Archive for March, 2011

Otakon has opened Artist Alley registration!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Otakon has opened registration for Artist Alley for their 2011 convention! If you’re interested in having a table, be sure to go there quick and register, because they’re only keeping registrations open for 1 hour more! (or until they get 600 registrations.)

Otakon 2011 will be held from July 29-31 in Baltimore, Maryland.

I’ve put in a request for a table, so we’ll see if I can get one. :)

Is your Nendoroid a bootleg?

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Do you want to know how to tell if your Nendoroid is a fake? Having come into contact with a bootleg Miku, I have a small handful of tips for you.

1. Look at the eyes. Legitimate Nendoroids have printed eyes. If the eyes are painted onto the figure, it’s a bootleg.

2. Was the box sealed? Real Nendoroids from Good Smile Company have a small clear sticker on the top and bottom of the box to keep it sealed.

3. Is there a hologram sticker on the front? Not all Nendoroids have a holographic sticker on the front of the box above the Nendoroid number, but a lot of them do. If there’s no sticker, there’s a small chance it’s a bootleg.

4. Is there a small sheet of plastic to hold the molding in place? In the legitimate versions of these toys, between the plastic clamshells there’s a thin sheet of clear plastic, which protects the figure and keeps it from shaking around in the box. This is very common for Japanese toys, and one reason I really love that Japan respects the idea that these are collectibles.

These are the easiest ways that I have found to tell the difference between a real one and a fake. If you’re at a convention and need to know, look close at their eyes! If they’re painted, beware! It’s a fake!

I hope this helps you out on your search for genuine Nendoroid figures.

Kirino Kousaka Nendoroid – Review

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

*SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE~!* She’s here, she’s here, she’s here! The cutest of all tsundere bitches has arrived~! I managed to control my excitement until I had a chance to get photos.

This is my first Nendoroid, as well as one of my favorite anime characters of all time, so this was a really great experience for me.

Overall opinion – WOW. This is a really great figure. The pieces are so incredibly easy to exchange, and the stand actually fits and works with the character (unlike the stands for my Revoltech fraulein Rei and Yuria figures). The figure’s head is made of a nice, sturdy plastic, while the hair, arms, and clothes are made of a slightly squishy plastic. This makes squeezing the pegs into the tiny holes OH so simple and actually fun to do!

Box images:

Front:

Side:

Back:

AND NOW~ *drumroll~* Kirino~! Click on one of the images to open it in fullsize.

The toy comes with three heads/expressions, 4 sets of arms, a bag, Kirino’s cellphone, and two game/doujinshi sized squares, as well as stickers that you can use to decorate the boxes and Kirino’s bag. I didn’t notice them at first (I was far too excited and was already ripping her arms off), so I didn’t get any pictures of them. Here’s a closeup of the stand, which I don’t know how well you can see, but it actually has a mold of the bottom of Kirino’s skirt, to help hold her up!

Miku Hatsune Append Ver. figma

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Guess what I preordered last night?! If you guessed the Miku Hatsune Append Ver. figma, then you guessed right (or read the title).

Miku figma

It isn’t being released until August, but Amiami and Play-Asia already have it available for preorder. Fuck yes. Apparently this is also the 100th figma to be made. :)

Now if they’d only start taking preorders for the Kuroneko figma.

Pokemon Black and White Review

Monday, March 7th, 2011

So Pokemon Black and White came out in the US yesterday (Sunday, Mar. 6th). I’ve been playing it ever since I got it home. I’m such a geek.

I already have my team going. Not super impressed with the new gang of Pokemon, to be honest. Sure, they’re rather cute (very strange, but cute in their own… weird ways). But none of them seem to be that powerful, and I’m having some trouble getting them leveled up. They’re just taking so long, and the Pokemon in the area I’m in seem to be overly tough. Like, how in the ever-loving fuck can a fuzzy rat beat down a lightning horse? That makes no real sense (especially with a 3 level difference).

BAH. That’s what I get for going with cute little Oshawott I guess. I’m sure Snivy would have had less trouble. I’m a sucker for otters.

Overall, I’m enjoying some of the changes. The graphics are nice, and the wiggling during battles is adorable. I admit, I’m not that far in, so my opinions could change drastically. I really like the character designs for the gym leaders and elite four. Nifty. :)

My current team consists of Oshawott, Blitzle, Pidove, Lillipup, that new fire monkey whose name I can’t remember that I named Singe, and a Purrloin (teehee, loin).

Anime Toys Reviews – The Future of Judge Me Not

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Where is Judge Me Not going in the future with their anime reviews?

First stop – TOY reviews! :D

I have preordered a bunch of toys (from places like Amiami and PlayAsia), and the first of many should be arriving soon!

Mio (K-On!) Nendoroid (available from Amiami, though I got mine from an ebay seller in Japan – will let you know if it’s not a bootleg ;D) will be the first figure to arrive! Followed by Kirino (Oreimo) Nendoroid (no longer available for pre-order), Kuroneko (Oreimo) Nendoroid (still available for pre-order from Play-asia), and Kirino Figma (still available for pre-order from just about everywhere, including Amiami and Play-asia). :D I’m so excited I can’t stand it.