The Importance of Moe in Character Merchandise

November 28, 2013

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This school semester (sans-finals) is finally over and this time round, I took my first honors-level class on Japanese popular culture. After much contemplation, for my research paper, I decided to write on the inherent importance of moe-elements when it comes to character merchandise. It was a long and arduous process to see this paper to completion, but it was well worth it and exceedingly fun and educational.

Enjoy!

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A Rant on Mass-Released Exclusives

November 16, 2013
"Buy with all your might!!"

“Buy with all your might!!”

As a collector, much of the pride that I have for my collection stems from the time and effort that I take to amass each and every piece. The rarer the collectible, the more effort (and sometimes luck) necessary to obtain them and the more pride I have once it’s in my collection. (…and to be dreadfully honest, the bragging rights that come with owning a rare commodity don’t hurt either.)

This might be somewhat elitist, egotistical and entitled of me to say this, but I simply hate it when companies mass-release something that once was an exclusive.

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My Fate Testarossa Bardiche Accessory Collection

September 6, 2011

A video showing off how obsessed I am about a fictional, 2D, blond, twin-tailed, loli, magical girl.


Actar’s Reviews 216 – ActSta Fate Testarossa

August 7, 2011

With Figma Fate being an utter disappointment, will ActSta Fate deliver and give us Fate Fanatics the definitive Loli Fate figure that we have been dreaming of?

Yes… and no.

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Actar’s Reviews 198 – Nanoha iPhone 4 Case

May 19, 2011

Do enjoy this quick review of more quirky Nanoha merchandise while I work on some epic upcoming stuff. (^.^)


Actar’s Reviews 194 – ActSta Takamachi Nanoha

March 2, 2011

Still not satisfied with Figma Nanoha? Well, why not check out GSC’s latest addition to their Nanoha figure line, ActSta Nanoha.

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Review: 1/7 Scale Fate Testarossa ~Phantom Minds~ by Alter

February 19, 2011

We have well established figure producers like GSC, Max Factory, Kotobukiya, Wave, Freeing and Megahouse that always churn out quality products. Then we have Alter. I don’t think many would disagree with me when I say that Alter is definitely one of the best, or if not the best, figure maker at this point in time. What can I say? Alter’s figures are definitely a league above all other brands. Their figures are consistently excellent, utilizing one of the best feeling materials, having quality paint jobs, gorgeous poses and intricate sculpts. This usually yields a figure that any collector would be proud to own and proud to have displayed on his shelf.

Now, why am I singing such high praise of Alter from the get go? Well, that’s because it’s true.

…and also because I’ve been completely smitten by their latest offering in their Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha figure line, their 1/7 Scale Fate Testarossa figure.

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