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Sweet Satisfaction - April Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting, Reading Apr 30 2016 · 72 views
Star Wars, Bionicle, Transformers
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  • Transformers Masterpiece Shockwave
  • Star Wars Black Series Kanan Jarrus
  • Transformers Masterpiece Tracks
  • Star Wars Black Series Ahsoka Tano
  • BIONICLE Protector of Stone
  • BIONICLE Ikir Creature of Fire
  • BIONICLE Tahu Uniter of Fire
  • BIONICLE Umarak The Hunter
  • Star Wars: Dark Disciple
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Aftermath
  • Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown
Don't really feel like writing up too much today. Put as short as I can: love everything I got this month (some I didn't expect to or even planned on at all getting as always), but the effort put forth in getting some was way, way too much; this should be so much easier than it is sometimes.

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Greater than Expected - March Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Video Games, Collecting Mar 31 2016 · 97 views
BIONICLE, Nintendo, Figuarts
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  • S.H. Figuarts Shinkocchou Seihou Kamen Rider Decade
  • S.H. Figuarts Captain Phasma
  • Nendoroid Kirby
  • Nintendo Amiibo Wolf Link
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  • BIONICLE Lord of Skull Spiders
  • BIONICLE Skull Warrior
  • BIONICLE Skull Slicer
  • BIONICLE Skull Scorpio
  • BIONICLE Mask Maker vs. Skull Grinder
  • Nintendo Amiibo Ryu
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass (digital download)
  • Halo 5: Guardians - The Master Chief Xbox One Controller
  • Nintendo Amiibo Roy
  • S.H. Figuarts Minato Namikaze
  • S.H. Figuarts Omegamon (Our War Game)
All the things I was expecting last month finally came in, albeit some still much later than expected. I've already shown off Kirby. He's perfect. Decade is your average Rider release really, even with the Shinkocchou label. Comes with a lot of itty bitty cards I'll never remove from their baggy. Phasma is nice enough, though I did learn of an annoying issue with her leg not being assembled properly last night after taking this picture (that I've since corrected thanks to a handy hairdryer). Minato and Omegamon were the ones I really wanted here though and I love them. This Omegamon is such an improvement over the last - my only complaint is the too thin cape so that the red bleeds through the white. And Minato marks more continued improvements in their anime figure department.

I did it, guys! I ended the BIONICLE draught! Yeahhhh... Kinda get why I put them off for so long heh. They're not all as bad as I feared, but the two-pack is still the obvious winner here. Ekimu looks great. Sure do wish that stand for the Mask of Creation was better though haha. Mayhaps I'll start the '16 guys next month.

Speaking of things I took my sweet time on - the Master Chief controller! I'd actually been really wanting this since it was unveiled. I was a big fan of the special controllers on the 360 (used one as my primary controller since I first got one) and have been disappointed with how few there are for the One so far, and this is the first one to even interest me anyway. Just needed a new one too.

Twilight Princess I'm already probably a third of the way through, but have put it on the back burner to keep at Rise of the Tomb Raider. It's been fun, and I'll be sure to share my thoughts on it once I'm done.

The one item I'd been banking on arriving this month is ironically the only one to not arrive. :lol: Will be here soon and end another dry spell of sorts.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Posted by Ektris , in Video Games Mar 21 2016 · 115 views
Tomb Raider, Xbox
I just want to start off by saying that I really do feel that this was quite a fun game.

I finished the campaign for Rise of the Tomb Raider around 2 AM yesterday (it was the weekend, okay...), but do still have plenty of content to get through before I shelf this title. I want to go collect everything, and I'm very nearly there now... but have suffered from a known widespread glitch not counting some things so I fear I may need to play again 100% to get the achievements to pop. :( Plus I've not even looked at any of the Twitch-integrated features, which actually means I may try my hand at streaming soon! Not required, but might be fun. And I plan to buy the DLC. But I beat the story, so that's "game complete" for most and good enough to write this heh.

My favorite part was definitely the exploration of tombs and crypts. The puzzles were fun, the environments fun to explore, and the worldbuilding involved with most was great. I listened to every single audio log. The history imparted by them was fascinating.

In contrast, I couldn't get that invested in the main story's characters. Jacob was interesting - pegged his identity instantly thanks to a clue from an audio log I picked up not too long beforehand - but the others... Meh. I had no attachment to Ana. If they had maybe introduced her in 2013's Tomb Raider, I'd care more about her betrayel... But I just didn't. I disliked her for it, and her sickness made me a little sympathetic, but none of those were strong feelings. While writing this I just performed a quick search and apparently there is a running comic book title filling the gaps between the games?? I imagine those would've helped some... But don't feel it should be necessary. Oh and Konstantin just screamed generic angry bad guy the whole time. Poor misguided fool.

I didn't really mind any of that though. Except when stuck in the proper levels where my explorative urges were restricted. I still had fun and never felt stuck for long. Even playing on savior mode where you don't regenerate health and supplies are more scarce, not many combat encounters really took me too long. Mostly because that wonderful bow is still ridiculously overpowered.

If you want to play this game, stop first. Next, go play its predecessor. That was an amazing game. Then play this one. Rise of the Tomb Raider is great as well, although I did feel less invested. Just want to recommend this rebooted series as a whole, since I feel it's much stronger that way.

~|ET|~



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Nendoroid Kirby - Photo Shoot 17

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Mar 09 2016 · 144 views
Kirby, Nintendo
I've voiced complaints about Nendoroids often enough elsewhere that I find it a little weird at times to think of how I've started getting some and keeping track of a few future releases. But there are just now some where the aesthetic absolutely works for me, and Kirby is deifnitely one of them. I don't even look at this and see a chibi superderformed abomination they make too many of. :P It's just... Kirby! And that's why he's awesome. Plus his limbs are magnetic, making him very fun to play with. Couldn't resist taking some pictures right after getting him.

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Unfulfilled Expectations - February Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Video Games Feb 29 2016 · 109 views
Xbox, Tomb Raider and 1 more...
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  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (Digital download)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
Huh. Well that certainly looks like quite the light month, although it's not what I expected.

Already shared my thoughts on ACC: Russia, so go ahead and check that out if you're interested. And Tomb Raider I just got yesterday, but the two hours I got in so far were pretty fun.

So yeah... Totally thought I'd have a lot more. One of my pre-orders at BBTS didn't come in stock yet, which I'm a little mad about, so that means I haven't shipped what I have there yet. And my monthly AmiAmi order didn't have everything come in stock until a few days ago so it's just not gotten here yet. So I guess things will be reversed and next month will be the big 'un.

~|ET|~







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