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Ruri Hoshino -Way Back From Bakery- by Kurushima

January 22, 2012 By: Nopy Category: Figures

Some of you may remember a post I made last year on whether to purchase one or both versions of a particular figure. The figure in question was of Ruri Hoshino, my all-time favourite anime character and unofficial mascot of Nopy’s Blog. Originating from the 1996 anime Martian Successor Nadesico, figures of her are extremely hard to find, which was why I was elated to hear that a company called Kurushima would be releasing two versions of Ruri, titled “Way Back From Bakery” and sculpted by Keiko. As you can see above, I bought two of these figures, one is the polka-dot dress version and the other is the pink-dress Miyazawa limited version. They come in exactly the same box with only a couple of stickers identifying which version is inside. Each figure retails for 14200 JPY, making them the most expensive in my collection.

Unlike most figures, which are made out of PVC, this line of Ruri figures is made out of cold cast resin. While PVC figures are generally soft and pliable, cold cast figures are hard and brittle, making them extremely fragile. Enough description though, below you can see my review of the actual figures.

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Louise Françoise Le Blanc de la Vallière Gothic Punk Ver. by Alter

December 14, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures

Soon after getting my new camera, I realized that it’s not the equipment that determines how good a photo is, it’s the skill of the photographer. For the past few months I’ve been (very slowly) leveling up my photography skills, and after a few tips from Aka of Tailgrab.org(y) I finally have something presentable. That explains in a nutshell why I haven’t posted a figure review in 4 months.

With the final season of Zero no Tsukaima set to air next season, I thought it fitting to review a figure of my favourite pink-haired tsundere. Before the re-release of this Louise figure by Alter was announced, I bought a pre-owned one from MFC, making this my fourth Louise figure. She was originally released in May of 2009 for a retail price of 6800 yen. The pose is based on an illustration of Louise that was used in a cardboard cut-out included in Megami Magazine’s Zero no Tsukaima artbook (I will also be reviewing this before the season starts).

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Xiao Mei by Max Factory

August 16, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures

It’s been a while since my last post and even longer since my last figure post, but this August has and will continue to be a busy month for me. With that said, my presence online will be significantly diminished, but you can expect one or two more posts before the end of the month.

Today lets take a look at Xiao Mei, a 1/7 scale figure by Max Factory. I don’t know much about her other than she’s a Chinese cat-girl from the game Shining Hearts. Sadly, I can’t find her name written in Chinese anywhere so I don’t know which “xiao” and which “mei” her name is comprised of. I think it’s safe to just refer to her as “Mei” though.

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Nopy’s Big Figure Sale Part 2

July 23, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures

As promised, here is the second part of my figure sale.

Conditions of Nopy’s Big Figure Sale:

  • All figures are sold as-is and come in their original boxes. I have included pictures of each figure just before boxing them so you can see exactly what you will get.
  • Prices are in Canadian dollars.
  • Shipping is not included in the price and will vary depending on the destination, shipping method, and the size/weight of the figure.
  • I will only accept payments through Paypal.
  • This is a first come first serve sale, so whoever sends me an email first stating they want a figure will get the chance to buy it first. Please note that I said email, do not leave a comment here saying you want to buy a figure (I need a way to contact you back and some people typo their emails in the comments).
  • If payment is not received within 4 days, the figure will go to the next person interested in the figure.
  • Once payment is received, I will ship out the figure within a week. I take no responsibility for lost or damaged figures once I drop it off at the post office.
  • Promise that you will take good care of the figure.

Shipping Costs

  • Costs will vary depending on size and location.
  • Smaller packages can cost up to $18 for the cheapest shipping option.
  • Larger packages can cost up to $45 for the cheapest shipping option.
  • Contact me with your location and the figure you’re interested in to get a shipping quote.

The prices I’ve set are based on the MSRP of the figure and how likely I’ll ever be able to get another one. Additional images are available in the gallary at the end of the post. See part 1 for more figures.

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Hinagiku Katsura Nendoroid by Max Factory

July 20, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures

front view of Hinagiku

I’ve had these pictures for months and Hinagiku for much longer, so I think it’s about time I finally wrote up a post. For those of you who don’t know, Hinagiku Katsura is a popular tsundere from the anime Hayate no Gotoku. She’s the student council president and excels at sports.

This nendoroid is my first from Max Factory. All of my other nendoroids have been from Good Smile Company or Phat, so it’s interesting to see what differences MF adds to the mix. Below are usual 360 shots.

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Nopy’s Big Figure Sale Part 1

July 12, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures

As much as it pains me to do this, I am announcing that I am selling some of my figures. I am running out of space in my room (I literally have to step over things now), and until I can afford my own house, I have to either get rid of stuff and/or stop getting more stuff. I only had time to take pictures of some of the figures I’m planning to sell, so there will be a part 2 to this sale later.

Conditions of Nopy’s Big Figure Sale:

  • All figures are sold as-is and come in their original boxes. I have included pictures of each figure just before boxing them so you can see exactly what you will get.
  • Prices are in Canadian dollars.
  • Shipping is not included in the price and will vary depending on the destination and shipping method.
  • I will only accept payments through Paypal.
  • This is a first come first serve sale, so whoever sends me an email first stating they want a figure will get the chance to buy it first. Please note that I said email, do not leave a comment here saying you want to buy a figure (I need a way to contact you back and some people typo their emails in the comments).
  • If payment is not received within 4 days, the figure will go to the next person interested in the figure.
  • Once payment is received, I will ship out the figure within a week. I take no responsibility for lost or damaged figures once I drop it off at the post office.
  • Promise that you will take good care of the figure.

Shipping Costs

  • International small packet (includes $100 coverage): $18
  • USA small packet (includes $100 coverage): $13
  • Canada regular parcel: $10 to $18 (Price depends on size of box and distance from Edmonton.)
  • The above shipping prices are with Canada Post. Other shipping methods available upon request, but will cost more.

The prices I’ve set are based on the MSRP of the figure and how likely I’ll ever be able to get another one. So without further ado, here are the figures that are for sale. Additional images are available in the gallary at the end of the post.

EDIT: See part 2 here.

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Maxima Enfield by Kotobukiya

June 11, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures

I have about a dozen figures lined up for review, but today I’m going to skip the queue and cover the most recent addition to my collection, a 1/8 scale Maxima Enfield from the JRPG Shining Hearts. I don’t know anything about Maxima or even the Shining Hearts game, but when Kotobukiya released the promo shots of this figure, I thought it looked awesome and I had to get it.

The figure is based off of an illustration by famed artist, Tony Taka (T2). For those of you who don’t know who Tony is, he did the illustrations and character designs for the Shining series of games, as well as for titles such as Sora no Iro Mizu no Iro, Tony’s Heroine Series, and Fault! All of his characters are female, and I think the most identifiable aspect of his work is the way he draws eyes.

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Flandre Scarlet Nendoroid by GSC

June 05, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures

Flandre Scarlet is by far my favourite Touhou character, so getting this nendoroid from Good Smile Company was a must for me. Flandre is the younger sister of Remilia Scarlet and is also a vampire. She lives in the basement of the Scarlet Devil Mansion and has immense destructive powers. Her first appearance was in Touhou Project: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil as the extra boss. This nendoroid of her was released in January 2011 and like all of the other Touhou nendoroids, is a “For sale in Japan only” item.

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Nendoroid Reflections 1

May 23, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures

Some of you may have already seen this picture that I uploaded to MFC recently and named Scarlet Mirror. I came up with the idea while trying to adjust the lighting in my light box and trying out different settings on my camera. After taking a couple of pictures and running them through Photoshop, I came up with Flandre standing on a mirror with her sister Remilia as the reflection.

Below are the two original pics that I used to make the above pic.

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A Vexing Problem and A Look Back at Figure Collecting

May 22, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Figures, Personal

Yesterday I was overjoyed when I found out that a company by the name of Kurushima was releasing a Ruri Hoshino figure, and not just any Ruri figure, but one of her before she became a captain. If any of you don’t know who Ruri is, all you have to do is take a look at my banner, gravatar, or any of my profile pics. She has been the unofficial mascot of Nopy’s Blog since its inception and is my favourite character of all time. Unfortunately, the anime she comes from, Martian Successor Nadesico, is from the mid-90’s, so good figures of the younger Ruri are almost non-existent. Most of the ones I’ve seen of her are garage kits from over a decade ago.

With that in mind, it was only natural that I would purchase this figure of Ruri returning from the bakery in a polka dot dress without a second thought, even with the hefty price tag of 14200 yen. However, I am now faced with a dilemma. A day after this figure of Ruri was put up for preorder, another figure showed up on the front pages of my favourite online figure stores.

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