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It's Gaming Season - October Haul

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting Oct 31 2015 · 77 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 · 152 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 · 176 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 · 170 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 · 175 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.



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