Fukubukuro of 2011


Otaku buyers share the contents of their “fukubukuro” purchases of 2011, both lucky and unlucky.

Fukubukuro, “lucky bags,” are a traditional Japanese New Year retail custom consisting of a sealed bag or box sold at a set price with unknown contents.

The value of the goods in the bag may be substantially more or less than the price of the bag, although on average reputable retailers tend to be quite generous.

However, one of the primary functions of the bags is disposing of unsold stock, which can lead to some distinctly undesirable contents even when the price of the goods exceeds the cost of the bag.

All kinds of goods can be found in them, games and figures being no exception…

Figures and goods:


¥8000 “Nendoroido-fukuro”:



¥8000 “Nendoroido-fukuro” & ¥5000 “Nendoroido-fukuro+”:



¥8000 “Kotobukiya”:




¥5000 “Figma-fukuro”:

¥??? “Kotobukiya”:

¥10000 “Kotobukiya”:

¥10000 “Kotobukiya”:


¥5250 “Transformers”:

Games and similar:












Sharper retailers have in the past created considerable outrage amongst buyers by packing all their bags with junk of the most useless kind, and even amongst kinder retailers there are supposed to be both “hits” and “misses” – as ever, caveat emptor.

The worst of the worst (thankfully most probably a Photoshop creation as no shop so cruel could hope to remain in business for long):


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    Avatar of viewtifu1
    Comment by viewtifu1
    05:12 02/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I want to buy some too!

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    Comment by alentor
    05:13 02/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    nee, u are not getting anything!

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    Comment by Kyon
    06:36 02/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Woah! A PS3 for 29800, in Yank dollars it is like 367.22! THAT'S AMAZ-- Oh wait is not that cheap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 02/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It is not even a PS3; that's the external video recorder add-on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 03/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ¥8000 Yen or roughly $100 US for nine Nendodroids?

    Do want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    actually, no. that's the torne pack(ps3+torne). although, really, you can find those at a second hand store at roughly the same price(book-off had one at 22.000円)

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    Comment by Elc
    07:42 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well, you did notice that there were other items in that package i hope?

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    Comment by alidan
    10:03 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    hay, is there a dvr thing for north america?

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    Comment by viewtifu1
    05:37 02/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    theyre so inexpensive~~

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    Comment by TNinja
    09:49 02/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wish we had something like this in our country. :V

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by toyNN
    06:55 02/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Everything that didn't sellout pre-sale....

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    09:08 02/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Clearance sale disguised as a New Year's custom, eh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    pillowcase FTW?

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    17:38 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anon12:06,what TCG is that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In Singapore, there are some candy shops that have this kind of thing. The packs are mostly priced at around 2-5 bucks and the contents are usually little toys or sweets, and maybe some rare trading cards.

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    Comment by alidan
    10:01 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i wish they did this kind of crap in america, just make sure the value in the bag exceeds what the cheapest reputable online dealers sell it for, and there you go, get rid of stock for 20$ before you are forced to charge 5-10$ to get rid of the shit.

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    13:42 03/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This reminds me of an auction for some reason but is so different from one as you can't see what you are getting & there is a set price...

    I would never tempt that there as I don't think I would be able to afford it for some reason...

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    Comment by Aliaus

    hmm no dildos, vibrators, or fleshlights?

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    Comment by King Tiger
    14:29 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    its things like this that make me wish to visit there to do some shopping :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If I bought that last mystery box of shit, I'd pack it all up and slam it into the dude who sold it to me~ I'd only feel dirty that I even touch that shit while they haul me off to the clinker!

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    Comment by tsukasa2k6
    05:51 02/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    i feel sorry for the guy who bought FF14 XD

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    17:44 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd scream freakin' loud if mine has FFXIV

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    Comment by Aniota
    06:34 02/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Number 9
    That is awesome 3 love plus nendo, plus azunyan.
    He's a lucky bastard (unless he had them already)

    And yeah i would have rathered receive the nanohas, than FFXIV for ¥5000.

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    Comment by alex251
    05:59 02/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    WTF 5 Figmas for 50USD even with a BRS

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    Comment by softpink
    12:17 03/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Retailers in the States really need to pick something like this up.

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    Comment by Megidola
    05:23 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like that ¥1000 one, it's like your own mini-army of Nanoha and Fate clones. Although it would really suck to get that bundle if you didn't like Nanoha.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nendoroids at 8000 yens are not really good fukubukuro.
    You can easily find LovePlus nendoroid at 1500 yens, BRS at 2500 and the others in 1500-2500 yens price range

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 03/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    PROTIP: Most Nendoroids cost HALF what they retail for at Play-Asia, Hobby Search, etc a month after release. It's only gullible foreigners who'll still pay that much. Why do you think they ony carry such limited stock - because they don't want to be stuck with them at that price.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    8000 for 5 nendoroids is good no matter what

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:43 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well that's definitely a random assortment of junk.

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    Comment by KingFisher
    22:13 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know some of the stuff in those bags were pretty good. The Wii is one, the ps3 was it? OH and then the figurines were 8000yen-20000yen or more were prize winners. The rest were probably meh. But I saw some nice figurines in there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:15 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What with all those CD-R ? If this isn't a proof that Japanese download illegal files such has wertern countries, I'm a monk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 03/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they have CD-audio rentals over there. and due to legal loophole, rent-n-burn is common. since rental profit also goes to JASRAC's coffer, they don't make a fuss about it. unlike RIAA.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    17:00 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    pic 10 so fucking lucky :D

    selveria FTW :)

    i wish more countries would do these, it will really encourage people to buy these deals ^^

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    Comment by Ashlynd
    16:28 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh my goooodd gimme those figurines DX

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:50 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The bottom is the worst? What? It looks pretty alright, if you ignore Final Fantasy XIV...

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    Comment by TFish
    05:33 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish this practice would catch on in every country.

    Cheap 99 cent stores here do stuff similar to this but who really wants a hand full of candy and a toy made in Taiwan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:40 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    An Austrian computer store does that around Christmas for 21-25€ afair, where you will get random components(HDDs, USB sticks, head sets - just to name a few) with at least the equal or more value delivered.

    They called it "SOMETHING" (or "ETWAS" in German).

    Unfortunately in 2009 there were lot's of anti-virus programs sent out, with some customers trying to return them by using Distance Selling Act law - a lot of hilarity and assholery(one of the staff members called a customer a racist slur in their retail outlet) ensued as the "SOMETHING" wasn't intended to be returnable but had to under the law.

    Christmas 2010 was better I heard, with no anti-virus given out and lots of mouses, headsets, external HDDs (320+500GB), stereo speaker sets, USB-hubs and so on given out.
    This time no online shopping was possible to avoid the law, so you had to go into their stores and chose a parcel which came in random sizes (but didn't give away what's inside - you could get a parcel shaped like a keyboard and find an USB stick in it).
    In addition to handling it better, they also gave away an 11% discount coupon for the next purchase and there were some very lucky individuals who got a netbook, notebook, LCD monitor or beamer out of the parcels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My bad, it was 2008 not 2009 where shit hit the fan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, and people were getting so greedy in 2008 since 2007 worked so well, one customer thought it was a good idea to order a "SOMETHING" with the address of his recently deceased neighbour (because the offer was limited to one purchase per customer).
    The widow was pretty pissed and asked the shop if they had no decency at all.

    As if making fake accounts as "family members" wasn't bad enough.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    15:19 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    F#ck! I want those Transformers and Figmas ones~

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    Comment by Rya
    05:28 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That many Squeenix games at once... suicide rates are on the rise.

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    Comment by Tateha
    16:04 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    holy shit some of these surprise bags have really good items.

    the ¥10000 one with black rock shooter animation figure, selvaria figure and nami figure at full price should be at least double what was paid.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    15:44 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Anyway, isn't this one supposed to be tagged as Revoltech instead of Kotobukiya?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 03/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some good figurine selections in there.

    Would love the Nendoroid fukuro "___"

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    where do you buy those ¥2011 fukubukuro?

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    Comment by motaku96
    12:51 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow. I like. I would totally go for one of those figure sets. Even if you get doubles or someone you don't like, there's always a use for figures isn't there?

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    Comment by Satsuki Shion
    06:49 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i envy those who got 5000 yen and especially the 10000 yen in the figurine section...
    should i spend my new years in Japan?
    (teary eyes...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's up with Sankaku and FF14? I know it's not perfect, and they sure as hell have fucked up, but you don't report any of the changes or improvements they have been making. What the hell guys?

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    Comment by Morte Dansfield
    13:40 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the reason as to why no one says anything about the changes being made to the game is because pretty much no one here has played the game in its current state because they are too stubborn to do so and just take part in the bandwagon that is "I hate FFXIV". They can't say anything about the changes about the game because they simply don't know about it. All people here seem to know is stuff fed to them by Artefact, which is all the negative stuff.

    Because of this no one will even bother to check up to see if the game is become more playable since they already have the idea that the game is not worth their time and the only time they'll say something about it is when they joke about the game because it got slammed in another article on this site.

    Why this guy seems to intent to continuously put up articles which say SE is a failure and the game is shit, I have no idea. We get the idea already, you don't like the game and many many people also don't like this game, why is it so necessary to constantly state this as if you're attempting to brainwash everyone? Forgive me if this seems ridiculous but it's as if Artefact has some personal grudge against Square Enix. From the amount of articles posted of this particular nature, it's not so difficult to draw such a conclusion really. I mean, it's just one game and to constantly rat on about it like Artefact has done is just silly.

    I know I'll get downvoted or even banned for saying such things here but I just thought I'd let you know, Anonymous, as to why this is happening.

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