DigiBoy's Collection 1: The Depths of My Regret (OR Buyer's Remorse: The Shit I Wasted Money On, As Raped By Krauser II)

The KagaKona wallscroll, however, was one of my best purchases

$50 Eureka with Starfish from Eureka Seven

This is another case of ‘too good to be true’, another sold-out figure, though at least this one was always in the 50-65 dollar range. At Otakon 2008, my goal was to ‘buy at least one thing relating to each of my favorite series’ and I succeeded, in a way that totally FAILS. I actually never even liked this Eureka figure when I saw it online!!! It’s just that it was the only Eureka figure there was, so I wanted it! And when I finally found it, I bought it immediately. WHYYY?!

So first of all, it’s not even an attractive figure to begin with. That alone puts it on this list. The fact that it’s fake makes it worse, and it’s not even a great fake. There are lines that have had no attempt made to be painted over and lash out at you like they are making fun of you. Her face is not a face Eureka would ever make. Everything about this figure is disappointing. Get this out of my face.

$80 Kawazoe Tamaki figure from Bamboo Blade

FUCK! This one is actually REAL. That doesn’t stop it from being my worst purchase ever. And I can’t even blame it on my first con, because I got this a year later at Otakon 2009. I was really hesitant to buy it. I wanted it to be cheaper, and I waited till midday Sunday to buy it, much to the shop-runner’s surprise, at full price. I had actually wanted this for some time. As soon as I found out about a Tama-chan figure online, I had it on my wish-lists from figure sites, because I fucking love Tama-chan! What a mistake.

This is THE most boring figure ever. She is just standing there. She has two faces – one is sort of placid but easily mistaken for bewildered, and it made no sense with her pose. The other is the above warrior face which is at least cool. But nonetheless, she’s standing there, and doesn’t even show a bit of skin – it’s just the uber-long kendo uniform. But the worst part is her accessories. Tama-chan comes with a kendo sword, helmet, and torso-guard of appropriate size… SO WHY CAN’T SHE USE ANY OF THEM?! Her hands are perpetually gripping her belt, so she can’t hold the sword. Her arms are too close to her torso to put on the armor (believe me, I’ve spent upwards of half an hour trying) and her helmet is too small for her head. REAL FUCKING COOL ACCESSORIES!

Tama-chan’s stand is enormous and she stands in the corner of it, implying that you are supposed to just leave her armor on the ground around her. And don’t forget the special hole for the kendo sword so that it can stand straight up like a middle finger to the buyer screaming ‘fuck you, dumbass!’ Why did this happen? But here’s the real salt in the fucking wound – there is a much better Tama-chan figure out there. It’s her in her school uniform looking like she’s about to take off in a run. It’s cute – it’s well-crafted – it looks more like it’s right from the show – it would be an exciting addition to a collection, and it’s the same exact price as the shit I bought. And what’s more, they actually were selling it at my local comic store for a while after the con. My regret is truly boundless. If I’d had 80 bucks, I seriously would have considered buying that figure. And maybe I could have sold this piece of shit off on the cheap.

The thing is, none of this would be so bad if these were the only bad apples in my collection. If they were just blending in with a mass of awesome, I might not care, however, the truth is that I utterly failed in my figure purchases at and before my first two cons, and it’s only recently that I finally started getting it right. Outside of cons, I bought the modestly-priced figures of the main girls from Gunbuster and Diebuster, because they were both huge and kind of cool, but I’m not even that huge a fan of either show. I can’t even remember the girl from Gunbuster’s name. Once again, if I had a collection of fuckwin, these would be fine, but I don’t.

There are some characters that I do love that I own. I have a Konata Izumi figure, a ‘Live-a-Live’ version Haruhi Suzumiya figure, a Yuki Nagato figure, a shiny Hatsune Miku, and the KagaMiku figma (which I did actually really want), but all of these were just the relatively inexpensive figures that happen to be sold at every con. When I see something like the gorgeous World Is Mine Miku figure, I know that it would have been worth it to trade all of these cheap figures just for that one. I can deal with shiny Miku and Live-a-Live Haruhi, but the Konata and Yuki ones are just boring. The KagaMiku would be great if not for having the worst face selections ever (angry and embarrassed. That’s all you get! What the fuck?! And the embarrassed one looks stupid, so I keep the angry one on.) Why did I have to impulse buy this shit? No Name has the regular Miku figma, and I’d gladly trade KagaMiku for it. I’d trade the whole batch for the figure of Canaan jumping with a gun in her hand. Hell, for the price of these things, I could probably afford the Alphard counterpart, too.

But luckily, I finally saw the error of my ways. I’ve been careful about my figure purchases now, making sure that I don’t just spend my money on whatever is there. I have since bought a magnificent little figure of Furude Rika from Higurashi, which was only 22 bucks but was real, is attractive, and was the pride of my collection for a while. Next, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I sunk 100 bucks into the Black Rock Shooter figure, which I am very happy with. Now I’ve got a Canaan figma that keeps getting delayed, but I greatly look forward to owning it. These are figures I can be proud of, and as I slowly fill my shelves with them, I hope I can just push my regretful purchases out of sight and out of mind (but not too far, lest I forget my mistakes of youth). Good riddance.

Is there something in your collection that you truly regret purchasing?

29 thoughts on “DigiBoy's Collection 1: The Depths of My Regret (OR Buyer's Remorse: The Shit I Wasted Money On, As Raped By Krauser II)

  1. Can’t say that I have a figure that I regret buying. Not yet. Hopefully not ever.

    hey, since you really hate them why don’t give it away to your readers. I call dips on Tama-chan ^^

  2. I don’t own any figurines anymore. They had to go when I moved, and now where I live is a bit too small… But there’s a shop just down the street, so sometimes I am sorely tempted.

    Out of the ones I remember, I think in the long run I only regretted buying < 1/8 scale figurines, like the ones out of mystery boxes or gachapon machines. Beyond a certain size, it's just too small for me to appreciate the artistry. Face modeling is also difficult to get right.

    There's one I regretted NOT buying, though: At a shop in Los Angeles, a 1/6 PVC of Mina from Getsumen to Heiki Mina. She was almost perfect, except for a tiny flaw in her leg paint, a speck. She was on discount, probably to be thrown away because everyone else noticed the flaw. I was in a rush and didn't get it, but when I went back that display was gone.

    Eventually I would have had to give her away, it's true. But I hope she wasn't tossed. I hope somebody took pity on the misfit figurine and gave it a home.

    • What sad tales! I can’t speak for you, but there’s no way I could get rid of my collectables. I’ll just give up my living space, lol. Of course, I’ve said this before, but I actually can’t even relate to having that little space. Even when my family has lived in smaller or cheaper houses, I’ve always managed to nab a sizeable room. The room I am living in now is literally bigger than most Japanese apartments. JUST my room. So I guess I can’t grasp it.

    • I wish I’d known you then ’cause I would have totally taken some figures off your hands! Did you not have room for them when you moved? (even in my small student apartment I cleared room on my desk =P) You didn’t want to store them somewhere? Guess a packrat like me has trouble understanding the concept of giving away relatively expensive things you get attached to, like figures XD

    • Maybe my memory sucks, or maybe it’s the way you filmed him, but isn’t your Tidus figure pretty tall?! That thing came in a mystery box?!

      • It’s about 7.5 inches tall. Came in a $35 dollar mystery box with two other items. I split the box with some other guy. He kept an Axel plush doll. We gave away a small girls t-shirt.

  3. My Starscream collection… I’m tsundere for it. I mean I look at it and find myself satisfied with the 15 various figures of variable quality and detail (including the Kawamori-designed masterpiece edition), but then I start thinking that I’d rather have Macross and Gundam toys in my special display case where the Starscreams now reside.

    • ROFLMAO A STARSCREAM COLLECTION OMG!!! Starsscream is the fucking shit, even if he totally got vaporized by Megatron and shit. And then made mentally handicapped for his next incarnation in Beast Wars lololol. Still, badass, I don’t know why Starscream was always my favorite transformer, but I suspect it was that voice. Oh, and every time I see any scenes from GaoGaiGar it’s like EVERYONE LOOKS LIKE STARSCREAM!!!

      Niceness.

  4. Hmm, I have never bought any figures, so I can’t lament their purchase. I really wanted the BRS when it came out, but I have no money. ;-;
    I think I probably would have been sucked into that Tama-chan too…she’s just so awesome! But…I’m sorry, but you got tricked really bad by the makers of that figure. XD;

    • Hahaha. BRS, I preordred it the moment pre-orders were available, and when I got 500 bucks for my bday in august, I gave $100 to my friend whose account I ordered in, and told him not to give it back to me no matter how many times the figure got delayed, because I knew I’d give up on it if it happened too many times because money burns my pockets. I blocked out the existence of the money from my mind.

      The set release date was at the end of September, and the figure did not actually release until the end of December. When it shipped, for some reason $40 additional charge was added on, and I had to pay my friend back by getting one friend to give me 20 bucks for holiday money, and giving a $20 Amazon gift card to my friend that I had received.

      I am perpetually broke myself, but NOTHING WAS GOING TO STOP ME FROM OWNING BRS!!!

  5. I only got interested in figures within the past three years. Much to my dismay, when I decided to buy a $50 Haruhi figure for my first at AX ’07, it ended up being a (pretty bad) fake. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that until I took it out of the box at home. Since then I’ve been much more careful and only buy figures from reputable places.

    I only have about 15 figures now. The only fake ones I hung onto are four mini Lucky Star ones because they’re not that bad looking. I mostly have figmas and nendoroids because the others are too expensive =P

    • haha… yeah, I’m not buying figures at cons anymore. Everything is realer and cheaper online, it seems, so that’s where I’ll be buying. Figmas are awesome because they are cheap as well as entertaining. the problem with large figures is that the coolest ones aren’t always characters you actually care about, and often the ones of favorite characters are cheap cash-ins (the Eureka one). Thankfully I’m a huge fan of the Black Rock Shooter design, so that was an instant buy for me~

  6. I’m not really one of those guys that gets a lot of anime-related merchandise. All that I’ve bought for myself are two keychains so far. The first one was a Haruhi, which was apparently constructed out of weapons grade bullshitium. I then got a Maka Albarn which has made up for the former by being damn near indestructible.

    My cousin and his wife, on the other hand, have many figures. He bought a Saber Lily as soon as it went up for sale. He also has far too much expendable income.

    • $225 FFFUUUUCKK!!!!!

      I would love to be able to spend that kind of money in one place on anime shit but…. I has no money lol.

      I need a job.

  7. If that Lain figure was real I’d have cried shitloads, trust me. ;__;

    I was all tsundere about the Mecha Musume figs my ex gave me 4 years ago. It wasn’t about the quality or something, I simply couldn’t stand that loli + weapnz-concept, along with Shimada Fumikane’s art :C now they’re not that much of a bother anymore.

    But come to think of it, there’s no real figure I’d like to have never bought. Besides of a 1/7 Nonoriri where I’m still puzzling whether it’s a fake or not. The painting has too many flaws :X
    Though that’s not a purchase I regret.

    • I actually own a mecha musume figure that I didn’t mention here because I am neither sad nor proud of it. I like it, but I don’t feel that I give it the attention it deserves, insofar as changing it’s poses, weapons, etc.

  8. i have a metric fuckton of old gundam figures from back when gundam was being marketed and was available at wal-mart (and a few from a trip to texas a few years after when they still had seed stuff at KB Toys)

    don’t regret. I do regret not taking better care of some, though.

    • LMAO! We used to have a lot of the Wal-Mart Gundams, too. My bro was young though and we actually played with Gundams (made movies with them and stuff) so all of them fell apart hard, haha.

  9. My non-DVD, non-game anime related swag is limited to 2 Gundam Wing models and some Pokemon plushies. No posters, no shirts, and no figures. I tend to guard myself against impulse purchases, and when I think about it, I’ll always put my money to more games and DVDs than comparably static paraphernalia. Not that I don’t have any regrets. Jesus Christ was Yoshi’s Story bad.

  10. Mystery box things? You mean those trading figures that are similar to gashapon/gachapons? Could be shokugans (食玩) aka candy toys. Those things are supposed to be cheap and cheerful, but are rarely popular outside Asia because the shipping fees will probably outweigh their original cost making them not worth the money for overseas collectors, especially since they are used to the higher quality and more expensive figures in the first place. They are quite popular for the locals and people who live in Asia since we can afford them at much lower prices from local shops (i.e. no shipping fees), and not that many people have the spaces or money to afford the bigger ones.

    Things that I did regret buying? Perhaps a few lower quality shokugans that soon broke and fell apart or were not up to my expectations, but the cost was affordable since it was only equivalent to, say, a few fastfood meals. I did however regret on wrecking my own Gundam models when I was little though. Now I do take a bit more care on them especially since I build more of them now.

    • Yes, those are the ones I am talking about, and yeah, the fact that they cost 10 bucks here as opposed to say 5 there is a definite reason that I don’t particularly like them.

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