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March 5th, 2009 | EarthBound, Merchandise

UPDATE: It’s not clear from the e-mail, but it’s possible that only people who tried to order during the first run can order this second time around: see here. The second run is open to all.

For those just joining in, some new giant, life-sized Mr. Saturn plushies went on sale recently. The way it worked was weird, so read this interview for details. Basically, the company only made 500 at first because they didn’t know what the demand would be, and the cut-off date for orders was Feb. 28th. If more than 500 were ordered, then they’d do a lottery system thing, and those who were chosen would get to buy one.

Yesterday, e-mails went out and apparently there were 2370 orders. So a lot of people had to be turned away. But, also included in the e-mail was news that the second run would be starting, and this time everyone who orders one will get one. I’ve translated the e-mail (the one sent to people who weren’t lucky) below:

Because so many orders for the Knee-High Mr. Saturn Plush Figure were made, we were forced to use a lottery system.

First run production: 500 figures / Number of orders: 2370

Unfortunately, we were unable to serve you this time. We apologize deeply.

** Good news! There will be a second run! **
In response to the demand, we’ll be doing a second production run! All orders made in this second run will be guaranteed to receive a figure.

Item Name: Knee-High Mr. Saturn Plush Figure
Price: 12,000 yen (tax included) (convert to US dollars)
NOTE: The second run figures will be essentially the same as the first run

We will produce and ship as many figures as are ordered.

Second run figures are expected to ship in the first half of June, 2009.

** How to Order **
Order Deadline Date: March 22, 2009
Order URL: (removed for personal info reasons)

Please understand that we cannot cancel orders once they’ve been made.
NOTE: The second run will not employ a lottery system

We will continue to think up “Oh, I always wanted one of those!” kinds of merchandise. Please look forward to future items from Net-You.Net!

So that’s pretty sweet news, assuming you can afford it. But with the infinitely smaller MOTHER 3 Mr. Saturn plushies selling for like $200-$300, these giant ones are an incredible bargain.

Sadly, I think they’ll only sell to you if you live in Japan, so you’ll probably need a middleman like Celga if you live outside Japan. If you’d like to let Banpresto know that there’s real demand for this kind of stuff outside of Japan, see here.

If you live in Japan, you can order the Mr. Saturn plushes here, though right now the order form still seems to be closed.


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19 Comments to Giant Mr. Saturn Plushies, Round 2!

RCat said on Mar. 5, 2009

Oh lord. I so want one of these. I just can’t justify spending what might end up being about $200 on a giant plushie, no matter how full of MOTHER-y goodness it is.

Curse having an income that is already hindered by food and games.

KingDarian said on Mar. 5, 2009

Bah, I was just about to send you the original message and you already have it up and translated. 😛 My order is in!

MaskedMan said on Mar. 5, 2009

*Sigh* Curse My Lack Of Money.T-T

Anonymous said on Mar. 5, 2009

120+ dollars for a bag of fluff?
If it doesn’t attract enemy attacks for at least 50 hits it isn’t worth it.

madammina said on Mar. 5, 2009

As much as I want this, $122 is a little more then what I want to spend, add in middlemen stuff and tax and shipping…. GAH!

Gameboy415 said on Mar. 5, 2009

Actually, I’m fairly certain this second run is ONLY for people who placed an order the first time but were not chosen in the lottery.

I tried to buy one from the first run but I was apparently number 2350 in the drawing for the 500 available. But the e-mail provided a link to guarantee yourself a plush from the second run which is being made-to-order (number of orders = number produced).

After clicking the link and submitting my order again, the link becomes inactive so it can’t be shared.

So it’s pretty great news for those of us who tried to buy one the first time but were unsuccessful, but doesn’t really matter to anyone else.

Mato said on Mar. 5, 2009

If that’s the case, then that’s pretty sucky and these guys still don’t know much about online business. It’s possible you’re right though, the few e-mails I’ve gotten have had specialized links for each person.

Pigmask Private said on Mar. 5, 2009

and my hopes and dreams are crushed if that’s true.

EBP said on Mar. 6, 2009

hopefully since theres going to be a second run, these giganto Mr.Saturns won’t be as expensive as previously predicted…

Darien said on Mar. 6, 2009

They are exactly as expensive as the first run: 12000 yen.

santiagoff said on Mar. 6, 2009

Darn it! I can’t spend that much money! ;_;

Difegue said on Mar. 6, 2009

The fact you need to have ordered the first time really counters the whole commercial system. :/

Dr Shlub said on Mar. 6, 2009

Kinda wish I’d asked for this for my birthday, but it’s too late now

Mrs. Saturn said on Mar. 6, 2009

Man, I wish I could get one, but I’m not willing to part with that much dough. : http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u205/Celesma/USAMrSaturnLetter.jpg

Mrs. Saturn said on Mar. 6, 2009

Oops, part of my comment cut out, but basically I linked to a letter I sent Banpresto asking them to bring Mr. Saturn to America.

Brihutch2021 said on Apr. 11, 2009

Anyone making plushies that won’t cause us to live in the streets?

Mr. Saturn Plushie wanter said on Dec. 20, 2009

I REALLY WANT A MR. SATURN PLUSHIE! But I bet my mother won’t let me cause it is some expencive.

Skittlez13 said on Dec. 31, 2010

I want it SO BAD!!!!!!!! Mr. Saturn is SO ADORABLE!!!! My mom might get a smaller one for me… Depends how much they would be.


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