Goku collectors wonder what fate awaits their beautiful sons after a severe storm caused the massive One Apus container ship to do so may lose over $ 200 million worth of cargo in the Pacific Ocean northwest of Hawaii late last month.
The ship was hit by a massive storm on November 30th, which according to Reutersresulted in a swell that caused it to roll and displace over 1,800 of its containers. Back at the port in Japan, the shipload looks like one Giant collapsed Jenga set. Fortunately, nobody is on board was seriously injured.
The same doesn’t yet apply to the Gokus and other action figures that were apparently on board at the time. Fans who pre-ordered the extremely rare Figuarts Ultra Instinct Sign Transformation from Dragon Ball Z
“The container ship carrying Bandai products was hit by a severe storm and lost many containers near Hawaii,” wrote Premium Bandai in an email shared with customers Kotaku by Goku enthusiast Kevin Snow. “The ship is in the Japanese port of Kobe to investigate its damage. It will take several weeks to over a month. We are currently waiting to be notified of the status of the container by the authorities and will release all shipping information as it becomes available. “(The company did not immediately respond to a request from Kotaku
The Ultra Instinct Sign Goku FiguresPrices, which were $ 60 apiece as pre-orders soared in the summer, were originally meant to be convention-exclusive but had to be sold online after events were canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Many are now more than double what they are on Ebay and other reseller websites.
“They were all sold out in fifteen minutes (I have one in that order), which understandably made people angry,” said Snow Kotaku in an email. “It comes from the popular ‘Figuarts’ line and many collectors of this line are completeers, including myself. So Bandai opened another pre-order period for the Gokus, which lasted about a week, and basically sold it on a “bespoke” basis. Once the pre-order window is over, there will be no more Gokus. “
According to Snow, the first batch of pre-orders shipped flawlessly, but the made-to-order batch was on the One Apus, so many collectors could just wait and hope that their orders survived and were undamaged. At the time of the accident, numbers from Android 17, 18 and the US publication of Kid Gohan were apparently on board.
“[H]If we lose the Gohans, we can get an answer to their plan, ”wrote a collector on the Action figure Forum TheFwoosh. “People joke things like that all the time, and the fact that it actually happened sucks,” wrote another on the Action figures subreddit.
Some collectors, like Kid Gohan, are now desperately trying to buy duplicates of the figurines still available in case their worst fears are realized. However, for those looking to complete their Figuarts set with Ultra Instinct Sign Goku, this is not an option unless Bandai opts for another made-to-order batch.