Friday, April 22, 2011

Strapya Loot ③ of 5 今月のストラップヤ荷物第③

Here's the first "large" haul of the set. I put large in quotes, because, it's only large in number of items. If it wasn't for the Chou Chou Electromechanical Butterfly, this package would have actually been smaller than the rest, as the straps themselves were physically smaller, despite getting more than the other shipments.

Okay, obviously the biggie here is the Chou Chou Electromechanical Butterfly-in-a-Jar. Very cool item, it looks like a normal mason jar with a butterfly inside. Pop in 3 AAA batteries (included!) and you'll see that, upon closer inspection, the butterfly is on a wire, and when you tap on the lid, the butterfly flies very realistically. It bounces off the sides, it stops, gently opens and closes its wings, it's almost creepy in its realism. Naturally, I've included a video.

The rest of the order is the typical mascot/cutesy stuff I usually wind up getting from Strapya. I got a cool, personalized Mahjong tile, with 色即是空 (look it up) carved into it. A "kigurumi" Rascal, the NHK mascot raccoon from Wisconsin(?), dressed as a Kappa from Iwate Prefecture (they're regional keychain/figures). His level of detail shocked me, as he had meticulously-detailed little pieces of fabric all over him, along with tiny decals, I only wish they would've had the Akabeko one in stock!

I also got a Kiki's Delivery Service Jiji stamp, which is molded like a figure itself. Two Ryoma-den keychains that are supposedly not made by Kotobukiya, but look suspiciously like their One Coin Grande line, so these were a given "GET". A tiny Gloomy Bear plush, just because I've had the black one on "backorder" or whatever, for so long, that I stopped hoping it'd come back into stock, and I just ordered the white one before that went out of stock. A Doraemon mini-plush from the new 2011 Doraemon movie, where he looks like he's wearing a Gundam on his head.

And of course, no wallet-draining trip to Strapya would be complete without finding something new that's been in stock since like 2008. I always manage to find something "new" that is old or backlogged there. Half the time these are sold out when I end up discovering them, but in this case, I found 2 really cute "Kuuman", bear plushes that were still in stock from 2009. I've never had a (shopping) site before that I can go back to again and again and always manage to find something new that was there all along.

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