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Merry Christmas! - The Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Movies, Reading, Video Games, Collecting Dec 25 2014 · 421 views
Star Wars, Game of Thrones and 3 more...
Hope everybody who celebrates had a wonderful day. :)

So amidst the mountain of clothes and treats and literal large empty boxes with names written on the side for things to buy soon and ship directly to Texas instead of doing it ourselves (those were fun to open :P), I think I did get some haul-worthy stuff heh.

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LEGO Movie and GTAV from the fiancée, books and Wolf Among Us from parents, and Xbox Live cards from future in-laws. ^_^

Overall I think I had a pretty enjoyable Christmas (and Eve). Spent a lot of time with family and ate way too much.



Naruto: End of an Era

Posted by Ektris , in Reading Nov 06 2014 · 739 views
Naruto, Manga
...Sort of. There is still the epilogue canon movie (set before the last two chapters to bridge the time gap) and a short series coming next year starring the next generation, but besides that it's over! :P

I've not been reading Naruto since the beginning, but I have been interested in it ever since the very first episode aired on Toonami all those years ago. It's kind of surreal to see such a juggernaut end (though of the big three [two?], I do wish a certain other one had ended sooner than Naruto..) that I've been into for so long. All those hours poured into reading and watching and at least it does have a proper resolution, even if it did get a tad convoluted at times heh.

That said, what does happen in the future and all the pairings and stuff... ugh, pitifully predictable.



Shooty Things - October Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Reading, Video Games, Collecting Oct 31 2014 · 451 views
Transformers, Smash Bros and 3 more...
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  • LEGO Minecraft Micro World: The End
  • Star Wars: Knight Errant
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
  • S.H. Figuarts Son Goku
  • NECA Booker Dewitt
  • S.H. Figuarts Mega Blaziken
  • S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2014
  • Transformers Generations Windblade
  • Transformers Generations Roadbuster
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Phantom Blade
  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Bravo Durian Arms
I'm nearly finally done with A Game of Thrones (wow is this a long read... and after finishing it I hope to finally start the television show), so figured it time to pick up some books. Actually was pretty disappointed since the Star Wars Legends books I've been wanting for a while weren't in stock there, so I kind of just got what I didn't have... which even includes one I can't read yet (The Last Jedi) because I wasn't able to find those before it. >_<

Also picked up The End while at Barnes & Noble and just posted my review on it.

Smash 3DS is awesome. Yes, the WiiU one is going to blow it out of the water and this basically amounts to a limited port... but I can't take my WiiU literally anywhere.

YES! NECA's Booker is finally out! And I had to resort to Amazon because I just couldn't find it in my TRU at all... Which also tempted me into finally getting a DBZ SHF. Goku's pretty cool. And with SS4 Goku just revealed the other day at Tamashii Nations 2014, I don't think I'll be able to resist him either. Speaking of Tamashii, managed to nab a Bravo off of Mandarake finally. He is glorious and flamboyant and oh so very painful oh goodness why is he so sharp OW!! But uh... I still like him haha! My 2014 Godzilla also came and I couldn't be happier. Mine doesn't seem to suffer from any QC issues a lot of others seem to be complaining about. He's simply awesome. Finally, Mega Blaziken arrived and he's alright. Just alright. I still wish it was regular Blaziken, but the stand they did for him is pretty sick. I do hope we get more Pokémon in the future.

My WalMart finally put out new Transformers stock in a big way... Island devoted to just the Generations. Only picked up two but very tempted to get more.

And finally my newest Hidden Blade, as we all saw the other day. It feels weird having this and not taking my haul pic alongside Unity. It's... Well, kind of disappointing. The blade is the tiniest yet. It's really just a sad little thing. And the crossbow gimmick (HA! This time the blade's supposed to launch across the room unlike the defective NECA ones! :P) is just bad. The tiiiiniest of bumps will unlock the tiny tab keeping the bolt in place (and only the bolt locks... not the sliding mechanism or big hunk of plastic it slides into). It's just not very well designed in that regard.



I Don't Have a Problem... - August Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Reading, Video Games, Collecting Aug 30 2014 · 746 views
Transformers, BIONICLE, Star Wars and 1 more...
May have gone a little overboard this month...

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Since the first picture is just not good (seriously I cannot find a good place to take pictures in this apartment. :( Windows are huge and everywhere...), here's a breakdown of everything in relative arrival order:
  • Transformers Generations Whirl
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation
  • Star Wars: Kenobi
  • Star Wars: Crucible
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones
  • Transformers AOE Grimlock
  • Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods Goku cardboard hair thingy (Not pictured but totally worth mentioning since they gave them out at the Alamo Dratfhouse during the first airing of Battles of Gods... As if seeing that wasn't bad enough, you now had half the theatre with Goku hair. :lol:)
  • Transformers FOC Jazz
  • BIONICLE Mistika Gali Nuva
  • BIONICLE Mistika Onua Nuva
  • BIONICLE Mistika Gorast
  • BIONICLE Mistika Krika
  • SDCC Star Wars Black Series Jabba the Hutt Throne Room w/Salacious Crumb
  • Transformers AOE Strafe
  • Transformers Masterpiece Prowl
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Benjamin Hornigold
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Black Bart
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Blackbeard
  • Transformers Generations Rattrap
  • Transformers Masterpiece Sunstorm
  • Xbox One: Transformers: Rise of the Dark SPark
  • Xbox One: Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition
  • Transformers WFC Bumblebee
  • Transformers RTS Wreck-Gar
  • Transformers RTS Lugnut
  • Transformers AOE Slash
  • Transformers FOC Eject & Ramhorn
  • Transformers FOC Ravage & Rumble
  • Jazzware Minecraft Creeper
Aaaand that's everything that arrived. SHF Naruto and Ryugen, Black Series Clone Trooper, and Figma Archer have all shipped.


I decided to play "catch up" hardcore on top of all the new stuff...

Games first: Rise of the Dark Spark is officially my fastest 100% game! :3 Got all Achievements in 5 days, which to me is still fast heh. Grinded like crazy to get them. Now I can actually enjoy Tomb Raider, whenever I get around to it that is.

Got a few more Star Wars books and it pains me to see that "Legends" banner on some... Only finished Crucible so far and that hurt even more. Because even though it got really, really weird at the end there, it still quite literally set up the perfect open-ended jumping on point for, oh I don't freaking know, a movie maybe! *sigh* Still, going to enjoy them while I can. Also fiiiiinally bought A Game of Thrones! I'll get to it once I'm through with Annihilation and Kenobi, and I'm halfway through the former. After that I plan on finally starting the TV series too. Figured it's about time I take a proper look into all of this hype.

Random figures: The McFarlane Assassin's Creed stuff is really cool. These guys are such incredible improvements over the initial figures, which really has me looking forward to the future of the line. As for Jabba... Oh my goodness I could not be more disappointed. :( I quite literally spent almost two weeks glued to a computer screen stalking HasbroToyShop to get a chance at the SDCC version - that was even Hasbro's official stance on it! "We aren't telling you when they go up, just keep watching all the time!" What a load. So yeah, I got him. I still stand by the fact that it's the only Jabba I'd take since the retail comes with absolutely nothing, which really wouldn't make his hollow self worth it, but still. They could have done a lot more with him. At least Salacious B. Crumb is simply flawless and I love him. But I want to do a photo shoot so I'll go into more depth with them later. Eventually. Also, I got a Creeper. :3 Been wanting in on the Jazzwares stuff for a while and finally bit the bullet. Might stop here since I don't want to get obsessed, but it's still a cool little thing to have.

Next, BIONICLE. Finished off my Mistika! And even more exciting, nothing seems to have broken putting them together! :D These were still sealed sets so I had no idea what to expect of them. But I know I'll never, ever be taking them apart if I can help it.

Finally, Transformers... Now here is where I went overboard. I didn't expect to get half of what I did. The Dinobots, yeah, I was looking for. They're cool for the most part. But Jazz, the little guys, and Whirl were all impulse buys. I'm not disappointed by any of them, though. Then there's Bee, Wreck-Gar, and Lugnut... Three figures from a few years ago I never thought I'd have at reasonable prices. But I posted a wanted topic on Tokunation (check it out, make me spend more money ;)) and immediately got a reply from a great guy who hooked me up with them. They're all pretty sweet. Then there's Rattrap, who is a beautiful modern rendition of a childhood favorite and he just fills me with oh-so-much nostalgia and I love it.

Oh, right... The Masterpieces. I bit the bullet on them too finally. Walked into Toys 'R Us, saw a Prowl, and immediately pounced. Have not seen one since even though more Sunstorms came in stocks and continue to sit there. He's fantastic, albeit I definitely agree with the universal opinion that he was VASTLY overpriced for what he is. Sunstorm... Well, the Takara one definitely looked better but this was readily available, and thanks to Prowl I got sucked in. Love the Seeker mold, love yellow, so I'm okay with it heh.

So that's it. I uh... Wow. Did not expect to do this. Told myself I was filling a void and maybe that's right... But at least I don't really regret any of it. Right now. Except maybe Jabba. Curse you, HasbroToyShop, curse you!



Photo Shoot 6 - Collection Apartment Update!

Posted by Ektris , in Reading, Video Games, Collecting Jul 26 2014 · 541 views
Bionicle, Transformers, Gaming and 2 more...
Well, let's get this one out of the way, shall we?!

A lot of is going to be familiar since I did bring the same shelves I had at home after all. But a good number of things did move around.

Let's start with the big picture:
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I'm turning my spare bedroom into a man cave/study, slowly but surely. Right now its main attraction is the toy shelves. I've got a bunch of posters I want to get up eventually too. I also plan on eventually purchasing a desk to put in there, but for now the small second TV and Xbox 360 are just on the floor, opposite the shelves.

Then there's the entryway, which I showed off before. This you see right as you enter the apartment and I decided I primarily wanted all of my games and books there. Everything else just followed suit. The game-based figures just made sense, and the top shelf is just... where everything else I have went. But as I buy more games, that stuff's going to get displaced to the right, so I'm not too certain where it'll end up once that happens.

Lastly, a closer shot of my mantle (because for whatever reason I have a fireplace... in Texas). For now it's where I'll put my Minecraft stuff, as well as larger statues (so my preorder Arno will end up there one day, as well as The End once I get around to ordering it).

A closer look at the shelves...

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Nothing's really changed with anime, except I broke Ace's left wrist. :( You can't see it here and I posed him to try and hide it... But man am I super disappointed by that. Anywho, this is going to be changing soon, though, once Naruto comes in. Figma Kirito is being rereleased too! He's preordered, as well as Figma Saber 2.0 and Archer. Sasuke was just revealed, so I'll be sure to get him once he's released as well... So it's going to definitely grow quite a bit throughout the rest of this year.

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I am really happy to show off my Star Wars collection in full now. :) I've been gathering these book for a great many years... And despite the death sentence to the EU ( :( ), will still be trying to fill the gaps as I can. I still want to go to the bookstore very soon actually. Oh, and I think it's really cool to have all of my Black Series figures in front of them. That's going to be a slow expansion since they keep getting delayed, but some really cool new ones were revealed at SDCC, and the S.H. Figuarts planned will definitely be on my radar for future purchases.

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There's a minor change here compared to the group shot above... But what's here is current as of this posting. I totally want to get more Dinobots though. And other Generations in the future for sure. These shelves and BIONICLE are why I really, really need to get another bookshelf still. I'd probably go for another of the 4 shelf ones like the middle one.

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Ah, toku... There's also a few changes here compared to the wide shot, but will totally be harder to catch. This shelf is my biggest disappointment with the move. I loved the shelf I had at home to display them on (but now actually have a bit too many for that to be possible). And you just can't really see everybody that well. I am considering investing in risers, but I don't know where to look.

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Next, there's the game section. The second shot is actually out-of-date as it's missing the brightly colored cases for the two WiiU games I picked up recently, but just imagine them being there after Brawl. :P

Anywho, I like how it worked out nicely that I had a place to put this all. The bottom shelf there is going to run out of room very quickly, though... Imperialdramon will be here soon and I only hope he fits in-between Omnimon and Gallantmon. But with Luigi and Mega Blaziken also out later this year, as well as who knows what else I decide to get... Things will have to move again. But I'll make it work. Regarldess, I do enjoy how it is now. They look so much better spread out like this than the big cluster I had at home on my dresser.

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Finally, the BIONICLE update. And I managed to condense the number of shelves used! Somehow. Because that top one with the playsets, Jetrax, and tall Titans... That's a mess and only barely worked out. And I still need a lot more space. But I like having all of the little sets spread out more and closer to their relative canister sets. Just looks cooler to me.

So that's all for now! Totally open for questions, criticisms (because oh, I know I could do some of this better), and even picture requests! Just let me know. :)



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