|The Collection Confession||
Also from the New Mystery of the Emblem Edition series is Marth! I had some problems with getting all of his parts to stay together. I have to say I love that GoodSmile has started to make Nendoroids with more joints (arms and legs are finally jointed) but it seems like some of the parts are just too heavy for those joints to support very well.
Regardless, Nendoroids are cute- so who really cares?
I know it's been forever since I posted about Nendoroids, but believe me- my collection hasn't stopped growing. I'm going to try to take the time to post many more Nendoroids over the next few months, so keep checking back! Not only do I have about twenty to thirty that I still need to take pictures of, but I have some on the way as well.
Anyway, here's Sheeda from Fire Emblem! Her exact title is "New Mystery of the Emblem Edition, and she comes with everything shown. Not many different faces for her, but I love that she comes with her own pet!
As you can probably tell, I've had this Nendoroid since before Christmas nut not had the time to post anything about him until now. Fate Stay Night is by far one of my favorite anime, so when I saw a new Nendoroid release for one of the characters I couldn't pass him up.. Considering how expensive Nendoroids from this particular series can become after release, I highly recommend picking them up if you catch them as they are coming out and you even think you might want one.
Anyway, here he is! He's adorable!
My long awaited new addition has finally arrived! I actually didn't order N from the Pokemon Center, but PlayAsia. I was unsure if I'd actually be able to get him or not, considering the demand for Pokemon Nendoroids has always seemed higher than the amount supplied. Of course, the one time that I do expect to not be able to get a Nendoroid he is still available to this day. Imagine that luck!
Anyway, below are some photos of him. He is kind of limited in extra faces and other options, but Reshiram is quite large and takes up a lot of space in the packing! Reshiram is completely poseable as well, head, legs and wings being jointed. I did have a little bit of a problem getting Reshiram's head into the ball joint attached to the neck, I was pretty worried I'd break it. It takes a lot of force to get it to snap into place, but luckily everything is still intact.
To be honest I haven't played much of Pokemon Black or White, but being a near life long Pokemon fan I really can't say no to a new Nendoroid. I still have high hopes that some of the more popular G1 and G2 characters will be made into Nendoroids soon!
Sorry for the lack of pictures, I actually got Yu quite a while ago but haven't had the chance to add a post about him yet. More pictures will be posted soon. :)
I'm quite happy with him, though I am just a little dissapointed that all of his faces seem angry or upset. He's also a little smaller and more fragile than the average Figma, much like Chie and Yukiko.
On my trip to Oregon and Washington I got many things, some of which included various plushies. Though Pokemon plush were by far one of the most bountiful types of plush I was able to find, the Pokemon Center Kiosk in Northgate Mall in Seattle Washington was by far most exciting. Unfortunately my phone died so I was unable to get a picture of the awesome kiosk. :(
Regardless, I spent a good portion of my time there looking at what they had available. They had a decent selection considering it was basically a fancy glorified vending machine. You could select from four small rows of merchandise, from video games to plush all of the way to small figures. I decided to go with plush.
I was able to get almost all of the keychain plush they had available and most of the Poke'Dolls. If you ever get the chance to visit a Pokemon Center- even if it's just a kiosk, I highly recommend doing so. It was well worth the trip to the mall to visit it. Plus the mall had a small pretzel booth that had amazing cinnamon sugar pretzel bites. When all was said and done, I probably ended up paying more than it would've cost me to ship them all to me, but there's something really exciting about being able to pick up something as soon as you buy it and have it right there.
Something I should probably note- I am well aware the Mega-Charizard Pikachu is fake, I paid way too much for him at Rose City Comic Con just because I felt like I needed to buy something. Regardless he's very cute, and the fabric is still minky and similar enough to the real Pokemon Center toys to make him a good investment. Of course like most Pokemon Center plushies that are fake or real, he says Pokemon Center but as far as I can tell isn't. Maybe I'm wrong, who knows.. but as far as I've ever been concerned if something is difficult to tell whether it's real or not, it's almost always a fake.
Ash I also paid way too much for from Sweet Kitty in Kent, Washington. I hadn't seen an Ash plush before and really wanted him for my own collection though, so I couldn't pass him up. I'm pretty sure I've posted about this before but I will again- the lady who runs Sweet Kitty is super sweet. She is over priced or right up with eBay prices if not above, but she's a person that just about anyone could sit and talk to for hours. Incredibly friendly!
Anyway, here are some pictures until next time! :) It was really difficult to decide whether to post this in "Collector's Closet" or "Video Games Stuff" tab, so if you have an opinion one way or the other on where you'd like me to post things that could be considered video game related please let me know!
I've always been a fan of Alice in Wonderland. Upon first seeing Lunatic Queen she quickly became one of my "must have" Pullips.
Though I have bought many Pullip dolls since I first saw this specific one, I had planned on going back and picking her up at a good opportunity. It seems like everyone trying to sell a Lunatic Queen wants just as much as new price, so buying used wasn't an option.
This is a doll I didn't buy from PullipStyle, but a random eBayer that seemingly showed up out of nowhere listing many Pullips. Ebay was offering a $20 off coupon, and she was listed at $110 so I figured now was as good of a time as any to pick her up!
~Her hair is actually much brighter red than it shows up in pictures.
~The outfit doesn't come together well at the waist of the skirt and shirt, often coming apart.
~Shoes are absolutely adorable.
~Love the wig style and outfit otherwise!
~Arms and legs come completely wrapped in plastic from top to bottom, which tells me the black clothes not only easily can but will bleed into the dolls skin if left on.
Some time ago I read a girl's blog that was writing about finding Pullip dolls for really cheap at her local Tuesday Morning Store. Tuesday Morning around here shut down many years ago, so of course that's not an option for me- unless I'm traveling. Luckily for me, the state of Washington *and some in Oregon* had a ton of Tuesday Morning's to choose from!
My attempts at finding Groove dolls at Tuesday Morning did not come and go in vain - in fact it was quite the opposite! Though I found no Pullip dolls, I did find several Ai dolls at different locations! For $30 a piece how could I pass them up? It's something I will most likely never be able to find in a store again, and for a much better price than if I were to buy some online. Can I just say as well how much fun it is to be able to go into a store and pick up something you like/collect with your own hands and buy it right then and there?
Ai doll's come in boxes that aren't really boxes. They're actually elegant, super fancy doll cases. Ai are surrounded by soft silk fabric and delicately tied down with ribbons. Each one comes with their paper name card. Joints are all strung, much like Pang-ju, however I'd say tighter and less floppy.
This Ai is Prairie Gentian, who comes with a basket and a hat. Her eyes do not open, giving her a very baby-ish look.
Pullip Audrey is holding her to help give a size comparison. I would actually say she's more toddler sized than baby, as I'm sure you can tell.
While I enjoyed going to Comicon, there was one very disappointing thing that I found to be very common. Maybe it's not all conventions but just this one- I don't really know. Regardless, many bootlegs could be spotted in any direction you looked. If it wasn't a bootleg it was almost definitely over priced.
I did end up getting one "Nendoroid" which is made by Chaoer rather than Goodsmile. I didn't realize it at first, which is my own fault for not paying close enough attention. I actually first noticed that something was off with this figure as soon as I handed the guy my money, as he had it in the back of the booth and I didn't really look before I decided to buy.
While I believe Chaoer is an authentic toy maker, they're quality is severely lacking in comparison to Goodsmile. I knew upon opening that while this isn't a fake or bootleg Nendoroid, it is a knock off and to not expect the best quality. That being said, it wasn't as bad as I was worried it would be.
The joints are a little out of place. The joint which holds her pony tail down doesn't go all of the way into her head and is noticeable unless pictures are taken from a certain angle. Certain parts are hard to remove and add to the figure, paint is somewhat sloppy.
Otherwise the figure is very cute, just as pose-able as a Nendoroid, and also comes with multiple faces and accessories. I'm still happy with her, despite the significant difference between Chaoer products and Goodsmile. She's a little taller than the typical Nendoroid, which can be a good or bad thing depending on what you're looking for.
Regardless she's a great fit and I'm happy to add her to my collection. I guess it just goes to show that not always buying the same brand or same things is sometimes a good thing!