First up - Bandai Tamashii products!
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.
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.
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...
This item comes courtesy of DeeVee. And I love it. 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.
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.