A Quantum Leap Forward In Your Japanese Import Experience


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Hi folks!
I'm a 22-year-old Canadian currently living in New Brunswick. My main line of work is in cooking, but I dabble in a lot of creative stuff on the side, mostly drawing and writing. I've been playing around with figure photography a bit recently as well.

Je parle français! N'hésitez pas à venir me parler, ça me fera plaisir! Les gens qui parlent français semblent bien rares ici...

About my figure collecting journey
I've only been into more "serious" figure collecting since mid-2014, thanks to a friend who convinced me to finally give the hobby a try. (Hi Tom!) For years I had watched in awe as such amazing figures came out of Japan, and wanted many of them so much, but I had no clue where to buy them, and no way to do so (didn't work until I was 18, didn't have a card that worked online, etc etc.). I found Amiami in late 2013 while looking for a trustworthy site from which to buy Japanese Pokémon cards, but it took a while before I jumped into figure collecting. (Ironically, I don't collect Pokémon cards much anymore, except for cards of my favourite Pokémon. I buy them selectively, like figures.)

Despite starting my "true" collection so late, I've always collected some sort of character goods. As a young kid, I had shelves lined with little Pokémon toys and Yoshi figures, and loved to arrange intricate displays for them. (In fact, I still own most of those little figures!) The same went for my plushie collection (mostly consisting of frog plushies and Yoshis), which grew so large that I wasn't able to fit them all in my room... But the larger detailed figures that I now collect were out of reach for a long time, for reasons I mentioned in the first paragraph.

The very first figure I ordered was a 1/6 poseable figure (a Hot Toys Loki Laufeyson, back when Amiami still sold the line) that I just wasn't able to resist, but the first figure I had in my hands, other than a small prize figure obtained at a con years before, was a Hatsune Miku 2.0 Figma. I found her in a cool little store in Québec that sold all sorts of hobby stuff, from figures to board games/tabletop RPGs to European comics. Since then, my collection just kept on growing!

Series and characters I mainly collect, both for figures and for other types of goods:
- Nintendo: Mostly Yoshi, Pokémon and their trainers, Legend of Zelda, and Mother/Earthbound. I also collect figures of characters that appeared in Super Smash - mostly smaller World of Nintendo figures and Amiibos, but I splurged on bigger figures for my mains (Yoshi, Toon Link, Marth, Lucina). When it comes to Pokémon, my all-time favourites are Sceptile, Vaporeon and Latias, so I focus on those three more. I also collect merch of Splatoon's Squid Sisters, with a focus on solo Marie/Hotaru stuff since she's my waifu favourite of the two.
- Touken Ranbu: I don't call it "sword boy hell" for nothing... I really only collect stuff of my favourites now, though I used to have a much bigger collection. Shishiou is my favourite sword, so I'm trying to get my hands on more stuff of him. Sadly he doesn't seem all that popular...
- Megpoid GUMI: My all-time favourite Vocaloid! I'm still waiting for her to get a Figma... I don't own a lot of GUMI stuff but I'm looking into getting more.
- Calne Ca: I've been a fan of Deino's work for a long time, so I've bought a couple figures of his characters. I'd love to get my hands on the original Calne Ca figure someday!
- Other miscellaneous characters: For most of the other series I like, I focus on the character(s) I like the most in the series so I don't get overwhelmed. Sometimes I buy figures because of nostalgic attachment to the character.

I much prefer poseable figures to scales, though I've come to appreciate both. I prefer ones that are properly proportioned, though, so I'll spring for a Figma/Figuarts/AGP/etc. of a character, if they have one available, over something like a Nendoroid. I also really like 1/6 scale poseable figures, though due to their price I obviously can't buy that many. I like them because they feel like a cross between a doll and an action figure! :D I tend to keep my collection (relatively) small, because I much prefer having a small collection I fully enjoy every part of, rather than having a huge collection I only enjoy a small part of.

My "wished" list is relatively small because I only added the stuff I'm actively hunting down to it. It feels less crowded that way. I have lists for all the other stuff I'd like to own but am not actively looking for.

A bit more about myself
As I mentioned farther up in this long wall of text, cooking is my main line of work. I've worked in all sorts of places, ranging from small European-style cafés to world-renowned hotels! My favourite things to cook (and eat!) are steaks, pasta dishes, breads, and sweets like cakes and fancy pastries. I am quite skilled in adapting dishes and menus for people with allergies or special diets, partly thanks to life circumstances which heavily motivated me to learn those skills.

I enjoy drawing and writing, though I'm rarely satisfied with my work... I continue to practice and improve my work. I would like to start my own comic sometime! I have a tendency to start many things but not finish them - I just have so many ideas that I don't know which to focus on... A dream of mine is to see characters from my works get their own figures!

I enjoy reading manga and watching anime, of course, but not as much as you would expect me to. I also love to play video games, with RPGs and monster-collecting games like Pokémon being my favourites. Due to the lack of a gaming computer, I am mostly limited to console games for now.

I'm quite the audiophile... the type who has headphones more expensive than what a sane person would spend on a pair and who listens to vinyl records unironically. Industrial music is hands-down my favourite genre, but I am open to giving anything and everything a try. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, I am what you would call a "rivethead" - someone who heavily associates with industrial music and the culture surrounding it. Sometimes I wish I had lived in mid-80s Germany to be able to see this genre of music come to life.
Pokémon, Legend of Zelda, Mother, RPGs and puzzle games in general
Industrial, metal, rock, some new wave. I give everything a try! Favourites: KMFDM (& related projects), Rammstein (& Emigrate/Lindemann), Laibach, Indochine, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, AFI, Jack White (& related projects)
EOS 1200D/Galaxy A5
Sony VAIO VPCCB15FD (old but it still works!)


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Great seller and communication. I've got a GSC pre-order figure from her. First time buying from mfc seller for a pre-order. Highly recommend!
1 year ago
GodlikeSascha (1 year ago) #12751207Heyo! I think you might be the first to actually have read my entire profile. xD
The headphones I'm talking about are these ones: www.head-fi.org... Not extremely expensive compared to a lot of other models out there, but they're my most expensive pair so far. Their sound is great, but the bass can be a little lacking - it doesn't bother me, but it sounds like that's something you'd probably dislike about them since you love having lots of bass in your music.
Sounds like you have some nice setups though! I'm hoping to get myself a proper sound system soon, but first of all I have to fix my record player... The needle is broken, so I need to find a new one, but that model is at least 30-something years old, so it might be hard to find. I'm really stubborn about fixing it and not wanting to just get a newer model instead :p Right now it's still at my parents' house, but I want to bring it to my apartment soon. I have my (small collection of) records, but nothing to play them on... :c
I'm hoping I can find a good set of speakers to go with it! For nostalgia's sake I'd love to have some huge, tall speakers like what my parents have. I swear the damn things are at least 100 cm tall... they sound great though!
I'm of the same opinion as you; function over form. What's the point of having something that looks nice if it sounds like crap?
And don't worry about your post getting long! I always love finding new people to talk to, especially about music stuff. :D
Also, unrelated but: your cosplays are awesome! I really look forward to seeing the final outcome of your Calne cosplay - I don't remember ever seeing anyone cosplay her at all so it's exciting seeing someone give it a try! If I was any good at making cosplays I'd have given it a shot, but that's out of my realm completely. xD

Nahh, I think you underestimate the amount of lurkers here. ;)

And oh, that is actually a lot less...uh "worse" than I expected, haha! As I've seen $1000+ headsets. xD My own was ~$150 if I remember correctly. I also thought that was an hard amount to drop on a headset and I was only willing to do it, because I could test it at a store and knew it was good. A lot of people recommended me $100-500 headphones that were only available online.

Hehe, thanks! For some reason I have this insane liking to the sound coming from old computer speakers. Which can easily be boosted with a simple subwoofer, but even without the subwoofer their sound seems to be so good. Even the simple, brandless ones.

I'm not a really big fan of records, but my dad and brother-in-law are huge fans of them, so I hear a lot of stories at family meetings, haha!

Are you aso convinced that your older record player makes a nicer sound that more modern ones? :) (Just like me hoarding and using old speakers? haha!)

I don't know the exact name for them in English, but I'm always impressed by these tall speakers that have such a good sound they don't need a seperate subwoofer (is that the type you mean?) Those are expensive, though! D:

Heh, my dad actually replaced his tall speaker-system a few years ago for a smaller set that has 2 speakers standing on a pillar. The design is super clean and matches the TV and furniture, but the sound is not so good. :( My weird hybrid sets make a lot better sound and cost like 10% of the money his set cost him. xD

I just felt like I needed to send you a message after reading about the headphone-part. xD I can find a lot of people online to talk to about music, but not much people to talk about speakers/headphones/set-up etc. :D I'm of course a huge amateur with random stuff put together, but I think it's funny how far along I can get on a low budget audio-wise. ;)

Oh wow, thank you! :) Don't be too excited for Calne though, because this project will take a crazy amount of time and will nowhere soon be finished. xD

I have seen multiple other Calne cosplayers online! Actually just yesterday another Calne cosplayer on MFC contacted me, haha! But I think I'm the first or only one cosplaying the Nurse Cos. version so far!

Cosplaying can also be done simply! I started out with altering existing clothing, everybody can learn how to make cosplays! ^^
1 year ago
I randomly came across your profile and read your introduction. Which leaves me with one burning question: Which headphones are the expensive ones you're talking about? :)

I'm a person that loves to hear a lot of bass in music without losing any of the other sounds and I always have a really hard time to find the right headphones and speakers to satisfy my needs. :P

I currently have the following setups:

1) My personal favorite: Some really old super-bassy woofers from the 80's, combined with super bassy computer speakers from the 90's. I love the sound. My husband hates it. xD He says hears them everywhere in the house. Which is true, lol. But the sounds is so good if you're in the same room as the set. xD

2) The "this is a socially acceptable home cinema"-set. Modern, a bit more than average-sized subwoofer with another set of 90's computer speakers.

3) I used to have HUGE headphones from the 80's that came with a recordplayer and they had the most amazing sound. xD But yeah they broke down of old age and 3-4 years or so ago I bought these SONY MDR-XB700 headphones. It was a huge search with a lot of testing around, but these were the best I could find without having to spend a crazy amount of money on headphones that could be a gamble. I still think they are amazing for their price, but I now there are way better ones out there. :P

Idk what it is, but with more recent equipment I can barely find the nice sound of older woofers and speakers. Most of the stuff sounds so flat nowadays!

Long story short: All the stuff I own is either old and/or ugly, but sound is more important for me than looks. xD

Oh man, this became a big wall of text for something that was supposed to be a short question! Sorry! o.o Also English is not my first language, so I maybe used some wrong names for the types of speakers I was talking about. xD
1 year ago
Hello :) je suis interessé a acheter Celty si elle est toujours dispo (je suis de Dieppe)
2 years ago
Happy Birthday! ^^
2 years ago
There's my Miku! Thanks a lot :D

2 years ago
GodlikeSascha (2 years ago) #4004803What an amazing collection you have! I have to admit I'm a bit jealous of all your Pokémon stuff, especially all those plushies. :p
Thank you for adding so many items to the Pokémon database!

Thanks for the compliment! You have a great collection yourself! :)
2 years ago
Alchemeister Iced Over

Welcome to Paradise.
2 years ago
Oyamatsumi 大山積命
Ohayou !
Welcome to you on MFC :3
2 years ago

Yokuso to MFC I hope that you will find that this site has many things to offer collectors like us. I have found with time an patients that you can find almost any figurine / Plushie or Goods that you may want. At what price that is a different story. As you peruse some of the profiles you will see some that have embellished them thanks to being a donor to the site. Some features like a back ground picture are activated that way. For me I used some Jpegs and made my profile that umph.

There are many ways you can customize your profile and as you get to know the site features you will be able to make this site your home. I look forward to seeing some blogs if you do like to write.

Enjoy your stay in the MFC community. Oh and no this is not an automated message

= )

2 years ago
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