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Mandarake Urban Mines Loot

rufusdrumknott9 дней назадLoot
Hello, MFC! It has been a little while since my last blog post. Nothing much has happened to me in terms of figures over the past few months, but today something very exciting arrived at my door: a box from Mandarake Urban Mines! Here is the lot I won:

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Pretty obvious why I went for it, right? I just can't resist a box full of Sonico! This was my very first time bidding on an Urban Mines lot after months of stalking listings and looking for something I'd potentially be interested in. I just really wanted to try it for the first time! I won this auction 3 weeks ago for 900 JPY and shipping by SAL was 1580 JPY. Was it worth it? Let's find out! As always,
I am very sorry for the potato photos orz


View spoilerHide spoilerTangent: This arrived to me today. I'm still waiting for something that I had shipped by EMS at around the same time. Stupid customs. The postal service in this country is wonderful, EXCEPT when customs gets involved orz

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Here's the beautiful mess, out of the box. Exciting, eh? Let's jump right in and look at the main reason I bid on this box!

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Six Chibi Kyun-Chara Sonicos! There are five chibis in this line up. Will I get them all?!

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Sadly, not quite, haha. I got one of ITEM #149697, two of ITEM #149699 and THREE of item/149696! A bit of a shame, but I'm not too disappointed. It could have been worse! For now, I'm definitely happy with what I got. They look so adorable! I'll definitely have to get the rest now. Yes, I would definitely be interested in trading for my dupes for the ones I don't have, if anyone's wondering :p

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They were all a bit hard to assemble in some way o.o Baking Sonico wasn't too bad, her head was just a bit stubborn about getting on her neck, and it was difficult to keep a grip on her body, but the other two took me a fair few minutes each. It took me a while to understand just how More Power Sonico's guitar goes on her body, and it doesn't quite fit on her hand. Do not talk to me about Cheer Girl Sonico's pom-poms. Yes, one of them is just wedged underneath her hair instead of on her hand. It will have to do -_-

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More Sonico items! I was super excited to find the strap in the middle, it's one I've been meaning to pick up whenever I might find it! She's so adorable! The other two are really cute too, and I've never seen the sweet TV one before. I think these items are not in the database, please let me know if I'm wrong!

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Last bit of Sonico! First is a precious swing mascot of Sonico's fellow band member, Fuuri, item/155829! It's jaw-droppingly cute. Somehow, the packaging makes me think of chocolate, and I want to pop her into my mouth >_< Next is another item I couldn't find in the database. Is it one of them screen cleaners or something? I kind of wish I could attach it to my phone, just because it would surprise people lol.

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The next item I could see from the lot preview that convinced me to go for it was this Chibi Kyun-Chara Sayaka, item/117065! I don't have any others from this line, but I think I might have to go for it now! The background is beautiful, Sayaka is ridiculously detailed, down to the soul gem on her navel, which I only even noticed because you have to pull her apart to get some wrapping off of her. Her paint is pretty much flawless, and the soul gem is gorgeous. It totally blew my mind how amazing she looks!

The Kyouko is ITEM #111244, a line of charms where each character has a speech bubble with some iconic thing they said in the anime. Kyouko's is 'kuukai?', from the scene when Homura confronts her in the arcade and Kyouko offers her some food. It's a very cute charm! I also got this little pendant thing with an illustration of Homura and Madoka. No idea what it is, but hey, there's no such thing as too much Madoka lol.

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Next are some items from a series I'd never really heard of before, Shironeko Project ENTRY #79170. I got three coasters(?) with gorgeous artwork on them. I'm a sucker for beautiful art pieces, and these are right up my alley! I also got ITEM #362545, an acrylic keychain of Kamome. It's quite big, and just as beautiful as the coasters. I'm really happy to have these pieces!

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And the final miscellaneous pieces I received! First, ITEM #502625, an acrylic charm of Renge from Non Non Biyori. I'm not a fan myself, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this because I have a friend who loves this series and this character in particular, so I'll be gifting it to him.

I also got rubber straps of Akizuki Ritsuko from iDOLM@STER ITEM #105639, Luviagelita Edelfelt from one of the instalments in the Fate series ITEM #185664, and Akatsuki from KanColle ITEM #207068. Last but not least, a Nendoroid Petit of Futami Mami item/98909! Sorry I forgot to take a picture of her box but, you know, it's in the preview image ^^;

And that was everything in my Urban Mines lot! Was it worth the money? Would I do it again if a lot caught my eye? Hells yes! It was lots of fun to open the box up, and there were many pleasant surprises. I'm very happy with it all! I love the concept of Urban Mines, as it's interesting to receive a ~mystery box~ while still having some assurance as to what you're going to receive. It's very nice to know upfront how much you're going to spend with shipping, and be in control of how much you pay for the box if the bidding gets too high for your liking. Only thing is, I wish Mandarake allowed you to combine shipping with other items from SAHRA by popping in your things into the same box, instead of getting you another box if you try to combine your order with something else, even if it's something as small as a CD >_. Can't be helped, I suppose.

Thank you very much for reading! What do you think of this box? Have you bid on any Urban Mines lots, or anything similar like on Yahoo! Japan, before? What was your experience like?
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rufusdrumknott (5 дней назад) #27229001Thanks! I always love reading your loot posts too <3 And sure I'd be interested, DM me? ^^

Sorry for the delay! I just PM'ed you!
2 дня назад
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A big box with a lot of great stuff. Thanks for sharing with us.
5 дней назад
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Maakie (5 дней назад) #27227887Nice loot, thanks for sharing! ^^
Are you keeping ITEM #207068 by the way? :O I would be interested in a trade!


Thanks! I always love reading your loot posts too <3 And sure I'd be interested, DM me? ^^
5 дней назад
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Nice loot, thanks for sharing! ^^

Are you keeping ITEM #207068 by the way? :O I would be interested in a trade!
5 дней назад
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I love the akatsuki charm sooo much! The sonico ones are really cute too, especially the tv one. Great loot!
8 дней назад
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kk1030 (9 дней назад) #27057294The only two times I bought something from urban mine has been terrible experiences.
One time it was a asuka from the limited evangelion manga, which came broken in 3 pieces and all the joints were loose.
The 2nd was some shikishi which had the sizes wrong, came in mini instead which is completely different from what I expected.
I am glad that it ended well for you though, but I will definitely not try again


Oh I'm sorry to hear you had bad experiences >_< Since Urban Mines is the place they dump stuff that's in no condition to be sold in their shops, I always assume there's something wrong with figures that are sold in a lot by themselves. Sometimes it's obvious if it's in a clear box, like Nendoroids with missing parts, but I couldn't risk it myself. I'm not very handy with repairs ^^; But I bet they're good for people who like customising figures to get parts for cheap.

tharglet (9 дней назад) #27061555If you want airmail, you need to send a message to Sahra store via the contact form once you have generated the order.
So you add items to cart, go through order process, but stop when it asks you to pay. Then go to contact page, select the right store, then say you want airmail. They will then change the order to be airmail (if available in your country).
Source: I did this once, and the item was indeed sent airmail. Originally the order was set to SAL.


Oh I see, I thought it might have been something like that. Thanks, that's useful to know!
8 дней назад
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I did a bag of random from Urban Mines recently. Tagged the posts on my blog, if you want to see: tharglet.tumblr... . Was very happy with my box.

On this MFC account I have a couple of grab boxes, and will do a post for my latest one in the next week or two, but it'll be on the Tumblr blog, rather than here.
9 дней назад
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chapters0 (9 дней назад) #27054646I want to give them a try, but I thought their only shipping option was ems or dhl? Maybe they changed it?

Wouldn't be surprised if Canada doesn't get SAL due to the lack of tracking or the crap service you guys can get. They only allow registered SAL in the checkout options, for those countries with SAL.

If it is one of the methods listed on the site, you may be able to request it - I once had an order switched to airmail to ensure it would arrive before I went on holiday.
9 дней назад
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rufusdrumknott (9 дней назад) #27054739They might have :o I always see the estimates for SAL, Airmail, EMS, and DHL whenever I view a lot. But I can't choose Airmail when I check out, so I'm not sure if some shipping options are only available to some countries or what ><

If you want airmail, you need to send a message to Sahra store via the contact form once you have generated the order.

So you add items to cart, go through order process, but stop when it asks you to pay. Then go to contact page, select the right store, then say you want airmail. They will then change the order to be airmail (if available in your country).

Source: I did this once, and the item was indeed sent airmail. Originally the order was set to SAL.
9 дней назад
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The only two times I bought something from urban mine has been terrible experiences.

One time it was a asuka from the limited evangelion manga, which came broken in 3 pieces and all the joints were loose.
The 2nd was some shikishi which had the sizes wrong, came in mini instead which is completely different from what I expected.

I am glad that it ended well for you though, but I will definitely not try again
9 дней назад
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