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Update on Griffon Enterprises/Grand Toys (Possible Bankruptcy)Update on Griffon Enterprises/Grand Toys (Possible Bankruptcy)

MillyParisMillyParis7 kuukautta sittenNews
A follow up of: BLOG #39250

Unsure what to put this category as, but this is basically a summed up version of my last few weeks of research concerning Griffon/Grand Toys.

I began with looking on their websites for contact information, I've contacted every email on there with no replies, I gave it a week or two. I also didn't receive confirmation of my email, which you usually do if you email somewhere with an inquiry. But I also didn't receive a "This email is out of service" or have it bounce back. I've written it both in Japanese and English, so no excuses on being unable to understand me. I’ve tried 5 different contact emails with no answer.

Then I began searching on every single website that is connected to Griffon, including their fossil site, their figuotto site, grand toys, etc.

Grand Toys --> For Sale, dead end.
Fossil Site/ArtCore --> Still up, but no dates, so I'm not sure when it was last updated, I emailed them today under my company email, so maybe they would think I'm interested in distributing.
Figuotto --> Line is dead, so is the website (also $1600 for it? ew)
RLine --> Dead as well

I tried looking up "TEAM GENESIS" but their only contact page was on Griffon's website. I can't access Twitter on my main computer, so those were dead ends.

I ended up reading reviews of the jobs, I got a rough translation on one of them: "When I joined the company, the inside of the company was destroyed by stinkiness and things were scattered. Also, I felt very wonderful that there were not anything that would normally be a company, no documents. I learned the reason after joining the company. Leaving the president, it seems that all the employees quit at once and founded another company. Moreover, I abandoned all the documents and data of the company, vandalized the room and went out. It seems that the company had grown quite a while when there were those who quit, but The current situation is unknown." however this is from 2013, so not so reliable.

I got onto linked in, found a guy who says he's the overseas director, so I plan on making an account to contact him today.

I also wanted to call their phone lines, but I don't speak Japanese well enough if I get an answer (which I don't think I would...)

A few other people have posted (on JP forums) that Griffon renewed their website in December, but they've been gone since, or people began noticing Grand Toys was down in January (blog.livedoor.j...)

I began looking to see if they had any new job listings, and none since 2013, which isn't unusual, but still irritating.

I'm not very good with copyrights or trademarks (as in looking them up) but I didn't see Griffon Enterprises registered.

They haven't shown up at any festivals since December 2017. All their links seem to end up at a dead end... I've asked AmiAmi who say they're still in business, but I have no proof of that. All their release dates keep getting pushed back further and further.

I'm just amazed that Griffon hasn't said anything to anyone who has supported them over the years. Their twitter and FB accounts are dead, being dead since December. While I am almost positive they're going out of business, and Nippon-Yasan has cancelled Griffon's figures stating "the manufacturer refuses to release the figure." it's exhausting to know that they have all these preorders, but refuse to either declare bankruptcy, or admit they do not intend to follow up on these preorders.

If I remember or find anything else, I'll either edit this or do a new article another day.

UPDATE 1: Their Yahoo Auctions account has been suspended...

UPDATE 2: www.shopmaker.j... when trying to log into their website, it says "The account is not valid." You also can't make a new account in order to buy things...

UPDATE 3: Their diary/news has been deleted, every entry as far as I can see. All their others haven't been updated since 2013...

UPDATE 4: My last two emails have gone unnoticed. Someone sent me a lead and I will try and follow up on it ASAP. Emails to fossil-corp came back to me with an error saying it's not available anymore.

Edit: On the side are links to some of the Griffon figures with the struggle of what's been going on.
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Redliger I paint GKs
Thank you for doing all the leg for everyone here on MFC. We really appreciate it!
7 kuukautta sitten
tachola loves you!!
rip griffon. ur touhou paintjobs + sculpts were (mostly) boring and awful, but u were dedicated in trying to fill in an entire cast of zun lolis. ill miss you and ur nameplate bases
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Pahsmina (7 kuukautta sitten) #37283011MFC when Griffon were making figures: "I hate Grifon, they make so bad figures, not pre-ordering this one!"
Mfc when Griffon is no longer: "Give us the sweet gossip."

It is understandable to criticize a manufacturer and still be sad that they had to go down instead of getting better and compeating for the market.

Having that said, it’s time to collect griffon’s touhou figures which I keep delaying.
5 kuukautta sitten
Pahsmina (7 kuukautta sitten) #37283011MFC when Griffon were making figures: "I hate Grifon, they make so bad figures, not pre-ordering this one!"
Mfc when Griffon is no longer: "Give us the sweet gossip."

Haha, yup. I mean, griffon isn't the greatest, but I also think figure collectors don't have the best attitudes sometimes. (Maybe we all just have a secret bitterness about the fact we collect pricy bits of plastic...)
6 kuukautta sitten
I'm gonna be keeping tabs on this. I really want that Kirino figure. I ordered it from Tokyo Otaku Mode and have asked them if they will refund in the event a manufacturer does not produce. They said that they will indeed refund so my money is not lost. I'll wait though.1
7 kuukautta sitten
Oddly enough, I just managed to add ITEM #1082 to my collection after searching around for awhile!
7 kuukautta sitten
Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
Some of their figs were really decent, especially that kirino there.. really want her so many regrets i didnt buy her.

While I dont my like most of their figs I still feel sad that they got bankrupt. There are ppl who love their figs and while quality wasnt superb, thry did do the lesser known characters a lot and that I appreciate. Im still happy with my mio isurugi ^^ cause of this. Only fig out there aside from 2 prize-like figs
7 kuukautta sitten
useful follow up. i didn't have any of their figures on order, but i feel bad about how they're doing. hopefully something will come up soon so we can get some final answers.
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Pahsmina (7 kuukautta sitten) #37283011MFC when Griffon were making figures: "I hate Grifon, they make so bad figures, not pre-ordering this one!"
Mfc when Griffon is no longer: "Give us the sweet gossip."

I never got a figure from Griffon, and was hoping this would be my first, but looks like aren't around anymore, rip.
7 kuukautta sitten
MFC when Griffon were making figures: "I hate Grifon, they make so bad figures, not pre-ordering this one!"
Mfc when Griffon is no longer: "Give us the sweet gossip."
7 kuukautta sitten
Oof, was hoping for some good new tbh, at least their newer Tohka doesn't cost too much yet
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Necroid_Neko (7 kuukautta sitten) #37250418Does anyone know a way to contact Team Genesis? They had the prototype of ITEM #180754, so I want to know if they'll be able to release her via garage kit. I'm really desperate to get hold of her, but it looks like Griffon's truly dead this time

No, their only contact was through Griffon, you can try on Twitter but idk if the members names were ever released.
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