espresso: (sensei (hmm))
Very late, but happy new year!

2011 was, collecting-wise, very slow. There was the happy presence of Re-ment in local stores but the stocks were not updated as promised (where's the Rilakkuma?) After splurging on the European Grandma series and deciding the Tsukiji Sushi series was not cute enough to complete, I stopped buying completely. In the meantime, I bought a few Sylvanian Families accessories. The bf also helped by getting me a dinner set, and by surprising me with some other non-mini stuff, such as the Megahouse Okita, and this one, before the year ended--

Totally unexpected.

I expect 2012 to be just as slow, if not slower, because figure collecting has to give way to uhh intelligent spending, but the online window shopping will continue, and when the Rilakkuma sets come here I will definitely start running all over the place.

I will also cautiously write in the Cheerful ver. nendoroid Kaito and the Moritaka nendoroid into my plans for the year. And maybe plan better housing; the playsets don't work as well as they used to.
espresso: (sensei (hmm))
For someone who started buying Re-ment mainly as accessories and furniture for nendoroids, the recent Rilakkuma releases have been a source of frustration.

They're cute, but they're absolutely not compatible with the nendoroids I have.

But they're cute.

But they're also too big for the scale I'm working with, and while that can be said for a lot of pieces in my collection, those ones aren't character goods. The Rilakkuma series is unmistakably Rilakkuma. I don't even know Rilakkuma that well.

But they're cute.

I'm torn between want and back off now there's a good dear. Here's what I mean by that.

hokkori gohan )
honwaka panya-san )
ichigo sweet party )
nonbiri cooking )
chocolate cafe )

Hopefully by putting this up and by going through each item repeatedly I will be able to dissuade myself from buying any of these in the near future. Besides, I have already passed on what is the only other nendoroid I would go out of my way to purchase, and that says a lot about self-control (more like the current state of my wallet, but let's pretend it's the self-control).

I...haven't mentioned there were cafe tables, have I?
espresso: (sensei (hmm))

Maybe it's because I haven't checked out the shelves in a while, but I was really surprised to find these in stock.

Read more... )
espresso: (sensei (食事))
I was actively buying miniatures until the first half of 2010, after which I momentarily lost the interest and the drive for them. I only started looking at pieces again a few weeks ago. My last purchase for the year would probably be the Toymaker's Set from Sylvanian Families.

more )

P.S. I had to cancel my last few figure preorders, but I swear, I will have that Megahouse 1/8 Okita. Someday. I'm already dreading the color prototype for the Katsura one. And I preordered this today, even though I've never read the series. He's too adorable, and I love all the accessories, and I'll be blunt -- I want that lamp.
espresso: (Default)

The wallpaper I chose for the kitchen didn't turn out very kitchen-y, so I tried to make a bedroom instead. Next time I do this I think I'll paste over the partition on the top.

The faulty white balance is there to annoy those who like their white balance balanced.
espresso: (Default)
I've given up on the lost packages, though I still hate the inconsistencies of international shipping.

There's also this thing with releases coinciding with Golden Week. The earliest things will get processed will be Thursday next week, which means things get shipped to me early next next week, which is a terribly inconvenient time to get packages.

Also, buying shokugan from exclusive shops means you pay twice/thrice the SRP. Add another thousand yen for the middleman.

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother.
espresso: (Default)

Fiddled with the moving panel in the living room to make it look like it was cemented over half-assedly, then decorated with weird things like a gigantic fishing rod and some rope for hanging. It makes zero sense and therefore is despair-inducing, which is why I love it.
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espresso: (re-ment)
It's commonly said that 1:12 is apt for nendoroids, but after months of buying Re-ment and having my fair share of hits and misses (more misses than hits maybe), I've come to the conclusion that scale isn't everything. Just because it's 1:12 doesn't mean it'll be perfect, and just because it's 1:6 doesn't mean you can't put it to good use.

Some pieces are just hopeless, like the kitchen trolley from the Storage Beauty series (if it towers a couple of centimeters over your figure's head, that's never going to work) but some, despite being on the large side, can be set beside other pieces and fit right in.

But it's really frustrating when you want a certain piece, only to find out that it's way too big to use. I've had that happen to me thrice now; first for the kitchen scale in #1 of the Europe no Obaachan Jiman no Oryouri series, then for the lemon cake (#1) and the picnic hamper (#4) in Pooh's Honey Cafe. But bigger pieces can always be used for Figmas instead, so they don't exactly go to waste.

If you're wary of guesswork, here's a good resource: mini-sizer. It's a bit small right now, but it already has a few popular pieces featured in it. I just learned that the toaster oven and the espresso machine from Kawaii Kitchen are on the large side, which I interpret to mean, in nendoroid terms, that the espresso machine will be around up to a nendoroid's forehead, and the toaster oven can pass for a standalone oven. (Drat.)

I'd choose Sylvanian Families for base pieces like furniture and certain appliances, but I prefer Re-ment for detailing. Megahouse miniatures are discontinued by now, so their resale prices can be a bit ridiculous, but there are some pieces that look great. The only Megahouse set I have is on the cutesy side though, much like Sylvanian Families stuff.

I'm done with shopping for miniatures for the year, and I think I can take it easy next year, but if Phat Company decides to do another Japanese room -- some other part of the house maybe -- then I'm doomed.
espresso: (home)

I saw some small metal bars for scrapbooking on sale, and used some for wall-mounted holders. I wanted to hang more cups, but I realized I already sold my cup set, and the ones I have left don't have open handles. Sigh. I'm also thinking of using the bars to hold up some shelves.
espresso: (home)
The Sylvanian Families armchair set arrived three days ago.
It came with two chairs, one side table, a magazine rack (and magazine templates), and a small bowl of some sort. The disclaimer says the actual product might use a cloth "of the same hue but with a different pattern", but what I got

wasn't even remotely close to the prototype.
Very disappointing.
So I did some reupholstering.

This was the last picture I took before the camera died on me.
The final product has more of the cloth tucked in the right places, but it still looks sloppy.

The (unfunny) punchline here is that the original armchair fits the playset more than the reupholstered armchair.
espresso: (sensei (default))

The second floor doesn't look too stable, but I kind of like this layout. You can actually stick a light up that ceiling. Hmmmm.
espresso: (re-ment)

This one's more coherent, I think.
I'm focusing on the living room part this time. It has a lot of potential.
espresso: (re-ment)

The furniture finally arrived.
Major scale discrepancy problems, but it doesn't look bad if you choose the pieces.

more pictures )

I thought I could make half a room work, but it looks like I need to get the other half.
espresso: (sensei (食事))

I wasn't going to buy this, really. I already had plans for a room made to scale, with tatami mats and everything, and had all the measurements and the materials ready, until one day I looked at everything and said, I'm not making this.

My box came in two days.

more like pic spam than actual review )

The next day I sold my only Re-Ment to someone who collects miniature food. I have replacements on the way; I just hope they don't get lost in the mail.

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