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  • 4:32 PM on 12.08.2012  

    Selling stuff Madoka Magica figmas, scaled figures

    Hi guys, sorry I haven't been around a lot lately. Been kinda busy with work and other nonsense. That being said my funds have been pretty low lately so I figured it was time to get some stuff sold. I'm providing eBay links and will not be selling through any other means. Sorry, but it's an organizational thing.

    figma:
    Uniform Madoka and PSP Game Limited edition: Link

    BRS 2035: Link

    Sayaka: Link

    Homura: Link

    Kyoko: Link

    Mami: Link

    Madoka: Link
    Scaled figures:

    Lat Miku: Link (Photos)

    Himeji: Link (Photos)

    Ayase: Link

    Nendoroid Sakura Shinguji: Link
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    10:45 AM on 09.07.2011  

    GSC Lat-type Miku photos

    Lat-type Miku arrived yesterday, so I figured I'd throw up some photos here for those who don't follow me on Twitter or G+.





















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    12:27 AM on 07.12.2011  

    figma Hatsune Miku Support Ver US Group Buy - All slots filled



    Alright guys, this isn't an official commit to buy post by any means, but I figured since people were pretty enthusiastic about Cheerful Japan's figma Miku that we should at least discuss pricing. Figure cost is 3000 yen while shipping is 2000 yen for up to five. So if all 5 orders are filled that makes the order into 3400 yen per person, shipping to eachother not included. I assume that would have to be worked out with whoever was placing the order.
    I've never handled a group buy before, so I'd understand if you guys don't want to run through me. Heck I'm not even sure I could handle it. Still, I figured I'd get the ball rolling to see where this takes us. We have until July 28 to decide what to do.

    Update Well that's 5 slots filled, as well as one 6th.

    1. PersonaSpace
    2. Kyrie
    3. Tears4Dragons
    4. Counterpunch
    5. Tears4Dragon's friend

    If you guys could send me a quick email to ilascott AT gmail DOT com I'll discuss other details with you. There's still 1 slot open too so I'd prefer if we filled that as well.

    I'm still waiting on email confirmation from Kyrie and Taki.

    Also, since there's someone waiting, I'd encourage anyone else to start up their own group buy in case you can find more people who want this figure.

    [b]Final Update. I'll be sending details to everyone tomorrow morning.
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    9:45 PM on 07.05.2011  

    Any opinions on price mark up?

    Sorry, I probably won't get too in depth here, but how does everyone feel about price mark up for items that are out of print? Recently I purchased a copy of Phantasy Star Online Plus for GameCube, and while I managed to snag it at around the mark for a new game, one good luck at GameStop lists the game for a paltry $5 used. You just can't find it within 100 miles of where I live. The game is priced at over $200 on Amazon. Granted maybe I just picked a bad game to go for.
    I know it's kinda different when it comes to toys. After all, it even says "Collectible" in Tomopop's subtitle. Lately I've decided that I want to sell one of my figures, who I originally purchased at around $70 new from amiami. I thought I'd take a quick look around on eBay to see what she's going for, and now its in the range of $100-$200. Hell, I even saw a used one going for $150.
    Sorry for rambling, but I'll try to wrap this up. Is this the norm? How does everyone else here feel about pricing?
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    2:44 AM on 06.29.2011  

    Overdue Photoshoot: Kotobukiya's Kurisu Makise

    Fun fact! I bought this figure on a whim without knowing what Steins;gate was! Actually I did end up cacelling her at the last minute but I bought her again when I figured "why not?" When collecting scale figures, I try to stick to a series and character that I have at least some familiarity with. Kurisu here is an exception. (Actually I plan on watching the anime eventually.)

    That said, photos! (We all love photos, don't we?)











    Hey guys look! The white in my light box actually fits with the figure for once!
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    12:20 AM on 06.25.2011  

    Monthly Megapixel: Danbo's Night Watch



    Danbo was a newcomer to this area. Feeling that perhaps this place needed a guardian, Danbo bravely took up that mantle and declared itself WatchBot of the room!



    Charged and ready, Danbo was ready to begin it's first tour of duty as WatchBot.



    Danbo's first observation was of Kurisu and Layton. Two intellectuals partaking of mild beverages seemed safe enough. Feeling that the two would be alright, Danbo moved on with its patrol.



    Koyomi was in the middle of some gaming while Hitagi and Haruhi watched and subsequently criticized him. Danbo had no idea why they had weapons out, but that this wasn't the best situation to get in the middle of.



    Discretion is in fact the better part of valor. Koyomi soon found himself at the mercy of the two women. Thankfully, Danbo had already moved on to its next stop.



    Luka and Asakura were about to partake in racing with some of the local wild life.



    The Companion Cube assured Danbo that this was a perfectly safe activity and that the two would absolutely not wipeout within the next picture or two. Feeling slightly frightened by the talking cube, Danbo again moved on.



    Now this was an odd group. What could possibly have brought together these three enemies?



    Oh.



    Having realized that perhaps the room didn't need a WatchBot, Miura decided to return to her area and discard with the carboard persona of hers to just relax. Perhaps it was too soon though.



    What the heck?



    Maybe this room did need some guidance after all?

    But who watches the WatchBot?
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    3:09 AM on 06.17.2011  

    Review: Songbird Ocarina's "OoT"



    Now for something completely different. In the 90s I wasn't much of a Nintendo person, but I did have some mild Zelda-influenced interest in playing the ocarina back in junior high band. I actually had the opportunity to play too, but I was too focused on my clarinet at the time. Anyway with Ocarina of Time 3D right around the corner (And Nintendo of America completely failing to give the US any cool bonuses) I suddenly had the urge to give the ocarina a shot again. Thanks to The Ocarina Network I was able to find an Ocarina right for me.

    Item Name: OoT
    Item Maker: Songbird Ocarinas
    Retail Price: $108



    Hand-crafted and glazed, the ceramic OoT is a beautiful piece to look at. Aside from hole placement, the ocarina is a beautiful, functional replica of the actual in game Ocarina of Time. The OoT is classified as a 12 hole Ocarina and tuned in the key of C with a 21 note range.



    There are ten holes up top, and two holes on the bottom. Of course, there's also an additional hole on the bottom for the sound to come out of. The two bottom holes are typically covered by the thumbs unless the really high notes need to be played.



    My favorite feature of the OoT is ring near the mouth piece. It's covered in platinum and set with inlaid plexiglass to give the Triforce a jeweled look. The whole section is a lovely addition and really brings the ocarina together.



    Even if there's no intention to play it, the OoT makes a beautiful display piece.



    Luka is also fascinated with the OoT.



    Also purchased from Songbird was this suede holster. The picture doesn't really do it any justice. It's padded well with foam, and has a magnetic clasp to keep it shut tight. The cord is a bit awkward, as it feels more like a twisted up cloth. However it still gets the job done.



    Honestly, whether or not to buy this depends on two factors. How much of a Zelda fan you are, and whether or not you actually want to learn to play the ocarina. In my case I actually did want to play, and I'm probably also caught up in a little of the Zelda fever. The price is a bit off putting, especially compared to other ocarinas for sale on songbird, but once again, if you're a fan it's totally worth it.

    As for how it sounds? I wish I could show you, but my only microphones suck at picking up the higher notes. Maybe in the future I'll have something for you guys to listen to. For now I'd just recommend you go to Songbird and listen to the demos.

    First song I'm learning is Epona's Song. Next song will take a stab at a certain RPG's battle music...
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    11:42 PM on 05.25.2011  

    Review: Chara-Ani's Mizuki Himeji



    Baka to Test to Shokanju was real hit or miss for me. In fact, I never actually finished the first season! That said, I did like many of the character designs, particularly Mizuki Himeji. Maybe it was because she somehow managed to play off both intelligence and adorableness really well, or maybe it was because I'm a sucker for cute characters. Probably both. That said, getting her figure was low priority for me, as I had about a billion other things to buy when she was released. When I finally had the chance to afford her, I had to choose between this figure or Penguin Parade's. With some help from Kristina on Twitter I was able to decide.

    Figure Name: Mizuki Himeji
    Figure Maker: Chara-Ani
    Retail Price: ¥6980
    Released: 10/2010



    For the sake of not losing myself during this review I'm just going to refer to Mizuki by her last name. That's how most of the characters referred to her anyway. Himeji arrives in a large pink box. This is the first time I've seen a box with 5 viewing windows, but I guess it's nice if you just want to display her from her box. Of course, I'm not like that.



    Unboxed and ready to go, Himeji gives off a big smile. She's 1/8 scale and stands a little less than 8 inches tall. If the box's colors were not apparent, Himeji here is designed to be all varieties of cute. On a scale of 1 to 10 she's easily a Fluttershy.* Err, 10. Let's move on.



    Let's get the bad out of the way first. Her hair's part on the top of her head seems to be slightly off. It's definitely not a deal breaker, because in all honestly, how often are you going to look at one of your figures directly from above?



    Design wise, the biggest difference between this and the other Himeji was her uniform. Personally I prefer the jacket of the winter uniform compared to the blouse of the spring uniform. I think the dark contrasts nicely with Himeji's hair.



    Speaking of her hair, while it first comes off as a giant pink blob, if you get it under some decent light the shadows really take an effect on it. This was the part I was worried about the most, but once she's on display it all tends to work itself out.



    I really like her pose. It's just cute all over. The way she brushes her hair off her face, her other hand behind her back, the way her feet are delicately placed. I love it.



    I really have nothing to say here. I just enjoy the photo.



    Himeji's signature rabbit decoration is accounted for. Once again, cute.



    The face is really well done. Himeji's facial proportions are all accurate, and her eyes have a certain depth to them.



    The paint on her uniform is nice and clean with no flaws. The buttons and trim stand out without and smearing. The folds on her jacket are also well done. The skirt is what you'd expect from a good PVC skirt these days.



    Himeji's legs are well sculpted. The skin tone is lovely and her legs don't look too thin.



    Thankfully Himeji arrives screwed on to her base. I really see no reason for it be be any other way. Her right heel is gently off the base, suggesting some kind of thing in my head that causes me to react with thoughts of "cute."



    According to most reports on body language, holding one hand behind your back implies that you are hiding something. I can't imagine what Himeji would be hiding.



    While Himeji generally evokes cuteness, from this angle she seems a little more mischievous. I can imagine her engaged in some sort of giggle that mixes cute and evil.



    I seriously can't get enough of her facial expression.



    Also included is Himeji's summoned being. Which is basically a chibi version of herself with armor and a sword.



    The details are all here, right down to the "F" on her belt buckle.



    Overall, Himeji is a great addition to anyone's collection. Not just fans of the show either, those who are simply looking to add a little more cute to their collection without resorting to a My Little Pony can't go wrong with this figure.



    What's this? A challenger appears!

    **

    Begin Battle!

    *Geez, I wonder what Scott's been watching lately.
    **That last image took way longer than I ever imagined it would to put together.
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    12:56 PM on 05.20.2011  

    Overdue Photoshoot (Alter's Yukiko Amagi)

    For those who still may not have figured it out, Persona 4 is my favorite game of all time. By association, Yukiko Amagi is my favorite character of all time. Anyway, now that I have decent lighting and a better camera, I can take better photos of my favorite figure of all time.

    Here we go!











    I should really photograph the rest of my collection...
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    12:05 PM on 05.19.2011  

    The first Love Plus figma is up for order!


    Through some random coincidence (and the fact that I happened to Google it every day) I discovered that figma Manaka Takane from Konami's Love Plus went up for preorder last night. She was originally scheduled for a July release, but is instead coming out in September. I assume the other two girls who I have no interest in will follow within the next couple of months.
    Yes this is in fact another figma of a girl in a school uniform, but come on! It's Love Plus! Manaka's cute!
    /end justification of preorder.

    She's up at AmiAmi and Hobby Search
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    3:24 AM on 04.22.2011  

    CDJapan is now offering Proxies

    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/request/shopping.html

    Apparently CDJapan has decided to start taking requests. I know people have always had success with other proxies, but for those of us that haven't, does CDJapan's service make the idea of proxy buying more feasible for you? I might check it out sometime, but from my experience most exclusives that I want tend to end up at cons than a Japanese only website.

    Edit: As Leah pointed out though, the fees are pretty high, so you may be better off going through other proxy services.
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    3:04 PM on 04.17.2011  

    Seeking Advice: painting plastic glasses frames

    Greetings. As some of you may or not be aware, I'm a huge fan of the Persona series. Sometime last year I changed up my glasses to a plastic frame to match P4's protagonist. The frames are already black, so that parts taken care of, but now I want to add the color band on the side that everyones glasses have. Most advice I see on painting glasses revolves around spraypainting the whole thing, but I just need a little paint for color. Any advice for the type of paint I should use?

    An example of the painting required (just pretend the frames are black)
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