Thursday, August 7, 2008

Figure Photoshoot August

It is finally that time again! Although a mishap occurred in which I didn't receive all of the figures by this week, I did promise that I would be making a post this week and I intend to keep that promise. So, first the news, then the photos:

Figures:
Since the last photoshoot in July I have acquired: Konata Nendoroid, Lelouch figma, Kyon figma, Konata figma, and Fate Harlaown figma. The thing is, Konata was supposed to ship with Mikuru from Hobby Search but instead arrived with the Fate figma (and an invoice showing I had indeed paid for and ordered Mikuru). The Fate figma is beautiful and even though I don't even know the character I was willing to ship it back or at least pay for a new Mikuru. I e-mailed Hobby Search and told them that I had received the wrong figure and by today they'll have shipped a new Mikuru to me free of charge! Therefore, this Fate figma I got (worth $10 more than Mikuru), I get to keep!

Personal:
I don't mean to kill the mood completely, but on Monday I ended the 3 and a half year relationship with my girlfriend. It hurts more than I want it to but I'm taking it surprisingly well. I don't fully understand the reasons why it had to turn out this way (considering it wasn't my decision), and I don't know how long it will take me to adjust to not having someone in my life. The only way for me to move on without being concerned for her is to cut myself off from her completely, and as of last night, tying up some loose ends, I believe I've done that. I fully trust in God that this was for the best.

On a lighter and more positive note, I'm in all of my fall courses and THEN some. I got into all of the core design and media arts courses I need to take this semester (and another one I'm holding off on taking until next year). I'm taking a 6th course online that I intend to drop if things get too busy for me; however, I do at the moment get Wednesdays and most likely Fridays off. I'll be very very busy come September.

So, without further delay:

Photos:

These photos are also available in slideshow format on my portfolio.


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The first one I'd like to say a bit about first. So, I open this figure up and the first thing that happens is her front hair piece falls right off. There's absolutely no friction holding the thing on. So, I then decide to take her back hairpiece out (which plugs up the stand hole), and put her on the stand. Of course it doesn't fit too well so I have to put it in with some force. Now, the hole is stretched a bit and the hairpiece plug doesn't fit in properly. Now, this is a fairly normal problem with figmas. But here's the worst part, I go to bend her arm, and the peg attached between the joint and the arm just snaps. It's literally dangling there by a thread so I have to keep it wedged into the shoulder area of the sailor fuku or it will just dangle there. So that's about all I have to say about Konata, the figma I've been most anticipating for the last 2 months.



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This one, as I mentioned, I get to keep for free! Even though I don't exactly know anything from the show this one is from it's still pretty darn beautiful.



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Smug lil' Lelouch Lamperouge.


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Kyon, unimpressed, as usual.


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This one actually caused the most trouble of them all. It's a counterfeit Konata Nendoroid from Hong Kong. When I bought it on ebay I knew it would probably be a fake but I bought it anyways. When I paid through paypal a server error caused me to pay twice and the seller did absolutely nothing to respond to me to try and fix it (basically, "I have your money now I'll ignore you"). I had to bring it up to paypal to get my money back. The seller didn't even ship until 2 weeks after I had paid. I'm never buying figures from Hong Kong again. Contrast this incident with the Japanese seller Hobby Search who is sending me a free figure after a mishap (and they take exactly 7 days to arrive after order).


This one is a little bonus. I found this Miku shirt at Sakura Media of all places (Metrotown, Burnaby, BC). They had her under "Leek girl" until I complained about it, haha. I got this shirt after a friend told me the very same morning that he had found one there. I bought it then showed my friend the next day and then he went that same morning to go get it too. So, I wouldn't be surprised if this cycle continued until they run out of stock. Funny thing is, I wore it to work the next day (work at a video store), and the first customer I got (25 year old girl), knew who it was. That made my day...I didn't think people in Ocean Park were cool that way.

So, that was a long one. Signing off.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great photos, and also great that they send you a free figure, I also had a bad experience form a hong kong seller on ebay, I bougth two figures from him that were in preorder and then they were cancelled and never released, so I ask the seller for a refund and he never answer my mails, I even put a complain on paypal and ebay, but the say that there was nothing they could do so I should try to contac the seller again, a so this guy stole me $180 USD.

P.D. the seller ID is Toysonline2002

meimi132 said...

Ouch.... counterfit Konota... I'm pretty sure I have a counterfit Raito Yagami. But I can't be arsed... the place I bought it from didnt give refunds(I'd bought a Onegai Teacher figure which had a wonky eye, I assumed counterfit, went back for money, only give refund in other product.) But their other products seem to be fake too... and this was at a convention.... I got some Monokuro Boo stuff out of it tho, not all bad...

reggie21 said...

urgh, want that miku t-shirt

Justin said...

Sorry for the sad story... Hope you are coping well!

Excellent photoshoot! I love the look on Konata's face on the 4th pic! >.<

Argh, dang with that seller. I too bought some stuff from Hong Kong, but I have no problems thus far. After hearing your story, I decided not to order from there anymore!

Anyways, who's the girl in the second pic? The figure with the big sword? She looks cool, but too bad you don't know much about the show... ToT

Seems like this is an interesting blog. Mind if I add you to my blogroll?

Thanks!

ClearTranquil said...

Cool beans Justin. I'll add yours too.

To answer that question, the character is Fate Harlaown from Magical Girl Nonoha (I believe). A friend of mine told me it wasn't such a fantastic show so I never really made an effort to learn much about it.

Also, I don't mean to generalize to ALL Honk Kong sellers because I have had some good buys from there before, but generally though, it's often long waits for them to ship, and you always RISK a broken, wrong, fake item.

Justin said...

Yeah, I have to agree on that. The products I ordered from HK arrived just 2 weeks after ordering, so maybe it's just some sellers who are like that. But, I'll keep a heads up on that! Thanks!

gordon said...

ebay is the worst place to buy a figure unless u have no choice like the figure is very rare or out of stock else stick to trusted sites like HLJ, hobbysearch or playasia.

Persocom-san said...

reading about you getting a free figure because of Hobby Search's screw up only gives me more reason to praise them, that's awesome! That shirt is my new favorite, at the rate I'm going I'll need a 2nd one for when it wears out. Nice photo shoots of the figmas. Sorry about the relationship and the counterfit nendo... Also about figma Konata's arm O_o I hope that doesn't happen with mine, like you I had anticipated Konata the most. Oh yeah, I did add you to my blogroll now ^^

Q said...

There's always a risk of buying items from ebay. I know a number of my friends who found themselves getting ripped off by fake garments and other expensive goods which they can't do much about anymore. I only buy miniature tanks there so the risk of having bootlegs of that kind of thing is pretty low. Yahoo Japan auction often has much juicier stuff, but they don't allow international shipping which is a pain.

Sounds like that you like the figma Fate a lot too. Surely looks attractive for a character I do not know well either lol... I may get one via a local shop soon or later after reading so many blogs on her.

As a Hongkonger myself, I don't actually get much accounts of people getting bootlegs from Hong Kong. Pretty sure that the ones you got from are the minorities. I don't feel good about how it has been a target for generalisation, but it's understandable; any unfriendly minorities can ruin the image of anything at any rate.

Saku said...

Nice Miku tshirt you got there :D. Btw I added you to my blogroll ^^

I went to SakuraMedia while I was in Vancouver. They have wide variety of products iirc.

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