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billowsandsmoke

billowsandsmoke

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Regular Boarderlv13SupporterFemale26 years oldMA, United Statesdoing a PhD in English (yikes)
Last visit 9 hours ago • Joined 5 years ago23,250 hits (2,644)

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You can also find me as deathbaloney on r/AnimeFigures :)

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Haha yeahhh I have a bit of a Dragonair collection...
1 month ago
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Yeah, I ended up ordering her at HLJ! She is really cute, I couldn't resist. I'm not sure about the cherries either, I think smaller cherries would probably look better, but the rest of the figure is just stunning. It just has much better color variations than the previous taito sakura miku. I hope the real thing is going to come out as well as the pictures. Are you planning to get her as well?
3 months ago
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That sounds like so much fun! Now I want to go to Prague sometime in the future. I love those quirky places, it's like putting yourself in another world, even for just a short time. I studied abroad in Cordoba, Spain, and it was a strange place too. It's famous for the mosque-cathedral, which is like a combination of islamic style building and decor with cathedral tower, and inside there were statues of Jesus next to the red-white arches. It's just interesting how did the religions fought each other in history and somehow coexisted in the form of this architecture. My host mom took me there for a Sunday mass, even though I am not Catholic - she said she didn't care if I were Catholic, everyone should have their own beliefs, but she wanted me to see the interesting Catholic mass :D

Yeah, I think you will be able to find her somehow. Everything I watched eventually ended up at an acceptable price, it's just a matter of time. If you really want her, she will come to you at some point :D

Have you seen the prototype for ITEM #886807? I think she is just so lovely! Thanks for telling me there's a new sakura miku come out! I like this one so much better than the previous one. The face looks more mature, and they are using some transparent paint for her sleeves, more shades of pink for her hair and dress. I am not a fan of those huge cherries, but they don't bother me either. I'm probably going to PO her at playasia, since that looks like the only place that still has her PO open.
3 months ago
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That sounds awesome! Where did you study abroad? Back in undergrad, I also took a semester abroad in Spain. It was so much fun, and I was also able to travel to other places in Europe in between holidays. Admittedly I have forgotten most of the Spanish I got there, now the only time I use it is listening to figure skating commentary lol...

I just saw pictures of this item coming out a couple of days ago, it looks so nicely detailed and refreshing, but the price tag is definitely a bit higher than what I would expect. I agree it's probably a good idea to let it go, especially if you don't feel a personal connection with the figure. It's good to PO cautiously, and if you still really want this figure after release, you can always get it preowned or maybe someone would happen to sell it new.
4 months ago
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Thank you! Every day when I walk past my tiny collection, it makes me happy, especially after a day of wrestling with code. Your collection looks so neat, I'm sure it lightens you up too after a tough day at work :D That's the best part of figure collection!

Japan would be a great place to visit! If you go, I have a lot of recommendations for sightseeing spots in the Kansai region. Tokyo I also went for a couple of days, but mostly to the anime places and cat cafes. I think you would love Kyoto, that's where you can really get a feel of traditional Japan, all the temples, gardens, festivals and everything. Even walking on a random street and seeing the decor outside of local houses can be really interesting. Or just walking by the kamo river and thinking about things happened there a few hundred years ago (perhaps darker thoughts of some people beheaded on the river banks). There are so much to see and think about, and such great food too! I feel like you can totally get away with not speaking Japanese in Tokyo, it is harder to do so in Kyoto but should still be okay. In the small prefectures English is probably necessary. Hope you can go and enjoy!
4 months ago
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Thanks! Yeah, I think this is the first time I took a photo of it since moving in my new place. I got that faberge egg while visiting Hillwood museum & gardens in DC, put it next to Madoka because I thought it looks like a complicated version of soul gem. That banner I got while visiting Japan, I was a huge Touken Ranbu fan and went to all of those temples the swords reside in, as well as animate touken ranbu stores. I also got the tiny wooden owl while climbing mountains in Wakayama, a small store half way up a mountain sold hand made wooden ornaments. Put it next to ITEM #78865 cuz it reminds me of the temple and lanterns setting in a lot of mountains.

Thanks to your winter miku advise, I'm more set on which one to get :D If the purple one comes out well, I'll get that one because I do like Hokusai to blend in better with the rest of the blue figures. And this color scheme seems more in keeping with the lively character too.
4 months ago
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Thanks! Yes, I feel like some of Taito's designs are even more interesting than lots of regular miku figures. I love Halloween miku's cape as well, I think it really adds to the vibe! Just got a tiny pumpkin to go with it :D
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/gloria2011a1571437490.jpeg
Here's a picture of my tiny collection corner:
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/gloria2011a1571437352.jpeg
I thought the first picture of ghost miku looks great, until you zoom in into the details of the hair. It still seems like a cute figure, just really messy execution.
For prize figures, I'm probably going to preorder taito's sakura 2020 and ITEM #894014 (or the previous white/blue color scheme). Still have difficulty deciding which color is better...
4 months ago
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I get what you are saying! The original color scheme is gorgeous. I think I'm most likely going to pass too, got too many mikus recently. I really enjoyed the Halloween and Easter mikus though, didn't expect them to come out so well and so detailed! Particularly the Halloween miku, really love her details and design. I expected the orange in her skirt to be more vibrant, but the pastel kind of scheme looks great too. And the paint job was so good, I feel like she is almost as nice as a regular 1/8 figure.
4 months ago
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Yeah, I just saw her prototype this morning and thought she looks great as well! Her face looks nicer than expected, I think with the right colors she would be stunning.
4 months ago
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I'm really considering it! The figure looks great, and it's not that expensive at all compared to >$200 GSC figures these days. Since it's a Chinese company, I might ask my mom to preorder it and bring it over when she visits next summer. I've never ordered any Myethos figures before, but they seem like a great company! The quality and design of their figures look quite good, and they are always somewhat cheaper than major Japanese companies.

Go for it! I think you would really love him. The figure seems like the type that looks better 3D than photos. A rational character in an isekai sounds pretty appealing, I might look into it! Though it's not isekai, have you watched Uchouten Kazoku(www.crunchyroll...)? It's a story about a family of racoons that can turn into people. I love the feeling of Kyoto and Japanese ancient tales, reminds me of tales like Urashima Tarou. When I went to Kyoto, I visited some of the places mentioned in the anime, and they look exactly alike. It's not very long, if you happen to have time some day and want to enjoy some laid back and interesting stories, I would really recommend it!

The face of the snow miku also seems a bit bland to me, but it's the details of the dress, the hair and the shoe that make her look lovely. But I'm not going to PO her knowing the price tag, and the 03/2021 release date...
5 months ago
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