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* The Banpresto ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/EarthBound MOTHER 2]]'' replica figures of the series' clay-model official art. Not at all surprising, considering how [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the series is traditionally treated]] [[NoExportForYou.VideoGames outside of Japan]]. That, and the fact that they came from those UFO crane games. ''MOTHER'' fans who aren't living in Japan and who want them are pretty much forced to import them from eBay, and they're already approaching the point of being [[CrackIsCheaper just as expensive as]] ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' itself.

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* The Banpresto ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/EarthBound MOTHER 2]]'' replica figures of the series' clay-model official art. Not at all surprising, considering how [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the series is traditionally treated]] [[NoExportForYou.VideoGames outside of Japan]]. That, and the fact that they came from those UFO crane games. ''MOTHER'' fans who aren't living in Japan and who want them are pretty much forced to import them from eBay, and they're already approaching the point of being [[CrackIsCheaper just as expensive as]] as ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' itself.


* Live outside the US, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand? Your Epic and LeapPad Tablet devices will not have access to many desirable third party videos and music content. While the five markets gets WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} episodes as well as music from WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood, the other markets only gets old Series/SesameStreet and Series/BarneyAndFriends episodes.

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* Live outside the US, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand? Your Epic and LeapPad [=LeapPad=] Tablet devices will not have access to many desirable third party videos and music content. While the five markets gets WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} episodes as well as music from WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood, the other markets only gets old Series/SesameStreet and Series/BarneyAndFriends episodes.


* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' is a BIG offender of this for the vast majority of merchandise. Sure, the trading card game is still going strong and the games are almost invariably imported (with few exceptions seen in the Video Games section of this trope), but if you want a plush or figure version of your favorite critter, good luck finding anything outside of import stores. Most of the merchandise for the franchise is kept to stores called Pokémon Centers that are exclusive to Japan - after the NYC one closed down to become the Nintendo Store anyway, but even the Pokémon area in said store doesn't have the sheer variety of items found in Japanese Pokémon Centers, much less any themed merchandise they'll sell in Japan from time to time. There's a reason anyone who collects Pokémon merchandise of any kind (type or specific Pokémon) will tell you it is EXPENSIVE to do so.

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''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' is a BIG offender of this for the vast majority of merchandise. Sure, the trading card game is still going strong and the games are almost invariably imported (with few exceptions seen in the Video Games section of this trope), but if you want a plush or figure version of your favorite critter, good luck finding anything outside of import stores. Most of the merchandise for the franchise is kept to stores called Pokémon Centers that are exclusive to Japan - after the NYC one closed down to become the Nintendo Store anyway, but even the Pokémon area in said store doesn't have the sheer variety of items found in Japanese Pokémon Centers, much less any themed merchandise they'll sell in Japan from time to time. There's a reason anyone who collects Pokémon merchandise of any kind (type or specific Pokémon) will tell you it is EXPENSIVE to do so.so.
** The ''Toys/PokemonPikachu'' was only released in Japan and North America.


** Almost like Japanese cultural products until 1998-2004, My Little Pony shared the same fate from being imported to South Korea for almost 30 years until 2011. Of course, it wasn't until 2014 when the franchise first actually reached there.

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** Almost like Japanese cultural products until 1998-2004, My ''My Little Pony Pony'' shared the same fate from being imported to South Korea for almost 30 years until 2011. Of course, it wasn't until 2014 when the franchise first actually reached there.


** The Leapfrog Epic Academy Edition is only sold in 5 countries (US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand). It is also protected by an anti-theft system called DISA, which requires one to call a certain number and enter a code on the receipt to activate the device. Unfortunately, only numbers for the five countries the device is sold in is shown on the device's activation prompt- there is no numbers for other countries. Even if you do get your hands on one (as many online stores are willing to ship the device overseas) and can get the code (a lot of online stores will simply e-mail the code to you or provide it on a slip along with the device), the idea of making a hundred dollar phone call to one of the five countries is off-putting enough to discourage importing one.

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** The Leapfrog Epic Academy Edition is only sold in 5 countries (US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand). It is also protected by an anti-theft system called DISA, which requires one to call a certain number and enter a code on the receipt to activate the device. Unfortunately, only numbers for the five countries the device is sold in is shown on the device's activation prompt- there is no numbers for other countries. Even if you do get your hands on one (as many online stores are willing to ship the device overseas) and can get the code (a lot of online stores will simply e-mail the code to you or provide it on a slip along with the device), the idea of making a hundred dollar phone call that's upwards of US$30 to one of the five countries is off-putting enough to discourage importing one.


** The Leapfrog Epic Academy Edition is protected by an anti-theft system called DISA, which requires one to call a certain number and enter a code on the receipt to activate the device. Unfortunately, only numbers for five countries (US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand) are provided- there is no numbers for other countries. Even if you do get your hands on one (as many online stores are willing to ship the device overseas) and can get the code (a lot of online stores will simply e-mail the code to you or provide it on a slip along with the device), the idea of making a hundred dollar phone call to the US is off-putting enough to discourage importing one.

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** The Leapfrog Epic Academy Edition is only sold in 5 countries (US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand). It is also protected by an anti-theft system called DISA, which requires one to call a certain number and enter a code on the receipt to activate the device. Unfortunately, only numbers for the five countries (US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand) are provided- the device is sold in is shown on the device's activation prompt- there is no numbers for other countries. Even if you do get your hands on one (as many online stores are willing to ship the device overseas) and can get the code (a lot of online stores will simply e-mail the code to you or provide it on a slip along with the device), the idea of making a hundred dollar phone call to one of the US five countries is off-putting enough to discourage importing one.

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** The Leapfrog Epic Academy Edition is protected by an anti-theft system called DISA, which requires one to call a certain number and enter a code on the receipt to activate the device. Unfortunately, only numbers for five countries (US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand) are provided- there is no numbers for other countries. Even if you do get your hands on one (as many online stores are willing to ship the device overseas) and can get the code (a lot of online stores will simply e-mail the code to you or provide it on a slip along with the device), the idea of making a hundred dollar phone call to the US is off-putting enough to discourage importing one.


* Franhise/{{Jewelpet}}: The toys are not exported to North America due to what many perceived as a coincidence that the toys' gimmick resembles VideoGame/{{Webkinz}} and that the series is yet another MagicalGirl anime. Aside from that, it isn't being exported to Malaysia either even though Thailand and Singapore, Malaysia's immediate neighbors, are getting the toys and the shows.

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* Franhise/{{Jewelpet}}: Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}: The toys are not exported to North America due to what many perceived as a coincidence that the toys' gimmick resembles VideoGame/{{Webkinz}} and that the series is yet another MagicalGirl anime. Aside from that, it isn't being exported to Malaysia either even though Thailand and Singapore, Malaysia's immediate neighbors, are getting the toys and the shows.

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* ''Toys/FlickToStickBungees'', yet another one of Magic Box Int.'s toy series. The European version of Series 1 did not have any of its figures repurposed for American releases. The American Series 1 is all renamed and recolored Bionic Bungees figures - Bionic Bungees being the set which came directly after Series 1 in Europe - but even then not all of them are included (none of the characters from Bionic Bungees' Ukeles clan got American equivalents).


* Good Smile Company, producers of the Figma and Nendoroid figure lines, has yet to distribute their products outside of Japan in any major way, shape, or form, despite the rapidly-growing international fandom for the products.
** The trope comes into effect harder for the Wonder Festival releases, which aren't stocked on any import sites short of middlemen. No [[http://www.goodsmile.info/product/en/3200/Kyubey+Soft+Vinyl+Figure.html life-sized]] [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyubey figure]] for you!
*** Recently subverted in that GSC decided to allow international customers to order their summer 2011 WF exclusives (including the aforementioned Kyubey) directly from them, [[DoubleSubverted albeit for one week only]].
** Now generally subverted, as they have an international shop, partner shops in many countries, and many Japanese stores ship the products internationally. Some products, such as a Naruto nendoroid and (originally) a Korra nendoroid were even solely for international release.

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* Good Smile Company, producers of the Figma {{Toys/Figma}} and Nendoroid {{Toys/Nendoroid}} figure lines, has had yet to distribute their products outside of Japan in any major way, shape, or form, despite the rapidly-growing international fandom for the products.
** The trope comes into effect harder for the Wonder Festival releases, which aren't stocked on any import sites short of middlemen. No [[http://www.goodsmile.info/product/en/3200/Kyubey+Soft+Vinyl+Figure.html life-sized]] [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyubey figure]] for you!
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you! However, this was recently subverted in that GSC decided to allow international customers to order their summer 2011 WF exclusives (including the aforementioned Kyubey) directly from them, [[DoubleSubverted albeit for one week only]].
** Now generally subverted, **Currently this has been subverted (or Averted), as they have an international shop, partner shops in many countries, and many Japanese stores ship the products internationally. Some products, such as a Naruto nendoroid and (originally) a Korra nendoroid were even solely for international release.


** This is also played straight with the newest [[https://nendoroidfacemaker.com/ Nendoroid Facemaker]], as the site is Japanese and will only ship to Japanese address, so, the only way for international customers to use this site and get their own custom face plates is to use a proxy (and things can get tricky on that end). Only the time will tell if it'll be international.



* Toys/LiccaChan is a popular Japanese doll line that has sold millions in its home country, but it hasn't had much official exporting. A few exceptions exist, such as a few licensed games being translated as ''Lovely Lisa''.

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* Toys/LiccaChan is a popular Japanese doll line that has sold millions in its home country, but it hasn't had much official exporting. A few exceptions exist, such as a few licensed games being translated as ''Lovely Lisa''. This might be a more justified case, as the doll wasn't created for an international audience.

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* Gunpla had a storied history in America. When ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' and ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', their original release Gunpla came out in American stores. While ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' saw the release of the SD BB Senshi and ''G Generation'' Gunpla, the Universal Century Gundam series had no releases; this was because models for them were ten years old and way too out of date to be brought to the States. No other Gunpla sets between ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' would be released Stateside officially and it wouldn't be until the release of ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' that Gunpla would officially set a return to hobby shelves.


** While the VTech Amazon Marketplace does ship internationally now, some toys are still subjected to being barred from shipping overseas.

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** While the VTech [=VTech=] Amazon Marketplace does ship internationally now, some toys are still subjected to being barred from shipping overseas.

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** While the VTech Amazon Marketplace does ship internationally now, some toys are still subjected to being barred from shipping overseas.


* Franchise/LeapFrog absolutely refuses to ship a number of their Violet pink Scout and Friends toys outside of the US due to a very bad promotional gimmick. The intent is to only sell these online through their parent company [=VTech=]'s Amazon Marketplace store. Unfortunately, said store doesn't ship worldwide. Fans of Scout and Violet outside of the US have become displeased.
** On that topic, the rest of the world aren't getting the special Scout and Violet LeapStart devices either, they're only limited to the generic Green and White models (and later, a pink and purple model that's devoid of any Violet markings).



* And now, Leapfrog has launched a new subscription service called Leapfrog Academy. However, you can forget about enrolling if you live outside the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada as usual. Even more painful is that there are desirable content like exclusive Scout and Friends videos on there, again upsetting many fans of Scout and Violet who live outside of the five countries.

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