Today I will be presenting to you my first loot post of the year! This is a combined loot post of an AMIAMI order and a Mandarake order both occurring in the month of January. Most of the items in my AMIAMI order consisted of delays, while the Mandarake order consists of a bunch of smaller items I had been trying to get…but the order was mostly made to tie me over till my AMIAMI order arrived!
So without further ado let’s take a look at one I picked up January 2019!
[WARNING - THIS IS AN IMAGE HEAVY REVIEW]
________________ AMIAMI+MANDARAKE ORDER – JANUARY 2019________________
Here is an overall shot of all the items from both orders! The AMIAMI order consists of 2 figures and a wallscroll, while the Mandarake order makes up the rest of the order featuring 1 Figure, 6 CD’s, 2 Artbooks, 1 Manga volume, 1 Novel and 2 phone Straps.
________________ HATSUNE MIKU – LOVE IS WAR DX Ver________________
✜ Hatsune Miku – Love Is War DX Ver – 1/8 Scale by Goodsmile Company ITEM #27602
Let’s begin the loot post by taking a look at the items from the AMIAMI order, which are the more larger and more exciting items from this order! The first being the absolutely incredible – Hatsune Miku Love is War DX version.
Long story cut short, many moons ago I used to own this figure, it was one of my favourites but unfortunately wasn’t able to hold on to it at the time. Many years later I had accepted I would never get the chance to own such an incredible figure again…and yet Goodsmile blessed us all with a second opportunity! Even though I have experienced the insane size of this figure before, seeing it for the second time yet again was just as impressed, she is an absolute beast of the thing!
This is the perfect representation of GSC’s excellent craftsmanship, there is nothing more impressive and eye catching as this gigantic figure. This figure is based from the original PV music video for Hatsune Miku’s song “Love is war”. The base has this industrial texture applied to all the metal parts and it really makes the figure stand out. Not to mention that’s beautiful turquoise/green highlights inside the megaphones. The construction process is rather simple and everything is packaged safely and securely. Anyone who is a fan of Hatsune Miku I cannot recommend this figure enough, while it is still currently available it is such a rare opportunity to own such a HUGE figure at such a cheap price!
Aside from the crazy impressive base, the actual scale figure of Miku herself is really well done. I love how powerful and strong she appears here rather than her super cute more commonly known portrayal. One thing I did notice is, “I think” they may have changed the connections for the hair? I swear the original figure used small steel rods to connect her twin tails together but now they use a very thick peg and socket connection. I may be wrong about this but either way the plastic pegs are a much more secure connection as I remember them falling out if not at the right angel. The hair is so detailed, I love the way her individual strands twist and curve around. Amazing figure!
________________ ANTARCTICITE – HOUSEKI NO KUNI________________
✜ Antarcticite –Houseki no kuni– Non Scale figure by Goodsmile Company
The next item from my AMIAMI order was the one I was most looking forward to – The beautiful and tragically depression new figure from Houseki no Kuni - Antarcticite
This figure is an absolute work of art, it honestly is. Every angle that you view this figure on has some sort of detail that cannot be seen unless viewed from that specific angle, not to mention he looks fantastic from every angle as well! At first I was a little bothered that he wasn’t in the same scale as Phos also released by GSC, but when you see how utterly beautiful this figure is those worries melt away very quickly.
I plan on doing a full review of him in the future but I just absolutely love how this horrible moment has been captured in figure form. The expression of peace and concern across his face as he is shattered, the ripped clothing to reveal the glistening gem underneath, the chunks missing from his body and exploding crystal pieces and finally – That practically floating head which doesn’t look like its connected to anything at all!
Some of the finest sculpting I have seen on a figure and so much work was gone into making this. Just incredible. Houseki No Kuni has quickly become one of my favourite series of all time and I was very disappointed where didn’t hear any news from Wonderfes in regards to new figures…not even the previously announced Phos Figma? I just hope GSC has not forgotten about the series because the figures they have produced so far are 10/10!
________________ NIER AUTOMATA WALLSCROLL________________
✜ NieR Automata –The Forrest king - Wallscroll
And the final item from my AMIAMI order is this stunning NieR Automata wallscroll. I love the colours used in this artwork, especially the use of depth with the darkened trees in the background. I own the other wallscroll that’s the same size as this one and they both look great on either side of my TV set up for gaming!
________________HARUHI SUZUMIYA MERCH ________________
Now that we have looked at everything from the AMIAMI order, let’s start looking at the assorted merchandise I picked up from Mandarake! Starting off with some Haruhi Suzumiya merch! Here I managed to get 1 scale figure of Mikuru and 2 CDs.
✜ Mikuru Asahina –Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu– 1/7 scale by Griffon Enterprises
The first figure I ever owned was from the Haruhi Suzumiya series and I have been slowly expanded my collection owning all sorts of merchandise from figures, artbooks, CD’s – you name it! There are 100s of figures from the series so I am very selected about which ones I get and what set I have been hunting down for a little while is the “Gothic set”. I managed to pick up Haruhi herself in a previous loot and was lucky enough to stumble upon Mikuru this time on Mandarake! So I snatched her up right away for a super low price!
Out of the 3 figures in this set, Mikuru is by far my favourite. I love her Gothic design and especially her big pony tail! This figure is over 10 years old and some of the detailing is not too shabby for the time! I was surprised to see that the chains are actual small metal chains rather than sculpted plastic! Very nice detailing there. I also love the silver plaque located on the front of the base, such a shame the base itself is the size of a football field though! Only one more to go now till the set is complete!
✜Suzumiya Haruhi no Kiroku–Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu– Vocal Album CD
✜Sound Around–Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu– Drama CD
I also managed to get 2 CD’s to add to the collection, the one on the left is a Drama CD while the one on the right is a vocal Album CD featuring different songs from the series!
________________SCHOOL DAYS MERCH ________________
Next up I got some assorted merchandise from the series School days. Every time I do a Mandarake order I always try and pick up as much assorted School days merchandise as possible as there isn’t much of it and a lot of it is not recorded on MFC either, making certain items hard to keep track of. Here I got 1 artbook, 2 Drama CD’s and 2 Radio Drama CD’s.
✜School days + Summer Days – Artbook
Every time I feel I finally own all the school days media I magically find more items. Here we have an artbook featuring sketches and coloured illustrations from the summer days special from the School days series.
✜Radio School days – Radio Drama CD – Volume 1
✜Radio School days – Radio Drama CD – Volume 2
Next up we have some Radio Drama CD’s, volume 1 and volume 2. But I believe during my research I discovered there is a volume 3 as well…so my hunt continues.
✜School days – Drama CD – Volume 1
✜School days – Drama CD – Volume 2
And lastly 2 Drama CD’s as well. I love the blue and pink colour schemes used around the border and especially on the inside tray and discs! Some really nice graphic design work done here
✜Yoimonogatari– Monogatari series – Light Novel
✜FFXV Comic Anthology Volume 2– Final Fantasy XV – Manga
✜Tokyo Ghoul [Anime] Visual side– Tokyo Ghoul – Artbook
Next up I got an assortment of different books that have been on my wishlist for some time! First up is the last light novel I needed from the Monogatari series to complete my collection – “Yoimonogatari”. I now currently own every light novel from the series till the next one is out! Feels so good to be up to date.
Next in line is the second volume of the Final Fantasy XV Comic anthology. FFXV is one of my favourite games of all time and I am slowly trying to collect every item produced from the series!
And finally, a small cute Artbook based on the first season of the Tokyo Ghoul anime. I was surprised by its size and it’s no bigger than the size of an actual Manga volume! It contains full coloured illustrations, as well as sketches and interviews!
________________BLACK ROCK SHOOTER STRAPS ________________
✜Kuroi Mato phone strap– Black Rock Shooter – Strap
✜Takanashi Yomi phone strap– Black Rock Shooter – Strap
Finally to finish off the order, I was super excited to acquire 2 more mint sealed Black Rock Shooter items for my collection. Replicas of the phone straps owned by Mato and Yomi in the BRS OVA. Originally I owned Yomi’s phone strap and I actually had it on my phone! Which is obviously its intended purpose, but as you can imagine it got damaged and scratched to the point where it was no longer blue. These are some really old items so I was stoaked to find both of them together mint sealed on Mandarake! I can assure you these guys will not be coming out of their packaging! So happy with these!
Thank you for taking the time to check out my loot post for the month of January! A few random bits and pieces for the start of the year but I couldn’t be happier starting it off with both Love is War and Antarcticite. Speaking of which, stay tuned for a review of Antarcticite to come out in the following week or so! If there is anything you would like more information on, more photos of any of the items from this order OR in my collection, let me know and I’ll do my best to help out!
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