Anime Toys & Collectibles Collectors Survey From HTVF

SE and my Takatoku and BANDAI 1/55 VFsI’m curious as to how a lot of us here approach collecting anime toys and collectibles, so I made this simple survey for us to participate and answer as best as we can:

1. Do you prefer to purchase your toys and collectibles mint sealed in box or is it ok for you that they are a loose item?
2. When you buy a MISB item, how long does it take you to open the box and play/display/build the item, thus making it loose?
3. Are you the type of collector to buy two (2) pieces of the same item? If yes, please explain why.
4. If you buy loose items, are you particular about the condition of the toy or collectible?
5. Do you exclusively buy authentic anime toys and collectibles from refutable and established companies, or is it ok for you to buy stuff that are, well, “pirated”.
6. What is you favorite anime toy or collectible company?
7. What anime toy or collectible line do you usually collect? Please name your top 3 favorite anime toys or collectible line.
8. Do you prefer to buy anime toys or collectibles because of the anime it came from or because you are more interested in the kind of toy line?
9. Do you think you spend more now on anime toys and collectibles than a year ago?
10. What is your dream anime toy or collectible that you want to own, regardless of price?
11. When you buy anime toys and collectibles, do you prefer purchasing them with cash or credit?
12. Do you mostly buy your anime toys and collectibles online or do you personally go to the stores to purchase them?

I intentionally didn’t add questions concerning selling of collectibles, and concentrated more on the purchasing/collecting aspect.

OK let me begin:

1. Do you prefer to purchase your toys and collectibles mint sealed in box or is it ok for you that they are a loose item?
A: Mixed answer here. I try to buy MISB/MSOC stuff as much as I can and always as a first choice, but I buy loose items as well.

2. When you buy a MISB item, how long does it take you to open the box and play/display/build the item, thus making it loose?
A: Depends. If it were a chogokin or an action figure, sometimes I open them as soon as I get home. But I’ve been known to procrastinate from building a model kit, like Gunpla, for months at end.

3. Are you the type of collector to buy two (2) pieces of the same item? If yes, please explain why.
A: Nope. I don’t remember a time when I intentionally bought two same items for any purpose whatsoever.

4. If you buy loose items, are you particular about the condition of the toy or collectible?
A: If it was only minor dents or scratches, I still would get them as long they are almost perfect. But I avoid getting them if the damage is major, even if its a hard to find toy.

5. Do you exclusively buy authentic anime toys and collectibles from refutable and established companies, or is it ok for you to buy stuff that are, well, “pirated”.
A: No. I’ve learned my lesson well when in college a long time ago I tried buying pirated Gundams (BENDI) from Divisoria. Useless waste of money. So I buy only anime toys and collectibles from refutable and established companies.

6. What is you favorite anime toy or collectible company?
A: BANDAI definitely. I collect mostly stuff from anime titles they carry, and frankly I find BANDAI’s quality’s still very good, regardless of what critics say. BANDAI’s not perfect, but they’re not bad either.

7. What anime toy or collectible line do you usually collect? Please name your top 3 favorite anime toys or collectible line.
A: I usually collect Gundams (Gunpla), Macross toys (chogokin Valkyries), and now starting on Figmas/Nendroids.

8. Do you prefer to buy anime toys or collectibles because of the anime it came from or because you are more interested in the kind of toy line?
A: I guess I buy toys coming from anime I like and follow, like those from the Gundam shows and Macross saga, or anything connected to them.

9. Do you think you spend more now on anime toys and collectibles than a year ago?
A: No I don’t. Although lately some of the stuff I buy are more expensive, I don’t buy at the frequency I used to a year ago. I think I only bought 4-5 pieces of toys during the past year – way low than I used too. And my real-life priorities has drastically changed that toy collecting has taken a second or third fiddle in importance.


10. What is your dream anime toy or collectible that you want to own, regardless of price?

A: An authentic display sakabato, or reversed-edged sword, like the one Kenshin Himura carries in the anime Ruruoni Kenshin. I’d like to make it the center of my display in my work room at home.

11. When you buy anime toys and collectibles, do you prefer purchasing them with cash or credit?
A: I always buy my anime toys with cash. I’m the type of person who budgets stuff like these with expendable income only, and not use my credit line. I learned my lesson well in the past regarding credit card management, thanks to problems I encountered with credit card companies when I had a business with other people, so I only use them for necessities and business. I never use them for luxuries, including toys and collectible.s

12. Do you mostly buy your anime toys and collectibles online or do you personally go to the stores to purchase them?
A: I usually get them personally from the store, and when I do order online its very rare and I still pay in cash at the store COD.

Note:

This post was originally posted on the Anime Toys and Collectibles Subforum of HERO TV Forums.

Gundam 30th Anniversary Series

I stumbled upon this link at Winterheim’s excellent site, and read it also at Danny Choo. I decided to post it here for those who don’t visit the two sites.

Gundam 30th Anniversary Series (Image courtesy of Danny Choo)

Gundam 30th Anniversary Series

No specific title yet, but it’s definitely Universal Century and involves a variant of the RX-78-7 7th Gundam. This will be the next Gundam Series, right after Gundam 00 ends.

What do you guys think?

Personally, I love the return to the old-school, with Katoki again the primary MS designer, and the UC storyline be reborn and explored once more. This is definitely a winner for BANDAI and Sunrise.

(Image courtesy of Danny Choo)

Post Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Date

Highlights:

Went to Greenhills with SE.

Gave SE a Googly Bear (aka Mojo-kun)

Gave SE some butterscotch.

SE got another Pink Haro at GT, Gundam 00 Bikini Girls Gashas from Wasabi Toys, and a Lacus Clyne White Symphony Concert Gashapon from a seller.

SE's Post Valentine's Hauls

Underwent mild depression as I missed buying the last Figma Miku Hatsune at Wasabi Toys.

Had lunch at Burgoo’s.

ATTEMPTED DOING CRAYON ART (ala Rukia Kuchiki).

My attempt at art at Burgoo's... XDDD

Saw Maddie on a date with her S.O. XDDD

Contemplated eating butong pakwan at the movies.

Saw “Valkyrie” as a non-typical Valentine’s date movie.

Bought a Miku Hatsune Nendoroid for myself. XDDD

Miku Hatsune Nendoroid!

I leave the details and more pics to SE. XDDD

UC’s Top Anime 50 Bishoujos List XDDDD

UC’s Top Anime 50 Bishoujos List

(Updated Feb 6, 2009!)

After not updating it since 2006, it’s back! Ready your blacklists people hehehe

1. Lacus Clyne of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED / Gundam SEED Destiny

2. Sheryl Nome of Macross Frontier

3. Fllay Allster of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

4. Yoko Ritona of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

5. Konata Izumi of Lucky Star

6. Lynn Minmay of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

7. Eri Sawachika of School Rumble

8. Haruhi Suzumiya of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

9. Kagami Hiiragi of Lucky Star

10. Euphemia Li Britannia of Code GEASS

11. Aina Sahalin of Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team

12. Barnette Orangello of Vandread

13. Lunamaria Hawke of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

14. Millia Fallia Jenius of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross/Macross 7

15. Ranka Lee of Macross Frontier

16. Miku Hatsune of Vocaloid

17. Meyrin Hawke of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

18. Kallen Kouzuki of Code GEASS

19. Misa Hayase of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

20. Sakura Shinguuji of Sakura Taisen

21. Asuka Soryu Langley of Neon Genesis Evangelion

22. Cagalli Yulla Attha of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny

23. Mizuho Kazami of Onegai Teacher / Onegai Twins

24. Fuko Ibuki of CLANNAD

25. Nanase Matsuura of Macross Frontier

26. Klan Klan of Macross Frontier

27. C.C. of Code GEASS

28. Saya Otonashi of Blood +

29. Kana Minami of Minami-ke

30. Tsukasa Hiiragi of Lucky Star

31. Miyuki Takara of Lucky Star

32. Mikuru Asahina of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

33. Feldt Grace of of Mobile Suit Gundam 00

34. Rangiku Matsumoto of Bleach

35. Yuki Nagato of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

36. Chiaki Minami of Minami-ke

37. Chidori Kaname of Full Metal Panic

38. Milly Ashford of Code GEASS

39. Koishi Herikawa of Onegai Teacher

40. Murrue Ramius of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny

41. Astharoshe Asran of Trinity Blood

42. Blair of Soul Eater

43. Naru Narusegawa of Love Hina

44. Kyou Fujibayashi of CLANNAD

45. Yakumo Tsukamoto of School Rumble

46. Cathy Glass of Macross Frontier

47. Tsubaki Nakutsukasa of Soul Eater

48. Kanako Ohno of Genshiken

49. Meia Gisborne of Vandread

50. Rook Bartley of Robotech

Notable Mentions:

51. Nagisa Furukawa of CLANNAD

52. Sumeragi Lee Noriega of Mobile Suit Gundam 00

53. Kotomi Ichinose of CLANNAD

54. Rei of EX-Driver

55. Rei Ayanami of Neon Genesis Evangelion

56. Myung Fang Lone of Macross Plus

57. Soma Peires of Mobile Suit Gundam 00

58. Belldandy of Oh/Ah My Goddess!

59. Kaoru Kamiya of Ruruoni Kenshin

60. Momo Hinamori of Bleach

Please check if any bishie doubled on the list.  And violent and non-violent reactions are appreciated XDDDDDD

Revival of Existence

Hi guys!

I know its been a LONG, LONG TIME since I’ve last updated this blog, but now I’m back. I’ll be posting some of the recent stuff I’ve been posting on my Multiply site here in next few days, once I get some free time. I’ll be concentrating more on politics, music, the Internet, anime, Macross and Gundam as well, plus the odd topic now and then.

It’s good to be back.

Where the “F” is HTVF? … and Gundam Astraea Type F

Woke this morning to a shock…

HERO TV Forums has gone AWOL!

My favorite forum – gone!

Every time I tried going to the site, I always get this error message:

“Notice: This domain name expired on 01/07/08 and is pending renewal or deletion”

So WTF – what the fuck happened to HTVF and where the fuck did it go? Did somebody forget to pay the server? And why weren’t there any notices?

I’ll try contacting my forum friends and Admods to find out more about this catastrophe, and I’m bringing GSR up to speed to take in stragglers.

{Author’s Note: HTVF came back a few hours after I posted this article. Hopefully it was only a minor problem on its server, but it looks like its not back at 100% and still has some glitches.}

In lighter Gundam news, the crazy kids at Dengeki Hobby just released pictures a nice looking Gunpla of the Gundam Astraea Type F from Mobile Suit Gundam 00F. I really liked its red-orange colored armor on a faded-gold frame – thinking Sazabi on a Strike Freedom frame.

Also something I found interesting, Pink Tentacle summarized a Science Portal article about how much it would cost to build a real Gundam. The estimate to build a close-combat Mobile Suit prototype, barring the humongous labor costs, fictional special alloys for construction, and any kind of flight capabilities and weaponry: a whopping SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS ($725,000,000). And the Gundam won’t be able to do those stunts and moves we’re all familiar with it – all it would do is walk.

But still, its a Gundam. I better start saving then.

1/100 Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version One Year War TV Colors

Some pics of the 1/100 Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version One Year War TV Colors Gunpla I completed over the New Year holidays.

Again I didn’t paint it, since I don’t really do that. But I had a great time doing sumi re (panel inking) using gray BANDAI fine Gunpla marker.

The Gunpla had so many panels to ink but it was so nicely detailed that I enjoyed every second of its work.

Overall the 1/100 Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version OYW is now my favorite Gunpla in my current collection. Even with its simple design, it is well made and detailed as well as having nice articulation.

Nothing beats the original Gundam.