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Total Devastation - August Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Aug 31 2015 · 41 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!



Haul SMASH - July Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Jul 31 2015 · 117 views
Transformers, Figuarts, Nintendo
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  • Nintendo Amiibo Black Pit
  • BIONICLE 7117 Gresh
  • BIONICLE 7135 Takanuva
  • BIONICLE 7136 Skrall
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Blades
  • Transformers Combiner Wars First Aid
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Rook
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Streetwise
  • BIONICLE SDCC Transparent Neon Green Skull Scorpio Mask
  • Nintendo Amiibo Palutena
  • S.H. Figuarts Yoshi
  • S.H. Figuarts Captain America
  • S.H. Figuarts Hulk
  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Marika Peach Energy Arms
Yayyy, I finished the Stars! ...In spite of how not great they are! :P But I don't have to worry about them anymore, so maybe will move on to finishing 2015 now. Especially with the second wave releasing and having acquired that SDCC mask. Which is very pretty and I'm not pleased with how much I spent for it. Which I can't say for...

Ugh, Amiibo. I jumped the gun when it was announced that Dark Pit would be a Best Buy exclusive and bought a Japanese Black Pit that day. Unfortunately I did so after the prices had risen a little bit, thinking they probably wouldn't drop back. I was wrong. So I do definitely really regret what I spent. On the brighter side, I got a Palutena from Amazon despite her exclusivity! She was pretty easy to get even though I didn't think she would be at all. So not bad there. And she looks great.

I also finished Defensor. Since two of these are just remolds and one just a repaint, they Protectobot limbs aren't that exciting.. Except Rook. Rook is all sorts of awesome. Even if he gets swapped out for a Groove should Hasbro release him, I won't be mad I have him.

Then there's the Figuarts. Oh Bandai and Bluefin... Yoshi's domestic release finally, finally happened. And Bluefin, in my opinion, really did something I don't like with it. A lot of the Japanese retailers gave out a 1-Up Mushroom and effect parts with Yoshi. Bluefin decided to give those away at SDCC instead. Maybe they didn't have enough so they thought it was the best way to handle it, but I do wish I had gotten one or that they would have at least communicated to us that we wouldn't. Because two months of silence on Yoshi until he magically shipped was more than enough time for the info of the mushroom's existence to spread and thus expect to receive one as well. :/ Anywho... Next wave of Marvel stuff hit as well. Cap impressed me a lot solely just for being able to put his shield on his back, unlike the Figma. Love his look. And Hulk is magnificent! He's so hefty and wonderfully poseable. Finally Marika is the next step in finishing Gaim. Finally Gaim's only female Rider is here, with some much needed color diversity.



Umm. Lot of Stuff. Interesting Title. Woah. - June Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Jun 30 2015 · 129 views
Transformers, Nintendo, Figuarts and 1 more...
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  • Transformers Combiner Wars Hot Spot
  • Nintendo Amiibo Jigglypuff
  • Nintendo Amiibo Ness
  • Nintendo Amiibo Greninja
  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Raia
  • S.H. Figuarts Mashin Chaser (w/first run bonus Midnight Shadow tire)
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Groove
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus
  • S.H. Figuarts Shinkocchou Seihou Kamen Rider Kuuga
  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Ryugen Yomi Yomotsuheguri Arms
  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Mach (w/first run bonus Funky Spike tire)
  • Figma Solid Snake MGS2 ver.
Meh. I don't really feel like talking much. And last month I had wanted to rant so much about the Drive SHFs and their first run bonuses... I even got two in this month when I only expected one to reinforce the point! So let's get started anyways. But basically, all accessories that Drive could have are coming as first run bonuses or packaged in with other figures and he got none himself. Even the bikes have the effect parts to go with the tires I got this month. So to complete the Midnight Shadow look, I also need to get Mashin Chaser's bike. Same with Funky Spike and Mach. It's annoying and I really, really don't like that Bandai did it that way (especially if you didn't get preorders, because now you have to rely on secondhand sellers and there is no guarantee whatsoever you'll get these accessories with them), but not much you can really do so meh...

Raia's nice. First Ryuki Figuart because Amazon had a random sale on some for around $7. It was cool. Snake's also nice. Not sure why I got him besides "he was in Smash once!"... Actually, no, that's it. So I don't really have any attachment to him. He at least looks pretty great. Same with Kuuga, but I at least started his show and like the alternate one in Decade heh. Ryugen brings me one step closer to finishing the Gaim cast (and I have three more preordered and one older release I still really want... plus want them to release Lord Baron). Despite not caring for its use in the show, the Yomi suit is pretty cool with its tattered loincloth and the Overlord weapons it comes with are awesome.

Oh yeah, stragglers from Smash Amiibo wave 4 came in. Actually forgot about them really before I went back through the list haha.

Hot Spot is one great Voyager, even ignoring that it's part of a combiner. Just a great figure. Not actually that mad I'll be getting the mold again as Onslaught because it's just really good. Groove I got because I don't expect to get the Deluxe Groove TakaraTomy made released stateside by Hasbro, but even if it does I like what it adds to Defensor's chest so will probably use two of him. And Ultra Magnus... Oh Ultra Magnus. I really want to love you, but you can't hold your weapons at all, as a hammer or split as guns. It's very annoying. Yet you look fantastic in both modes and you come with a Minimus Ambus! So I'll say even just the latter far outweighs any cons and yeah I totally love ya.

Still no BIONICLE... just been lazy getting the '15 sets. I was so excited for the Toa and got the Protectors I really wanted and haven't gotten any more for no reason. Skull sets might fix that desire maybe? I had also been working on a deal to get the rest of the Stars, but that stalled for now.



Tamashiibo - May Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting May 31 2015 · 51 views
Star Wars, Transformers, Nintendo and 2 more...
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  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Drive Type Speed w/first run bonus Max Flare tire
  • S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark 43
  • S.H. Figuarts Stormtrooper
  • S.H. Figuarts Darth Vader w/first run bonus Episode VI display stand
  • Star Wars Black Series Bossk
  • Nintendo Amiibo Captain Falcon
  • Nintendo Amiibo Villager
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Brake-neck
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Quickslinger
  • Nintendo Amiibo Pit
  • Nintendo Amiibo Charizard
  • Nintendo Amiibo Wario
  • Nintendo Amiibo Pac-Man
  • Nintendo Amiibo Robin
  • Nintendo Amiibo Lucina
  • S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Gridon Donguri Arms
Tamashii items that were late last month arrived literally the first day of this month haha. And they were all I got until literally the last day, when a Gridon from Mandarake showed up this afternoon. Which I'm glad to finally have. Just need to get lucky with a Kurokage at a decent price and I'll be caught up with what I want from Gaim, with still plenty more releasing in the future though. But Drive's already started showing up too, and he's... okay. Incredibly barebones package because literally anything he could have as an accessory is being thrown in with other stuff, but we'll save that rant for next month when it becomes relevant to who'll be showing up then. Also, finally have an Iron Man armor SHF. I really should've gotten in on these sooner because it looks so great. Just wish stands came standard with all of them, because there's so much I'd like to do that requires one.

Bossk is one of few recent Black Series releases I've actually wanted and he's a pretty fun addition. Just had too much fun playing with him talking thanks to his moveable jaw lol. The SHF Stormtrooper is precisely what I expected and in my opinion is better than the Black Series offering, which I have some comparison pics of I should have posted here too. Oops. He presents something interesting for SHFs, alongside Drive, with redesigned boxes. They're making smaller ones for figures that have few accessories and I really, really appreciate that space-wise. Finally, the big man himself - Darth Vader. This figure is phenomenal. There isn't a single thing I don't like about him. So glad I held out for him instead of springing for the BS one. He's just perfect.

The real big guy is that stand he's on, though. Dear lord that stand. Pictures did not convey how big it would be, nor how simply ginormous the box would be for it. Too bad I don't have anywhere to display it..

Congratulations, Hasbro! You found a way to make me buy repaints! >_< Combiners, ugh... I still like Alpha Bravo and Offroad, but it just felt so good completing the "proper" teams I couldn't resist.

Made a huge dent in Amiibo this month. So huge, in fact, that I've completed waves 1 through 4 of Smash Amiibo! :D Only 5/8 of wave 4 made it in before today, but the three exclusives are on their way (Greninja from overseas though so he'll be taking a while). All of them are pretty darn good looking. I'm especially glad to finally have a Villager because I do enjoy playing him in Smash; shame there's noticeable missing paint on his bangs.



Beautiful Nostalgia - April Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Apr 30 2015 · 175 views
Bionicle, Digimon, Transformers and 1 more...
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  • Transformers Combiner Wars Air Raid
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Breakdown
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Dead End
  • Transformers Combiner Wars Offroad
  • Star Wars Black Series Chewbacca
  • 8549 Tarakava
  • 8584 Hewkii
  • 8548 Nui-Jaga
  • Black Akaku
  • Black Hau
  • Blue Akaku
  • Brown Miru
  • Brown Pakari
  • Green Kakama
  • Green Pakari
  • Red Akaku
  • White Hau
  • Blue Krana Vu
  • Orange Krana Vu
  • Orange Krana Yo
  • S.H. Figuarts Alphamon
The last of my HTS preorders came in, so I'm done with Transformers for a little bit. Is what I would say if wave 3 weren't already popping up somehow. I don't expect them to hit the US for at least another month though, so no big deal there. But hey, I have completed Superion and Menasor! Those two are awesome. Hasbro has seriously hit it out of the park strong with Combiner Wars. Maybe I'll take some pictures of them separately.

RAHI! MASKS! What is this, 2001?! Oh man, building the Rahi was an absolute blast! This wasn't my first experience with the Nui-Jaga; I had a friend with them as a kid. But it was with the Tarakava. I also took the time to build the Kahu and Tarakava-Nui just for fun. The strangeness of the latter truly cannot be appreciated until you make it yourself. The Tarakava themselves are just weird lol. It was just fun. To top it off, Hewkii completes 2003, and I added a load of masks to the collection. One day...

In our random bits category, Alphamon has arrived finally, plus I got my hands on a Chewbacca from HTS at long, long last. Chewbacca's a solid release for the Black Series. So much of the latest waves have just not interested me, so I've come to realize I'm not actually too upset that stores have legitimately just stopped putting out new stock of them. But Chewie I needed, for sure. And Alphamon is a real beauty. I'd probably still rate Imperialdramon above him, but in terms of the Digimon releases he is easily one of the best.

Missing is this month's AmiAmi order (complete with awesome SHF Star Wars!) due to shenanigans. While the order was originally meant to include two Figmas, those got delayed until June. And I'm actually quite thankful for that because the order was incredibly expensive with them. As it is, it still was, because the first run bonus with Vader is huge and brought shipping up to around $35-$40... You'll see. But that's still in transit because AmiAmi didn't update anyone's orders like usual and I had to reach out to them to ask for it to be done, because the delayed items held up the rest from shipping even though they were in stock. Still took them more time to ship out then it should have even after they fixed my orders.. So they're in transit now, but should have arrived already if not for the aforementioned shenanigans and unintentional delays in shipping.



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