do you know how hard it is to buy a limited edition thing that just came out

By Accident

Prompt: this is for @girl-next-door-writes celebration challenge! the song i got was accidentally in love—counting crows.

Pairings: Steve Rogers x Reader

Word Count: 1,224

Warnings: none, just fluff (:

A/N: i had such a fun time writing this. i love steve so much. thanks for letting me be a part of this challenge!

Accidentally in Love—Counting Crows.

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It’d been four months of dates. At first it was just for fun. And that was fine. You’d started dating him only to appease Natasha and Bucky. They had both sworn Steve liked you, was attracted to you. “Just give him a chance!” They had told you over and over again. But now… now Captain Steve Rogers was your boyfriend. And there was something about him that made him grow on you everyday. He was kind and gentlemanly and handsome and you liked him, a lot. And if you didn’t know yourself, you’d say you were falling for him. But neither of you were ready for that.

Today was another date. It was going to be more fun for you than him, you were sure. Shopping. Most of the time, you would have taken Natasha or just gone alone, but Steve insisted on the quality time. He’d been gone on a few missions with Bucky and Sam lately. And as much as you loved being a part of missions, you chose to hang back. It might be weird to now take orders from the guy you were sleeping with on the regular.

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[English]Soraru and Mafumafu KCS interview - Utattemita no Hon May 2016

I translated Soraru and Mafumafu’s interview about their new album from the May 2016 edition of Utattemita no Hon magazine! I personally found this one to be a very interesting read. You can buy the magazine from Amazon.jp here, and it includes a poster of the Soramafu cover art as well other utaite interviews, pictures, and posters, so I’d recommend buying it! Let me know if you spot any typos or errors in my translation, and please enjoy!

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BTS - [NOW ] BTS in THAILAND (Photobook + DVD) (Limited Edition)

Hello beautiful people ~ I’m finally here with a new review. Yay ! It’s always a pretty nice surprise when I received package in the mail, so this fabulous photobook was a big one since I never really know when my stuffs came. I thought that I was going to wait until the end of the next, but not anymore.

I had the change to pre-order the photobook on Kpopmart before it came out of stock/out of print and since the publisher had no intention to reprint the photobook, I was like “Nope, I don’t care if I’m poor, I’m going to buy you piece of art”.
So, it was my first ordering from here. I like the fact that they send us a picture of the package before it got shipped.
It took my package 24 days to come and sadly the box where my photobook came was pretty damaged. I should have taken a picture of it. There has a big hole on it, and the book got slighly damaged since there was also a lack of bubble wrap and the box a bit too big.

As you can see on the picture, the texture of the cover is pretty nice with a lot of relief all over the photobook’s jacket. Or I don’t know how to name it so  ~

1. 화보집 콘텐츠 리스트(250P) 
BTS 1st PHOTOBOOK ALL DISC 01 : 
-Pt.1 Hotel Room 
-Pt.2 Resort 
-Pt.3 Sports 
-Pt.4 Pool
-Pt.5 Hotel at Night
-Pt.6 Pattaya
-Pt.7 BTS Top Model (Group Mission) 

SPECAIL FEATURE 
Interview : “NOW" 
Epilogue 
Special Thank to. 

2. DVD 콘텐츠 리스트 
DISC 01 : 
1. BTS PHOTOBOOK MAKING IN THAILAND 
2. SURPRISE MISSION IN THAILAND 

A little close up on the BTS official sticker on the back of the book’s jacket.

And this is how it looks like when you open the book’s jacket. 

The photobook also includes 3 postcards and a mini poster who’s around the same size as the photobook, 18,5 x 26 cm. 

Cover of the photobook. Yay ~ I didn’t forget about the DVD, I’m just going to talk about it in the last part of my review so (❁´◡`❁)
Godness, I’m going to talk about this fabulous photobook who contains 250 pages of pure gold. Also showing some of my favorite pictures of the book. And since the photobook is really thick, it was a bit hard to take beautiful pictures. I swear to god I tried my best to have good quality pictures ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ)
Please, do not take, reblog or edit my pictures unless you ask for a permission first. 

The contents pages are so flashy seriously. There was also group photo on top.

Part 1. HOTEL ROOMAt the start of each part, there’s a camo design with the name of the ”chapter“. Also each of these pages got a different color ~

This is the 1st picture of the photobook. So much gold. And legs. There’s a lot of skin in this book tho. All of the photos are freaking beautiful, in high quality and all. There’s probably a couple part in the book where the pictures are in less quality because it was taken outside, in the dark. But still, they’re all so pretty anwsome ╮(─▽─)╭

Pretty Hobi (⊙△⊙✿)Jin & Jimin in the bath is one of my favorite part of the book ~

Part 2. RESORTThis is one of the part where the pictures are a bit low in quality, but they were taken during the night (as you can see on the DVD too) and they’re still pretty nice quality tho.I took more pictures of J-Hope. He’s one of my bias so I’m sorry for spamming you with is beautiful face (。≖△≖。✿)Flower boys ~

Part 3. SPORTSI think this is the part I took most of the pictures ~

J-Hope & Taehyung were playing Tennis.Rap Monster, Jin & Kookie were playing Ping PongFinally Suga & Jimin were playing Basketball.

Part 4. POOLSweet jesus lord oh I wish I had taken more pictures of this part. THIS IS MY FAV. So much gold, skin and half naked Kookie and Jimin in the pool. Pretty nice. I sound like a perverted noona ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ)Jin being the princess he is (◡‿◡✿)

Part 5. HOTEL at NIGHTI really liked the concept of this part, even thought the quality is not at is best. But it’s better than nothing yo ~

Part 6. PATTAYA Oops ~ J-Hope again. And forever. Pretty boy.

Part 7. BTS NEXT TOP MODEL : GROUP MISSION

At the last pages of the photobook, the boys had a kind of mini interview, with all the same questions for each members and they had to choose there’s favorite picture, as you can see on the bottom corner ⊙ω⊙

The credits part. This picture is so fabulous ~

And finally, sweet god, the back of the photobook. I really liked the concept for their cover photobook. Took from their sport part ⊙△⊙

DVDIt took me around 2 days before listening to the DVD. I had so much feels when I got my photobook, so watching this was not in my top priorities. 
The DVD is an all region category, with english, japanses and korean subtitles and the duration of the disc is around 30 minutes. It contains the making-of of the photobook and the surprise mission, who was on their last part in the book.

I don’t know what to say… Haaa ! This was pretty nice to see the behind the scene for the photobook. They showed up the making of each part, and the boys chilling out at each locations. There were some part that was pretty funny too.
For their mission, the boys were seprarated in 3 groups : Jin & Suga, RapMon & J-Hope, and the maknae line, Kookie, Jimin and V. They had to chose a theme and a location for a photoshoot. And if I remember well, the winning team was going to have full pages with their pictures on it. The funiest thing is that Jin & Suga had like only 7 minutes to do their photoshoot, while the other boys had around 20 minutes.
For the winning team (☞゚∀゚)☞ I’m not going to tell you. Nah. I’m kidding. The maknae line won this run. 
They also talked about their experience in Thailand, how the mission was and all. 

At last, those 30 minutes were pure gold. And I couldn’t stop giggling like a little schoolgirl having a freaking crush. Like. Yeah. Help ಥ‿ಥ

FINALLY, I just wanted to say despite his price that was kinda expensive with the shipping, I don’t regret anything. Every A.R.M.Y need this piece of gold, or at least, watch it one time in your lifetime. I hope to see more from the boys and up until now, they never disapointed me. 

Hope you liked my kind of review. Sorry for my long post and grammatical error. And stay tunned for my future release. And who knows, probably a giveaway ≖‿≖

let’s take a trip to candy land~

for murasakibaraaa, who won the 2k follower special || exactly 5k in length idk how i did that

What a typical Murasakibara thing – going to Candy Land, a place filled to the brim with anything and everything remotely related to sweets. He looked completely at ease here, especially with the free cake hat he’d been given after buying five bags of sweets.

You enjoyed the fact that there were cute rides, like teacups and the merry-go-round. They were the kind of things you could go on without feeling too sick, which was probably the point, considering you couldn’t walk for more than a couple of metres without seeing a stall selling various types of candy.

“Mura, don’t you think you’ve had enough? Your teeth’ll probably rot after this.”

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Band Tees and Whiskey pt 15

(gif credit to the creator)

Master List

Prompt: Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but where did you get that limited edition [band name] t-shirt, I have been looking for it forever, I will buy it off you, name your price. Dinner? OKAY, wait, what?

Pairing: Dean x Reader

Word Count: 1,010

Warnings: language, angst, implied smut

Song: Stay - Mayday Parade

A/N: I’m just gonna go ahead and apologize for part 14 again. This should fix that. Also listen to the song while you read it, it helps…maybe? Feedback is cool. :)

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NYC

I was bicycling along Sunset Blvd today, going from my apartment in Los Feliz to UCB Sunset when I suddenly missed New York City so deeply I had to pull over and stop for a moment.

I’ve been in LA for a year and a half and I love it. I wasn’t having regrets. It was just a surprise moment when the chemicals in my brain combined and I could suddenly remember very distinctly what it felt like to be walking along the avenue in Manhattan, feeling like the most interesting person in the world just for having the goddamn guts to live there. 

I lived in NYC for (gulp) 17 years and had several lifetimes while I was there. Most of my memories are attached to the UCB theatre, which I was involved with for the final 13 years. But oddly when I’m missing NYC my brain takes me back to the very first two years, when living there was such an exciting novelty that I would sometimes just run down the street as fast as I could, overcome with the reality that I had actually moved to New York.

My first job in NY was for a finance company in midtown. I had to be there by 6:30am, and I would take Microsoft Word documents containing financial predictions for the stock market, and I would have to format them as text documents which would accepted by then-new online financial news services. I was done by 3pm. All for a decent salary and generous benefits package. This job, although boring, made me feel safe enough to come to the city from rural New England and so I was grateful for it.

I’d get out of the subway at 6:15 am at the 50th street stop on the 1/9. The streets were still quiet at this time. You could smell all the coffee being brewed in the bagel carts, and sometimes see the newsstands opening up. I’d buy a coffee from the same guy and walk across 50th street. 

The only people up were either finance people in their suits and big thick coats OR service industry people going to work their shift cleaning/cooking etc. 

I’d see Letterman’s studio to 2 blocks up to my left, and Times Square 7 blocks down to my right. I knew where DC Comics’ and Mad Magazines’ offices were and I’d look up at them, too (they had Superman logos and thing in their windows). I also walked by Rolling Stone’s offices (2nd floor of a building on Sixth Avenue) and you could see guitars and magazine covers on the walls through their windows.

I was so excited just to know how to get around in the city. How the subway worked, where my restaurants were, where to buy clothes, etc. I was for REAL and everyone else in the world were COWARDS.

At my job, the finance jerks were jerks, which thrilled me in that they were fulfilling their stereotype. Lots of dumb dirty jokes, lots of impressively tailored suits. They were all crude (men and women) but they were also smart and capable which for me made them easy to work with. It was my first job that more than covered my rent and so I felt like the richest man in the world, even though I was the poorest guy in the building.

I’d sit at my desk and start editing the Word Docs. I had a “squawk box” which meant I could hear the morning meeting of the finance guys going over what they thought the market would do. I remember hearing the meeting the day after a big plane crash from a discount airlines Valu-Jet. The airlines guy was so mad because the company had been poised to really turn a big profit but this “one, OUTLIER of a STUPID accident” had thrown those plans into chaos.

Every time the Dow broke another 1000 points, there would be a champagne toast by the reception desk. 

One of the researchers was a brassy chick from Hoboken who’d tell me about the idiots she’d met in bars the past weekend. Another guy, the youngest researcher in the company, grew up on the Upper East Side, was obssesed with the Foo Fighters and would tell me about his family’s insanely opulent vacations. One of the temps was getting her doctorate in sociology and was dating an editor from The Nation and she invited me to their joint birthday party at which I met Lemony Snickett (whatever his real name is). A woman in my department was from China, and it turns out lived in my apartment building, splitting a room with her older sister. She told me a crazy story about how on her deathbed her Mandarin Chinese mom had given her a list of ethnic preferences from which to choose a husband. First: Mandarin Chinese. Second: NYC Jewish. Third: Cantonese Chinese. In last place was Vietnamese! She once surprised me at my apartment with some Chinese meal where some rice is wrapped up in what looks like corn husks, and I feel like she was flirting with me but I was at least a personality change and a half from being bold enough to do anything about that.

I got out in time to do an open mike at FOUR O CLOCK PM up near Columbia University. I started taking an improv class at Chicago City Limits because a guy on the Real Estate Trust desks had let slip that he took one. I was funnier than HIM, I knew, so that emboldened me.

I subscribed to the New York Times. I dropped off my clothes to be washed and they got delivered to my door.  I fell in love ten times a day with people I’d see on the street for five seconds. I saw Allen Ginsburg do Buddhist chants in Central Park. I saw Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon do a (ridiculous) concert. I went to CBGBs and saw insane bands including Hellvis and Fly Ashtray. I bought the final issue of the initial run of Love and Rockets Comics at St. Marks Bookstore. I attended a taping of a They Might Be Giants live album in my first month there. I walked by Woody Allen directing a scene.  I passed Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson going into the Union Square movie theatre. I visited Jack Kirby’s birthplace, as well as Spider-Man’s. One Saturday morning, I walked the entire length of Broadway from 218th street down to Battery Park. I saw the Red Sox when they came to Yankee Stadium. I met a cool journalist from Columbia who looked as hot as Jodie Foster and had gotten a 4.0 from UC-Berkeley and we dated a few years. I went running in Riverside Park – from Grant’s Tomb all the way down to the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt. I read the Village Voice and the NY Press and I’d scour the comedy listings to see what was good. I got stand-by tickets and saw a taping of SNL (Teri Hatcher hosting, Dave Matthews Band musical guest). I saw Dave Chapelle and Ray Romano do a show at the Comedy Cellar. I was watching a show at Gotham Comedy Club when David Brenner dropped in and did a set. I saw the U-C-fucking-B before they had a theatre.

Everyone wants that comparison: New York vs LA? Which do you like better? I was asked that when I had lived here in Los Angeles for three days! We humans, we do love to rate and list and compare.

The real answer is that it doesn’t matter, that it’s comparing apples and oranges. NYC is ten million people and is probably the oldest Real City in American. LA has four million, perfect weather and was founded ten years ago. They’re on different scales. Your life is more about your internal mindset, and whether or not you have 3 or 4 closest friends to connect with.

I don’t regret leaving NY at all! I’m so happy here it’s crazy. But it still hits me hard now and then, how cool it was.

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HaruFes feat. Kuroko & Mayuzumi ~KageFes~ at J-WORLD

[Translation] Kuroko & Mayuzumi Audio Drama & Find the 3rd Person! Mini Game 

I went to KageFes on Mayuzumi’s birthday/opening day. The full report with pictures and how-to-play will come later but first is the “story” part of KageFes! :) Please imagine Mayuzumi talking with the most pissy tone ever.


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anonymous asked:

Hiya! Not sure whether or not you'd be able to even help me with this, but do any of you have any tips on how to get over extreme editors block. I haven't been able to edit for the past 3 weeks and it's hard to get back into it! Thanks!~

Okay, so I was thinking about this ask a lot last night in the wee hours of the morning when I could not sleep, and generally we here at VidderTips have a policy that we cannot answer inspiration related asks simply because inspiration and creativity itself is subjective and unique to every person. However, I’ve recently been reading up a little bit on creativity, and I also just got myself out of a 6 month creative block, so I know the absolute frustration and negativity this sort of block can bring to ones mentality. The following may not work for you - I can only offer my experiences and findings over the last months, and if it fails, don’t despair - just try something different that you feel will work for you. This post is also not limited to AMVs or videos in general - it can be applied to any creative block.

1. Don’t pressure yourself for originality.

This is an impossible task; nothing is original. Everything we create or think has been influenced from our past life experiences in some way. Can your work be unique and individual? Yes. Can it be innovative and “unseen” to others? Yes. So why can’t a creative work being “original,” and what then by extension is “creativity”? Originality claims that something has never been done before, and while you can apply this term to say an artist’s ‘original’ version of a painting vs a print, while that print is no longer the first work, the scene on the canvas cannot be labelled as original: only the idea that the canvas with the painting is original to the artist themselves. Everything we create was built on what came before it: our experiences, our practice, what we have seen, what we have been inspired by. Ultimtely, this is not an easy concept to swallow as we are ultimately all egotistical creatures who are raised in a society that treasures “individuality” above all else. So if not originality, what is there?

2. Strive for creativity instead.

So what exactly is creativity anyway? It’s an elusive… almost unreal concept seemingly tied to a complex where everyone looks up to someone else for their ‘creativity’ while failing to realize their own. Creativity is connections. Instead of explaining this myself, I’d much rather quote Steve Jobs here from an interview with Wired in 1996:

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. 

That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

Our editing is the very microcosm of this ‘combinational creativity’. It is a perfect representation of remix culture - taking the existing and making something new. It’s exactly what we do with our videos - isn’t that… just quite incredible in itself? We’re already making these connections and being creative without even considering that - it just came naturally. So, of course, now we get into the actual meat of the problem: I’m not inspired. I don’t feel creative. How can I get in touch with my ideas again. 

3. Experience more.

“Great,” you’re thinking sarcastically as you roll your eyes and start to scroll away. But stay with me (this isn’t the only advice I have to offer). I’m dead serious about this though - it’s cause and effect as we’ve just read above from Steve Jobs. If you have a wealth of knowledge and experiences, the bigger the base of your experience, the more connections you will be able to make. I’m not saying you should go out in the world and dramatically get your heart broken, or sign up to go volunteer at a soup kitchen or go skydiving when you’re deathly afraid of heights just for the “experience” - do what interests you. It doesn’t need to be extreme. Watch more anime, listen to more music, watch an old movie, read more poetry, read more books, research something that creeps you out, research something you adore but never thought to look into more, research something you totally disagree with just to understand the opposite point of view. Watch a TED talk (or 5!), go out and spend an hour walking around your town trying to see something different, or imaging what it would be like from another person’s perspective, think deeply on an abstract concept or theme (from the world or a TV show/movie/book). Do something new every day (even if it’s just buying and trying that obscure fruit you’ve seen 18 times in the grocery store every Saturday never given a second thought past ‘gee that’s weird’). Do something different. You’ve all got incredible brains - why not use them; it is a living organ in your body so why not enrich it? I can’t tell you how to make the crucial connections for creativity itself though, that’s up to you in the end; I can only you tips for the stepping stones to being able to make more connections. 

4. Challenge Yourself

If you’re stuck in this creative rut you might have to go above and beyond to get out of it. If you’re having problems completing anything, and you delete it before you get halfway through, force yourself to finish something AND post it. It might be the trigger you need to feel comfortable creating again. Don’t discard your ideas as useless before they’re even completed - if you feel your work isn’t good, or different, or cool enough… just KEEP GOING. Don’t give up on it. Make yourself finish it and it almost guaranteed will not be as boring to other people as you thought it was. Try either giving yourself an actual ‘Challenge’ or ask a friend to think one up for you - try to do something that will require you to learn new things in your creative field, things you’ve procrastinated learning before. Give the challenge stakes. Make it so that if you do not finish you’ll feel ashamed or guilty (or something similar). Maybe ask a friend to request something - creating something for someone else with their idea and the goal of making something they will like might turn over a new slate with your ideas. I think it’s fairly important to give yourself stakes that are more than your own mental/personal ones - give it social consequences for not finishing your project. Try creating something  you’ve never ever done before - it just might be trigger that gets these creative juices flowing again.

Side Notes:

1. Copying is not flattery nor is it creativity.

Anyone can copy work - it does not require any mental effort. If you like an idea, remix it to fit your own style and purpose - not anyone else’s. Your own ideas are far more valuable than theirs. It’s also demoralizing for the person who’s work you copied - they worked hard to make their own connections so don’t undervalue them. It’s frustrating more than it is flattering.

2. If external/outside forces are getting you in a creative rut remember this:

Scientific thinking and creative thinking are two sides of the same coin. Scientific thinking is ALSO about making connections. Being able to bring new analyses and hypotheses to the table is fundamentally the same as being creative. Society really prioritizes a scientific profession over a humanities related one, while failing to realize that both sides intrinsically need each other to succeed. Don’t let anyone tell you your creativity or talent is rubbish or inapplicable in the real world. Nothing in this world is more important than having something you’re passionate about. 

3. If you’re looking for more information:

- Kai

Selfie Saturday: lawitch
We met up with the fuzzy psych rock band L.A. Witch for this week’s Selfie Saturday and learned all about their “blind-date” first meeting, highlights of 2014, being a positive influence for girls in the L.A. rock scene and who they secretly want on their dream tour lineup. Read on for more from Sade, Ellie, and Irita, the edgy and stylish punk-rockers behind L.A. Witch, below: 

How would you guys describe your sound? Sade: Well, somebody described it as “reverb-soaked punked-out rock” and I thought that was pretty cool because we use a lot of reverb, it’s pretty fuzzy sometimes. 

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The Rest Of The Best (of my acquired toys) of 2013

This is my rest of the best list for 2013. Not all of the toys above were necessarily released in 2013, I just happened to acquire them this year. This was decided when I realized my last bunch of purchases would not arrive stateside until I was already more than likely going to be asia bound. These were purchases that could potentially be on my toys of 2013 or my disappointments list for 2013. I won’t know til I get them. So I decided to make it fair, and only include what I have already had hands on with and not limit the toys I got by their release date.

These are the toys I cut out of my top 5…that is now top 6. These are not in any particular order, although there are 3 on this list that I wanted ever so badly to add to my top 6 that just had to be cut to refrain from having a top 20 (and only having 5 from that list be numbered). That said, I do have one toy I hold above the rest for 2013. My top 6 will be posted individually with a write up and then I will have a collective post of the 6 linking to those write ups. I am having fun talking about all the latest toys and releases so I can’t really curb my enthusiasm. Forgive me for the long post. Thanks everyone!

The Rest Of The Best:

Assault Kingdom Unicorn Gundam – This one was barely cut out of my top 6. I almost made a top 7 to fit him in until I actually sat down to really think about my top of list. UC has a really odd spot with me. My personal pick for toy of the year is still readily available unlike Unicorn (along with Sinanju-who I do not own yet) are considered the best of the line and are only as available as well as your wallet happens to be lined. My personal pick for toy of the year is a toy I can’t recommend to everyone but on the other hand this candy toy that didn’t even reach my top 6 is one I can’t help but tell everyone who loves little toys, robots, and gundams that they must own Unicorn Gundam from the Assault Kingdom line. Assault Kingdom is a Candy Toy line. Meaning these are 3-5 dollar toys that you find at convenient stores (in Japan) packed with gum. These are not blind boxed static figures, but rather well engineered and well thought out lines of gundam goodness. I cannot stress how much I love this line. I do plan on collecting this line to completion which is a long ways off because every fan in Japan already knows how good this line is. Below is a picture of my current collection that I was keeping up with while in Kyoto.

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Assault Action Q Eva-08 – Another Candy Toy line from Bandai that I fell in love with. I do have a couple from the original Assault Action line (which is the Assault line for Eva’s) but Assault Action Q took it to another level. This candy toy line tied into 3.33 which released on blu ray and dvd a few months prior. I attended a special release event at a department store while in Japan and saw plenty of merchandise but nothing that I didn’t already expect and nothing that absolutely made me empty my wallet right there. In fact I walked out with nothing and was surprised to not see an update to the Assault Action line. My Japanese is beyond terrible so I couldn’t tell you why this release was so off kilter with the rest of the merchandise but better late than never, and I am certainly glad these did come out before I left to come back home for the Holidays. This line cost a bit more than the Assault Kingdom line for less plastic, but it still got a good chunk of my last paycheck in Kyoto. I think these lines are so affordable that the entire set deserves your attention but if I had to choose one that was a standout and a must buy – it would be Mari Illustrious’ Eva-08. Beautiful colors, awesome weapons, and has an incredibly unique look among her line mate’s. This was also a very hard toy to move down my top of list along with the rest of the Q line.

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The Black Series Boba Fett – This was the toy that actually held up my best of and definitely changed the structure of the list. I was initially going to have this done by the 25th but my parent’s surprised me with Boba Fett who has long been sold out online and will never be seen at retail in my area due to scalpers. I was looking everywhere to buy a copy for my dad and I, but it ended in futility and was doubly not needed since my dad was one of the few who was able to order from Amazon before they sold out. I already had a long conversation with orion-neos about the figure and my unfortunate first impression of Boba was utter disappointment and disgust. The whole thing can be viewed here, but to make a long story short my copy was broken right out of the box. Had I not been home for the holidays when I got this toy I would have just put it aside and named it my biggest disappointment of 2013, but I was home and my father had the patience and the steady hands to fix Fett. After all of that I still found him to be incredibly solid - obviously not in QC but build and sculpt wise - he is the absolute definitive version of Boba Fett. But when I let the dust settle (for the 4 days I have had him) in and kept messing around with him, I was a bit disappointed. The belt was a nuisance and while not in any way a deal breaker – it was an issue the stormtrooper didn’t have. Movie accurate or not I wish it had been dealt with better. My list is a top of the year toy’s list. While I don’t necessarily sit at my desk and bump toys together, I buy them to pose them and to look cool – just that alone makes me happy with a toy. But when it came down to it, my toys on the best of list didn’t have that issue. While some on that list are not as pose-able, it is due to (armature) design and not by (detail) oversight.

Transformers AM-32 Wildrider – This was my second transformers purchase while in Japan. My first purchase was Dreadwing who I still have a bit of favoritism for because he happens to be a seeker. I am not a fan of Wheeljack’s aesthetics. I found him to be a great character in the show and very likeable but I always found his head to be a bit goofy and his arms to be a bit goofier. Aesthetically he just doesn’t resonate with me in robot mode – but I do love the Lancia Stratos. Wildrider comes with a different headsculpt, an awesome paint scheme and really pulled me (aesthetically) in favor of this sculpt. While I am missing PRiD Deadend I have box fondled that version enough to know which one I prefer over the two.

Assault Kingdom Black Tri Stars Zaku II – I have already said all that needed to be said about the Assault Kingdom line so I won’t go over that again. What I will say is that even though my original impression of the Zaku IImold was lack luster from the original line, this Special release of the Black Tri Star team really did it for me. The accessories, the package and the value you are getting as a whole was phenomenal. I actually have two due to a sale I stumbled across while in Kyoto and it was totally worth it. I don’t usually double dip but the Black Tri Star team definitely deserved my yen.

White ★ Rock Shooter (Black ★ Rock Shooter The Game White Premium Box) – I usually collect PSP limited editions when they are reasonably priced. My personal favorites are the Y’s series (XSEED releases) and Project Diva box sets. I had my eye on this game when it first came out but I was never going to shell out 120-140 dollars for a game I wouldn’t play (and quite frankly was the digital equivalent to crap). But when I walked into my favorite store in Kyoto to pick up a newly released figure that came out that morning I found the White Premium Edition brand new and on clearance for $40. I picked it up without hesitation or a second thought. Easily the best PSP purchases I have made, and one of the most beautiful Figma’s I have acquired. Definitely a stand out. As with the other Black Rock Shooter toys, you can’t be hamhanded with this one. A lot of thin and sharp delicate pieces. I had no breaks but I also had a hell of a time messing with this figure while trying to keep everything together. This is one of the best Figma’s I have, but I can see people having a rough time handling her. She is not worth the retail price of admission. It’s a shame she didn’t get a release with the normal line.

D-arts Rockman X Ultimate Armor– As I said before I already had this guy on my list to get thanks to D-amazing​’s post. I’ve had him in hand for a couple days and I can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous this figure is. Everything on this toy is spectacular. I wish I had taken more pictures of him to show off his jetpack but the detail is everywhere. My only issue with him is the way it feels. Again D-arts manages to have this weird-slick feeling-metled plasticizer oiliness on their figures. All of my Rockman D-arts have felt that way. And this now makes  5/5 of them having this issue. I digress - the rest of the line are basically molded from the same shape and have the same hindrances so you wouldn’t go wrong with any of them. But the more I look at this figure and fiddle around with him, the more I consider him to be a personal favorite of mine and a must buy above everyone else in the Rockman line.

The Black Series Sandtrooper – This was the first figure I was able to handle from this line and he was a great first impression. He does have some hindrances and some bulkiness that can get in the way of posing, but it is not as egregious as Boba’s. This line has proven incredibly solid as a whole, all having plenty of joints with only the mold itself getting in the way (which in some cases can be worked around - like the sandtrooper) and my only real issue with the series is the QC. After getting this one out of his paint stuck joints and some nerve racking twisting and turning (to get past the armor that usually hinders this figure) he is able to pull off some sweet maneuvers. I recommend him above Boba Fett just due to him being easier to find and also because he is (along with Boba Fett) the definitive “Stormtrooper” mold. I will definitely be buying a few when hasbro actually decides to release a Stormtrooper.

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D-Arts Lizardon (Charizard)– I will be the first to admit that Mewtwo makes for the better Pokemon to toy transition. I already said before that his humanoid form already lends himself better to a figure. This whole line was awesome but the standout for me was Charizard. I couldn’t believe how emotive he could be. Charizard is absolutely golden, if you don’t expect too much from the legs. If you just look at Charizard or are aware of his shape – you should already know he is not a runner. If you buy knowing what you’re getting into - this toy is still awesome and surprised me quite a bit with what was possible. I say that even with it’s already obvious hindrances. I was lucky enough to attend all of the release day events in Kyoto for this line and I would do it all again, so all of these hold a special place for me but if I had to only choose one it would have to be Charizard.

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Generations Megatron – This is an odd one for me. I had Sharkticon Megs up on this list since before I even started my worst of list. But then when I was going through my transformers and putting them into a box for storage I found Generations Megatron. When I got him originally - I took the pictures and put him away. I was too busy to really do anything at that time other than take pictures, post them, and put the figures aside to be stored. Generations Megatron is super slick. He is Stealth Bomber, and rocks his purple and black color scheme. Sharkticon Megs wears his colors well also, I dig the cybertronian flyer thing he has going on, and I love that he was a voyager release. But this deluxe can kick his own sharkticon ass on any day of the week. Again - the colors are awesome, he is a stealth bomber, the mold is spectacular and while the transformation itself is nothing to write home about, both modes are incredibly solid unlike the PRiD Voyager releases. He definitely deserves this spot and more of my attention in the future.

Thanks for reading! I will be rolling out my top 6 shortly 

Top Toys of 2013