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Over the past few months, I must confess that my online shopping escapades have seen a significant uptick. While I typically derive immense joy from scouring the local shops for retro treasures, recent circumstances have led me to be more cautious and stay home as much as possible. There's an undeniable charm in holding a freshly discovered figurine, book, or DVD in one's hands before adding it to the growing trove of nostalgia. Despite the changing times, my passion for collecting has endured, and I'm excited to share some of my favorite finds from November 2020.
- Super Mario Bros Game and Watch: Within my collection of several copies of Super Mario Bros., a standout addition is the Game & Watch handheld. Its allure lies in its perfect size – compact enough to slip into a pocket or wallet, yet substantial enough to provide a comfortable grip. Beyond the iconic Super Mario Bros., this handheld marvel houses Super Mario Brothers 2, affectionately known as "The Lost Levels," challenging even the most adept Mario enthusiasts. Furthermore, it features the Mario anniversary edition of the classic title "Game & Watch," infusing a sense of nostalgia and celebration into every gameplay.
2. Winking Bulbasaur plushie
Bulbasaur, my all-time favorite Pokémon, never fails to tug at my collector's heartstrings. When I encounter merchandise featuring this charming creature, I find it nearly impossible to resist. The winking Bulbasaur plushie, with its perfect size and irresistibly soft texture, was a must-have addition to my collection. Bulbasaur, forever "my number 1," brings a smile to my face whenever I glance at it. (Insert BoA reference)
My love for Sonic the Hedgehog is no secret. The 2020 Sonic film marked a bright spot in an otherwise challenging year, and I was surprised to realize that I didn't own it on home video. Jim Carrey's portrayal of Dr. Eggman and the engaging storyline left a lasting impression. Additionally, my copy of the DVD came with a delightful little comic book, adding a special touch to this already beloved film.
My introduction to many extraordinary anime series occurred during my Toonami days on Cartoon Network. Among these shows, the unforgettable Big O stood out. While it might not have been the most widely recognized series on the network, it gained enough traction to merit a second season produced by Toonami, Bandai, and Sunrise. Previously, I only had the first season on DVD, so I'm thrilled to now possess the complete series. One small disappointment is the absence of the original theme song, likely due to copyright issues. Nevertheless, the set remains a highly enjoyable addition to my anime collection.
Gohan, a beloved character from Dragon Ball, holds a special place in my anime-loving heart. My figure-collecting journey, which began about a year ago, led me to acquire this stunning Gohan piece. The figure beautifully captures those moments when Gohan unleashes his iconic Masenko attack. This marks my fourth Banpresto figure, and I'm consistently impressed by the exceptional quality and intricate details that bring these characters to life in my collection. Each figure becomes a cherished representation of the characters and moments that resonate deeply within the world of Dragon Ball.
These past few months have been a whirlwind but I still have time to do some collecting. Be on the lookout for the next one!
In the meantime, you can read my other blog posts about my collections.