10. June 2014 by · Comments Off on THANKS STEVE · Categories: Site News · Tags:

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This is how we pay our site administrators. Well, this and also Dollars, American.

Anyway Steve put in a lot of work getting us off the ground, so if you’re seeing this it’s largely because of him. Thanks pal!

10. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 3: Alter Aigis · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , ,

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For our third Figure Photo Fight, Jeff threw me a curve ball. All of my photos are cleaned up in Photoshop to some degree, but this time Photoshop was a requirement for the challenge. For my figure Jeff picked Alter’s very excellent Aigis. I think that the camera just eats that figure up with it’s subtle contrasts in paint types, translucent hair, etc. The difficulty was in what I had to do with it. Jeff told me, “Your challenge is that the final product must be desaturated/greyscale except for one color. Which color you choose to leave is up to you, but remember that red has been done to death.”

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08. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Unboxing: To Heart Series – Kousaka Tamaki – Popsicle ver. – 1/4 (Kotobukiya) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , , ,

My Tamaki figures keep getting bigger! My Kotobukiya Samurai is 1/8, the Lechery one is 1/7, and my Kaitendoh Samurai is 1/6, so let’s skip straight to 1/4th scale for this one. This is my first 1/4 scale figure and that’s my biggest scale (1/1 scale doesn’t count when the character is 5 inches tall). This is also Kotobukiya’s first 1/4th scale figure since their Ah My Goddess cold casts in 2001.

This version of Tamaki was released in June 2012 for ¥12800 ($124 today), but I rolled the dice and bought mine from a random Amazon merchant for about $100. There are plenty of horror stories about buying figures from third party merchants on sites like Amazon or Ebay, but as you’re about to see I’ve been very lucky so far.

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07. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Unboxing: To Heart Series – Kousaka Tamaki – Samurai ver. – 1/6 (Kaitendoh) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , , ,

Not to be confused with the Kotobukiya version, Kaitendoh has also released a figure of Kousaka Tamaki’s Samurai version. This design seems to be having a spike in interest, as Orca Toys is releasing their own version in a couple of months. I’ve preordered the Orca version, so I’ll be able to fill a shelf with Tamaki Samurais. This also gives me an opportunity to explore the different interpretations of the character design.

Kaitendoh’s version came out on May 22nd for ¥15800 ($154 as of today), so it’s a lot more expensive than the older Kotobukiya version. It’s also a larger scale; 1/6th instead of 1/8th. Hopefully that means Kaitendoh is giving us more for our money.

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07. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Unboxing: To Heart Series – Kousaka Tamaki – Samurai ver. – 1/8 (Kotobukiya) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , , ,

This is another unboxing I need to begin with a confession. I really don’t know much about the Kousaka Tamaki character, or the To Heart video games. This is despite the fact that I now own multiple figures of the character. This is okay, because the character design is interesting, and the figures all seem nice.

When it comes to Tamaki, there are LOTS of figures. Over 300, according to MFC. Only a handful of these are the Samurai version of the character, and the Kotobukiya release was the first I could find. Originally it came out in December 2010 for ¥6800 (about $66 today). I got mine from AmiAmi’s preowned shop in Item A/Box B condition for only ¥3680.

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06. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Unboxing: Kazami Mizuho – 1/6 – Tank top ver., Pink (Aizu Project) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , , , ,

I’m a sucker for two things that perpetually confuse a lot of my fellow collectors: Mizuho and polystone.

Mizuho isnt’ all that strange, I guess, aside from being from a dated series. As for the polystone… I just like the way it looks. And I guess I like to live dangerously. Haven’t had one break yet.

Kazami Mizuho – 1/6 – Tank top ver., Pink released in late May of 2014, and retailed for ¥17800 (approx. $173.92 at the time of this posting).

This is a cast off figure, so the contents of this post are going to run on the racier side. I’ll be doing some censorship, but viewer discretion is nonetheless still advised.

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06. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Unboxing: Maoyuu Maou Yuusha – Maoyu – 1/7 (Chara Ani, Toy’s Works) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: ,

I need to open with the confession that I haven’t finished watching all of the episodes of Demon King Maoyu. Despite that, I like the character design, the character’s personality, and most of the figures that have been released. It seemed like a good opportunity to check out how Chara Ani does with their scale figures.

This version is one that both Jeff and I preordered and have both received in about the last week. It was released on May 23rd, 2014 with a list price of ¥9000 (about 88 bucks, American).

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04. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 2: Taito Super Pochaco · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , ,

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For round two of the photo challenges, Neil presented me with two obstacles to overcome: first, make a Prize figure look good (in this case, Taito’s Super Pochaco). Second, I needed to have a blurred foreground – something needed to be in frame, in front of the figure, out of focus.

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03. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 2: Lechery Kousaka Tamaki · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , , ,

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On the heels of our successful (meaning fun) first Figure Photo Fight, we’re at it again with new challenges. This week we’ve raised the difficulty a bit in our themes and figure selections. Jeff’s assignment for me was to use Lechery’s Kousaka Tamaki and, “to make it look like the desk lamp is the actual light source”. He also added, “physical light work or postwork are both fine; the challenge is all about the final product”.

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