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Calling it

I am sure by now you have seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones. ( I meant season 7 episode2) That was it, I am sure Greyworm is going to have something major happen to him this season.  That makes me really happy that I recently snagged a Greyworm pop. -before prices soar, and the pop becomes rare.

hello Greyworm!

Also, I was surprised to see two GOT pops in the 2017SDCC lineup!-It was not announced!!!

the two GOT funko in 2017 SDCC

It included a black Night King and The Mountain in armor! I already have the regular Night King, so I am not going to get the black version. But the Mountain in armor, I had to track it down. *I honestly never cared for the character and the first Mountain pop they released, but this armored version IMHO is way better than the first. 

My collection needs this!

After a quick phone call to our “favorite” toy shop in Greenhills. We have the armored mountain on preorder. Sure it is a bit more expensive but still, we would love to have that on our collection.

This would be the second exclusive pop in my collection after the nycc2015 Iron Throne.

Now we wait for the toys.

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for the night is dark and full of terrors: pop friday

Since I am not yet fully recovered, today’s pop Friday title befits me and the pop I have on hand. It is none other than Melisandre from the Game of Thrones. The red woman, red priestess, the seductive ginger and also the ancient crone. Her character is quite a mystery.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

Of course I need to get her pop for my Game of Thrones collection! There are actually two kinds of Melisandre a regular one and a Barnes and Noble exclusive.

the regular pop on the left, the exclusive pop on the right

the regular pop on the left, the exclusive pop on the right -the exclusive one is translucent

Truth be told I had a hard time looking for this one. It was mostly sold out when I went to find the regular one, the exclusive one was way overpriced (it was 900php) so I did not really bother. I was bent on looking for the regular one, lest I spend more… So when my cousin asked me what I wanted to get from Barnes and Noble -because she will be visiting the store, I excitedly asked her for the exclusive Melisandre pop! It took a lot of asking from the Barnes and Noble employees, and the said employees searching before they all got me this. -this was after all an old release. 

finally got one!

finally got one!

I got the last piece from Barnes and Noble NYC! Woot! She is beautiful!

out of the box and on hand

out of the box and on hand – she does have paint issues too but that is minor.

It has the vivid bright red-orange color that I wanted and the translucent effect makes it look unique unlike my other GOT pops that adds to her charm. After all she is a “magical” character. I find the flame quite adorable too!

turn around

turn around

If you look closely enough, you will see that she wears a necklace. The detail of this pop is mostly in the sculpt, there is not really much to paint as she is all red. Red hair, red dress…

for the night is dark and full of terrors

for the night is dark and full of terrors

This pop also has that “color shifting” thing to it, at times it looks red, sometimes orange and sometimes you get to see both red and orange in one photo. Like the one above, also a bit like fire. Pretty neat addition to the collection. Although it looks like my Jon Snow is unsure whether he likes the new addition or not.

not in the north

not in the north

Have an awesome weekend everyone!


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Our pop from away

I am away from my desk today, but I still have a pop for my weekly pop Friday. This time my pop is a gift from my cousin Jacky that traveled all the way from Manhattan, NY USA- to Manila, Philippines!

This is our first international pop! I am thrilled!

fresh

fresh from the USA!

We got the San Diego Comic Convention exclusive 2016 – Doctor Strange.

The box made it in perfect condition! I was not expecting this to be here so early. Because usually it takes a month after for local stores to have stock of the last month’s exclusives plus the higher price. My cousin knew that this pop is the only one that caught my fancy. 

I definitely dig the box as well as the art.

I definitely dig the box as well as the art.

I got it Wednesday night right after a long day at work and I felt so happy all my tiredness just faded away replaced with excitement that I have a new toy.

out of the box

out of the box and out to play

It looks as good as I thought it would. –I have looked it up before on YouTube reviews. It is indeed detailed and also looking real cool with the translucent rune in his hand. There are also texture details in his cape! the leg and the sash detail also adds to the appeal.

turn around

turn around

I also have to add that our cousin even got one for her own upon seeing the pop. It is that pretty.

there is the rune and the streaks on the hair

Details that was awesome -the details on the rune and the streaks on the hair.

To top that all off its value has risen up to 30usd.

Not bad

Not bad at all. 

To be honest I don’t know Doctor Strange save for the fact that its movie is going to be released soon. But Kei, being the HUGE geek he is…knows and follows the comics and he likes Dr Strange and that was the reason we picked the pop when our cousin asked us what we wanted to get from the SDCC 2016 exclusive.

We count ourselves lucky that we have our pop without having to wait in line to get a pop. -Because this is the usual when they release exclusives in the Philippines. The struggle is real.

What did you get from the 2016 sdcc exclusives?

 

*technically written on a Friday, just posted on a Saturday. 


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pop friday

I was chatting up with a friend of mine (Kristoff) when I noticed a bb8 figure sitting on his desk. I immediately asked about it and found out that he is also into funko pops! So we chatted some more and shared our pop wishlist /pops we think are awesome/what we like to have..etc. the chat lasted more than an hour. And pops have been cropping up on our conversation each time we got a chance to talk.

We talk about our own pops and where we got them. Recommended stores and stores that are overpriced, other friends that also collects pops…stuff like that.

This collection is NOT mine, I just found the photo on the internet

This collection is NOT mine, I wish I have a collection like that too! -photo from the internet

Today, he declared that it was a Pop Friday. I liked the sound of that. Apparently he is hunting for funko pops (online) today. Some of what he likes are unknown to me. He knows what I wanted to collect GOT and Marvel. –he doesn’t watch GOT. So mostly we agree on marvel and some awesome looking stuff from Star Wars, some exclusive expensive piece or DC.

These are the pops Kristoff is looking for

These are the pops Kristoff is looking for- Kei is familliar with this, as for me I have yet to watch the film. Photo from the internet

Also online Kei and I are hunting for a toy box subscription. And promptly managed to secure one. The wait begins.

we are on a pre-order list for Spiderman. Kei

we are on a pre-order list for Spiderman. Kei loves Spidey.

As for me, I am just happy if I can find some of the older Game of Thrones funko pops. I regret not getting into the toys earlier. Most of what I wanted is not available in stores or if I do find one it is very much overpriced. Any ideas? leads or help would be very much appreciated.

How I wish pops are cheap or free or readily available. Kei and I am even lemming for a nice shelf to “house” my (very) few pops and some of our books. Crazy, I know.

We don't have Ikea in the Philippines, but this bookcase is sure pretty! My dream bookcase-photo from the internet

We don’t have Ikea in the Philippines, but this bookcase is sure pretty! My dream bookcase-photo from the internet

A happy geeky home must have happy looking toys on display. Am I right?! Maybe someday I get a shelf full of toys.

Fingers crossed I get to find pops that I am looking for to fill my imaginary shelf. Off to a geeky weekend toy hunt. 

Enjoy the weekend everyone!


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our toys multiplied by themselves

I will be honest. I used to look at Kei’s toys with disdain, I believe (till now) that he has too many toys. His former bedroom looks a lot like Densha Otoko’s bedroom. No joke.

a lot like this

this is Densha Otoko’s bedroom -photo from google

Lots and lots of toys, robots, anime posters, a pc that is always open, plushies, a board of keychains…basically, total geek territory. I kind of freaked out the first time I saw his room.

Over time, I got to know some of his favorite toys. I even gave Kei a Donatello from Ninja Turtles that was his childhood frustration. I’d safely say that while I was not a fan of his toys, I respect that those were things he likes. He even gave me a few toys that he thought I would like. Like the Gloomy Pink Bunny plushie and a Castellappy from Poteusa Loppy. They are both brought from an Anime Convention and their origins are Japanese. I love both plushies.

Me and my (Castellappy) poteusa loppy plushie

Me and my huge (Castellappy) poteusa loppy plushie 

Kei attended a anime con (before we got married) and gave me a Daenerys Targaryen funko pop keychain, and got himself a Jon Snow one. They were cute and we are huge fans of Game of Thrones. I appreciated the keychain. More so, because of Kei’s reason for buying a keychain and not a full sized funko pop, he said he wanted to get toys but he thought that it’s better to appropriate most of his funds for our upcoming wedding (back then). I thought of it as our his and hers keychain.

we have these!

we have these! -Now, if only I can find a Full sized wedding dress Daenerys.  

Fast forward to present, we do not have toys at home. Our house looks pretty basic.

But that is about to change. A few Sundays ago, we went out for a stroll in Greenhills and I chanced upon a Funko Pop figure that I wanted to get for Kei. *I have plans for the funko pop as Kei’s cake topper… shhh dont tell Kei.* It’s a Game of Thrones – Jon Snow. We are both fans of Game of Thrones and that is Kei’s favorite character in GOT. So, I thought I will buy it right before we get home so we would not have to carry it the whole day. WRONG! Newbie mistake.

The time I went to buy the toy, it was already brought by someone else! I was surprised and I went to look for it on other stores. Apparently, It is pretty rare as it was released quite a while already-its usually sold out on the stores we asked from and they did not know if they are going to get more. Its kind of understandable that the price of this certain pop has gone up than the common Funkos. Arrrrgggghh! I know I had to find it and buy it.

So while going around looking for Jon Snow, I chanced upon a pre-order of Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon. I quickly signed up for it. Daenerys is my favorite character from GOT. Since I can’t find the wedding dress Daenerys that was another rare toy, I thought I go grab a pre-order one instead. Plus it has a badass dragon! This pop is pricier and understandably so, since it is bigger and a two in one kind of pop.  So I ordered one. –Flying in by mid July.

Looking pretty badass! Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon

Looking pretty badass! Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon * while I cant find the Daenerys in white dress funko, this is a good alternative. * 

So we patiently asked around all the toy stores in the vicinity till we finally found and bought the Jon Snow pop. It was the last piece left on the store we brought it from. 

This is the Jon Snow I like... the one with the cape and sword. Lord Commander.

This is the Jon Snow I like… the one with the cape and sword. Lord Commander Jon Snow. I dislike the newer castle black version and the exclusive one with blood on the face, even if those are more expensive.

I like my Jon Snow with a cape. Looks more majestic IMHO.

We actually got it for a cheaper price that the first Jon Snow I found. To clarify, it was the same Jon Snow. Hooray!!!

Once I got home I googled other Game of Thrones toys and holy smokes! I am in love with a toy chair. The Iron Throne Funko Pop, only problem was, it was a New York Comic Con exclusive and I am from the other side of the world. Max fail. 

*please play Adelle’s hello from the other side song here*

I quickly asked Kei and He managed to find a seller. Right that day we called the seller and asked him to put the Iron Throne on hold, we are getting it by the weekend. We tried to haggle but its price is fixed. This one is even more expensive than the Daenerys and Drogon Pop. But still I wanted the Iron Throne so we can sit Jon Snow in it. Shallow reason but we really dig it. So we went to meet the seller – they are a couple too!, who then became our friends (We chatted for quite a while! I was actually blown away by how nice geeks are to other geeks and how we could talk like we have known them for a long time now. And I mean than in the most respectful kind of way. Seriously, Geeks rule!) and that was the story on how we got to take home the  iron throne.

they are all fighting for this seat

All mine. The seat they are all fighting for! Hahahaha!

Finally I have them both! I excitedly posted a snap on fb. Then went on to join the Funko Funatic Philippines, I sure am a fledgling geek.

my first two funko pops.

my first two funko pops.

And so I proceed with my plan to seat Jon Snow in the iron throne…

looking chill Lord Commander.

looking chill Lord Commander.

In my excitement, I opened up the toys and proceeded to play with the toys and posted a snap on fb. A few minutes later, I got a message from my cousin Jackie from USA. Apparently she collects Funkos too!

And she has a stash with a lot of exclusives that most collectors would envy. 

More than Funkos, she also collected Dorbs and Tsum tsums as well as Legos. It was diverse and all cute as hell!

She asked me that if we are looking for a certain pop that is hard to find in the Philippines, she can help us look for it from the states. I was so excited! She can order from all those web sites that I only hear about when I watch Youtube reviews. *play the hello from the other side song again*

I really don’t have anything GOT related in mind as the one I really wanted (GOT Daenerys Targaryen wedding dress) is already vaulted- it is also very much overpriced.  I wouldnt want to bother my cousin too much. So, I opted to ask for a Loki. *Kei has a bobblehead Thor that was given to him a long time ago, I thought we could get Loki so Thor wouldn’t feel so alone.*

what I asked for: Loki so that our Thor would have a companion

what I asked for: Loki so that our Thor would have a companion

Then my cousin showed me a exclusive Iron man unmasked bobble head and I went WOW. I have a soft spot for Iron man. After a few more messages sent back and forth, She is ordering another Iron man (like the one she has) for me. I was jumping up and down like mad.

I envied my cousin because she had this Ironman pop. She is getting me one too! Squee!

I envied my cousin because she had this Ironman pop. Now, she is getting me one too! Squee!

Didn’t know that I would have this kind of strong feelings toward toy/s. Kei was pleasantly surprised. So begins my own collection of toys. Planning on GOT and Avengers that Kei and I are quite fond of.

I sort of get it (toy collecting) now.

You get a toy, and you get more toys so your (original) toy wont be sad. My toys are now happy and only my wallet is sad.