New Years Resolutions for 2011!

So this year I will stick to my New Years resolutions! yeah… so first off, im going to loose weight…joking. Since this blog is about toys,

Here are my figure collecting resolutions for 2011!:

1. Buy only 1 figure a month!

2. Buy only figures from characters/shows that I know and like

3. Will not spend more than $80 on a single figure

4. Stop buying trading figures

5. get another display shelf to clear the clutter

6. do not fill aforementioned shelf to the point that it is cluttered!

7. update this blog at least every other week!

8. make an exception to resolution #2 if the character is a cute trap…this list is going down hill, maybe I should stop, resolutions aren’t supposed to have exceptions =(

Well that’s about it, if I can stick to these resolutions then maybe I won’t go broke indulging in this PVC addiction. What are some of your new years resolutions?

L is ready to watch the time square ball drop! Happy New Year everyone!

 

Merry Christmas-Christmas Loot 2010

Merry Christmas one and all!
Hope everyone had a happy Christmas, and a good visit from Santa. My Christmas loot was a stuffed toy penguin, Play Arts Jack Skellington, Play Arts Kai Toushiro Hitsugaya, and Play Arts Kai Ichigo Kurosaki!

And some more pictures in the Christmas spirit, including nendoroid petite Miku and L:

Ciel Komadori Static Arts Review

Ciel Phantomhive is the 12 year old head of the Phuntom toy company and the Queen’s watchdog in the anime Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler). At one point he dresses in drag to try and catch a “Jack the Ripper” suspect who has a thing for young girls.

I got this toy at a local anime shop for $130 back in October. This toy is produced by Square Enix and is the Static Arts Ciel Komadori. This toy was originally released in 10/2010.

When I first bought this toy, there was a factory defect on it! The pink skirt was not attached to the white one. The nice store owner opened the box for me, and was able to get the two skirt parts to attach with some care and muscle. I did not get any pics of this though! The skirt was really difficult to reattach, and I thought it was going to break in the process! Square Enix, you and your quality control!

Packaging: The box for this toy is really pretty! It looks like a cake box! Its got viewing windows on three sides and the top, and has a Kuroshitsuji pattern on it.

Base: The base is clear! This is because the figure it detailed on well, all sides. The base had a peg in it that attaches to the bottom of the skirt! However, in a lot of the toys the peg is too large to fit into the whole, and he floats on his base! This problem is easily fixed by using a razor or exacto knife to shave off some of the plastic till its the right size.

Sculpt: This toy has the most beautiful sculpt! His hair is long and flowing, the dress looks exactly as it does in the anime, and the lace on the skirt looks real! he also comes with an extra loose shoe, the laces on this are very fragile! Not only is the top of the toy very detailed, but the bottom is too! He is wearing bloomers and the bottom of the dress has realistic folds in it.

Paint: The paint is not perfect! His hair and eye have some really good toning and shading, however the lines on the dress are not clean and straight. The lace is a clear plastic with a light white paint over it. The pink part of the dress is a little dull, but still looks lovely.

Pose: The pose is absolutely lovely. He looks vulnerable and is lying down attempting to put on his shoes for his ballgown.

Overall, this toy is beautiful! I would recommend this toy any Black Butler fan! My only real annoyance with it, is that it is rather small for the price =(

Neliel Tu Odelschwanck Review

Neliel Tu Odelschwanck is the former Tres (#3) Espada in the anime Bleach. She has two forms; a small childlike from called Nel Tu and her original adult female form Neliel. Neliel, even as an Espada, is a pacifist and only like to fight in defense of those she loves.

I got this toy at Akon 21 for $80. This is the Neliel tu Odelschwanck Bleach figure by Alpha X Omega, and the sculptor is Mirano. This toy was released in 02/2010.

Packaging: The box is nice and large, and has a very large front viewing window! There are pictures of the toy on the back of the box

Base: The base is a large turquoise oval. It says Bleach on it and has a pattern in it. She attaches to the base by foot pegs. I do not like this base because the color doesn’t match her. Her hair is blue and her outfit is green, the base clashes with both.

Sculpt: This toy is 1/8 scale and is rather large. She comes with her sword, which is removable from the hand. The sculpt looks excellent, her hair looks dynamic is if it were flowing in the wind, and her outfit (for what little there is of it) has rather detailed rips. She looks like her anime counterpart, and is very in proportion to what is seen in the anime. Her outfit is a bit skimpier than in the show, which only adds to the appeal of the figure.

Paint: There isn’t much to be painted on this figure. They got the colors on her hair and outfit to match the show perfectly, and her mask is painted nicely also. There are no bleeds and is no dirt on the paint. The shading on her body is also really good, and she even has painted finger and toe nails. Her face also looks excellent, the expression is perfect for her. The large three painted on her back is also painted perfectly.

Pose: Her pose seems relaxed but dangerous, like shes about to attack if you make the wrong move. This is a good pose for her and matches her personality well. The one thing i dislike about the pose is that her back is very arched, shes practically leaning back.

Overall, I would recommend this figure to anyone who collect Bleach toys or curvy female toys. I bought her for my Bleach collection =P

Elwing (Elwyn) Review

Elwing (Elwyn being the english name) is a character in the games Shining wind and Shining tears, and appears in the anime Shining Tears X Wind. I have never played the games nor seen the anime, so the only thing I know about her is that she is a princess.

I saw this toy at Hastings a few years ago and had to have her because she’s so pretty! I got her for Christmas back in 2008! This toy is produced by Kotobukiya and the sculptor is Nakamura Hirotoshi. This was originally released 06/2008 and then re-released in 12/2008.

Packaging: The box is basically a large rectangle. It has both a large front and small side viewing windows. The box is white and green and matches the theme of the character and has artwork of the character on it. Its a nice box, good for displaying or just keeping for storage. The plastic stuck under her clothes and around her to keep her safe was difficult to remove! In the process of removing it, I somehow managed to put a black mark on her leg =( and still couldn’t get it all.

Base: Her base is a dark green circle, it matches her nicely and isn’t too distracting (usually I prefer black, white, or clear bases).

Sculpt: The sculpt on this figure is breathtaking. She is just so pretty! There are some very detailed areas, such as the leaves on her outfit, the wings on her head, and her hair. The hair has nice a pointy ends and doesn’t look too thick or chunky. My favorite part of the sculpt is that her mouth is open and has teeth in it! It looks great! She also comes with a bow that has a wire has the string. This bow is loose and can be placed into her hands.

Paint: The paint on this toy is excellent. It all has a nice matte finish. There are no bleeds, and the shading on her hair looks great. She also has a nice skin tone and her eyes and face look beautiful. Sadly, as mentioned above, I put a black mark on her leg =(.

Pose: The pose is excellent! It seems to match the artwork of her perfectly. The way she is standing and leaning forward slightly almost makes her look very carefree and innocent. Her hair also looks like its flowing as if she just moved.

Overall, I’d give this figure a 10/10. This is one of my best looking figures and I would recommend even to people who know nothing about the series (like me).

 

Lightning Play Arts Kai review

Lightning is the main character in Final Fantasy XIII. I’ve never played this game so I don’t know much about the character. She is described as a cold, 21 year old, female warrior.

I bought this toy for $40 back in March at Hastings. This FF13 Play Art Kai Lightning was originally released on 12/2009 and then re-released on 09/2010.

Packaging: The packaging is much larger than the original Play Arts boxes, it is white, has a front viewing window, and circle tape.

Accessories: She comes with a base, an extra set of hands, an opened weapon, and a folded up weapon that fits into the holster on her outfit.

Base: The base is white, and looks like a figma base. It has a move-able arm designed for action poses, but this arm is not strong enough to support Lightnings weight in most positions.I prefer the Play Arts style doll stands, they looked classy and held the figure up securely.

Sculpt: This is a very good sculpt. She does not have many small details on her outfit, but her outfit looks exactly like the artwork. Shes got the cape, and all the bags, and buckles. Her outfit is made out of a soft plastic, possibly rubber. Her hair does have some very visible seams on it, and the hair itself looks a bit chunky. Her knees look terrible, one of her legs isn’t set entirely straight in the joint. This toy is also very tall, much taller than the old Play Arts, but is in scale with Vanille. However, some of the later volumes of FF13 play arts kai toys are smaller again and not in the same scale!

Paint: For the most part, the paint on this figure is pretty good. However,Square Enix quality control is pretty shabby. Some Lightning’s have perfectly painted faces, while others (like mine) have color missing on most of the lips. Her face would look pretty good if it weren’t for her lips.

Pose-ability: This Lightning toy is very pose-able and has many points of articulation. Her ugly knees allow her legs to be placed in many different positions. She also has a joint in her torso.

Overall, this toy is great looking and makes a great addition to any Final Fantasy collection. She is also fun to pose and play with.

Oerba Dia Vanille Play Arts Kai Review

Oerba Dia Vanille is a playable character in Final Fantasy XIII (13). She looks like a cheerful and upbeat character, but having never played the game myself, I don’t know much about her. She is 19 years old and the narrator of the game.

I bought this toy at Hastings for $40 back in March. This is the FFXIII Play Arts Kai Vanille which was released back in 12/2009. This was my first experience with the Play Arts Kai line!

Packaging: The packaging is much bigger than the old Play Arts Kai boxes and has a prettier design. It is also easier to store because it doesn’t have the flap at the top.

Base: Ah well, my biggest disappointment with this figure. The first volume of Play Arts Kai featured all new bases! The idea was a good one, it is a base that has a move-able arm (much like a figma base) so that the character can be placed in action poses. While the idea was fantastic, the actual product is not! The base is made out of flimsy plastic that can’t support the figures weight at all! So much for the action poses, the base also does not look great, and for Vanille specifically it doesn’t even fit well around her stomach. This base also did not last a week before it couldn’t even stand up on its own without a figure, the arm is completely loose. Subsequent Play Arts Kai lines do not include a base at all.

Sculpt: The sculpt on this is fantastic! These Play Arts Kai are far more detailed than the old Play Arts lines, even more detailed than the FFX line. These are also very very tall! They are not in scale with the old Play Arts toys. I like that they are tall but they can’t be displayed well with old Play Arts. This toy has a really detailed fur skirt and fur lining around the boots. The front of her outfit is covered in beads. There are a few issues with the sculpt. The knees look very strange (which allows for greater flexibility), and there are seam lines on the hair.

Paint: The paint is nearly perfect on this toy. There are no bleeds and the paint on some of the beads is only slightly off. She is a very colorful character, and her hair color matches the artwork perfectly.

Pose-ability: These toys are far more pose-able than the old Play Arts. Her knees bend all the way, her torso has a joint, her head and ponytails move, and her arms move a lot.

Accessories: She comes with her strange weapon unfolded, and folded up to be placed in a harness at the back of her skirt (this is difficult to close!), She also comes with some extra hands.

Overall, this is a stunning action figure. I’d say it’s a great addition to any final fantasy collection. Just be warned it won’t match up with the old line of play arts.