When a normal person sees a high-power-level collection, they will invariably remark on how you have ‘wasted a lot of money on this crap’, and a proper fan will usually reply that it ‘isn’t a waste.’ I wish I could say that, but the truth is that I own a few things that I truly regret buying. Organized, here, in order of how much I spent on this shit. Needless to say, they are all figures, and therefor I will depict each of them being raped by Funeral’s Krauser II Revoltech, a 25-dollar toy with more value than all the shit I’m carting out combined. Ugh. These are the mistakes of my youth.
$10 – Tsuruya of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya from One of Those Mystery Box Things
In 2008, through 7 years of anime fandom, I had consistently resisted the urge to purchase any mystery box toys because I have never had the money to buy a full set, nor wanted to spend 50 bucks on a bunch of tiny figures. I don’t take risks, and there is invariably one character that I don’t care about in every set. But, alas, it was my first con, Otakon 2008, and I wanted to try my luck – after all, I had a LOT of money on me. So I bought 2 Manabi Straight ones (got Manabi and Mei, the latter of which got lost in my last move D:) and one Haruhi box, and lo and behold, I got the one character in Haruhi that I do not give a damn about, Tsuruya. God damn it.
And she’s just sitting in a chair. I don’t know why she’s so energetic when she’s fucking sitting down. There is nothing that clips her to the chair, either, and her hair is in fact so long that she cannot sit in it properly. Fucking shit. At least, though, it is a somewhat attractive figure, but it’s also so tiny that it’s impossible to care about. I’ve made a point never to buy another mystery box or any tiny figures again.
$30 Iwakura Lain from Serial Experiments Lain
It hurts! How did I not know it was too good to be true?! You cannot find this figure online – it is sold out across the board, and when it did exist, it was expensive. I found it at, once again, Otakon 2008, for 30 BUCKS. At the time, I didn’t know that boxes with very little writing and info on them were like a huge flag reading FAAAAKE! But hey, a fake version of this figure wouldn’t be so bad. At least they copied the intricate detail of the original, and it would still be good for sentimental value, right? NO, BECAUSE THE FUCKING THING DOESN’T FUNCTION CORRECTLY. Lain has two pegs on her foreward leg and one on her back leg to stand her up. However, on this figure, the back leg’s peg is BOTH too short AND too fat for it’s hole, so it won’t fit in. For a year, I had Lain standing ever-so-slanted with her hand not quite touching the wall, WHICH LOOKED FUCKING STUPID.
And she would fall over every time something touched whatever she was placed on. I actually had tried turning her at an angle where I wouldn’t see her arm at all, but this didn’t help. Then, when I moved, I had to set her up again, and I noticed that she refused to even come near the wall. She may have started leaning from the pressure of not having full support (listen to Nayu, support is important!). In my attempts to make her get closer to the wall, one of the pegs in her foot broke off into the hole. At that point, it was over. I meekly attempted to make her stand, but it was no use. One time, she fell off my desk and her hand broke off (though I just figured out I could actually insert it back in, though it will never be the same). This thing just makes me weep. Ugh.
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