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I Don't Have a Problem... - August Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Reading, Video Games, Collecting Aug 30 2014 · 151 views
Transformers, BIONICLE, Star Wars and 1 more...
May have gone a little overboard this month...

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Since the first picture is just not good (seriously I cannot find a good place to take pictures in this apartment. :( Windows are huge and everywhere...), here's a breakdown of everything in relative arrival order:
  • Transformers Generations Whirl
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation
  • Star Wars: Kenobi
  • Star Wars: Crucible
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones
  • Transformers AOE Grimlock
  • Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods Goku cardboard hair thingy (Not pictured but totally worth mentioning since they gave them out at the Alamo Dratfhouse during the first airing of Battles of Gods... As if seeing that wasn't bad enough, you now had half the theatre with Goku hair. :lol:)
  • Transformers FOC Jazz
  • BIONICLE Mistika Gali Nuva
  • BIONICLE Mistika Onua Nuva
  • BIONICLE Mistika Gorast
  • BIONICLE Mistika Krika
  • SDCC Star Wars Black Series Jabba the Hutt Throne Room w/Salacious Crumb
  • Transformers AOE Strafe
  • Transformers Masterpiece Prowl
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Benjamin Hornigold
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Black Bart
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Blackbeard
  • Transformers Generations Rattrap
  • Transformers Masterpiece Sunstorm
  • Xbox One: Transformers: Rise of the Dark SPark
  • Xbox One: Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition
  • Transformers WFC Bumblebee
  • Transformers RTS Wreck-Gar
  • Transformers RTS Lugnut
  • Transformers AOE Slash
  • Transformers FOC Eject & Ramhorn
  • Transformers FOC Ravage & Rumble
  • Jazzware Minecraft Creeper
Aaaand that's everything that arrived. SHF Naruto and Ryugen, Black Series Clone Trooper, and Figma Archer have all shipped.

Yeahhhh...

I decided to play "catch up" hardcore on top of all the new stuff...

Games first: Rise of the Dark Spark is officially my fastest 100% game! :3 Got all Achievements in 5 days, which to me is still fast heh. Grinded like crazy to get them. Now I can actually enjoy Tomb Raider, whenever I get around to it that is.

Got a few more Star Wars books and it pains me to see that "Legends" banner on some... Only finished Crucible so far and that hurt even more. Because even though it got really, really weird at the end there, it still quite literally set up the perfect open-ended jumping on point for, oh I don't freaking know, a movie maybe! *sigh* Still, going to enjoy them while I can. Also fiiiiinally bought A Game of Thrones! I'll get to it once I'm through with Annihilation and Kenobi, and I'm halfway through the former. After that I plan on finally starting the TV series too. Figured it's about time I take a proper look into all of this hype.

Random figures: The McFarlane Assassin's Creed stuff is really cool. These guys are such incredible improvements over the initial figures, which really has me looking forward to the future of the line. As for Jabba... Oh my goodness I could not be more disappointed. :( I quite literally spent almost two weeks glued to a computer screen stalking HasbroToyShop to get a chance at the SDCC version - that was even Hasbro's official stance on it! "We aren't telling you when they go up, just keep watching all the time!" What a load. So yeah, I got him. I still stand by the fact that it's the only Jabba I'd take since the retail comes with absolutely nothing, which really wouldn't make his hollow self worth it, but still. They could have done a lot more with him. At least Salacious B. Crumb is simply flawless and I love him. But I want to do a photo shoot so I'll go into more depth with them later. Eventually. Also, I got a Creeper. :3 Been wanting in on the Jazzwares stuff for a while and finally bit the bullet. Might stop here since I don't want to get obsessed, but it's still a cool little thing to have.

Next, BIONICLE. Finished off my Mistika! And even more exciting, nothing seems to have broken putting them together! :D These were still sealed sets so I had no idea what to expect of them. But I know I'll never, ever be taking them apart if I can help it.

Finally, Transformers... Now here is where I went overboard. I didn't expect to get half of what I did. The Dinobots, yeah, I was looking for. They're cool for the most part. But Jazz, the little guys, and Whirl were all impulse buys. I'm not disappointed by any of them, though. Then there's Bee, Wreck-Gar, and Lugnut... Three figures from a few years ago I never thought I'd have at reasonable prices. But I posted a wanted topic on Tokunation (check it out, make me spend more money ;)) and immediately got a reply from a great guy who hooked me up with them. They're all pretty sweet. Then there's Rattrap, who is a beautiful modern rendition of a childhood favorite and he just fills me with oh-so-much nostalgia and I love it.

Oh, right... The Masterpieces. I bit the bullet on them too finally. Walked into Toys 'R Us, saw a Prowl, and immediately pounced. Have not seen one since even though more Sunstorms came in stocks and continue to sit there. He's fantastic, albeit I definitely agree with the universal opinion that he was VASTLY overpriced for what he is. Sunstorm... Well, the Takara one definitely looked better but this was readily available, and thanks to Prowl I got sucked in. Love the Seeker mold, love yellow, so I'm okay with it heh.

So that's it. I uh... Wow. Did not expect to do this. Told myself I was filling a void and maybe that's right... But at least I don't really regret any of it. Right now. Except maybe Jabba. Curse you, HasbroToyShop, curse you!

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Photo Shoot 6 - Collection Apartment Update!

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Reading, Video Games, Collecting Jul 26 2014 · 91 views
Bionicle, Transformers, Gaming and 2 more...
Well, let's get this one out of the way, shall we?!

A lot of is going to be familiar since I did bring the same shelves I had at home after all. But a good number of things did move around.

Let's start with the big picture:
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I'm turning my spare bedroom into a man cave/study, slowly but surely. Right now its main attraction is the toy shelves. I've got a bunch of posters I want to get up eventually too. I also plan on eventually purchasing a desk to put in there, but for now the small second TV and Xbox 360 are just on the floor, opposite the shelves.

Then there's the entryway, which I showed off before. This you see right as you enter the apartment and I decided I primarily wanted all of my games and books there. Everything else just followed suit. The game-based figures just made sense, and the top shelf is just... where everything else I have went. But as I buy more games, that stuff's going to get displaced to the right, so I'm not too certain where it'll end up once that happens.

Lastly, a closer shot of my mantle (because for whatever reason I have a fireplace... in Texas). For now it's where I'll put my Minecraft stuff, as well as larger statues (so my preorder Arno will end up there one day, as well as The End once I get around to ordering it).

A closer look at the shelves...

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Nothing's really changed with anime, except I broke Ace's left wrist. :( You can't see it here and I posed him to try and hide it... But man am I super disappointed by that. Anywho, this is going to be changing soon, though, once Naruto comes in. Figma Kirito is being rereleased too! He's preordered, as well as Figma Saber 2.0 and Archer. Sasuke was just revealed, so I'll be sure to get him once he's released as well... So it's going to definitely grow quite a bit throughout the rest of this year.

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I am really happy to show off my Star Wars collection in full now. :) I've been gathering these book for a great many years... And despite the death sentence to the EU ( :( ), will still be trying to fill the gaps as I can. I still want to go to the bookstore very soon actually. Oh, and I think it's really cool to have all of my Black Series figures in front of them. That's going to be a slow expansion since they keep getting delayed, but some really cool new ones were revealed at SDCC, and the S.H. Figuarts planned will definitely be on my radar for future purchases.

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There's a minor change here compared to the group shot above... But what's here is current as of this posting. I totally want to get more Dinobots though. And other Generations in the future for sure. These shelves and BIONICLE are why I really, really need to get another bookshelf still. I'd probably go for another of the 4 shelf ones like the middle one.

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Ah, toku... There's also a few changes here compared to the wide shot, but will totally be harder to catch. This shelf is my biggest disappointment with the move. I loved the shelf I had at home to display them on (but now actually have a bit too many for that to be possible). And you just can't really see everybody that well. I am considering investing in risers, but I don't know where to look.

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Next, there's the game section. The second shot is actually out-of-date as it's missing the brightly colored cases for the two WiiU games I picked up recently, but just imagine them being there after Brawl. :P

Anywho, I like how it worked out nicely that I had a place to put this all. The bottom shelf there is going to run out of room very quickly, though... Imperialdramon will be here soon and I only hope he fits in-between Omnimon and Gallantmon. But with Luigi and Mega Blaziken also out later this year, as well as who knows what else I decide to get... Things will have to move again. But I'll make it work. Regarldess, I do enjoy how it is now. They look so much better spread out like this than the big cluster I had at home on my dresser.

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Finally, the BIONICLE update. And I managed to condense the number of shelves used! Somehow. Because that top one with the playsets, Jetrax, and tall Titans... That's a mess and only barely worked out. And I still need a lot more space. But I like having all of the little sets spread out more and closer to their relative canister sets. Just looks cooler to me.

So that's all for now! Totally open for questions, criticisms (because oh, I know I could do some of this better), and even picture requests! Just let me know. :)

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Go Go Awesome Stuff! - July Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Reading, Collecting Jul 31 2013 · 406 views
Transformers, Star Wars and 3 more...
Wow! What a month. I hadn't realized until I started taking pictures just how much I bought/arrived this month.

First up - Bandai Tamashii products!

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The D-arts MetalGarurumon and Blastoise are amazing. Both are visually stunning, but Blastoise is predictably limited in the articulation department. But MetalGarurumon? That guy is just loads of fun to play with - although his abdomen was TERRIFYINGLY tight and I had to be really patient in loosening that up.

Kamen Rider Beast looks cool. And he came with a free stand for W, which is also cool. That's about it to him haha.

And then there's DragonRanger... Or as I'll always think of him, the Green Ranger. I had the US version (which will lack some accessories that aren't relevant outside of Japan and feature special packaging) preordered on Amazon, but then the release date was revealed to be not until the middle of next month, despite other places getting him sooner. So I added him onto my order with Blastoise and Beast since it would end up costing me less and I got him sooner. I believe it was last year's SDCC that he was first shown off and I've been waiting ever since. Man, does he look cool.

Transformers time!
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So my big thing didn't arrive yet. But it should soon, along with yet another massive item I'm not sure I should have bought haha. More on that later though... Anyways, I broke down and bought Blaster and the data disks at my comic book shop, because even at their inflated prices, it was better than online and I never found him anywhere else. And they're all loads of fun.

Also, Minion Dave I "stole" from work. He says banana. It's hilarious.

Star Wars books.
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Had to "settle" for some books I really haven't been crazy about picking up since Barnes & Noble didn't have a big selection lol. But Scourge was great and Shadow Games was alright. Jedi Twilight is on a long list that I've been purposefully avoiding, but the lack of novels I did want pushed me to finally start them, which I will probably tonight.

Finally, but most certainly not least...
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This item comes courtesy of DeeVee. And I love it. :D I so wish I were going to BrickFair this weekend to thank you in person, but alas I still just don't have a way of getting down there.

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So that's it for this month. I wish I had gotten out to go shopping on my own to look for more Transformers (I really am saying that a lot, huh? At least I did actually do that some this month lol.) and even the new Star Wars Black Series figures since those just came out, but I was either with family or feared retribution from my mother if I couldn't hide that I bought things... Even just coming home with Blaster, she drilled me over spending money. One second she's saying she understands I have a hobby and enjoy it, but the next she's yelling at me to not spend money. It's not like I don't know to watch my finances. I don't ever spend too much or outside my means. I am an adult now, after all. I'd hope she'd let me make my own decisions. (In fact, that's pretty much why I've never asked to go to BrickFair these past few years. I know my parents wouldn't let me go down by myself. Ever. Even in spite of the fact that I could crash with my uncle and go with him and my little cousin [who has gone before and they talked about maybe going again this year when they visited...], I know it would be a no. Oh well... Eventually I'll be on my own and can travel to all of these cons I've been wanting to for years.)

It's going to make the big boxes coming here soon very interesting, though. The first she knows about since I warned her weeks ago when I won the contest - Optibotimus just took a while to mail them out (but he did say it could take a while, so I'm not upset or anything). The second she doesn't know at all, and I just realized it's released tomorrow, so coupled with my Amazon Prime shipping, should be here Saturday or Monday haha. That's going to be loads of fun lol. But both will definitely get their own entries when I receive them.

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Merry Christmas! - The Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Personal, Reading, Video Games, Collecting Dec 25 2012 · 126 views

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So, I finally got the Desmond hoodie I've been wanting! :D  You can also see next to it the awesome Star Wars blanket my mom made for me.  It's soft and big and warm and yeah.
 
Since I was late getting into the whole 3DS thing, I chose Christmas to catch up haha.  I've only played MK7 so far, but I'm loving it so far.
 
Also got a new Xbox controller.  My first since getting a 360.  And it's the super cool Halo 4 one! Can't wait to break that thing in.  And of course there's my first Halo book.  Looking forward to reading that.
 
Finally, there's SHF Wild Tiger.  I passed on all the Tiger & Bunny guys before, but after watching the show I knew I needed at least Kotetsu.  And Amazon had some amaazing sales on them... My mom said she'd be willing to get me something like that for Christmas, so I took a chance and she pulled through.  :) Came as a pleasant surprise to me, even if I do find it a little weird for her to still support my collecting as an adult now.
 
EDIT:  And theeeen I'm putting everything away after taking the pictures and I think to myself... "What is in this gift bag here...?" as I glance at said bag at my feet.  Lo and behold, t'was a present to me.  I must assume my family assumed I left the one piece of tissue paper in their on purpose, masking its contents.  But I had indeed overlooked this precious bag.  And inside it laid 6 Star Wars novels for me to enjoy.  And oh I shall.  (I'll also feel like a fool for a little longer for not noticing it there... *sigh*)

Not pictured:
  • 5 shirts
  • Body Wash & Body Spray
  • New razor
  • Case of root beer :3
  • Bunch o' cash
Hope everyone had a safe and happy holidays to. :)
 
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Stuff: August Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Reading, Collecting, Video Games Aug 31 2012 · 138 views

Eh, didn't get much (in) this month. Which is fine given the amount of school-related expenditures I had...

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