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.

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BANDAI 1/60 DX-Chogokin VF-25F Super Messiah from Macross Frontier

My major Christmas toy haul:

BANDAI 1/60 DX-Chogokin VF-25F Super Messiah from Macross Frontier

The Box

The Contents

Fighter Mode

Gerwalk Mode

Battroid Mode

I haven’t opened the plastic casing for the Super Pack armor parts and the display stand since I’ve been busy of late. I’ll do that when I find the chance.

More pics of this wonderful toy to come!

Sneak Peek: 1/72 Scale VF-25 Super Parts + Future Hauls XDDD

Finally got the 1/72 Scale VF-25 Super Parts for my 1/72 Scale VF-25 Messiah Alto Custom Valkyrie by BANDAI.

VF-25 Super Parts 1

I just came back from Glorrietta where I met M1gs, the guy who ordered it for me from Rainbow 10 Japan. We were both early for the meet, and the transaction went smoothly. Too bad I didn’t get the dibs on the few Sheryl Nome custom decals for the Messiahs from him, since he only got a few and people reserved those before me. But I’m happy with my Super Parts and M1gs promised that I’ll get priority on the next batch of decals he gets his hands on.

First impression on the Super Parts is that you may have to do some modding with your Messiahs to install them – modding in the sense that you may have to remove certain parts of the basic Messiah and replace them with the Super Parts. But I don’t think that would be much of a problem, especially if your Messiah is snap-built but not sealed. I’ll check on this more when I start the build for the Super Parts next week.

VF-25 Super Parts 2

Other details I’m happy with is that the Super Parts comes with four sets of colors on the decal pads– the color schemes for the Alto, Ozma, Luca and Mikhail Customs. The detail looks great, especially on the thruster nozzles. You can also open the chest-mounted missile launchers to reveal the canister-type missiles inside. Finally, the set comes with a communications sensor array antennae, similar to the one used by Luca’s Messiah.

Basically I happy with the Super Parts, and hopefully if I have time in the evenings I can start on this next week.

Also (much to my Significant Other SE’s wonder XD), I’ve pre-ordered from Wasabi Toys the new Figma Lucky Star Miku Miku Kagami from Good Smile Company.

Figma Miku Miku Kagamin!

This new Figma has Lucky Star’s resident tsundere Hiiragi Kagami cosplaying Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid, much like when she was forced to my Izumi Konata in last year’s Lucky Star OVA. I figured since I’m getting a little interested in Figmas and Nendoroids, and since Kagami and Miku are two of my fave bishoujo anime charas, I figured that this new Figma is an excellent two-in-one deal. I can’t wait to get the Figma, listed on Wasabi to be available in May, but I think I’ll probably get it come the time of ToyCon 2009.

Finally I’m seriously thinking of getting the 1/72 Scale VF-25G Messiah Mikhail Custom, which would be available come the end of March as well, but since I have a lot of stuff lined up for this month’s otaku budget, I’m still about 50% undecided about this. I’ll update if I do decide to get it by early April. I’m planning to use the Sheryl Nome Custom Decals on the Mikhail Custom Messiah, since Sheryl in the anime once flew Mikhail’s Valk, with fun and spectacular results XD

That’s all for now!

BANDAI 1/72 VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Transformable Variable Fighter

DECULTURE!!! :XD:

I finally got to finish applying the decals of the BANDAI 1/72 Scale VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Saotome Alto Custom Variable Fighter from the anime Macross Frontier, after dilly-dallying for over two months. And I got the chance to take some pics at my Lola’s house just across the street from our place.

The kit is snap-built, no-paint, sumire panel-lined, about 85% of decals applied. Decaling is my weakest suit in plamo making, so some of the decals were haphazardly placed. It may not be the best work on plamo-building, but I’m damned proud of my work.

I also finally got the hand of transforming the VF-25F, after doing some mods with the head mount assembly.

Can’t wait to get my pre-order of the Super Pack parts and Sheryl Nome decals due sometime February. I’ll take pics of that as soon as I get them and build them. But for now enjoy these pics of my Messiah Valkyrie!

More pictures of the VF-25F Messiah at my Multiply site.