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#1201 lilman   Only the ordinary. CAGiversary!   2466 Posts   Joined 5.3 Years Ago  

Posted 11 March 2015 - 11:32 AM

What's the longest it's taken for you guys to receive a package by unregistered SAL? I'm still waiting for one that shipped six weeks ago.

The USAL package I got the other day took 39 days. Usually takes 2-3 weeks.



#1202 Rig   Rig = Lunar CAGiversary!   13225 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago   Has been playing Bayonetta 2
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Posted 11 March 2015 - 02:01 PM

I can't think of one taking four weeks for me.  Three weeks was likely tops.  (I've maybe ordered ten items that way.)



#1203 11440   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   581 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 11 March 2015 - 02:30 PM

Thanks. What I ordered was neither expensive nor rare -- I would've used EMS in either case -- so I don't mind terribly if it's lost. It the not knowing whether it is lost or still in the mailstream that bothers me.

#1204 Gamer SDP   not much of a gamer CAGiversary!   4380 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 11 March 2015 - 08:01 PM

any tips for someone new to (pre)ordering figures? I mean, aside from stay away don't!

 

I got the NA Pokemon Trainer Red nenoroid and wondering if I should wait on NA Toon Link or just import it (should be cheaper than Amazon sellers).

 

Also considering if I should go for Lucina figma.


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#1205 kickalillas2   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   268 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:22 PM

any tips for someone new to (pre)ordering figures? I mean, aside from stay away don't!

 

I got the NA Pokemon Trainer Red nenoroid and wondering if I should wait on NA Toon Link or just import it (should be cheaper than Amazon sellers).

 

Also considering if I should go for Lucina figma.

Seriously don't. Huge waste of money... I started mid last year, all i wanted was a Selvaria figure. Now i have about 50 sitting on shelves and another 20 on preorder. I have 2 large closets just full of figure boxes.

 

That being said, Amiami is easily the best. Cheapest figures and lowest shipping costs, and the best packaging. I also like Nippon Yassan, though some people have problems with them.( they may have sold knockoffs) 



#1206 elessar123   "AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER." CAGiversary!   9823 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:30 PM

any tips for someone new to (pre)ordering figures? I mean, aside from stay away don't!

I got the NA Pokemon Trainer Red nenoroid and wondering if I should wait on NA Toon Link or just import it (should be cheaper than Amazon sellers).

Also considering if I should go for Lucina figma.


Seriously don't. Huge waste of money... I started mid last year, all i wanted was a Selvaria figure. Now i have about 50 sitting on shelves and another 20 on preorder. I have 2 large closets just full of figure boxes.
 
That being said, Amiami is easily the best. Cheapest figures and lowest shipping costs, and the best packaging. I also like Nippon Yassan, though some people have problems with them.( they may have sold knockoffs)


I have about 100 figures, mostly scale figures. They are a money sink. For most things I buy for entertainment, I expect them to hold value relatively well. For figures, not at all. For most figures, after a few years (if not months) when the hype dies down, no one really wants them any more.

I've been cutting down on my purchases a little bit. I was buying like 3-5 figures a month last year.

You cannot cancel pre-orders at a lot of places like Amiami. You risk getting banned if you do. So unless you are 110% sure you want it, I'd go with a store that lets you cancel, like HLJ.

And Nippon Yasan has been caught multiple times selling counterfeits, but they're probably safe for pre-orders.

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#1207 lilman   Only the ordinary. CAGiversary!   2466 Posts   Joined 5.3 Years Ago  

Posted 11 March 2015 - 10:27 PM

any tips for someone new to (pre)ordering figures? I mean, aside from stay away don't!

 

Some tips:

-Usually cheaper to import than to buy from US store, even with overseas shipping factored in. You also get your order at least a month earlier from Japan than from US.

-If you really want something, be sure to pre-order. Figures can sell out before they are released. Secondhand market can be expensive for popular figures (like 3x original price or even more!).

-I've never had a problem using Unregistered SAL, the cheapest shipping option. But you get no tracking and are SOL if the package is lost or damaged. 410yen extra gets you Registered SAL with tracking and insurance up to 6000yen. EMS shipping is the best and way faster than SAL, but also much more expensive.

 

I got the NA Pokemon Trainer Red nenoroid and wondering if I should wait on NA Toon Link or just import it (should be cheaper than Amazon sellers).

 

Like I said above, it's cheaper and faster to order from Japan. Let's do an example with Nendo Toon Link:

From JP AmiAmi: 3070 JPY + 780 JPY (estimated cheapest shipping) = ~$33 using today's conversion rate

From US Anime Island: $32.80 + $6.99 (cheapest shipping) = $40

From US Amazon: $42.50 + free shipping = $42.50

 

In this case, AmiAmi in Japan is cheaper by at least $7 compared to US stores. Anime Island lists the re-release as June, but it will likely be July since June is the Japan re-release date and Japan gets things at least a month in advance. Nice thing about Amazon US is they currently have him in stock from the last release, so for $9 extra you can get him right now.

 

Also considering if I should go for Lucina figma.

 

I pre-ordered her and haven't even played FE:A yet (did get to see her in Smash at least). This is one of those that will be expensive later on, the same way Figma Link was (before he got re-releases).



#1208 kickalillas2   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   268 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 03:06 AM

Forgot about hobby link, they are great too. Yeah, ordering from Japan is the way to go right now since the exchange rate is so good.

#1209 WinterAvenger   Lucina's Husband CAG in Training   1097 Posts   Joined 0.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:48 AM

When did these Tales 1/8 figure made available for preorder? I just found them and all are sold out except for Lloyd and Asbel. I really want Alisha and Koto!

 

Luke is gone too... just wow. Where is Kratos?!?!



#1210 elessar123   "AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER." CAGiversary!   9823 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

Posted 24 March 2015 - 03:59 AM

Asbel was available about a month or so ago. I don't collect male figures for the most part, so I didn't get it. If they had a Sophie or Cheria, I'd totally get it.

 

Alisha was out of stock like a month before Tales of Z even came out. It was available for several months before that.


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#1211 Katsumi   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1022 Posts   Joined 5.0 Years Ago   Has been playing Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
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Posted 24 March 2015 - 03:52 PM

Asbel was available about a month or so ago. I don't collect male figures for the most part, so I didn't get it. If they had a Sophie or Cheria, I'd totally get it.

Banpresto has a Cheria prize figure that can usually be picked up for ~50-60. Not quite Alter, but it's all we have for now. :) I really want Alter to finish their Vesperia line and come out with Judith and Karol. Was my first Tales game and is dear to me :D


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#1212 elessar123   "AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER." CAGiversary!   9823 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

Posted 24 March 2015 - 04:59 PM

Banpresto has a Cheria prize figure that can usually be picked up for ~50-60. Not quite Alter, but it's all we have for now. :) I really want Alter to finish their Vesperia line and come out with Judith and Karol. Was my first Tales game and is dear to me :D

My first Tales game would have been...

 

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In fact, I almost remember nothing about the game other than Chester saying "Maxwell".


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#1213 Katsumi   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1022 Posts   Joined 5.0 Years Ago   Has been playing Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
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Posted 24 March 2015 - 05:44 PM

Neat! I've started Symphonia, but haven't done any of the Playstation / SNES Tales. It's hard to go back to the 2D combat after playing Vesperia / Graces / Xillia :( lol

 

I was hoping for a Vesperia figure announcement earlier this year, but oh well. :D


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#1214 Kurosaki-san   TGT Electronics Specialist CAGiversary!   588 Posts   Joined 5.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 01:52 AM

F4F started taking pre orders for their Nights statue. There's a exclusive ($235, limited to 500) & normal edition ($210, limited to 1k). I'm a huge Nights fan, so without a doubt I ordered one. It looks nice and it's priced fairly IMO, unlike that Zelda one. The exclusive one lights up, here ir is below.

 

 

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 01:40 PM

Got my first order from Solaris Japan. Holy shit, their expedited shipping is fast. There was a slight delay leaving their warehouse, but my figures (four nendos) showed up overnight. Very well packaged too. Will definitely be keeping them in mind for the future.


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