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•~Loot From October to December!~••~Loot From October to December!~•Loot

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Happy New Year MFC!!⊂(・ヮ・⊂)

It’s a new year so you already know what that means. Reflection posts and Loot articles (though mine's a little late). Not much reflection this time since my main focus for this article is to gush about what I got! Most of my loot is nendoroids, as usual, but I have one doll and a few goods to mention. I mean, I have some varying tastes.

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Yet a pyramid of nendos in box is my first photo...

Since my last article was so bombastic (BLOG #47337), I decided to be a bit more chill with this one. So there won’t be too many pictures as last time and I’ll probably even blab less. As usual, I group my items by the month they arrived, state where I bought them from, and may even mention the price, depending on how good or inflated it was. Our first month is...


October
Josuke Higashikata: ITEM #882501
Subaru Natsuki: ITEM #933112
Zenitsu Agatsuma: ITEM #931669
Inuyasha: ITEM #904678
Ozymandias: ITEM #875964
Eijiro Kirishima: ITEM #932147


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My AmiAmi preorder with Josuke starts off October, literally coming to me on October 1st (my mom’s bday!). I was really, really looking forward to him, especially after I received Rohan. Strangely enough, I kind of like Rohan’s nendo’s more than Josuke, even though I love Josuke as a character more. That is not to say I’m disappointed by Josuke, but I do have a gripe. As I’m sure fellow lurkers on his item page have read, his hair piece doesn't fully close shut. It’s not terrible! But still noticeable. This is the only QC issue I have with him but I’ve read even worse from other owners. DESPITE THIS, I’m really happy they made Josuke because his big cheesy smile makes my day and I love his stylish uniform and his stupid hair. I’m just real lucky I got a Josuke with only one problem I suppose because I would have been distraught otherwise.

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Subaru was stuck in the GSC warehouse from July but he finally came! I mentioned this last article, Subaru is a nendo that initially bored me a bit. I knew he didn’t come with much, but I still felt a little underwhelmed when I finally put him on my shelf. But his despair faces really make him, sad to say lol. I display him with his tear streaked face now just to make things more interesting but I appreciate that he comes with a smiling face plate and a thumbs up. Because say what you will about him, Subaru’s trying his best! I also like that the dark tendril hands were also included and they have a nice matte finish to them too. I’m trying to think of creative ways to use them.

The next four all come from AmiAmi again and they were all preorders. Zenitsu is such a good nendoroid! He’s one of the strongest this year and I need GSC to stay this consistent (they won’t but I can dream). His face plates are the best and I’m glad they didn’t settle for three for my expressive king. His paint is also excellent and he comes with plenty of extras too. I’m so happy they didn’t forget the little sparrow. :’)

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Inuyasha was another instant preorder and I’m glad GSC listened to user feedback. And now we have three more characters from the series coming out soon! I believe his nendo is a must have if you’re a fan, especially since there aren’t many recent figures of him (though the one scale coming out this year looks beautiful!!). And he sits. Gotta love a nendo with good poses!

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Inuyasha was the anime that really fueled my fall into anime past the childhood favorites of Dragon Ball Z, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Digimon, so I am most pleased he came out with no problems.

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Ozymandias was crowned my Nendo of the Year last article and I feel gushing about him here is just gonna make his imaginary head bigger. But man, what an excellent nendoroid, settling on his standard version was out of the question. Not only is he freaking pretty, he poses well and I can’t find a single paint defect on him, despite expecting one because of his outfit.

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And then lastly we have Kirishima. I love this manly dude, but I really wish they didn’t make his hardening effect on his faceplate the dreaded decals. Sometimes they work, most times I end up frustrated. I didn’t have a super hard applying the sticker but it’s not as smooth as I’d like it. I may have to rewatch a youtube tutorial on applying them. But I mostly display Kirishima with a smile because he is one of the few dude bros I will ever love so fervently.

I had a grand time with DHL shipping with these four but it wasn’t nearly as bad as September’s AmiAmi’s order.


November
Hanako-kun: ITEM #945885
Lio Fotia: ITEM #919613
Galo Thymos: ITEM #846019
Gumi: ITEM #98900
Shinnosuke Nohara: ITEM #945850


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Hanako-kun was a nendo I thought I would have an okay time dealing with in the aftermarket, but the more I thought about it, and the more I made my way in the fandom, I quickly changed my tune. I preordered him on AmiAmi, a little before the preorders closed. When he released, I managed to snag Lio and Galo from Trigger’s Promare too since they were still available to buy after release. Besides, I really dug Promare as a movie and I’m always impressed when a movie does a good job characterizing their characters in a short span of time. Hanako’s nendo lives up to the anime’s hype, I even wrote a review about him BLOG #47055. To quickly summarize, he's a wonderful figure in general, another must have if you’re a collector and a fan of the series.

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As for the Promare duo…while I had a particularly hard time with the hole peg for my Lio, Galo was too messy for my taste for a nendoroid fresh out of the box. His left leg kept falling out and this is apparently a common issue stated by a few users on his item’s page. The only funny thing about my complaints about Galo is that the little assumingly paint blotch on his pants is a character design! It’s a small detail I missed when I first watched the movie so I guess I gotta give GSC props for remembering for me. Aside from the previous problems, the duo look really good on my bookshelf and I really admire how they recreated the characters through their sculpt. So while they're not perfect, I am happy to own my Promare nendos.

I found Gumi preowned on AmiAmi for 4,980 yen and I’ve just recently discovered this was a really good deal. She seems to be more steep in price at other shops but upon receiving her, I can understand why.

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She comes with a lot and she’s mega cute. She was by no means a must have for my collection but I’m so happy to have her now, I can’t believe I was sleeping on her for so long.

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Shin-chan was bought mainly for laughs. I’m a casual fan of his show at best and I mainly watched a few episodes of the dub (which took some liberties) rather than the original subs. Shin-chan is still a fun character and GSC did a good job translating that fun into his nendo. He definitely deserves more shine.


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December
Toga Himiko: ITEM #943143
Inosuke Hashibira: ITEM #931670
Archer (EMIYA): ITEM #236189
Rin Tohsaka: ITEM #198350
Guido Mista: ITEM #872683
Nero Claudius: ITEM #166487
Nero Claudius...but she's RACING: ITEM #868770
Ichigo Kurosaki: ITEM #734014
Toshiro Hitsugaya: ITEM #862217
Sakura Matou: ITEM #1005372
Jeanne d’Arc: ITEM #415005
Jeanne d’Arc Alter...but she’s in SHINJUKU: ITEM #867973
Levi: ITEM #180481


This is the third December that’s passed since I’ve been collecting and, without fail, I always buy a lot. Only two of these are preorders! I was doing plenty of hunting last month.

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I actually was blasé on Toga when she was first introduced because yaaaaawn, another yandere. But like a fungus she grew on me. I was on the fence on preordering her since she’d be the only villain from My Hero that I’d own. I personally don’t like most of the villains from the show enough to buy them. However Toga was the exception, especially when I started freaking out when her AmiAmi preorder closed. When it opened up again, I clicked that preorder button so fast! A good thing I did too since she’s already somewhat hard to find after release. My Toga came with a splotch of paint on her back and I still love what they’ve done with her.

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Inosuke was a nendoroid I preordered straight away though as I’m a huge fan of the series (I’ve already completed the manga). He only comes with two faceplates but he has his splendidly crafted boar head to compensate for this. My Inosuke’s left hand has a tough time keeping hold of his sword and his outstretched arms are a little loose. I don’t terribly mind TOO much but I kind of expect better since he’s a follow up of the other three Demon Slayer nendos. The gradient on his hair is mesmerizing though and everything else about him is great.

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After watching the last Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel movie, I decided I really, really needed the Rin and Archer nendoroids. Archer’s barely in the movie but when I find myself missing a character I conclude I’m actually fond of said character. And Rin’s just awesome and I wanted to track down any listings I could for her. So the search began. All my usual go to’s were not yielding any results, so I decided to go out of my comfort zone and finally try Mandarake. No Rin but they did have an Archer, for 7,500 yen! More than is retail price but relatively better than what he usually goes for. Mandarake DHL shipping is even crazier than AmiAmi’s, and I paid about 107 USD in total for just one nendo. This was still within my planned price range.

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Archer arrived to me with no issues but damn, is it a wonder such a bare bones nendoroid is so expensive now. It’s got to be for the love of the character because even I’m like “Totally worth it.” Supply and demand fully at play here.

Rin meanwhile was tracked down on Amazon JP. Was hesitant to try them but the Rin I got was legit. I paid 8,571 yen for Rin, which according to some shops is a steal. Her packaging arrived in a dire state however (BLOG #47213), and I was really disappointed that DHL dropped the ball on me finally. I was rooting for them despite their naysayers. Luckily Rin was safe even though her box came jacked up. She’s real fun to play with even if the ends of her hair lightly cut my finger. I’m pleased that she came with the jeweled sword of Zelretch as well.

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Mista, Mista, Mista is my favorite character from JoJo’s Part Five Golden Wind. I was understandably excited with the announcement with his nendo and preordered directly from GSC for those extra hand bonus. I had thought by then Japan Post would be shipping to the US again, but we’re two months away from it being a whole ass year since Japan Post glanced our way. It took months before Good Smile shipped Subaru to me by FedEx and I wasn’t sure how long it would take for Mista to arrive. Feeling impatient, I saw orders for him open again on AmiAmi and snagged him and the next nendo right then and there. No bonus of course but I figured it was worth it because I really love Mista guys.

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The final product is...good? I add that question mark because the paint job on his sweater and hat are not overly sloppy but neither are they neat. And I know I love this smelly himbo more so than others because I would have felt like a fool buying two if it had been any character. Yet here I am geeking that I even have him. When the Mista stuck in warehouse hell finally comes to me, I’ll compare the two, keep the bonus parts and sell the one I think has the weakest paint job. It would honestly be hilarious if the one I get later is worse than the one I already have. Please do a better job on the upcoming JoJo nendo’s GSC, they deserve better quality. They did a pretty good paint job on his sexy animal print pants though and his body overall has no grievances such a part not properly fitting or a limb being loose.

I also bought Nero Claudius alongside Mista because one: she was cheap and two: I also love Nero. I love her more than Artoria sometimes, I must confess. I prolonged getting her because I wasn't too crazy about her faceplates. They really lack the exact look of Arco Wada’s art. I fortunately learned that her Racing nendo version came out and I think those faceplates looked closer to the artist’s work. So I decided to get both and possibly use this Nero’s facepates as customs. But when I received them, I found the faces weren’t as lackluster as they appeared in promo pictures. Still didn’t capture Wada’s style entirely but they weren’t half bad. So this Nero’s faces shall remain safe from my acrylic paints! I do wish I got her nendo in better condition though as there is a scuff on her beautiful outfit, which was the high selling point of me buying her. It’s on the back of her outfit so I’m not too regretful about it.

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Despite saving the original faces, I still prefer the Race version’s faceplates. I brought the GSC Racing version from Chibi Chop Shop, complete in box for only $55, free shipping. These expressions just better capture Nero’s spark, her pride, her love and passion, her UMU! This is the only nendo I have that isn’t displayed since I’m treating it like an extension of the original. Her outfit is really cute though and I like her bow and ponytail. Honestly, I’m a sucker for both her and Artoria in ponytails. I tried an older faceplate with her and while it doesn’t quite fit, the result still looks cute.

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Around the time I ordered Racing Nero, I thought “Maybe I should hold off from more nendos?” but then I started noticing it was harder to find Ichigo and Toshiro at shops. At least, at their retail price. Seeing as I am praying to God above for GSC to finally announce my wife Rukia, I decided to get these Bleach nendos before I had to deal with the aftermarket. Especially seeing as I’m currently kicking myself for not jumping on the Shingeki no Kyojin Hange nendo when I had a chance.

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Ichigo is kind of lacking and it wouldn’t surprise me if they release another bankai version of him soon. I still bought him just in case they don’t and he’s not totally terrible. He has more parts than other nendos I received this year, I’ll tell you that much. And the paint work is good since his outfit is so simple. The contrast of black and orange really looks nice on by display shelf and his confident smile heralds to the days where I called Ichigo *one of my many* anime boyfriends. So while I held off for so long, I’m glad to have him and I’ll happily display him with Rukia whenever she comes along.

Toshiro was bought mainly because he comes with a lot! At least, a lot more than his predecessor Ichigo did. And while my love for him has cooled (ha!), I greatly appreciate Toshiro’s character. I bought him and Ichigo from Right Stuff Japan who has EXTREMELY good packaging. And it’s quirky too. I was almost tempted to not throw out the box.

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Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it didn’t come with it or I lost it in my small room, I could not locate the green sash that he wears. I didn’t realize it was missing until I was fitting his swords on him. After searching and coming up empty, I angrily went to Chibi Chop Shop again to find if they had the part I needed. Luckily they had triples though his sash that also came with more swords. That was good enough for me since Toshiro was not complete without his sash. I have extra swords now which I just might give to my Archer. Thankfully, I can now truly enjoy my Toshiro. I would recommend getting him if you still have some affection for Bleach.

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Interesting story about the next one. Before I bought anything, I had passed out earlier that night and was taken to urgent care at the insistence of my family. I was there for quite a while, but luckily they didn’t find anything. After coming back to my warm home, I was randomly searching AmiAmi’s preowned section to, I guess, calm myself of the ordeal. And then around 3 am EST, I noticed items were being added. I’ve been wondering just when exactly AmiAmi restocked their preowned section, and now I have a good idea when. But the main takeaway was that I saw stickin’ Sakura Matou herself and proceeded to flip the heck out. I immediately added her to my cart and checked her out. I ended up going back, knowing I could add to my order as long as it didn’t ship. I decided to get Ruler, the saint Jeanne d’Arc herself. She’s another Saber face I really enjoy but she has the arguably cooler get up with that flag of hers.

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I could have waited for Sakura to show up at GSC’s US site but then that would ruin the fun of yoinking her on AmiAmi before anyone else could. Still, it would have been better for my bank since she was around 6,000 yen and she would have been cheaper if I waited. Sakura is super cute, I can’t stress that enough. She seemingly doesn’t have a lot of accesories but I feel she has enough arms and hands to make up for it. I do wish her apron had the sakura print on it though.

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Meanwhile, Jeanne is very beautiful in person. I went with a higher grade version than Nero this time around because I really dig this outfit too. She honestly came in perfect condition aside from her box looking a little worn in a corner. I don’t have her displayed with her flag yet but she’s already mesmerizing. She’s not overly expressive but her demure, blushing face is pure and sweet.

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Speaking of Jeanne...I finally caved and bought the Shinjuku Jeanne Alter nendo. Another one so soon??? Yeah I know, but I was actually looking at this nendo since she was announced, even before I watched anything Fate. I was gaga over that tongue out, one eye shut, shug pose. I managed to find the last one on Sure Thing Toys since she has yet to be hard to locate. Jalter comes with four faceplates by the way and each one shows off what an expressive character she is! Her wicked grin has stolen my heart. Though it was at this point I was wondering if I was buying TOO much Fate nendos and I’ve decided to be more selective with the series from now on. An over saturation of Fate stuff has got to be the only reason she hasn’t risen significantly in the aftermarket yet, because she is better than other releases this year.

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Speaking of over the top aftermarket champions, my last purchase was nothing short of pure luck. Levi is notorious for being hard to find for a decent price but thankfully user plmvs was selling him for $79. I immediately messaged her after opening my email notification. Soon enough he was at my doorstep.

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I had honestly given up ever finding this dude at a price under 100 USD, I didn’t bother adding him to my wished list. But patience can be key sometimes! He came in excellent condition and I am once again reminded how prettified they made Levi in the anime compared to the manga lol. He looks so cute in his cape but his other two expressions nicely capture that this man is not one to be messed with! I just need to try and find Hange Zoe for a good price now and I think I’ll be done with Shingeki nendos. I can only take so much of the same uniform. But I’m proud of myself for finally catching a good deal on him, I probably won’t even be annoyed if he re-releases one more time.

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Non-Nendoriod items include these really cute Cardcaptor Sakura keychains I got from my local novelty store in September (ITEM #239589, ITEM #274751, ITEM #274752) and Gemini, my possible last SmartDoll that I received in November (ITEM #1012921).

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Gemini had a hefty price tag and the only reason I have them is because of a local high end doll seller who personally works with the company. He hasn’t even released on the site officially yet, which kind of irks me for everyone who wants the doll. SmartDoll in general has some questionable practices so I’m slowly weaning myself off them despite really loving the sculpts (Gemini's gorgeous!). But you know how expensive it is to dress a SD13 doll? It adds up to a lot if you aren’t frugal. Being frugal is using the Cardcaptor Sakura keychains as outfits for my smaller fashion dolls with a bit of snipping and shoddy needle work.

And that’s my loot for the last few months of the mess that was 2020. Pretty sure 2021 is probs going to be equally as messy at this point but I’ll do my best to ride the waves. This month I’m trying my hardest to take a break from collecting. I have a car to fix up before inspection and license renewal. Also new bills to handle so I want to find my footing before I dive back in! My next prorder should be this big tiddy goth ITEM #981554 in February and I’m praying he turns out better than these recent JoJo nendos. I also want to get class president Iida-kun ITEM #943142 but I may just wait until he pops up on US shops.

Thanks for reading! Have a good one, stay safe out there and I’ll see you next time!
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AcePlatinum12 dagar sedan#89992731I hope Medicos doesnt delay his release but I look forward to your review of him! I decided not to get him cause the lack of accessories but if he looks good I may reconsider.
I'm super hesitant about the fruits basket ones cause I heard not so great stories about toytec and it was somewhat confirmed by the Love is War nendos.....


Ah yeah...I'm a little hesitant on Toytec's work as well. ;__; but it's Fruits Basket so I'd have to be like, REALLY disappointed in the final result for me not to buy them. Hopefully they come out decent enough.
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Moomoogirl113 dagar sedan#89992126I'm really hoping more Bleach nendos come out. Buying Ichigo and Toshiro was kind of like my investment in them lol come on GSC, give us our girl Ruki next!
Galo still is the one who has disappointed me the most. His leg falling out just minutes after I took him out of his box was a horrible experience but at least he looks damn good. I was looking forward to Abbacchio but I'm a little hesitant now orz So now I'm really excited for her: ITEM #1032398. She already looks so beautiful in the promo pictures!
I'm also hoping the Fruits Basket nendos come out this year, def excited for those. Still waiting for those prototypes tho :/


I hope Medicos doesnt delay his release but I look forward to your review of him! I decided not to get him cause the lack of accessories but if he looks good I may reconsider.

I'm super hesitant about the fruits basket ones cause I heard not so great stories about toytec and it was somewhat confirmed by the Love is War nendos.....
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AcePlatinum13 dagar sedan#89991995Lovely lengthy review! :D I appreciate the time you took to write out all your thoughts and review on each nendo ^^
Glad to see that your Josuke turned out great (unlike mine and some others R.I.P.)! If he ever gets a rerelease I may have to get it to replace the one I currently have...
Same for Mista, I also had the same paint QC issues as well but at least he looks and feels much better than Josuke or Risotto (still no review on Prosciutto yet so the verdict is out on that one).
"Please do a better job on the upcoming JoJo nendo’s GSC, they deserve better quality."
^THIS. AMEN. PLEASE GSC, WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR MUCH HERE. TT
Lastly, I agree with you on the Bleach nendos! Would love to see a bankai version for Ichigo and die for best girl, Rukia! I just need more Bleach nendos (GSC GET ON THAT SH*T).
What nendo disappointed you the most in 2020? What nendo are you looking forward to in 2021? (For me, I think its caesar and jojo~)


I'm really hoping more Bleach nendos come out. Buying Ichigo and Toshiro was kind of like my investment in them lol come on GSC, give us our girl Ruki next!

Galo still is the one who has disappointed me the most. His leg falling out just minutes after I took him out of his box was a horrible experience but at least he looks damn good. I was looking forward to Abbacchio but I'm a little hesitant now orz So now I'm really excited for her: ITEM #1032398. She already looks so beautiful in the promo pictures!

I'm also hoping the Fruits Basket nendos come out this year, def excited for those. Still waiting for those prototypes tho :/
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Lovely lengthy review! :D I appreciate the time you took to write out all your thoughts and review on each nendo ^^

Glad to see that your Josuke turned out great (unlike mine and some others R.I.P.)! If he ever gets a rerelease I may have to get it to replace the one I currently have...

Same for Mista, I also had the same paint QC issues as well but at least he looks and feels much better than Josuke or Risotto (still no review on Prosciutto yet so the verdict is out on that one).

"Please do a better job on the upcoming JoJo nendo’s GSC, they deserve better quality."

^THIS. AMEN. PLEASE GSC, WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR MUCH HERE. TT

Lastly, I agree with you on the Bleach nendos! Would love to see a bankai version for Ichigo and die for best girl, Rukia! I just need more Bleach nendos (GSC GET ON THAT SH*T).

What nendo disappointed you the most in 2020? What nendo are you looking forward to in 2021? (For me, I think its caesar and jojo~)
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