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Coming Soon: My Year in Gaming

Posted by Ektris , in Video Games Dec 01 2015 · 127 views

With no new Pokemon game this year (that I picked up), my blog was rather lacking in any gaming action. Sure, I picked up a good number, but I never really talked about them. All year long I kept wanting to write out more of my thoughts on various titles yet never got around to it.

Luckily I kept a spreadsheet of all the games I played and beat this year to pick from! Because I'm a nerd like that. Just first need to double check that I didn't end up making entries for some that I forgot about haha.

So we'll have a few Halos and Assassin's Creeds of course, but also really got into episodic games this year and dipped into a few things via Games with Gold I might not have otherwise considered. One in particular I keep thinking about whenever I want to write about a game. Plus it'll get me active here again, so that'll be cool. I plan to write the first entry some time this week.

Until then-



Nintendomination - November Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Nov 30 2015 · 185 views
Nintendo, Amiibo, Pokemon
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  • Nintendo Amiibo Mii Gunner
  • Nintendo Amiibo Mii Brawler
  • Nintendo Amiibo Mii Swordfighter
  • Nintendo Amiibo Mewtwo
  • Nintendo Amiibo Falco
  • Nendoroid N (with Reshiram)
One year later and the Smash Amiibo roster is complete! ...Before post-release announced DLC. Very satisfied to have them all together, even if the journey is not quite done yet. The Miis are admittedly the weakest of the entire line in my opinion, but that's not really unexpected since there's not much to them. The imposing pose for Mewtwo and detail on Falco are both top notch though.

N and Reshiram came in as a surprise release this month (10 days before the Japanese release even). N's cool. Love his character, so I had to get him. That Reshiram really steals the show just like Garchomp before it. It was a bit of a pain to put together because the pegs on the legs are actually bigger than the holes in the body. But he looks so great.



It's Gaming Season - October Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Oct 31 2015 · 140 views
Assassins Creed, Figuarts, Halo and 2 more...
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  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Syndicate Hidden Blade
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Shay Cormac
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate Collector's Edition
  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Sigurd Cherry Energy Arms
  • S.H. Figuarts War Machine Mark 2
  • S.H. Figuarts Super Mario Playset D
  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kiva-la
  • Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition
Remember that thing I mentioned last month about maybe finding a better way to take pictures of my hauls? Turns out none of that matters because of a leaky water bottle that ruined my old phone. Replaced it with an S5 because sim card and removable battery. I still don't like how big it is (small hands...) but otherwise fine with it.

Picked up Shay for completionist's sake and because I do like the character, but man McFarlane figures just aren't great. Plus this one has some really shoddy paint work on his head, but I don't care enough to replace him. Meh.

Syndicate came in next and I've been loving it. So very few glitches and I'm about halfway done with the game. Just a lot of fun zipping around all over the place. Haven't cared much for the story, which is a shame. And while the developers didn't lie about there being more for the modern day compared to Unity, it's still so terribly disappointing and lacking. Also, cool statue and map yay!

Figuarts all came in today, so no major thoughts on them yet. Play set is... the weakest of course but the number of different enemies is still cool. Kiva-la is pretty and I love how they designed her hip and shoulder armor to accommodate the articulation. War Machine is super solid and have no complaints. Sigurd was a suit design I always liked (shame the character didn't last long) so I'm actually really happy to have him, more so than the last couple Gaim releases.

And then Halo came in today also. Played some matchmaking with a few friends right away and it's a blast. Not looking forward to building that Guardian metal model, though. I can see myself screwing it up a lot ugh..



Have you felt it? - September Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Sep 30 2015 · 232 views
Star Wars, Nintendo, Bionicle and 1 more...
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  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Agito Ground Form (Shinkocchou Seihou Version)
  • S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark 45
  • S.H. Figuarts Luke Skywalker (Episode VI)
  • Figma Lucina
  • BIONICLE Protector of Fire
  • BIONICLE Skull Basher
  • Star Wars: Tarkin
  • Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves
  • Star Wars: Razor's Edge
  • Nintendo Amiibo Bowser Jr.
  • Nintendo Amiibo Zero Suit Samus
  • Nintendo Amiibo Ganondorf
  • Nintendo Amiibo Olimar
  • Nintendo Amiibo Dr. Mario
  • LEGO Ideas The Big Bang Theory
  • Nintendo Amiibo Duck Hunt
  • Nintendo Amiibo Mr. Game & Watch
  • Nintendo Amiibo R.O.B. (NES)
  • S.H. Figuarts Thor
  • S.H. Figuarts Darth Maul
Tried something new with the big group shot this month. Think it came out a lot better.

The last big Smash Amiibo drop has come and gone. (And the last big one I'll likely be into at all assuming they don't do non-card Pokémon... Nintendo, please don't do non-card Pokémon!) A bit of a frustrating one since I was worried about missing so many pre-orders, but I got everything in the end without much fuss. And the only one I didn't get at MSRP was Bowser Jr. because I didn't feel like trying to go to Toys R Us first thing in the morning. Overall I think this was a really solid wave. Cool stuff like R.O.B. and beautifully detailed ones like Ganondorf made it great.

Force Friday was a big highlight this month for many, but for me it was a rather mellow day. I was all set and ready to go out hunting for new Black Series figures and hoping I found something without participating in the initial morning rush, but then the day before Bandai revealed they were doing a Figuart of Kylo Ren available for pre-order that very night, so I no longer wanted anything form Hasbro haha. I did go and get some books just to see displays, but that was about it. I'm still fleshing out my Legends content, now with the last written books for it, but have also ventured into new canon. I kind of like that they paperbacks aren't in trade paperback size. It helps distinguish the divide on the shelf heh. Don't know when I'll get around to reading any of these though, I've been so bad at reading...

Luke and Iron Man are two amazing Figuarts. I'm so glad I never bothered with the Hasbro Episode VI Luke because this one is perfect. Maul and Thor I only just opened moments before taking this picture, so haven't done anything at all with them, but they don't seem too bad. Except Thor's face, ugh. Lucina's nice to finally have, buuut... I don't know. I like her, but something just feels weird when I'm handling her.

Fiiiinally back on the BIONICLE train. Still holding out hoping that the gold Skull Grinder mask pack makes its way stateside similarly to the transparent orange Mask of Fire, so I have something to order and get it from. But we've not heard a single thing about it, which is disheartening. Anywho, Skull Basher is a really cool set.

Not pictured is the Ideas The Big Bang Theory set, half because it's on my mantle and I didn't feel like taking it down and half because it's technically my fiancée's. :P I got it for her as a birthday present and we built it during the season premiere, coincidentally the same day (thank goodness because that was a horrible episode, gave me something to get distracted with). I say "we" but it was mostly her. And she had a lot of fun! Which in turn made me really happy to see and be able to share my hobby. :)



Total Devastation - August Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Aug 31 2015 · 226 views
Transformers, Star Wars, Pokemon and 1 more...
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  • Transformers Combiner Wars Devastator
  • S.H. Figuarts 1-Up Mushroom
  • Star Wars Black Series First Order Stormtrooper
  • Nendoroid Cynthia w/Garchomp
Sort of a light month, with some heavy hitters (mostly because of RTX, kept myself from going out and buying new BIONICLE again... Which reminds me, I never posted an entry with my pictures. Mostly because it seemed they weren't getting much attention...)

First of all, I bought a 1-Up Mushroom. I hate that I had to, but it was probably the best deal I'll get on one, so whatever. Really do love the amount of accessories we have in the Super Mario sub-line. Really spices up the display.

The Force Awakens is probably really going to hook me back into the Black Series line. The Stormtrooper's pretty nice, albeit does have some articulation issues. Really want that Kylo Ren, so you bet I'll be going out on Force Friday this week to try for one. Not going to a midnight release, though. I'm not that crazy. :P This trooper in particular is the SDCC one, and wow do I absolutely hate that part of it. For what was supposed to be the even-more-collector-oriented-than-the-already-collector-line-it's-from figure, Hasbro did an absolutely HORRIBLE job at the packaging. For starters, the figure is exposed in an open box. Only a very loose slip cover protects it. It wasn't inside of anything, really. Plus to remove it you have to cut those ties you see on clothing tags. No way he's going back into there now... It's just bad. The artbook was nice at least.

Cynthia has laid to rest any lingering fear I had about not getting domestic releases of the Pokémon Nendoroids, seeing as they're exclusive in Japan and can't be ordered without middlemen. I wasn't all into her, but she's still nice. Garchomp is totally where it's at for me. He is huge and I love it. Pretty decent articulation on him as well. Bring on N!



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