megazords. I have yet to see the proto's for them but I'm still hopeful.
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