MaakieMaakie Mecha Musume Love!

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My Collection

Currently I'm re-organising my collection, which means I'm putting a lot of items up for sale! Please check out (mfc link) and (mfc link) which both will get a lot of updates!

My goal for collecting is to focus more on a few main points, the following are planned:

- Mecha Musume: Humikane Shimada older works --> Sky Girls --> Strike Witches --> Kantai Collection
- Baccano!
- Chrno Crusade
- Moetan and POP works/designs in general
- Nurse Witch Komugi
- Yu-Gi-Oh! (Original series and Duel Monsters)
- Everything from Futaba Anzu!
- Hideyoshi Kinoshita (and maybe traps in general)
- Myuutsu/Mewtwo items
- Military moe / Girls in uniform (such as more from So Ra No Wo To, Girls und Panzer etc.)
- Hello Kitty to Issho and cute loli's in general!
- Expansion of my horror shelf (horror anime/games related items)
(- Kodomo no Jikan)
(- More from Rokusho - Medarot/Medabots)
(- More from Native)

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Hello and welcome to my profile! See the video below for an (old) collection tour!



I'm a collector for all sorts of figures, but only have my Japanese listed here! I also collect movie- and gamefigures :)

I give lectures, Q&A's and workshops at conventions, so if you're Dutch, there's a big chance you could see/hear me on a local convention. \^o^/

Announced soon-to-give events and appearances
Coslay Competition Judge at Stripmanifestatie 2015
Cosplay Photo Corner Photographer at Stripmanifestatie 2015

Given events and previous appearances
Figure Collecing Lecture at Tsunacon 2015, Nishicon 2014, Abunai! 2014, Animecon 2014, Tsunacon 2014, Nishicon 2013, Abunai! 2013, Animecon 2013, YaYcon 2013, Tsunacon 2013 and Nishicon 2012
Garage Kit Lecture at Nishicon 2014, Abunai! 2014, Animecon 2014 and Abunai! 2013
Cosplay: Buy, alter or make it yourself? at Almere Cosplay Event 2015, Tomocon 2015
Cosplay Planning Lecture at Tsunacon 2015, Animecon 2014, Tomocon 2014, Tsunacon 2014 and Nishicon 2013
Dakimakura (Hugging Pillow) Panel/Lecture at YaYcon 2014
Cosplay Make-Up Workshop at Tomocon 2014
Manga lecture at Stripdagen 2015, Stripdagen 2014 and Stripdagen 2013
Manga and Anime lecture at Moshi Moshi Event 2014
Cosplay lecture at Almere Cosplay Event 2015, Stripdagen 2015, MGCExperience 2014, Moshi Moshi Event 2014, ACE 2014, Stripdagen 2014, MGCExperience 2013 and Stripdagen 2013
Cosplay Make-Up Lecture at Nishicon 2013
Papercraft Workshop at MGCExperience 2014, MGCExperience 2013, Animecon 2013, Stripdagen 2013, Dorofest 2013 and Nishicon 2012
Anime lecture at Stripdagen 2013
Dating Sim/Visual Novel Panel at YaYcon 2015
Game Design Q&A at Dorofest 2013 and Nishicon 2012
A possible future in Game Design at Stanislascollege 2012

I'm also staff in the eventmanagement for YaYcon! So if you have any tips about that convention-programme or have a nice idea for an event, let me know!

My goals on this site:
1. Write a review about all figures I own that aren't reviewed yet on this site!
2. Paint GK's and make WIP/tutorial-articles of it!
3. Get better in photographing figures and make a lot of pictures!
4. Like most people here: Try to get as much figures from my wishlist.
5. Make lots of new friends! \^o^/

I like to write reviews and articles about figures, so be sure to check my blog on here: (mfc link)

I'm a MOD for club #1065, club #840, club #829 and club #965 So if you have any pictures or database items from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, figures with wings, flowers or samurai that aren't linked, let me know! ^^

I'm also trying to sell quite some stuff (like games, anime-dvd's, manga, magazines and other merchandise). Take a look! (ext link) It's in Dutch, but you can look at the pictures and see the prices! xP I also ship internationally! If you only want to see the figures I'm selling right now, you can look here: (mfc link)

My blog, things I'm working on:
- Multiple loot-posts
- Multiple food reviews
- My new lighting set-up for reviews (which will be tested out)!

All my figure reviews and figure-related articles will be posted on this site: (mfc link) and all my cosplay-related articles here: (ext link)

Oh and if you like cosplay, be sure to check my costumes here: (ext link) Below you can find a few of my recent costumes!

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Me getting interviewd, giving a lecture and a workshop. More here: (ext link)

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Trainer Wes from Pokémon Colosseum! More here: (ext link)

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Nagi from My Otome/Mai HiME Z! More here: (ext link)

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My biggest project so far, Elizabeth! More here: (ext link) and here: (ext link)

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Announcement!

I have been accepted to the European Cosplay Gathering/Euro Cosplay/Yamato Cup Prelims in the Netherlands! Which means that with one of my upcoming costumes, Chi-Chi from Dragon Ball (progress can be found here: (ext link) , I will enter a competition! This competition will be held on the 14th of june 2015 and will get a livestream to be followed worldwide!

Thanks for reading!

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01 day agotheyasminshowtheyasminshow Militant Missionary
Maakie (8 days ago) #3008645Haha yes, that's what I also tell to my family nowadays! "I was only annoying, so that I could become a good person later on". :)
I should pay attention to that, but I don't think ours even have shortcut options. xD IKEA's have so much bargain items and cheap food...hurgghhh. But overall, I'm really happy they exist, if you're on a budget and/or live in a s mall place, they are really great with the items they have!
I went to NY once and I was shocked at the prices of homes. xD I don't know if you live in the city of New York yourself too (or only the state New York), but the same type appartments you could get here for 1/2 of the price in a big city and 1/3 of the price in a small city. :P But you mainly pay for location too! Here in the Netherlands renting doens't really add up. The price difference between the smallest and biggest appartment I ever rented was 200 euros a month. Most multiple bedroom-homes aren't rented out here, so you would need to buy them. I would love to buy a home later, as I would like a place that I can really "own" myself and make adjustments too as I see fit, but banks over here have really high standard before they give you a loan for a house (you must have a stable job for a long time, both partners should work fulltime etc. etc.)
They are either made by hand or by 3D printing based on a 3D model from what I have heard/seen. 3D printing sounds like a good reason for such a screwup, if they printed parts seperately from eachother and glued them together later?
Ahhh, woops! Haha! You are probably going to get this more if you put that in your job description. xD My real job is so boring, that I just put the work I do on the side there, lol. I have been thinking a lot of times about putting something there as a joke I do for work, but then I would sound like a boring adult, let's keep it at this! xD

Looks like my home refurnishing brought some inspiration. My younger sister was just talking to me about wanting to redo her room and brighten it up like I did mine. She wants to get a white loft bed. I told her to change those red curtains that make the room look dark even when the sun shines in. :p Its looking like an IKEA year!

I live in the expensive city :p it's reached the point where I'm going to feel bad if I leave because I've been in this neighborhood my whole life! And it's convenient to me... live between two major subway lines, walking distance from the museum/botanic garden/park/library, 15mins ride to work, safe... I could try to move somewhere cheaper but I'm sure I would lose some if not all of those perks :(

I feel like that can only be it. Going by hand, they should have definitely noticed something was wrong. With 3D printing it would be more like "*ding* okay it's ready! Wait..."
I can't help but think that this error occurred last minute and they didn't have time to make a full fix so they just displayed her as-is. Meanwhile... it's the end of May! Where's Nurse Momoi!

It's fun to make fun of your job! At my old job I had to deal with a lot of irresponsible clients, but I also had to deal with coworkers and managers who either didn't know what they were doing, or just liked to push their work on me. So for my job profile I put "Professional Hand-Holder" LOL
02 days agoDarkyDarky
sry for the late reply xD i was very busy the last days because of my convention and my exams.

do you have facebook? xD
04 days agoTaigaSuzumiyaTaigaSuzumiya
Maakie (7 days ago) #3010839I'm super busy so I'm very late with all my messages, sorry!
Anyway, a happy birthday to you! :D
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Thank you so much~!! :) I had an awesome birthday thanks to my family and all of my friends! I was really happy when I read your comment and that you remembered my birthday! xD You're an awesome friend!
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05 days agoShimotsukeiShimotsukei
Maakie (8 days ago) #3008973Hrmm, you could always look into designing and/or making myself? I have no idea what the possibilities are near you, but here in the Netherlands we have quite a lot of workplaces for people rehabilitating (for example people that used to be in prison, have social problems and the like). My parents had some furniture made for them in the past by workshops like that for pretty cheap, you do have to make the designs yourself very clear though (or ask someone to make them for you).
I'm looking into trying a new proxy myself and I think I will try out FromJapan soon. Seems to be quite a favorite with people on MFC.


Yeah, that's usually more expensive than IKEA though >.<

I use biginjap for their forwarding service, but idk how they are as a proxy.
08 days agoMoroMoro
Maakie (8 days ago) #3008578Tbh I don't understand why as this hobby is so expensive, you would expect people to know how to handle money! It's not that I'm a pro, but I'm quite the lists-maker myself and try to have quite a bit of emergency money, even in my worse financial moments.
I think it's also because it's such a common business practice in the US to have cheap/free returns and very fast-responding costumer services, that people expect it elsewhere to be just like that? Here in the Netherlands Dutch (web)shops must allow returns by law, but it's only for a really short period of time, within 7 or 10 days or something like that, but just look at something like PayPal which put up the amount of 90 days for someone to try-out their purchase...
Even within the Dutch communities there are lots of people defending N-Y and listing ways of them prefering N-Y over BiJ. The only reason I can understand is that you don't have to pay upfront, but next to that, there's nothing good there. A friend of mine also experienced the thing where they say "woops, your item is out of stock" for them to just relist it with a bigger markup.
Yeah, it's the same as pre-ordering on eBay. On Yahoo! Japan there are both shops and people that expect to win it and are sellng it with a profit. I send BiJ a message if they are going to sell her, let's hope they do. And otherwise I'll get her from Yahoo! Japan after release I guess. There are going to be 3 more in this set and I hope not all of them will be this annoying to get. :/
Well yes and no. By not pre-ordering there is a huge chance you will miss out on things or it gets even more expensive on the aftermarket. Putting money aside, you still have the problem that when they ring your doorbell you must pay in cash. And I once read a story on a Dutch forum of a person that bought 1000+ euros in merchandise with almost 300 euros in EMS shipping, to have it returned (she didn't have the +/-500 euros cash they wanted from her at home during that time, she expected it to be 300-400ish euros in costs) and then she had to pay the 300+ euros for shipping to her again. :/ Here it's either do it legal and go through a ton of hassle for your package(s) or do it illegal so it goes smoothly, but you have the chance of getting caught one day.
Ah yes "fun fun fun". :P I have tons of crazy stories, but let me start out by the time that our government decided to not run the national post anymore. Then it was up for grabs to the highest bidder. After it was sold there were 5+ years of it being a huge mess. It was sold to multiple new people, they changed their name, they changed locations of post offices and I can go on and on about that. The government realised what they did wrong and decided to get partial ownership again. Meaning that they decided to names, looks and way it should work, while having a ton of investors. That last change is still active. Now the post itself isn't much of a mess anymore, but there had to be lots of cuts, with the biggest being "there shall be no more post offices". Jep, you read that right. There are no post offices or buildings from Dutch post anymore here that you can visit. The only things we have now are "post points" which are small desks put in other stores (mainly supermarkets, tabacco stores, magazine kiosks etc.). These stores get a small percentage fee for the Dutch post and in exchange for that, their own employees need to run the Dutch Post desk.
Even now, about 5 years after they introduced this system, it's a huge mess. Most stores won't have someone at the desk at all times (they are expect to work at their normal job after all), so they only go there to check every once in a while or when they see there is a big line, walk up to it. Which can make the waiting time insanely long there. Most desks have 2 trolly's behind it, one for pick up and one for drop-off. Considering most of those desks are unattended for a big part of the day, you can imagine that I try to do my pickups as early as possible and my drop-offs as late as possible. :P Example of one of those desks btw (this one is inside a bank): (ext link) And I can go on and on and on about all the weird business choices that were made with Dutch post... :P
I'm not completely up to date with the Kojima-drama, but hasn't he been telling for a long time he wants to quit making games alltogether?
And yeah I heard that too about them going away from the NA market, no clue yet what will happen to Europe, but considering 90% of our games are the NA translations with a different region lock, we will probably get no or less Konami games too...
Btw which Silent Hill is your favorite? I'm personally doubting between the 1st and 2nd, but the 3rd seems to be (almost) everyone's favorite. :P
I'm not sure how it is in your state/country, but here in the Netherlands with governemnt jobs a "problem" that hsows up a lot is that people are doing a few specific things. For example, we have someone at our office to goes about all the bridges in our municipality only. He's a super duper expert and every problem with a bridge gets his full attention and fixed in a professional matter. But...bridges...you know, you can't really fill a fulltime job with that? He takes 2-3 days a week to go around our municipality and check our the sturdiness of bridges and the other 2-3 days he is at his desk to make the paperwork and see if there are new complaints or notes about bridges. And of course it's amazing we have an expert on bridges, but he doesn't help anywhere else out, because that is not his "territory". So if there would be a problem with the road next to the bridge, he would call someone else to look at it etc. And that's what we have, tons of people being an expert in their field, but if you look at it in the end, we have way too many people being way too specific on subjects.
The job where I could slack off the most was the first job at a small ICT company I got out of college. We had 2 bosses who would decide which project we would take and then we would get put into smaller groups to make it happen. Most of the times it were projects that were really heavy on the programmer and pretty light on the other team members. Which meant the programmer would need a fulltime month to make something, while the other people could actually finish their parts in 2 weeks or so, so then you would streeeeeeeeeeetch it out and still finish it on time with the whole team. I even had a coworker that went so far as to install Skyrim, Just Cause and other big games on his work computer.
Nothing wrong with being a shotacon! (ext link) Joking of course. Going to be honest, I like shota's too. I think that's why I got the whole "I love short shorts"-thing from a pretty young age. xD
I love Sweet Devil so much! Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that well known over here. Most people into Vocaloid here talk about and cosplay from "Daughter of Evil" and "Senbonzakura" (both also nice songs, don't get me wrong ;) ) or go for the default outfits.
Ah, how cute! I also did that to Humikane Shimada when they announced item #2136 and later also when I cosplayed Elizabeth. I have no clue if he ever read them (I hear a lot of stories about Japanese artists having huge backlogs on their fanmail and because of that don't reply or reply incredibly slow), but I hope that if he did read them, that he thought it was fun to hear from a fan in a teeny-tiny country very far away to enjoy his work. :)
Haha, jep! I even found out a while ago that there is a saying (that is also used in Japanese, I found out through anime!) that is translated called "do it Dutch", which means "split the bill". xD Also an US friend of mine with an eBay shop has multiple "bad reputation" countries blocked from contacting/buying, including the Netherlands, because she always got tons of messages with very specific questions and in the end they would never buy (she makes exceptions for me, though :P).
*pats your back* We also had this steampunk craze about 3 years ago, luckily it died out after that. :') There are multiple things where I'm grumpy about, but one of the most annoying things was that a girl that won one of the prizes at a compo in entered quite some years ago, she didn't even have her costume finished at the rehearsals at 8AM! The comeptition itself started 2PM so those 6 hours backstage she rushed everything of unfinished parts together (she was even spraypainting her stuff backstage, dear lord). On stage everything looked good and nobody in the audience noticed what was going on. Then when the prizes were handed out and she won one, her skirt fell apart when she was walking towards the stage!!! So then with a huge red face and with broken skirt trying to cover her panties she took her award cup in one hand. Oh yeah and her prize was a free trip to a big European convention to compete with the same costume. I haven't heard of her since, but I hope she managed to fix her stuff, just for the sake of the Netherlands looking good in an international compo. Q.Q
With me because I didn't fit in with the general crowd, I just was hanging out with the other people also not fitting in there. Some of the people in that group were better friends to me than the others, but in the end I was hanging out with everyone, because otherwise I would be so alone at so much times and high school was already so boring.
Oh really? :O I didn't know that. I just didn't get that much yuri-feels with Madoka like a lot of other people did. I guess I need more in-my-face stuff like Strawberry Panic, lol.
Hahaha, yes. My yaoi friends back then also gave me...interesting gifts...multiple times. They were mainly bootleg items with yaoi or suggestive artwork from series that I liked back then (keychains, notebooks etc.). I always hid them from my parents at the back of my drawer behind all my stuff for school. xD This is the first time in years I've been thinking about that stuff and I have no clue where it is tbh. Maybe I left it when I moved away from my parents and it's still hidden there in boxes? xD
Oh wow. xD That could get the person receiving them more in trouble than you considering you were underage! I hope your face wasn't on them??? I only got my first camera at 18 and had a shared computer until I was at a likewise age too, so I didn't even had the possibility to do stuff like that. Actually almost all of the "bad influence" I got at under 18 age was because of my friends and not becuase of what I looked into myself (I think my friends already shocked me enough). xD

You'd think... but there are also a lot of spoiled teenagers in it who are just spending their parents' money, I think. Shameful behavior! I've always been good with money--my parents taught me how important good finance is early on. Actually, right now they still pay my medical expenses, but that's just because I'm still covered under their insurance for another year. They do it out of kindness and caring though, not obligation... that's what makes the difference.

Yeah that too, people are used to being entitled customers so they apply totally inappropriate cultural expectations to Japanese stores. And let's not even start with Paypal, a buyer's paradise and seller's personal hell...

I guess some people just don't want to let go of that apparently ALL IMPORTANT pay later. God forbid you have to commit monetarily to your purchase up front. What, are these people scraping by from paycheck to paycheck? Sheesh.

Oh yeah it'd be a pain to have to hunt down an entire set. I actually have more patience for the aftermarket now than I used to but I still prefer to preorder anything new that I really want. It just saves work later on.
Ugh what a nightmare. I still can't believe they only take cash and ONLY ONE TIME to pay it, that's fucking ridiculous. So I guess if you're Dutch and import a lot of stuff you just keep a big stash of cash on hand for such occasions? But 500 or more euros in customs fees alone is beyond outrageous. Are your other taxes also very high?
Oh god what a nightmare. Here in the US private couriers tend to be better, but they are regulated by the government. Not having any post offices is so weird to me... so you don't have things like PO boxes in your country either? In the US the postal service no longer "officially" runs on Saturdays, but packages still technically get delivered but farmed out to a private company. And letters don't get delivered. Entirely private couriers like UPS and FedEX sometimes even deliver on Sunday in my experience. Despite the fact that there's almost always someone home at my house, NOT having to go to the post office for a package is unusual. Lazy ass workers = __=
I would initially think that having postal kiosks everywhere would be MORE convenient but I see that is not at all the case if there are never enough employees at said kiosks. There are kiosks for postal stuff here at some places (a few grocery stores, airports, banks sometimes) but they are unusual since most people would just go to an actual post office.

He's been claiming that for a while, yes. I think he just wants to make movies, if the lengths of Metal Gear cutscenes are anything to go by. But Konami's decision to retreat from the North American market entirely is baffling to me. They completely misread the information about reduced profits and didn't understand the real cause at all.
Hmm, I'm torn between 2 and 3. I actually also liked 4 even though it doesn't QUITE fit with the first three, because it's the last of the Japanese Silent Hills so it still fits in that regard.

Oh that's something we have here too. But then we also have people who are expected to know everything so they end up knowing barely anything about ANYTHING. They know a tiny bit of information about everything but not enough to be useful.
Installing games on work computer? Man, I'm not bold enough to do that, lol. I only slack off on the internet... mostly on here, and also window shopping. Window shopping decreases my desire to buy things actually.

Ahhh I'm just grateful that the anime community as a whole is so mellow and tolerant about that stuff. Anywhere else, people say you're an awful person, even though it's fictional and doesn't hurt anyone = ^=

I like Senbonzakura but never cared for the Servant of Evil/Daughter of Evil ones, I always thought they were WAY overrated XD

Yeah I'm sure they are drowned in messages so I don't want to place undue pressure on them. I've also sent a message to the artist of the doujin circle Cassino, telling her that I live in the USA and bought her doujin. I don't expect a response but hope it made her happy to know someone very far away liked her stuff enough to buy it and say something about it.

...you know, it never occurred to me that expression was directly referring to actual Dutch people, now I feel quite dumb XD

Ugh god what a nightmare. See, this is what turned me off from cosplay competitions. What an annoying person to have win. With a costume falling apart! Although I know from some friends that critical costume failure can happen to anyone even when you DO have your costume in a finished state. I know my cosplaying friends say to always have on hand some safety pins, bobby pins, duct tape and lingerie tape.

Haha you're not so much a subtext kind of person perhaps, you need an overt romance?

Yyyyeah... I didn't think much about that at the time. I seem to remember thinking that it was ok since I took and sent them myself... completely wrong of course but eh, dumb teenager logic. If I remember right, like the lower half of my face was in it? I had very long hair at the time and the guy had a thing for redheads so I wanted to get my hair in the picture. I only sent about 3 pictures or so I think. It wouldn't bother me if those pictures were being distributed today. I took them myself, after all. And there isn't a name attached to them or anything.

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