So, I was at a store that sells all sorts of stuff the other day.  Mostly movies, games and music, but also some anime and game merchandise.  And I saw this sitting on the shelf:

Well, you know how I am about blind boxes, and Vincent is one of my favorite characters ever, and although Terra’s not my favorite character from the game, Final Fantasy VI is one of the greatest games ever made, and yet it’s relatively undermerchandised.  (Its competitors being Chrono Trigger and Suikoden II, of course.)  You’ll notice this box says “Vol. 2” on it; they also had “Vol. 1” but its contents weren’t terribly appealing.  (I only remember four of them, but that’s enough to know I didn’t want to risk it.)

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To rectify the silence

It’s been almost a week since I posted anything.  (On this blog, anyway.)  I feel rather badly about that.  It’s not that I don’t have anything to post about; it’s that I haven’t been able to get any pictures taken, what with one thing and another.  (Mostly, I don’t seem to have time during daylight, and this place is awful for night photography.)

Anyway, I wanted to post something, so I dug around on the hard drive of this computer and found some old photos of a couple of my PlayArts figures.  At the time, I’m pretty sure I had a dialog in mind to go along with these pictures, but I no longer remember what it was.  (Basically, I think it was about Rikku’s earnest friendliness, and Paine’s reluctance to open up.  Which probably means it was before the game, but…I don’t really remember anymore.  That’s why I should write these things down…)

So, here are some now-random photos of the PlayArts figures of Rikku and Paine from Final Fantasy X-2.

Though this was the first photo taken, I think it was actually supposed to be the last in the conversation...but I'm not sure.
Though this was the first photo taken, I think it was actually supposed to be the last in the conversation…but I’m not sure.
RP 2
According to the timestamp on the files, these photos are 3 years old! No wonder I don’t remember the accompanying dialog…
Rikku's Al Bhed eyes don't work very well on the figure...
Rikku’s Al Bhed eyes don’t work very well on the figure…
When she's in focus, it's clear Paine is not actually looking at Rikku...
When she’s in focus, it’s clear Paine is not actually looking at Rikku…though she was supposed to be looking at her.

I wish I could say my photography skills have gotten better in the three years since I took these photos…

…but I think they’ve actually gotten worse.

I gotta do something about that.



Uh, anyway, changing the subject dramatically, I’ve decided to put off buying a Lammily and the three new types of Barbie bodies.  And why, you may ask?  Well, because when I went to look at Mattel’s online store, I found that most of the Barbies I wanted with the new body types were listed as either “pre-order” or “coming soon” and when I went to the Lammily site, I found that they’re adding a new doll in May.  So I’m definitely waiting at least until the Barbies have moved from “coming soon” to “in stock” and I may or may not wait for the new Lammily.  (I’ll have to take a closer look at the difference in the faces, and the hairstyle of the new one, who is either African-American or actually from Africa.  (Not sure which; I didn’t really read any of the text on her page other than the release date…)  Plus May is pretty far off; I don’t think even the “coming soon” Barbies were going to take that long.)

If I can ever have free time while the sun is out, I have a lot of photography to do, though.  I’ve got some new resin stuff, and Barbara has new shoes, and Pyrrha has a new dress, and…well, actually that’s most of it.  (Apart from the fact that I still intend to open that Vampire Princess Miyu doll.  Oh, and I still want to take photos of my Monster High Greek myth-inspired OCs.)

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.

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