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Retail Therapy in the Semester From HellRetail Therapy in the Semester From Hell

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I futzed up the images on the last attempt, so let's try this again???

This is my first loot article! The short version of the story is that I’m in the second year of my Masters and this past semester was outrageously overbooked for me, so I took to a little retail therapy to maintain my sanity. The good news is that there’s nothing here that I regret buying or consider overly impulsive; on the contrary, a lot of these pieces are things I’ve been wanting for a while. (Also, heads up, I’m long winded. I’m a lit student and it comes with the territory.) IMAGE HEAVY POST UNDER THE SPOILERS

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Here’s the full view! This is actually a pretty good representation of what I collect series-wise. I will say that I don’t usually collect so much non-scale merch, but I think these were mostly special case pieces and I’m not going to make a habit of it.
https://i.ibb.co/Pc3qTYy/49285295-359165578208823-771746885118459904-n.jpg

First off, ITEM #604409 is finally home! I picked her up from the post office on New Years Eve and honestly, looking at everyone’s photos all December was almost painful. Of course, everyone and their uncle’s had something to say about her, so I’ll just say she was worth the wait and leave it at that.
https://i.ibb.co/cC4M78r/49899761-382138095868024-1308211991428464640-n.jpg

ITEM #742926 is such a cutie! I guess she was an impulse buy, since I know literally nothing about this character, but she was ten bucks including shipping. (I’m also a sucker for gradients and translucent floaty pieces, and I just love how the shading in her eyes make them pop.) I’m not complaining since she was so cheap, but her foot pegs don’t fit into the stand—they go in and then pop right back out. I made the decision to glue her down in about 30 seconds and honestly I’m fine with it.
https://i.ibb.co/QdCPJsW/50049629-1242521412571963-6102098970752843776-n.jpg

ENTRY #25196 has been one of my grails since I started collecting, but since I could only ever find singles (and Kaiba/Yami were always $50+), I’d given up on ever owning it. I bought Mokuba and Ishizu for about $10 a piece and called it a day. Then in October I was browsing on Solaris and saw the whole set second-hand for $100. Done! Kaiba has one broken foot peg, but other than that, it’s in pristine condition. I couldn’t be happier with them.
https://i.ibb.co/P48LdK9/49781316-236826687215065-8743313148359999488-n.jpg

Super late to the party, but I finally got an Ita bag for Christmas; I hadn’t gotten one before since I felt pretty strongly about having a red Pokemon-themed bag, but they don't generally come in that color. I still need to put it together, but I bought these for it. The little May is ITEM #583855.
https://i.ibb.co/56bJb4q/49484233-1017935851727572-3132396644851515392-n.jpg

I hadn’t used Mandarake before so I tried it out on something cheap and simple. That’s not to say I wasn’t excited about these; Touko is one of my favorite anime characters, so I’m really pleased with them. I’ve never seen pieces like these before though? It’s like the images have been glued to a metallic posterboard. Any idea what they're called?

Either way, I’ve grouped the Kalafina box set with these since I discovered the group through the Kara no Kyoukai movies pretty soon after they first came out. Kalafina and Knk have been among my favorite things for nearly ten years now, and I was devastated last year when I heard that Kalafina was disbanding. I’ve never been able to own any of their CDs, so I thought getting the “Best Of” box set now was more than reasonable. Tbh though I’m still pretty broken up about it.
https://i.ibb.co/mrsQfTj/49785991-597089927405733-3226467836067053568-n.jpg https://i.ibb.co/4WPkrgb/49568730-550277165436541-159389032378269696-n.jpg

ENTRY #150489 are the first acrylic pieces I’ve purchased, but I’m over the moon pleased with them. The Ace Attorney games were a huge part of my childhood, so in the absence of any scale figures aside from the Phoenix and Miles I already own, I sprung for these. Something about how Pearl seems smushier and more smol than the others just makes me smile whenever I look at them. (Also, what have you got there, Franziska? "A KNIFE!")
https://i.ibb.co/JtrCsdH/49811650-728371880891355-4742837599339544576-n.jpg

I bought ENTRY #92328 using Neokyo and honestly it went pretty well. The shipping wasn’t bad and the handling fee is slightly lower than ZenMarket’s. I think the only drawback is that you can’t put a bunch of stuff in your cart like on ZenMarket; you have to request each item separately. (As far as I can tell???) So Neokyo is totally fine if you’re 100% sure what you want, but I like to put things in my cart and think about them for a few days, so I don’t know how much I’ll use them.

I’m totally stoked about the set though! I’d seen one or two of these around for $20+ a piece, but I think I ended up paying about $50 for the whole set after fees and shipping. I adore AMB, and even though everyone is my favorite, I’m really excited to have something of Angelica and Alice. I also found these black, hexagonal cork boards on Amazon that I’m planning to mount them on so they can go in my display.
https://i.ibb.co/M9860hM/49778166-2098286527149400-2341526117199904768-n.jpg

ITEM #246631 and ITEM #246632 were a major splurge. I’d been eyeing ITEM #206792 since she was released and finally caved at the beginning of last summer, but she ended up being the first potato chip—I couldn’t just have one. I didn’t actively look for them, but an ad went up on MFC for a deal on the two of them (with free shipping!) and I couldn’t resist. I didn’t realize that their joined hands were one piece until I opened them up, and I think that’s a neat little feature.
https://i.ibb.co/cL0Zxpw/50100624-227822101471988-5083924059238957056-n.jpg

I got ITEM #78813 bundled with Sakura and Kyoko, so she was both an impulse buy and not; she’s been on my “I’m not going to buy this but I love it” list since I started collecting, and even though I’ve never played Phantasy Star Portable, I have fond memories of Phantasy Star Online for the Dreamcast. Still, I have no regrets, since she sums up so much about what I look for in a figure. Design-wise, she’s elegant and commanding without being sexualized or skimpily dressed, and the attention to detail more than makes up for the simple pose/base. The paintjob is nearly flawless, her coat is a gorgeous pearlescent color that adds some depth without looking cheap (and isn’t done justice by photos), and to the same effect, the colored details on her coat and rosettes have an interesting multicolor or “gel” look to them (whereas another designer might’ve settled for just a matte color). Finally, her sword not only fits easily in her hand and slides perfectly into an inconspicuous slat in the base, but it is also fully articulated, since the “chamber” part of it can spin all the way around. I honestly might do a full review of her at some point because damn. What a fabulous piece.
https://i.ibb.co/6gCG7pj/49701114-312647709592924-7539486767942991872-n.jpg https://i.ibb.co/K9vqwpn/50261755-227721244844723-7649072175600631808-n.jpg

Anyway, here’s the assemblage of NieR stuff that I ended up with, including ENTRY #138204. Interestingly, one of the things on my plate this semester involved Automata in particular; I wrote a paper that put the game in conversation with the literary theory stuff I work on at school, and I submitted it to a conference in Norway. I was really nervous but I was accepted and it ended up going very well!
https://i.ibb.co/Thtk3NY/49896136-825531187803950-2188711223757897728-n.jpg https://i.ibb.co/6m787p2/50003917-714354948949632-8616939825938825216-n.jpg

The orchestra box and poster are also particularly meaningful, since I write a lot about relationship between music and language, and the work that Keiichi Okabe and Emi Evans have done together plays with that incessantly. You should definitely check out the soundtrack (of both games!) even if you haven’t played them. I also thought the box itself deserved some attention as well, including what turns out to be an equal parts beautiful and disturbing message from one of the minor characters in the first game. (Also, you can't see in the photo, but the Replicant/Gestalt case has the imprint of a lunar tear on it.)
https://i.ibb.co/Mgrb8Hg/49623470-554552598289569-6586367846320701440-n.jpg https://i.ibb.co/WKJYkcB/49656266-279058102711781-9018460581681692672-n.jpg

Last but not least! Stardust is actually my second figure that’s not on MFC; the first is the limited Journey statue from 2015. I saw her about six months ago and instantly fell in love since I adore space/constellation-themed things. Even still, I think this was the only figure I’ve purchased where I spent an inordinate amount of time watching unboxings and looking at photos/reviews beforehand. I really tried to talk myself out of it, especially because all of the listings were way out of my price range, but then I saw someone selling her on MFC for $150 and it seemed destined. Unfortunately in transit one of her twintails broke off, but I touched her up with a little glue and now I swear you'd have to guess which was the broken one. But wow I just think she's so beautiful. Like Nagisa, there are so many careful details about her that just make my eyes sparkle.
https://i.ibb.co/fDDWwTH/49643148-2223918667846650-585020781038141440-n.jpg https://i.ibb.co/r0JBbkT/49864745-1495796623885390-5608573418459889664-n.jpg

I’m definitely stomping on the breaks in terms of purchases this coming year, but I can’t bring myself to regret any of these. They all mean something to me and they each bring me a unique flavor of joy. Plus, in general, I'm really grateful that I was able to find (and afford!) so many of these pieces when I really needed a pick-me-up.

Anyway, thanks for reading! I also really love hearing about other people's collections and their stories, so if you're into any of these series or have any feelings about any of these pieces, feel free to comment!

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Nice haul!
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This was a really nice read! Thank you for posting!
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Ahh congrats at finding Stardust at a good price! It sucks she broke but your repair looks good. She's the one figure I keep thinking about breaking my rules for because I love her design so much, but I haven't been able to justify it yet.
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spinners_grove (12 dagar sedan) #48011806Ah, whoops! I had "loot" checked off the first time around but I must've forgotten to switch it back after I redid everything with the new image links. Thanks for pointing it out. :)
And thank you! I'm really, really pleased to have all three of them in my collection. I also noticed you have ITEM #155014 for sale, so depending on how my self-control holds out, you might hear from me sooner rather than later??? Okay, let's be real, if she's still available the next time I get paid, you're definitely going to hear from me haha~


lol sure thing, my inbox is always open, let me know whenever you'd like to purchase :)
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Wow very nice collection! :)
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stars_n_kisses (12 dagar sedan) #48001317For your first Loot post, it may be good to change the category "Review" to "Loot", then.
I also envy your lucky found on Stardust (regardless of condition.) especially for that price (otherwise I saw her for much more on eBay.)
baldr365 (12 dagar sedan) #47937945Great to see you're enjoying Sayaka, Kyouko, and Nagisa :) Congrats on finishing your semester!

Ah, whoops! I had "loot" checked off the first time around but I must've forgotten to switch it back after I redid everything with the new image links. Thanks for pointing it out. :)

And thank you! I'm really, really pleased to have all three of them in my collection. I also noticed you have ITEM #155014 for sale, so depending on how my self-control holds out, you might hear from me sooner rather than later??? Okay, let's be real, if she's still available the next time I get paid, you're definitely going to hear from me haha~
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Very nice loot post. Clear and light. I think smaller pics like those work well for faster visualization. Possibly I will post image in ImgBB as you did. Good job!
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For your first Loot post, it may be good to change the category "Review" to "Loot", then.

I also envy your lucky found on Stardust (regardless of condition.) especially for that price (otherwise I saw her for much more on eBay.)
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Great to see you're enjoying Sayaka, Kyouko, and Nagisa :) Congrats on finishing your semester!
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Thanks for sharing your very nice collection! Shame that Stardust suffered some damage - but she looks gorgeous anyway :)
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