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I just recently purchased item #113679 and it has to be my ultimate favorite figure. She isn't a fancy or super expensive one, but I've always felt that she was made really well! From her pose, to the little details in her clothing, I'm always blown away.
Whenever I take the time to look at her, she looks like she's truly a cute magical girl and I feel like I'll turn into one too!!
I haven't collected much but I guess from the figures I own, my holy grail is (mfc link). When I saw a Klaus figma was announced during a Wonfes, I didn't know who the character was but wanted any figure of him that already existed. So I looked through the database and was mostly interested in this figure by Kotobukiya. But before I brought this figure, I watched the anime, which only made me love this character even more. Once I ordered him, I was scared because the first website I ordered him from apparently emailed me saying they didn't have him in stock anymore. There was only one website left that had him at the time so I brought him for $77 after shipping. I feel like I jumped the gun on him since I now see him for 4000 Yen on mandarake, but I'm okay with that because I love him regardless. c:
My second owned holy grail is Dollfie Dream Haruka item #98510. I only have her head for now, but plan of saving up for a body soon. I've known about dollfie dreams for some time now, but they're so expensive I feel like I'm probably gonna have to wait a few years until I can really dive into buying or collecting them. Out of all of them, Haruka looked the cutest to me, but her fullset is extremely expensive so I thought to only look for her set (head, wig, outfit) in parts. After graduating from high school, I received a bunch of gift money and saw someone was selling her head for a fair price so I brought and am glad that I did. c:
As for un-owned holy grails, I guess item #198600 and item #589806. I like Maou because there's hardly any figures of girls wearing overalls. Also, she's holding a basket of potatoes, and who wouldn't love that. I don't know much about the character, but love the whole farm girl concept of the figure. As for the other figure, Yu gi oh GX is my favorite of all the yu gi oh series. I never expected a figure of this character and can't wait to see it painted. ^-^
My most favorite figure of my whole collection is item #19059 without a doubt.
She doesn't have the highest quality or the most intricate pose/details, but she just melts my heart. She is so simple and adorable... There is no cutest figure in existence. I love her to bits and always will :D
My collection is still nothing in comparison to most on here but item #264423 is one of my grails because I saw him before I began collecting these types of figures and thought "ah, I wish I could have something like that." I had just gotten back into (I should say had the time for) watching anime and Tokyo Ghoul was 1 of the 2 I really loved. Gangsta was the other, so item #394471 was my other grail. I'm over the moon to own them and thankful I can afford this hobby. They kind of remind me where I was before and where I am now in life. item #73738 and Sideshow's Premimum Arkham Asylum Joker are my current "dream grails."
Holy grails are items you do not own, but dying to get.
My first grail was Spawn i95. But we're talking about jap stuff here so...
item #22611 then item #39597
I was hunting both for months, they always sold out in the last second.
trying to get these atm:
item #42109 too expensive, waiting for a rerelease
item #195660 too expensive, waiting for a rerelease
item #177594 completely gone.
item #29450 can't justify buying it.
The figure i own that i see as my grail was item #205515 till i found item #5780 . This figure was the reason i started with collecting. And after a long search it is and i think it stays my #1 holy grail.
The grail that i don't know was more difficult. First thing in mind is item #440179 but that is for now a very big (not to be confused with huge or impossible) dream. If you can't dream big there is no chance you can accomplish it. But to be more realistic item #42129 . It is a somewhat older figure with a great expression. The shocking intimidating and cute appearance is what i like about this figure.
I don't have many figures yet... But if I had to choose, it'd be item #93921 for a kinda sentimental reason. Four years ago, I discovered and binge-watched HxH 2011 and I loved Killua to death. Some months after that, I had to have a back surgery for a severe scoliosis. It hurt like hell to be honest, I was tired of it all and I had to spend some more time in the hospital due to complications. One day, my mom came in with a package and said it was from my brother; when I opened it, it was this figure right there (and I literally cried). I think I will never sell him or ever give him away because there's just too much meaning right there aaaah
Other than that, I really like item #166616. She's just too pretty and there's something about her expression and pose I never get tired of, each time I look at her. I also hope I'll be able to afford item #455586 one day because I think I'm in love.
Korlax (7 dias atrás) #22296899item #5780 i first read ros+vamp when i was 6 i think and i loved it so much like i had fanart covering my walls for years, fetus me would punch me so hard if she knew i didnt own it.
second is my other childhood love item #119376 i found out about him mid 2015 and i wanted him so bad but he was just sold out everywhere, and then i missed his re release which im still upset over. I think if i ever where to find him for a decent price i would actually cry i want him so bad.
oh also tsume ace item #486535, when he got revealed i honestly cried, over both his price and just because im a emotional wreck about him
Regarding Bakura, he's on Solaris Japan for a great price, not much more than his release price! He's only $106 brand new and he's $94 pre-owned!
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My first true grail was item #146 and I searched at least 3 years before I ended up buying it. I first saw it when I had watched the anime and fell in love with it and desperately trying to find merch for it (there's almost nothing that isn't insanely hard to find) so I saw this figure on Amazon for just over £100. I wasn't collecting figures at the time so as much as I loved it, I couldn't justify spending that much on a plastic figure. little did I know I'd be selling my soul to them and spending much more years later To be honest, the idea of getting a brand new one for around £100 is pretty amazing these days but I found one in good condition on Mandarake for 10k and snapped it up.
My second grail became item #326325 after I watched the anime and was incredibly touched by it and fell in love with that series too. The character of Joe became really special to me and when I saw this figure I was amazed by the high quality sculpt and I really liked this version because it seemed to bring Joe's fight to life. It became a grail because it was incredibly hard to find, seriously this thing was impossible to track down on any retail stores online, Mandarake only had records of selling it a very long time ago (when it came out, I presume) and I stalked YAJ for months every day for it. I ended up finding an auction there and bid hastily for it, I was willing to pay quite a lot for it but in the end I got it for under retail price and in perfect condition!
My final grail item #506758 was a grail before it even existed, because it was a dream of mine to own a Dark Souls 1 figure and especially Artorias. It was a dream I never imagined would become a reality because at the time Dark Souls had only one figure for the second game as part of the collectors set and DS1 is getting old although the fans are still dedicated. There was almost no merch for the series in general so I didn't get my hopes up. But out of nowhere, the floodgates opened and suddenly Soulborne figures everywhere, opening up first of all with this beyond beautifully sculpted and impressive Artorias. I jumped on the pre-orders the day he went up and I couldn't have wished for anything better.
All of my figures are Holy Grails, kinda; but some probably are more than others.
item #109879 was the first. Iskandar is my favorite male Servant and favorite Servant overall, on equal terms with the Holy Maiden. I immediately liked him when I first read the LN's translations. His badass über-manly high-octane testosterone-fueled design to the opposite of what his historical counterpart looked like, his awesome NP, his father/son-like relation with Waver and the fact he turned him from a meek wimp into a man. I was more than happy whgen the anime was announced and aired, and even more when I saw Megahouse's figure. My only complaints would be that he is a little too static and that his face is a little off, otherwise he kicks metric tons of ass.
item #4507 and item #4508 were the second. I really like the Precure franchise series, some more than others (the only two I loathe are Heartcatch and Happiness Charge, who coincidently have an annoying spastic little gremlin with an ear-grating voice as the blue Cure; the jury hasn't delivered its verdict on Kirakira à la mode) and one of my favorite on equal terms with Go! Princess is the first one, Futari wa. I wanted the OG Cures and not their Max Heart selves because Nagisa was so much more cool with a bare midriff. My only real complaints would be (other than their age showing) that White doesn't stand well with only one peg in a foot and nothing more. When you see that she leans a little backwards due to her pose, the person that thought it was OK was a total moron and should have been fired no questions asked.
item #298185 is the third. Jeanne is my favorite female Serant and favorite Servant overall, on equal terms with the King of Conquerors. When I first heard of the Apocrypha project, I "fell in love" with her design. So when it was axed and became a LN, I enjoyed reading the translations. To say that I'm hyped for the anime to air soon is an understatement.
Those are the ones I already have. Now, on the topic of those I don't.
item #109859 and item #464829, mainly because I want Rider to have his Master and that I love dark personae/evil counterpart stuff so the alter ego of Ruler is must-have for me.
Finally, the ones that are on my wishlist are also all Holy Grails, most being figures I really want and that I will try to have one day or another. I would like to talk about them but I'm afraid it'd make my post twice or thrice as long, so I think this will be my final sentence for this post.
I love all of my figures but this one is probably my grail item #287678
She's a loli, she's cute, she's a cat girl, she's blond, her hair makes her pose look dynamic, she has almost no flaws, She's lewd but not too lewd (IMO), her girlfriends are being made into figures with matching outfits, and above all she's worth more now than what i paid for her $$$ :D
As for up and coming figures item #573651
Illya in her saber lily outfit. there isn't even a prototype yet but I have high hopes for it becoming the best Illya figure :D
I've been fortunate enough to have a good chunk of figures on my grail list be rereleased. Didn't expect to have a Holy Grail be announced tho: item #477695 You don't understand how happy I am to have him in my collection. He's so perfect and grandiose and tall. *_* And to have one of my top 5 favorite characters (ever) finally on my desk is such a pleasant feeling.
item #389416 item #389417 When I get this set I'm gonna friggin DIE because I love these games. It'll definitely butcher my wallet and make me EAT IT. But holy crap these figures.
item #27602 My favorite Vocaloid song, and an uber epic figure that demands all of the attention. I NEED HER.
item #41112 Death Note is still one of my favorite series ever and Light is such a fantastic character. I don't believe I'll ever be fully happy with my collection until I have him displayed and beautiful.
I have too many favorites in my collection but the one that takes the top would have to be this one item #364200. Izaya has always been one of my favorite characters and I never thought that a Psychedelic version of Izaya would be made into a figure. The figure is quite simple while also having a nice dynamic pose. I just love this figure.
After that figure, it would have to be a tie between item #236268, item #116883, and item #293234. (I didn't add any of my nendoroids to this list because I have way too many favorites in this category).
As for grails that I want, they haven't been released yet. I really want to get my hands on this figure item #549459 when he's released. I'm so desperate to get a Hazama figure. I just love my trolls. The other figure I want is this one item #549359. Yes, I know another Aoba figure, but he's just so gorgeous. I feel that I have a long wait ahead of me for these two.
item #557834 -sure, it's not even out yet, nor is the actual sculpt or price revealed but it's Schierke, so I need it, and it's prime 1 studio, so it's gonna be hundreds and hundreds of dollars. I'll probably never be able to justify buying such an expensive and large statue, but ah... I want it, some day.
I don't have a big collection anymore but the figures I kept are my holy grails and a few others.
item #26700 Rin is my favorite character in fate series. I bought this in 2015 for $230. No regrets, even if she was re released now she probably wouldn't be released for another year, so I don't mind paying extra to have her now instead of waiting a few years.
item #4329 in 2015, I saw this on mandarake for 28,000 yen. I paid for EMS, came to $287. I couldn't believe the box, it was brand new, factory sealed, and the box was still glossy like it was just released. I love yoko and the sculpt! A true gem of 2009, a figure ahead of its time!
item #109881 Love hunter X Hunter. Hisoka is my favorite. After seeing how much he was, I decided to pass because it was selling for about $300+. It wasn't in my budget at the time. I managed to see it one morning for $95 on eBay. I immediately paid and got it a few days later, I couldn't believe it! Came with everything.
These are my three holy grails. I don't have any at the moment but if I had to choose, it would be
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It's cliche, yes, but my Holy Grail figure is Love is War Miku DX version item #27602
The reason behind this was the fact that Vocaloid was the gateway into the figure world. Back when i first started collecting, I lived and breathed Vocaloid and my favorite song was Love is War and many of the covers by different Vocaloids. It's still on my Top 5 favorites to this day.
When I saw this figure, I knew I had to have it. The dark yet simple design and style of the Love is War video is really captured in this figure from her face and the pop of her teal hair and pink chord. The megaphones and platform have a gritty look to them that adds to the story. It's not only Miku in a dynamic pose, but her base is her story, albeit the video only took place on the platform. I've wanted this figure pretty much right when I started collecting, which is bad as her price is really insane :I I tried my hardest to convince myself to get the non-DX version, but it doesn't hold the same weight, detail, and story that the DX version and I can't imagine myself getting anything other than Miku standing, pigtails violently flowing behind her while she probably goes deaf from the huge ass megaphones positioned right next to her head. When I get this figure, my collection will truly be something worth being proud about.
Saber Prototype item #215523 was also a smaller grail for me, and luckily my awesome boyfriend got it for me for Christmas <33
Holy grails for me tend to only figure that I really like but can't afford. I've acquired two grails so far - item #188424 and item #144366 -, which I got both for relatively low prices all things considered. I've loved them ever since I first saw them, and are my some of my proudest acquisition of my collection.
Not-owned Grails at the moment are item #190883,item #520679,item #550209 and item #348819 (the last 2 are just way to expensive for my minimum unregular wage).
Honestly, I have a lot of awesome stuff, but people feel that way about their collection, it's a collection of things you deem awesome! And since you SHOULD like everything you collected, questions like this are super hard to answer.
But... one of my hardest grails to find was this little guy item #44767. I remember it when I wasn't that into buying anime items (2000? when not many people were into buying anime items LOL), and years later it popped up again but a friend nabbed it. In the end, it took me 4 years to track it down, constantly skimming yahoo japan auctions. Ironically, after I plopped down $25-30 on it bidding, another was listed just a week or two later and I did a BIN for 300Y. So... I have two. 9_9;; It's a callback to my earlier collecting days, and something that was always out of reach as it simply was a small thing that NO ONE HAD. Just looking at the item page, the 2 other people that have it, we all helped each other find him, essentially. I imagine a lot of people don't find swings/keychains that important to keep in good condition, or that someone would hunt such a thing.
For figures, most of my RAHs make me happy when I take them out to display and I spend some time playing and posing. When that happens, item #57479, item #21312, item #227374 and item #288297 are ones I get lost in posing and manipulating. I will literally laugh out loud or quote the character when I do it. It's kind of eerie, Medicom did such a good job with them it's like it channels the character.
Some scultures are just too good to not have on display as well, every time I look at them, I have to stop and admire. item #259743, item #176793, item #84847, item #84850 etc.
There are lots of others I love a lot, too, but probably since I just took out some of my RAHs to display they are coming to mind more than fixed pose scales I have.
Out of my owned figures, there's http://myfigurecollection.net/item/171481 which is just a really good figure not much to say about it, http://myfigurecollection.net/item/7129 which is my RAREST figure, has the most badass base, and is based on a movie by my fav anime director, i bought her literally the day i found out she existed because i needed her that much, and then there's http://myfigurecollection.net/item/61390 which was a grail i hunted down for months upon months because... come on. she's Best Girl. and a POSEABLE figure based on one of yoh yoshinari's iconic character designs?? sign me UP! ...i actually ordered a matching stocking figure to go with this panty a month or two ago, but i fear it has been lost in the mail. there goes 100 smackaroos... special shout out goes to a figure that helped me emotionally during a dark time, my darling son http://myfigurecollection.net/item/57570. if i'm being honest i probably over-paid for my sweet baby jeff, but... he's here now, i love him, and that's what matters. i can forgive myself, i was VERY new to figure collecting at the time. he was probably the first package i ever imported from japan. the seller was very nice and included a sweet thank you letter, some christmas treats, and a little origami crane.
as for un-owned figures... here are the white whales i've been hunting down... http://myfigurecollection.net/item/867 i've never watched one piece but there's something SO good about this figure, she's just got so much swagger and charm, i know nothing about this character but i know she's the best thing ever. i MUST obtain her eventually, absurd price be damned. and then there's this sonico i ALMOST bought at the convention this year, http://myfigurecollection.net/item/360476 . seeing THOSE RUFFLES in person has only made me want her more, but i couldn't bring myself to spend nearly 200 dollars on one figure when i had just bought a 200 dollar figure earlier that same month.
It really is hard to decide, but the closest thing to a Grail I have is Homucifer: item #198394 and her eventual twin item #543992.
Although I consider Homu my #2 Wifey, she's the most relatable character to me personality-wise. Strong willed but dorky, cool and logical but prone to emotional outbursts, speaks the harsh truth even if it means backlash, selfish, will do anything for the one she loves, a manipulator. Well, and she's effing gorgeous and totally sexy! I even got a big tattoo of her on my back. As you can see, her and Madokami get the fanciest display on my shelves (mfc link). I'm not sure how I'll top that when their new Aniplex figures come out, but I'll think of something.
And the nice thing is because she's an Aniplex and Shaft character, she gets crossovers with my #1 Wifey, Kiss-shot/Shinobu item #484359 item #484355. Madogatari is the greatest thing in anime, yet sadly it doesn't have a big presence in the US. Luckily I was able to snag these two figures for only $30.