Now THIS is how you start off a year! I was really excited by this particular haul, had a lot of beauties and cuties. The lighting on the picture of the whole haul sucks because it was night by the time I got home and I was just SO EXCITED and ready to open them and place them on my shelves that I rushed. I’ve been collecting figures for over a year now and the sight of a haul like this still makes me act beside myself with excitment. Hopefully the pictures of each individual figure below will make up for this crummy one.
I admit it…I bought this Gothic Lolita Rei just because she complimented the Asuka. I didn’t think she held a candle to the GREAT Gothic Lolita Kotobukiya Asuka! But once I had Rei…I realized I liked her more then the Asuka (blasphemy I know). For example in the prototype pictures I thought that hat looked dumb and now that I have her in person I think it’s the most darling hat ever. My only complaint is that I wish the hat had a magnet on it to hold it to her head better. During the photos it fell off easily and was a bit of a pain to put back on her head nicely. I got both these figures at the Kotobukiya U.S. prices.
The lovely Gothic Lolita Asuka, she was released, re-released, and now realeased again! This is one popular/beautiful/affordable figure that we apparantly can’t get enough of. I was real happy they released her again, I started collecting figures just a year ago so I didn’t realize she existed until I saw her on eBay for about $100. I’m always thankful for re-releases, but I know there are figure collectors out there that dread it and like to see their figures accumulate in value. And a re-release means the value of their figures drops back to MSRP. But honestly…figures aren’t savings bonds, you shouldn’t buy them just to bank on them being worth more money someday. But that’s only my point of view.
Elizabeth of Persona 3, and by Alter! I was hesitant about pre-ordering this figure because she seemed a bit plain for the Alter pricetag. But I’m glad I bit the bullet and got her because now that I’m playing the game I’m finding that I LOVE this character! Having a figure of her makes me very happy, she is actually on the shelf right next to me as I play Persona 3: FES. Elizabeth is currently my favorite Persona figure, but keep in mind my love of her quirky character has me quite biased. But still there is no arguing against the fact that Alter did a fine job of her, the pose suits her perfectly. Had her pose been more dynamic it wouldn’t have suited who she is as a character. Also I love that the hat has a magnet! Makes placement very easy.
The Petit Nendoroids of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, they’re by Good Smile Company. Volume 3 is a turning point in the quality and creativity of the Haruhi Petit Nendoroid sets. The first two volumes had the same characters, in the same outfits, with slightly different poses. Whereas the Lucky Star nendoroids had a nice variety of poses and outfits right from the start. I’m glad Haruhi sets have more variety to them as well, good job GSC! Although it’s impossible to move the uniform set without the hat falling off, the hats take some effort to put on just right too. I guess the theme of this haul could be hats.
An Alter re-release? I NEVER thought I’d see the day when Alter started re-releasing, I’m pretty pleased that they did. I’ve been aching for a Kos-Mos figure but they were all out of print. But BEHOLD! such a detailed and extrvagant Kos-Mos is now mine! Typically I hate underboob on my figures but Kos-Mos makes it look classy! Gotta love the big gun and thigh highs! Now Alter…just re-release Revy!! (although I’m sure anyone who paid the $200 eBay pricetag for her will be mad if that ever does happen).
The Shana Nendoroid from Good Smile Company. I won’t be doing a review of her because there are a lot of bloggers that have done more the adequate reviews of her already. That and she is tippy as hell and if I have to do a whole photo shoot while continuously steadying her I might kill her. I go to move her just a bit and she falls out of her stand! It’s really annoying. This is the first nendoroid I’ve had the issue with. Not only that but it’s hard to display her in her stand with her cape because the pole in the back interferes. Also the pendant falls off the necklace VERY easily and I might lose it in the carpet. But that darling face is worth it all.
Um…nice cloth Duckie? That’s RIGHT nice cloth! Before you are the finest pieces of cloth Walmart has to offer! I couldn’t find poster board in nice colors for new figure backgrounds so I got some cloth. I plan on getting more if it works out well. Each piece of cloth was about $2.00/yard and I got 2 yards of each. I realize now 2 yards is a bit too much though. Oh well better to have too much cloth then too little, but next time I think I’ll just get a yard and a half.
I got $75 in giftcards for Amazon for Christmas…I spent it on manga! And please don’t add up the cost of the whole lot, I know it adds up to more then $75 . But how can I resist when its free shipping and buy 3 get the 4th free!
-I”s 1-8 (haven’t started yet)
-Full Moon 1-7 (finished, it’s a cute shoujo with gorgeous art)
-Angel Diary 1-7 (Read the first 6 and I’m REALLY enjoying it, I like it a lot more then Demon Diary)
-S.A. (Special A) 1-4 (Read them, I like a shoujo with nice humor where the heroine isn’t focused on love)
-I.N.V.U 1-4 (Although volume 3 hasn’t arrived yet I REALLY REALLY like this shoujo so far, I guess I’m a big fan of this author since I like The Queen’s Knight too)
-Genju no Seiza 6-7 (sigh..the last 2 volumes before my series was indefinitely delayed)
-High School Debut 6-7 (I’m a big sucker for this series, I really like it)
-Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne 1-4 (Impulse purchase after I finished Full Moon, it’s by the same author but I haven’t read yet)
-Ghost Talker’s Daydream 2 (A very…unique? series)
-Honey and Clover 1-2 (Haven’t read yet but I saw and loved all the anime)
-Phantom Dream 1 (I explain below)
-Nana 13-14 (So addicted to this series, I love Ai’s work so damn much!)
-Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo 3 (Gotta stay up to date with the events of my favorite pet shop owner!)
Didn’t I say I wouldn’t start any new series that Tokyopop was putting out? I did…so that makes me a damn liar! I admit it! I’m making a loophole rule for Natsuki Takaya series (the author of Fruits Basket). Tokyopop has been putting a lot of marketing money into advertising this series, but to be honest it doesn’t look ike it will be the hit Fruits Basket was. The art style isn’t as beautiful as Fruits Basket and the plot summary didn’t pull me in. But because I adore Fruits Basket so much I have to at least try it. I haven’t read it yet but I randomly flipped to a page and the female character had exposed boobies. Now I don’t care two bananas about exposed breasts but…this volume wasn’t wrapped in plastic and there were no warning stickers. That’s unheard of in the current manga industry, all series that have the slightest bit of boobie are wrapped and marked very obviously…is Tokyopop gonna get in trouble for this? Maybe they’re not aware of the manga boobie rules? Is this Tokyopop’s first series with nudity? Are they idiots? How many volumes of manga does Duckie have with boobies to make her such an expert on the subject? Isn’t Duckie a little to old to be calling them boobies? Is there such a thing as caring two bananas about something? THOSE are the questions that keep me up at night.
They put in a “bonus chapter” in Phantom Dream thats a preview of a volume of Fruits Basket, they put in the chapter where Kyo confonts his father…what were they thinking? I’d consider that a spoiler.