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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This picture is irrelevant, I just think Anya looks cute in it.
Megahouse G.E.M. Zero turned up yesterday, after I had to reschedule the delivery from Tuesday because the post wasn’t delivered until after I left for lectures (by ten minutes, no less). It was raining, but not enough to soak through the HLJ box thankfully. I felt sorry for the man delivering it, though ^^;
The figure quality is great – the promotional images were really accurate. The detail on the figure is really nice, and I especially like the metal chain attached to his sword belt. He really stands out on my bookshelf, and I was lucky to be able to fit him on because even with my extra-deep shelving the base of the figure is a little large, and he’s fairly tall compared to the rest of my collection. I might see if I can borrow a camera from one of my housemates to do a couple of photos, other wise it will have to wait until late June when I’m back from university.
Due to budget constraints, he’s actually the first PVC I’ve bought so far – the only other one I own is a huge Ryuk from Jun Planning (R.I.P.) that aforementioned housemate gave me for Christmas last year. I love buying Figma and Nendoroid figures, but it’s nice to have the larger, high-end ones as well. I’ll hopefully soon have the Gift Saber I ordered earlier this week, though. I don’t know how all my figure boxes are going to fit into the car when I go home, because there’s no way I’m going to flatten them and they’re starting to take up quite a bit of room.
Pokémon Platinum comes out soon in the UK, and one of the larger video game chains offered the Giratina figure as a preorder bonus, so I went for that rather than importing myself an American copy of the game like I did with Diamond. It seems as though they’re sending out the figures early so as to deal with the rush on release more easily, so mine should turn up around the end of next week or the beginning of the week after if they send it out towards the start of the week. The poor postal workers won’t like me over the next fortnight or so. Aside from Saber and Giratina, I ordered some Black Rock Shooter goodies (a notebook and a mug) and a couple of Sengoku Basara One Coin trading figures (blind boxed, I managed to grab them from Play-Asia shortly before they sold out). No more online shopping for me for a while, if possible.
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I can't wait until mine arrives
So I sent the payment over to HLJ for Megahouse GEM Zero figure earlier today, so it looks like they managed to fulfill my preorder. I’m glad, although my wallet isn’t since including the shipping he cost me nearly £65. It was what I expected and I had separated the money from my main account back in January, but it’s still a lot of money. It’s being sent by SAL, which lessens my chances of getting caught with extra charges courtesy of UK customs, but I might still get unlucky with something so expensive. Still, hopefully it shouldn’t be too much since it’s Royal Mail handling things rather than a service like Parcelforce. I don’t know when the arrival is likely to be. He’ll probably ship in the next day or two, but delivery could be anything from a week and a half to three weeks in my experience. Maybe because of the awful economy he’ll arrive as quickly as my last figure did? I can only hope. He should be a great figure, though. Ami Ami has great images as usual, and he looks very good. I like the base they decided on – it’s an interesting shape. Villetta looks lovely as well, minus the optional random pink jacket thing which kind of clashes, to be honest. Wish I could have afforded her as well.
I decided to pass on the Wave Yoko I had been thinking about, which is probably just as well given the amount of money I had to spend today on figures. When I looked around for pictures of the actual release, I didn’t like her as much as the promo pictures. I wasn’t so bothered about the colours, but I really didn’t like the change in face, even for just over £20. Hopefully Nia will turn out better, because I really like the short hair version of Wave’s figure.
Sometimes the search terms people reach my blog by are confusing. This one was somewhat bewildering, although sadly (or perhaps thankfully?) it wasn’t anything too bizarre. I’m not exactly sure how they got to my blog through it, though. Maybe they were searching really, really hard and found my blog somewhere near the end of Google search? Perhaps I spent too long talking about fanservice when I covered the first episode of Basquash? I get a lot of people making their way over to this post when searching the internet for a certain Gundam Meister wearing a dress.
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