Figure Review: Kazuma Kuwabara ARTFX J

Figure Review: Kazuma Kuwabara ARTFX J

I was actually introduced to Yu Yu Hakusho a few years ago, unaware of the series’ initial run on Toonami back in the 2000s. After watching about 1/3 of the series, I realized I was pretty hooked and by the time the series was over, I searched online for merchandise featuring the main cast. As it was 2015/2016 at the time, I was both interested and disappointed to discover that Kotobukiya had released scale figures of the four main characters and Youko Kurama in 2012. The interest was due to how nice they looked, but the disappointment was due to how rare they’d become.

My boyfriend surprised me with Kurama for Valentine’s day, and I knew then that I really wanted all of them.

Yusuke was still available, for about $10-20 more than the original price. Considering the time frame between original release and my interest in the figures, that was a great deal!

Hiei proved a bit more difficult to find, but eventually someone on MyFigureCollection sold one to me for around $80. Still not bad, since he retailed for about $50 originally.

Youko Kurama, however, was very pricey. Sellers were charging anywhere from $150-250+ for him, and I couldn’t justify that. When I was sure I’d never find a decently priced one, though, one on eBay popped up for $50. I didn’t know for sure if it was legitimate or a bootleg, but I really wanted him, so I took the gamble. (I’d advise never doing this unless you REALLY want a figure, and even then be prepared for disappointment.)

Surprisingly enough, he was a genuine Kotobukiya figure!

I was super, super happy to find him for a price even better than retail, but I knew the last of the group, Kuwabara, wouldn’t happen. Why?

He was selling for $350+ at the time, and that’s even on the low end.

Auctions on eBay were rare, and when they occurred, they ended at a similar price to the low end. He definitely, definitely was not worth that to me, so I passed, thinking it would never happen.

About two years ago I messaged Kotobukiya’s page and asked if they had any plans of a reprint for the line since the series was about to hit its 25th anniversary. Unfortunately, I was told no.

But then….

A surprise announcement was made! All five figures were getting a reprint, and for their original prices! Unbelievable! Kuwabara was preordered instantly, and he arrived yesterday.

(Please note that the images look much better if you click on them!)

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TokyoTreat Classic Review June 2018

TokyoTreat Classic Review June 2018

TokyoTreat actually arrived about ten days earlier than usual this month, which was a pleasant surprise.

This month’s box is all about carnival snacks or snacks that make you think of summertime. It’s definitely hot enough outside where I am to enjoy some summertime treats!

Before I start, I should tell you that I did continue my subscription, so I will be reviewing more boxes to come.

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TokyoTreat Classic Review May 2018

TokyoTreat Classic Review May 2018

 

I’m back with another TokyoTreat review! May’s theme is anime, as a play on the somewhat recent Ani-May trend a lot of websites and stores like to participate in.

Since I’m a fan of a decent amount of anime series, I was very excited to try this box out!

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Figure Review: Sabo -Extra Battle- Figuarts ZERO – Hiken

Figure Review: Sabo -Extra Battle- Figuarts ZERO – Hiken

I know, another Sabo figure review. I wasn’t originally intending on even getting this figure, but I was surprised with it as a very early birthday present so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to write about it. šŸ™‚

This figure is from the Figuarts ZERO Extra Battle line. The Extra Battle line is as it sounds, a series ofĀ One PieceĀ characters performing flashy battle moves. Technically, the line is called Chou Gekisen -Extra Battle-,’ but I’m calling it Extra Battle for simplicity’s sake.

The latest entry in the line (as of this writing) is Sabo using his Hiken, or Fire Fist, powers.

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TokyoTreat Classic Review April 2018

TokyoTreat Classic Review April 2018

 

The last few months have been a bit hectic in terms of receiving Skoshboxes on time and with all of the snacks (because of the US customs facility my packages go through). The solution to that was to cancel, and even though I had been a subscriber for three or so years, I figured it was for the best.

After doing some research on other Japanese snack boxes, I settled on TokyoTreat at $25 a month. I went ahead and subscribed for three months, so I’ll be reviewing them until June, when I’ll decide whether to continue subscribing or not. (I probably will, though?)

The main difference between TokyoTreat and Skoshbox is the size of the basic, or classic box. The classic TokyoTreat contains a decent bit more than the small Skoshbox, so this review will be longer than previous.

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MyJapanBox KitKat February 2018 Review

MyJapanBox KitKat February 2018 Review

I love KitKats. Japan loves KitKats. Unfortunately, I have never received any in a Skoshbox, so I figured I would try some from another subscription service.

I ended up going forĀ MyJapanBox, sinceĀ I went with them before for their One Piece box and theirĀ One Time Box pageĀ listed a KitKat variety.

Note: I had to Google Translate the packaging for these as there wasn’t an English pamphlet or anything in the box. I think I guessed the flavors well, but if not please let me know in the comments!!

As like last time, the box was plain brown with no discernible branding or anything.

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