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the amount of money we spend...the amount of money we spend...Diary

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galabluegalablue1 month ago
こんばんわ〜!

i'm exhausted after my first week of my Japanese intensive course, but of course I was super excited for the preorders for these 3 beautiful figures to open ITEM #946157 ITEM #946158 ITEM #946159 ... but man, that price tag!! 300 dollars for each of them. okay, okay, yeah, I am known to drop exorbitant amounts of money into figures, and cost isn't really THAT much of a worry for me because i work full time and support myself financially ... but, uhhh ... something about adding up 3 figures to 900 dollars just made me completely reconsider even purchasing them in the first place. probably because it's from a manufacturer i don't know, but also because i normally space out my figures pretty well so that i can put the money away and i keep it to 1 a month.

OK, well, it got me thinking, let's look at my other pre-orders and think about all of the other ways i could have spent the money!

most of my preorders are in the 170-280 range. i'm going to start with them and kind of compare the more expensive figures to them. after looking over the amazing figures i have preordered, i am left scratching my head, WHY are those three figures that were just released 300USD?! you will see what i mean after i link some of the amazing stuff i have preordered, and now it seems cheap to me!

before i begin, i just received ITEM #549426 and paid around 193USD for it ... it's a gorgeous figure and i think for the price (under 200!) it is beautiful. so high bar.

let's start off with the cheapest one, ITEM #872645 -- my girl coco from kotoUS. i haven't bought a koto figure in a long time and i'm hoping the quality is good, last one i bought had terrible QC, but this figure only cost me 126USD on AmiAmi. that price seems like a huge bargain nowadays. especially with a dynamic base and pose.

ITEM #872834 coming in at 160USD from GSC, the quality looks good and the pose is very cute, so is the outfit ... base will probably be boring, but it's 160USD figure (eek, it used to seem so expensive, i can't believe this is what i think a fairly priced figure is now!)

ITEM #806207 164USD. i saw her and fell in love with her. as the collector I am today, i might not have bought her, but i was stuck in vermont and her happy face just brought color to my life. i don't regret preordering her but i definitely wouldn't have bought her if you put the preorder in front of me today. her base is pretty boring, but again 164USD is pretty fair price for a scale.

ITEM #872702 173USD. Phat figure ordered via GSC. the pose is cute but i bought this mostly for the moe point of having halloween themed items. i just couldn't resist! a little expensive for what it is, but i'm hoping for Ram to go with them (and betting on a boring base)

ITEM #850526 174USD KD Colle via GSC. Okay, I think this figure is actually priced well. I think her paint job looks cute, she contains Puck, and she's seated. So the base will probably be the chair which I think has good potential on a shelf.

ITEM #872646 198USD. GSC. OKAY this figure is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Look at this price. It is so dynamic, so interesting, and it's the first in a set. I am feeling like this is just proving to me that those figures i linked above are way too expensive.

ITEM #901543 232.47USD. Union Creative via HLJ. Okay I have heard mixed about UC, but helloooo it's two in one, so look at that price! The base will be null I am guessing but this figure was too cute to pass up, and if you consider it's two characters, the price seems extremely fair!

ITEM #872680 250USD. Kadokawa via GSC. Now we're getting up there for 250USD, but HOW can those 3 figures be more expensive than this? this is such a dynamic pose, and yes they will be small, but this is a show stopping piece for a fan of the series.

ITEM #851376 252USD. FuRyu via Crunchyroll. I preordered this figure via crunchyroll before I understood how to preorder from japanese websites so its a little more expensive. she's stuck in port but out, and people say she is amazing. seeing her makes me want to maybe hold out to see if the other girls get this beautiful design. i have been captivated by this figure from the moment i saw her, so i think 252USD is worth it to me.

ITEM #740250 i can't remember how much i paid for this figure, but i love this figure and it was my first scale that i preordered. i love that she has a lamp!

ITEM #637417 and how could i not post this without posting my crazy 400 dollar miku that my mom "bullied" me into preordering? that's definitely HER figure lol!

after making this post, it makes me realize that those 3 figures up top aren't worth the price ... because i see some amazing figures i have preordered that have amazing bases, amazing poses, and amazing paint jobs ... well, thanks for reading (if you did) and feel free to post about your preorders and how you feel about their price!

UPDATE:
Since this post, I have actually cancelled ITEM #806207 and ITEM #872834 (the first because it doesn't fit my likes as a collector now, and the 2nd one because I heard there were QC issues).
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galablue1 month ago#79940562WOOT WOOT! I am so glad you love it. I would be so excited if all of the Re:Zero cast got a kimono/yukata line. I think Rem's Orian is very beautiful and I would be so happy if by some chance, Beako, Ram, and Emilia all got ones too. Man, the OVA made me love Emilia so much, I think she is awesome after seeing her back story with Puck!

I loved Emilia since the beginning, not that I hate Rem I love her as well, but I loved Emilia and I thought the OVA was amazing and made me love her even more. Also the animation was just awesome!
1 month ago
Heartlessxox11 month ago#79902526I'm hoping tomorrow we'll see some Re:zero kimono set like the konosuba girls (Thanks for getting me into Konosuba, I freaking love it!)

WOOT WOOT! I am so glad you love it. I would be so excited if all of the Re:Zero cast got a kimono/yukata line. I think Rem's Orian is very beautiful and I would be so happy if by some chance, Beako, Ram, and Emilia all got ones too. Man, the OVA made me love Emilia so much, I think she is awesome after seeing her back story with Puck!
1 month ago
Oh my god, so many pretty re:zero figures!! As soon as I saw the prices of those three Re:zero figures from estream I immediately took them off my wishlist, that's a stupid price for a figure that doesn't have that intricate a base nor that cool a pose. Especially when you compare it to all the kadokawa re zero girls tea party set, I have Emilia and the gold details on the chair and teacup are amazing plus it's such a pretty design of Emilia. I'm hoping tomorrow we'll see some Re:zero kimono set like the konosuba girls (Thanks for getting me into Konosuba, I freaking love it!)
1 month ago
For a 日本語 crash course, just binge Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
If you thought Monogatari was information overload with the background captions,
this dials it up to 11 :P
1 month ago
The most I have spent on a figure is my 1/4 Miku ITEM #236103, that was an arm and a leg, I also had to pay crazy customs for her. Even so, she is a really big and nice figure, I think she is worth it, but prices like these make no sense to me ITEM #740226 ITEM #740219

This hobby really isn't for me anymore, too bad but I'll have to appreciate it from afar.
1 month ago
mufifufu1 month ago#79692403Figures these days are ridiculously overpriced.

I agree that stuff in general is overpriced, but it seems that prices have risen everywhere now (and as I have discussed with others before, quality has too). However you can still find some nice older figures with good quality that did not cost you an arm and a leg. I'm glad I don't have to pay import tax as well. I also guess that price really is in the eye of the beholder.
1 month ago
Figures these days are ridiculously overpriced.

"ITEM #872834 160 USD." This is a 100 USD figure at most.

"ITEM #806207 164 USD." I would give this 120 USD.

"ITEM #872702 173 USD." 120 USD at most.

"ITEM #850526 174 USD KD Colle via GSC." Same at 120 USD.

"ITEM #872646 198 USD. GSC." This one does look nice, but still not 200 USD worthy. I'd give 160 USD at most, even if I'm a Megumi fan.

"ITEM #901543 232.47USD." This is basically 2 very plain 70 USD figures together. 140 USD no more.

"ITEM #872680 250 USD." Intricate idea, but honestly it's not very aesthetic overall, 180 USD.

"ITEM #851376 252 USD." This is a 160 USD figure.

"ITEM #740250 The listed price is ~180 USD." Minus the lamp, this is a normal 80 USD figure. I don't think a LED lamp is worth 100 USD tbh. Maybe +40 for LED lamp novelty, so 120 would be fair; but still.

"ITEM #637417 crazy 400 dollar miku." This looks like an actual 300 USD worthy figure. Still less than the listed 400 though.

I'll throw in a few more I just saw off AmiAmi recently too:

"ITEM #919661 Sakurajima Mai swimsuit ~135 USD." This is literally 60 USD basic swimsuit figure... Sure add a bonus face make it 80 USD, but no more.

"ITEM #236382 Hibiki ~160 USD." Looks nice but really Hibiki's design isn't that special, a 100 USD figure.

"ITEM #916293 Akino Sakura ~150 USD." This is literally 80 USD figure. And by Bell Delphine too no less, probably drop it down to 60 USD.

Does anyone remember the days when a good figure was 8k JPY, a really special figure was 12k, and 15k figure was near unheard of?

Like, look at that: ITEM #42032 Tenshi by GSC for 5k at release. The market today releasing something like this would be 10k, absurd.

Even this Tenshi ITEM #105081, which was totally epic when it was released, at the height of Angel Beats's popularity too, was only 8k at release. Today I can see something similar for 15k, madness.

Figures are truly overpriced today.
1 month ago
Chibi-Jibs Cosmic Mermaid
galablue1 month ago#79691784September I think, but if preorders don't close on AmiAmi/BBTS I might pick at least Ram up from either one of those sites when/if Crystal dress Emilia comes through and is as pretty as she looks.
1 month ago
Chibi-Jibs1 month ago#79691583As much as I want Ram/Emilia from this collection - I'm wary about plopping down more money into this company until I see what that Crystal Dress emilia comes out like. $300 I can live with if she isn't as expected, but to lose like $900 if I pre order the other two and it turns out they can't push out what they promise, will be hella annoying.

It's also interesting because they've made a smart choice focussing on 2 franchises which have ultimate waifu potential, aka SOA and Re:Zero. I agree, the issue is mostly the full set, and we'll have to wait and see until those other figures come out. When do their Crystal Dress figures come out? Will it be before the preorder ends?
1 month ago
Chibi-Jibs Cosmic Mermaid
As much as I want Ram/Emilia from this collection - I'm wary about plopping down more money into this company until I see what that Crystal Dress emilia comes out like. $300 I can live with if she isn't as expected, but to lose like $900 if I pre order the other two and it turns out they can't push out what they promise, will be hella annoying.

I don't mind paying if the figures are good - but, looking at Goodsmiles CCS figures specifically, with lower prices and a well known company for putting out good products, I guess maybe this company is trying to establish themselves as a 'high end' figure company? I have no idea, but if they can come through with what they promise, the figures I think will be worth it.
1 month ago
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