So, today is December 31st and the last day of 2015. I figured I could join in with everyone and kinda recap the year. It’s been an interesting year that leads us to this day and while Club Otaku isn’t that old, the ideals and work behind Club Otaku has been nearly year long. And what a year.
So, let’s kinda get through how we went from Point A, to Point Z and back to Point B, etc.
In February I started doing toy reviews on YouTube called Ryndur’d Reviews. It was my first exposure to doing anything like toy reviews, focusing on my collection of Transformers, Star Wars and I had started doing some reviews with S.H. Figuarts figures. By April, we launched our site and we worked hard, it has been a fulfilling and rewarding job for sure.
By June, I realized I wanted to start my own store, so I started laying down the frame work to open my own online store that sold the items I was reviewing. So between June and our opening date in August, we laid out the framework to open From Hobbies to Heroes. We have enjoyed great success with the store, most of our sales were done through EBay, which we are good with. I believe that as long as we are able to fulfill the needs of our customers it shouldn’t matter which outlet we use.
We had our shares of downs with the ups though. We found that a shopping cart for the website was difficult to get set up, with out having to pay in to more “extras”. I found it was a lot like buying an EA game. Sure you buy the product, but to play the product, you have a series of micro transactions that will bankrupt you faster then the Federal Government.
We are still working hard to keep From Hobbies to Heroes (FH2H) up and running, we expect to do more in the New Year. As part of helping FH2H, is how Club Otaku came about. Something I am very proud of, which was just started at the end of November, but we have huge plans for in 2016.
One of the things we have to look forward to is our Subscription service. Where we will be offering a monthly subscription providing Figma and S.H. Figuarts figures on a monthly basis. Each subscription box will have extras, to help round out the experience. We are currently working hard to figure out what more we want to do and add with the box. You can choose to only have Figma releases, or S.H. Figuarts or chose options to switch between the 2.
We have run a few polls on our Twitter page to help peak some interests in what you would like to see in the subscription and we will continue to do so as we move forward. Keep an eye out for our next polls and let your voice be heard!
With that said, it gives a glimpse of what Club Otaku has for the new year, but let’s also cover what we should expect to see from FH2H and Ryndur’d Reviews. In the new year we should be posting more products on our store site, we hope to have our Shopping Cart issue addressed so we can process orders more efficiently. We will also be doing more YouTube reviews, be on the look out for that. We may not keep them under the Ryndur’d Reviews, and just start putting them under our Club Otaku branding. We have finalized our YouTube Channel under the Club Otaku name, so be on the look out, we will be posting the videos as updates to the site as well as other reviews, thoughts and randomness.
If there is something you guys want to see, let me know. I welcome anything you wish to add to help grow our community. I definitely want to thank all of you who read this, because you are the reason I do what I do.
Happy New Year!