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I think so too. They'll probably be considered as antique especially the ones in good conditions!

And damn dude your like a collector of retro stuff man. It's good though


Not really a collector. It's just that I didn't really embrace the newest thing, because it was too expensive back then.

I still have Yugioh cards from the original times. Not sure how old is the game boy advance is but I have that. The Classic Nintendo DS.

My Dad still beats me though. He has Windows 95. And the old Doom game.

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Anyways just sharing



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Ender143 wrote:

I recently got my first figure of Araragi Tsukihi from the Monogatari Series at Sacanime 2014, and I have to say, I love it. I definitely want to start a little bit of a collection when my finances are more secure (and when I have a place to display all of them!) As has been said, the cost is due to the craftsmanship, limited runs, and that they are imports. To those who think sculpting these figures is easy, let me assure you that it is most certainly not.



I'm curious what kind of Tsukihi figure did you get?





I believe it's a figma figure, and I payed about 20$ at a vendor during Sacanime
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PCBFan wrote:

Anyways just sharing



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Me gusta.

I built a shelf for my stuff, thinking it'd last about a year until I ran out of space. After only a few months though I had to start shuffling things around and I'm in need of a new one already lol. Also sucks that the artbooks I buy on occasion can't be stood up in the shelf, so I'll have to find another one soon.
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I am less about the pvc figures myself, cannot set up scenes... I prefer smaller scale poseables to set up on display, and models. Something about that custom touch I like of working on it myself ^.^

but honestly, 55 bucks for a hand painted model is cheap! Even the 150+ for a hand painted isn't too bad. I do hand painted gaming figures, and to commission me to paint one at my level of quality, I will charge usually at minimum 75, for one model, just for the time involved. PVC still has the advantage of with a proper injection system, color molding to save time.

Here are some pictures of the latest one made for myself for tabletop RPG. Note that this doesnt even have any conversions, pure paint. I also was doing it at a friends house which didn't have my fine detail brushes or magnifying lense. 100% by hand and eye this one.

Want those custom conversion touches, well the price is going to get alot higher! Scale, that figure isn't much more than 1 inch tall... Sorry, spur of moment pictures so just on flash without proper lighting setup... It was rushed so not perfect.... But still that is about 4 hours painting...

They are high res images, for warning (which cr compressed).... Also, darn macro cameras showing all the flaws.





One more, for scale beside a canadian quarter.



Edit: I need more space. I just realized I have no more shelf space as well so what will I do when I the AoT set comes in? ACK!


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Now that I think about it. I did see some VCR tapes of anime in freaking thrift stores. Damn it I should have gotten those.... -_-


VHS is actually terrible for collectibles. Couple reasons. First, the magnetic tape on video just naturally degrades unless you have a grounded, and magnetically isolated cage.

Second, you actually have to watch them to prevent damage. Humidity in the air can eventually cause the tape to get sticky and damage it. If sitting long enough, it can actually permanently bind, causing stretching, tearing etc. Ugly stuff....
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40-60 bucks isn't expensive. I think it's a great price point.
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Caution, though. Once you buy one, it's very hard to stop.


Haha....this! And Crunchyroll's deals of the day are some of the absolute best prices I've seen for post release figures. Granted you may not see the one you want before it sells out, but if you're just a figure collector in general it's a good place to pick them up. Pre-ordering CAN be the best way if you're willing to order in bulk from a Japanese site such as amiami, who do a good job of packaging everything you pre-order into a single "monthly" shipment. However, the shipping cost will make your jaw drop. I once paid a little over $180 shipping for a $1200 order. Yes, it was a big, heavy box. I've found CR's store to have great prices on figures, very comparative to eBay where you can scoop up some figures for cheap. I honestly believe CR is not turning a profit on their figures in the store. CR also offers pre-orders without the crazy shipping as well. I have compared and found figures on CR that are at least $30-40 cheaper than even a site such as J-List for pre-order.

But back to the OP's original question, yeah, what everyone else said. Limited availability, cost of production, and high quality all cause PVC prices to be what they are. Wait until you get into the "cast-offs" my friend.


Agreed, the CR store is a great place for picking these up. The only trouble I've head ordering any figurines from CR was a delay and that was not CR's fault
It happened because of back order from the manufacturer
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Things that are this amazingly detailed and so well crafted:
I don't mind paying that price.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/store/p/74416/Rage-of-Bahamut-Dark-Angel-Olivia-Ani-Statue
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I am actually temptex to order my first large pvc actually. The Oct release Mikasa is my stle of figure. Action over fan service. The 2014 models for SAO are a bit of a shame. The 2013 asuna looked well done. 2014 is all non show fanservice... I watched that special linked earlier. The Max Factory section was very informative. Not ever having a modern pvc, It is nice to see how it is done. Half of the cost definitetly is the hand painting. Large ones with more than a few hours of labour. One interesting thing is I bet alot of the cost is more design cost offset. A large model with fixed joint will be lower design time than small. However, the longer finishing work means fewer that have the high design cost to offset between them.
Posted 1/10/14
already have 8 and plan to buy more soon but I advise not to get into collection unless your prepared to waste a lot of money, its an obsession
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Is there a good guide to buying anywhere on the internet? I've been wanting to get into collecting, but I'm not sure the difference between PVC and figma and such.

Also, does anyone else feel a little bad for the troll that has been posting throughout? He's clearly bored and trying really hard, but not hard enough for anyone to care. It's enough to bring a tear to your eye.
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sculpting takes effort ? Yeah I guess it's really tough to make an underage girl bend over with her panties around her ankles, oh how much skill that must take...


Lets see you do it then lol. It's a work of art to make these
Posted 1/10/14

davideus23 wrote:

Is there a good guide to buying anywhere on the internet? I've been wanting to get into collecting, but I'm not sure the difference between PVC and figma and such.

Also, does anyone else feel a little bad for the troll that has been posting throughout? He's clearly bored and trying really hard, but not hard enough for anyone to care. It's enough to bring a tear to your eye.


pvc are not poseable and figmas are and myfigurecollection.net is a great place to find reviews of figures and figmas
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Pryro wrote:

sculpting takes effort ? Yeah I guess it's really tough to make an underage girl bend over with her panties around her ankles, oh how much skill that must take...


Lets see you do it then lol. It's a work of art to make these


Indeed. First, sorry about pyramid. Quoting on mobile can make delete a pain. Anyways, I am a designer/manufacturing engineer by profession. One rule I live by. Same work to design something ugly as it is to make something nice. Model crafting is very difficult. These guys at the pro shops are fast simply from experience. They know where to split components and the use of airbrushing for fast shading.
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already have 8 and plan to buy more soon but I advise not to get into collection unless your prepared to waste a lot of money, its an obsession


It really is. The other thing that usually does me in is the availability. If you don't preorder some of the more popular ones you can miss the chance altogether.

While alot of Tsukiko figures tend to be a bit risque, I was going to buy this one, but waited too long and missed the chance it appears.



So I tend to preorder as soon as I see something I want, which can be dangerous when not paying up front, as I tend to end up paying a decent amount every month. In fact, since July of last year (when I bought the first ones), including shipping (which is insane) I spent over 1100 dollars on this stuff.

But you gotta pay to play I suppose.
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