New Look

Today was make-over day. The old grey blog theme was rather dull, so a change was needed. Welcome to Dark Woods, the new theme. It is a lot more pleasing on the eyes. As soon as I learn how to internet, the reviews page will also be updated. Hope you all enjoy the new look!

Kirino and Miyuki approve

Kinoshita Hideyoshi Nendoroid Review

Kinoshita Hideyoshi is one of the characters in Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. He is a trap character and is often mistaken as a girl. I do not enjoy this show and have only seen two episodes. I bought this nendoroid purely because of his cute looks, and the fact that I have a soft spot for traps. I waited nearly two months to open this nendoroid after purchasing it, because of studying. The waiting almost made me like this nendoroid more than I would have otherwise.

I bought this at a local anime shops several months ago for $65. This nendoroid was originally released 5-27-2011 and was manufactured by Good Smile Company.

Packaging: This is the typical square nendoroid box. This box has a very nice design of stars on a white background. All nendoroid boxes have a viewing window in the front through which the nendoroid can be seen, which is nice. This box also has a black and white circular sticker on the front.

Accessories: Hideyoshi comes with a sitting cushion, an extra set of sitting legs, sitting arms, a bent leg, a stand, extra hands, his little summon person, a box of oranges, a wooden writing board, and two additional faces. The biggest problem with the accessories is the stand. It is  a clear square stand that attaches with a peg into the nendoroids back. On mine, the hole in the nendoroids back is too small for the peg to fit in, so Hideyoshi easily falls off the stand.

Sculpt: The sculpt of this nendoroid is pretty good. The hair especially looks excellent, just like his anime counter part. There are a few small problems with the sculpt. The extra sitting position arms have pegs that are too large for the arm holes. If they are inserted, they will stretch the arm holes and the normal arms will then only fit loosely. The nendoroid is also not particularly stable on his sitting cushion. He topples over easily. His sitting legs have little slits in them that the jacket fits into nicely.I’ve also hear that alot of people have problems with the neck joint breaking. I haven’t had any problems with the neck joint.

Paint: The paint job on this nendoroid is excellent. There are very few mistakes if any. His large green eyes and slightly blushing cheeks are absolutely adorable. His face seems a little less matte than most of my nendoroids, but he is not shiny like a bootleg. All the lines on the outfit are clean and there are no bleeds in the paint. The paint on the summon is also very good, and accurate for being so small.

Pose-ability: He is not a super moveable nendoroid but does come with enough extra arms and legs to allow for a variety of different poses. I tend to always have him displayed in his sitting pose, since the stand isnt stable. This is also the cutest pose in my opinion.

Overall: This nendoroid is very cute, but definitely not my favorite. There are too many issues with the arms not fitting and him tipping over at every opportunity.

Early August Loot!

So today I went on a 4 hour excursion to the big city, mainly in the hopes of finding Play Arts Kai dissidia Cloud and Squall there. No such luck…I however did find the basic line Draculaura Monster High doll that I’ve been looking for. I was so happy they had her in stock (she is sold out locally).

The big surprise of the day, however, was finding the Play Arts Rinoa from FF8. This is an older toy so I thought I would have to order her off the internet eventually, but there she was sitting in the anime shop in the used toy section. She is even still in her box, though this box has definitely seen better days. For $30, I just couldn’t pass her up.

All in all, I may not have found what I was looking for, but did find something that I wasn’t expecting. I also saw that Borders bookstore is going out of business… I suppose this is old news, but I was shocked. I much prefer Borders over the Barnes and Noble we have locally. RIP Borders, you were a great bookstore with a pleasantly large manga section.

Here’s the loot:

Snow Villiers Play Arts Kai Review

As the title suggests, today I’m going to review Play Arts Kai Snow Villiers. Snow is one of the main characters in Final Fantasy XIII. I never really liked Snow much in the short time that I played the game, and I wasn’t very interested in the toy. So you may be thinking, why did I buy it at all? Well I found it for an unbeatable price and its nice to have a complete set of 3 figures. Yes, there were other FF13 toys, but the first wave consisted only of Snow Villiers, Lightning, and Vanille.

This toy is produced by Square Enix and was released in 12/2009 at a price of $50. I got this toy for only $17 on clearance sale at ToysRUS.

Packaging: The packaging is the typical large square play arts kai box. The thing I enjoy most about these boxes, is that they are easy to store! and, as usual, the circle sticker closing the box is an indication  that the toy is authentic.

Accessories: Snow comes with only a few accessories. He comes with two extra hands and a stand. That is it. No weapons, no extra heads…Not sure what else he could have come with since I don’t know enough about the character, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.

Stand: This stand is truly lousy. It is the same stand as the one that comes with Play Arts Kai Lightning. The stand is clear plastic and has a pose-able arm that attaches to the figure at the waist. My biggest problem with these stands is that they aren’t sturdy. They cannot hold up the figures weight and will collapse if a mid-air pose is attempted. They also do not look good on a shelf.

Sculpt: The sculpt on this toy is pretty good, but it is not as good as the sculpt of the newer Play Arts Kai models. The knee and elbow joints look extremely awkward and unnatural. There are also very noticeable seam lines on the hair. The shoulder joint also looks strange. Other than that, the toys is an exact image of its video game counterpart. He is quite tall and looks great next to Lightning and Vanille.

Paint: The paint job on this is poor. I was going to say atrocious, but only bootlegs have atrocious paint jobs. His face,  much like Lightnings, is painted poorly. It has no depth or expression, and the eyes look flat. There are many places on this toy where the paint job is uneven (for example; the border of his shirt). There are also some paint scuffs on his black bandana. The coat color also looks strange. I assume they were trying to put shading on the tan coat, but the colors don’t seem to be blended very well. I do, however, really like the paint job on his facial stubble. Yes,he has stubble. It really doesn’t look bad. His arm tattoo is also nicely done, and the plaid on his skirt has nice even lines.

Pose-ability: The pose-ability of this toy is great! He can be placed in a variety of poses due to his double joints. His hands, head, and ankles also allow slight movement. My favorite part of this toy, is that the coat is also move-able, and removable (turning it into a jacket). I’m not entirely sure that the coat was meant to be removable, but mine comes apart easily and is just as easily put back together.

Overall: I do not regret buying this toy, but I only buy the toys I want. I only wanted this toy to complete my collection, and would say that unless you’re a big fan of the game, skip it. He certainly looks good next to the other FF13 figures.

Kinoshita Hideyoshi nendoroid acquired!

My MCAT has come and gone, and soon summer break will be over =(. But on completion of my MCAT, I finally received the Kinoshita Hideyoshi nendoroid! He is really cute! I was also going to buy Monster High Draculaura and Play Arts Kai Dissidia Cloud and Squall to make it an after MCAT loot. Sadly, Draculaura was sold out everywhere, and none of the local places ordered either of the Play Arts Kai dissidia figures.

My nendoroid collection has grown rather large, and with at least three more pre-orders on the way before the year ends, I definitely need a new shelf! A shelf just for nendoroids would be great, but I haven’t found one I like yet. So for now they will just have to be squished into one area of my Detolf display.