I’m sitting here in front of my laptop, thinking to myself, “What should I even write as my first real post?”. Of course the obvious answer would be something related to my Nendoroid collection, since this is a Nendoroid blog. However, I’m now finding it hard to think of something to actually talk about. Weird, right? I suppose I should start on how I started Nendoroid collecting.
Ahnpan’s First Nendoroid Encounter
Here’s a really short summary for those who are too lazy to read the whole story.
Ahnpan browses the wild wild forest called “Internet”…
A wild nendoroid Theia appears!
Ahnpan is startled!
Nendoroid Theia used CUTENESS!
Ahnpan is hypnotized! It’s SUPER EFFECTIVE!
Nendoroid Theia used BUY ME!
Ahnpan is struck! Ahnpan empties wallet!
Nendoroid Theia WINS!
I first saw nendoroids on toycons. I never really noticed them that much. During that time, I’ve always thought that they were just cute but JUST that. I stared at them, think they’re cute and then go to another figure.
My interest in nendoroid actually bloomed because of my friend. You see, my friend is a hardcore Gundam model kit (Gunpla) collector. Every week he posted photos of his hauls, and his built figures. I thought to myself, I wonder what it feels like to collect toys? Being the cheapskate that I am, my initial thought was that it was a waste of money.
One of my friend’s Gundam
A few months ago, May 2012 to be exact, I found myself browsing at online anime figure shops, looking at scaled figures, nendoroids, figmas, and other anime related items. I started to find them really fascinating. PVC figures of my favorite characters that seemed so.. alive. They were so enticing, so beautiful in my opinion. Scale Figures by Alter and Good Smile Company made me drool. The details! The sculpt! It was art. My kind of art.
However, as much as I really loved seeing scale figures on photos, I was even more enticed by nendoroids. I don’t know why but their cuteness really struck me. Everyday I would browse my favorite online shop, looking at nendoroids. Nothing really caught my fancy at that time. I loved them, I loved looking at them, I loved seeing their pictures, but not enough for me to actually buy one. My love for money is strong! And in my wallet’s opinion, paying 2000 php for a figure was a load of BS… until I saw her.
Nendoroid Series #89: Magical Theia
I found her while searching a local online shop. They used this as her picture. There was something about this photo that enticed me. It was as if she’s saying, “Hi! Take my hand.. I’ll lead you to a wonderful world. 🙂“.
For 2 weeks I found myself constantly browsing that site, stalking, hoping that no one would buy her. I was hesitant. My wallet was yelling, “NOOOOOO!! It’s a trap!!“, but my mind was set. I wanted her. I needed her. On June 06, 2012, I clicked the Buy Now button.
She arrived June 11, 2012. I fell in love with her even more. I took pictures of her. A lot of pictures!
I thought to myself she’ll be my first, and only nendoroid love.
I was wrong. Terribly wrong.
Now, after roughly 4 months, I have grown my collection from just Theia to 12 nendoroids.
Not as much as others but for 4 months, I think it’s a good start.
Here’s my nendo tower.. or fort.. maybe just a display. @_@”
I see myself doomed to this hobby for the next few years.
Most of the time, I find myself in a dilemma over my love for money and my love for nendoroids… Nendoroids usually win.
Hopefully, I find myself out of this wallet trap of a hobby before I become bankrupt.
And as much as my wallet hates this..
I love nendoroid collecting.
I really do.