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NYTF09: Asoblock

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Where can I buy these?!

These look awesome! But I can't seem to find anyone who carries them. Not even HLJ! What gives?

delta7890's picture
Posted by delta7890 on 28 February, 2009 - 15:09
Good question!

Who is selling these kits is a very good question. I just did a very quick search on the net and I did not see much. I will say it was not a thorough search so you still maybe able to find a retailer of the Asoblock kits if you dig deeper. I am pretty sure that the company does not have a whole lot of distribution in the US. I believe this is one of the reasons they were at Toy Fair hocking their goods, looking for potential retailers. Does anybody else know of an online retailer that delta7890 can find these kits?

-Dan
CollectionDX LLC
Vice President/Co-Owner
"the other fat bearded guy at CDX"

Shogundan's picture
Posted by Shogundan on 28 February, 2009 - 19:15
I dug a little deeper myself

I dug a little deeper myself and it seems that there really isn't anyone distributing these outside of Japan. Looks like Thinkgeek USED to carry them but any mention of Asoblock on their site has completely vanished. I could use a deputy service like Tokyobuyers or Rinkya, but it's not exactly economical if I'm only looking to pick up one or two sets. D: A shame. These look like a ton of fun.

delta7890's picture
Posted by delta7890 on 28 February, 2009 - 20:04
Neat

That is pretty neat, but Asoblock or "Assblock" is not a very good name. In fact, that might even be worse than Revoltech! Hahaha.

-Jeremy

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Posted by Destroy All Pod... on 2 March, 2009 - 18:00
Agreed: awful name!

Agreed: awful name! :P

Shogundan, did you actually get to mess with these? My beef with Stikfas is that their ball-n-socket joints are just not that strong. If you build up something more than a medium sized figure, the joints will buckle under their own weight (and Stikfas PVC pieces are heavy).

Is that same problem present with these things? It looks like they had some pretty big, cool models on display, but were their joints still tight?

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 3 March, 2009 - 10:26
Yup, I have to agree that

Yup, I have to agree that the name is terrible. kinda like ass-hole-block...LOL... Yes Sanjeev, the joints are nice and tight also the plastic is surprisingly light and sturdy. I don't know exactly but it may be POM.

-Dan
CollectionDX LLC
Vice President/Co-Owner
"the other fat bearded guy at CDX"

Shogundan's picture
Posted by Shogundan on 3 March, 2009 - 12:31
UPDATE!

So after snooping around I found Pregoods' English-language site and found their contact info. I shot them an email and Ryo got back in touch with me today. He gave me an order form and everything so I can order Asoblock directly from them! Anyone else who's interested should be able to as well. Their site for Asoblock is right here: http://www.pregoods.com/home_e/

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Posted by delta7890 on 3 March, 2009 - 13:27
More info about Asoblock

I got this info from PREGOODS about AsoBlock:

From their sell sheet, copied word for word.

Why Made in Japan?

The reason why we have determined to manufacture Asoblock in Japan is because our aim is to produce high quality and safety products at the top level. And one of the reasons why Asoblock has become popular among not only children but also adults and seniors is because of Asoblock’s comfortable connections.

Due to our best quality control process, each blocks are precise. Every time building up with Asoblock, you experience the reliability. Playing with good products leads to learn logical thinkings.

Why only Black and White?

Basic blocks are only in black and white excepted some clear blocks. You may feel that you would like to have colored one like red or blue. No. It is not really good idea in fact. Black and white is rather helpful to enhance your imagination.

Containing colored blocks may be disturb your creative potential. Black and white is actually not only two colors in your mind, but can be any colors, indeed.

Why Enjoy?

Asoblock enables you to build almost any figures in 3 dimensions and the moveable pieces enables the posabilities almost limitless.

When you build a big models or something you would like to keep, you can of course, display on the shelf as you like.

Or if you would like to put Asoblocks away, it is very easy. It is even like making into a ball.

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Posted by JoshB on 5 March, 2009 - 09:19
Color? NO!

That might be the greatest thing I ever read from a toy company. Hopefully, in the future, all other toys will only be released in black and white. Repaints would be a thing of the past, since toys would already be all the colors you want....in your mind.

"This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
Onyx Blackman
Principal, Flatpoint High

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Posted by NekroDave on 5 March, 2009 - 10:23
The fascist toy company for

The fascist toy company for the new millennium. Black and white only! You must submit to Asoblock. Its nice to see that propaganda and fascism are alive and well. So submit already!!!

-Dan
CollectionDX LLC
Vice President/Co-Owner
"the other fat bearded guy at CDX"

Shogundan's picture
Posted by Shogundan on 5 March, 2009 - 10:35
"No."

THAT was awesome! Thanks for posting that, JoshB!

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 5 March, 2009 - 15:10
I also love how in addition

I also love how in addition to telling us we can't have colors, they actually suggest some colors that we can't have ("like red or blue"), as if we wouldn't have been able to think of them otherwise. This must be the first time I've ever liked a press release more than the toys it's about!

"This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
Onyx Blackman
Principal, Flatpoint High

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Posted by NekroDave on 5 March, 2009 - 22:36
In Soviet Russia, the toys

In Soviet Russia, the toys imagine you in full color!

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 6 March, 2009 - 10:08
In Soviet Russia, you are

In Soviet Russia, you are the toy!

-Dan
CollectionDX LLC
Vice President/Co-Owner
"the other fat bearded guy at CDX"

Shogundan's picture
Posted by Shogundan on 6 March, 2009 - 10:31
You guys should check out my

You guys should check out my eBay page,I'm selling off EVERY action figure/toy/statue/robot that I own. I'm just keeping one of those green army dudes on my shelf,and I can pretend it's whatever toy I want it to be.
In my mind.

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Posted by kidnicky on 6 March, 2009 - 11:30
LOL... that name...

They have potential but I think Lego is still the way to go.
These are just far too basic yet with the shapes and colors they're offering.

If they're going to go up against a building system that's had decades of "new" parts and also has a ball joint system... they better be very cheap in cost for very plentiful in quantity. Even more so when you have places like Bricklink.com where you can get individual competitor's block (in black and white lol) for mere pennies.

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Posted by JINZONINGEN 73 on 19 March, 2009 - 11:41