Potential Bad news: Sounds like there's a crack-down on Japanese toy makers to sell outside of Japan (according to a blog). Probably means the end of Kubricks, too.
Here's the thing - this is not the first time this has happened. Every so often, there's a crackdown to remind the Japan sellers of the rules. Used to happen under LFL rule too. Japan sellers have been pushing the bounds for a while and they all know it. I am surprised it didn't happen earlier. Revell and Hasbro pay good money for their licenses, I'm sure they are not happy that US customers can order direct from Japan shops to get some of these things that are direct competition.
Yeah, I guess it's bull**** on some level, but at the same time it's a business. If some Japanese company is paying for a Japan-only license or a "non-USA" license, why would Disney let them get away with selling as though it were a global license?
This 'crackdown' does not mean you won't be able to buy these things in the USA. It just means you'll have to spend a little more to get them. Instead of buying from HLJ to get your model kits, you'll have to buy on ebay or buy from a secondary seller (someone who buys from HLJ and then re-sells). BBTS sells a lot of things that are "not for sale in the USA". There are ways around it if you really want something.
And it doesn't mean the end of Kubricks (you could argue that happened a long time ago
). Those have always been "not available in the USA". But like I said, there are always ways around that. BBTS has been doing that for years and years.