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Milady-AllucaMilady-Alluca7 päivää sitten
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I feel a lot of conflicting emotions for collecting, I’m working towards a better place and growing out of some of my collection while refining my preferences and focuses which feels a lot better now than the hopeless place I have felt several times over the past couple years.

So amidst all of the ups and downs (and boy have I been dragging through a lot of downs lately) I finally felt a spark for collecting come back in its purest form...finding a figure I really actually liked AND successfully hunting down a deal I could afford at the time...TIMES TWO!!

It all started during a browse of all things Rin Tohsaka on offer when I chanced upon an amazing deal for a GSC Rin and Aquamarine Archer. But Archer was without his box and Rin missing a few accessories that admittedly I didn’t care about. I thought about it, wrote it off, but couldn’t stop thinking about it for over an hour. I had the funds and I felt a little chancey...so I used my proxy to put in a buy request.

Due to the way Neokyo works, the timing just didn’t work out and I did not win the purchase. Before I go on, I do want to say, I do not blame Neokyo for the protocols they have to use.

But losing that first purchase made me realize...I wanted that Rin and Archer more than I realized. I mean, I REALLY wanted them. It has been so, so long since I felt this much pull and draw for a figure, then alone two.

So I set off to make a game plan, drafting up how many places I could find the two separate figures and how much each listing or site was offering them for. I calculated my finances to find what part of my leisure budget could be devoted to this adventure, and then I threw wide the gates.

I learned that I could not trust Neokyo would be my greatest proxy ally in this quest, and looked into Buyee which sometimes can purchase immediately from Mercari JP. I hadn’t heard all the best things about them but decided to chance it anyway. I found a pretty alright deal for Rin on Mercari and bought her immediately through Buyee and got confirmation quickly.

That then left Archer. I was a little anxious to get him because I worried with Aquamarine’s bankruptcy their old figures would incrementally increase in price and rarity on the pre-owned market. I ended up using Neokyo to buy him from Amazon JP since the listing I decided on couldn’t ship to me themselves (and I still had funds in my Neokyo wallet from the first purchase attempt that I didn’t want to go to waste). He was finally secured and I merely had to wait for both figures to arrive at their respective warehouses and then I’d be shipping them via DHL and FedEx to myself!

The wait was killer ;^;

FINALLY, after they arrived and I arranged shipment, I only had to wait a couple days to receive them myself, which has been the best upside to FedEx and DHL shipments. DHL has actually become my favorite shipping method as I’ve had no issues and like my delivery person, but I have had no issues with FedEx either.

This whole adventure was fun and felt invigorating, to feel that spark pushing me and that anxious neediness in obtaining something being sated with satisfaction...I really missed that about collecting. Pre-Ordering is nice and all, but you don’t get the same high as finding a deal secondhand, at least to me haha! (But I hope to just play things safe with the PO game these days when/if I can).

And here are the pictures of my victory’s spoils! I was SUPER lucky to get the 2nd edition of Rin which has a more matte finish on her paint which I much prefer to the shiny variant of her outfit of the 1st edition of the figure (which actually put me off from putting her on my wishlist for the longest time - years even!) Also whoa is Archer’s box unnecessarily HUGE lmao.

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Don’t mind my doll in some of the shots, she’s just cute and I wanted her there for size comparison’s sake - she’s about 150 mm / 5.5 in tall.

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Thanks for reading! May the spark be kind to you this coming holiday season :)
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Milady-Alluca5 päivää sitten#87088471That's cool your spark came back for anime :) I saw your post a few days ago for the Saekano disc sets, I hope you're able to complete that collection soon. I know the pain of trying to get discs that aren't available anymore or out of print for awhile :c
I want to get back into anime, and started collecting discs again too! But I need to get back into watching stuff ;;

Just got set 2 still need set 1 but glad people said it was on eBay.com and not the Canadian one bought it right away
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Milady-Alluca5 päivää sitten#87088498That's cool you're able to help your friend while also getting some nice stuff! Mutually beneficial haha And that's rad you're getting the batwing and batmobile, nice pieces! I can sympathize with your brother wanting to unload stuff before/during moving time @_@
Glad to hear you're a happier collector lately, man, I know this hobby can be tough sometimes. I'm looking forward to two packages from RightStuf of some good anime pick ups myself so I'm looking forward to getting to watch some stuff either again or just stuff that I never got around to watching.


Just feels good to me being happier about this hobby after being in a miserable love/hate relationship with this hobby for a while and it's great to pick up some neat pieces for the collection I now have to determine where I'm going to put those Batman vehicles since they are HUGE.

But they won't be in my hands till next year so for now gotta relax and sit back and enjoy what I have here.
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Milady-Alluca5 päivää sitten#87088449
I saw you have the Racing Rin ITEM #532059 - I was actually considering putting her on my wishlist recently, would you say she's a nice figure? I love Rin but I'm not super sure on the racing outfit.


Absolutely a nice figure and super quality. The three figure set is very nice and definitely ranks as "special" as well. The downside is that if you didn't pre-order them, they are likely to be tough to find in the aftermarket for a decent price - even after having a second re-run. I missed the Saber re-release so I had to get her in the aftermarket after lots of looking but the other two I pre-ordered so they were easy to get. Since Rin just got re-released this year, it is a good time to get her if you want her because in my experience if you wait too long supplies for a sought after figure like that typically get scarce and prices rise. There is also a chance that the supplies that the manufacturer held back for replacements on the re-release will hit the market over the next few months (maybe even Jan or Feb) so that's the time when prices might be the best in the aftermarket.
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Milady-Alluca Obnoxiously Wordy
TyjosAzari6 päivää sitten#86976664I enjoy the hobby now a lot more.
Getting all this Mecha has helped to reignited my desire to get more Mecha into the collection and collect more Anime.
That's cool you're able to help your friend while also getting some nice stuff! Mutually beneficial haha And that's rad you're getting the batwing and batmobile, nice pieces! I can sympathize with your brother wanting to unload stuff before/during moving time @_@

Glad to hear you're a happier collector lately, man, I know this hobby can be tough sometimes. I'm looking forward to two packages from RightStuf of some good anime pick ups myself so I'm looking forward to getting to watch some stuff either again or just stuff that I never got around to watching.
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Milady-Alluca Obnoxiously Wordy
Rikoei5 päivää sitten#87021637awesome. Personally my spark came back but it's with Japanese animation........I am watching it a lot more now since I have nothing better to do......That's cool your spark came back for anime :) I saw your post a few days ago for the Saekano disc sets, I hope you're able to complete that collection soon. I know the pain of trying to get discs that aren't available anymore or out of print for awhile :c
I want to get back into anime, and started collecting discs again too! But I need to get back into watching stuff ;;
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Milady-Alluca Obnoxiously Wordy
61655 päivää sitten#87021476Congrats! They look great together. Off-topic question, but what brand is your doll? She looks super cute.Thank you! Yea I really like their sizes together too for posing :D
And oh thank you!! She's a combo of these picconeemo/assault lily figures ITEM #749544 & ITEM #605148. Kateryna's hair with Lily G's face and body which is slightly longer of limb than the Kateryna body. Clothes are just Azone picconeemo clothes c:
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Milady-Alluca Obnoxiously Wordy
dtindcarea5 päivää sitten#87021421Congrats on getting those figures! Finding something in the aftermarket at a good price takes a lot of time and effort, and I too know the feeling of getting something you are looking to buy after waiting many months to find the right deal.
Those two figures are awesome figures as well. I have the Archer figure and didn't expect such a huge figure and box either but I think it makes the figure really special. I too bought him in the aftermarket from Amazon Japan (Amazon JP was the seller) about 1 1/2 years after he was released. I had him on my Amazon Japan wishlist for at least 6 months but he finally showed up for his list price and I grabbed him right away. He was being offered previously for about 4,000 yen above list price because demand was pretty good for this figure due to it being the best Archer scale figure ever made.
He's definitely a special figure, I think he truly is one of the closest and best representations of this Archer character in figure form available! That's AWESOME you were able to get him at such a good price after waiting for so long!! I wish I could say my deal was just as good but I think considering what I saw him going for and the deal I got, it was alright enough for me ;w;

I saw you have the Racing Rin ITEM #532059 - I was actually considering putting her on my wishlist recently, would you say she's a nice figure? I love Rin but I'm not super sure on the racing outfit.
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Milady-Alluca Obnoxiously Wordy
yakushining6 päivää sitten#86977020huge congratulations to you for finding those two, your work definitely paid off! i totally agree with you, finding pre owned deals is the high of this hobby! it's always great when you find that spark in collecting again.Thanks so much! And definitely, the high and satisfaction from stubbornly surfing the net for a good deal is definitely a lot of fun ^^ (not that I meant to be creeping on your profile) but I bet searching for Death Note merchandise can be pretty tough these days! Best of luck in your own searches :D
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awesome. Personally my spark came back but it's with Japanese animation........I am watching it a lot more now since I have nothing better to do......
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Congrats! They look great together. Off-topic question, but what brand is your doll? She looks super cute.
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