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kudo_maharizukudo_maharizu10 dias atrás
I've written about being disappointed after several fails at getting grails during an AmiAmi drop here BLOG #48759 - and while two fails were for a Matoi Ryuko B-Style ITEM #396901, one was actually a Mugi-chan 1/4 FREEing bunny like this one which arrived this afternoon:

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I actually found a few on Amazon JP's market place, and there was one that was half the price of the others. This wasn't the first time I've bought figures from Amazon JP and I think I have seen enough to know if an item is a bootleg (the price would be extremely cheap, the item will take a few weeks to be "ready" and the seller's address will defo be one in China). This seller was in Aichi-ken and his feedback rating was pretty good. The description was the bunny had dirt marks on her hair. This is where the gamble was - would I be able to clean this dirt? What if it was permanent? I could only hope that the description was accurate, and if the defect was discolouration, they should say so (seen accurate descriptions of defects thus far from AmiAmi and Mandarake). I bit the bullet and clicked 'buy'. (Note: if you haven't dealt with Amazon JP before please note that while they do send items overseas, you need a Japanese address for the market place - so I used a forwarding service).

And the box was easily a C category but intact with the clear windows still in position. And I could see where the defect was:

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The dirt was also present at the back of her head, which seemed to be matted dust and some oily residue. With some lukewarm soapy water and a toothbrush (and a prayer), I gently rubbed the affected ares, and...

... bingo! A C category figure is now at least a B. For a ten year old figure that has been well loved, I could live with that.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2021/06/10/2746488.jpeg

And to think I got her at a price that is essentially 67% cheaper than the current asking price at Solaris. My gamble paid off, I guess.

Next, I had to see if I could have her join two other 1/4 bunnies, so I, err... weighed her.

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Unfortunately, their total weight was over the 3.5 kg limit per shelf for a Detolf. So, Mugi-chan had to be displayed on another shelf.

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I hope to have her displayed with the upcoming Taiga B-Style ITEM #1213425 provided FREEing actually scales her accordingly, ie short enough to fit in a Detolf. Anyways, I guess I am a happy bunny today, pun intended.

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(The following morning…)

I can’t believe I had been reading the values for lb on the weighing scale. Mugi 800 g, Ryuko 500 g and Haruna 550g. And they are now together:

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2021/06/11/2747350.jpeg
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ShelbieShelb10 dias atrás#97932437Yayyyyy, CONGRATULATIONS on getting one of your grails! That is so exciting, and she is such a cutie! (^.^)
Thanks!^^
Tofukins8 dias atrás#97956423Yay! The bunnies on your shelf now look so nice together <3
IKR? ^^
8 dias atrás
Yay! The bunnies on your shelf now look so nice together <3
8 dias atrás
Yayyyyy, CONGRATULATIONS on getting one of your grails! That is so exciting, and she is such a cutie! (^.^)
10 dias atrás
beatriceforlife10 dias atrás#97931909I did not realize this one was grail level, now. I remember seeing it around for 8000 JPY or so multiple times throughout my own hunts. It seems that prices have skyrocketed considerably for this figure. I have to admit that my definition of a grail may well be inaccurate. A figure that is hard to get is usually my main criterion to call it a grail, followed by an exorbitant resale pricetag. With my recent interest in getting Bleach characters, a lot of items are entering my “grail” criterion/a. The bane of being a fan of an old anime series that is not running anymore…
10 dias atrás
I did not realize this one was grail level, now. I remember seeing it around for 8000 JPY or so multiple times throughout my own hunts. It seems that prices have skyrocketed considerably for this figure.
10 dias atrás
Ashers10 dias atrás#97930210Yay! I'm glad it worked out for you. She looks great!Hiikarichan10 dias atrás#97930635Ahhh she's adorable!!! So glad you finally got her ^^letheral10 dias atrás#97931239oh she’s so cute!!! glad everything turned out well ^^
Thanks, guys!

Tofukins10 dias atrás#97931256She's definitely a cutie! So surprised that she still look so good despite being a 10 year old figure.
I bought mine for roughly 10k earlier in year but I see sometimes see mandarake selling it for even less at like 6k. I love it when we can find bargains like that. It also looks like you've managed to clean her up pretty good too, she looks so nice now!

She was 6800JPY when I missed her at AmiAmi. I couldn’t remember what category she was in though to command that low price. I don’t really mind her 13100JPY price tag when I saw how much she is being sold elsewhere.

Oh, please have a look at the post again if you like/could as I added a happy footnote. All due to a d’oh moment! ( T_T)\(^-^ )
10 dias atrás
She's definitely a cutie! So surprised that she still look so good despite being a 10 year old figure.

I bought mine for roughly 10k earlier in year but I see sometimes see mandarake selling it for even less at like 6k. I love it when we can find bargains like that. It also looks like you've managed to clean her up pretty good too, she looks so nice now!
10 dias atrás
oh she’s so cute!!! glad everything turned out well ^^
10 dias atrás
Ahhh she's adorable!!! So glad you finally got her ^^
10 dias atrás
Yay! I'm glad it worked out for you. She looks great!
10 dias atrás
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