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Photo Shoot 5 - Apartment Tour

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting, Video Games, Personal Jul 19 2014 · 105 views
Apartments, Living, Furniture and 1 more...
Huh, could have sworn I posted these here already... I was going to post another shoot today, but then I noticed I hadn't, so let's do this one first!

For those that don't know, I moved to Austin, TX on June 23rd. I'm now living on my own - truly on my own - for the first time and it's... quite a bit intimidating. But I'm enjoying work for the most part and found a pretty nice place to live. I've moved into a 2 bedroom/1.5 bath apartment in northern Austin that's close to both work and shopping. I'm pretty happy with it so far.

After finally getting most things set up how I want (still haven't hung some posters and frames), I decided to clean up a little and take some pictures. So here it is. :)

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I didn't take pictures of absolutely everything, but here are the interesting parts... that aren't the second bedroom, which will slowly be transformed into a man cave. Stay tuned for more of that in an upcoming shoot. (That one being the one I planned on posting today, which the last picture here is also a teaser of. I just felt like including it here since it's the main entryway.) These were taken about two weeks ago, so are only slightly out-of-date... The only major difference is a WiiU on the TV stand now and the coffee table covered in junk. :lol:

So this is my place. I live here now.

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So umm...

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Jul 02 2014 · 169 views
BIONICLE, leaks
I'm trying to not get excited...

But I think I'm getting excited.

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Watch_Tamashii - June Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games, Collecting Jun 30 2014 · 91 views
Watch Dogs, Mario, Pokemon and 2 more...
This is one heavy Tamashii month!

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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.

Aaaand oh yeah.... An apartment, car, cable, Internet, insurance, and a job! :lol: 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.

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Photo Shoot 4 - Home Collection Tour

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Jun 17 2014 · 128 views
Bionicle, Transformers and 3 more...
I move in just under a week, so before the movers come I finally moved stuff out of the way to get to the last shelf I needed to take a picture of to show off everything I had displayed.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.)
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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.
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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.

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Photo Shoot 3 - Riders

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Jun 10 2014 · 63 views
Kamen Rider, Blade, Orange and 2 more...
More from the backlog first. Here we have Kamen Rider Blade, who is easily one of the best Figuarts Riders to be released.

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And some new stuff:

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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...

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Stick of Dogs - May Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games, Collecting May 30 2014 · 78 views
South Park, Star Wars and 3 more...
Aaaalrighty! Eren came in and I finally bought some more games! Yippee!

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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.

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I also finally bought Stick of Truth! :D 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.

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Photo Shoot 2 - Darth Maul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting May 28 2014 · 118 views
Star Wars, Darth Maul, Sith and 1 more...
Let's get to the old pictures then, shall we? Way back from when I first got him and still cared about Star Wars*, I present Darth Maul!

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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.

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Photo Shoot 1 - Figma

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting May 24 2014 · 110 views
Metroid, Attack on Titan, Samus and 1 more...
I've been packing up for the big move, so of course that means I've felt like taking some pictures before boxing things up. Well, one of those was my new Figma Eren (to be seen again in this month's haul). Only took a few, so here are some old ones of Mikasa and even Samus too!

Eren first:

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I wish they could pull off the salute pose properly, but otherwise the Attack on Titan figures are fantastic.

Mikasa:

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...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.

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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.

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Kongu's Digital Path of Heaven - April Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Apr 30 2014 · 128 views
Digimon, Kamen Rider, Bionicle
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Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

This month's haul satisfies me tremendously.

First, I finally completed the Toa Mahri! :D 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.

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King of Vampire! - March Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Mar 31 2014 · 67 views
Kamen Rider, Kiva, Galaxy, Asus and 1 more...
I love this silly thing.

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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. :P 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.

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Attack on Awesome - February Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Feb 28 2014 · 173 views
Figma, Attack on Titan and 1 more...
I got things. I like them.

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Coooooon! - January Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Jan 31 2014 · 135 views
Conventions, Transformers and 2 more...
Let's seeeee... Bought some stuff this month all right. None of it stuff I expected to haha.
 
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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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Hippest Action Figure of the Day

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Jan 29 2014 · 120 views
Mario, Nintendo, Figuarts
(Hi, I'm still alive.)

Also I'm speechless.

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I NEEEEEED IIIIIIIIIIT.

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Merry Christmas! - The Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games, Collecting Dec 25 2013 · 179 views
Christmas, Holidays, Xbox One and 2 more...
Merry Christmas, all! I hope those of you who celebrate had plenty of fun today. :)

So here's some of the pic-worthy stuff:

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Aaaand a full list:
  • Xbox One. :3
  • Charge & Play Kit
  • $40 in cards for Microsoft (no longer Points now so not sure what to refer to them haha)
    • Bought Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Star Wars books:
    • Mercy Kill
    • The Crystal Star
    • Scoundrels
    • The New Rebellion
  • Darth Vader shirt
  • Turtle Beach X12
  • $195
I'm liking the Xbox One so far, though haven't gotten to use it too much. And the voice commands are way more useful than I expected them to be and am actually enjoying it. Probably going to buy Lego Marvel Super Heroes as my first hard copy game, but for now Halo: Spartan Assault will do. Speaking of! My first Xbox One Achievement! :D (I wish there was a Facebook app already so I could share it there. :/) It is... Skull Combo, in Halo: Spartan Assault! (Complete any mission with the maximum number of Skulls active.) Not totally cool but had to start somewhere heh.

Really glad to finally have Star Wars book to read again too. :)

But most of all I was just really glad to be spending time with my closest family. It's been rough for us and to see those that still care right now... It's really helping. I've also been having a hard time and this relaxation is much appreciated.

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Robits - Early December Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Dec 21 2013 · 84 views
Transformers, Star Wars, R2-D2 and 2 more...
And here's the stuff I got pre-Christmas!

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I'm very, very happy to finally have both Blitzwing and Shockwave. Even if both were impulse buys and nothing's really been holding me back in the past from getting them. The former I actually do rather like but I desperately need to open him up and get in there with an emery board (as well as find an emery board) to fix that dang shoulder issue... Shockwave, while I enjoy as a big Shockwave fan, does actually disappoint me. That vehicle mode is just plain bad and posing in robot mode seems too limited. Still, he's an imposing mono-eyed maniacal genius and I appreciate that.

R2 kinda steals the show though. I got him half off and he's definitely worth it at that price, but so not the original $20 price. Just too dang small, but it's the right size. The only problem I have, and this was probably just with mine, is that the front-most compartment on his dome is nearly impossible to pop off and led to some minor damage of the figure as I tried to do so... So I'll never be doing that again.

There's some other cool stuff I really thought about getting but just held off on for now... Generations Waspinator and Rhinox are hitting shelves now too so I'm looking forward to getting them. At least I hope I"ll be able to.

So... I'll see you guys in a few days!

~|ET|~







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