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Why Do You Own a Collection? And Help!
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Greetings,

Why do you own a collection? I own many JRPGs; especially, collectors editions. Most of my figurines,when I was younger, was destroyed by sibling fights in the act of revenge, and it lead me to sell new and overly sexual figurines that came with JRPGs CE. Only recently has the interest reignited, and I am looking forwards to building up an anime and JRPGs figurine collection.

Currently, the only two figurines I own are Tales of Xillia 2 (Ludger), and Guild Wars 2 Charr from CE. In addition, I own all three GW2 books to complete the collection.

I am fairly new to authentication regarding what is real and what is fake in the Anime PVC market; therefore, any tips would be greatly appreciated to help distinguish! My first true PVC buy is "Kotobukiya Sword Art Online Asuna Aincrad Ani Statue Figure, Scale 1/8," and I did research to the best of my knowledge to authenticate it prior to buying. I know Kotobukiya is a renown an anime PVC manufacturer; therefore, most of my judgement was based upon the name as a trademark, the seller's rating, and the details on Amazon (Link below)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQA0OJG/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=

Thank you, and I look forwards to reading about why do you collect!?




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No decent pictures of my collections stuff. Have some pics, but just quick things. Anywhoo, I collect video games (both new and antique dating back to the early 80s), manga, anime, classic movies and to an extent figurines. Non topic related is I also collect cars and motorcycles. Authentication of what is real and what is fake? Pretty much impossible online. The only surefire way is buy from authorized distributors directly.

For something that has been out a bit, only choice might be to get it through middleman distribution site like amazon. Really the only way to have some semblance of confidence is how long, and how many sales the person has had. Look them up directly as well.

Point and fact about rating. The Armin Figma. They only made 3000, and was pretty tough to get one. Yet a few people on amazon already had them for sale with "positive reviews" about shipping, etc (and one 3 star review on one) for a product a month before it's official shipping release. This is extremely all too common. High demand ones will have counterfeits based off of promo pictures and prototype conventions displays before the real ones are ready to go.. If you are like me and believe in ensuring you are supporting legitimate sellers, than gotta go through authorized distributors or the manufacturer directly.

Why do I collect? For myself, It is ones I find aesthetically pleasing. Often it is something that struck a nerve with me in which even a still visual can trigger memorable reaction or an expression of myself. Unlike some collectors, I do not feel the need for multiples of one character in different poses and scales. Instead, if one comes out that I think is well made and to my tastes, I will get it.

For me, my collecting of figures started with a Rally Vincent figure (Gunsmith Cats) years ago. I do not pick figs up too often, but at this time I have multiple video game fixed posed and the Gundams from Gundam wing. I stopped for a few years from anime collectibles as I put more money into my cars, but I have gotten back into it with AoT and purchased the current four released AoT Figmas. Most were all fan-service focused when I stopped collecting. Saw AoT, and thought, those are well made and expressive, so got back into it.

Also on order through crunchyroll. is the Miku Racing ver. Enjoying some of the created vocaloids music and being a motorhead/anime nerd (my bro calls me a cartaku), this was just impossible to not add to my collection.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/store/p/109416/figma-Racing-Miku-2013-EV-Mirai-Ver

http://www.crunchyroll.com/store/p/109418/exride-Spride06-TT-Zero-13-Racing-Miku

As for your purchase, well, consider that originally it cost 80 USD direct from manufacturer. Somebody is selling it for less than that and 100 other completely unrelated things at the same time.... I mean one was selling along side your post Brahms symphony and a fishing reel. Outside of the manufacturer's site or from stores I trust, I am not aware of any third party retailers I can recommend.
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I collect production artwork used to make anime as well as artwork from those who worked on these series. Most of my production artwork focuses on Sailor Moon, but I have stuff from Cardcaptor Sakura, Inuyasha and Kobato as well. A good chunk of my collection can be seen here - http://cutiebunny.rubberslug.com

I also have a picture in my profile page of one of my recent acquisition and my Barnaby figure. I don't collect nendoroids, but I do like taking pics of them with sketches and then posting those pics with a "thank you" message on the artist's Twitter or facebook page.

When I used to collect cels and douga, it was because I wanted to own the actual scene that I loved. Anyone can own the DVD, but since these are one of a kind items, only one person can own the exact artwork that made up that scene. But now that I primarily collect sketches from Japanese artists, it's because I not only get to meet them, but it's fun watching them draw. They still are one of a kind items, but you actually know who drew the item and you don't have to rely on an educated guess.
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Gunbuster is my favorite anime of all time. The story, the voice acting, the Music. Everything is amazing to me.

So back in the days like late 80s-90s there was no way to get Gunbuster stuff, so I started my collection later in life when i could afford it.
Soon ill put in some effort and take some pics of what I have, so if you wanna see, check my profile every now and then.

Also http://myfigurecollection.net/ is a great place to start a log of what you have, and there is sometimes pictures of fakes and info on it.


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I collect production artwork used to make anime as well as artwork from those who worked on these series. Most of my production artwork focuses on Sailor Moon, but I have stuff from Cardcaptor Sakura, Inuyasha and Kobato as well. A good chunk of my collection can be seen here - http://cutiebunny.rubberslug.com

I also have a picture in my profile page of one of my recent acquisition and my Barnaby figure. I don't collect nendoroids, but I do like taking pics of them with sketches and then posting those pics with a "thank you" message on the artist's Twitter or facebook page.

When I used to collect cels and douga, it was because I wanted to own the actual scene that I loved. Anyone can own the DVD, but since these are one of a kind items, only one person can own the exact artwork that made up that scene. But now that I primarily collect sketches from Japanese artists, it's because I not only get to meet them, but it's fun watching them draw. They still are one of a kind items, but you actually know who drew the item and you don't have to rely on an educated guess.


Your site is awesome! I looked through it and saw your comment about Haruhiko Mikimoto LOL. Hes so wrong, we just want to own art from something we love =]

My cel collection is pretty tiny, but I have some from Gunbuster and a few other series.

Id love to know how you store your Cels. /bow cel master! :)



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^ thank you for your compliment. I'm so not a cel master. are your cels online? I wanna see!

And yeah, Mikimoto is kind of a jerk. Not as bad as Akemi Takada, but yeah...sometimes I'm amazed that these people are as popular as they are in Japan when they're petty in real life.

I store my cels in polypropelene bags and in Itoya folders. I use Mylar bags for the paper items.
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I love collecting shot glasses and vintage shot glasses, my favorite part of my collection is a set of sterling silver German WW2 era shot glasses supposedly owned by a high ranking Nazi official.
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^ thank you for your compliment. I'm so not a cel master. are your cels online? I wanna see!

And yeah, Mikimoto is kind of a jerk. Not as bad as Akemi Takada, but yeah...sometimes I'm amazed that these people are as popular as they are in Japan when they're petty in real life.

I store my cels in polypropelene bags and in Itoya folders. I use Mylar bags for the paper items.


I wish i had them online:(. Hopefully soon ill have some pics.

The info you just gave me now will save my cels for years to come,Thank You soo muchh Cel Master!

And i can't believe they act that way, I remember meeting Hiroyuki Yamaga from Gainax and i was like I love Gunbuster can i have this signed , and he was all smiles. cool guy!

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I have Donkey Kong for the original Coleco Vision, Q-bert for Atari 2600, and Burning Rangers for Sega Saturn. Does that count as a vintage collection?
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And i can't believe they act that way, I remember meeting Hiroyuki Yamaga from Gainax and i was like I love Gunbuster can i have this signed , and he was all smiles. cool guy!


Yamaga is pretty nice. Though it makes me laugh that he can't draw anything, even something as simple as Boota from Gurren Lagann, without a reference. I met him at Fanime in 2010 and was like "Really?!"

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-Paul- wrote
And i can't believe they act that way, I remember meeting Hiroyuki Yamaga from Gainax and i was like I love Gunbuster can i have this signed , and he was all smiles. cool guy!


Yamaga is pretty nice. Though it makes me laugh that he can't draw anything, even something as simple as Boota from Gurren Lagann, without a reference. I met him at Fanime in 2010 and was like "Really?!"



HAHA really, good thing I didn't ask him to draw :p. And you go to FANIME?! I been going since 1999,and now I bring my wife, about 4 years for her now. Btw she loves SailorMoon and Cardcaptor Sakura, and has cool lil collection!

I've been going so long that I recognize so many faces, its awesome knowing people keep coming and enjoying the con from a few thousand people to 25,000+.This years Line-Con Beast has been slayed!

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I used to go to Fanime, but after the disaster of 2012, I started going to Animazement. I hate spending a couple hundred to go across the U.S. when I have a local con that same weekend, but I like that there's less attendees and just as good if not better caliber guests. For me, the anime/manga guests are the main draw.
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I used to go to Fanime, but after the disaster of 2012, I started going to Animazement. I hate spending a couple hundred to go across the U.S. when I have a local con that same weekend, but I like that there's less attendees and just as good if not better caliber guests. For me, the anime/manga guests are the main draw.


Was 2012 when the power went out? i was the 10th person or so from getting our tickets, my wife gave them an earful+ we got them to take confirmations emails from celphones, I was letting people borrow my phone just so they can provide proof. It was a huge mess.

But this years Con had no wait in line, not even on day 0. I don't know how they did it but it was nice. And ya their Guest list was pretty bad :(. Atleast i got to see my old Vendor friends so that was nice.
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Yeah, 2012 was the year the power went out on Day 0. That was also Yokota's last year at Fanime as he had swindled the money raised by the Earthquake Relief auction the year before. Then he tried to cover up for it by taking his personal vehicle up to the Tohoku area with a box of tomatoes.
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I collect figures, video games, manga, and anime dvds haha. Also a little bit of Gunpla (small hobby whenever I might have a little extra cash in a month). I collect because it makes me happy, and probably also because I can be a bit obsessive so once I start something it's difficult to cut myself off from it.

The only stuff I actually take pictures of are my figures though, but I don't have any current ones of my collection right now. The last full room shots I took were back in April and I've gotten quite a bit of stuff since then. So I'll link this instead, since it's a listing of everything I own:

http://myfigurecollection.net/profile/IshokuOsero

I first got into figure collecting back in 08. I went out to a convention in California to see An Cafe (who was one of my favorite bands at the time), but when I saw the figures in the dealer's hall I thought they were really gorgeous so I just wanted one to put on a shelf in my house. My first figure was Yamato's Simca - http://myfigurecollection.net/item/1175 . I ended up liking it so much and couldn't stop staring at her though, that I ended up getting a few more at the convention, and that started my downfall. Now I've got over 400 of the suckers. Since then I had also started figure blogging on a review site, and I go to conventions to do figure panels to talk about bootleg versus legit and have fun with fellow collectors (or those interested in starting). It's been such a blast of a hobby and I'm glad every day that I got into it because I've met some of the coolest people through it. <3

If you're looking for ways to distinguish between real and fake, by the way (just realized so this is an edit, sorry, got really excited to see the thread and didn't read the entire post), http://www.myfigurecollection.net is ALWAYS a good source to go to. When you search up an item, it'll tell you whether there are any bootlegs that are known, and then users will upload pictures of the item culprits. Some of the best ways to distinguish a fake is from shiny skin, bad and/or blotchy paint, and things not being in the boxes the way the official pictures show. The price is also a huge indicator if you're talking about a website that isn't Amiami or Mandarake or another actual official website that ships out directly from Japan. On Ebay or other secondhand websites used all over the world, a good indicator of a bootleg is also if the item is shipped out of China/Hong Kong. Those are almost always fakes (and they tend to have super cheap prices to come with it).

I also made a post about one of the figures that a friend had the bootleg of and I had the real product of, so this'll help you understand too:

http://ishokuosero.com/2012/09/13/bootleg-awareness-2010-racing-miku-18/

Side by side comparisons, I find, are the best way towards understanding.
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Video games.
Especially N64 classics.

I currently own 148 video games, not including ones I've loaned to people or for PC.
For consoles SNES, N64, GB, GBC, DS, GC, Wii, PSX, PS2, PS3, 360.
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