I couldn't understand why you were comparing the first US costume to the second Tokyo costume until I checked it out. I guess it's because the first Tokyo Halloween costume, released in 2007 was almost as awesome as this year's costumes:
Originally Posted by Wondering
Of course, that wouldn't have made your point very well. So then I looked up the one from 2008 and again, if you can't see the difference in the quality of materials and construction (plus the fact that it's a full-sized costume), then I'm really sad for Duffy's growing fanbase:
Now, I suppose one could argue that OLC had three years to come up with these, but they didn't really get serious about releasing costumes until TDS's 5th anniversary in 2006, so...that doesn't really hold up. The first two years were just kinda "testing" the Disney Bear concept in Japan. The Walt Disney Company doesn't have the same excuse. Not only did they already launch the product before (although, admittedly, not as Duffy and not really as a character), but now they have at least five years of incredibly successful marketing experience to examine, learn from and be inspired by. They are not starting from scratch and they are not a little licensee company. If they had really cared to, they could have orchestrated a launch that blew us away. They didn't, and I see no reason to defend them, much less congratulate and kowtow to them, for that. I don't appreciate what they're doing, not just because it could be better, but mostly because it speaks to the evil merchandising that the Walt Disney Company embodies, and a MAJOR part of my love for Duffy was that the effort it takes to produce the quality we see in Tokyo means that when you purchase things here you are actually supporting someone's art, that they care about, that they worked hard on and want you to love. If you see that in the US releases, good for you...but bad for Duffy.
Almost forgot, here's the very first "real" TDS Christmas costume, from 2006. It looks a lot like Candlelight Reflections: