Warning: this post is very image-heavy.
Long time no post! Real life got rather busy all of a sudden after New Year’s, and I rather lost the time and energy to be blogging, but now I’m back with a rather special post – photos from my trip to Wonfes!
As most figure collectors are probably aware, Wonfes is one of the largest and most important events for figure fans in Japan. It’s technically a garage kit event, but most of the major figure companies, plus many smaller figure shops have a strong presence there, and it’s common to announce lots of new figures. I have to say though, most of the manufacturers really outdid themselves this time! There’s usually a handful of interesting announcements made, but this time it was more like a cascade of new products! GSC/Max Factory in particular had some really interesting things to show off. I wonder if this is why there have been so many delays recently?
Click on the images to enlarge. Some of them are rather blurry, for which I apologise – it’s hard taking photos of figures in glass cases when being pushed and shoved by otaku from all sides, and I’m far from a good photographer!
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Max Factory had quite a few new Figma action figures on display at WonFes, some previously announced and others a surprise.
Previously seen only as a silhouette, Figma Ein was on display in full colour. She looks just as good as expected, and I’m looking forward to seeing the other parts she’ll come with. I hope we might eventually get a Zwei Figma to match as well.
Mikatan’s blog has a new post up showing the complete set of accessories and extras for the adorable Nendoroid Saber Lily, along with an announcement that preorders will begin on June 25th!
I’ll probably be getting mine in at HLJ, although I may change it later if I can get it cheaper through something like Amazon JP, since I’ll be over in Japan by the time it’s released.
Clearly they were saving the best until last when they started to reveal her different faces.
I think she’s probably one of my favourite Nendoroids yet. The detailing on her outfit is really lovely, and they’ve included a nice range of extras – she comes with both Caliburn and Excalibur, and her facial expressions are all great. She has a fierce expression, a smile and the adorable one shown in the image above.
I’m glad to see a proper, regular release Nendoroid of Saber at last – all of the previous ones have been exclusives or have been adorable but a little odd, like the Saber Lion, and those F/S N Nendoroids with the weird faces and accessories. I’m also glad to see a Saber Lily at an affordable price – both the Figma and the GSC PVC (I’m not so fond of the Alter) are outside of my budget for now, but I should be able to afford the Nendoroid just fine, and she’s just as lovely as they are in her own way.
I’ve been a bit neglectful with blogging the last week or so, but I’ve been pretty busy now I’m back at my family home. I booked my flight to Japan last week, which has taken a serious chunk out of my poor finances even at the student price. There are more expenses to come as well – I need an expensive vaccination, and I’ll need to pay a visit to London to get my visa once the documents come through from the university I’ll be studying at. I also need insurance for the trip, plus a laptop (although Apple has a nice student deal on at the moment which will mean I’ll get an iPod Touch for very little money if I get the laptop through them, which I likely will for the student prices), and no doubt lots of smaller costs as well.
I’ll have a couple of photos of my collection in a day or two now that it’s all in one place, and some art as well.
Despite having made a couple of posts over the last week, I’ve been extremely busy due to exams. Thankfully that’s all out of the way now – I had my second and final exam yesterday morning. It was my Japanese language exam, so it was pretty nerve-wracking, but I think I should at least have managed to pass, and maybe I’ll even get lucky and do better than last time. I don’t think I did as well on the written section as the previous exam because I really hate doing statistics in Japanese (I’m pretty good with stats, but not so great with them in a different language, it would seem). The translation and reading comprehension went better than last time though, I think. Now I’m effectively free until whenever in August or September I head out to Japan (providing I didn’t fail that exam). I’ll have to keep up the Japanese with lost of practice. Maybe I’ll scanlate a couple of the one-shot manga in my possession. I have a nice little original doujinshi by Yamakami Riyu that has never been translated, and is flat enough that I won’t have to take it apart in order to scan it. If I’m confident enough with it I might even lend a hand to some of the scanlation groups. I’ll also have lots of opportunity to draw, although I’m probably going to focus mainly on making money from it because I need as much as I can get for Japan.
I’ll be moving back home in just over a week, which I’m glad of because my living arrangements at the moment are… less than desirable, shall we say. I’ll have access to a camera again, which will be useful. It will also be the first time in nearly two years that all of my hobby collection will be in one place. Last Summer I left a lot of things at the house I’m currently in because the lease covered the Summer and it was easier than trying to take everything home in the car (which I’m dreading having to do next week). Since I don’t have accommodation up here next year for obvious reasons, everything is coming back and I can combine it with all the DVDs and manga I had to leave at home. I’ll have to take a photo of my collection or something because even though it’s not exactly impressive, it will be one of the few opportunities I have when it’s all in the same location.
Barely relevant Saber image
On a different subject entirely, I went and collected Gift Saber from the post office this morning. They didn’t even try to deliver her because she had customs charges, so I had to hand over the money before I could get my hands on her. This is the first time I’ve been caught by customs, although one of my current housemates has dealt with it before. I had to pay £10.73, which is probably getting off easy but the main annoyance about it was that only £2.73 of that was actual charges by customs – the other £8 was Royal Mail’s ‘handling fee’. I guess I should be grateful that they caught me on Saber and not Lelouch, who was a lot more expensive and would have incurred much higher charges.
She does look great, though. I’ll probably take some photos of her (along with some of my other figures) after I’ve moved back home, even though dozens of people have already done this. I’m probably going to use the anime head most of the time because I love the colour of the paint used for her eyes, and I like the detailing on the hair better. I think the only part I don’t like is the sword – the rest of the figure is so elaborately detailed that it just looks plain and doesn’t really fit the style. It’s fairly accurate to the original design, from what I can remember off the top of my head, but I would have rather it been subjected to the same artistic interpretation as the rest of the figure. The mirror base is really nice, but it’s just going to get so dusty ^^;
A lighter post this time, although perhaps not from the point of view of my wallet ^^; I just ordered myself Gift Saber from HLJ for ¥2600! A lot of people didn’t like her because of her face sculpts, but I don’t think they look so bad, just a little on the inaccurate side, and the body of the figure is gorgeous enough to make up for this. And besides, at such a low price I just couldn’t pass her up. I’m really glad I decided to skim through their sale section – I wasn’t expecting to see anything interesting and cheap enough to catch my eye, so Gift Saber was a big surprise. She will be my second Saber figure – my other one being Figma Saber, the first figure I bought as a serious collector rather than an occasional gashapon buyer. I really like Saber as a character, so I’m glad to have a new one to add to my collection!