Random Thoughts VII – Compelled to spend … but on what?

Of the eight figures that I had preordered this month, six have been delayed till next month or beyond. I’m not sure why figure manufacturers don’t tack on extra month on all their pending figure releases just to sync their schedules back up with reality. Even this pornographic figure that I preordered got kicked back a month. You know things are messed up when a small-scale manufacturer like Giga Pulse can’t meet their projected ship date. I bet transvestite Yoko doesn’t make it out this month, too. (And as I type this, I am proved correct! I wish I could say that this prognostication was built upon careful deduction, but anybody could see this coming.)

Serendipitous it is indeed, then, that HLJ is holding a holiday sale with shipping costs waived if you buy a sale item. With funds freed up for this month, this sale is a pretty good opportunity to pick up anything that I had passed on. Or at least, it would be, if there were anything that I wanted to buy. I went through HLJ’s inventory for Alter, Max Factory, GSC, Yamato, and all the other major figure manufacturers and I’m having a real tough time finding something that I want that I don’t already have. I guess Akiha might be a possibility (where’s the Itsuki figure, GSC?). Given the expense of EMS shipping, I feel like I should take advantage of this sale. I was really hoping that they’d have GSC’s 1/4 scale Nanoha or the Aegis Figma still in stock, but unfortunately they do not. I guess I will have to take a second, less discriminating look through HLJ’s inventory. I should probably also take this as a sign that perhaps I shouldn’t throw money at every figure that I want as soon as it comes out.

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16 Responses to Random Thoughts VII – Compelled to spend … but on what?

  1. Persocom says:

    this is the same way I’ve been feeling lately. Ever since BRS in August it seems there’s been a domino effect of delays for every other figure I’ve pre-ordered. I’m getting tired of everything getting pushed and pushed again all the time and since it started I haven’t been able to get many figures I want because I never know if the ones I pre-ordered will be released when they’re supposed to be. As for the HLJ sale, Akiha is the only one there I’d even think about getting but I just don’t find myself wanting it enough to take advantage of the sale.

  2. Lylibellule says:

    Indeed, many figures have been postponed in December. The cost for this month will be important. ^ ^

    Like you, I want to enjoy the sales of HLJ. But there is nothing very interesting. Finally, even if the envy to buy is great, I prefer to keep my money for December.

  3. ELTboy says:

    I am feeling the full force of delays too, especially since most of my pre-orders are from Alter and GSC. It’s like the china factory workers went on strike or something. ~LOL …it’s crazy.

    I say keep the money… i stick by the phrase “don’t buy a figure because it’s cheap, buy it because you want to.” ^^

  4. Blowfish says:

    I was actually glued to my PC and waited until the Sale started up to be utterly disappointed that there wasnt anything noteworthy on this sale or it was already on Sale during Summer and Ive already bought it.

    This is just a blind guess but I bet Alters Ikki Tousen Figures will also be delayed…The Re-release of Kanu and Choun shoulöd have been last month and Kakoen and Ryomou should come this month…BRS is delayed as expected and that makes one hell of a month.

  5. I’m lucky that I only have a small handful of figures on preorder anyway. I’m just waiting for Sherly nome NA version, nendo drossel and Nanoha exceed mode.

    If they all get delayed, that just helps me out a little bit by giving me more time to save up!
    Might see if HLJ has figma drossel for sale tho…

  6. Tier says:

    >> Persocom
    The domino effect is really annoying since I allocate a budget to figures and these delays throw it all out of whack. I liked Sora Kake Girl but Akiha wasn’t my favorite character; I have the feeling that her figure didn’t sell all that well though, so I’m not holding my breath for figures of Itsuki and Takane.

    >> Lylibellule
    If the figures scheduled for December actually get released that month, it’s really going to suck for my bank account >.< I've got, hmm, twelve figures scheduled for release next month. Yep, that's gonna put a hurtin' on my savings. >> ELTboy
    They must have! Or there is a huge plastic shortage in Japan. Maybe shoppers can switch to paper bags to help out.

    I should save my money. But I have so little self control >.< And I start becoming unhappy when I don't have any tracking numbers to obsessively look up every hour. >> Blowfish
    Ha, you are correct, Alter’s Kanu got bumped not just to December, but clear into next year. How do you delay a figure that you’ve already released? I wish I owned a toy manufacturing plant in China, I bet their services are in high demand now.

    Although I see HLJ has Pixy Hiyori still in stock … hmm, I kinda wanted Pixy before. Hmm …

    >> gundamjehutykai
    I’ve got way too many on preorder. Some of them I’m not even all that excited about, like Alter’s Mio. Maybe I should cancel some of them and get a PS3 already instead.

    I’ll be honest with you, I could really do with never, ever seeing another picture of Drossel ever again. <.< They do have it for sale though!

  7. Guy says:


    “HLJ? Free shipping? I am in heaven!”

    That’s what I thought, and then I went to their site, and saw the sale is already over.

    Someone should have messaged me 🙁
    Also, I really like that Akiha Shishio figure, and with free shipping, would’ve probably grabbed her.

  8. lee says:

    haha, it doesn’t really affect me in any way since I currently have no figure on pre-order(besides the volks kanu statue but it wasn’t delayed)but I do feel bad for the rest of you though.

  9. Tier says:

    >> Guy
    Yeah, it didn’t last long at all. I guess they must’ve needed just a little bit more warehouse space or something. I wound up passing on Akiha; I like her character design, but she’s not my favorite character from Sora Kake Girl.

    >> lee
    I’ve got so many preordered that I’m losing track of the ones that I don’t list on Tsukiboard. I did wind up picking up a few things from HLJ though, so now that I have inbound stuff in the mail, I am happy. And happy things is what this blog is about.

  10. lee says:

    ..you must’ve pre-ordered lots..well good for you man, since your happy about all your purchases. on the other hand not only is my room totally out of space but I’ve already depleted all my hard earned income, cold christmas for me, but I’m happy for you hehe.

  11. Wolfheinrich says:

    I haven’t been pre-ordering a lot lately, kept the list pretty small… Dollfie Dream is now taking over the bulk of my pre-order XDD

  12. Tier says:

    >> lee
    I’m rapidly running out of space, too. I’ll worry more about it when my stuff gets here; I’m not too good at thinking that far ahead XD

    >> Wolfheinrich
    I imagine it is! I did watch one episode of White Album to get an idea of what the characters are like. Unfortunately all it was about was Yayoi and uhh, the male lead dude, so I didn’t get any idea of what Yuki and Rina are about.

  13. meronpan says:

    i felt like i was supposed to have a huge influx of figures in these past few months, but looking over my list now it seems like most of ’em are coming in 2010 ^^;;;

    ah well… the only delays that really bother me are the ones i had to pay up front for. nothing like a 0% interest loan from me -_-

    the delays did make me more purchase prone though ^^;; just ordered index, al azif & flandre to quell my desires…

  14. Tier says:

    Yeah, I’m pretty disappointed by how sparse this month has been in particular … it seems a bit like a lot of the blogs and news sites that I follow haven’t been updated as much because there’s not a lot to cover.

    Is Azif the Griffon midget one or the Orchid Seed one? I kinda want the Orchid Seed one … it’s definitely different.

  15. meronpan says:

    the orchid seed one. she caught my attention on many levels ^_^

  16. Tier says:

    Ah, yeah, mine as well XD I haven’t put in an order for her yet but I’m giving some serious thought to it. I’ll have to take a look at my budget for that month.

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