We've already seen Gaim and Baron here. Plus first run bonuses! I really, really need to get myself a Zangetsu now since I missed the preorders and I already secured a Ryugen... just to have them all on that sweet stage (the symbols represent those four characters). But I really can't stress enough how pretty they are.
Lucario's cool and is pretty much exactly what I expected. As in, he can't stand all that well but you can do whatever you want with a stand involved. And Mario... I got both diorama sets too, being represented here by the Goombas. Not sure I can really recommend them, but I haven't done much yet. Mario himself is totally worth it though. A slightly better range of movement in his neck would have made him flawless.
I also got my first on-disk game for the Xbox One, and it is none other than Watch_Dogs. I've already played the heck out of it (just one Achievement left too - the drinking game one). It did indeed not live up to the hype, but I still found it quite enjoyable once things got going. Some of the side missions, like Criminal Convoys, never ceased be annoying though...
Aaaand oh yeah.... An apartment, car, cable, Internet, insurance, and a job! It has been one super crazy month. I'm maybe a quarter of the way through putting things back on shelves here (can't believe I moved my entire collection still...), but it's getting there. Pretty much do need a new shelf to get things how I really want them though.
Let's get started, shall we?
First up is Star Wars! My collection is still pretty small but continues to grow (and with S.H. Figuarts Star Wars now announced, I'm sure it won't stop). These guys actually don't have a dedicated space yet, but once I move in to my apartment I plan to line them up in front of all my Star Wars books.
And now, anime! My how this shelf has grown! I'm pretty pleased with what I have here, but I'm not sure how I want to expand it. I'm still looking for Kirito at a good price (HAH!), Naruto and Saber 2.0 are on preorder, but I'm not sure what else I want to dip my hand into. A Silver Crow? Lelouch?? More Fate/Zero/Stay Night?? Who knows.
Now, my game stuff. Still haven't gotten those Assassin's Creed guys I've been saying I would (which I'm actually angry about after seeing the Blackbeard three-pack in stores, but of course couldn't do anything without family yelling at me), nor D-Arts MegaMan... But hey, I still like everything. This picture does, however, predate me acquiring Lucario.
Next up, half of my Transformers collection! All of my older stuff (sans RID Megatron because why not?) will be staying in storage at my parent's house, but I hope to one day have the space and shelving to put them all out. Thanks to those childhood toys, this is actually the oldest collection I started.
My latest and biggest interest, though, is definitely the Toku shelf. This one is also a little out of date, seeing as I already have Kamen Riders Gaim and Baron, but who knows where I'd find room anyways? (It also just hit me that these, combined with the game shelf, will have nowhere to go in the apartment and I need to go buy a new bookshelf... Oops. At least they have nice boxes to stay in until then heh.)
And my proudest assortment... BIONICLE! While not my oldest collection, these guys are undeniably what made me go from just buying toys to wanting to really collect. And I'm still at it. There's some small holes circa 2001, 2003, and 2008 I have yet to fill (small as in number of sets, the sets themselves are of course mostly the larger ones), as well as pretty much all of 2009 and 2010... But I think I'll get there eventually. The extra disposable income I'll be seeing soon should help.
I'll definitely be doing some update shots in the new place, but with the realization above, I'm not toooo sure when that'll be heh. But it will happen, as well as some general shots of my apartment to show off some cool things not on the shelves.
And some new stuff:
The first of the fruit Riders have arrived! These guys simply look phenomenal and I love them. I only have Ryugen preordered so am kicking myself for not getting in on some of the exclusives already... [But that was mostly because I didn't have an address to ship them to and didn't want to be annoying with a middleman trying to change that.] There's so many of them and if they're all as great as the first two, I'll have to track them down eventually.
Didn't really get good shots for either Gaim or Baron for the second pic of their respective sets, but hadn't noticed until I packed them away. Oh well. Still haven't decide how I want to eventually leave them posed once I get set up properly in my apartment in a few weeks either. Hmm...
Also Stormtrooper. Yay! Amazon finally, finally came through and I managed to snag one during the literal minutes they are in stock for. Some of the articulation on the trooper is disappointing, but even so he can do what poses I want.
Eren oh Eren... I already showed him off and said some words about him, but yeah... He's a solid figure and I'm glad to have him.
I also finally bought Stick of Truth! It's so hilarious and I've had so much fun playing it.
Watch_Dogs is my first on-disk game for my Xbox One. I had completely forgotten that the cases were shrunk lol. I'm generally okay with it, but of course that size jump isn't going to look all that great on the shelf. Unfortunately I haven't been able to play for more than an hour due to flying down to Austin for a week the day after it came out [so I'm still here in my hotel writing this heh]. I had been enjoying what little I did, though.
He's still one of the best in the Black Series line.
*Seriously, killing the EU and implying everyone who spent time and money investing in it completely wasted their time has really, really soured me on the new movie and the franchise's new owners in general.
I wish they could pull off the salute pose properly, but otherwise the Attack on Titan figures are fantastic.
...However, I'm glad I really only wanted Mikasa and Eren [although if he weren't a convention exclusive I might have even gone after Armin] because they're all the same. Right now there's only four, with Levi being released in the coming months, but that identical body and features would get boring fast.
And hey, some old Samus pictures too because why not? She's just awesome.
So that's it for now. Just thought it would be something fun to do and wanted to take some pictures. I'll be doing some other lines too as I pack up or finally get to uploading stuff from my backlog.
Oh boy oh boy oh boy!
This month's haul satisfies me tremendously.
First, I finally completed the Toa Mahri! Kongu has long been a gaping hole in my collection that I passed on so many times for really no reason. The Mahri were still overall pretty weak as sets, but Kongu's Zatth was always cool, so at least he has something going for him.
And then Omegamon... Omegamon, the most expensive D-Arts figure in the aftermarket bar none, at last reissued - the last D-Arts that's going to be released too under since it's been absorbed into Figuarts and Lucario releases next month under that label. Omegamon was one of the figures that made me want into this whole Japanese collecting scene since it just looked so darn cool and struck the right nostalgia chords. And it really does not disappoint. Despite being released early in the line, I think he's leagues better than any of the other Digimon (although as a quadruped, Metalgarurumon isn't exactly comparable and is still perfect). And all that chrome is beautiful.
Finally we have the figure that arrived in the middle of the other two, S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kabuto... renewal version! I've had plenty of opportunities at the original Kabuto but passed for no real reason, and when this thing was announced I knew I had to have it. It's absolutely perfect. Seriously, you guys need to look up the sculpting process Bandai went through to redesign this new base body used for the new Kabuto (since I can't seem to find the blog post on it right now...). They started completely from scratch in mimicking the proportions of the human body and it worked to perfection. And there's a lot of cool pictures of it all too. He's going to make my Hyper Kabuto look pretty bad when I finally get them on a shelf next to each other haha.
So I continue to have absolutely zero luck in regards to Transformers (and to an extent Star Wars as well, since I want a Black Series Stormtrooper like no other...). Hasbro must just hate me haha. So much cool stuff is coming out and I've just not gotten any of it. :/ Although I managed to snag a Rhinox for retail off of Amazon that should be getting here in the next few days. Hopefully it doesn't suffer from loose knees too badly heh.
I have been holding onto one thing though...
In March I received and accepted my first job offer - as a software developer for IBM in Austin, Texas!
I'm super excited to have such an opportunity given to me. Finally all of my work paid off... Even if I still haven't received anything else and I do feel somewhat pushed into a corner when it comes to my options...
Well this weekend I finally went down to visit the office and drive around the area. Oh boy...
I think I like the office. I know I like the premise of the product I'll be working on. My team all seems really nice. But they seem to be expecting a whole lot out of me and as a first job I don't know what to expect and it's making me incredibly nervous.
As for Austin itself... Wow it's hot here. And not even summer. Ugh. That'll take some getting used to. Also, the traffic is absolutely horrendous. And toll roads just to get anywhere?! Not cool. Worst of all and most importantly, I just do not have any idea where to live or what to shoot for. I think I'd want at least a 2 bedroom apartment just for the space but know nothing of neighborhoods or anything...
I don't have a car, furniture, or even know if my girlfriend will go down with me yet (I've not even graduated college to even look at these things!)... Yet half a dozen agents - and counting - that IBM has contracted for my move have contacted me for al of these details and more. It's stressing me out so much.
More than anything the distance is driving me crazy. I'll be so far removed from all that I know and love and it scares me. It scares me tremendously. I'll be moving into unknown territory in all ways. I still can't convince myself wholly that this is where I should be. But if I change my mind now... I have no other option. I killed myself with stress for just getting a job offer and don't want to go back to that... Not that this is much better right now. I'm scared, plain and simple, but I can't bring myself to just accept having nothing by saying no.
So I've got a lot to think about lately. A lot to think about that makes being a horrendously indecisive person a very bad thing.
(I didn't go stalk RoosterTeeth by the way... there'll be time for that. )
Took another tiny dip into Rider roleplay (and want to keep getting Kiva stuff now, ha) and it's pretty cool.
But kept myself limited to that this month, especially after... I somehow busted my old laptop (which was barely a year and ahalf old) and had to get a new one...
As well as finally, finally upgrading my phone. Which I took this picture with, so can't exactly show. But it's a Galaxy S4 Mini. I'm still getting used to have only a virtual keyboard (gosh am I not good at using those), but other than that I'm loving it.
I got the Figma Asuna first from a guy over on TFW2005. He was really awesome about it and I'm so happy to have her. Now if only I could hunt down a Kirito at a reasonable price...
Up next came the Thundertron and Blade vinyl. Thundertron's a Transformer I've been after for a while and he's pretty darn cool. But as always I had no luck with the most recent releases lol. And the vinyl is a prize I won on Tokunation, which actually delayed getting Thundertron, as he pulled prizes the day he was going to ship my stuff and had to go back and repackage heh... I've never really cared much for vinyls, but this Blade is preeeetty. I did open him up but can't decide if I'll leave him out of packaging.
And finally... Setsucon was last week - Penn State Anime Organization's convention. It was a big mess of disappointment... For starters, they cancelled the tokusatsu panel at the last minute and I still haven't gotten an explanation out of my friend high up in operations. I was looking forward to that a whole lot. And then... Richard Epcar, voice of Ansem and Xehanort in the Kingdom Hearts series and the only guest I was really interested in, couldn't make it. So that was more panels I didn't attend. In fact, I didn't attend any in the end. Just shopped and hung out in the gaming room. But what I did buy... well, I never expected to and did set me back a bit heh. First was Figuarts Zeronos, which I got at a decent and not convention-hiked price after talking to the guy for a while. Probably also because I bought the Complete Selection W Driver off of him... I have entered another new, dangerous rabbit hole that is role play toys. I really don't think I'll get more (but the OOO Driver... tempting). But this thing has always looked cool to me and when I saw it in person I just couldn't wait.
So yeah, that's everything. No Haytham or D-Arts Megaman like I set myself out to get at the beginning of the month... mostly because their prices went back up, of course. But they're still on my radar, as are a great many things.
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