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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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a pasalubong pop

We have always dreamed about going to Japan, because we love the culture, the anime and their awesome food. But since we are not that lucky/or rich enough to go there we are contented to have pasalubongs from friends who visit Japan. *Japanese embassy please adopt us!* This time we got one from Kei’s brother. He works for a tech company in Japan (lucky him!) and is done with his Japanese work contract and will now be staying here in the Philippines for good (the same company of course). Its  a double win for us.

Here is the contents of the pasalubong bag.

pasalubong

not all of these are mine, I share this with Kei.

Not exactly extravagant in any way but hey it has our toys! I asked for the Daenerys Pop because I saw it on Amazon Japan. Pops are not that famous in Japan because they have their own version, the very detailed and posable Nendoroid. I like Nendoroids but I cannot collect them due to them being much pricey-er than pops. And because I have already started on pops and they do not have GOT pops… 

So here is my Daenerys that I have waited for!

finally after a long wait

finally after a long wait

The box is not in a good condition it has dents but it is still ok with me, after all it traveled a long way. The weird thing with this pop is that it came with a note and a receipt plus a business card with a map to the store that sold this pop.

If only I can understand the note...

I am loving the bunnies on the note! Now, if only I can understand the note… 

Japanese people really do things on a different level.

Time to unbox this pop! From the time I picked up the box I already saw the imperfections of this pop, but since this certain pop is real hard to find now, I cannot be picky. Adding to that is the fact that this is an old pop. Old pops = bad paint jobs and bad details. Oh well.

hair strand slightly detached, eye not

hair strand slightly detached, and is that an eyebag I see? oh the eye paint is not aligned. 

Let us view the turn around of this pop. Here we go!

doing the full turn

doing the full turn

Definitely not a perfect pop. I think this is the most imperfect pop I own right now. But its ok, I am still glad to have her.

Our Khal is definitely thrilled to be reunited with his Khaleesi!

reunited and it feels so good...

finally together!

Just for this time the sun rises in the west and sets in the east for the Khal and Khaleesi.

Sigh, Nothing like a good (pop) reunion. Enjoy the long weekend everyone! 

 


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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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The brothers of Asgard: pop Friday

As I was saying, I am going to feature pops sent to me by my cousin Jacky. Today, we reunite the Asgard brothers: Loki and Thor. We had Thor (it’s a gift we got long ago– we lost its box so I cannot do a review of it) for quite some time now, and finally we now have Loki!

We did not go wrong when we asked for Loki. He is quite a looker!

is this real? we meet again brother

is this real? we meet again brother

Still on the box, I could make out that Loki is pretty much a detailed pop. See for yourself.

still inside the box, but not for long

still inside the box, but not for long

Inside the box (the red background) they have an advertisement for Marvel Corps, while I was not planning on subscribing (here in the Philippines we have a pre-order thing going on that works for me since I just get what I like.), I still kept the card.

looking super!

looking super!

Out of the box, I can see that Loki is very much detailed and I like the metallic sheen of the paint they used on his clothes. The pleats and details on his clothes are also good, but the best feature is Loki’s helmet, really iconic with the curved horns.

Giving Loki the sword of chaos (of course I know the name of the sword! Who am I kidding, I googled it up.) is also a nice touch. Here is the full turn of the pop.

full turn

full turn

I am actually liking this pop more than the Thor pop. *but please do not tell Thor I said that.* I also noticed that Loki is also a wee bit shorter than Thor. So it looks accurate from the Marvel movies. Overall I am pretty happy with this pair.

the asgard brothers reunited

the Asgard brothers reunited

So that it for my pop Friday. Till the next!

Enjoy the (long) weekend!

 

 

 


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pop by half

Its another Friday and the weekend is so close! Rains have subsided and I wanted to go out and grab some sunshine and some plants – to replace the plants that are killed off by pigeons.

I am laying off pop hunting for a while. Since I realized that I have managed to get almost half of my (GOT) pop wishlist! One by one, I managed to get them.

Not bad.

My Game of Thrones pops wishlist – Not bad for some one who buys one at a time. 

Of course with the help from family, friends and Google. I am also happy to announce that I did not cave and go about buying overpriced pops. – This was huge self control on my end y’all. I go about my own pace. hahahaha! 

In my next hunt, I am probably going for a Petyr Baelish pop – the pop looks a lot like the actor who plays the character, or Melisandre – hopefully the translucent one. The others are pretty much: if there is that pop then ok, if not, it is still ok. Although I am really hoping that Funko will make a new version of Cersei Lannister and Sansa Stark. The Cersei pop they have lacks the extravagance (dress and hairdo) associated with the character. And I like the new “badass” Cersei better with the short cropped hair and armor-ish wardrobe. While the Sansa Stark… I actually have a lot of beef with this one. Because the pop portrays Sansa when she was “hiding” as Alayne Stone. I wanted a true Sansa Stark, meaning a redhead Tully/Stark.

Funko please remake these

Funko please remake these pops. 

Anyway that would be all for my pop Friday now. Enjoy the weekend everyone!


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old and new at the same time

Time flies! Its another Friday and what I have for today’s pop Friday is something that I have been looking for quite some time. Its a old pop (first edition) but I just got mine recently-I am his second owner. Presenting Khal Drogo of the Dothraki.

Khal Drogo of Game of Thrones

Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones and the pop – see the resemblance?

It is a nice addition to my growing GOT pop collection. This was from the first edition so I was quite happy to have this as I cannot find this in stores.

the mandatory box shots

the mandatory box shots

Of course, we have to pop it out of the box.

out of the box

out of the box

As soon as the pop was in my hand and I can see it clearly, I was put off by the bad paint job. But I still got it despite the flaw. Kei later told me that “old pops” really have bad paint jobs.

Despite the paint issue, I think it is a nice sculpt. There are details like the muscles on his chest, the chunky gold belt, tattoos ,beard, scar on the eye, the long hair and curved sword. I must admit it is a very distinct pop.

the details that made the pop distinct.

the details that made the pop distinct.

After all I can repaint the pop. Not bad for something old and new at the same time.

 


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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.