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pretensepretense3 l. temu
First time to do a proper loot post as encouraged by my aniwe :")
I've been collecting (properly) since 2015 starting from random draws at gashapon machines but then I bought Rhyme Ren and it all went downhill from there.

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Once I got into the merch community here I found that we have a lot of established, decent, and dependable official retailers. Even better, there are friendly proxy businesses that hold POs and even group splits for box sets. It was hassle free and relatively easy.

But then Greed.

I learned to cut out the middleman and got my stuff from AmiAmi starting December 2016 with the Oh! Skatra and Phichit acrylic

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In March I signed up with Tenso www.tenso.com/e... the proxy service and it went pretty good. It was a hassle having to sign up for whichever site I wanted to buy from (they wanted my address in Kanji and Katakana wtf) but thank the Google Translate and Babelfish gods that I managed to order things right and got my package without any problems.

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So Tenso is good. But I thought I could do better.

EEEEEEEEENNNNGK. Sore wa chigau yo!

I signed up at FromJapan (FJ) www.fromjapan.c... last June and that was the worst thing to ever happen to my self control. See, with FJ you can just link the item and they have people who actually understand Japanese to order stuff for you. Their consolidation fee is a flat 500 yen for any number of items (so long as it doesn't exceed weight limit) so you understand why I got eager.

(I later found out they recover those consolidation fee costs via their forwarding plans but I am a greedy shit who will push through with things bec mama didn't raise a quitter)

By sheer dumb luck, FJ promoted 20% off international shipping fees for July. Great timing as my June orders sort of bled out to the next month. I still have orders placed on AmiAmi and my local retailers so this is a bit of a lot:

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Let's start with my friendly neighborhood group splits.

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I got a new Phichit to add to my itabag (which should be another post huh) some cute pastel Victuuris and a sleepy set of JJSeungs. I wish I got the Phichit Oyasumi Acrylic strap, too, but alas someone called dibs before me. That's one downside to having to split stuff with my local proxys.

From AmiAmi, I got more Victuuris~

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Gotta say, though, they're not as cute as I expected.. The PitaNuis are squishy soft and their grip is nice for attaching to wherever but I'm just not sold on them now that they're actually here :d Might have to resell?

Next we have the FJ stuff which is an adventure on their own.

I really just wanted to get Arte Stella because I fell in love with Hetalia for a second time. I got my set from Rakuten in very good condition~ It's so dreamy~

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I finally understand the gosh darned Card!verse stuff now @ u @
More Rakuten items include this box set of rubberstraps which were on sale!

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I really only wanted to get England and America (because ship bias) but when their individual prices rack up to at least half the box set price might as well get everyone and be happy about it.

One good thing about coming in late (or in my case, coming back late) to a fandom is there will be people who are ~moving out~ of fandom and selling their stuff.

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The right-hand acrylics (with the school uniform and flowers) were at 50% off at Rakuten so ofc I had to get them. Rubberstraps are great (more durable, too) but acrylics are really so much prettier and I am all about the pretties. So when I saw those Horn acrylics my mind just !!!!! Must! Have! Mine!

Problem is, their average resale value ranges from Y2000 and up. Someone's even selling the England one for Y7,500 :/ What's a (newly-revived) die-hard fan to do?

Enter Otamart. otamart.com/

It's kind of a "less formal" online marketplace for collectors. The prices are usually cheaper (usually) and it reminds me of my local merch groups. Good thing is that the site has partnered with FJ so all I had to do is search up ヘタリア イギリス 角 and find one that isn't sold out yet.

Bad thing is, the otamart sellers usually take a while to get back to you. That, and it's most often WYSIWYG. I got my big (!!!) fancy horn acrylics at Y1400/ea which is all right by me.

Another thing I got to try using FJ is bidding and winning at Yahoo Auctions. It used to be just a mythical site where I can only watch as my coveted items get won over but now I get to join in the fun too! I nabbed these sweet as all hell Shiratorizawa rubberstraps which were a Jump Festa exclusive last December 2016~

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And now they're my precioussss...

I saw a bunch of these at Otamart, too, but those were split up sets already and my Haikyuu!! bias is the entire team so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ They're releasing a new set of STZ nitotan rubberstaps with different poses (AND KAWANISHI FINALLY!) this August and I already put in an order at AmiAmi.

My favorite thing that I got this July -- more than the official merch, more than the generous sale items -- are the Arthur in the Dark doujin compilations. I was already dipping my toe into Hetalia late May/early June and I had consumed like 50 pages of fic over at AO3, the next logical source of brainfood would of course be doujins. So I looked. And one weekend morning I cried my heart out over Arthur in the Dark. I knew right then and there, slumped on the floor as I was blowing my nose into tissues, that I needed this for the good of my soul.

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Got them off surugaya and yes each book cost me more than Arte Stella, more than the rubberstrap box set. And yes they are worth it. Beautiful art, riveting story, I'm motivated to actually learn Japanese properly so I wouldn't have to keep looking over references while I thumb through these gorgeous books.

I'll end my first ever blog post here.

Hopefully I can do this monthly from now on? To keep track of my stuff and have a place to gush, too.

Thanks for reading!
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BVibes3 l. temu#23949700It's interesting to read that you love a series a second time; I recently love Reborn!, which I loved years ago. It brings back strange but happy memories, and now the manga is all finished. So nostalgic to love something again all over and spend all your money on, but I couldn't find merch of it anywhere at first so it's great that I can have it now. Also like you I love rubber/acrylic charms, and Reborn has too many.
It's good and bad! Things like FJ and Otamart kill my wallet; I must catch up on the merch I missed, I tell myself lol. Or merch I could only stare at online.

Exactly this! I didn't have much finances in my early days of fandom so now I'm raring to get all the merch I've missed out on~

Acrylics are g R E A T! I mean I'd love to get scale figures the most but since Hetalia's not giving us any (those dolls are ughghg pretty but impractical for me) I make do with rubberstraps and charms~

Praying for your wallet and mine~ haha
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It's interesting to read that you love a series a second time; I recently love Reborn!, which I loved years ago. It brings back strange but happy memories, and now the manga is all finished. So nostalgic to love something again all over and spend all your money on, but I couldn't find merch of it anywhere at first so it's great that I can have it now. Also like you I love rubber/acrylic charms, and Reborn has too many.

pretenseOne good thing about coming in late (or in my case, coming back late) to a fandom is there will be people who are ~moving out~ of fandom and selling their stuff.
It's good and bad! Things like FJ and Otamart kill my wallet; I must catch up on the merch I missed, I tell myself lol. Or merch I could only stare at online.
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pretense3 l. temu#23939904
Thank you so much for all your help!

We might be quieter now, but people still love buying stuff in this fandom. The Hetalia sales LJ is still fairly active: hetalia-sell.li...

If you don't see GOs for the stuff you want there, then there's always the option of the Splits/GOs club here at MFC: CLUB #618
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gwendal738-23 l. temu#23924940YES MY OTOUTO MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I am slowly influencing you to do loot posts. And WELCOME BACK TO THE HETALIA FANDOM WE MISSED YOU OVER HERE.
No seriously. Once my pre-orders calm the f down I'mma do a Hetalia haul one of these months too. -u- But I am so glad you decided to share the fact that you fell in love with them for the second time to the world~ <3333
Also yes. Do this monthly. I will stalk you. Heee. >:D


I MISSED HETALIA TOO GOOD LORD~

most of my PO's are due in September so lemme just rest my poor wallet this August = u =

i have seen the light of loot posts indeed, thank ye~ ❤❤❤
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AstoriaMercury3 l. temu#23917354It's good to see that there's still people left in the Hetalia fandom~
I never really left though I've been quite inactive in it. The good news is that the Hetalia merchandise that's getting released is much more higher quality. Good Smile announced their Japan Nendoroid and I'm hoping they move on to other characters in the future.

me and hetalia are very romantic lol... kind of like high school sweethearts... i loved them once then let them go, but in the end we're back together haha

I did see nendo Japan and i was like -- oh god pls let them make everyone! i know i swore off nendos but if GSC gives us the allies line up in nendo form i will hit that PO button so hard!!!
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calias3 l. temu#23919678*gasp* I can't believe you managed to get one of the horned acrylic chains! They're one of my favorite pieces of APH merchandise and there was even a GO in the APH livejournal but it was cancelled because they were exclusive and sold out within 2 hours T_T
Please let me know what you searched to find them. It's time to stalk Rakuten.
That aside, you got a lot of cute items! I think you came back to Hetalia at a good time since now Himaruya's art is way better and his newer illustrations sometimes bleed into the merchandise as well.

i've loved Himaruya's art since ever and i do appreciate the much more beautiful merch we have now compared to when Axis Powers first came out~

the horned acrylics were such eye candy i just knew i needed to have them~ i assumed they were rare-ish because of the resale price but for those to be sold out in 2hrs whoa.. luckyyy

i used "ヘタリア 角" (hetalia horn) to find them tho you can add the characters name (ex. "イギリス" for england) if you're looking for someone specific
Places to look are Rakuten, Otamart, and Yahoo Japan auctions. From Japan can buy your stuff from all 3 sites but just a tip on their Otamart dealings, best to ask FJ to confirm with the otamart seller if the item you want is still in stock before paying for anything.. you're supposed to comment on the posts first and have the seller set up a transaction page before buying anyway..


i'm curious if the hetalia fandom is still doing GOs? it'll be sweet if you can direct me there because they've got those new kigurumi acrylics coming out and i want :)
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pretense3 l. temu#23939067thank you very much!! just don't be like me lol you need to have a good sense of self control when ordering stuff :D i kind of went wild because i wanted to make the most of the "20% off" shipping promo heh

Shipping can be pricey it's fair enough to get a lot of stuff while shipping is cheaper XD
Self control...such a rare thing!
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darkfader3 l. temu#23919892aniwe? aniue 兄上 ? :)
兄上 is correct~ therefore i am 弟
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rubyserpent_7203 l. temu#23937303It's rare to see stuff about Hetalia anymore. Nice loot and thanks for sharing the photos o/
(I'm really curious about Arthur in the Dark doujins... can you give me a brief synopsis?)

Arthur in the Dark is the story of England waking up blind one day. England believes himself to be capable of going about his daily life even in his situation but America (poor, distraught America) begs to differ. Because countries don't just suddenly go blind, do they? America starts wondering if England somehow wished this plight upon himself and if so, why.

..sorry if that was dramatic ^_^v it's almost 600 pages of story and it's all very beautifully drawn~
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BeilschmidtBabe3 l. temu#23938336This all looks amazing! You're making me wanna order stuff XD
Great loot post!! Amazing stuff


thank you very much!! just don't be like me lol you need to have a good sense of self control when ordering stuff :D i kind of went wild because i wanted to make the most of the "20% off" shipping promo heh
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