Actar’s Acquisitions – February 2014

February 14, 2014

Feb 1

It’s the grand and glorious revival of the acquisitions posts! I haven’t done one of these in ages and I really do want to get these back up and running. If anything, it will be an easy way to keep my blog afloat in these troubled waters of other commitments. Despite me not posting them, I have been taking pictures and diligently taking records of all the stuff I’ve been purchasing for the past year and a half (more or less) and I do hope to put them all into one ginormous loot post sometime in the very near future.

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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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Actar’s Reviews 221 – Bandai’s Official Cardcaptor Sakura Star Wand (DX Star Power Set)

September 6, 2011

It is definitely a monumental milestone in my collecting life as I finally attain the last piece necessary to complete my Cardcaptor Sakura collection, the DX Star Power Set featuing Sakura’s Star Wand.

This also means that this is the final installment of our Cardcaptor Sakura series of reviews. I really do hope that you’ve enjoyed this series of reviews and I also hope that they have helped fellow Cardcaptor Sakura fans.


Heartcatch Precure Theme Week

June 10, 2011

Throughout this entire week, we’ll be taking a look at a different role play toy from the series HeartCatch Precure! I know that the series has been over for awhile, but I think that Heartcatch deserves it as it is definitely one of the best series that the franchise has to offer and one of my personal favorite, alongside the original and Yes! Precure 5.

For the uninitiated, Precure or Pretty Cure is a franchise of Magical Girl Anime not unlike Sailormoon, Nanoha, Cardcaptor Sakura and many others. Heartcatch was last year’s Precure series with the current one being Suite Precure.

For those who are turned away because of the ‘girly’ appearance of the series, don’t be. Heartcatch does a phenomenal job with its character development and interactions, action sequences, comedy and plot.

The artstyle is quite a departure from the other precure series as it’s more simplistic and cartoony but again, don’t let that turn you away. In fact, if the character designs seem familiar, Yoshihiko Umakoshi also did the character designs for Casshern Sins and also worked on a ton of other Anime. While I did find them somewhat Strange in the beginning. I am now completely in love with them. I think that the simplistic artstyle makes for more expressive characters and more fluid and brilliantly choreographed fight sequences.

Not to mention, it has been subbed by none other than TV-Nihon, who is renown for subbing the various Kamen Rider and Sentai series. Even if you don’t like the more traditional magical girl anime, I highly suggest you give this series a try.

Now, the reason I’m reviewing these so late is because I was kind of on the fence about these. I love the show to death, but was kind of hesitant on buying into the toys. But then, I saw an auction for the entire set of toys and caved in. And boy am I glad I did, because as role play/replica toys, these a brilliant job of what they are supposed to do and are actually really fun as you shall soon see.

And as to why I’m doing the reviews, there are already a number of videos out there showing off most of the features, but don’t really explain them in detail nor are they in English.

Some notes about the upcoming videos. They are meant to be watched in order, meaning to say that some things that I’ve explained in the earlier videos will not be repeated in the later ones. Also, with regards to translaitons, I shall be subtitling whatever the toys say in English instead of doing a live translation. I think this is far more efficient and helps to save time. And of course, there will be spoilers, especially regarding the identities of the latter two Precures.

Videos after the jump~
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Start of Summer Vacation Acquisitions!!!

May 1, 2011

– Digivolving Growlmon/WarGrowlmon Japanese Version
– Tamashii Web Exclusive S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider Joker
– Wave’s Beach Queens Misaka Mikoto
– Tamashii Web Exclusive S.H.Figuarts Cure Rouge and Mint + Special Stand Set

Complete Set of Heartcatch! Precure Role-play Toys including:
– Kokoro Perfume + Carry Case
– Shiny Perfume
– Kokoro Pot
– Flower Tact
– Shiny Tambourine
– Heartcatch Mirage

– Cure Doll Cure Black
– Cure Doll Cure White
– Cure Doll Cure Melody
– Cure Doll Cure Rhythm

– Cure Doll Cure Blossom
– Cure Doll Cure Marine
– Cure Doll Cure Sunshine
– Cure Doll Cure Moonlight
– S.H.Figuarts Cure Blossom
– S.H.Figuarts Cure Marine
– S.H.Figuarts Cure Dream
– S.H.Figuarts Cure Lemonade
– Cure Module

– Kamen Rider W DX Double Dirver
– Kamen Rider W Fang Memory (First Release Ver + Special Joker Memory)

– Azone’s 1/6 Scale Fate Testarossa Doll
– Kamen Rider 555 Deforide Kamen Rider Faiz
– S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider W CycloneJoker
– AmiAmi Nymph
– Figure-Oh Magazine Exclusive DX T2 Joker Memory
– Kamen Rider W DX Prisim Bicker
– Kamen Rider W Trigger Magnum
– Kamen Rider W Skull Magnum

– Ichigo Mashimaro Anime Guide Book

OMG! Time sure flies. Within a blink of an eye, it has already been almost a month since I’ve posted something on this blog! Anyways, the reason that I’ve been away for so long is because of my finals, which just ended this past week (as stated on my Youtube Channel). Now that it is three months of freedom, it’s time to crank up the dial to 11 and get some posts, reviews and Anime watching done!!! First off, let’s start off with the stuff that I’ve acquired over these past two months. Basically, these things are the stuff that I’ve refrained from opening till summer break and now’s the time to indulge!!!

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Actar’s Reviews 183 – Bandai’s Official Card Captor Sakura Sakura Cards Set (2nd Movie Version)

January 9, 2011

The final Sakura Card set released by Bandai is based on the Second Cardcaptor Sakura Movie – Sakura and the Sealed Card. While not as extravagant as the sets before it, it still comes with enough to make it a decent release in its own right.

RELEASE!!!


Actar’s Reviews 182 – Bandai’s Official Card Captor Sakura Clow Wand/Sealing Staff Role Play Toy

January 7, 2011

What’s a magical girl without her Staff? It’s time to ‘Release!’ with Sakura once again as we take a look at another entry in Bandai’s series of Card Captor Sakura toys, this time, it’s her signature bird headed Sealing Staff.

RELEASE!!!