I had enacted a moratorium on toy collecting last year, not only in anticipation of my daughter starting to walk, grab, and throw things; but also in terms of managing the expense of paper and plastic crack. It was going so well for almost a year, even when I go to my favorite toy stores I never buy anything. I would get the odd figurine every other month or so, but that’s because I have an awesome wife who buys me awesome gifts.
TOYCON 2011 in the Megadeath Mall Megatrade Hall wouldn’t have been a problem for me. I made sure I didn’t bring any money going there so as to avoid buying anything. Besides, I knew I wasn’t buying any model kits because there was simply no space for them in our house unless I have more glass-covered shelves built, but I didn’t count on finding amazing figures to buy… and having freaking 21stcenturydigitalboy with his $$$ enabling me to fail utterly… and ultimately win at life.
This post basically, is a photographic editorial of my failure at not buying toys.
I ended up buying amazing Macross Frontier: The False Songstress figurines, and all but one of the Premium Edition of Iwaki Hitoshi’s Parasyte. The Macross 7: Mylene Sings Minmay is a gift from superbro Zeroblade. Everything was bought at ridiculously cheap prices.
And I must say, as a toyfag who doesn’t buy a lot of figures (my wife does most of the figure collecting), the Sheryl and Ranka figs are amazing!
Granted, the Ranka mecha-musume/VF-25 Messiah Battloid cosplay pose could’ve been much better, and the scale could’ve been handled better (her head is freaking huge compared to Sheryl) it’s still a great fig. I’m glad that it’s precisely the mecha cosplay getup instead of any of her usual cheongsam or goth-loli getups.
The Sheryl cowboy figure is unbelievably good for PhP 500.00 ( as of 19 June 2011), the same price I got the Ranka fig for.
The acquisition of the girls prompted a rearrangement of my collection on display. I exhumed my Macross figs I put in storage and cleared the KyoAni figures from the ‘ground floor’ of my room’s figure display case, moved them to the least visible top shelf and put Minmay, Basara & co. in. The new girls are too big for the shelf, as are my Revoltech Battloids, so I kept the robots in their hangar and put the girls with some of my books.
I had seen some more expensive Ranka & Sheryl figs, but I think the ones I got fit my collection better.
In the figures above don’t like Ranka’s getup at all, and Sheryl’s is just fucking LOL. It looked fine I guess in the anime, but here it’s hideous. I suppose not every idol can display the campy perfection of the 1980s, as best displayed by this humongous Minmay figure I saw:
If I was any good as a model kit builder, I wouldn’t have thought twice about buying these treasures:
OMG Mylene Jenius’ pink battloid! But yeah, I highly question the quality of these kits half my life old. So I wouldn’t trust myself building them in any way, even if I actually had time to learn and build. Also, I realize that if I had PhP 4,000.00 to burn (), I’d buy this:
Aw yeah, that’s the freaking White Base no doubt about it, with a catapult to launch the Gundam and shit. I’d fly this around the kitchen and totally find salt. But I don’t want to spend that kind of money on a toy, and I won’t have any space to display (or store it for that matter). Even so, it was this awesome thing that I should’ve know that existed but I ended up shitting bricks when I saw it anyway.
Clearly it was the highlight of the event, even though what I ended up buying is a lot less ambitious – I end up dreading it anyway. I suppose the best way to deal with buyer’s remorse is to just celebrate my purchase as much as I can. I’ve started re-reading the manga which is amazing in its simplicity and effectiveness, and here’s another shot (my parting shot in this post) of the girls:
Well, what of my moratorium on toy collecting? I think it’s safe to say it’s firmly in place. Even 21stcenturydigitalboy will run out of $$$, especially after blowing it all on plastic crack himself.