First Photos of 2017

Howdy howdy!

It snowed this weekend, so I took a few shots of figures who I thought would look nice in the semi frosty(I didn’t get out until a good bit had melted) wonderland.

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I keep photographing Tsurumaru in front of white things, but it’s good contrast, so JUST TRY TO STOP ME.

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Cordelia in Red Leaves

I was all excited to have pictures for a new post, but looks like my last post was about Cordelia too ahaha. I really like Cordelia though–not as a perfect figures, but a memorable and impressive one, and that is why whenever I have the chance to get some neat photos, I go for her. Today was one of those days! One of the seasonal “events” I can rely on is a cloudy day and bright red maple leaves. Not many leaves have fallen from the tree yet, but I still used what little day light was remaining when I got home for some photos.

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Cordelia Portraits

Cordelia is another figure I got months ago, photographed, and have not mentioned since. I’m rather indifferent towards Cordelia as a character, but I’m a huge fan of Fire Emblem Awakening, and how Tharja’s figure looked, so I went ahead and got her. I have some photos for a proper review, but in the mean time here are some portrait shots. I did full body ones, but ended up not liking any of them.

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Ok, a lot of these are technically landscapes, but what I mean is they’re upper body shots. Idk I just didn’t want “Cordelia Body Shots” as a post title.

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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 *_*

Figma Flood

Yesterday I shared my intention to photograph more freely and post a little more often. A lot of times I would take some pictures and be super excited to share them…except I couldn’t because I needed to review the figure. But forget that now! I’m opening the floodgates on all of the pictures I’ve been holding on to, so let’s start with figmas!

We’ll go chronologically
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This is from the ice storm back in February! Everything was coated in ice, and it was so pretty! One day I should paint that little fence…

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Review: 1/7 scale Sallya/Tharja by Goodsmile Company/Max Factory

*Does jumping jacks* Are you ready for another review? I hope so because it’s time to put your hands together for Goodsmile Company and Max Factory’s 1/7 scale Sallya/Tharja from Fire Emblem: Awakening!

While Sallya is her Japanese name, I assume that most people reading(including myself) know this character as Tharja, so I will be referring to her with that name for the rest of the review.

Fire Emblem: Awakening is the 13th installation in the Fire Emblem tactical RPG series, and in the game, you play as the tactician to Prince Chrom of Ylisse and help lead him to victory and a bright future. Along the way, your army gains many new additions, and interacting with the game’s cast of colorful characters is a definite high point. Characters like the Mage Ricken and Dancer Olivia join automatically as the story moves along while others like Thief Gaius and Villager Donnel are optional, but worthwhile additions. Tharja is of the latter, and can be recruited(or not) during Chapter 9 outside of Plegia castle. Plegia is Tharja’s homeland, and she along with Henry, is one of the Dark Mages who leaves the enemy lines to join you. As is fitting for their craft, Dark Mages have twisted personalities, so Tharja is always occupied with curses and the Avatar character(AKA Robin) who she has an unhealthy obsession with. Regardless of her unsettling personality, Tharja’s shapely body and revealing outfit ensure her popularity.

Oddly, I remember the day Tharja’s preorders opened, and thinking that she looked like an interesting character from one of those games I would never play. Fast forward to this summer when I played Fire Emblem: Awakening, which took over my life, and I found myself looking at Tharja again. To be honest, even after playing, the figure took time to grow on me as her alluring pose did not quite mesh with my impression of Tharja, and seductively posed figures are not something you find in my collection. But when you have interest in a character, more money than sense because it is summer, and something pops up on amiami preowned for retail price, what is a girl to do? Soon enough, Tharja, along with other figures, was EMS’d to my house(did I mention more money than sense?), and it was time for the moment of truth. An unboxing and a few casual shots later, and my my feelings were clear. Let’s see her box!

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Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015 Con Coverage!

Howdy! I am already the poster child for not posting on time, but I have been seriously skimping on posts lately. I could use school as an excuse, but being a master procrastinator offers me little excuse(I am procrastinating from my Japanese homework right now!). The biggest reason for that these past weeks has been a little convention called Anime Weekend Atlanta.
I first attended AWA when I was around 14 years old. I would go for a few hours with my childhood BFF, and we would plod around the dealer’s room and panels for a few hours on Saturday. It was always fun, but as time passed, we stopped going together, and my supply of con friends dried up(now that I’m in college, I really realize that high school was rough for me socially), and I had little reason to go anymore–especially once I started importing figures and the dealer’s room lost its charm.
That all changed when I made some friends online and through Dollfie Dreams who slowly convinced me to attend Momo con(AWA’s younger cousin). I whipped up a Yamatonokami Yasusada cosplay, and had a blast. Even with all of my worrying over whether I would get along with everyone, everything turned out amazing, and attending Momo con this year was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I thought that it would be my last convention this year since they are rather expensive, but as AWA crept up, I began to change my mind. First I thought I would only go Saturday, then I bumped it up to Friday and Saturday.
Before Momo con, I wore a yukata to conventions. Being a perfectionist and not wanting to spend money, I did not think that cosplay would be fun for me. But when I finally did cosplay, it added a layer to the convention that I had sorely been missing. I decided after that to never attend a convention without cosplay again!
My Yamatonokami Yasusada cosplay was fine, but there were still some things that needed to be fixed before I wore it again. I also wanted to try something from my newest obsession, so the big cosplay I planned for this con was Morgan from Fire Emblem Awakening. I also added a female Ash Ketchum to the list last minute so that I would have two costumes.

I think I’ve set everything up sufficiently, so let’s start the con coverage!

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This day I was Ash Ketchum. I already had the hat(a true sign of my dedication) and a black wig for Morgan, so I only had to make the vest.

*deep breath*
Prepare for my face!

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My “Waiting in line” selfie. Selfies are my weakness, but this one was ok.

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Review: Amiibo Reflet/Robin

Today’s review isn’t on a figma, nendoroid, or scale! Instead, it features something from the latest infuriating craze! Unite your screams of anguish and frustration as we introduce Reflet/Robin from Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Amiibo lineup!

Amiibos are Nintendo’s venture into the “toys-to-life” genre which utilizes NFC chips in small figures to unlock characters or features in video games. Other lines in the genre are Skylanders and Disney Infinity. All three proved surprisingly successful, but unlike the other two, Nintendo tried to increase the collector’s value of Amiibos by releasing them in small waves with emphasis on the most well known characters. This strategy was unexceptional in Europe and Japan, but created a frenzy in the US. Nintendo’s distribution practices have left characters like Pikachu and Mario very easy to get while characters like Reflet/Robin from less well known series like Fire Emblem can be difficult to acquire.

Reflet is the default Japanese name for the avatar character in Fire Emblem Awakening. The avatar is a tactician and Awakening allows you to customize their name, gender, and appearance, and even reclass however you choose. According to the Fire Emblem wiki, Reflet is French for “reflection” which is perfect for a character who can become whatever the player wants. Reflet’s name in the English localization is Robin which was most likely chosen because it is an androgynous name and also starts with an “R”. Because this is an English review, I will be referring to him as Robin from now on.

Since the Awakening avatar is customizable, their appearance is not canonized, and promotional artwork often features characters like Chrom or Lucina instead. The few times that the avatar is shown, a hood obscures their face. This is true also in the game’s opening and movie sequences. Seeing how much effort was put into ambiguity for the player character, it is funny to see that when the avatar was added to the fighting game Super Smash Bros., all of that was tossed aside for the default name and appearance.

Appropriately, I first saw Robin while playing Smash Bros. in a hotel room at a convention. I had never played before, and as my eyes slid across the lineup looking for a pretty lady to play as(these things matter to me), I saw him. He had white hair(my favorite thing ever), he used magic(my second favorite thing ever), and he had a long coat(my third favorite thing ever). He was perfect. Afterwards, I bought Fire Emblem Awakening to find out more about him, and loved it. Of course my other automatic reflex was to see if there were any figures of Robin, but I only found the overpriced Amiibo. Then when I was checking amiami one night, I saw the Amiibo for retail and preordered him.

Amiibo Robin is still not easy to find, and this is the only figure of him, so I wanted to give people a look at him from a figure collecting perspective.

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