So remember my grail list I posted ages ago? I said Revy (Alter) is the last older figure I wanted. I lied…there was another older figure I forgot to mention (yes besides Clayz Saber) and that figure is the Max Factory Emma. I saw her on eBay and I went for it, did I pay more then retail price for her? Sure did lol…how much more? I’m not telling! But I justified the price by telling myself that almost all decent figures these days seem to cost that much and I’d rather have this darling and classy Emma over a lot of the newer figures. Especially since it seems unlikely I’ll ever see another Emma figure released again.
So what’s this about a piercing? Well this figure is in new/unopened condition but I immediately noticed a manufacturing flaw with her. There is a dot just above her left nostril, the dot is the same color as her hair and it looks like a mole to me, and my bf thought it looked more like a nose piercing (which I found a lot more amusing considering it’s Emma). Now as figure collectors we’re supposed to accept small flaws on our mass manufactured figures. But I DO NOT tolerate flaws on the faces of the figures, that’s just asking for too much. If the dot had been on the other side of her nose then I actually might have accepted her as she is. But she is looking back in a way that really makes that little dot noticeable. It’s a bit hard to see the dot in the picture, had issues getting a clear picture of it through the packaging.
So now I’m in a dilemna, I can open her up and see if I can somehow remove the dot. But once I open her my chances of returning and exchanging her are very tiny. So I contacted the seller about a possible exchange (without much hope) but to the seller’s credit he said he’d see what he can do and submitted a request to find another Emma figure. If I can’t get another Emma figure though…I don’t think I can keep this figure and feel comfortable about the price I paid for her. I might keep her if I got a partial refund though (that’s right I want her that bad). But if that’s not possible I’ll have to kiss her goodbye and move her from my Figures Owned list to my Figures Wished For list 😦
How tolerant are you of manufacturing flaws with your new figures?