Following in the footsteps of pluvia33, who wrote a journal entry on his trip to Ohayocon (and his trips to the Dealers' Room), I decided to share my experience at a convention's Dealers' Room. For me, the convention of choice this time around is Katsucon, an annual event in the Washington, D. C. that I've been attending since 2002 (yep, I'm a vet when it comes to anime conventions). The following is a report of the various purchases that I made at the convention.
This convention around, my shopping list when it comes to actual anime DVD's/Blu-Rays is rather light (in other words, there's nothing on it) as a result of most of the titles that interest me not coming out until March. However, I didn't leave the convention without any DVD's, since, after hearing so much of how much better the dub of Ghost Stories is when compared to the original Japanese version, I decided to buy it in order to give the title a try.
Going into the convention, there were three books on my shopping list (two American releases, one Japanese release):
1. Lucky Star vol. 4
2. Negima vol. 25 (was hoping that one of the dealers was selling the English version early)
3. Negima: The Ultimate Guide Bible 2003-2007 (ordered this at HLJ.com, but it's currently on backorder, so I was hoping that I could simply find that book at the convention and cancel my HLJ order in case they won't be getting any more copies of the book).
When it came to the Negima books, I was unable to find either of them at the convention. However, I did manage to find Lucky Star vol. 4 during the trip, cutting down my shopping list of stuff to look for at Borders in the next few weeks.
Being how the main focus of this web page is anime figures, a Dealers' Room report wouldn't be complete without mentioning figures.
When it came to figure shopping, I had a first priority and a second priority. My first priority when it came to figures was the 1/4 scale figure of Fate from Nanoha StrikerS in a swimsuit. Sadly, that figure was nowhere to be found on the Dealers' Room floor. However, the Dealers' Room did have one box left of the other figure that was on my shopping list, the "Beach Queens" series version of Yui from K-On!. So, naturally, I picked up that figure.
The same dealer that the Yui figure also had a Nendoroid figure of everyone's favorite lover of smoked cheese, Churuya. While I'm not a typical Nendoroid figure collector, given how this figure is the perfect size for Churuya, I decided to buy it as well.
Besides figures, I also collect plushies of various characters, and once again, the same vendor that had the figures that I've mentioned above had plushies of the girls from K-On!. Hence, along with the figures (and the Ghost Stories DVD set), I picked up a plushie of Mio.
As for my current status when it comes to the K-On! girls in plushie form:
-Yui and Tsumugi - Got in December via eBay dealer
-Mio - Got at Katsucon
-Ritsu - Pass
-Azusa - Pre-ordered from Play-Asia
Yep, there's other things that I collect that's anime-related: pins. However, I'm not in the same "collector mode" as a certain second grader from a certain animated series that is way past its prime (although last night's episode, which I'm referencing here, was one of the better ones this season). Rather, it's more of a "see a pin of a character that I like, pick up that pin" buying plan (with me displaying my pins on a Kisuke hat). This time around, I only bought one pin, with the character being Italy from Hetalia (PASTA!!!). Not much, but at least I don't go around selling my clothes and being a street performer just to get money to buy pins.
With an anime convention Dealers' Room, one thing that definitely comes to mind is seeing the various "import" video games that they have a available there. Going into the Dealers Room, I was hoping to pick up a certain shooter for the Xbox 360 that was region-free. Sadly, they main video game dealer didn't have it. However, I did hit the pay dirt when it came to games for the PSP.
First, having collected PSP versions of the other "Konami shooter" video game collections (got the Gradius collection on the PSN Store, and bought used copies of the Twin Bell and Parodius collections at Anime USA), I was able to continue (and maybe finish) finish the collection with the PSP collection of Salamander video games.
Second, like Pluvia33 at Ohayocon, I picked up the Japanese special box edition of Higurashi Daybreak Portable Mega Edition. After finding out that one of the figurines that came with it was of Mion in the waitress uniform, I had a little idea for a fun photo opportunity. Basically, I kinda fantasized what it would be like if one of my favorite anime girls, Nodoka Miyazaki from Negima, wore the waitress outfit from Higurashi. Considering I now had access to a trading figure that wore said outfit (and plenty of Negima trading figures on my bookshelf), I decided to have one of my Nodoka-based fantasies finally come to fruition. The following is the end result of my plan:
Rounding out my PSP purchases were games based on the Macross and Gundam franchises (I want to check out import video games that will unlikely be released in America, but I don't want to check out RPG's just yet since I don't know much when it comes to kanji).
That about sums up the purchases that I got at Katsucon this year. To bring things to an end, here's a picture of the current state of the Detolf cabinet that I use to hold most of figures. Please note the themes that I have have when it comes to the figures (although one figure on the third shelf sways away from the intended theme).
P. S. Like Pluvia33, I did take a few cosplay pictures at the con, but since I'd like to relax a little bit, I didn't post them in this blog listing for now. However, if there's a demand for it, I don't mind posting these pictures in a later blog post.