Merry Christmas! Er, Happy New Year! Er, happy whenever you read this!
I normally try to avoid posting two hauls back-to-back, but this is a special occasion. It’s a bit late, but in this post I will showing the things I got for Christmas of 2017, though not everything, for I got some non-collectable things as well. If you must know, the other stuff I got were a couple sweaters, an organic hygiene kit, and a hand-held back massager. But that’s not what you’re here for, no no no no no. You, kind reader, are here to see the cool stuff I got. Let’s get to it!
Firstly, I got a pretty cool PS4 controller. It’s one of those clear ones except it’s red. I also have a controller like this for my PS2, which is my current favorite controller for that system (besides that Goku controller that lights up.) There was also one for the PS3, though I never got it. I believe that one was a Target exclusive. As far as I know, this one for the PS4 isn’t exclusive to any particular store. It’s based on the newer PS4 controllers that have a small line of light that comes up at the top of the touch-pad, for what it’s worth. Definitely a nice looking controller.
I also got Code Geass: Akito the Exiled on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. I’ve had my eye on this series ever since it got announced, though it took a while for anyone to pick up the license. Thankfully, FUNimation did and dubbed it using their typical pool of actors, though I believe any returning characters are played by their original actor. The case felt thicker than I would normally expect. When I opened it up, I realized it was because it came with a set of post cards featuring the different characters. That’s a nice bonus, if you ask me. I haven’t watched the show yet, but I’d like to soon. I still need to finish R2. Maybe in the near future.
Next is the complete collection of Samurai Jack on Blu-ray. It’s one of my favorite, possibly even my all-time favorite, cartoons. It’s made by the same guy who made Dexter’s Lab, which I loved, growing up. The remastering of the first four seasons on this set are wonderfully done. Season five looks good too, though it was already in HD to begin with. There are also plenty of bonus features, mainly behind-the-scene interviews and showcases. My only complaints are the packaging, as the individual cases don’t have the logo on the side or cover so it doesn’t look very good to display on their own, and there isn’t a way to access the menu easily while watching an episode of special feature. You have to either wait until whatever you’re watching is over or exit out of the DVD entirely. This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but if you’re trying to sample things like me, it is a bit annoying. I’d still recommend it regardless. It’s a very well made cartoon that I’m glad got a proper ending in 2017.
Now we’ve got some action figures! As you’ll find out in future haul posts, I started dipping into my figure collection. The first one in this batch is of Wolverine from X-Men in his brown and orange uniform. I believe this figure has been released a couple times, this one in particular is of the Marvel Legends Classics line, where they are releasing modern versions of the early Marvel Legends figure line with a reprinted card back. Wolverine is probably my favorite super hero and so I wanted to get some figures of him. I also have another Wolverine figure in the Marvel Legends line, though it is of his modern yellow and blue uniform (and even then, I think the figure is a repaint of another.) They are also making a classic “tiger stripe” version soon, so I’m looking forward to that. Anywho, this figure is nice, though mine is a bit loose in a couple areas. His hands are not on very good and his masked head doesn’t stay on very well at all. I ended up displaying him with his mask off, which fits better for some reason. I guess he’s my maskless Wolverine figure now.
Below him is Final Form Frieza, of the newly release Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars line, which is an American figure line by Bandai. As soon as I heard the initial news, I decided for myself that I would collect them all, which you will see in the future. In terms of articulation and sculpt, this figure is the best out of the entire line so far. Frieza is very poseable and looks great. Easily the best American made Frieza figure to date.
And then we have Super Saiyan Vegeta of the same line. He looks good and his hair has a shine to it. My only complaint (and my only one for the entire line except Frieza) is that he doesn’t have very good shoulder articulation. The joint only allows his shoulders to go up and down and turn, though you can’t rotate it like you could on a ball jointed figure. Other than that, it’s a decent figure.
This batch is random small figures I got. The top one is one of those “blind bag” things that houses a Dragon Ball key chain. I ended up getting Krillin, as you see below.
Under it is an amiibo, specifically Urbosa from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. What’s cool about her is that using the amiibo features in the game, a sword and shield is one of the guaranteed drops. This is useful for me, as I’m not a fan of the constant weapon breaking in the game. I also like using the same type of weapon for these kinds of games. I mean, I know I could just deal with it and use another one of those skeleton arms with a dinky little leather shield, but like… I don’t really want to.
Next up is this cool little Classic Sonic figure by TOMY. It’s styled slightly like the Jazwares figures, but with parts that don’t break or fall off. What’s cool about this figure is that it has translucent blue fur. The only con I see with this and the other TOMY Sonic the Hedgehog figures is the articulation, which the Jazwares figures actually did better in my opinion.I’ve currently got him still in the box, on top of my Super Battle Collection Super Saiyan 4 Goku figure.
Lastly (for this batch, at least), we have a Lego Ninjago mini-figure. According to the packaging, it’s from the movie, which I believe is coming out soon. I haven’t followed the Ninjago series but I do remember enjoying the old ninja Lego sets. These days, I don’t build much, but I do like collecting the mini-figures. I’ve already got him set up in my spot for Lego stuff. Rather, one of my spots for Lego stuff.
This is the final batch, which is all fine reading. At the top is volume two of the Dragon Ball Super manga that my buddy Stan got me. I’ve already read it too; it covers the remainder of the Universe 6 arc and the beginnings of the Future Trunks arc. It’s a well written comic. You might be wondering where volume one is, but you will also be happy to know that it will be covered in the next haul post. I dunno how it planned out that way. I just got lucky. Thanks again, Stan!
To the right of it is actually something I bought for myself, which is volume 12 of UQ Holder. The story is starting to get complicated and I look forward to reading the volume when I get the chance. Based on the cover, I’m guessing we’ll get to see some returning characters from Negima. Good stuff.
At the bottom left is Book II of The Elder Scrolls Online books. This one is specifically about the lore of the game. Being technically a prequel, I was intrigued by how the lore has changed since the earlier games. The pages have an old tome look to them which makes reading it all the more enticing. I’m interested to see if anything that was established in the older games has been changed.
Last but not least, we have this cool European magazine on the history of Medieval times. I’m a sucker for the subject, so I’m excited to see more of the facts about the time period. Publishing-wise, the magazine feels high quality and looks vibrant with its colors. I’m definitely going to be studying the content of this bad boy and looking at all the cool pictures.
That’s all I got this year. It was a good Christmas. We also have a semi-tradition of getting dinner out at a T.G.I Friday’s, but we didn’t do it this year. I actually don’t remember what we did for dinner, it may have just been leftovers from Christmas lunch. We went to my sister’s house and opened presents there. I also played with their Echo Dot, and by played I mean I got it to recognize FLOW’s Cha-La-Head Cha-La and a bunch of audio books. I’m proud of myself. I also got to see my nieces which was cool, though if I’m to be frank, the second biggest highlight was that their kitten was apparently comfortable enough with me to sit on my chest while I sat on their sofa. It was a fun time.
Thanks again for reading! Sorry if the extra haul post was a bit much, though the next one will be a game first impressions post, so that will be different.
See ya next time!