September Loot

Today I received my nendoroid order for September…Initial reaction was YAY! Hell Yes!…almost immediately after however came “OMG, So expensive, and just after vacation!” “Why did they come out earlier than expected?!”

After my initial over-reactions, I was able to calm down enough to unpack my two new beauty’s. The long awaited Princess of the Crystal and Annelotte nendoroid are finally mine! They are even better than they were in the promo shots!

Without any further ado, here they are:

Nendoroid Miku Hatsune Acquired

Hey everybody!

It’s been a while. Recently I got nendoroid #33 Miku Hatsune. I am not a big Miku fan and would have normally never purchased this nendoroid but it was on raffle at a local store! I spent $20 dollars on raffle tickets and won :D. For $20, I’d say this nendoroid was totally worth it!

This nendoroid was recently re-released and can still be found in a lot of online store for $50-$60. Figure Haven still has a few in stock as well. With as much as I promote their site (I can’t help it, its my favorite anime toy store), maybe they should reward me with a free figure ;). Only joking of course, but it would be nice.

As cute as original Miku is, HMO Miku is still the apple of my eye (when it comes to Miku’s at least).

This new miku did have an unintended consequence for my collection…I now need a new tackle box to store nendo parts in. I have at least 3 more nendo’s on the way in fall and possibly more depending on if I give in to this addiction or not. My tackle boxes are overflowing…

Madoka Nendoroid Review

Madoka is the main character from Puella Magi Madoka Magica ( aka. Mahou Shojou Madoka Majika). In this anime, girls make contracts with a small demon-like creature called Kyubey. The contract involves the granting of one wish in exchange for the girls using magical powers to fight witches. This show is really a clever and artsy deconstruction of magical girl animes.This review has been a long time coming, and I can honestly say that I’ve been taking a long break from blogging mostly due to laziness, but I’m back!

This nendoroid came out 8/26/2011 and I got her in September or October (so she really has been sitting a while before I got around to this review =P). Not that I usually advertise for stores, but there are still some of her available  at Figure Haven.

Packaging: As per most nendoroid boxes, the box is sturdy and nice. It is conveniently small and square, and therefore easy to store.

Accessories: Madoka comes with a lot of accessories! The best accessory by far is Kuybey, but he should just be considered his own little figure. Kuybey even comes with two torsos; one for sitting and the other for hanging off of Madoka’s arm. Madoka also comes with the typical extra arms and legs in order to accomodate her accessories. She comes with her magical bow and arrow which are sculpted really nicely. The sheer pink touch on the bow and arrow really add something extra. As with other nendoroids, she includes three different face plates. As an extra added touch, she also includes two types of bows for her hair. Essentially, she comes with all the accessories necessary to replicate some action scenes in the anime, or to look like the sketch she does of herself ( longer hair bows and very doodled eyes, you’ll see what I mean in the pictures). A constant source of nendoroid tragedy for me are the clear square stands. I really miss the old round stands, they were less noticeable and looked classier on a shelf.

Sculpt: This nendoroid has a very detailed sculpt. She does make a good Chibi representation of Madoka, but comes across as looking kind of chubby. My roommate went as far as to say that she looked like a little whale, but that’s an exaggeration. Her dress includes all the bows, small details, and super puffy skirt like in the anime. She even has ruffly panties! Like many new nendoroids, her arms and legs (but especially her arms) look a little too long for her body. The older nendoroids don’t have such long ape-like arms, I don’t know why or when they started changing the proportions. Overall, she is still a cutie.

Paint: The paint is excellent. Like most nendoroids, she has nice matte paint so if you have a shiny one, beware! The eyes are great, and have a very drawn/sketchy feel to them. There aren’t many paint mistakes which is impressive for a nendoroid with so many small details. Even little Kyubey has perfect paint.

Pose-ability: She is not a super move-able nendoroid, but comes with enough parts to be displayed in a variety of poses. I actually find this kind of annoying, as it makes her a lot more difficult to play with (maybe I’m just too lazy to switch out all the little pieces). She can be placed in a normal pose, a fighting pose, or a happy pose. Kyubey can also be posed either sitting or hanging. His tail and head are removable so the body can be switched out. She seems to have a standard face plate size and can therefore switch face plates with many nendoroids.

Overall: I’m really unsure of what rating to give this nendoroid. There is technically nothing wrong with her but she is not my favorite. This could be because her design did not catch my eye until I had seen and become a fan of the show. She was not cute enough to win me over before that, and some nendoroids are (for example: Elsie and Ikaros).

So does she win you over at first sight?

CONTRACT??

Spring Break Loot / New nendoroid photos!

Well, yesterday I decided to make that hour and a half drive to the “local” anime store. It was well worth it, because I returned home with some loot! I bought nendoroid HMO Miku, and Kousaka Kirino. I also bought the petite nendoroid of Kotobuki Tsumugi. I love these new nendoroids, they are probably my cutest, and these weren’t even on my massive nendoroid wishlist =P

So here are some photos of my new cuties! reviews will follow soon :

 

 

Dead Master nendoroid Review

Dead Master is the main antagonist of the Black Rock Shooter OVA. She is the other self of Yomi who is the main characters best friend. The storyline is confusing at best so I wont even try to explain it. Just know that dead master is sinister and flashy! She licks her fingers for show and has a rather evil smile.

I bought this nendoroid at a local anime shop for $50. She is produced by Good Smile Company, was sculpted by JUN (E.V.), and was originally released 12/22/2010.

Packaging: She comes in a typical nendoroid box. Unlike BRS, dead master’s box doesn’t have the split top flap.

Accessories: In the black rock shooter line of nendoroids, she certainly doesn’t disappoint and comes with as many accessories as BRS. She comes with 3 extra face plates! extra hands, arms, and legs. She also comes with a beaten up hair set that goes along with the beaten up face. On top of that she comes with her two skull minions which have a special stand attachment and her scythe! Oh yeah, and she comes with a stand very similar to that of BRS.

Stand: The base to this figure is excellent continuing the theme of the BRS series. The base has a movable clear plastic arm to attach to her back, and clear stands to connect to the back of the base which allow her skull minions to “float” behind her.

Sculpt: The sculpt on this toy is far more impressive in person than it is in the official pictures. Her hair looks fantastic, and her horns are rather huge but seem in good proportion with the head. There is a lot of detail in the scythe! Another neat feature is that her demon horns and wings are removable!

Paint: Her faces look great and there are hardly any bleed or paint mistakes. Her outfit has a nice matte black finish too it, and there are subtle green undertones in her hair. Her horns and wings are a shiny black, but not clear like those of the figma appear to be. There is some bleed at the white bows on her back, and there is a scratch in her hair in the side.

Pose-ability: There are a variety of adorable poses that she can be placed in including a beaten up pose. Unlike with BRS where the beaten up pose is my favorite, I enjoy dead masters sinister looks far better. My only gripe is that she is a pain in the butt to get into her poses, the stand is difficult to attach and her wings like to fall out. The scythe is also difficult to maneuver into her arms since her hair seems to get in the way. Once I attached the skulls to their base attachment (which can luckily be removed from the stand as a unit), there was no way I was removing them again! The bumps on her extra hair are also remove-able much like her wings and horns.

Overall, This is one of the best looking nendoroids I have and definitely steals the spotlight on my nendoroid shelf! she is however not my favorite nendoroid to play with because I am too lazy to pose her since it takes a little effort. However, she is an excellent addition to the brs nendoroid line and I can’t wait to see what the upcoming Black Gold Saw and Strength bring to the table!

Nendoroid Collection and Photoshoot 2

Warning this post is very picture heavy!

All of my lovelies:

Just the girls:

Just the boys:

Death Note Petites:

Fate Stay/Night Petites:

Vocaloid Petites:

Fun/random: Starring Nendoroids Arawn, Saber Lily, Dead Master, BRS, Ciel Phantomhive, Sebastian Michaelis, and Takara Miyuki.