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Old 2011-03-31, 16:33   Link #3521
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Not really a collector but I was really blown by this little figure that was recently announced. Arshes Nei is her name, from the good old Bastard!! manga. I must say, as a figure she is 100% better. :3

Spoiler for dark-skinned elven beauty:

You can check more of images in the link below. The site is NSFW
http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2011/0...ei-ero-figure/
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Old 2011-04-01, 00:21   Link #3522
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She looks a little too meaty about the bust and thighs.

And her head is tiny.
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Old 2011-04-01, 05:19   Link #3523
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This came from Hobby Frontier's pre-order list:

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^ A Senhime swimsuit version. I want to pre-order it but can someone tell me how Hobby Frontier does their pre-order stuff? How do you make the deposit?
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Old 2011-04-01, 12:18   Link #3524
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This came from Hobby Frontier's pre-order list:

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^ A Senhime swimsuit version. I want to pre-order it but can someone tell me how Hobby Frontier does their pre-order stuff? How do you make the deposit?
Same as any other website.

You only pay when it arrives, but they don't allow you to cancel when you pre-order/reserve it, unless you ask very nicely.

The guy who runs it is very nice, always giving updates on Facebook and always having a good chit-chat about things.

I love Hobby Frontier, great customer service.
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Old 2011-04-02, 07:02   Link #3525
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Is it safe to order figurines from Hong Kong sellers?

There are a couple that I'd like to preorder, and the sites I've looked at are sold out, but there is an HK seller on ebay that has them at a reasonable price (roughly what it would cost on the other sites, if they had stock), but I want to be sure I'm buying genuine merchandise.
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Old 2011-04-02, 07:10   Link #3526
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Is it safe to order figurines from Hong Kong sellers?

There are a couple that I'd like to preorder, and the sites I've looked at are sold out, but there is an HK seller on ebay that has them at a reasonable price (roughly what it would cost on the other sites, if they had stock), but I want to be sure I'm buying genuine merchandise.
It depends on the seller. There are plenty of bootlegs around, so you have to be careful. A general (but not 100% accurate) rule of thumb for ebay is if they list the company name (eg. Kotobukiya, Alter etc) in the listing title, it'll usually be genuine. ebay/paypal will give you a no questions asked refund due to falsely advertised item, and the bootleggers know it so they'll generally avoid using the company name that originally made the figure, just the series/character.

Of course it always pays to investigate the seller a bit, whether just googling about them, looking on dedicated sites (MFC has a bootlegger alert thread somewhere I recall seeing once) and see if people have bought dubious items from them in the past.

Oh, and it'll be very rare a genuine item will be available for the original price once it's out of stock/past it's run (ie a year+ old) so low prices are often an indication.

My latest buy (which I was coming here to post) happened to be through ebay;



Cost roughly twice the original retail price, which is acually quite a good deal considering.
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Old 2011-04-02, 11:30   Link #3527
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Oh, I forgot to post in here my latest lovely loot.



Easily my favourite Miku figure that I own. It's just beautifully well made, or it looks it anyway!
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Old 2011-04-02, 11:47   Link #3528
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It depends on the seller. There are plenty of bootlegs around, so you have to be careful. A general (but not 100% accurate) rule of thumb for ebay is if they list the company name (eg. Kotobukiya, Alter etc) in the listing title, it'll usually be genuine. ebay/paypal will give you a no questions asked refund due to falsely advertised item, and the bootleggers know it so they'll generally avoid using the company name that originally made the figure, just the series/character.
They listed it as an original, as well as the correct manufacturer, and had very good feedback, so I went ahead and placed the order.

...So now, I have the Banpresto DX figurines of Cure Blossom and Cure Marine, but I'm getting the Megahouse figurines of Cure Moonlight and Cure Sunshine.

Those Megahouse ones look so good... I'm wishing that I just ordered all four of those to begin with. The Banpresto ones are nice, too, especially for the price, but are a big step down.

...well, maybe in a fit of nerdiness I'll buy the other two.



One other question:
What do you guys normally do about painting figures from kits? There's one that I'm interested in, but I don't trust my clumsy hands to paint it.



...I get the feeling that I'm heading down a dark path. I've been watching anime for over 10 years, and this is the first time I've bought any figures, and now I'm throwing hundreds of dollars at it
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Old 2011-04-02, 15:42   Link #3529
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Oh, I forgot to post in here my latest lovely loot.



Easily my favourite Miku figure that I own. It's just beautifully well made, or it looks it anyway!
Very nice, my Miku Tony Ver and a few others arrive next week from HLJ!
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Old 2011-04-02, 18:13   Link #3530
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I get the feeling that I'm heading down a dark path. I've been watching anime for over 10 years, and this is the first time I've bought any figures, and now I'm throwing hundreds of dollars at it
Yes, once you start it's hard to stop unless you're out of cash . I mean, buying a figure is more pricy than buying a complete set of DVDs or Blu-ray animes . I never thought of spending more than a $100 for something anime related.
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Old 2011-04-02, 19:09   Link #3531
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Yes, once you start it's hard to stop unless you're out of cash . I mean, buying a figure is more pricy than buying a complete set of DVDs or Blu-ray animes . I never thought of spending more than a $100 for something anime related.[/font][/color]
I'm buying the R2 Heartcatch and Madoka DVD/Blu-Rays, too...

Well, just my favorite episodes, at least (vol. 1,13, and the last two or so of Heartcatch + the movie, vol.1 of Madoka)
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Old 2011-04-02, 21:03   Link #3532
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Yes, once you start it's hard to stop unless you're out of cash . I mean, buying a figure is more pricy than buying a complete set of DVDs or Blu-ray animes . I never thought of spending more than a $100 for something anime related.
Since last year. I've noticed this. It's the nature of the industry, you just don't know if the figure you want will get a re-release so you have to order it to get one!
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Old 2011-04-02, 21:18   Link #3533
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Since last year. I've noticed this. It's the nature of the industry, you just don't know if the figure you want will get a re-release so you have to order it to get one!
Exactly, and it gets worst if the figure in question is from popular series and it gets out of stock so easily. Hm, it's a gamble. Good thing that I'm really picky of what I buy or else....it might turn out to be a disaster
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Old 2011-04-02, 22:08   Link #3534
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Oh, I forgot to post in here my latest lovely loot.



Easily my favourite Miku figure that I own. It's just beautifully well made, or it looks it anyway!
I was tempted by her, but the glossy hair put me off in the end. I ordered the re-re-release of GSC's older Miku as I prefer the matte hair to Tony's glossy ver. She's still a gorgeous figure, though.

As for figures being more expensive... tell me about it. I decided to divert money I used to spend on DVDs to figures, and have spent more on figures in less than a year than I did on DVDs the past four or five years. Well, if I count the two display cases I had to buy for my figures, and pending preorders I have yet to pay for but set money aside to cover. Will easily be $5000 before I'm even a year old collector.
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Old 2011-04-03, 18:03   Link #3535
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I took pictures of some of my figures and thought I'd share them here for fun. Lol, they're not professional pictures or anything. Just having fun with my camera. ^^'

This is my Luka Nendoroid and Tako Luka, I got them for my Birthday:
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Here is my Black Rock Shooter one:
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All together:
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Old 2011-04-03, 23:58   Link #3537
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Spoiler for Pre-light tent:
Got my light tent today. Playing with it a little has already shown promise;



Nice before and after comparison.
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Old 2011-04-04, 09:58   Link #3538
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Houki Shinonono

My Houki Shinonono 1/10 from Infinite Stratos arrived in the post today!

Interesting thing about this figure is that you get a second face that I didn't know about, the legs and skirt can be disconnected.

Noticed one part on her skirt needs some black paint to touch it up, the base doesn't fit well to the figure as well.

Aside these little things, I like this figure and frankly don't have a choice since this is the only IS figure released so far!

Spoiler for Big picture:


More photos here! If you have Firefox then use the Zoom Out option to see them better!

http://www.game-maps.net/staff/iron/...finitestratos/

My other parcel is still stuck in customs waiting to be raped with rip-off charges.
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Old 2011-04-04, 12:49   Link #3539
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My Houki Shinonono 1/10 from Infinite Stratos arrived in the post today!
Interesting thing about this figure is that you get a second face that I didn't know about, the legs and skirt can be disconnected.
Still, not bad and for the price I think it's worth. If you like the character that is - I realised halfway that I don't

In fact, the only IS girl I liked was Laura so I'll probably get the swimsuit prize figure by Sega.

http://myfigurecollection.net/pictur...figure%3A61427

Too bad they forgot to sculpt the IS on her leg...
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Old 2011-04-04, 17:12   Link #3540
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Still, not bad and for the price I think it's worth. If you like the character that is - I realised halfway that I don't

In fact, the only IS girl I liked was Laura so I'll probably get the swimsuit prize figure by Sega.

http://myfigurecollection.net/pictur...figure%3A61427

Too bad they forgot to sculpt the IS on her leg...
Yeah she is not bad for 34. I realised that you can remove her skirt and show her pink panties off which I like.

I like Laura as well, didn't know there was more figures in the works.
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