One Year Collecting Figures
Posted by meronpan on March 30, 2009
I’ll preface this post by saying I’m no writer. But I do get tired of my posts all written in the same conversational style. So!! On the (approximately) 1 year anniversary of my first figure purchase, here’s a little story of how things unfolded these past 12 months.
A normal day in akiba. I was haphazardly making my rounds through the crowded stores, glad Japan’s humid summer was still months away. Akiba was a home away from home but I was slightly out of my element. With manga and game purchases already taken care of, I was determined to buy a figure. “Just one,” I told myself. “One can’t hurt.”
My research was woefully insufficient. Who were all these different manufacturers? Alter? Was that related to Atelier-Sai? Atelier-Sai was a longer name… maybe that meant it was better. Max Factory? Was that a good one? I remembered nothing from Danny’s site. Well, nothing except for the name “nendoroid”. I knew they nendoroids were made by a reputable figure manufacturer and that the nagato nendoroid was kawaii. Paralyzed by the fear of buying a low quality figure from a no-name company, I played it safe. Mission: purchase nendoroid nagato.
After a couple hours of browsing different shops, I finally found her tucked away in a case at a store down a ways from the JR station. Why was nagato so hard to find? Was 5000 yen a good price? Choices and time were limited so I went for it. In my euphoria I also picked up a pair of nendoroid puchi’s at kotobukiya… they also seemed fairly harmless at the time.
When I got home from Japan the horror struck. No, not the nagato price. I could live with that – it was Japan! I was horrified to find that… I needed more figures! “I should’ve bought that Max Factory nagato,” I told myself, “and after that, I’ll need the rest of the SOS-dan…” I had fallen.
Past the point of no return ^^;
In the following months preorder upon preorder piled up as I desperately tried to catch up with years of past releases. Exelica, the Max Factory haruhi gang, kanu figures, limited figures, the shuraki set… At the same time I was catching up with anime and with each series conquered came new pvc desires. “I’m just working through a backlog. I’ll settle down soon.” Perhaps in a world where soon is equivalent to 10 months’ time, I suppose yes, soon.
Figures led to blogging, blogging led to photography… A tripod was purchased, my desk was cleared off for display space… a detolf was purchased, then another…
74 is the number of figures you’ll find on my tsuki-board profile. 74 signs that I’ve gone completely figure insane.
So then. That’s how my year of figure collecting got started and snowballed into the current insanity.
365 days later and I’ve…
Took to posing 5 figmas
Been charmed by 7 nendoroids
Happily gave Alter money for 17 beauties
Took 2 1/4 bunnies under my care
Failed to resist kanu, saber, and haruhi on 3 occasions each
Broke 3 figma hands
Gave away 1 figure in a contest
Gathered the 5 shuraki girls… and failed to post all their reviews
Gathered 5 StrikerS gals… and successfully posted their reviews
I’ll leave the blog statistics for the blog 1 year anniversary… which I still haven’t decided whether to set at June 5 (blogger start) or June 17 (wordpress start) ^^;
Anyhow, thanks to everyone who has stopped by! Hopefully I will reach a sustainable rate of purchases this year so I can continue to contribute to the community ^_^ (as opposed to becoming homeless :P)
How was your first year of collecting? Bubble out of control? Have a more reasonable pace?
kore kara mo yoroshiku onegai shimasu
Next time, senhime!