iYear Onen/a    Readers' selection (2016-12-05)

Hello MFC!

This is my first blog post so bear with me. I had thought about making a first year of collecting blog post, but realistically I probably would have procrastinated and not done it. However, I saw OriginalRen’s Holiday Time Capsule Giveaway has motivated me to actually sit down and write one. Luckily, I took photos of my collection almost every time I did a major reorganization, but unfortunately I missed a few times. I apologize in advance for the varying quality of the pictures. (The ones at the beginning were taken with my brother's phone which is exponentially better than my phone. I'm also not very familiar with the suggested image hosting site so I'm not sure how to fix some of the portrait images that have been uploaded as landscape.)

I have now been collecting anime merchandise for one year. I’ve been into anime for a while, and watched Pokémon religiously as a kid so it wasn’t hard to get back into it. I also have a friend who collects and multiple friends who are into anime so I’ve seen pictures of figures for a long time and there’s a few I really wanted before I started collecting. Then for my birthday last year my brother bought me item #198581. He let me pick out whichever I wanted (within a realistic price range). Thus it all began in December 2015 (or at least that’s when the landslide started).

December 2015:
View spoilerHide spoileritem #198581 is fairly basic, but she’s one of my favourite characters and I love yukatas. The way she’s playfully revealing what’s beneath her yukata is very like her.
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For Christmas my brother preordered me item #105081 which is absolutely gorgeous. We ordered her from the Canadian GSC official retailer so they got their products in a bit late and I had to wait, but it was worth it. This picture shows her looking a bit lonely, but she only had to wait a few months for company!
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Next up is item #198394. As you can tell from my avatar I am a Homura fan and there’s a lot of great Homura figures, but Homucifer is my favourite. I wasn’t sure if I could afford her, but I decided to buy her for myself as my Christmas present. She cost a fair bit, but she shipped and arrived via EMS in 2 days which is outstanding. (I really wish my other figures arrived that fast.)
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I didn't have a solo picture of her from when I first got here so I cheated and used a later one.


January 2016:
View spoilerHide spoilerOnly Homucifer arrived this month. Tenshi was estimated to arrive too, but she got delayed. I was going to buy item #27598, but I decided to wait until morning to check out my finances. When I checked in the morning she was already sold. I kept a page of all her merchandise for sale on Mandarake open while I waited for her to be listed again.
February 2016: Senjougahara found her way back onto Mandarake! I didn’t hesitate this time and soon she arrived.
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This is the first picture of collection as an actual display (albeit a small one).
A few weeks later Tenshi finally arrived so I put all 4 of my figures together for a photo on my desk.
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Tenshi didn’t fit up with my other figures so I had her sitting beside my laptop for a while.


March-May 2016:
View spoilerHide spoilerI didn’t have much money so I couldn’t afford to continue collecting for a while, but I found work and continued my collection in June.

June 2016:
View spoilerHide spoilerTo celebrate finding work I purchased item #287772. I first saw her when she was up for preorders still, but I couldn’t really justify buying her at the time. I also knew that Phat! Had a reputation for poor QC so I was hesitant anyways. However, I found her on Mandarake for half price since she was opened for a QC check and was then resealed. I figured they wouldn’t sell a figure that failed a QC check so I had nothing to lose. She arrived in good condition and no major flaws.
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She took Momo’s spot, but Momo got to stay with Tenshi so it was all good.
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I think the colours go fairly well together, even though thematically they aren’t very similar. Momo actually fell off my desk when moving her. She wasn’t super stable to begin with, so when I took her off the shelf (above my desk) and placed her on my desk she wobbled off and fell. Thankfully she didn’t break, but the plastic under her foot to hold the peg in place did chip. She still stands up, albeit less stably, so I haven’t tried reattaching the fragment yet.


July 2016:
View spoilerHide spoilerThis is where my collection started expanding rapidly, but I was working 5-7 days a week so it worked out. I also started collecting manga and light novels.
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I took off the books from my desk bookshelf and converted it to displaying figures and my small amount of light novels. Next is my desk as a whole (sorry for poor lighting).
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Momo found her way back to Homucifer and Senjougahara. Looking back that’s actually the background theme I’m currently using although I used a few others in between.
I also ordered item #78589, item #339462 and item #287974, but I forgot to take pictures of how they were displayed.


August 2016:
View spoilerHide spoilerWhen walking to work in early August I got an email saying Himeragi had been shipped. I was quite surprised since I knew Alter was famous for delays and the Canadian retailer had set her release date for October (and frankly I didn’t expect her until 2017). I was quite busy with work in August (I worked all but 2 days >.>) so I mostly ordered manga and light novels to read on the way to and from work. I did cave in and order a few figures though during the last couple days of August, but they didn’t arrive until September so their pictures will be below.
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September 2016:
View spoilerHide spoilerI recently finished reading all the English volumes of No Game No Life and I really wanted a Shiro so I ordered item #236199. I also found item #6424 and item #12045 binned on AmiAmi and since Samurai Girls is a guilty pleasure I ordered them. I also ordered item #288000 because Nep is too cute.
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I moved this bookshelf (left) beside my desk to increase my display capacity. At this point I moved Homucifer to the top of the bookshelf (right) in anticipation of new arrivals.
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Nep!
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I wanted item #78406 for a long time before I started collecting, so I’m glad I finally got her.
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item #98665 arrived! I got her for a great price on Mandarake, but of course her shipping cost a lot. I had wanted her for a while, and my friend REALLY wants her so I kept her a secret for months until he visited town so it wouldn’t ruin the surprise. Boy was he surprised. I also propped up Homucifer to fix the leaning that started to occur.
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item #144366 is also a figure I knew about for a long time before I started collecting. I had considered buying her long ago, but decided not to because of her price tag.
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October 2016:
View spoilerHide spoilerI finally got around to joining MFC!
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Some of the shelves are a bit dark, but I will also show pictures of the shelves that have changed since the previous months.
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Welcome (mfc link) item #269686 had this little shelf to herself for a while, but now she has a bed partner. I do like Mikan’s soft and fluffy base, but I’m not too sure how easy it would be to clean so I decided to put a silk pocket square between them and the base. I can dust it easily and the red and black goes well with Kurumi.
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At long last item #198349 arrived! I’ve wanted her all year, but didn’t want to spend the 15k yen + shipping for her. However, my friend told me about the HLJ sale in September and I checked it out. I found Charlotte here for over 6k yen off! I ordered her and item #198363 in the morning before going to work, and by the time I got home Charlotte had sold out and Cordelia was low in stock. I did have to jump through some hoops to get her though. My bank blocked the transaction so I had to contact PayPal, then my bank, then HLJ. Finally payment went through and she shipped…. But then she got stuck in customs…. For over three weeks. Both Charlotte/Cordelia and Mikan were shipped via EMS (although from different stores) and while Mikan shipped two weeks later, she passed through customs in one minute and was delivered a few days later. I was actually a bit worried that customs would throw a fit if they opened her, but they didn’t. Finally, Charlotte and Cordelia arrived, but the postman just gave me a delivery slip instead of ringing so I had to go to the post office the next day >.>
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Cordelia got her own shelf on my little bookshelf tower. My other figures on the same bookshelf can fit at least two figures per shelf, but boy is Cordelia’s base massive. Her spear is also well over a foot long and while she is rather impressive in person, she’s a bit annoying to display with other figures. I tried to put her with Tharja but the sheer difference in size made it look awkward. I am thinking of moving her up on top along side Madokami and Homucifer in the future when I’m lower on space.
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Tharja also has her own shelf now just below Cordelia. I had been displaying her without a base since hers is very hard to dust (although it looks great when clean). I decided to try out displaying her on top of a silk pocket square and I like how it turned out, although it would be better if I flattened it more.
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To make room for a bigger display I removed the door from the left cupboard and I put Jubei and Naoe together finally. It isn’t as deep as the matching bookshelf beside it which meant that Jubei’s rope tail prevented me from putting books in behind her.
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I decided to switch up Makise’s base to her stair base to try and switch things up. I ended up putting her beside Senjougahara since they are two of my favourite tsundere characters.


November 2016:
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Overall only a few shelves have changed, but there have been some new additions. I decided to move Jubei and Naoe down to the main bookshelf because it is deeper than the cupboard they were in before which allows me to have books in behind them. It also meant moving my loli shrine (Tenshi, Shinobu, and Shiro) but it resulted in them being much less cramped.
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I’ve converted this shelf into a yukata and other traditional Japanese garbed shelf, but two of the three figures are Homura and soon I will have a third Homura here. I got both the item #144452 and item #236250 at bin prices which was great. My brother has ordered the item #188278 for my birthday and she should arrive in a few weeks. I’ll be placing her where Momo is, and Momo may stand behind Miko Homura for a while, but she will probably get moved eventually.
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This shelf is rather a mess and the figures don’t really fit thematically with each other, but I put them together this way to experiment with using objects I already have as risers.
I put my 3DS game cases there to see how Makise would look on top as if she were going down a large staircase, but I decided against having her there permanently. However, once item #78376 arrived I placed her on my books, and I plan on doing it more with my future orders.


December 2016:
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I have a few figures ordered for December, but some have already been delayed so who knows when they will actually arrive. item #78615 should arrive any day now so I reorganized a bit for her.
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Sonico will kneel up beside Jubei and eventually I would like to get the item #141609 to go with them.
I also have item #287683 item #287838 ordered and they are going to be the main display for the right cupboard. They will go where Nepgear is showing off the Triforce and she will stand up top behind them. I have item #413597 ordered and I plan on having her on the shelf where Tharja is with Caster beside her, but Lala got delayed until January. (At least Alter has already made that clear whereas Saber Alter didn’t get delayed until the last days of November :/.) If I ever get the item #144400 she will stand between Lala and Caster.
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Cordelia has joined up with Madokami and Homucifer. Next summer item #322874 will be on the other side of Madokami.


Goals for 2017:
View spoilerHide spoilerI would absolutely love to get Purple Heart in her HDD form, but I’ve had troubles finding her at a price I can afford. I would also like to get the item #236369 which would go great with Tenshi and Shiro. Mikan and Shinobu would probably end up on top of the books behind them.
Other than that, I would like to expand my collection in general, but there’s a lot of books I want to get as well. I plan on getting all of the Madoka spinoff manga to complete my Homura shelf. I’m not sure which new series I will add, but I would like to get the Seraph of the End manga (I have the light novels only).
Hopefully next year I will see this and have completed my collection goals, but who knows. I can’t wait to see what new additions I will have by the end of next year! Thank you everyone who read this, or at least skimmed it. See you next year.



-Stalgonoff

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02 months agoStalgonoffStalgonoff
happypanther_ (2 months ago) #18648249Yay ! I will follow along with your progress :)
I can only wish you to get well soon !

Thank you.
02 months agohappypanther_happypanther_
Stalgonoff (2 months ago) #18647879Yes, I plan on doing so. I am glad you enjoyed it! I think I've been slacking on pictures lately and my desk is cluttered with figures right now so it'll be interesting to see how/when I get it cleaned up. I am bed ridden with a broken ankle currently so I just put my new figures + some I couldn't see well on my desk which is in front of my bed.

Yay ! I will follow along with your progress :)
I can only wish you to get well soon !
02 months agoStalgonoffStalgonoff
happypanther_ (2 months ago) #18647615Will you update with your 2017 collection ? if so, I can't wait to read that ! :D Yes, I plan on doing so. I am glad you enjoyed it! I think I've been slacking on pictures lately and my desk is cluttered with figures right now so it'll be interesting to see how/when I get it cleaned up. I am bed ridden with a broken ankle currently so I just put my new figures + some I couldn't see well on my desk which is in front of my bed.
02 months agohappypanther_happypanther_
Will you update with your 2017 collection ? if so, I can't wait to read that ! :D
05 months agoDielquoDielquo
Stalgonoff (5 months ago) #16565080Monogatari certainly has an interesting art style that can be off putting. I will be preordering Jibril as soon as they will let me. She's my favourite NGNL character and I love how colourful her figure is.

Yeah, I had that too with another series that is extremely popular and well received *cough cough* (Rest.In.Pepperoni. Stein's gate).
Glad you like her figure! I truly think that one is absolutely stunning (didn't like shiro as much as Jibril) so I will definitely have to think about it when the time comes...
05 months agoStalgonoffStalgonoff
Dielquo (5 months ago) #16565028Ah yes, I saw you also had the draft for Jibril on your wishlist! When the time comes I will have to make an important decision for I already have shiro :( But no need for tears (Yet) I tried getting into the monogatari series, but it seemed a bit hard I don't know. I am very picky with the art styles of anime so maybe when I finish Love Live I will give it another go (Sorry wallet) (Should rather just swap my wallet with The Money Bin!) (I am uncle scrooged eh I mean screwed)
Monogatari certainly has an interesting art style that can be off putting. I will be preordering Jibril as soon as they will let me. She's my favourite NGNL character and I love how colourful her figure is.
05 months ago (5 months ago)DielquoDielquo
Stalgonoff (5 months ago) #16565012Thanks a lot! I also limited myself to one figure per series for quite a while. I didn't double dip until I got Jubei and Naoe from the bin. There's so many Madoka figure lines I would love to collect, but it would get quite excessive. I also plan on getting as many of the Monogatari GSC figures as I can, but it's going to take a while due to their aftermarket prices.

Ah yes, I saw you also had the draft for Jibril on your wishlist! When the time comes I will have to make an important decision for I already have shiro :( But no need for tears (Yet) I tried getting into the monogatari series, but it seemed a bit hard I don't know. I am very picky with the art styles of anime so maybe when I finish Love Live I will give it another go (Sorry wallet) (Should rather just swap my wallet with The Money Bin!) (I am uncle scrooged eh I mean screwed)
05 months agoStalgonoffStalgonoff
Dielquo (5 months ago) #16565005Really nice collection! Especially since I recognise most of the figures! (Great taste in series)
Ultimate madoka and Demon Homura are awesome to look at, unfortunately I only have only kyouko on the way since I can see myself dusting the figures and breaking it in half somehow :p (also limited myself to one figure per series or else Alter's Love Live figures would get me broke for sure!)
Would love to see another one next year and see how rapidly your figures multiply out of nowhere in the future!

Thanks a lot! I also limited myself to one figure per series for quite a while. I didn't double dip until I got Jubei and Naoe from the bin. There's so many Madoka figure lines I would love to collect, but it would get quite excessive. I also plan on getting as many of the Monogatari GSC figures as I can, but it's going to take a while due to their aftermarket prices.
15 months agoStalgonoffStalgonoff
XRaptor7 (5 months ago) #16564992Wow that's a rapid growth of figures in one year. Nice collection!
Yeah it did grow pretty fast. Fortunately I got over half of my collection at bin prices (even Madokami, relatively speaking) and thanks!
05 months agoDielquoDielquo
Really nice collection! Especially since I recognise most of the figures! (Great taste in series)
Ultimate madoka and Demon Homura are awesome to look at, unfortunately I only have only kyouko on the way since I can see myself dusting the figures and breaking it in half somehow :p (also limited myself to one figure per series or else Alter's Love Live figures would get me broke for sure!)
Would love to see another one next year and see how rapidly your figures multiply out of nowhere in the future!

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