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Articulation Fun - Outside the Kitchen LinesArticulation Fun - Outside the Kitchen LinesMisc

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As I stated in my previous article , I like to browse local toy stores for items that are close to the 1/12 scale of my Figma and S.H. Figuarts figures. Recently I have been eyeing a couple of items from a line that I found in my local Toys R Us but to be honest the license drew me away from it. When I found these items on sale this weekend, I figured it wouldn't hurt to pick them up. Without further ado:

Shopkins

I found the following two box sets on sale at my local toy store. Their official names are: Nice'N'Icy Fridge and Hot Spot Kitchen:

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I had personally never been to the aisle of the store that contained Shopkins before as I know what they are and am uninterested in toys that small until I wanted to fill out my 1/12 Crane Game model with "stuff animals" more akin to an american style crane game. That is when I came across these two items. Here is a short breakdown of these two playets:

Pros:

Great approximation to the 1/12 scale.

Really cheap, especially if you can find them on sale.

A good amount of moving parts to pose with.



Cons:

The colors. Garish is not the word. Pastel everywhere on the kitchen playset, and the fridge had a sparkly(?) pantry door that I had to remove as it looked completely out of place. As a model painter, I may repaint some of the brightest pieces over to look....normal.

A ton of plastic that you may not need (the actual shopkins figures) unless you have a use for them like I do. Into the crane game they went...

Related to the color, there are a instances of Shopkins iconography that may bug some people. I know the bottom trim of the kitchen playset (see image below) bugs me and I will be looking to see if I can remove it or cover it up.



Here is an example of a Figma figure with both sets:

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Overall I am very happy with the sets, and I plan to use it as a base for a display of multiple figures. Unless Figma Nyaruko actually uses that crowbar...
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I can see Lucky star figmas might fit in with this set. But detailed figmas would seem out of place when displayed with this set imo.

Re-ment quality is fitting for figmas. None of them are made of wood, but they are also detailed enough not to look like toys.
The sizes are not right most of the time, but some of them work.
This is an example of Re-ment lab set with Hasegawa lab table.
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It is also cheap. I got the lab set for 2100 yen, and the lab table for 700 yen.
I also got a urinal set. ITEM #142288
The walls look like they can be used for lab.
hace 3 años
Oh I know that fear of being accused of having stolen a toy.Being on a budget and just in general, someone who loves a good deal, I love Savers (thrift store chain for those who do not know)as they often stock used but still in good condition playsets for as cheap as 99 cents and I get terrified that an employee there will think my nendoroid is stolen since they sell all sorts of random and used toys. In a proper store like Target and Toys r us, I can atleast use Google and show them that they DO not stock this brand or the nendoroid at all. But in a thrift store that carries anything and everything, I worry about how I'd prove my innocence but after three months of carrying my nendoroids into stores, I've come to realize it's mostly my paranoia.
And yeah, the lori house you've mentioned is definitely popular among figma users. I've even had to talk down a nendoroid collector friend from buying it since it is a bit out of scale for nendoroids. And oh I know the food set you're talking about. I've been so tempted to get it for my nendoroids but I worry about scale since I KNOW some of the contents were too big to work with nendos. Looking forward to your posts. Even if I do not collect figmas, I always love seeing other people having fun with their poseable figures.
hace 3 años
Honestly, get the Lori brand. Their apartment is pretty much what every collector of 1/12 recommends. I don't own one myself due in part to lack of space. Seen a lot of the Shopkins sold in blind-bags, never knew they had sets for them. This said it always bugs me that no toy company ever considers making those big elaborate playsets I grew up with (besides Playmates, but I believe Figma/Figuarts are out of scale there). I know Max Factory are making some sets, but their price tags kinda make me die a little.

Also never worry about bringing your figures along to a store, I typically do it all the time (I work at Target after all)... and typically carry between 1-6 on me at all times...

Anyhow, I love reading about third-party stuff I can use with my guys! Hope you'll cover more!
hace 3 años
sychaotikhace 3 años#15924781As someone who regularly scours the toy aisles at Target and Walmart and ALL of toys r us for playsets that I can pose my nendoroids in, I feel your struggle. I try to carry my nendoroids with me when I'm out so I can quickly pose them next to whatever sets I am considering. For your figmas, you should check out the Lori brand of dolls and as playsets at Target as those work very well with Figmas. They also look a lot more realistic and impressive compared to stuff like Shopkins. They do of course cost more than the shopkins but they go on sale all the time so if you've never heard of them before, you should give them a look on your next trip

Lori items are going to be a feature of a future blog. I have had hits and misses with them to be honest. The first Lori item I bought was desk that somehow made my Figmas look like children. Great for lines like Lucky Star, not so much for figures that are meant to be older. However, I just picked up an accessory packs at my local Target and it is the perfect size. It even has 1/12 Sushi in it. I want to eventually pick up that Lori "Apartment", strip all the contents, and make it into a 2 story 1/12 scale arcade. ^_^

I just can't bring myself to bring figs into a store. I always fear someone might think I am stealing a toy or I fear that I might break my Figma in transit. I don't even bring a tape measure with me, which may help with this kind of thing.
hace 3 años
As someone who regularly scours the toy aisles at Target and Walmart and ALL of toys r us for playsets that I can pose my nendoroids in, I feel your struggle. I try to carry my nendoroids with me when I'm out so I can quickly pose them next to whatever sets I am considering. For your figmas, you should check out the Lori brand of dolls and as playsets at Target as those work very well with Figmas. They also look a lot more realistic and impressive compared to stuff like Shopkins. They do of course cost more than the shopkins but they go on sale all the time so if you've never heard of them before, you should give them a look on your next trip
hace 3 años