OK, here's a rather long update on my quest to obtain that jigsaw puzzle.
I wrote an email to Joseph Tsai aka Tokyo Hunter about getting that jigsaw puzzle.
I also wrote an email to HLJ, asking if they can carry that jigsaw puzzle in their stock. (Hey, why not, right?)
And I got a reply... from both... in a way.
Unfortunately, we are unable to obtain stocks of those items directly through the manufacturer and through our distributors.
Thanks for writing.Joseph Tsai
So Tokyo Hunter is an HLJ employee???
I could find no indication of such on either HLJ site or Tokyo Hunter blog. But they do both list their whereabouts as Tatebayashi, Gunma, Japan. Well, Tokyo Hunter blog does mention that he knows the HLJ staffs, but not that he actually works
for them. Iiiiiiiiiiinteresting.
Anyway, now that I got a reply from Joseph Tsai the HLJ employee, I'm waiting to hear from Joseph Tsai the Tokyo Hunter.
By the way, after reading lalahsghost's post, I also decided to check eBay. And lo and behold, I found this
At $33 for a 2940-yen item, it's certainly priced like a legit item, but the page makes no mention of it, so I wanted to make sure.
So I wrote:
Hi. Can you tell me who the manufacturer is for the Jet Stream Attack puzzle?
And in reply, they wrote:
Hello,I am sorry the manufacture of this item does not understand.
So I check the seller's feedbacks, and the seller has a few negative/neutral feedbacks, mostly complaining about very slow delivery and/or item not arriving at all and/or very poor communication. That last part I can vouch for.
With 97.6% feedback rating (I prefer my eBay sellers to have 99+% rating) and $33+$12 SAL shipping price tag (not outrageous, but also not cheap for a 2940-yen item), I think this eBay seller is going to be my last resort option. (if I can get them to confirm that it's a legit item, that is)