Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Collection (so far)

So, I began Thanksgiving break this week and finally I have some free time. I've been so busy lately with school and work that I haven't had much time to blog about all the stuff I've been wanting to. The first thing I wanted to get up on my blog is some pics of my current collection. Several months ago I moved out of my family home and into my own apartment. The moment I found my apartment, I've been excited to finally be able to spread my collection out instead of how I had it in my cramped room. (sorry in advance for possible bad pictures. I have a plain point and shoot cannon camera, hopefully some day I'll acquire a nice DSLR)

Personally, I really enjoy checking out how other collectors set up all their figures. I'm always eager to check out new collection oriented posts over at figure.fm and at tsuki-board.net. I'm always inspired by how fellow collectors choose to design their setup. I've seen some amazing rooms/workspaces all over the web, and I can't wait to acquire some more money so I can improve my own setup. I have a ton of ideas, now I just need the dough. ^^ Anway, now that I've finally settled into my new place I was eager to get all my figures out of their boxes and place them back in to the cases I've bought for them. And, today I got around to taking pictures of them so I can upload them over here.

Here is an overall shot of my main wall with my TV and desk area. I remember when I purchased my first Detolf case from Ikea in hopes of adding more to my room so I could house all my figures in glass cases. The first thought that occurred to me was:
"how cool would it be to have one case on either side of my TV setup?". Now, thanks to my new apt, I've been able to set them up the way I've always wanted to . In my old room I didn't have room for all three pieces of furniture to be placed beside one another, so this was a great moment when my idea could finally be realized.

This is how my desk is arranged right now. I tend to change up which figures I have surrounding my computer. About two weeks ago I had many more figures surrounding my computer area, but I like things to look clean and simple. So I had to narrow down which figures would be most suitable. Fatina is my most recent figure, and I really love Alter's craftsmanship in this piece. She's probably my most favorite figure at the moment, and she makes me happy everytime I look at her in the midst of studying. :D I'm also a comic buff, and Rogue is my most favorite X-Men character...so when a Shunya Yamashita Rogue figure was put into the works, my jaw nearly dropped to the floor! I knew I had to get her on pre-order once she became available. When I finally received the shipping invoice from hobby search, I could barely contain my excitement. I was a little disappointed at the size once I opened the box...she was much smaller than I anticipated, but then I had an idea to take my pencil/pen holder and turn it upside down to serve as an elongated base for her to rest on. I'm happy with how it turned out, she looks a little bigger and adds some flare to the desk.

Here's the view from my couch. Like I said above, I was really excited to finally set-up the cases the way I envisioned them so long ago. I've gone through many different arrangements of how the figures are grouped together inside each shelf. I think I really like the way I've placed them for now, but the moment I acquire some new figs I'm sure I'll have to rearrange some things. After I took this pick I noticed how distracting all the cords toward the right are! Unfortunately, there isn't much I can do about that considering that they're the cables connecting my Mac to my tv. I wish the cords were longer so they could rest on the ground, but oh well; they will have to do for now. :D
Just recently I had to get rid of my Xbox for some extra cash, so now I have an empty spot toward the bottom left of my tv stand. For the time being, until I purchase a 360, I filled the spot with some games. The reason why I purchased this particular stand was b/c of the middle section. It had three individual shelves so I could separate the PS3, 360, and Wii controllers and accessories. Now I've just filled the middle shelf with my DS and PSP. In my older room I had a mount for the tv, so it didn't need to rest on the stand which allowed for space for my games, anime and other figures. I don't want to screw into the wall at this time, but you never know...I think the place needs a new paint job, so if I decided to add color I'll likely bite the bullet and mount the tv. Among my favorite figures are Shunya's Mirei-san and Morrigan by Max Factory. Those two pieces have moved around quite a bit, back and forth between the tv stand, my computer and the detolf cases. I've recently decided to place them permanently beside the tv...but Mirei-san might make her way back in front of my Mac.

Here's some close ups of my figures on the shelves:

Case 1:
Here I have Cloud on his Fenrir along with Nida and C.C. I really liked how Nida's color scheme went along with Cloud's; all black with a splash of color. I also like the masculinity of Cloud's figure next to Nida's feminity. I set C.C. below the two just for some contrast.
Here's my Shining Wind girls. Tony Taka is brilliant, and I will continue buying figures from the series as long companies keep making them. I currently have Celestia shipping over from JP and can't wait to add Orchid Seed's Seena to the collection once she's released.
Another figure that I absolutely treasure is Nadie by Alter. I wasn't a collector of static pvc figures when she was released, and had fallen for her when I saw a review over at mukyaa's blog. Something about girls and guns do for me. I love the fluidity of this piece and finally tracked her down a while ago. I don't particularly like her on this shelf, I just don't think she fits in the best...but I didn't want to put her on the bottom shelf of the other case..so she'll remain here until I find a better alternative. As for other figures, I love Goodsmile's Maid Saber/Rider. I would like to add the Rin figure to complete the set, but unfortunately my bank account won't permit me. Also featured here is the amazing Kallen in her sexy bunny suit. This figure is hot, I love it. Hopefully I'll be able to score some other Code Geass figures so I can have enough for entire shelf devoted to the series. In time...I'm sure. ^^
And finally these figures are my guilty pleasures. I love Melissa Seraphy and I'm still searching for her nendo form. Fauna is also another figure that I wanted for a while and finally found her at an online retailer for an acceptable price. Sakura is sweet, and I couldn't resist purchasing her at hlj's sale earlier this past summer. I'm not really into the loli's...but I couldn't pass on her. I would like to set her up beneath my computer...but my girlfriend gives me weird looks about it, so that's a "no go". lol And finally, Yuukanalia !!! I love this figure. Back in the days when I didn't have so many figures she had her own shelf all to herself. This is also another figure that the girlfriend doesn't appreciate, so unfortunately she had to be moved. But that's mostly due to the increase of figures..hopefully I'll be able to buy another case in the near future so I can set her up individually.

And here's Case 2:
Ahh, Saber Lily in all her glory. Brilliant piece. 'nuff said. I also shelled out the $$$ for her nendo form..had to have it.

My Yoko Collection. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ROCKS! ! ! Yoko is hot and these are my favorite figures of her that have been produced. I have Alter's version on my wishlist..here's hoping for a great christmas present!

My GunXSword girls. This show was the second full series I watched when I began my journey into anime. The first of which was Cowboy Bebop. GunXSword has remained one my favorite shows, and I don't even know how many different times I've watched the entire series. Sometimes I'll get an itch for some good gunxsword and then before I know it I'm on volume 4, and by that time I have to complete it to watch the good action with Fasalina. Anway, these figures are among my most treasured, especially Fasalina. I almost want to buy a second copy of her so I can place her beside my computer...that way I won't have to break her apart from Carmen and Wendy. I'm looking forward to picking up the Van figure..all in good time. I would really like it if Max Factory would create a Priscilla figure too. That'd be sweet.

And here's the bottom shelf. These figures I had left over once I decided how to group the other figures, and I was reluctant to group them all together b/c I didn't want it to be too crowded. I'd prefer less figures per shelf, but I couldn't box them up b/c of that reason, so here they remain. Witchblade and Amaha Masane on the left side, Burst Angel's Jo and Meg to the right and Alter's dynamic Ignis.

So, that sums up my anime figure collection for the most part. I have some other figures in the book shelf and on my dvd case. I also have a section that I've dedicated to my comic collection:

I found this book shelf at Ikea for a discounted price and figured it would be perfect b/c of the variety of individual spaces. Another detolf for my comic figure collection ^___^
Another view from the kitchen.

Here's a shot of the entire Comic bookcase.

My collection of trades with Heroclix Dark Phoenix and Lara Croft on either side

Here are some of my favorite pieces on the book case:
Micheal Turner's stunning Supergirl Statue. She's going in a glass case one day.

I received this awesome Wonder Woman statue a couple of years ago as a b-day present. This statue is raw.

Batman's #1 nemesis and my personal favorite: The Joker. This figure is based off Tim Sale's artwork for the Long Halloween arc. I love how exaggerated he looks in this figure. Harley Quinn is hot too (based off Jim Lee's design from the Hush arc).

This is above my detolf case to the right of my tv. I'm a big Tomb Raider fan and came up with a customized version of Neca's Lara Croft figure. I removed the terrible head that they created and added Sota Toy's version from the TR: Cradle of Life movie line.

Ah, and finally! THE SENTINEL! Back in ToyBiz's hayday (when Marvel Legends ruled the world..well at least MY World). I have several of these bad-asses..fit for a sentinel army, but unfortunately I had to retire them in bin somewhere. I had placed many other figures on this book case, but it began to look way too crowded (more than it looks now lol). Anyway, I had to keep one around to remind me of the greatness of the whole army that I searched so hard to acquire. (Many Walmart/Target/Toys R Us adventures). I would argue that this is THE BEST build-a-figure ever created from the Legends line.

And to sum up the comic portion of my collection is my detolf case with all the action figures:

Justice League are on the top shelf. I have plenty of other figures that could have been placed here, but I didn't want it be more crowded than it already is. My favorite versions of the Big 3 is as follows: Batman inspired by Turner's artwork, Supes based off Lee's artwork and WW inspired by Dodson's artwork.

2nd Shelf: The X-Men. This setup is temporary b/c I need to track down some risers to add different levels of height. Besides, I have some ideas for better poses and so forth. I wish I could add all my figures that would belong in the collection...but again...the "crowded" issue.
Here are some of my figures from the Avengers. I had to do some downsizing, I wish more figures fit in here. I'm thinking of redesigning this shelf...I want to create more of an "Avenger's Assemble" pose.
And this is the bottom shelf dedicated to Kingdom Hearts. There are some other figures that I'd like to purchase, especially the KH1 Sora, Riku, Cloud and Sepheroth figs.

And that about does it for my collection. In the near future I'd like to save up so cash for some other furniture pieces and decided either way if I'm going to paint the walls or not. I also have somy really nice black shelves that I 'm looking forward to mounting to the walls..if I decide its worth it or not. I'm intending to stay here for at least another year, so it might make sense. Anway, that concludes my "Collection Post". I'd like to get some feedback too. I'm open to all types of suggestions, I'd like to improve the setup as much as possible. :D