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New Pre-Orders & Planned Expo Visit

MCM London Expo: 22 – 24 May 2015.

Details and tickets: http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/
Firstly the Expo, I will be attending the MCM London Expo, if anyone would like to arrange a meet or something please send me a PM via FTV.

New Pre Orders!

AKA where has all my money gone xD (or will go!)

Its been a while since I did an update, so I thought I’d share what I have on pre order, some of these I placed a long time ago, some just recently.

figma – Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]: Rin Tohsaka 2.0(Pre-order)

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Price: 4,460 JPY / $37
Made by: MAX Factory
Released (exp): late Sep-2015
Get yours at: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-011502
Comment:
A new Rin figma? Took less than 10 seconds for me to secure that xD

Fate/stay night [UBW] – Messenger Bag: Rin Tohsaka

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Price: 4,536 JPY / $37
Made by: COSPA
Released: mid May 2015
Link: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=GOODS-00027804
Comment:
I already have two anime bags… but its Rin…can’t resist xD

Real Action Heroes No.698 RAH Sword Art Online II – Sinon

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Price: 22,940 JPY / $191
Made by: Medicom Toy
Released: late Aug 2015
Link: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=FIGURE-009247
Comment:
The RAH figures are just amazing, and Sinon with her Hecate II gun which is moveable and having real clothes, I had to get it.

Fate/stay night [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] Master Figure -Rin Tohsaka- (Game-prize)

No picture, yet.

Price: 1,460 JPY / $12
Made by: FuRyu
Released: late Aug 2015
Link: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=FIGURE-010634
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I have no idea what this is, no picture, no info other than its something to do with Rin Tohsaka and is approx 19cm tall. At $12 I figured it was worth a go anyway, and might be a bit of a mystery!

Black Raven Series – Lilia / White Raven III The Stardust Nightmare. -Samayoeru Tamashii-

FIG-DOL-7733

Price: An eye watering 48,000 JPY / $400.
Made by: Azone
Released: late Mar 2015 (available now)
Link: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=FIG-DOL-7733
Comment:
This is the single most expensive anime type thing I have ever purchased, and yes it scares the crap out of me how I actually gave in to those red eyes and pressed the ‘add to cart’ button. I spent days debating about this (after having it on my watch list for months), but it looks so amazing and so detailed. Seriously, do not buy one of these unless you can afford it, I can and I still felt like crying at the price. Yes I am insane, now officially certifiable. There are 2 versions, there is the Black Raven V which is also available at: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIG-DOL-7789  and is almost the same price. However, that is not the worst of the problem, these terrible Azone people show no mercy and have created the ultimate in temptation, yes, they made a Rin Tohsaka version as well…  http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-011436   – for the moment, I have only (ha?) ordered the White Raven III, and not the Black Raven V or the Rin Tohsaka version. Personally, the Rin version doesn’t actually seem to look as good as the RAH / Real Action Heros version ( http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-008790 ) which is considerably cheaper at 22,810 JPY / $190 and that comes with 2 costumes, and lots of extra parts (hands, faces etc). Time will tell however if my insanity should get worse and I end up buying one of the others. I will post some pics and do a review when it(she?) arrives (at that price, rest assured I will be getting a blog post out of it!). And also, yes this is technically a doll, and its the first time ever I considered actually getting one, but I feel the look is very much anime style and really not much like a doll, the great costume and the big sword help too, although I admit I do feel a little uneasy, and embarrassed, just because its over that line from figure to doll, the reality is that its exactly like an RAH figure but has soft hair, its amazing what effect social stereo typing can have.

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Hyper Japan July 2014

Another expo another pile of goodies? Well this time I got so much stuff, I actually had to buy 2 additional bags to carry it all in !

First of all, please excuse the picture quality, these are literally just pulled out of the bag from the expo and put in front of my mobile so you can see them.

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These are the 2 extra bags I bought to help me carry all the stuff home, as I had an excuse to buy a bag (or 2) I got these, and I’m really happy with them. I’ve not seen or heard of the bag on the right, but it looked so nice I just had to get it. And it was the last one they had. The High School of the Dead (left) has Velcro to hold the flap closed and take the weight to the top carry handle. The shoulder strap takes the weight via the center side supports. The bag on the left actually has 2 plastic locking clips on short straps, and did a great job of carrying lots of heavy anime art books xD. I really like the design on it too, even tho I didn’t recognise the anime.

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A figure and a blue ray. Although I am aware of the shining wind series, I don’t really know anything about it, but this figure looked so nice I got it anyway. The anime to the right looked good and sounded funny on the back, so I got that too, quite randomly. Also, do not be alarmed by the stickers, all of these are in plastic protective wrapping, so the stickers are not touching the books inside.

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These are the art books, some of these are quite thick and heavy. First two are Type Moon / Fate Stay Night second one having a CD and 2 posters apparently, third is a Navel book.

Lower row, first three are various ToLoveRu books, and the third one looked familiar but I don’t quite remember it, but It looked good so I got it also, and it seems to have a blue ray in it.

At this point you maybe wondering how come I buy things without knowing what it is, well its simply, this is how I find new and interesting stuff, If I like the artwork, then there is a good chance I’ll like the anime or manga or anything else related to it. Most of the time the vendor lets you have a look inside, so you know what it is even if you don’t know the anime/series its from.

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Now for the most amazing part. These are items I got from Raynart’s stall. Starting from the top, a huge plastic poster, this thing is really thick and the quality is lovely, normally costs £30, but I got it for free, because I won it. Next is a paper bag, quite possibly the most beautiful paper/card bag ever, but it actually comes in 4 versions, you get an idea on what the others are like from the prints in the later pictures. Next is the art book, no surprise after seeing how amazing the art is I had to get the book. The key chain I think I got for free because I bought the collection / special set (more on this in a moment).

The first image on the second row here is the collectors special box set featuring  his short stories, the box is designed to take the next set as well which are not out yet. The next picture shows two approx A4 size prints, again these were free as I won these too. The final picture is a set of postcard size prints, I won 3 of these, and he gave me the 4th to complete the set, which was nice.

So, how did this come about? Well I initially looked at one of the short stories, it looked good, and I already really liked the look of the art. He then started showing me various things, (the items above) and pointed out that I could buy a package set for £65, that included the collectors box and 2 stories, the art book, the bag and maybe the key chain. BUT it also included 3 chances to play the dice to win something. Basically he has two D10 dice, and I get 3 throws. Each throw makes a number, which matches up to various items. He told me someone yesterday won one of the big plastic board posters, and so I decided to go for it. I also bought the third story so it came to £70. First throw got me the postcard prints, the second got me the huge plastic board poster and the third got me the 2 larger prints. Considering that the large board poster usually sells for £30 on its own, that was quite a deal there. Obviously he must have factored in the chances and costs, but even so I did feel quite guilty to do so well. I really hope he does well.

This was probably the biggest spend at an expo so far, and it was certainly very tiring, but I’m really happy with the things I picked up and it was worth the trip.

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Oh and I stumbled upon Yun*Chi singing the Log Horizon ED as well which was quite awesome xD (pics taken just after the song during the talk).

 

 

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MCM & Japan Expo London May 2010

This is a post about the expo in 2010, I’m writing this 2 years after the event as I happened upon the pictures while writing another post.

The MCM Expo is always good to go to, its one of my favorite ones as its quite big and there’s a big selection of things to buy – DVDs, BDs, figures etc, this time they seemed to have joined the MCM expo with Japan Ex, which the previous year were separate events, that made this one even bigger, and it wasn’t just anime and games either. The first you do upon arrival is to queue…

I think I was in that for well over 1 hour, maybe 2 hours, the amount of people waiting was quite impressive.

There is also always lots of people cosplaying at these events, some kind enough to pose for some pictures and some who like to offer ‘Free Hugs’…

I also met a few storm troopers too…

And this was before I even got inside the main hall. Once inside you can come and go as you please, as they give you a wrist band, this quite important as the cash machines and toilets are outside of the main hall. Inside there are lots more cosplayers and its not just the fans who are in costume either…

Each event has a big cosplay competition on the main stage which goes on all weekend as well…

Lots of free hugs are always a good thing…

Take a close look at the far right picture, see how hes doing it?

Its not just anime that has a presence, lots of Sci-Fi is as well…

Culture and art are important too…

And gaming opportunities, a lot more than I took pictures of as well, and finally… robots!

It was a long day, but a lot of fun and I’ll be back for the next one.

Special thanks to everyone who posed for and allowed me take their picture.

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MCM Expo London May 2012

This was originally written on the day of the event, and extends the post on the forum here.

It had been a long and tiring day, it was way too hot, too crowded, the trains were totally full and their air conditioning was broken, it was a hell of a trip… but once I got their it was good and I did end up with some nice stuff…


In total, £160 on everything in the above pictures, I also spent another £5 on three issues of MYM magazine as they had a special offer on, I have issue 1 now and the other two come in the post later.

Notice the two Evangelion ‘maid’ figures, these are almost certainly fakes – I spent around an hour going to all the stands looking at these, and they were all of horrific quality, damaged boxes, stains and marks – big ones – on the figure, damaged and missing paint, really bad. I managed to find these too which seemed to be the best, I’m hoping the defects wont show from a normal distance and most of the paint issues were on the back. Its mainly Rei that seemed to have the issues, the other was fairly ok.

The only box out of all of them with any kind of ‘official’ sticker is the Saki maid – pink box, top right of first and third image, therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if more of them are fakes as well – they were very cheap, and there weren’t any better versions available at the expo. I wouldn’t normally get a fake (or a suspected one) but these were so nice I got them regardless – and only paid minimal amounts for them.

The large Rin Tohsaka figure – biggest by far – was interesting, one stall had the last one left of their stock, no box as it was a ‘display’ one, and she was leaning badly onto the next box, when he showed it to me, it fell over no less than four times, it would not stand up for long at all. It also looked very poor quality, and had damage to her legs. He said normally £65, due to no box £59. I decided to hold off, and keep looking, 2 stalls further down, I found the one you see in the picture, boxed and taped, looks fine condition, and only £38. £38 for a potential fake (its a bit too cheap) of my favourite character in such a big size that still looks great? Sure why not. Normally anything Type Moon has an official hologram logo sticker on it, and usually a second from the manufacturer, in this case Good Smile Company if its genuine, this has neither.  I could get these off eBay, but then you can’t see what the exact one your getting is like, this way I can at least see it for myself and decide.

After unpacking them all and getting a better look at them, the two Evangelion ones are definitely fakes,  the big Rin figure is most likely fake as well, but its a hell of a good one, the extra swords fit into the base, she has extra hands and a dagger to hold and the build quality is quite good. Paint is a bit glossy, and there are a couple places it doesn’t quite match, but you have to look close to see it. An original is around the £200 mark, and that’s without shipping or import duty.

I think all the others are actually real, the quality is perfect, material and paint colour and detail etc. The Luka Vocaloid figure was a Sega ‘game prize’ one and was offered at £34, I got it a bit less as I bought 2 others at same time and the seller rounded it down by about £4. It looks really good. Reviews of all these figures will come in a later post, once I clear the backlog of reviews that is :).

This trip to the Expo was a bit rushed, I had less time as I had to pack for a trip away for work, and I didn’t take any pictures this time, take a look at the previous years expo post for some pictures of the event in general.

As issue 2 of the MYM magazine arrived while I was editing this post, here’s a picture of issues 1 and 2 together.

[P.S. Anyone who caught my post really early and are now wondering where the post about Yukiho & Saber went, I swapped the posts out as this was more time based, the other will be back in a couple of days]

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