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#1 Soupie

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 01:39 PM

Found this interesting video on Youtube:

You'll especially want to watch at the 4:15 mark. It shows "trees" coming off the line (not keshi figure trees though) coming off the line, workers grabbing them, and later, trees/pieces being placed in packaging. Good stuff.

And the following site has some pictures: http://altjapan.type...bandai_factory/

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And then this site: http://tvinjapan.com...-toys-included/

Unfortunately, the video was removed from Youtube! If anyone can track this video down, that would be amazing. It looks like the video might feature some Gundam keshi being made!?

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 01:49 PM

Another interesting video. Some decent footage inside a factory.



Also, there seem to be a few video floating out there of inside the Bandai factory, but they seem to get pulled from YouTube. So, they're out there, we just need to find them. :lol:
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Posted 20 April 2009 - 02:49 PM

Cool! Thanks for sharing your finds Soups. Gundam models :lol: Those Dies look insanely expensive to make. You could probably buy a car with what it costs to make them. ;)
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:14 PM

Interesting. Even with, what I assume to be more modern machines, it seems to confirm much of what we believe.

It's hard to get a feel for the "bins". I assume they are these things, but there was never a good shot of the molded pieces going anywhere. We just saw them ending up in the package. My gut tells me that the MUSCLE situation would have been similar, but still quite different.
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:54 PM

Interesting. Even with, what I assume to be more modern machines, it seems to confirm much of what we believe.

It's hard to get a feel for the "bins". I assume they are these things, but there was never a good shot of the molded pieces going anywhere. We just saw them ending up in the package. My gut tells me that the MUSCLE situation would have been similar, but still quite different.



Actually since these were model kits I would assume no bin was necessary for sorting, and chances are the runners went straight from the injector to the package. Some kits can be pretty brittle where small parts can bust off the runner if they are dropped or bang up against other runners in a bin, note the robotic little arm that seems to carry the runner to safety after molding. I could be wrong. I should look at the video again myself. :D

Basically models are just toys the factory doesn't assemble themselves. So alot less work is usually involved, and that's why Gundam kits in particular are so affordable.
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:59 PM

Crud I think I am sort of wrong. at 4:23 and up you will see them placing the runners onto the belt, but they are pulling stacks of them out of those big Cardboard boxes next to them. I guess they have to gently box all the parts, and then transfer them to the packing and distribution center/area.
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Posted 23 April 2009 - 07:36 AM

Yeah, I saw them pulling the pieces from something (I missed exactly what is was - and I watched it a few days ago) and then boxing them.

That's actually the part we need to know, but that's where the video is the least helpful. But let me throw out this idea.

What if the 4-pack blister were on a similar conveyer belt? Could workers pull one figure from four separate tubs which would insure figures were not packaged twice? So worker A would pull a figure from the tub holding Parts 1 & 2, then a tub with Parts 3 & 4, and so on. This would eliminate double dipping and let workers fill pretty quickly without over thinking.

Or what if they were fast moving and each worker dropped two figures? Worker A had Parts 1 and 2, and then Worker B had figures from Parts 3 and 4.

28 packs could have just been dumped into their own tubs (1 tub = 1 28-pack).

The ten packs might have followed a similar system to the 4-pack.

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 02:51 PM

I'm not sure, four packs were actually cleverly packed. They almost always managed to stick 4 different color figures in each pack, and each from a different tree. So I can't really begin to figure out how they managed that. Maybe they had four small bins each with cut figures from a colored tree, and they would just pick one out of each bin and pack them. Dunno. A case will have alot of the same figures in it so that would make some since. But for sure they used a different method from the 28 pack.
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Posted 24 April 2009 - 05:20 AM

I'm not sure, four packs were actually cleverly packed. They almost always managed to stick 4 different color figures in each pack, and each from a different tree. So I can't really begin to figure out how they managed that. Maybe they had four small bins each with cut figures from a colored tree, and they would just pick one out of each bin and pack them. Dunno. A case will have alot of the same figures in it so that would make some since. But for sure they used a different method from the 28 pack.

That's what I'm thinking with the 4-packs AND it would explain why cases tend to have the same figures overall.
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 02:47 PM

Okay, not related to Bandai nor MUSCLE at all, but it is a video about toy making in Tokyo, Japan. :joecool:


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