Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

This year, I’ve been a naughty blogger. I blogged infrequently despite getting new toys, and really dropped the ball as far as keeping up with reviews goes. I probably deserve a lump of coal, or the anime toy equivalent; a bootleg!

Maybe I will wake up to find Sader in my stocking…

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But I really do promise to do better this next year, so here is my Christmas wishlist:

Sebastian private tutor TaeYang doll

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The Amazing Spider Man Nendoroid

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Play Arts Kai Cloud (seriously Santa, I’ve been wanting this since it came out July of 2011!)

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Queen’s Blade Annelotte Dark Knight version nendoroid (like that will ever happen lol)

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Of course, there are a ton of great figures coming out in 2013, which makes me so glad the apocalypse didn’t happen šŸ˜‰ I can imagine that next years letter to Santa will be a lot longer. As far as the goodies coming out, I will be discussing them in a new post soon!

I don’t think that Santa will bring me any toys this year since I’ve been naughty, but at least my Saber Lion nendoroid just came in the mail.

So what are you all wishing for Christmas this year?

 

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:

Los Angeles Vacation Loot

I just recently returned from a fantastic week long vacation in beautiful Los Angeles. While there, I stayed in Santa Monica, visited downtown LA and little tokyo, went to Disneyland, and of course visited some anime stores!

In Santa Monica I had the opportunity to visit Ofuda Imports! They are a strictly online store but I was able to visit their business and see their stock. I have to say they have some exciting things that they have yet to put on their website! They have a lot of anime merchandise including pencil cases, stationary, cell phone straps, and keychains. They also have a lot of trading figures, nendoroids, chibi-arts, and scaled figures! While there, I was able to purchase the Saber maid petite nendoroid. All of the items are one hundred percent legitimate. While I have my preferred sites to order from, they do have a lot of older figures and figures that are now hard to find! So keep an eye out on the website!

I also ran across a figure store called Anime Jungle while in downtown LA. They had a ton of figures! I think the last time I saw that many figures was at A-kon (the Dallas anime convention) a few years ago. It made me wish that I had so much more money. All the beautiful figures I had to leave behind makes me want to cry a little! The most surprising find was that they carried Queen’s Blade nendoroids and some of the limited color variants. I wanted them all but chose the Cattleya 2p color variant. They also had the Play Arts kai Cloud and Squall that I missed out on…but alas, there was only enough money to buy one figure. If you are in LA looking for figure shop, definitely check out Anime Jungles store front in little tokyo!

I also had some delicious food! I had ramen noodles in little tokyo from the same place that was featured in a Man vs Food episode! I didn’t eat the spicy stuff though. My big food recommendation for Santa Monica is the Sushi King! Its a little sushi bar that has been owned and operated by the same Japanese guy for thirty years. It was the first time that I ever tried the market price items at a sushi bar. I must say toro (fatty tuna) lives up to the hype! It was delicious. I also tried Spanish mackerel sushi which I highly recommend. The most expensive item that I tried was fresh sea urchin sushi! Sea urchin literally melts in your mouth, and I mean liquifies!

I also bought my first Japanese doll at a store called Puzzle Zoo at the 3rd street promenade of Santa Monica. I bought a little pullip doll! I was really surprised to find that the store carried some pullips and some tayeng dolls despite beingĀ  a regular toy store. All in all it was a pretty magical vacation with more loot than I’ve gotten in a while.

 

 

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…

Nendoroid Saber Complete File Acquired!

Finally, it arrived! The gigantic orange box that I have been waiting for (cue heavenly music). My first limited edition nendoroid; Saber plain clothes with Complete file!

Yes the nendoroid comes with a Complete file. When I ordered her, I neither knew nor cared what that was. Now that I have it, I know that it is a book that features all of the currently released nendoroids in it! I’m almost more excited about the book than I am about the nendoroid. This nendoroid is pretty awesome but not the cutest nor the best looking nendoroid on my shelf. But she is Saber (and I love Saber).

The book is organized into sections of nendoroid type instead of listing the nendoroids in chronological release order. The first section is vocaloids, then anime characters, game characters, and so on and so forth. The book also contains interviews with industry insiders :D. Sadly, I don’t read Japanese (*cries*). I may not be able to read anything in the book but it is really pretty to look at, and generally awesome.

And here she is, the gal of the hour, Saber nendoroid plain clothes version;

More photos and a review to come soon (yes the dreaded soon, once I finish my other nendoroid reviews)

Ikaros Nendoroid Review

Hmm, once again its been longer than I intended since my last blog update! Today, I’m going to review nendoroid Ikaros! She is actually one of my favorite nendoroids and I highly recommend her. Ikaros is a main character from the show Sora no Otoshimono Forte. I can honestly say that I actually dislike the show, and despite that still love this nendoroid. This is nendoroid number 178 sculpted by Maruhige and produced by Good Smile Company, and originally released on 11-9-2011. I got this nendoroid off of AmiAmi along with Nymph from the same series.

Packaging: Yup, yet another nendoroid box. Its good…Talking about nendoroid boxes is boring so lets move on!

Accessories: This nendoroid comes with a lot of accessories! It has 2 extra faces, 2 extra wing sets, a bow and arrow, a watermelon, an extra neck collar, and extra arms. The wings are really cool, the battle wing set is a translucent blue color. The stand actually took me a while to figure out. It’s a little more complicated that normal nendoroid stands. There is a small plastic piece with two holes in it that the wings get stuck through before they are inserted into the nendoroids back. This plastic piece is then placed on the stand. So it is the wings that actually attach to the nendoroid.

Sculpt: The sculpt on this nendoroid is excellent. She was somewhat unpopular because she has large breasts. For some reason people do not like nendoroids with large breasts, and I used to be one of them. Turns out (boobs or no) the nendoroids are just as cute! Two of my favorite aspects of this nendoroid’s sculpt are the wings and hair. The wings look great and are very detailed. The hair style looks very dynamic and the ribbons twirl around each ponytail in the back. Be warned though, the ponytails fall out easy.The ear muffs (?) do come off and the nendoroid has normal ears underneath.

Paint: Great paint job! You really wouldn’t think that hair could successfully transition from pink to black but it does! The white outfit is shiny kind of like leather or metal armor? But the rest of the nendoroid is nice and matte. The lines are clean as well, no bleeds on the nendoroid.

Pose-ability: Not a super-moveable nendoroid, but many poses can be made with the available accessories. The poses include a fighting pose, her blank look pose, or a normal pose. Personally, the normal pose is my favorite. She looks so sad, but it is so cute.

Overall: I love this nendoroid! Maybe this review is a little biased because of how much I like this nendoroid. At least it is not biased towards the character. I think it speaks highly for the nendoroid that I fell in love with her based on character design and no other preconceptions. Either way, I highly recommend this nendoroid! She looks great on a shelf, despite being a little frustrating to set up.

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 availableĀ  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??