Sakky's Sailor Moon Blog

Sakky talks about Sailor Moon things. :D

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sailormoon World Musical Doll

She arrived today!

Isn't she lovely?! I paid $176.50 for her. To date, I believe that makes her the most expensive doll I own. I still consider that to be an excellent deal and I stand by my early stance that this is a REALLY good time to be buying things!

I really just with the big eBay sellers would catch on and lower their damn prices so I can get my Eternal Article already! *shakefist*

Does anyone know if they made one of these for each of the girls that played Moon? If so, wow - I've got a long road ahead. xD I really like the hair on this doll, it's super pretty and her face is really cute. She doesn't appear to have a stand or a wand. Should she? I think it's a little weird that Super Moon is on the box but isn't this an Eternal fuku? Funny packaging is funny.

The original price tag is still on it: ¥3,000, haha.

So, that puts me back into the debt hole. I have a few things for sale still. Those sales will help a little and then Another Anime Convention is in October. I'm in the Artists Alley and I have a ton of Sailormoon related stuff to sell. Trouble is, I don't have much of any other anime so I really need to gear up my game if I'm going to appeal to a wider market.

I also got a Bandai Asia Prism Heart Compact the other day to replace the Italian one I have. The Italian one is in better condition, but I really want to have the Chinese or Japanese RPG toys. I just like the boxes better. I figure I can always upgrade later.

I've got a few 6" dolls and some other trades on their way to me so check my DA later for those updates. I don't expect to make any more large purchases between now and after AAC (though I am really eying that Star Wand on eBay for a BIN of $150 >_>).


Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Space Issue

x-posted from LJ (which is the mirror? I can't remember :P)

It's finally happened: I'm running out of space. ._. See?

My husband has said absolutely no more bookcases in the room where I display my stuff (even though I'm certain I could fit one more!). I am now facing the dilemma of what to do as I continue to acquire stuff. >_>

I am certain there's still some expansion on the existing shelves that I could have with some serious rearranging. I have a whole shelf that just has gashapon on it and I can spread those around to make room on that shelf for larger things. I have a few shelves near the bottom that have lots of space to fill, but I worry about stacking things in so tightly that you can't really see what's there. I also have some shelves that are actually being used as storage for boxes and some other things like comics.

I've been getting a lot of boxed dolls lately and they really do take up a lot of space. I think the dark blue boxed dolls are probably the set of which I have the most, so I was thinking if I had to pack stuff up, it might be those that get put away. But the thought of not displaying the entire collection really bothers me. What's the point of having these pretty things if they aren't there for me to sit and look at and enjoy? I feel like if things are going to be packed up and put in storage they might as well just be sold. But I spent so much time trying to GET these things, is it really worth it to then turn around and sell them in trade for space for different things?

Or, do I need to recognize that there are just some things that I want MORE and I need to be willing to part with the things I want less to have them? Do I need to have 6" long face Irwin dolls in dark and light blue boxes? Do I NEED to have two sets of 17" dolls? I like each set because they are unique - thinking about parting with one of them seems like a terrible decision to make.

I know a lot of people don't collect the dark blue boxed dolls because they are "ugly," but I really like them mostly because of the villains that were made. Do I get a point where I sell the old versions of dolls when I have the new editions? Do I sell my 1997 11" Super Sailor Moon just because I have the 2001 version? They aren't the same doll and they have aesthetic differences and intrinsic value in those differences. At least to me they do.

The other option is deboxing. Ordinarily I'm not a deboxer of unopened dolls, but I don't think the dark blue Irwin dolls really maintain that much higher a value by being sealed. I think as long as I kept all the bits and could repackage them up to look nice they would maintain a resale value. Not to mention, how likely am I to want to sell them anyway? I assume at some point in my life I will decide this is silly and I need to sell all or most of this stuff... (right?) ... but I have no idea what the market for Sailor Moon toys will be like then (if it even still exists) so should I WORRY about resale value? Or should I just display the dolls with their stands in nice, neat little rows of compact space? Should I make the sacrifice of the nice pretty box in order to have the option of keeping them all on display?

The sum of my problem is that I have over 80 dolls and most of them are in boxes.

OVER 80 DOLLS. These really take up the most space. And I don't really even have the Japanese ones that I'd really like to get. I feel like I haven't started. ^o^ There are another 70 dolls on my wish list. Can you imagine? Where on these shelves could I fit 150 dolls in boxes?! It would be like the entire collection! xD

tl;dr I need to be realistic at some point and commit myself to either SELLING or STORING.

I don't like either. :\

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Collection Update and Sales

First up, I have a few items for sale, prices do not include shipping. They are:
Japanese Tuxedo Kamen Figure - unopened, $7
Set of long face Irwin light up tiara dolls - $45 for the set
CHIX pocket manga volume 2 - $15 OBO
CHIX pocket manga volume 1 - $25 OBO
Irwin 2001 Sailor Uranus doll with weapon, wand and stand - $35
Irwin 2001 Sailor Neptune doll with weapon, wand and stand - $35
Irwin 1995 "Silver" Sailor Pluto doll - $12
Irwin 17" Sailor Moon doll - $16
Unopened Sailor Moon 11.5" Irwin doll in yellow box - $20
Eternal Sailor Moon boots - $10

After my big haul in August I decided not to buy anything else until I paid back all that stuff. What I did pick up was just lovely! Here's the best of the more recent purchases:

Thrilled about this gem, only $70. Certainly got a deal here and I am very grateful for it. These dolls are incredibly detailed and very lovely. I especially like that it comes with an Eternal Teir. Someday I will snag the other Mini set that I don't have and this shelf will be very happy indeed.

Massive win here as well since this lovely item only set me back $80. I haven't activated it yet because it's still very well packaged and I do want to keep it in the best condition possible. Eventually I might be prone to at least popping some batteries in it to see it light up, but for now I'm just content to HAVE it.

The little figures inside are still in their plastic bag and the top is still wrapped in plastic. It's in really amazing condition! I was considering buying an unopened one from a dealer at Anime Boston this April but now I don't have to. Not only does that save me an awful lot of money, it also saves me the worry about not wanting to open the box because I want to look at the shiny. ^o^

This box is in such a faded condition that I'm not even displaying it (I've put it away for safe keeping). Fortunately, the item itself didn't suffer terrible light damage - only the bottom part has oranged in the front. I plan to paint it so that it looks restored but I fear there is nothing I can do for the box. In the long run, I will likely try to find another one with a nicer box (preferably a HK or Japanese edition) and sell this one.

Sad that it happened though. Light damage is really one of the easiest things to prevent. Protect your collectibles! Store them in low light areas! <3

This wall scroll is probably a bootleg since there's no copyright info on it, but it is a really cool scroll! I need to find somewhere to hang it since I really like it. ^o^

I got lots of other great things from this same sale. You can see all my latest items (as well as many older items that I just hadn't got around to posting til now) in my DeviantArt gallery. Hopefully soon I will have a new site and domain up to show case the collection! I need to get off my lazy bum and get to work on that :P

I am all caught up with uploading old items to the DA gallery with the exception of some cards that I haven't sorted out yet. I have a few commission payments that are clearing at the end of this month so it looks like I will be
back on the buying trail towards the beginning of October. Mmmmm buying...