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takashi-kuntakashi-kun4 kuukautta sitten
extremely long-winded diary entry incoming.

i started collecting when i was 14. being a high school student at the time i didn't have much money, but with the little bit of income i could get, i would typically spend it on figures.

over time i had accumulated a collection of nendoroids, but a lot of them just stayed in their boxes on the shelf. this is just me personally(no shame to anyone who does it themselves btw!), but i really didn't understand why i was keeping all this stuff around if i didn't display them or look at them or do ANYTHING with them. i didn't feel happy owning this stuff. i admit i brought a lot of figures because i just thought they were pretty. while there's nothing wrong with that when other people do it, but it didn't work for me. i was also a long younger and more impulsive and if i saw a good deal, i'd leap on it.

it's been a long process but i've slowly sold almost all my old collection on ebay, depop, even a couple on mfc. i would rather the figure go somewhere else where someone wants it than let it sit on my shelf, never to see the light of day. i really wanted to narrow down my collection just to figures i really liked and actually wanted. i do admit that there's one figure( ITEM #464590 ) i refuse to let go for sentimental reasons, even if i don't like persona 5, because my best friend gifted it to me when we met up for the first time IRL.

after condensing down my collection i honestly wasn't really interesting in buying figures actively aside from a few of a character i really liked here and there. i would see people have whole collections of their favorite character and i would often wish i could do that, but i had yet to find a character that i was dedicated enough to do that for. so i thought i was done with actively collecting, as it felt like it no longer made me happy.

(also kind of an unrelated note but the kind of collection goals i had in mind is like the shinx collection my boyfriend has)
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....and now to lose all my credibility. in june of 2019 something happened...i really can't recall what was the final push for me to sit down and play this game, i had owned it for 4 years already, but i finally played final fantasy 7. then i got a huge crush on cloud. so i don't seem weird and go on about how much i love him. i'll just say this crush on a video game man pretty much became the catalyst for me to get back into collecting.

so since then i started collecting cloud merch. figures, charms, ect. i'll buy it. however, for the first time, i've felt joy in my collection. even now i don't have the biggest collection and i'm very alright with that! my current collection makes me genuinely happy. surely, i would like to grow my number of clouds.

here you can take a look at what i've collected so far!
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if you read all this, thank you so much and i hope you're happy with your collection!
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SmikuSmiku4 kuukautta sitten#76327232This was such a cute read!! I'm so happy you have found joy in this hobby again!
The hobby itself and the people in the community make it all worth it!
I'm working on my Final Fantasy shrine rn for all my faves ♡ but I admittedly have the biggest shrine for XV (mostly Noctis and Aranea) and XIII (mostly dedicated to Lightning because she is my girl ♡)
I also have a huge passion and love for my girl Bayonetta. So I'll be setting up my shrine for her soon too ♡
You keep doing you boo! Whatever brings you joy ♡


ahhhh i love bayonetta as well. i don't know if ill ever get a figure of her (unless they do a figma), but i can still love and appreciate her without owning a figure.

also!!! while my collection is focused on cloud, i dont mind having a few other ffvii characters(especially zack lmao). good luck on your lightning collection!
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awwhhh these comments are all so sweet, thank you !!!!Melon_pan44 kuukautta sitten#76304646Congrats on finding that special character to build a shrine of!
I was getting kind of bored as well, didn't have much figures or merchandise i wanted to buy until recently when i finally decided to watch Love Live! School Idol Project. I fell in love Kotori and now that she's my main waifu i have several figures of her i will buy in the future as well as plenty of merchandise!
Xardej4 kuukautta sitten#76306006Grats on finding that flame that burns in all otaku and makes us what we are. But really, your crush on Cloud is nothing to be ashamed of, or even second guess. To be quite frank we all have something like that to an extent. For many it's a single or set of characters. For others it might be a series they love as a whole. Honestly, after the hundreds upon hundreds of our kind I've interacted with I've seen this sort of thing before. It simply seems like you got into it when you were younger because the general aspect of the hobby appealed to you and it just took you a bit longer than normal to find that one thing that cements you to it.Vetanda4 kuukautta sitten#76283514It makes me so happy to see someone enjoying it again after questioning it. I tend to fall into self-doubt when it comes to collecting sometimes myself, so congrats on finding a love for it again! Great collection!Cloudberry4 kuukautta sitten#76301734This hobby makes it fun and enjoyable if you have a favorite character. Congrats on finding your favorite character and rekindling your passion for this dangerous hobby.
I bet you're going to have fun with the FF7 remake!!!
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SmikuSmiku Umbra Witch
This was such a cute read!! I'm so happy you have found joy in this hobby again!
The hobby itself and the people in the community make it all worth it!

I'm working on my Final Fantasy shrine rn for all my faves ♡ but I admittedly have the biggest shrine for XV (mostly Noctis and Aranea) and XIII (mostly dedicated to Lightning because she is my girl ♡)

I also have a huge passion and love for my girl Bayonetta. So I'll be setting up my shrine for her soon too ♡

You keep doing you boo! Whatever brings you joy ♡
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Grats on finding that flame that burns in all otaku and makes us what we are. But really, your crush on Cloud is nothing to be ashamed of, or even second guess. To be quite frank we all have something like that to an extent. For many it's a single or set of characters. For others it might be a series they love as a whole. Honestly, after the hundreds upon hundreds of our kind I've interacted with I've seen this sort of thing before. It simply seems like you got into it when you were younger because the general aspect of the hobby appealed to you and it just took you a bit longer than normal to find that one thing that cements you to it.
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Congrats on finding that special character to build a shrine of!

I was getting kind of bored as well, didn't have much figures or merchandise i wanted to buy until recently when i finally decided to watch Love Live! School Idol Project. I fell in love Kotori and now that she's my main waifu i have several figures of her i will buy in the future as well as plenty of merchandise!
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This hobby makes it fun and enjoyable if you have a favorite character. Congrats on finding your favorite character and rekindling your passion for this dangerous hobby.

I bet you're going to have fun with the FF7 remake!!!
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oh yesss im very excited! i've already played through the demo a couple times and have taken plenty of screenshots of cloud looking pretty. i anticipate that this game is gonna give me 100s hours of play. also i might just PM you about those older cloud figures. @u@ Bearcat4 kuukautta sitten#76283502Aww your collection is so nice! Cloud was (and is XD) my first game crush ever since I played the game back in 2000, so I totally understand :)
You must be psyched for the remake next month! I just finished the demo, and it took me much longer than 30min just due to the fact that Cloud's so freakin' gorgeous...the game will take ages to play if I have to stop every 10 minutes to admire the graphics.
I might have a couple of older Cloud figures from the Potions line that I was looking to sell at some point anyway, hit me up if that might be of interest to you ;)
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It makes me so happy to see someone enjoying it again after questioning it. I tend to fall into self-doubt when it comes to collecting sometimes myself, so congrats on finding a love for it again! Great collection!
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Aww your collection is so nice! Cloud was (and is XD) my first game crush ever since I played the game back in 2000, so I totally understand :)
You must be psyched for the remake next month! I just finished the demo, and it took me much longer than 30min just due to the fact that Cloud's so freakin' gorgeous...the game will take ages to play if I have to stop every 10 minutes to admire the graphics.
I might have a couple of older Cloud figures from the Potions line that I was looking to sell at some point anyway, hit me up if that might be of interest to you ;)
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Your Cloud collection is amazing! Especially your itabag and plush. That’s really great that him becoming the center of your collection reignited your enjoyment for the hobby.
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You can buy Japanese anime and manga merch!

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