Oh my~ What a cutie! :3 *meow*
Yea, I know I’m a bit slow since this little figure was released a long way back in December 2007.
And why did he arrive so late? Well, the story goes like this…
I placed a pre-order with Playasia when it was first announced in 2007. So after that I waited… and waited… and waited… till February 2008… still no news of Konoe when he is supposed to have been shipped in December 2007 already!
So, I became upset when I couldn’t find him anywhere else until… I found another online store Toyslogic (http://www.toyslogic.com) And what did I do? I placed an order with them since they indicated on their site that they have it in stock.
And then? I waited and waited and waited… Sheesh. NO NEWS AGAIN! What’s their problem??? *insert Lulu’s Seriously… expression* And my enquiry emails were ignored. &^%@#$%#@ They were supposed to be an OK online figure retailer judging from various good feedback posted by their customers. I’m pissed because Toyslogic already charged my credit card for it. [Update 28 May 2008: They offered to refund me since they couldn’t find the item altho’ it was reserved. They’re trying to locate it for me now. Anyway I asked them to hold the refund until they are absolutely sure they can’t find it… Let’s see.] *&@*&#%&@#*#@& So BUYER BEWARE. Hmm ok, maybe as a deposit but hey please answer my emails? At least Playasia did not charge my credit card for unshipped goods. Anyway, I’ve already cancelled my order with Playasia but will still patronise them for their otherwise good service record. As for *&%$#% Toyslogic, I’ll wait and see what they have to say about my delayed order. [Update: 25 May 2008: Issue currently in the process of being resolved. I finally got a response only by posting in their forum. The admins were friendly and helpful. If only their email responses (which was non-existent) had the same standard. 28 May 2008: Okie… there’s an improvement…]
In the end I found and ordered Konoe from Hobby Link Japan late April this year. I’ve made previous orders with them and I learned to trust their indications about stock availability. You might wonder, why didn’t I just buy from them in the first place? Well, cos they mislabelled the product name as SnapPs Demonbane and I didn’t find Konoe when I searched their website :P Just a stroke of luck when I finally saw the item listed there. Yep, they have since relabeled the product name to SnapPs Konoe correctly.
Anyway, a quick review about the figure (couldn’t resist adding a bigger pic :3):
Lamento SnapPs Konoe costs 1500 Yen (w/o shipping). He is made of soft vinyl and stands around 11 cm tall. Very cute face and well-sculpted. To be honest, he is too cute to be an accurate representation of the character in the game. Hahaha… I don’t mind that although I prefer the Lamento one-coin series’s Konoe.
He comes with a detachable tail and additional holes on his shoulder for SnapPs figure compatibility. All SnapPs figures are compatible with one another, so if you own other SnapPs figures, you can swap their parts around. Cosplay? Oh Yeah Baby! LOL~ Konoe’s head and arms have limited poseability but he is meant to be displayed rather than as an action figure. Generally he can stand better if we attach him to his base :)
Konoe is my first SnapPs figure. I have a wishlist item that is Togainu no Chi SnapPs Akira who is an Animate Store-only product and plans are underway to get my hands on him… lol~ as soon as my wallet decides to cooperate, that is :3