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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Skoshbox Review: February 2018

Skoshbox February 2018 Review

Skoshbox Review: February 2018

As you have probably noticed, I didn’t write a Skoshbox review for a few months. I posted on my Twitter that I wasn’t feeling up to writing about November’s or December’s, due to holiday stress and such, but I fully intended on writing about January’s! Unfortunately, the box came very late (after the 20th) and two items were taken out of it by US customs due to having undeclared meat powder. That was a frustrating and disappointing experience, but thankfully February’s came with everything. (The box looked like a wreck though, and it didn’t come until the 17th.)

I wish I could write these sooner but they come very slowly to me! 🙁 Sorry about that!

The list of the items sent in this box is on Skoshbox’s official page.

 

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Trunks Premium Color Edition Figuarts Review

Trunks Premium Color Edition Figuarts Review

Confession: I didn’t like Dragonball Z as a teenager. I gave it a few shots, since it aired before Sailor Moon on Toonami (I believe it did, anyway) but it never really grabbed me. Perhaps it was partly due to how I never watched the beginning, or even attempted to find and rent some of the early episodes from Blockbuster (RIP). Either way, I didn’t enjoy it and I kind of forgot about giving it an honest shot again until recently.

Dragonball Z Kai helped me get the original story of DBZ without the filler, and it made the overall experience much more enjoyable. Of course, since I love figures, I ended up poking around the internet to see what was available. To no surprise, the answer was a lot. 

As I had heard very nice things about most of the SH Figuarts Dragonball line, I figured I’d pick one out and see what I think. I was torn between Piccolo and Trunks; Vegeta was actually my favorite character but he had a few more versions than the other two and I didn’t want to have to pick between them, haha.

I ended up going for Trunks since an auction was ending within 5 minutes of me finding it and I figured it was fate. Or something.

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Sanji 20th Anniversary Figuarts ZERO Review

Sanji 20th Anniversary Figuarts ZERO Review

Hello! It sure has been a while, hasn’t it? Unfortunately, I wasn’t doing too well the past few months with stress and illness related stuff, so I passed on reviewing Skoshbox or writing about anything, really. I’m doing a bit better now, but the January 2018 Skoshbox has yet to arrive for me, so ….

Figure review time!

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Skoshbox Review: October 2017

Skoshbox Review: October 2017

Even though it arrived a bit later than usual, October’s Skoshbox was packed with full sized snacks! The info page was no longer the main one on the website, but luckily October’s was archived and still available to view. Honestly, I don’t really like how early Skoshbox posts the box’s contents — November’s hasn’t even shipped out yet and they’re already announcing what’s inside! Takes away from the surprise. Plus, some customers won’t receive their box in time for the page to still be on the current month. I’m on the east coast and packages from Japan like to take their time getting to me sometimes. 🙁

Anyway, that’s enough talk about delivery times and Skoshbox’s website. Let’s move on to the actual review for October 2017’s box!

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Anime Figure Review: Sabo Variable Action Heroes

Anime Figure Review: Sabo Variable Action Heroes

As stated previously, I’ve somewhat recently gotten into One Piece, and I’m trying to obtain figures of characters I liked while reading the manga. While I like the Straw Hat crew, I found myself intrigued by Luffy’s sworn brother, Sabo. If anything, Sabo’s outfit and aesthetic are very interesting, and translate to figure sculpts well!

After poking around the internet (mainly MyFigureCollection, Mandarake, and eBay) I decided to pass on the Portrait of Pirates Sailing Again Sabo due to his inflated cost, especially in comparison to the Robin and Zoro from that line. (Zoro is more expensive than Robin, but not as bad as Sabo.) My second choice for this character was the Variable Action Heroes variety, which I assumed was like the Figma or SH Figuarts lines.

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