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10:08 AM on 02.06.2012

Pooka's holding a mini giveaway?! Really?!

Yep! <3
My boyfriend and I have decided to give a little something back to the community! We've finally decided to host a giveaway, it's not much but I hope you guys will like it and even consider entering!

We've decided, since most people use twitter now, to host a giveaway of the 3 Princess Crown GCC Mini's via retweeting. All you'd really have to do is follow us, retweet a specific tweet and you're entered!
It may not be a huge prize but it's a start! We actually want to make this a semi-regular thing as well so depending on the popularity of this, we'll hold another retweet contest for our extra set of Odin Sphere GCC Mini's!

I'm hoping some of you guys might enter and that some one wins our little gifts! <3

If you're at all interested, our website has all the finer details, you can reach us here: http://s.xeni.me/zPDzrY
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me on here or on the website, or even via twitter. I pretty much control our website twitter account and will be happy to help/straighten any qualms out between complaining about how my P4 playthrough is going, hurrhurr. :)

Sorry if this has come off as a bit of a misc post, in comparison to my other blogs. But hey! Might as well let you guys know as Tomopop and its staff have been very kind to me since I first started posting here.

I hope you guys are all okay! <3
To lighten the mood a little, does any one have any preorders due in soon?
I've got the Stray Sheep edition of Catherine due any day now and my Persona 4 REMIX GCC Minis as well. Then next month, I've got the glorious 1/6 Aigis figure from a UK based store. Martins wallet is crying.   read


1:01 PM on 01.28.2012

I'm still here! Promise!

Howdy!
It's been a very long time since I've last made a blog post on here but I promise that I still lurk here, daily! When I was last here, I was slowly getting into the Persona series and beginning my collection of related merchandise. Well, now, I have so much Persona merchandise that I'm running out of space!

A great friend of mine gave me the Orchid Seed Metis, she is so damn gorgeous to look at and is stunning beside my Koto Mitsuru! She is huge though! Really really tall, possibly as tall as my Yamato Velvet figure! I have never had so much stuff on preorder before, it's crazy and a very slippery slope right? I mean...I have ALTER Aigis, D-Arts Thanatos and Phat Company's Teddie on preorder, as well as the P4 REMIX box and Catherine Stray Sheep edition coming soon as well! We also only just picked up Koto Melty and Sorbet the other day and my Soejima artbook arrived today but I just can't stop ordering amazing merchandise! I have to say that GCC Mini's are so addictive and adorable, I adore collecting them, I have all mine hanging on a shelf and they look so awesome displayed. I would attach pics but I'm a bit lazy today. <3

Whilst I am here, I thought I might as well add this in. I'm hoping to repay my friend by tracking her down the Koromaru which came with the Figma Metis. If anyone can help me by pointing me to a potential figma split or even be willing to trade parts of my Dead Master figma for Koromaru, I'd be so thankful. I've already made a post on MFC forums but thought I'd also put the word out here because I am determined to give something back to my wonderful friend. She's been so kind to me and I want to give her something wonderful in return. :)

How have all you guys been? Got any new figures which you can't take your eyes off?
I hope you're all well and that your wallet isn't hurting too much! And if it is hurting, I know that feeling well and feel for you. <3

EDIT: Images!


My Izanagi figure! :3


Martin's Melty and Sorbet. The little "www.xeni.me" watermark is just Martin being protective as he's had people steal his pictures before and not credit him. Yay for us having our own little site!


Since this pic, I accidentally broke her hand. I superglued it back and stupidly used some nail polish remover to get rid of the excess. Now her hand is a little discoloured but I don't care, she is so damn gorgeous and it's not like I'll be displaying her from behind again. This was purely to show off how beautiful she is from all angles. :P


From pics I've seen of her, none really do her much justice but I feel that these start to capture just how pretty she is. :3


Mitsuru! She was my christmas gift from my boyfriend. As you can imagine, I was and still am very very happy.


My bookcase shelf which has been taken over by more Persona stuff. The Jack Frost was made by my great friend Clara, who I'm trying to get the Koromaru for. I'm planning on moving Jack to the top of my bookcase when my Alter Aigis arrives. I also have the Soejima artbook to display in this space as well. The Thanatos poster is the poster which came with the P3P collectors edition and I lamenated that and all the art cards. The Thanatos poster was pretty beat up from the previous owner obviously not being all too careful, if the box it came in was anything to go by. I've never seen something so beat up but I don't really care any more, Thanatos is my favourite so! <3


Oh and there is also this! My hunt for the P3 MC/Minato GCC Mini is no more! Clara managed to find one for me and I'm so thankful that I'm giving her around 5 minis from my REMIX box when it arrives next month. :)

So so many pics, not sure if any will stretch the page as I'm using such a small screened netbook. I hope they're all okay! :3   read


11:26 AM on 06.03.2011

It is June already?

Hi everyone.
Sorry I haven't been posting as much as recently as I used to, some personal health issuees of mine are rearing their ugly head again and I haven't really been in the state to add any additions to my little blog here. I hope everyone has been okay and haven't spent too much money! :P

I noticed it is June already, it certainly feels like it.
Where I live, we are having beautiful weather and today I decided, whilst it was still sunny, to do my first ever outside photo-shoot.
The two figures I've used today are my Gwendolyn and my Mercedes. :)
There are some shots of Gwendolyn I absolutely adore and I hope you enjoy looking at them. O:

I took the photos outside in the shades of my Mums huge leafy tree. I really like it the effect it has given in these shots, I intend to do some more photo-shoots later on when I feel a lot better. Anyone who knows me, knows I suffer from severe depression and it is currently crippling me to the point where I want to do nothing.

Less talk about me and time to move onto some pretty photos~













I still find myself struggling to photograph my Mercedes, I don't know why. But, the pictures I've included here are ones I'm proud of. I took almost 200 photos in total but in the end, I was so hot that I had to come inside and cool down. I'm not used to being outside, let alone in the strong sunshine, lol. :)

Hope you liked them and hope you're all keeping well!
And, before anyone asks, Yes, I intend on getting the mini Odin Sphere/Princess Crown Keychain/Charms. <333   read


7:45 AM on 04.21.2011

Video Game Premium Boxsets - Does anyone else collect these?

Hi there, Tomopeeps!
I'm just wondering, does anyone else here collect Premium Boxset editions of certain video games?

I used to collect every limited edition boxset I could find, even if it didn't include a figure.
I eventually sold all but two of my limited edition boxsets. The only two I have left now are Luminous Arc 2 which I found in a local game store for under £10 and Atelier Iris 2.

The reason I'm asking is because I am trying to hunt down my "holy grail", I guess.
I am a huge Mana Khemia fan. I am trying to hunt down this boxset MFC
It comes with a glorious looking Jess figure. No matter how many times I find it, it seems to be at a ridiculously unreasonable price. (Over £100!).

I know they will be expensive, my Dad paid almost £60 for my Atelier Iris 2 boxset which was a very limited run in this country. I'm just wondering if anyone could help me figure out a decent place to start searching for Mana Khemia's boxset. :3

I thought I'd include the few photos I have of my Atelier Iris 2 bonus figures~
Need to take more photos of it some time. O:

Picture 1
Picture 2

Not the best quality but ehh~ :D

I hope some one can help!   read


12:42 PM on 04.16.2011

Monthly Megapixel: Professor Layton Explores Pokemon.

[[ So, as you may have known, I was originally going for something entirely different with this months entry. I wanted to construct my own Pooka cafe and go from there but with a few spanners thrown into the works, I've had to put this together. I hope you enjoy it! I never knew how tiring it was to look after 3 little kids who want me to play on the Wii or on the Kinect with them. I just lost time and thought I'd throw this together for this months entry! Good luck to everyone who enters! Unfortunately, not too much about rainy days as we've had perfect weather but it is a somewhat interesting story which could've taken place on any miserable morning when I've had to look after my little nephews. I couldn't get any interesting outside pictures but eh, I hope you like it anyways! ]]

It was a cold, miserable April morning.
The master of the "Dee-Ess" device wasn't around, she was busy looking after her two nephews and niece. They were such a handful that the very device that she had been addicted to had been left alone... It's time, I thought. I should go look at it and see what it is that has had her so occupied for all this time!



I wonder how to turn this device on! I think the master of this device usually slides up a weird little button on the side... I think I'll try that first! Afterall, what is the worst that can happen?!



Ah! I think I've got it! "Pokemon White Version"... What is this? I guess I had best check it out! Lets press this "A" button and see where it gets me. I hope it'll load corrently. It'll be embarrassing if all those times I watched her and I took absolutely nothing in!



... How many hours has she spent on this game?! This is ludicrous! No wonder we've been feeling neglected, all her spare time is spent on this... This Pokemon White game! Why is this game so special in comparison to us toys?! Why does she feel that this Pokemon game is a better way to spend her day?! I must find these answers out! I guess I will have to boot this device up even further to find out.
Lets see... Boot up the game, press the "A" button, I guess I best do that.



Aha! To access the menu in game, press the "Y" button. Right... I've done that, now I have a lot of options to choose from. Pokemon? Oh! Lets have a look at her Pokemen, I'm sure that they might have a few answers!



Hello, Miss Cheshire. Can you help me? I'm trying to find out why the lady is so addicted to this very game. Oh, I guess you can't hear me that's why you're not responding to me. That's a shame, I guess you can't help me in my little search. I wonder if Dead Master can interpret for me, as Miss Cheshire cannot understand me. Hey, Dead Master, would you please come here for a moment?



Dead Master has always been so helpful to me, sometimes, it is a little bit creepy but I'll explain that on another day. Dead Master attempted to interpret my questions to Miss Cheshire but she too got no response. "It's no good" Dead Master said to me, sounding a little glum. I wasn't quite sure what to do but that is when I remembered that she who owns the device would sometimes visit a persons computer and see a lot more of her Pokemen. Perhaps I should try that, I might get a few answers!



Aha! This icy Pokemon should be able to help me. Hello? Mr. Regice? Can you hear me?
I was taken aback, the screen started to flash and I had never seen anything like it before in all my time. Nothing has ever happened like this before when she was on the system. Have I done something wrong?! Ahh! I think... I think it is coming out of the-



SCREEN! Ahh!
Mr.Regice?! You heard me?!

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And, that was the last time Professor Layton was cheeky enough to use my DS without my permission!   read


10:22 AM on 04.04.2011

Need a bit of help. O:

Hello everyone!!
Been a very long time since I made a post on here, sorry about that. I've been stolen away by Pokemon White and Phantom Brave. But, I'll be here over the next month for definite. My Pooka Prince wants me to enter this months megapixel competition, so I best start getting back into photography.
But, this blog isn't so much about my photography, for once! O:

I was wondering, does anyone have any idea where I could pick up 1/12th Sweets such as little cakes, etc? I'm going to be trying to recreate a scene from Odin Sphere, so I need to get my hands on some miniature props. I'm going to try a local store later on this week when I'm feeling a bit better (I had a wisdom tooth removed today and I feel so groggy, it's ridiculous!). If that fails, can any one link me to online stores? I might end up using ebay for local sellers, if they have things I love, but anything helps!

Also, can any who has 1/12th furniture tell me if they support things like Revoltechs without issues? D: I'm planning on picking up a few little chairs and perhaps a table, despite having Professor Laytons accessories. Any help would be muchly appreciated! :)

I'll hopefully be posting my Monthly Megapixel entry in the next week, providing I feel better. ._.;;!
I cannot wait to see everyone elses entries! (:

I missed this place so much~!
For now, I'll be getting back in bed and will reply to any comments when I am awake enough to. :3   read


11:51 AM on 02.22.2011

Review: Beauty Queen Etna.

** Finally!
My boyfriend allowed me to take photos of his much loved Etna today.
So as you can imagine, I am very happy!

A few pieces of information:

This is a review of the Griffon version of Etna from Disgaea.
She cost around £60, including postage from another collector.
No box shots as it is too fragile and box shots are boring, in my opinion!

Now, onto my review~ **


In the Netherworld, there are differing brands of Demons.
From Delinquents who love to encourage good behaviour and hates tardiness, such as Raspberyl...
To the Demon Lords, who serve as the Overlords vassals whilst still having enough authority to have their own vassals, even if they are just lowly Prinnies! Of course, there are always the Demon Lords who have their own desires to become a Overlord, such as Etna. "Strong" and "Fearsome" doesn't even begin to describe her, the Prinnies are petrified of feeling her wraith!



Etna.
Overlords Laharls "loyal" vassal.
In this figure, Griffon have sculpted her in her Disgaea 1 outfit. I personally prefer her Disgaea 2 outfit due to the Prinny Pouches which she has. Don't let this photo fool you! She is not innocent, despite her body language and facial expression, which might I add, I love! Her gloves and stockings are painted using a deep blue paint, which has a slight metallic sheen to it.

Her base is pretty standard. Big, circular and black with a nice little name plate on it. It is pretty big and I find Etna is rather hard to display without a perfectly flat surface. It is large, but it adds some superiority to her, which I'm sure Etna would approve of!



A little close up.
To be honest, Etna is a gorgeous and severely unappreciated figure.
She can be displayed and enjoyed from any angle. I love this photo of her. It seems to have captured something unusual about her and shows Etna in a different light. Perhaps, at this moment, she is reminiscing about her time serving under the late King Krichevskoy. I don't know but I do know that this shows a slight vulnerability about this strong, dominant demon lord.



Another close up of Etna.
It has been really hard for me to get nice photos of her face as it kept washing out due to the flash of my camera. I just cannot describe how much I like how Griffon have sculpted her face. As you can see, she is knelt down and in a rather "seductive" pose. I don't know why I put that in quotations. Normally, you'd expect to see a character in this type of pose with a large pair of assets. This is Etna's joked upon weakness which both she and Flonne share. Their flat chests and the joke of Laharl not feeling sick/woozy around the pair due to this fact. Great guy, Laharl, eh?



A view from the side.
You can see the wonderful paint work on her wings and tail. It may just be me, but it looks as if it starts a deep brown and gradually turns into a deep red on her wings, same for her tail. Yes, I know. You can also see a slight tease of her pants. No, I did not do a panty shot, I think Etna would not approve of such things, especially since in the recent Prinny 2 game, her pants went missing. Don't want to encourage such thievery again by teasing with a shot of her pants. I really like the curvature of her tail, it adds more depth to the figure. You can just imagine if she gets offended how quickly her tail would become straight and to be honest, that image just makes me laugh inside.



Another picture from the side/ontop/odd angle.
You can see the sculpting and detail which went into her bunchies/twin tails. This view also allows you to see just how delicate her fingers are. They're spead out, I assume, to help support her but they are very delicate which makes me handle her very gently. I could easily go on all day about Etna and make Disgaea/Nippon Ichi related jokes but I'm now exhausted.

Conclusion?

A must have for any Disgaea or Etna fan.
She is true to her character, fun and just damn right epic.
I know that Martin is very thrilled with her and was smitten with her the moment that she arrived.

1 of 3 reviews are complete!
Yayyy~!
Coming up next, when I can tear myself away from Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days long enough will be... Raspberyl! This little lady has been waiting a VERY long time for me to review and spend time with her. Keep an eye out, the review will come when you least expect it. >:3   read


6:45 PM on 02.18.2011

Future Plans~

Hi everyone.
Been a while since I came on here.

I've currently been a bit too addicted to Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days.
Basically, I've been perfecting a lot of items, power levelling loads of characters and just zoning out generally.

I am hoping in the next few weeks/month to:

i) Review Raspberyl Nendoroid. Still haven't got around to this and I've found myself recently playing with her a little more. (:
ii) Review Griffon Etna. I want to really do this. Etna is my boyfriends favourite, apart from Momohime.
iii) Review Wafudoh Pleinair. See a theme here yet? Disgaea and everything Nippon Ichi is appealing to me at the moment.

I've been thinking seriously about future purchases.
I think, for the time being, I am going to only keep my eye on:

Flonne Nendoroid. Want this, BADLY.
Etna Nendoroid. Want this, BADLY.
Atelier Totori Statue. Interested in this fully painted etc. :3

Basically.
I've once again been bitten by the Disgaea bug.
I want to get my hands on a few other pieces of Disgaea Merchandise such as the Gift Flonne, but that is for another discussion.
I'm hoping to be a little more active around here again, but I cannot make any promises. Some huge video gaming releases are coming out for me and I know my time will be sunk into these games. Pokemon White and Phantom Brave... I'm going to be kept busy for a while! I'm still hoping to get my hands on Ghost Trick on DS too, it's a bit too expensive for me at the moment.

Anyways!
I'll be lurking around here and posting a little more often, hopefully!
I hope everyone here has been fine and have some great posts for me to read when I get on here! :3   read


5:26 AM on 02.06.2011

Wonfes... Yay!

I have been waiting for a while, very impatiently for today to roll by!
Then, when I wake up to find some very pleasing items, I think that my wishes have just come true!

First.

Flonne Nendoroid.
The only other video game I am exceedingly passionate about apart from Odin Sphere is Disgaea. The characters, the story and the humour just make it one of the best SRPGs available in my own opinion. Flonne has long been one of my favourite characters but due to the lack of adequate figures of her, I never bought one and just left my gazing of her to the games/artbooks I own. But now, my prayers have been answered! Yay! Flonne Nendoroid!

Flonne and Etna!

And, if that little card beside her is being truthful... My day just got a whole lot more better. Her passionate, firey eyes! Oh, how I love them! Prism Rangers DVDs! Flonne will be pleased! Basically, when this little angel goes on pre-order, I'm buying her. I love Flonne, everything to do with her, especially her little assassin moments, going "Nin nin nin." Basically, I am ridiculously excited over Flonne and cannot wait for the release date, whenever that'll be!

Secondly.

Odin Sphere and Princess Crown figures!
This is where my main obsession relating to figures lay. Anything Odin Sphere is amazing and to see another company teasing the possibilities of new figures just makes me a very pleased lady! I'm hoping that it wont be a 3rd rendition of the girls of Odin Sphere and be characters such as the Pooka Prince, Cornelius and human Ingway, no more froggies! I am really hoping that it will be the male line up, I'll even take a Oswald figure, just please... Venture into the depths of the male figures and give us something a little different! ... As much as I adore Velvet, Gwendolyn and Mercedes, I really want to add some charming males into my collection!

Teasers...

But yeah, I will still be very much interested even if they do make a Gwendolyn, Velvet or Mercedes of their own. I do love the ladies of Odin Sphere very much, but I would love a company to bring out some of the epic male characters!

I know, I haven't even touched on the Princess Crown possibilities.
Admittedly, I have never had the chance to play this game and I am very unfamiliar with the characters but all I know is that Odin Sphere is considered the spiritual successor of Princess Crown and therefore, I am very interested. I have watched a few gameplay videos and it is very similar to Odin Sphere but, the main character does look very different and very interesting! I am waiting to see what comes along regarding this. :)

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Basically, this is just a little summary of how I feel/how excited I am!
So, Tomopeeps, what has got you all excited this Wonfes? :3   read


8:19 AM on 01.31.2011

Nendoroid issues ~ Loose pieces! D:

As you may or may not know, I have very little experience with Nendoroids.
I only own Raspberyl, who I bought directly from NisAmerica (the US distributors of the Disgaea series.)

Over the past month or two, her hair pieces have become increasingly loose and as are all of her head pieces. When I touch her, even slightly, her hair falls apart. I've read about clear nail polish on the joining areas, but I'd just like some clarification before doing anything. My Beryls neck joints are very loose in the neck hole in her body. They used to fit snugly but now, they just wobble and it makes posing her somewhat tricky. Should I put a thin coat of clear nail polish on the hair joint and neck joints to try and remedy this situation? ):
She is only a year or so old and I've been very careful with her and it is a little saddening that she is starting to experience problems. ;w;   read


12:25 PM on 01.30.2011

Bitten by the figma and BRS bug! D:

My hobby just got a whole lot more expensive. @_@;!
Not only have I been bitten by the figma bug, but I have also been bitten by the BRS bug...

But, eh, I'm already saving for my second figma now! I was weighing up the pricing of figma Black Gold Saw against the scaled version. Taking into account the likely-hood that I'll get caught by customs, the scaled version including EMS shipping would be over £100! Last time I imported a figurine from Japan, it cost over £150 with custom charges! I just cannot afford the customs charges... So I've decided then, so I don't spend money I cannot afford, to sell off a few old things of mine to buy the figma Black Gold Saw instead! Dead Master needs a friend/rival to keep her company, she is already eyeing up Layton and I think he is a little frightened!


How things are currently set up regarding Layton, 'Beryl and Dead Master! She's on top of my external harddrive currently with the T.V remote keeping her company.


Shameless self promotion...
If anyone here is interested, I am selling books 1-13 of the Death Note Manga in great condition, they've been read twice in 3 years. I would prefer to sell them all together but would consider offers, that is of course if anyone is interested. If you do happen to be, email me: dear_pooka@live.co.uk and I'm all ears! I thought I'd give everyone here a chance at them first before listing them on my Dads eBay account later in the week.
End of shameless self promotion...


Are Di:Stages worth the money if you have more than one figma?
I only have a small space to display them so two stands wouldn't be all that great which is why I am looking at the possibilities of getting a Di:Stage thingy or two. I really feel clueless when it comes to collecting figma's as my collection, apart from Dead Master, Layton and Raspberyl are entirely either 1/6 or 1/8 scaled figures. :)   read


9:35 AM on 01.28.2011

Dead Master - My First Figma.

She arrived today!

Still not used to being able to manipulate her joints and make her pose, as I usually collect scaled static figures. She is a refreshing change, albeit I must say I am a little disappointed in her size. I wasn't entirely aware of how tall figmas happen to be. She is small but so beautifully formed. Her design and playability really makes me consider purchasing a few more figmas if I ever see others which I like, apart from Black Gold Saw.



None of the pictures I took today really capture just how brilliant this little lass is.
Static scaled figure shoots are A LOT easier than articulated figures, all the hand changing/face changing and posing really takes a long time! One thing I am thrilled about is the fact she will stand without her stand, which means that outside shoots are far more likely with her. >:3



Of her faces, I adore her tongue pokey out face. It is adorable and just adds a lot of cute charm to this otherwise rather dark looking lady. Her long, witchy fingers are really great, I love how I can just... Enjoy posing her whilst she is using them.



She is really fun to "play" with, I feel like a big kid with a epic new toy. The only downside is that the stand will not stay in her back. Is this normal for figmas? It goes in ever so slightly but then it just falls out, which is another reason I'm so pleased that she stands by herself. Currently, I have her perched on her stand ever so slightly and I'm a little worried about reposing her incase she falls over again. ;w; She will have a lot of boo-boos unless I can get this sorted!

Overall, I'm really pleased!
Hoping to take better pictures soon, these ones just don't capture her as I had hoped. ;w;   read





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