Blind Box Monday (but only barely!)

Ack!  Really, really late today!

But between NaNo and the paper due at the end of the week…

Last of the Tokidoki Barbie blind box figures.  (For now!  Never know if I’ll find more.)

Is it wrong that she somehow reminds me of Miss Piggy in this format?

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Blind Box Monday

Bah, I totally forgot about this!

Okay, so for today’s Blind Box figure, we’ll start with the packaging:

Of course, at the time, it had a paper tag on the little gold plastic hanger, and there was a plastic bag inside with the little figure in it, but you get the idea.  So I see this thing and it’s a really fun and cute little genie bottle, and I ‘m intrigued.  The tag has drawings of cute little genie girls, and I’m at Barnes and Noble, so I get a discount, and I figure “why not?”

This is what was inside.  Cute, huh?  She has a slight amount of translucence to her.  (Not in the Blythe sense, but in the sense that some light can actually pass through the hair and garment.)

Anyway, these are tie-ins to some TV show called “Shimmer and Shine” or something like that, which is apparently for very little kids (it’s literally something one of my co-worker’s three year old daughter watches), but I don’t care where they come from:  the figures are cute. 🙂  I’ve gotten a few more blind boxes (blind bottles?) since then, and a set that came on a card where you could see all but about two of them before you buy them.  Haven’t photographed any from the set, but the other two bottled ones are among the stack of blind box figs I’ve photographed and not posted yet.

Happy Halloween!

I’ve been assembling all sorts of seasonal stuff for a fun (if less coherent than my first Halloween post) All Hallow’s Eve post.

And I do mean all sorts.  Like, even candy containers.

That little Dracula came with Nerds candy inside him.  The graphic on the plastic wrap showed several colors of Nerds, so I was expecting a bag of rainbow Nerds filling most of his interior.  Instead there was one little box of the pink ones.  (You know, the little boxes you get in the ten zillion pounds of candy to hand out to Trick-or-Treaters bags.)  Fortunately, I wanted the Dracula tin, not the candy, so it didn’t matter. 😛

I’ve got seasonal pins, too.

This was my whole Studio Ghibli fanart pin collection when I took the photo; there’s two more kodama-themed pins now. 😛  (And more of various sorts on the way.  I really need to stop backing so many enamel pin Kickstarters…)  Anyway, as you can see, the set on the right is a Halloween-themed set. 🙂

Though those are obviously Clawdeen and Frankie, the seller (on Storenvy, I think it was) didn’t identify them as such, for obvious reasons.  I had to get that magpie pin because of some books I read over the course of this year. 😀

Isn’t that little witch the cutest?  (The crabby Jack-o-lantern is related to the various crabby fruit plushies I posted about some time ago.)

But pins aren’t what you’re here to see, so here’s more fitting photos. 🙂

Earlier this month, I decided to go (for the first time ever) to Build-a-Bear, because I’d seen how cue their bears were after they donated some to an event at work.  And of course they had some seasonal products available, including a very cute Dracula bear, and this bat.  I couldn’t resist the batbear. 😀  Given that she has BAB written very prominently on her paw, I’ve decided to name her Babs.

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As soon as I saw the box, I knew I had to have one of these. 😀  And there weren’t any in the collection that I didn’t like!  (Sorry the side of the box isn’t shown very clearly, but you can at least get an idea.)

Being the signature plush for the collection, I think they may have made more of these than the others.  (In part because when I tried to get a second one, it was also this one.  Fortunately, one of my co-workers is a Pusheen fan, so it found a good home. 🙂 )

Anyway, Happy Halloween (a day early)!

Sleepy Berry

I left work ten minutes early today, and rushed not to my house but to the post office, because yesterday I found a “sorry we missed you” card in the mailbox, indicating that a package from Korea had arrived for me.

And I knew what that meant…

Inside the box, my Sleepy Berry was protected in her own little box, with a nice window so she could see out.  🙂

Inside there, she was carefully wrapped in sleeping bag-like layers of foam.  The little white card opens up, and contains a greeting/care instruction paragraph in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.  It also contained a little plastic envelope with some strips of Velcro.  I guess I was supposed to fasten the Velcro (which did seem to be adhesive-backed) to her head to make wigs stay in place better?  (I should probably do that at some point…)

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So, when I first decided (at least a year and a half ago, if I recall correctly) I wanted to get a Sonny Angel, in looking around at their prices on Amazon, I thought the Halloween collection from…uh…I’m not sure what year it was (2015, maybe?) was the best choice, because there was only one in the collection I didn’t like.

Guess which one I got?

I am so not a spider person.  😦

Though, that being said, he’s still pretty cute. 🙂

‘Tis the Season….for Skeletons!

Okay, randomly, here’s another Kickstarter project.  (This one I doubt will have trouble reaching its goal.  It was just so seasonally appropriate that I had to share!)

So, just from that, it doesn’t look as seasonal.  But pay no mind to the beefy guys; they’re just stretch goals.  The main goal is this:

Fully articulated skeleton figures!  With a stretch goal of angry eyes! 😀

There’s a bit of history to the fact that I immediately backed this project.

A while back, browsing the used stuff on AmiAmi, I came across a Revoltech skeleton warrior from Jason and the Argonauts.  It was only about $20, but like an idiot, I was like “well, it’ll probably be there for ages” and decided to wait until I had something else I wanted to order.  So naturally by the time I had something else I wanted to order, it was long gone. 😦

As a big Greek mythology fan, I love the two mythologically, er, influenced movies of Ray Harryhausen.  (I’ve seen a couple of the Sinbad ones, too, one of which was good, and the other was sort of “meh.”  I can’t remember if it was the good one or the “meh” one that had Tom Baker (of all people!) as the villain.  Though naturally the effects were good in both.)  So the chance to remedy my earlier error and get a nice skeleton figure is one that made me very excited.  Of course, these guys don’t come with sword and shield, but I can probably scrounge those up easily enough.  😛

The real questions are how these compare in scale to Figma and SHFigurarts (the comparison photos on Kickstarter are decidedly Western-biased), and who to have fighting the skeleton(s).  😛  Obviously, some folks are right out:  Cardcaptor Sakura, Lucky Star and Sunshine Sketch are not manga/anime compatible with skeleton battles.  (Although I can picture Konata being suitably blasé about meeting a real, moving skeleton…)  And it wouldn’t be fair to the poor skeletons to have them meet the Attack on Titan crew.  Ranma and the Sailor Senshi are perhaps more the right speed.  (Hey, maybe Haruka will finally use her sword!)  Elizabeth from Persona 3 would probably try to make the skeleton do her bidding…and it would probably work, too. 😉

Trying to think who else I even have in 1/12 scale.  I mean, aside from my vintage She-Ra dolls, who’d be a bit outmatched in the whole maneuverability thing. 😛  I think my vintage Clash of the Titans action figures would be dwarfed, sadly. 😦  Oh, duh!  Link!  I have two Figma Links!  Fighting skeletons is totally all in a day’s work for Link.  😉  And I could borrow my brother’s Figma Twilight Princess Zelda; that would be different-yet-cool.  (I want them to make one of Hyrule Warriors‘ Zelda.  Or of Shiek.  Shiek rocks.  And I want a Nendoroid of Tetra.  She rocks even more than Shiek.)

The first stretch goal is a red skeleton.  Which would be awesome if I had an articulated Alucard (or Soma) figure to fight it.  (Or, in a pinch, one of the Belmonts.)  Only as far as I know (admittedly, not very far), the only Castlevania merchandise was a Western line that wasn’t terribly accurate.  Okay, actually, the Dracula one was pretty accurate to his Symphony of the Night look (I have it around here somewhere) but you can’t have Dracula fighting a blood skeleton; that’d just be silly.  The line did include Alucard, which I only saw in the photos on the back Dracula’s package, and as far as the photos showed, the sculpt fell hideously short of what Alucard should look like. 😦

Aaaaanyway, I have rambled on too long already, especially considering I ought to be doing research right now.

I return you to the regularly scheduled weekly post, which has been scheduled for first thing tomorrow morning. 😉