Busy Days

It’s been a while since I last wrote. I’ve been quite busy lately. Two weekends ago, I bought a whole ton of figures from Waicon, so I had a bit of trouble trying to secure some space for them all. This meant spending most of that weekend tidying up and rearranging things in my room. It was a rather tiring task, but I did notice one thing while rearranging the figures and making room for them. I had noticed that I have about 100 figures.

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A few days later, my big order from HLJ that I wrote about previously finally arrived in the mail. It arrived in a giant box, much larger than any others I’ve received before. All of the figures that arrived are really high quality expensive ones that I wanted to open up and check out. Unfortunately, it seems I again need to make more room to display the figures. I really have no idea where to display them. My computer desk is already full of figures. So currently I have the new figures mint in their boxes as a tower of figures next to my room door.

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By the way, this reminds me, I often read the anime blog: dannychoo.com and once when checking out the classifieds section of his blog, I noticed that there was an Aussie Sydney seller that was selling some figures quite cheaply. One that caught my eye was one of Rindou Rina, which I have never heard of or seen before, but looked like it was worth more than the seller was asking for. I ended up being successful with my offer and received the figure shortly afterwards. I actually bought it before my Waicon figure shopping spree, but it took a bit longer to arrive but I wasn’t too fussed about how long it took. The figure was very well packed, and it too has been added to the tower of HobbyLink Japan figures.

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Yet another figure also turned up that week. This time the figure was purchased from Ebay UK. This figure is actually quite expensive to buy even in apan, but I managed to get it as an only bidder bargain on ebay. The UK pound to Aussie dollar exchange rate is really terrible at the moment, but even with that, I still managed to get the figure for about only $35AU including postage. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten a good bargain on ebay. The figure is definately original, and has also been added to the tower of figures.

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Besides for figures, I also bought some more prints, posters and shitajiki (pencil boards) from one of the illustrators at Waicon. Since I bought a lot of them, she specially drew a quick sketch for me of whatever I wanted. I ended up getting her to draw Negi Springfield from Mahou Sensei Negima in a battle pose. I am looking forward to see how it will turn out.

Also, when tidying up my room, I put few pictures I liked on my wall for display. I had to take down my Fate/Stay Night poster to make room for it, but in it’s place I have some nice frames that I put the pictures in. It really looks a lot nicer than before. Since I didn’t have enough frames, I only put up this many, but I plan to put some more later on.

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Anyways, the last couple of weeks have been busy. Last week, I registed an account at an art community site called DeviantArt. I initially only registed so I could leave some nice comments to some of the artists whom I bought prints from at Waicon. However, since I registered from the site, I decided to upload some pictures of my own attempts at drawing and some photos of my garage kit figure I made of Petoko. It was quite interesting. After uploading my first photo, I already had received like 3 comments for it. Also, a week after making my account, my DeviantArt page ended up getting 75 views! I don’t consider myself good at drawing, but many kind people left comments such as “Keep up the drawing!” and “I’m looking forward to your next picture”, which made me feel quite good about my work and motivated to post more drawings. I even found a Japanese guy that sculpts full scratch figures and robots from putty. I had a nice conversation with him, and he’s even blogged about me on his site.

My DeviantArt page is http://raptor-tk.deviantart.com/.
Please check it out!

Currently, I’m working on a new drawing. It’s still in progress, but I decided to upload a sample to get some suggestions. I’m still a beginner, so if you see anything odd, please let me know so I can fix it and get better.

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Lastly, on the weekend, I had my first Jujitsu grading. I succesfully graded from my white belt to my next belt (White with a yellow stripe though it). I’m quite happy about it.

Comments (2)

NickFebruary 19th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

My name is Nick, from China. Now I’m working and living in Perth.

Today I’m doing some Googling and I found your place. I didn’t meet any Aussie like you get so deep into Japanese cartoon, specially in Perth, most of them knows nothing at all.

I like Japanese cartoon as well, I used to watch a lot. But now I’m only watching Gundam series. I’m doing some serious model building as well, I have some photos here. http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/ff243/nicksu/

Very hard in Perth to find someone sharing this kind of hobby. I don’t have blog in English, my e-mail is: wufeiwing1997@yahoo.com. Now I know your place, I’ll come to visit very often.

TimFebruary 19th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Thanks for your comment!
It’s always good to find fellow modellers in Perth.
I am not a gundam modeller myself, although I do plan to build a VF-1 Macross Valkyrie soon. I mainly concentrate on building garage kits of anime figures such as like the one on my deviant art page.

I also have one friend that I made at university who is a huge gundam fan. I’ll try to introduce him to you via email.

I’ll check out your photos once I get home from work. I’ll also send you an email later on today too.

Thanks for checking out my site!

Oh yeah, if you are looking for Gundams for sale in Perth, try checking out Perth Hobby Center in the City or Tokyo Underground (www.tokyounderground.biz) who are also in the city.

Perth Hobby Center should have all the material you need to paint the Gundams too.

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