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Commemorating 1 Year of Figure Collecting

26 Dec

preview Hallelujah! What’s better to commemorate my first year of figure collecting as a follow up from yesterday’s celebration with a long background story on how I started this hobby, right? If you have some free time to spare, why not join me in my story?

Today doesn’t actually mark my first year of figure collecting–it was back in November–but since I’m not the type of person to purposely keep track of dates of events or any anniversaries unless in the mood, I didn’t get this entry out last month. I finally picked up the motivation I’ve always left lying on the cold hard ground under my bed while I was preparing for Christmas and got to reminiscing on the journey I’ve taken this past year in figure collecting.

It was not until high school that I became well aware of what exactly anime and manga (or animanga, as I put it) were so you can technically consider me a late bloomer in this part of the entertainment industry.

I first started off with unofficially released merchandise such as keychains, necklaces, and decks of poker cards (which steals various official and/or fan art without permission as the cards’ print) found in my local hobby store. I’m pretty sure there were a few mini figures–bootlegs or not–displayed in those stores but I’ve never taken a second glance.
unofficial released merchandise

While passing by a local bookstore one day, I saw a clear plastic packet containing parts of two disassembled of what I would call, “figures”. It was the only one item that didn’t seem to belong in the bookstore. I nudged my mother about it, and she decided to buy it for me, seeing how I was fascinated with it. Upon reaching home, I put together the pieces and was amazed but that was all there were to it. Up till today, they still sit inside my cabinet and I still have no idea of their origins, neither am I sure if they’re official or not.
my first figures

Then, slowly, I found myself getting excited over seeing the gashapon machines at local malls containing toys from a few of my favorite series. The temptation grew and, gathering all the one dollar coins I can find in my humble piggy bank, I went to the mall one day and got myself a few turns of those luck based toys from the welcoming gashapon machines. Needless to say, I was delighted with how lovely they looked.
gashapon collection

I continued to spin those machines once in awhile in a span of a few months and eventually accumulated that small collection seen above. It was a bliss that I’ve not gotten that many doubles. However, I stopped because I thought throwing those heavy one dollar coins at the machine mindlessly was expensive.

Even so, animanga carried on being my main interest and it grew rapidly. When I was in a game store one day, a set of Revoltech, Toro and Kuro, Hatsune Miku version, caught my eyes. Now, I was (and still am) a fan of VOCALOID and cats are my favorite animals. So, evidently, I grabbed the boxes of Toro and Kuro off the shelf with fondness even though I had no idea of who they were and what they are. The day ended with my brother offering to get both of em’ for me and I had an enjoyable time fidgeting with them at home afterwards.

An old image.

An old image.

Around a month after that, my continuous growing interest of animanga and curiosity led me walking into a local figure store I was passing by while hanging out in a mall. Upon entering, I was greeted with colorful walls of dozens of figure boxes all stacked up one after another–I was allured. Then, still even with no knowledge of what they actually are, I took home a box of VOCALOID nendoroid petits despite its extraordinary cost.

An old image.

An old image.

Back home, I painstakingly set each and every one of them up and was absolutely delighted. The thought of what exactly am I spending my leftover allowance on finally occurred to me, so I looked them up, which is then the time I was introduced to something called ‘nendoroid’.

I started browsing through pictures of nendoroids of many characters on the net and although I was most attracted to Mashiro and Takagi from Bakuman., the temptation of trying to obtain them didn’t come to me …well, at least not until I saw that Eiji, along with Miho, were going to be released as nendoroids, too.

I was, at that point in time, very fond of Eiji, so I was set on buying him even though his price is a two high digits I’ve never came across before as a naive teen when buying just one item. A new side of me, mainly, a completionist, surfaced afterwards, which is why I ended up getting the whole Bakuman. nendoroid crew.

An old image.

An old image.

And finally, my journey starts the moment I decided to create an account on MyFigureCollection.net (MFC) six months ago–a website I’ve came across a few times while searching up on previously mentioned figures’ details. Obviously, I was overwhelmed by the number of figures and the various types available, and so that was the start of war between my wallet and I. Now I’m a happy avid figure collector and my wallet’s a beggar on the street.

So, with my background story gone, I’ll move on to my progress made as a figure collector this year.

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24 responses to “Commemorating 1 Year of Figure Collecting

  1. yomizakura

    December 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    wow…. all of them really a good collection
    btw the toro and kuro hatsune miku ver really funny XD
    love saw them

    btw mostly your collection from bakuman ^^

     
    • Rei

      December 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Haha, thanks! Toro and Kuro are indeed great candidates for some fun shot because of their facial expressions! Oh, I feel my Bakuman collection’s rather small actually.

       
      • yomizakura

        December 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        yes toro and kuro
        their expression when holding leek XD

        really…?
        i saw your bakuman collection nice :D

        btw do you have wishlist figure for 2013?

         
        • Rei

          December 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

          Before even going to my 2013 wishlist, I already have a lot of pre-orders scheduled for release next year, haha. I do have a couple of Gintama and HUNTERxHUNTER figures on my wishlist for 2013! But what I really look forward most to now is 2013’s Snow Miku! She’s looking really beautiful in all those photos on MFC! Are you planning to get her as well?

           
          • yomizakura

            December 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

            ah i see… ^^
            i saw your ordered list, wow sure it not cheap ( specially when saw the doll, it cost ¥12000 ;A;)

            if they release HxH in nendo ver, i may order it XD

            snow miku..? yes i wish to get her but i’m still looking her price if her price far from previous ver of snow miku, maybe i will pending get her cause i’m already have yukata miku ^^!
            but still she look cute with white kimono :3

             
          • Rei

            December 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM

            I actually got the doll for ¥10200 instead of the retail price because Hobby Search had a discount! Can’t deny that it’s still expensive though, but I’m getting my next salary soon so it’s alright, hehe.

            I doubt there’ll be nendoroids of the characters from HxH (Chibi-Arts might more likely to pick them up though), but if there really are, they’re be so adorable! I’ll definitely get my hands on them no matter what the cost! (*´Д`*)

            Oh! I love Miku but I keep thinking of Rin wearing the Yukata instead (which I have seen, in MFC, and she looked so cute) because I just like Rin so much more, haha. Either way, your VOCALOID collection is slowly growing into a really nice one!

             
          • yomizakura

            December 29, 2012 at 6:48 AM

            wow Hobby Search really offering a nice discount… but still for me it expesive ^^!
            but after looked the quality product, i guess her price and quality look fair!
            btw good luck hunting her, i hope she come safely

            speaking about doll, a little wish with this doll ( *laugh* the price really unbelievable >x<)
            http://myfigurecollection.net/item/100381

            uumm i don't know too, maybe GSC don't get the licence..?
            yes, if become nendoroid, i'm sure it will cute plus i love to change their face with the other characters

            *laugh* me too
            how much i love miku but still all my attention for kagamine rin and len
            about yukata, yah.. i'm really want GSC make nendoroid yukata rin or kimono rin. She will look cute with her ribbon too
            idea come up with snow miku, i want change her head with rin ^^

            Thank you~ and you too, i looked your collection become more and more
            mostly in future my growing collection will be kagamine fetish XD

             
          • Rei

            December 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

            According to Hobby Search, they are currently preparing to ship her–I’m so excited!

            It can’t be help that the price is so high because she’s so much larger than the regular ones! She really is very pretty, too. Dollfies’ prices though, are so much more terrifying, haha.

            Oh, yeah, I read something in the community regarding the license as well, but it was referring to One Piece instead. Even if it’s not about the license though, I find HxH’s characters just doesn’t seem to belong in GSC, you know? GSC seems to go for the more popular or cutesy kind of characters.

            When your Kagamine collection grows more in the future, I bet it’ll look fantastic if you have everything placed together, including the albums!

             
          • yomizakura

            January 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

            wow that’s a good news
            btw how shipping a doll like that to your country…?
            since our country really near each other i guess the shipping price won’t be so much different ^^!

            really….? i don’t really notice that..
            ah yah mostly GSC only made cute characters or popular anime series =x=!
            geezz i wonder if gsc want make masaki mei nendo…?

            yah, i think so too…
            well if i can collect most of them, i bet my room will full of yellow XD
            will try my best~
            it’s strange how my personality can change cause stuck with my favorite character ^^!

            p.s : oh yah remember about snow miku 2013…?
            if compare snow miku 2013 with sakura miku which one better…? I may hunting 1 miku again ^^

             
          • Rei

            January 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

            I still haven’t been notified of the shipping cost yet but when I do, I’ll tell you about it!

            There’s a Chibi-Arts of Mei already in the works though! She very much resembles a nendoroid.To me, it seems unlikely that GSC will make one for her when there’s already a Chibi-Arts, but we’ll never know!

            I would personally choose Snow Miku 2013. Sakura Miku’s really cute and pretty but Snow Miku 2013 feels a lot more unique. In default, she doesn’t look like the typical Miku, which is great, but there’s also the option with her twintails, which is even better! Another thing is that Snow Miku 2013’s outfit is quite general, so other nendoroids (for example, Rin, hehe) can look good in it too. The only thing would be that Snow Miku 2013’s definitely going to be much more expensive than Sakura Miku, so you might have to consider on that.

             
          • yomizakura

            January 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

            okay :D
            i will wait your info…

            i saw from mfc about chibi arts mei
            this one right..?
            http://myfigurecollection.net/item/129301
            don’t know why i don’t feel satisfied with chibi arts ( i’m more like nendoroid fans ^^!). Hope GSC will make her soon

            thanks for the advice ^^
            i’m really confused between sakura miku and snow miku 2013
            as your said sakura miku really cute plus her expression GSC offered really nice too * sadly i’m not a fans of pink color so it just look strange =x=*
            and snow miku…i have no word for her, she is unique and beautiful too.
            I will try hunting snow miku 2013 if the price less than $90 with shipping.
            I hope this time GSC won’t make a mess for this miku….

             
          • Rei

            January 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

            Yup, it’s that. Me too. I have one Chibi-Arts and it doesn’t tempt me to get another. I think it’s the big gap between the size of their heads and their bodies that makes them feel so fragile, unlike nendoroids, where their bodies are much chubbier to fit their big heads so the quality of theirs feel better.

            Perhaps the pink GSC used for Sakura Miku is a bit too bright and striking that makes the whole Miku look… strange?

            I believe Snow Miku 2012’s incident was just an unfortunate mishap. They should be more careful now. I can’t wait to see which Miku you’ll end up getting!

             
          • yomizakura

            January 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

            yah i looked chibi-arts can’t count as chibi * it not cute at all*
            maybe the prefect chibi size is nendoroid. the face and body really match and count as cute X3

            if much brightness i think yes…?
            well i’m really curious with sakura miku without photoshop editing or too much lightning effect

            i hope too, last year GSC made so many mess product and less quality control
            really hope it change in 2013 >x<
            i think i will stick with snow miku 2013, the kimono and hair just too beautiful
            need prepare on feb *i bet many fans will be do the same ^^*

             
          • Rei

            January 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

            Hey! I received Hobby Search’s mail just yesterday. The shipping cost for the Nyaruko Pureneemo doll along with a Megahouse Hisoka GEM Series (http://myfigurecollection.net/item/109881) is 2,400 yen.

             
          • yomizakura

            January 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

            wow she cost less than racing miku pvc ^^
            hhmm so her weight around 2kg…?

             
          • Rei

            January 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

            Oh, no. She’s not that heavy at all since she’s quite small actually. I guess around the weight of two to three nendoroids piled up, maybe?

             
  2. sheng

    December 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Love your collection. Wow you’ve completed Bakuman! I’m jealous here. :3

     
    • Rei

      December 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      Thanks! If you’re talking about the Bakuman nendoroids, then yeah, glad I have them all! But the whole collection’s far from complete. Do you ever plan to get the other Bakuman nendoroids beside Miho?

       
      • sheng

        December 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        I like the 2 main guys. I think they are expensive these days. :(

         
        • Rei

          December 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

          I just remembered we had a similar conversation like this back in my Takagi nendoroid review, haha. It’s really unfortunate that their prices are still so high after so long; I’d really love to see some photographs of them by you.

           
          • sheng

            December 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM

            Haha. Will wait for a resale I guess. I’m sure it will take a while or maybe not anymore.. -_-
            I really love to take some pictures of them with Miho. I think it’d be cool :)

             
  3. darkandchoco

    February 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Nice collection you got there! =3

     
    • Rei

      February 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Thanks! And only just near two months into a new year, my collection is already visualizing a bright future, haha.

      I see a new quest ahead, and that is to visit your blog! And thanks for linking my page! I’ll get you a place on my blogroll as soon as possible.

       

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