About 1 weeks ago, I was browsing the figure manufacturers website one by one as usual looking for figure news. Then I found that the Jun Planning’s website was down. I didn’t pay much attention to it since I thought it was pretty normal for a web server went down from time to time. Their website was still down the day after and then the day after. And then in the Monday night, I found this shocking news – Jun Planning filed for bankruptcy!!!

Jun Planning did a lot more than just figure. They also make a lot of dolls and anime character goods. It isn’t my favorite figure manufacturer but still it’s a really sad news for me. Most of their figure looks pretty bad but they got some nice ones once in awhile. I really like their Louise figure. It sold like a hot cake. I wasn’t able to get one at that time and I guess I’ll never be.

Goodbye Jun Planning, we gonna miss you. =’]

According to the Teikoku Databank financial research firm, the Japanese figure and character goods maker Jun Planning suspended operations on April 30 and prepared to file for bankruptcy. It was 3.2 billion yen (about US$33 million) in debt. The company was established in 1983 to produce and distribute plush toys and figures of anime characters and animals. Among its popular offerings were character goods based on Death Note, Hayate the Combat Butler, Kuroshitsuji, Shakugan no Shana, The Familiar of Zero, and Black Lagoon.

Jun Planning recorded 3.6 billion yen (US$37 million) in sales during the fiscal year ending in March of 2007, but its sales dropped and its financing options worsened as consumer spending slumped. Jun Planning shut down its American operations in the same week that it suspended operations in Japan.

via Anime News Network