30. April 2017 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 42: Zenkaikon 2017 · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , ,

Some serious late-night streetpassing with the GSC Tachibana Sylphynford Trading miniature and a mountain of snacks. You can tell that it’s a Nintendo 3DS because of the inch of dust on the touchscreen (sorry about that).

Shot was done on a hotel desk with a stack of manga as a tripod and a 25 second exposure. The 3DS is the primary source of light, but I did have the bathroom light on as a very distant kicker.

25. July 2015 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 31: Banpresto Hachikuji Mayoi (Otakon Edition) · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , ,


Neil’s challenge to me this time around was something of a tradition we’re starting between ourselves:

One you buy at Otakon.
Hard mode: make it a prize figure
Nightmare mode: make it a trading figure
A picture at the convention. With convention stuff in the shot.
The catch here is that I’m the only one in our little club that’s making it to Otakon this year so I got to do this alone.
I firmly believe that if you’re not playing on the hardest difficulty possible then you’re not really experiencing the game, so I picked up this Hachikuji trading figure and staged it against the somewhat distinctive architecture of the Baltimore Convention Center – something that both always makes me think of Otakon, and also, now that I look at it, is almost evocative of some of the background art from the original season of “Bakemonogatari”. Maybe I cheated a little on “Convention Stuff”, but I promise this is more interesting than a bunch of shoes and carpet.
14. September 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 17 – Kaiyodo Capsule Q Fraulein Senjougahara Hitagi · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , ,


With these challenges Jeff’s really helping me get a lot of mileage out of my macro lens, and this week is no exception. This time I had to use a wee tiny trading figure of Senjougahara Hitagi. It’s only about 6cm tall. The challenge was,

Your challenge is to capture it in such a way that it doesn’t seem like a tiny trading figure. They gave it a pretty compelling facial expression, and I think you’ve got the glass to pull it off.

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13. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Unboxing: To Heart Series – Kousaka Tamaki – Samurai ver. – Trading (Toy’s Works) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , ,

After my increasingly large Tamaki figures, it’s time to change things up. Today we’re going to look at the smallest Tamaki, Samurai ver, figure. Don’t worry, I don’t have an addiction to Tamaki figures. I have everything under control and can quit any time I want to. What gives you the right… AHEM, moving on…

This Kousaka Tamaki Samurai figure is part of a trading blind box set called Niitengo by Toy’s Works. They were released in 2011 for ¥743 each (about 7 bucks), but I paid the “you snooze you lose” Ebay markup, so over $20. Let’s see what came in the little box all the way from Hong Kong.

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