My Pop Funko figure collection…thus far

Howdy fans! Welcome back to another fun filled post from yours truly. Some of you already know this, but I like to collect stuff. I collect anime, manga and video games. If I was a Marvel character, I would be the Collector. One of the things I enjoy collecting is Pop Funko figures. You probably seen these bobble-head like figures in stores like Hot Topic, GameStop and Walmart. These figures can come from any media like anime, video games, Disney, movies and other titles. Recently, I did an old post about my collection and I am back for an exciting update. I have officially filled one of my cabinets with Pop Funko figures. And yes, these figures are blocking my anime DVD collection too; they my personal protectors. I have two that is not in this picture and on a different shelf because I ran out of cabinet space.

I am going to go over what I collected and how I got them.

1. Kirito from Sword Art Online

Kirito was my very first figure ever owning. I got him in 2017 for a birthday weekend at a trip to Little Tokyo.

2. Donald Duck from Kingdom Hearts (Hot Topic Exclusive)

On my actual birthday in the same year, I bought this exclusive figure from Hot Topic. This was my first exclusive figure. This is Donald Duck from the Kingdom Hearts series in his royal wizard uniform.

3. Goofy from Kingdom Hearts (GameStop Exclusive)

I got this one from GameStop. Unfortunately, I don’t remember getting this same day as the exclusive Donald figure or day after. This version of Goofy is in his royal knight uniform from Kingdom Hearts.

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4. Tony Stark w/Iron Man Helmet from Spider-Man:Homecoming (Summer 2017 convention exclusive)

I got this one from winning a contest from the official Pop Funko Twitter page. All I had to do was to follow the account and retweet for a chance to win. Winning this was an awesome experience. It was my first convention exclusive.

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5-7. Asuna from Sword Art Online + Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 bobble head (with gun blaster) + Sora from Kingdom Hearts

For Christmas of 2017, I got two figures; one from Sword Art Online and the other was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. My younger brother got me Drax (carrying a gun) and my friend Allison got me Asuna. Drax is my favorite character in Guardians of the Galaxy. I needed Asuna since I had Kirito and I felt like these two need to stay together. My friend Ezra also got me a figure since he knows I collect them. I got Sora from Kingdom Hearts; this is Sora in his KH2 appearance.

8. Super Saiyan Trunks from Dragon Ball Super (Hot Topic Exclusive)

I got this figure on the same day when Dragon Ball FighterZ was released in January 26th. Of course, I bought him and thanks to my parents encouraging me, I also bought Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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9-12. Sonic with a Ring from Sonic the Hedgehog + Shadow the Hedgehog from Sonic the Hedgehog + Dr. Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog + Crash Bandicoot

I got this sweet deal from the Box Lunch store at a mall. I was happy to snag these babies since I did grew up playing these games and it’s nice having toy versions of my heroes and villains. I wish I could have got Cortex in the sale. Now I need to try to get Spyro.

13. Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I actually wrote this in a late birthday post a while back. Once again, Allie knows m best. She got me baby Groot to go with my Drax figure, even though the box doesn’t say it and this is from movie GotG: Vol. 2.

14 + 15. Mickey Mouse (Steamboat Willie) + Mickey Mouse (Gold Diamond Barnes and Noble edition)

I like to use Twitter to find sales on anything. When I heard the Diamond Mickey Mouse figure was back for limited time at Barnes and Noble, I didn’t hesistate. For an added bonus, I bought the Steam Boat Willie version of Mickey Mouse to go along with the golden diamond version. Mickey Mouse did start off in a cartoon called Steamboat Willie.

16. Sora in Guardian Form from Kingdom Hearts III (Fall Convention 2018 exclusive)

As you can tell, I enjoying grabbing exclusives. When I heard there was an exclusive Sora figure being sold at the Walmart site, I unsuccessfully missed out. I was indecisive and debated if I should get this one or buy it with other figures for free shipping. When I told myself to get this one only, I added it to my cart, but then it was too late and it was out of stock. There was other retailers selling it approximately $40 and I thought it was a ridiculous price. The following day, @churozz , an expert in Kingdom Hearts merchandise news, gave an update that the figure was back in stock. Without hesitation, I bought it. This version of Sora is from the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III but with a new form called Guardian Form. There’s not much about this new form, but based on videos, Sora is shown fighting Heartless at Hercules world and his keyblade is able to transform into a shield and pummel his foes with incredible power.

17 +18. Venomized Tony Stark/Iron Man + Venomized Steve Rodgers/Captain America

Thank you Barnes and Nobles for your sales. Barnes and Nobles was having a buy one and one half off sale for any Pop figures. As someone who loves Venom and Marvel heroes, I bought these two. As a way to promote Sony’s movie Venom, Pop Funko designed these new figures which has the Marvel characters overtaken by the alien symbiotes. Ironically, there is no news of a Spider-Man figure with the black alien on it. I grabbed the Captain America and Iron Man versions to participate for the sale.

19. Sora with Dual Blasters from Kingdom Hearts III (Funko Insider Club from GameStop)

Some exclusives are hidden in websites. I bought this one when I found out from @churozz account that this figure was selling at GameStop. This version of Sora is from one of the trailers of Kingdom Hearts III where Sora can transform his keyblade into a pair of guns.

20. Hercules from the Disney movie Hercules (Limited  Edition Glow Chase)

I recently got this from a contest from the Twitter account @fundotcom_ and it was pretty simple to enter. It’s a pretty cool figure. I wonder what Glow Chase is.

With all these figures in total, I have 20 figures. Do you collect any Pop figures too? What is your favorite figure you enjoyed from this post or do you have one you cherish the most?

*This is my 87th post on my streak!

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Thank you for the anime experience – A Thanksgiving Post

TGIT

Thank God it’s Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Thanksgiving is an important holiday for us Americans because we take this time and remember what we thankful for in our life. Besides eating turkey and dining with pumpkin pie, we take this time on this holiday and appreciate the things that made us happy whether it is little or big. For me, I am thankful having a family that cares about me and is willing to sacrifice everything to see me smile. I want to thank my friends who always got my back. My real life friends maybe small, but it’ small enough so I can trust them in my life. My online friends like bloggers and visitors help me continue to write and I have am honored to meet such wonderful people. I want to thank my current job in hospitality. I got employed way back in May 4th and I am so happy to be in a job where Christianity is a priority and my co-workers treat me with so much respect.

In this post, I want to talk about the anime I seen and why am I grateful for watching them. It was going to be a top post, but I feel like if it was numbered, it would be limited. To explain the purpose of this post, I have a question to ask you. Have you ever watched an anime and you have no regrets on watching it? Is there a particular anime that holds a special place in your heart? Out of all the anime you seen, was there one you hold dear and it’s considered one of your favorites no matter what? In this post, I want to share some anime that holds dear to my heart.

Pokemon

I am thankful for Pokemon. Like some people, I remember watching Pokemon as a kid and seeing Ash Ketchum start his adventures in the Kanto Region. Even though Pokemon started as a video game, it gained so much popularity in the anime that it spawned into movies, spinoffs and even toys. Pokemon is special to me because it what led me into watching anime. Unintentionally, Pokemon was an anime that will eventually lead me to other gateway anime in my childhood like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Dragon Ball. Some people say you never forget you first encounter or kiss, but I never forgot my first anime.

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball is another anime I am thankful for experiencing in my childhood. Unlike Pokemon, Dragon Ball was a special anime that had the main focus on fighting and gave us so much memorable moments. As a kid in elementary school, we had like three different Dragon Ball series, the classic one with Kid Goku and introduced Evil King Piccolo, Dragon Ball Z which everyone knows about and even witness the iconic Super Saiyan Transformation and we had Dragon Ball GT which was even though noncanon, we had Super Saiyan 4. Before Dragon Ball Super, these three anime was one of the pinnacle in watching anime in Toonami in which kids would come home after school and watch anime. I fell in love with Dragon Ball Z as kid. I remember getting hyped when Goku joins the fight and beating the tar out of villains like Frieza and Buu. I used to play the video games on the GameCube, PS2 and GBA. Overall, Dragon Ball was an experience in which I will never regret watching and it’s one of the anime I wouldn’t mind watching no matter how many times to seen it. Thanks to Dragon Ball success, we later got other amazing anime that got popular such as Naruto, One Piece and Bleach.

Clannad

As someone who really love anime, I didn’t care for drama series or slice of life anime, but I am thankful that I got to enjoy this anime. When I first heard about Clannad, I thought it was going to be a boring anime. Out of curiosity, I checked this anime out on YouTube and I didn’t have high expectations. However, once I got to around near episode 10 of the first season and they played that song called Ana, I started to break into tears. It was that moment that I got hooked into this anime and I even saw the second half of the anime, After Story. After Story is one heck of a emotional roller coaster and this anime almost killed me with the depressing moments. However, I held strong and watched all the episodes and I made it out alive, no doubt about that. Clannad, in opinion, is a great anime that does emphasis the slice of life genre and opened my heart for other anime that can pluck my heart strings.

Netflix anime – Devilman Crybaby and Violet Evergarden

I am late to join Netflix, but as soon as I got Netflix, I started to watch some shows and I am thankful for that. The first thing I jumped in was the anime Devilman Crybaby. Based on the manga in a updated setting focusing on a modern world, the story tells about a young man named Akira Fudo who becomes Devilman and uses his demonic powers to protect the ones he cares for from demons. Another anime I got into after Devilman Crybaby, was Violet Evergarden. Violet Evergarden tells a story about a girl named Violet who was once a child soldier, but now lives in a peaceful world where she has to re-train herself to have emotions. She takes a job as a doll and help write letters for people who want to express their feelings and thoughts but are unable to put it on paper. I chose these two anime because these anime made feel connected to the protagonist. We have Ryo who wants to protect his friends and innocent people that doesn’t deserve suffering. We have Violet who slowly learns what is like to have emotions and we get to see the impact on the importance of “I love you”.

Toonami

Thank Toonami for the anime fanbase. Toonami is a special TV block in which Cartoon Network/Adult Swim allow Toonami to stream anime on public television. Back in the day, Toonami used to be on after school where kids were exposed to anime like YuYu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball. Ever since Toonami moved to Adult Swim, we gotten a lot more anime and it made watching TV fun on Saturdays. Thanks to Toonami we have gotten anime from different companies like Funimation, Viz, Sentai Filmworks, Aniplex and Discotek Media. In Funimation, we have Dragon Ball, Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. In Viz, we have Naruto, Boruto, Hunter x Hunter and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures. Sentai Filmworks provided us Akame ga Kill and Parasyte. Aniplex offered us Sword Art Online and Blue Exorcist. Discotek gave us Lupin the 3rd Part 4. As we continue to get more anime English Dub, Toonami will try to attempt to show these anime before they get release on DVDs. I am so thankful to have anime on TV and made it easy for people to get into anime.

That’s the end of this post. I hope everyone have a great Thanksgiving and God bless you all! Thank you for the love and support.

The Unique Blogger Award by Karandai

I am sorry for the delay Karandi, I almost forgot about this tagged post. Thank you for tagging me on this Unique Blogger Award. Go check out her post please! Go follow her blog if you like daily anime reviews and episode discussions. As you may know it, here is the rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. (Try and include a little bit of promotion!)
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family

*Warning: Spoilers to video game stories!

01. What story made you incredibly angry and why?

The Ending of Marvel Spider-Man for the PS4 (SPOILERS!)

Here is what happened if you didn’t know, It turns out that the mastermind of the Sinister Six and the cause of the Devil’s Breath epidemic was Dr. Otto Octavius and he was also Peter Parker’s mentor. The reason why Doc Ock attacked New York with his criminals because he wanted revenge on Mayor Norman Osborn and wanted to expose his corrupt powers by attacking on innocent people . The Devil’s Breath is a deadly virus and anyone exposed of this without an antidote will die. After defeating all the bad guys, Spider-Man was able to retrieve the antidote. It turns out that his Aunt May got infected by the virus and Peter was eager to save her. Unfortunately, the doctor states that the antidote needs time to be made for others, and if Spider-Man does wait, Aunt May will die and on other hand, if Spider-Man chose to save Aunt May, all the infected people of New York will die. Seeing this scene was painful to watch and seeing that Aunt May knew about Peter’s superhero identity and was always worrying about like a parent was the last straw. In the end, Peter chose to use the antidote for everyone in New York and let Aunt May die. Seeing this in the game made me mad that someone as innocent like Aunt May die because of the bad guys. Even though this game is all about Spider-Man, where’s the Avengers, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones? Why didn’t they help Spider-Man fight the Sinister Six? Still, the game is good and we did get some good in the ending so it’s technically not a bad ending.

02. If you could rewrite the ending to anyone story which would it be and what would you change?

The ending of Final Fantasy XV (Spoilers Again!)

After I played the alternate ending of Episode Ignis, I wanted this ending instead the original ending. In the original ending, the protagonist Noctis Lucis Caelum has finally accepted his role as the King of Kings and was going to take his throne and restore light of the world. The only way to bring peace to the world was to fight the cursed bloodline of the family, Ardyn Lucis Caelum, and he had to die for the world. What happened in the alternate ending of Episode Ignis is when Ignis follows Ardyn back to the Empire Kingdom of Niflheim . Ignis uses Noctis’ Ring of Lucii to fight the immortal Ardyn on his own with the cost of his life. After defeating him, he is left for dead and with Noctis, Prompto and Gladiolus showing up minutes later. After seeing his friend sacrifice himself, Noctis takes the role and accepts his role early on and miraculously saves Ignis. The game later shows everyone doing well in the story and this DLC ends with Noctis surviving and becoming the new king and Ignis serving him. Overall, this DLC version had  a positive version and I like seeing my favorite characters alive.

03. Easy one – favorite opening theme song ever?

My favorite anime opening song would be Sword Art Online’s season one opening Crossing Field by LiSA.

3 Nominees

Archi-Anime

Nerd Rambles

aniblogplay

My 3 questions to you:

  1. Do you have a guilty pleasure on a TV/movie series or music?
  2. What is one super power you wished you had?
  3. What is one trend you despise

[OWLS November Blog Tour] Eiichiro Oda – I’m thankful for being a pirate fan

Thankful

Here at OWLS, we are pretty thankful that we are able to come together as a community and share a love and appreciation for anime and manga. This month we will be showcasing our appreciation by giving a shout out post to our favorite manga artists, creators, production companies, and writers who produced some of our favorite works. We will be discussing our favorite works by these creators and our reasons as to why we appreciate them.

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[OWLS October Blog Tour] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Perfectionists always Grotesque masks

Grotesque

In honor of Halloween, we will explore what we find vile and ugly in pop culture.  For this month’s topic, OWLS bloggers will be exploring characters or aspects of the grotesque in a piece of media and how it is a metaphor or allegory for society, human nature, or some other philosophical or humane idea.

* Warning: May contain spoilers to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood

Please be sure to read the previous post of the month from Heyitszel.

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1,000 followers!

I want to say thank you everyone who helped me reach one thousand followers! It means a lot for a writer like me to reach this milestone. With many things going on my life, I try my best to spare my time and give my readers something to read. Now that my blog receiving the premium package, my blog is becoming a website. I am going to be writing as much as I can and provide the best of my writing. Thank you for making it possible. For these past days, I have been writing everyday posting new content. As a writer, it’s my goal to keep writing no matter what. My goal of my site Matt-in-the Hat is to provide the best content for gamers, anime/manga fans, movie lovers and casuals.

Thank you and God bless you all!

Haul of the week (9/2-9/8)

Hey everyone, welcome back to another fun post! So far I haven’t gotten my copy of Marvel Spider-Man yet, but I did snag some really awesome nerd goods. I got anime, merchandise and a comic book!

On Sept 4th, I got two anime series for a good price and a lanyard from Rightstuf. I bought Night Raid 1931 for about $8 because it was cheap and I highly recommend getting it since the license for the anime is expired because of Aniplex. You can also get this for Blu-Ray for the listing price of $10. Both sets have all the episodes and two OVA. I got myself another lanyard and this one is from Sword Art Online. I like to collect them because I like to support my favorite series and it feels as if you are wearing a new shirt for your keys. I also bought JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Blu-Ray set 1 during a one day sale. I was actually debating on getting this one or the classic Fist of the North Star, but I picked JoJo because I enjoyed the anime on TV and I wanted to take advantage of the sale. This set includes parts 1 and 2 all in English Dub.

Also on the same day, my Pop Funko figures came in the mail. I got these from Barnes and Nobles. As a way to celebrate 90 years with Mickey Mouse, Pop Funko! released a set of new figures in tribute of Mickey Mouse and his variations such as the classic Steamboat Willie and Sorcerer Apprentice. I got the classic Steamboat Willie figure because I am a nostalgic/retro enthusiast and I felt like getting this version was highly recommended. Mickey Mouse started out in this classic cartoon and became an important mascot for Walt Disney. This awesome golden diamon figure can only be bought at Barnes and Noble. They say diamonds is a girl’s bestfriend, but to me, gold is my best friend. I wanted to get this and a Mister Rodger’s figure because I heard they get sold out fast; unfortunately, they did run out of Mister Rodgers.

Last but not least, this came in the mail today. I got ordered these during the Labor Sale this past weekend. This GameStop exclusive Vinimate was on sale on the listing of $5. Since I do like Kingdom Hearts, I couldn’t resist this deal. The comic book Marvel: The Infinity Gauntlet was bought with a coupon code from Barnes and Noble. I love Marvel and the movie Infinity War and I wanted to see how was Thanos and the rest of the heroes portrayed in this classic comic book.

John 1:12-13 (NKJV)

12. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

13. who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.