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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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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 them out

I have to show you our little Ant Man! *Kei likes the Ant Man.*

Oh hello there!

Oh hello there!

That is our little Ant Man, scaling the apples. It is actually a pop keychain.

We took out the keyring...et viola! A tiny Ant Man!

We popped out the keyring…et viola! A tiny Ant Man!

There is a even smaller version of AntMan that was a exclusive pop but we did not get that because it is: one expensive-because its exclusive, and two it is sure hard to hunt it down, three- being that small, it would be hard to see its details clearly so we opted for the keychain.

we did not bother looking for this one. -photo from the internet

we did not bother looking for this one. -photo from the internet

On to regular pops… we have two new additions to our pop collection!

While on a leave Kei brought a GOT pop of Jaime Lannister with the golden hand. Plus one (regular sized) Ant Man pop!

Additions to the collection!

Additions to the collection!

We got them for a very low price of less than 500php! Due to the poor condition of the box, as well as the fact that the shop owner is selling the pops for clearance. Since we are out of the box collectors, why not?!

Both pops look good and with a lot of details too! The gold hand of Jaime Lannister has decorative sculpt, while the Ant Man has a detailed sculpt and meticulous paint work. 

So, we now have a small (keychain) Ant Man, a regular sized Ant Man pop, next to hunt is the giant Ant Man! And maybe we can add a Yellow Jacket – the details of that pop is awesome!

And finally after more than a month of waiting, we got a message that our Daenerys and Drogon is ready for pick up!

It’s off to Greenhills for the weekend! Woot!

Till the next Pop Friday!

 


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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. 

 


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thankful friday

Another week is done. Seems like the days are passing by quickly…

Art by Katie Daisy

Art by Katie Daisy

thankful

 

Let me count this  weeks joys:

1.) Kei and I met our friends/role models, Atchie Clarisse and Ahya Paul over halo halo! They gave us brownies and owls goodies! Plus life advice! Much thanks!

Brownies and Owls!

Brownies and Owls!

2.) Finally got new nail clippers for the rabbits my furbabies at home. We got this from Daiso at 88php! 

nail clippers for little pets

nail clippers for little pets

3.) Chatted with my cousin Jackie from the USA. She learned that I collect owls and sent me these two cuties to add to my growing owl family! I miss her and our random bonding moments + my super hyper little nephew. 

owls form atchie jack

Owls form Atchie Jackie

4.) Getting to and from work safely on the day the typhoon hit.

5.) Laughing every morning listening to The Morning Rush. Positivity to start the day.

 

 

Enjoy the weekend everyone!