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2019: Personal notes2019: Personal notes

evenstar88evenstar881 month agoDiary
This is probably my final figure for 2019, which was nicely received on Christmas Eve.

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2019 has been a fantastic year for the hobby. I doubled the number of my collection, and managed to fine-tune what I currently have. Real-life issues have not been as great - there had been plenty of stress (studying while working can get real heavy), major family issues and one romantic heartbreak earlier in the year.

But I survived to collect yet another year. XD

2017-2018 were the initial years of my collecting and as a result, there were plenty of figures that I collected on a whim which quickly became unimportant down the road. Thankfully, a majority of them were sold off in the last few months.

2019 saw me collecting figures that I truly appreciated, whether as a fan of the character/series or merely of the figure aesthetics.

The year saw me branching out in purchasing figures outside of the One Piece series I had been focusing on, and subsequently also experiencing craftsmanship by other companies outside my usual Megahouse and Banpresto. This year, I purchased my first figures from Alter, Good Smile Company, Aniplex and Stronger.

I was also exposed to the Chinese figure company Myethos this year and acquired my very first figure by them, the Queen Of Hearts (which quickly climbed to the top of my favourites, and still holds said spot at current time) - followed subsequently by two other fantastic figures.

A new series also re-ignited my love for the Shonen genre, I had been slacking off mostly on One Piece and losing interest over time. Kimetsu no Yaiba (or Demon Slayer) is now my top series, and it's nice to once again have that feeling of waiting for the new manga chapter release every week (the last time I had religiously done that was for the Bleach series). And I am super excited on what 2020 will bring for the upcoming figures from this series. It's a welcome outlet from the hustle and bustle of life, to say the least.

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This figure collecting hobby is also a significant outlet for me, one I still enjoy tremendously for the full 2 years and running. It's been great to make worthwhile purchases, come online to look at updates and news, share comments and feedback and to just look at all the figures and collections of other users.

My collection isn't extensive yet, but I love them regardless. The figures have outgrown my solo Detolf (and I have not gotten another, due to uncertainties on moving places), so the majority of my figures are sitting in their respective boxes - and I have only properly arranged two of the four display shelfs.

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The top shelf is my kimono shelf, still for want of one or two more potential kimono figures. Looking to add a Saber kimono in there, either of the Aniplex Haregi version or the upcoming Kadokawa Kimono version (depending how the colours and price turns out).

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This year also saw me completing my Kuroshitsuji or Black Butler Kotobukiya ARTFX J series, which is an absolutely delightful line. This shelf probably needs a bit more work - a big nice background and then something to cover the risers.

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The bottom two shelves are nothing to shout about yet - they are mostly a messy combination of the Megahouse Portrait of Pirates figures and Myethos figures. I will get to them when I have time ;)

This year also marked me procuring my very FIRST resin figure, a Kuchiki Rukia figure from an unlicensed GK studio. I am super happy with the purchase, and now have several preorders of resin GK figures on hand.

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2019 marked many collecting firsts for me, and I am excited to see what next year will bring, hobby-wise or real life-wise. My 2018 diary post had photos of my trip to the Jump Anniversary in Japan but I did not make it to Akihabara this year (oh well, fingers crossed for 2020) so why not throw in a Christmas luncheon photo taken yesterday with my two Nutcrackers (don't think my friends would appreciate showing up on a figure site XD)

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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caitsith (27 days ago) #72996673I always appreciate hearing your level-headed and positive perspective on the hobby, even though we have very little in common in terms of specific interests/figures.
I think I'll be spending a lot of time trying to downsize my collection in 2020, considering the number of times I've asked myself "Why did I buy this?" this year, and the fact that I just spent a couple of hours organizing all of my Nendoroids into various cardboard boxes... but your post gives me hope for the new year, haha.
It's a bit late for Christmas, but wishing you a Happy New Year!

Oh, thank you for dropping a comment! Yes, it always feels good to downsize, doesn't it? ;) Good luck, and a Happy New Year to you too!
27 days ago
2pt
I always appreciate hearing your level-headed and positive perspective on the hobby, even though we have very little in common in terms of specific interests/figures.
I think I'll be spending a lot of time trying to downsize my collection in 2020, considering the number of times I've asked myself "Why did I buy this?" this year, and the fact that I just spent a couple of hours organizing all of my Nendoroids into various cardboard boxes... but your post gives me hope for the new year, haha.

It's a bit late for Christmas, but wishing you a Happy New Year!
27 days ago
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SebastianLover (1 month ago) #72755210You have great taste in figures.;) Did you get the other Vocaloid Stronger figures? They'd look great on your Japanese themed shelf.
I'd like to see your Myethos and One Piece collections sometime, but it sounds like you have them packed up for now.

Thanks! I had previously been considering to get the Stronger Miku and Meiko. Then I realized that Miku's red kimono did not go with the rest of them so I crossed her out. Meiko ITEM #394594 stayed much longer on my wishlist (and at one point, I was actually just a click away from purchasing her) but eventually I decided I would prefer a different variant from another line.

I will probably do the third shelf as a Myethos shelf, so hopefully I will get enough free time to happily tinker around :)
1 month ago
2pt
galablue (1 month ago) #72743877I love love love your Kimono shelf! I love how you made the bottom fluffy and you gave them a wonderful background. It is like they are in sakura heaven <3
I hope that we get to see more of your collection as you gain more space! I can't wait to see how you arrange your other figures. I hope you had a very happy holiday. 2020 is going to be an amazing year!

Thank you so much! And yes, I will set to work on the other two shelves when I have time. I hate dusting my figures so I will only display them in the Detolf XD (and that means limited display space, ha!)

And I am going to go take a look at your polls right now ;)
1 month ago
3pt
You have great taste in figures.;) Did you get the other Vocaloid Stronger figures? They'd look great on your Japanese themed shelf.

I'd like to see your Myethos and One Piece collections sometime, but it sounds like you have them packed up for now.
1 month ago
2pt
I love love love your Kimono shelf! I love how you made the bottom fluffy and you gave them a wonderful background. It is like they are in sakura heaven <3

I hope that we get to see more of your collection as you gain more space! I can't wait to see how you arrange your other figures. I hope you had a very happy holiday. 2020 is going to be an amazing year!
1 month ago
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evenstar88 (1 month ago) #72737021Thank you! Oh yes, do give DS a try - you won't regret it ;)
Ps. I see you own Portrait of Pirates Sabo - I have been trying to find that one for ages, the aftermarket price isn't too friendly.


Hahaha yeah Sabo's aftermarket price is ridiculous. I'm not even going to pretend I found a good deal - I just forked over the money for him x_x lol
The paint and all the interchangeable parts are fantastic so I don't regret it at all but yikes

I hope you do end up finding him for a fair price!
1 month ago
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Bananapanda44 (1 month ago) #72736563Your kimono shelf looks beautiful!
It's cool that Demon Slayer was able to reignite your interest in Shonen. Having a chapter or episode of something to look forward to every week is great lol. I've been hearing good things about DS lately so I might have to check it out.
Happy holidays!

Thank you! Oh yes, do give DS a try - you won't regret it ;)

Ps. I see you own Portrait of Pirates Sabo - I have been trying to find that one for ages, the aftermarket price isn't too friendly.
1 month ago
2pt
Your kimono shelf looks beautiful!
It's cool that Demon Slayer was able to reignite your interest in Shonen. Having a chapter or episode of something to look forward to every week is great lol. I've been hearing good things about DS lately so I might have to check it out.

Happy holidays!
1 month ago
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LemonMIntCat (1 month ago) #72719453Lovely collection! I must say you really summed up part of my own experience with collecting, collecting whatever caught my eye but after about a year its definitely more refined. I also really like your Kimono shelf the fluffy base and backdrop add a lot to the look. Also good luck with moving if you do so soon! Lastly happy holidays and new years!
Thank you very much! I used faux pink fur for the base of the kimono shelf, I wanted it to sort of mimic cherry blossom petals on the ground (don't think it turned out quite that way... but I like it XD). Happy holidays to you too!
1 month ago
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