Today I would like to present to you my loot for the month of October! This is a combination of a smallish Amiami order and a Mandarake order.
Originally my Amiami order consisted of 3 scale figures, but due to financial circumstances I had to remove one figure from the order. The figure was Sinon from SAO II produced by ALTER. I have had this one on pre-order since the day pre-orders went up, but as time went on I realised that I really didn’t want to spend nearly $250 on a standard sized figure. At first I was pretty disappointed that I couldn’t get her, but now after seeing user photos of her I am actually glad I didn’t get her cause I am not a fan of how she turned out at all. This could be the unpopular opinion here but her hair looks pretty awful…the translucent hair effect is pretty hard to pull off and it just doesn’t make sense for Sinon to have that what so ever, completely ruins an otherwise great looking figure in my opinion.
At any rate, I digress, let’s take a look at the items ended up getting across both orders!
[WARNING - THIS IS AN IMAGE HEAVY REVIEW]
________________ AMIAMI+MANDARAKE ORDER – OCTOBER 2018________________
Here is an overall shot of all the items from both orders!
Featured in this order is 2 figures, 2 art books, 2 soundtracks, 1 Blu-ray Box set, 6 keychains, a bracelet and one mystery item that is so large I cannot fit it into this photo ( Will be revealed at the end of this loot post, what could it be?? )
Lets take a look at the items 1 by 1.
________________ LAND OF THE LUSTROUS – FIGURE AND BOX SET________________
First up we have the two best items from the order, The 1/8 scale figure of Phosphophyllite and the Blu-ray box set of Land of the Lustrous. The figure I got from Amiami while the box set is from Mandarake.
✜ Phosphophyllite – Land of the Lustrous – 1/8 by Goodsmile company ITEM #549362
Words cannot even begin to describe how incredibly stunning this figure is. I was devastated when I missed out on the original pre-order for her but was lucky enough to get her on her re-release. She could very well be my favourite figure in my entire collection now, she is just so unique and incredible to look at. I love the pose and the sculpt perfectly captures the tall and thin stature of Phos. That being said I was terrified when I was putting her together, her legs are so very thin and was afraid she was shatter into 100 crystal pieces just like in the anime!
Ill hopefully have a full review up for Phos within the next week or so, as there are so many beautiful elements worth showing off and talking about. The crystal hair is just insane, I have never seen any sort of detail like that in a figure before. I am now twice as excited for Antarctcite’s release! This figure is an absolute must have and is the shining gem of this order!
✜ Land of the Lustrous – Limited edition Blu ray – Volume 1
✜ Land of the Lustrous – Limited edition Blu ray – Volume 2
✜ Land of the Lustrous – Limited edition Blu ray – Volume 3
✜ Land of the Lustrous – Limited edition Blu ray – Volume 4
✜ Land of the Lustrous – Limited edition Blu ray – Volume 5
✜ Land of the Lustrous – Limited edition Blu ray – Volume 6
Next up to go alongside the scale figure of Phos is the complete limited edition Blu-ray box set for the Land of the Lustrous anime. Each volume comes housed is a special slip case, an artbook, a collectors card and most feature an OST or CD of some sort. The final volume in the set comes with the collector’s art box, which was my ultimate draw card for purchasing this item as I have an obsession with DVD/blu-ray boxes. The Box art is everything I could ever want from a Land of the Lustrous Box set, it’s perfect in every way. I love how it shows all the different versions/iterations of Phos throughout the series. I especially love the side where she is running with the sword!
Another unique element to the set is the shaping of the Blu-ray cases. They are in this sort of Octogon line shape which creates this really sophisticated and unique look along the spines of the volumes. Such clean and calculated cuts and lines!
Here are all the volumes from 1 to 6. The outer slipcase features a hexagon cut out in the centre to reveal a small snippet of the incredible artwork underneath.
Here are the exact same volumes with the outer slipcase removed. The artwork for this series is phenomenal, I have never seen anything so colourful and vibrant quite like this, absolutely beautiful!
Featured with each volume is a small artbook, showing original sketches, character profiles and storyboards for the corresponding episodes each book is based on.
Finally, each volume also comes with these super adorable collector cards featuring the characters in chibi form! I am thinking I might even put these all together in a nice frame as they look really nice together (Love the Phos and Diamond one)
________________ CINDY AURUM – FINAL FANTASY XV________________
✜ Cindy Aurum – Final Fantasy XV – Play arts KAI by Square Enix ITEM #525487
The second and last item from my Amiami order is the rootin-tootin mechanic from Hammerhead, Cindy Aurum from Final Fantasy XV. This is my 4th Play Arts Kai figure by Square Enix and despite SE awful reputation for making crappy figures, their Play Arts Kai line continue to get better and better.
They got her sculpt really accurate, her face looks exactly like her without looking all derpy and most of her joints blend into her outfit. She also comes with a little tool box as well! Nice touch.
I originally only planned on getting the 4 chocobros and Luna, but Amiami had Cindy on clearance and there was no way I was going to pass on that offer! She was absolutely worth the price and I think she turned out great! Let’s hope SE quality continue like this for the Play Arts Kai line.
________________SCHOOL DAYS– ARTBOOKS AND OST________________
The next 3 items are from my Mandarake order; 2 School days artbooks and the Cross days OST. School days merchandise is pretty hard to come by, so any time I find new merchandise I try and scoop it up to add extra padding to my orders!
✜ School days - Visual Guide Book -
The first Artbook is a Visual Guide Book for the original School Days Visual Novel. I intended to take some photos showing the contents on the inside but for anyone who has played or watch School days…it is absolutely NSFW. This particular book goes through each scenario/ending detailing the events, character relations and off course – screen by screen artwork. The one element I really liked with this Artbook is that it shows the concept sketches for each of the final pieces of art used within the game, I love seeing development process like that.
✜ School days – Official Visual Art Works -
(Could not find enough information to create a database entry for this one, any help would be appreciated )
The second artbook I got from school days is the official visual art works book. The main difference between this one and the previous book is that this one focuses on official artwork representing the series across all mediums. Covers for different versions of the games, character artwork, special screens/scenario exclusive artworks in the games and even promo materials such as the super cute Christmas cross over featured on the cover! I have always loved the art from School days, the artwork is so crisp, the lines are so defined and the colouring is so bold and strong – So it’s nice to have an official collection of all of the series great artwork. Again, this book features a lot of NSFW content so I decided to not show any photos of the inside during this review.
✜ Cross Days –Original Soundtrack-
To finish off the School days items we have the Cross days Original soundtrack CD. Besides figures, art books and DVD box sets, I also love collection OST’s. School days is so diverse in that it has so many different mediums to communicate its narrative featuring so many different endings and outcomes. Because of this there are a lot of Auditory releases including soundtracks and drama CD’s. I only own one other CD so far for School days so I was happy to find this one at an ultra-cheap price!
________________KEYCHAINS, CD’S AND BRACELTS OH MY! ________________
Finally here are the remaining 4 items from my Mandarake order. The Haruhi Suzumiya nendoroid plus keychains, the Flowers of Evil drama CD and a Black Rock Shooter Bracelet.
✜ Mikuru Asahina – Nendoroid Plus Keychain set LIGHT GREEN NETSUKE VER -
✜ Haruhi Suzumiya – Nendoroid Plus Keychain set LIGHT GREEN NETSUKE VER -
✜ Yuki Nagato – Nendoroid Plus Keychain set LIGHT GREEN NETSUKE VER -
✜ Mikuru Asahina – Nendoroid Plus Keychain set LIGHT GREEN DANIDAN VER -
✜ Haruhi Suzumiya – Nendoroid Plus Keychain set LIGHT GREEN DANIDAN VER -
✜ Yuki Nagato – Nendoroid Plus Keychain set LIGHT GREEN DANIDAN VER -
What we have here are some Haruhi Suzumiya nendoroid plus keychains. They come in sets of 3 and were originally available in different Animate stores across Japan. Each region/prefecture had a different set unique to their area which made collecting them all a great challenge. Besides the sets of 3 you could also buy 2 large sets that contained ALL of them in one box. While I own both of the complete large box’s, I am also trying to get all the sets individually as well. After getting these 2 lime green sets I think I only have a few 3 pack sets left to go. I am trying to get a complete “GSC” Haruhi Suzumiya collection and these guys are not making it easy! Slowly but surely…
✜ Flowers of Evil – Drama CD
Next up we have an item I am very excited to finally own. This is the Aku no Tsubomi Drama CD for the Flowers of Evil series. Getting this item means I now officially have all the “Media” related items for the Flowers of Evil series (going by the MFC database). Flowers of Evil is by far one of my favourite series of all time and is incredibly underrated. Such powerful visuals with a very haunting and captivating narrative.
✜ Black Rock Shooter – BRS Motif Bracelet 1
And last of all we have the smallest item from my Mandarake order, a mint sealed BRS bracelet released back in 2010. The BRS Project is the absolute heart of my collection, for years I have been trying to collect every little piece of official merchandise I can get my hands on. Items such as this are rather hard to come by now as they are rather obscure and were produced in limited quantities. So I am very pleased to own this cute little accessory! Now I just need to hunt down the 2nd motif bracelet!
hmmmmm…didn’t I mention there was one more secret item that I couldn’t fit amongst my other items? Well I think it’s time to take a look at one of my Holy Grail acquisitions!!
✜ Black Rock Shooter – BRS THE GAME Tapestry – GAMERS Exclusive
Here it is! One of my ultimate BRS collection Holy Grail items – The pre-order bonus Exclusive tapestry for the Black Rock Shooter Game on PSP. I never ever thought I would be able to get my hands on this thing. I couldn’t believe it when the entry popped up for it on Mandarake! There was only 1 other user on MFC who had this so I knew it had to be hard to find. Little did I know, till it arrived, that this thing is an absolute BEAST. This photo does not do it justice, but to put it into perspective, this tapestry is running the full height of my wall. From the very top of the ceiling almost all the way down to the floor. It is absolutely HUGE, I didn’t even know they made them this big?
I had to move some other things around but it looks incredible up on my wall. The orange and blue colour scheme are so vibrant and stands out amazingly on my wall! The other unique element about this tapestry is that this specific piece of art is exclusive to this tapestry and has not been used in any other printed media for the BRS game! What a treasure!!
Thank you for taking the time to check out my loot post for the month of October! Got some really amazing items in this loot, including some extremely rare items I have been searching for far too long! I plan to have a full review up on Phos within the next week, so stay tuned for that!
If there is anything you would like more information on, more photos of any of the items from this order OR in my collection, let me know and I’ll do my best to help out!
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