Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

It’s time for my yearly Christmas toy wishlist! I must say this year there is a lot more that I want than last year. I have been a bad girl,  I did not accomplish nearly half of what I wanted to in this past year. So maybe I don’t deserve much on my list :p. But here it goes:

Anime toys:

revoltech Wall-E

Nendoroid Elsie

Nendoroid Mami

Play arts Kai Cloud

Play arts red XIII and cait sith

Monster High Dolls:

Lagoona Hydration station

Sweet 1600 Draculaura

Sweet 1600 Frankie Stein

 

 

 

So, what toys are on your wishlist?

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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.

Snow Villiers Acquired!

Well I went to ToysRUs to look for Spectra Vondergeist, the next doll in Mattel’s Monster High line. Sadly, they did not have her! However, I did find Snow Villiers Play Arts Kai! Normally, I would have just skipped him but he was on clearance sale for $18.75. I then got the ToysRUs rewards card for free and instantly got another $3 off! So he only ended up costing a total of $17 including tax. What a steal!

Here’s a small FF13 group photoshoot:

Birthday Loot 2010!

Well this past weekend was my 23 birthday! I feel old… either way I got some awesome birthday loot!

I got the absolutely awesome Play Arts no. O Cloud Strife with Hardy Daytona. This toy is awesome and now I need a whole new shelf to display the FF7 figures on!

I also got the Bleach Play Arts Kai Rukia. This turned out to be rather tragic though! I opened the box to find that the hand guard on the sword was already broken off (cant really tell in the picture), and her legs were too loose! I’ve heard her legs are a little lose but this one was practically falling apart! Her legs would swing freely when picked up, and there was no remote chance of her standing, she could do the splits! Luckily, I was able to return her to Hastings, and get a gift card in return. (Sadly they didnt have another copy to replace her with, I still want her ). Also, her torso was coming off of the strange t-shaped joint holding her together! Her face was lovely though! Square Enix, what is going on with your quality control?!

Other than that I got Black Butler Part 1 season 1 dvd set, an exercise ball, prismacolor markers, drawing paper, a shirt and scarf, and two awesome cakes, courtesy of my mom and one of my friends!

Overall, it was a fantastic weekend!

Toshiro Hitsugaya Play Arts Kai Review

Toshiro Hitsugaya is a character in the anime Bleach. He is the young captain of the 10th squad of the soul society (the place where souls go when they die). He is the youngest captain in the soul society and has an icy demeanor to match the ability of his sword. He is often cold towards people and has a short temper. He has little tolerance for fooling around or being treated like a child. He gets very annoyed when he is called by anything except Captain Hitsugaya, esp. when he is called Shiro-chan.

I got this toy for Christmas, but it can be found at Hastings. It is the Hitsugaya Toushirou Bleach Play Arts Kai produced by Square Enix. This toy was released on 11/2010, and is considered a US release exclusive.

Packaging: The box looks like other Play Arts Kai boxes, but is slightly smaller (the toys itself is smaller). The interior of the box is green to match Shiro-chan’s eyes and the box is closed with circle tape.

Accessories: He comes with extra hands, a sword and sheath, and a green plastic ribbon to hold the sheath onto his back. This toy does not come with a stand. There are some annoyances with the accessories! Try as I will, the sword sheath does not fit into the green ribbon! Its too tight! I’ve tried forcing it in but to no avail. The other annoyance is that Toshiro’s ankles are weak and he constantly falls over without a stand. He has to be balanced just right to stay up. There are already some paint mistakes where he has fallen!

Sculpt: This is the best looking Toshiro that I’ve seen. They captured his surly mood perfectly in his facial expression. He is also in correct scale with Ichigo (compared to the anime). He only reaches Ichigo’s shoulder, which is perfect since he is supposed to be a kid. The coat is split into two parts to allow for more pose-ability but I feel they could have made the split a little more seamless. It is very obvious in the back. Strangely, one of his ankles seems to be facing the wrong direction? The elbow joints and leg joints are very well hidden in his outfit!

Paint: The paint on the face is outstanding and his eyes look amazing! The paint on his captains cloak is also done very well, there are no bleeds in the color and the inside is a nice emerald green. If I were going to nitpick, I would say his hair could have been more white and less gray, but he still looks awesome either way.

Pose-ability: This toy is very pose-able. The range of movement on the limbs is excellent. His arms have enough movement to allow him to be posed as if he were pulling the sword out of his sheath on his back…if i could get the sheath into the sheath belt! grrrr…As mentioned above, his ankles are a little weak and his one foot is never positioned quite right for him to stand sturdily.

Overall, I would recommend this toy to any Bleach fan or Toshiro fan. He looks absolutely fantastic, just be sure to have the patience to balance him wherever he stands or just buy some sort of doll stand  lol

Ichigo Kurosaki Play Arts Kai Review

Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenage boy and the main character of Bleach. He is an unusual boy in that he has bright orange hair and can see ghosts. One day he meets a soul reaper named Rukia and gains the powers of a soul reaper himself to save his family. Rukia is then convicted as a criminal and Ichigo trains as a soul reaper to try and save her. To do this he must achieve Bankai (which is basically a rise in power level which involves a release of his sword and a new outfit =P). 300 episodes or countless chapters later, more stuff happens….let’s just leave it at that.

I got this figure for Christmas! It can be found at Hastings for about $50. This is the Play Arts Kai – Bankai version of Ichigo. This was released on 11/2010 and is considered a US exclusive release.

Box: This toy comes in the typical Play Arts Kai box. It’s large, white, square, has a front viewing window, and is closed with circle tape!

Accessories: Ichigo comes with extra hands, his tensa-zangetsu (sword in bankai form), and an extra head depicting his hollow (a type of soul in the Bleach universe) mask. He does not come with a stand, but can stand fine on his own without one.The extra head was rather bothersome! Ichigo’s neck has a peg in it to which the heads can be attached as seen in the instructions! The extra head, however, already had a peg in it! It was an easy fix, I just took pliers and pulled the peg out of the head.

Sculpt: The sculpt on this toy is amazing. This is by far the best looking Ichigo I’ve seen. He looks just like he does in the later episodes of the anime. He is in scale with the FF13 Play Arts Kai line. There are a lot of nice details on the sculpt like the bandages on his stomach, and the sandals he is wearing. The only funky part of the sculpt is the back of the coat, its split into two pieces (a top and a bottom). This looks a  little odd and I don’t think keeping the coat in one piece would have sacrificed much pose-ability. Oh yeah, and the knee joints have been greatly improved on this new line!

Paint: The paint on this is pretty excellent but has the small flaws that can usually be found on Play Arts. Hes got some sort of a dark mark on his cheek, not too noticeable thankfully. The shading in his face and on his outfit is really good! My favorite part of this is the hollow mask through which you can see his yellow hollow eyes.

Pose-ability: This toy is very pose-able, as is expected of the Play Arts Kai line. Despite wearing those wide pants, his legs have freedom of movement. His ankles and feet can be adjusted so he can balance in different poses. His arms are also fairly pose-able but cannot extend over his head.

Overall, this toy is definitely recommended. He’s not my all-time favorite character, but this toy is awesome, looks good on the shelf, and is rather fun!

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: