Re-ment Samplings

About a year ago, I bought the “March Comes in like a Lion” Re-ment set with the intention of doing a casual review on it! However after shooting a few pieces, I lost my sunlight, and while I intended to go back and shoot the rest, I never did, and the pictures have been rotting in my folder. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and cobwebs were everywhere. It was terrible.

Uh anyway, I really liked the pictures I did take, so I’m going to accept that I’ll never photograph the rest of the set and just post what I have, so here we gooooo

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Review: 1/7 Caster Plain Clothes ver. by Flare

*My first intro was deleted somehow, so this review is a tad brief as I don’t have it in me to rewrite all that*

Today we’ll be looking at Flare’s 1/7 Caster from Fate Extra CCC. Caster is not only my first figure by Flare, but one of my favorite characters!

I like many characters, but there’s a precious few that I rate above the rest and prioritize finding merch of simply because they appeal to me very much personally. Caster is one of those(I have a list of the others on my MFC profile if anyone is curious *sweats*), but when the bondage-riffic designs from CCC began to get figures, I was able to easily pass on them. However in addition to the black leather and strap-fits, cuter casual outfits were also introduced, and I preordered Flare’s casual Caster right away.

Flare is affiliated with Alter, but to be honest, I do not know the exact reason for their existence. Offshoot companies like Orange Rouge or Altair are often created to serve a specific niche(in these cases, male figures), but I do not know if Flare is one like this, or if they simply utilize the same resources as Alter. Regardless, their quality is often on par.

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Vibrant Blues

The hydrangeas have been simply beautiful this summer. Pale green buds gave way to an exquisitely vibrant blue that I was in awe of the moment I saw it. Hydrangeas are some of my mom’s favorite flowers, and I think they’ve become mine as well. Rather than dramatic flowers like roses, I’ve really come to love small delicate flowers!

My most recent figures have of course gotten their time with the flowers, but I also wanted to feature the poor Dollfie Dreams who have been so neglected lately, so here they are!

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My Figure Autographing Adventure

Howdy you all!

Today is my first full day back from Momocon 2016, so I’m still recuperating and getting myself organized to resume regular posting, but I just had to write this post while it was all still fresh in my mind!

There are always interesting guests at conventions I’ve attended, but I have never put aside time to see them. It’s nothing against people personally, but I’d think “Cool! Maybe I’ll stop by.”, only to later see the line and think “Eh I can live without it”. However as I’ve mentioned before, I recently became a huge fan of the newer Fire Emblem games, so when I checked Momo’s guest list and saw David Vincent who voices Robin(AKA the love of my life) for Smash, I had a mini freak out. Later on I checked again and saw Matthew Mercer who voices Chrom and my favorite husband Shigure which meant DOUBLE MINI FREAK OUT. Of course I wanted to have an item autographed, and while a copy of one of my games would have sufficed, I’m a figure collector at heart, so I knew that having it be a figure would be 1000% more meaningful. So for Robin, I got another Amiibo(It’s not like I already had 4 *eye twitch*), and for Chrom I purchased the chara forme from a nice person on MFC! With my figures all set, I was ready to go!

I went to get the autographs with my super friend Celestial-Kitten who is also a big FE fan, and we decided on the Friday 8:30 signing since they were both there.

I prioritized David Vincent because I think I mentioned I love Robin, and everything went smoothly.

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Flowers and Rain

I have not had the chance to take many photos in the past few months, but I did a few shoots that were oddly all during cloudy weather.

So let’s um…look at them!

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I feel like most of my Natsume pictures are underwhelming. Like he looks good but that’s because he’s a good looking figure. It’s not really bad. That’s just how it is. My only photos of him that I feel are exceptional are those of him in the yellow flowers. peaceful spot copy
Actually, this one isn’t bad.

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I’ve yet to give Lucina a dedicated shoot. I’ve just been pulling her out while shooting pretty scenery, but it’s working so far. I need to focus more on her super cool sword fighting side. Too bad I’m terrible with fighting poses. bravery
Colors not working out? Just do some funky editing and pretend it was intentional! Seriously most of my black and white photos are ones where the colors didn’t work. Black and white photography is an art in itself though, so ONE DAY I’ll give it some practice.

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A personal favorite!

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Ah I’ve hardly played with or talked about my Touken ranbu nendoroids, but I can assure you that they are WORTH IT. eyes
These nendoroids are so well done and detailed, and their colors are bright and bold, and their faces are so elegant *sob*

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And they have plenty of sideways glances! You all know how I feel about those! jiiji
Jiiji is my favorite character they’ve made into a nendoroid so far. I really want Yamatonokami Yasusada!

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It’s undeniable that I went through a buy now think later phase with figure collecting last year which resulted in a lot of impulse buys. One was nendoroid Alice Cartelet here who I know NOTHING about. But you know what? I regret nothing with this purchase. I mean look at that face! And those big puffy pigtails! And the pastels! It’s like she was made for me!

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Blue Asuna is a lovely figure~ madoka
Another figure I love but have still barely photographed!

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And it’d be a shame to not take a cherry blossom photo with Sakura! sakura hanging wm
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Thanks for looking!
I’m going to start work on some reviews next *_*

April 2016 Loot

Before I get to the loot, I should announce that the Never Outgrew Toys tumblr is up and running! You can pay a visit to get your tumblr dose of figures!

Now back to our scheduled programming.

It’s been quite some time since my last loot post! Even before the hiatus, I was having a hard time keeping track of all the random things arriving at different times. However, these packages arrived mere days apart!

Here’s everything!
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From left to right we have: Takara Tomy Shiny Mega Gardevoir figure, Fire Emblem Fates soundtrack, nendoroid Marth, Charaforme Chrom, Amiibo Robin, and Caster Extra Casual version by Flare!

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Room/Collection Update May 2016

*deep breath*
I’m baaaack, so let’s do some catching up!

If you recall, I took a hiatus to give myself more study time during a particularly tough semester. The hiatus was beneficial, but the semester still turned out rotten. And I mean it. It was bad. It was the worst I’ve done in school ever which is a shame because I’ve always taken pride in being a good student. Strangely though, while I am undoubtedly ashamed, I don’t feel too bad about it because I know what went wrong and that things will be much better next time. So that’s that. I really don’t want to talk about it, but I figured I’d mention it.

But it’s not all bad. I’ve received plenty of new figures, played lots of Fire Emblem Fates, and continued to work on new cosplays! Since seriously getting into cosplay last year, it’s something that I’ve enjoyed more than expected. I’ve also learned plenty of new crafting skills thanks to it! All of this has put my hobbies into perspective though and, especially after I bought so many figures last last year, I’d like to avoid going crazy in any of my hobbies. Now that I have a reliable lineup, I’d like to slow down to one new costume per convention and focusing my collecting on figmas again.

One last thing that being on hiatus made me realize is that I love blogging dearly. This blog was something that I started in a different phase of my life, yet even if other things get in the way more often now, I genuinely enjoy sharing and writing about figures or just in general. It also gives me a sense of belonging. I like knowing a lot about figures, being able to talk to other people about them, and even direct them to my blog for more. I guess without my blog, I feel a little empty. The same goes for not having time for photos. Spring is my favorite season, and being too busy to photograph my figures during it was really tough. It was like a mini identity crisis. I even had a dream about it haha!

I missed blogging so much that I did something I’d thought about a lot before, but always avoided…I joined tumblr. I save and collect fan art which led me to tumblr quite often and made me finally decide to join. I decided to start a personal Fire Emblem only blog just for fun. It tracks my cosplay progress, FE figures, and plenty of reblogs for fan art and cosplay. It’s been lots of fun to play around with, and you can visit here. It’s also helped me to learn how tumblr works, so I’ve decided to start one for Never Outgrew Toys as well! I’ll update again when it’s up and ready!

OK! I’ve unintentionally written a book…again, so let’s get on with what this post is actually about: a room update! My room hasn’t changed too much, but there’s just enough that I figured it’s worth an update!

Here we gooo!

room 1 Maybe the biggest change is the addition of a third detolf! The first two filled up almost as soon as I got them, but this one has plenty more space in it which is good. I could feasibly fit in a fourth, but do I want that?

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Hiatus

I’m very sad to have to write this post, but judging on how I’ve been posting lately, I don’t think it’s too surprising of a jump.

You all know I love to talk, so first, some context:

(and an unrelated pretty picture to break up the text)

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I started this blog back in 2012 which was a very very different time. I was a junior in high school with about a year and a half of figure collecting and photography behind me(I started when I was 14 oh my gosh). I had no job, a lot of time, and -I don’t mean this pitifully- not many friends. Like I said, I’m not trying to drum up pity, but it’s true that I had very few friends of people to spend time with, and I say that only now looking back. Naturally, I took to the internet and began blogging as the best way to chat with others about my hobby. Having lots of time also let me write tons of reviews, take tons of pictures, and write for tons of hours. Reviewing my stats, 2014 was my best year for views and posts, and ironically, it was a tough time in my life. However, as I began college and my life changed in 2015, I found it just a little bit harder to keep up with my previous pace. When I compiled the photos for the 2015 Photo Summary(which I will write one day…), I found several months with absolutely no pictures which was very uncommon in past years. My review pile grew also to be so large that I had to change the way I publish pictures. Amid this, my personal life changed a lot. I made many more friends in college, at work, and in the hobby too which was something I didn’t expect. My hobbies also expanded to include sewing, crafts, dolls, games, and most recently cosplay. My time was no longer solely for figure photography and blogging, and I hated to think of it becoming a chore. Over the past few months, I have done my best to remove the scheduled posts and routines on the blog in favor of something more spontaneous and less time consuming. However, it has only prolonged the inevitable which is that I do not have the time right now to maintain the blog as I have or need to.

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Which brings us to where we are today. This semester is much more difficult than my past two, my grades are slipping which worries me, and I already have plenty of distractions which I am having to deal with.

For these reasons, I sadly have to put the blog on hiatus for my own good. And as much as I hate to say it, this includes Figma News Fridays. I often receive messages saying how helpful FNF is to fellow figma lovers, so I really really hate to stop writing it, but I have to. Just today when Max Factory teased a Ted figma(YOU HEARD ME. THAT BEAR FROM THAT MOVIE), I seriously wanted to not go on hiatus, but I have to keep myself focused.

This hiatus means that I will not be writing new posts for a while, but it does not mean that I will stop blogging forever or quit collecting. I still love figures very much, and when I do return, I’d love to bombard you all with tons of figure, doll, and cosplay love and pick FNF back up! I also will not be leaving the internet or Facebook, so please please feel free to continue reading or leaving comments on older blog posts(they go straight to my email), PM me on MFC, or message the blog’s Facebook page. I check all of these things regularly, and will happily answer any questions you have about anything or even just chat about figures with you! Even during this hiatus, the blog and FNF will likely live on in an abbreviated form through the Facebook page which is much faster to update than the blog itself.

The elephant in the room is Wonderfestival which is tomorrow. Admittedly the four hours I usually spend writing the wrap up post for Wonfes is part of what convinced me to go on hiatus, but I’d feel terrible stopping literally the day before a huge event for figmas, so rather than the traditional monster post, I will create a Facebook album for pictures of every figma at the event with any comments I have which I feel is better than nothing.

So to everybody who has kept up with the blog for its many years, left comments, and shown me your support, thank you thank you thank you. I hope to return properly in due time, but until then, I wont disappear!