Basically Back (+ Small Business Saturday purchases)

Well, I still have two research papers due mid-December, so I don’t have a huge amount of time to devote to blogging, even though NaNo is over, but I have two research papers due mid-December, so I have a lot of procrastinating to do, and some of that will surely end up on the blog.  (In my own defense, I have written the rough draft of one of them already.)

Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Dumbass Tuesday, I’ve spent too much money already.  (Uh, yeah, that last one’s just me.  I’ll go into detail later.)  But before I go into detail about any of it, I want to show you the Licca head for the Pure Neemo XS body, ’cause it finally arrived!

Say hello, Yuki Miku!
Say hello, Yuki Miku!

The hat and cape are badly creased from being folded, and her clothes are a bit big on the Pure Neemo XS body — except the tights, which barely went on — but overall I think she looks pretty cute.

Of course, she’s not actually waving at the camera….


When I was trying to remove her hand so I could put on that arm thingy (the drawing of Yuki Miki 2014 has on fingerless gloves, but they seem to have replaced those with bits of lace on elastic) instead of coming out properly — as it had several times before — the knob on the tip of the hand broke right off.


See?  Broken. 😦  It wouldn’t be an insurmountable problem, since I bought a spare hand pack when I got the body, except that the part that broke off is still inside her arm.  I’ve been trying to get it out, but no luck so far. 😦

If anyone can suggest a good way to get that broken plug of plastic out of there, I’d love to hear it.

Okay, now we can move on to the stuff I got at the anime store on Saturday.  (Technically, I could tell you about the stuff I got from the Junky Spot on Black Friday (it arrived on Monday!) except I haven’t gotten the photos ready, as for some reason I decided to prepare Saturday’s haul instead.  (Photographed both at the same time.  Along with a lot of other stuff, including Dark Rabbit Hole, but I wanted to get the tragic tale of Yuki Miku’s hand out of my system as soon as possible.)  Besides, the other Black Friday purchase (not counting the one coming from England) literally arrived in between the previous paragraph and this one, so by leaving Black Friday’s haul until later, I’ll have time to see if I got lucky with the blind box figures this time…)

So, local anime store.  Run by a local couple.  They take a lot of stuff on consignment.  (In fact, they have a lot of manga I decided I didn’t want any more.  And some other assorted things of mine, including some polymer clay earrings and barrettes I made, which keep on not selling. 😦 )  But they also have a lot of new stuff.  Anyway, my brother and I headed there on Saturday to support small businesses.  Well, one small business.

The place had been well stocked for the holiday weekend, so I found a lot of stuff. 😀


I normally look at the blind box (blind bag, in this case) figures last, as they’re by the cash register, but for some reason I looked at them first this time.  Possibly because I saw this big Miku grin across the room. 😀


I think the one with hearts in her eyes is my favorite.  Or possibly the shifty-looking one in the opposite corner.  But they’re all cute.


She’s either squeeing or singing really, really off-key. 😛


Then there’s this one.  The Miku backpack hangers were available in plenty, but there were only two of these left.  Despite that I’m not, to be honest, exactly sure what’s the deal here.  They’re like little…um…animal-cosplaying pillow versions?  I don’t know.  They’re cute, though.  (Actually, they look a lot like Tsum Tsums.  Must be the same idea…)


I’m glad I got the MEIKO one.  MEIKO is very under-represented in my Vocaloid collection.  I should have gotten the Pullip version while I still had the chance… *sigh*

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Tetra here is from one of those gachapon-style sets of Wind Waker figures.  But she was in this bin of plastic-bagged figures near the entrance to the store.  I’m not sure what the deal is with those.  I suspect they’re blind box figures that were bought as-is for a discount from the manufacturer due to minor defects, but I’m not sure about that.  (Some of them have seemed to be missing arms — and I don’t mean the arms were just loose in the bag, but that they actually weren’t there — and whatnot.)  Anyway, she’s not on her stand because it doesn’t really work.  And for some demented reason the hole to connect her to the stand is between her legs, and I didn’t want to photograph her like that.  Plus the heart container doesn’t stand up on its own, even in the hole provided for it.

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So these Trading Arts figures are, like, SquareEnix’s answer to Nendoroids, I guess.  They come with interchangeable faces (including that there’s always a blank one for you to paint your own face on, but the blank ones look really creepy somehow) and arms.  Plus they have stands, weapons, and little dialog boxes and menu commands and stuff; some of the accessories are really great in these sets.  And sometimes they have whole second bodies, to represent different costumes, but it’s very rare for them to have a second set of hair.  So in the case of the Warrior of Light here — AKA player-created fighter/knight from the original NES Final Fantasy — they gave him two sets of legs so he could be standing in an active or passive pose, two torsos so his cape could be blowing in the wind (or not), and two sets of hair so he can have his helmet on or off.  Thus you get two whole figures. 😛  And he was used, so I got a good price.  (To be honest, I wouldn’t have paid more than that for him.  FFI is not exactly my favorite in the series.)

Okay, so I need to stop goofing off and get back to work now.  😦  But there’s a gallery link for this post here, though it really only has one photo you can’t access directly from the post…

I’ll post the photos of Dark Rabbit Hole next time.  Then after that you’ll finally see the unveiling of the new look of my largest doll… 😉


7 thoughts on “Basically Back (+ Small Business Saturday purchases)

  1. Blackkitty December 3, 2015 / 3:51 am

    You don’t get broken pegs out of arms. You drill through them. Otherwise you’ll mangle the arm and it’s not like you’ll be able to use the peg anyway. Drill a hole that’s a little tight and if needed, create a bulge on the end of the new peg to keep it in. If you want to use the broken hand again, I fixed a similar problem. A lot of text:


    • Iphis of Scyros December 3, 2015 / 8:13 am

      I suppose if I drill it the pieces will come out again. I have a whole bag of additional hands, so I need the remains of the peg out of there to make room for the pegs on the replacement hands. If I use the broken one again, it’ll probably be for a doll-scale Halloween decoration. :p


      • Blackkitty December 3, 2015 / 1:56 pm

        Not necessarily, mine didn’t come out. Just try to drill a thin hole and if the new peg doesn’t fit, gradually enlarge it. I suggest you tape around the arm securely before drilling or it may split at the seams.


      • Iphis of Scyros December 3, 2015 / 7:41 pm

        If the pieces don’t come out, then I won’t be able to put the replacement hands in. I literally have a whole package of them (different hand poses) waiting, but if the pieces of the old peg are in the way, then they won’t fit in the hole. The hole was very snug to begin with — that’s what caused this to happen — so if there’s any blockage, then there’s no way the new hand’s peg will fit.


      • Blackkitty December 3, 2015 / 11:26 pm

        No, seriously. What I meant is that drilling won’t cause all the peg bits to loosen neatly from the arm, but stuff WILL come out in the shape of plastic shavings, either from the peg or from the arm, if you need to drill a larger hole. When I did this, parts of the peg stayed in as if superglued. Think of the arm as a solid block of plastic now. You need to drill a hole of the size you need into it and it doesn’t matter if it’s exactly where the peg was as long as the result is achieved. I hope I explained better this time.


      • Iphis of Scyros December 4, 2015 / 1:12 pm

        The thing is that an Azone arm works very differently from the arm of, say, a Groove doll, because the hands were designed to come out. And there’s nothing solid about it: the broken off plug is literally rolling around in there. Early on, I tried to shove a pin through it and pull it out that way, and the pin hole is now somewhere hidden by the side of the arm; the remaining piece of plug seems to be essentially spherical. It’s very loose; it just needs to be in smaller pieces so it’ll come out. So what I really need, I suppose, is a very tiny scalpel to go in and cut it into pieces. I doubt there is such a thing, though. I *will* try to drill it, though, once I have a chance to go to the craft store and get a super-small drill. (I’ve been meaning to get a jeweler’s drill anyway, to put holes in resin charms.) The way it’ll shift around as I’m trying to drill it will probably reduce its size enough to let it fall out. Hopefully.


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