St. Francis of Assissi observed that those that work with hands are laborers while those who work with their hands and heads are craftsmen. Quality craftsmanship has become increasingly hard to come by. This could be because people no longer recognize and reward authentic craftsmanship like in the past. It could also mean that in the 21st century, we have devalued jobs that require specialized skills up to that point where there are few people who are interested in pursuing them. Purchasing authentic toys such as Kotobukiya toys is a great way to pay homage to great craftsmanship.
Keeping authentic toys within the public realm is a form of storing cultural heritage. This is because the skills and knowledge that are associated with a particular form of artisanry are passed to future generations. This can provide a livelihood for future generations and also promote creativity by improving on current designs. Many trades and hands-on occupations use the age-old systems of apprenticeship and instruction to teach younger generations how to best perform them.
As we all know, things tend to move in cycles, and now we’re seeing companies get away from mass production to promote the works of people who have great pride in their labor and are in constant pursuit of perfection such as sideshow collectible figures as they strive to attain mastery of their craft. Such men and women are hard to find and that is why we treasure their works. Future generations will also be awed by the craftsmen’s dedication and attention to detail so that they can create authentic pieces. Everyone owes themselves, the business and the country, to continue a legacy which supports the creative arts and skilled trades. This will ensure that the works of men and women who put their heads and hands to work, is remembered in generations to come.