The Result of my Burning Passion – Figure and Merchandise Spending 2006

December 31, 2006 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Everyday Life, Figures, Merchandise

With 2006 nearly over, I thought that I should look back to the various things in my life and one of them is my spending habits. Now I am an avid spender on both figures and merchandise and little do I realise how much I actually spend……..until now. Compiling a spreadsheet of both orders from HLJ and Amazon Japan I bring to you the result of my BURNING PASSION for 2006!

After my Christmas and New Year trip to Japan in 2005/2006, I made a resolution to not spend so much on figures and merchandise in general. Unfortunately that was not meant to be. My desire to purchase the figures and merchandise that I knowingly love just could not be satisfied thus my spending habits have somewhat stayed the same. Although I have restrained myself in a sense, but upon seeing the results, you would be surprised as I still am.

By the start of 2006, I started roughly with 20 figures, a few artbooks, and a handfull of manga. I can honestly say that that amount has grown threefold. I have three times the amount of figures, three times the amount of artbooks, three times the amount of manga, and 3 times the amount of DVDs. Throughout my trip to Japan, ordering items via the Internet, and visiting the local Kinokuniya, I’ve come to the realisation that it’s “Buy Now, Regret Later”. As happy as my soul is to satisfy my BURNING PASSION, my bank account on the other hand would disagree with me as it has taken quite a beating over the year. So how much did this quest to quench my thirst of otaku goods? Well the results are below.

HobbyLink Japan Orders

Total Amount of Orders: 27
Total Amount of Figures: 36
Total Amount of Misc Items: 8

Most Expensive Figure: 1/6 Feena Fam Earthlight costing at ¥8,550 ($91 AU)
Most Economical Figure: Revoltech King Gainer costing at ¥1,805 ($19 AU)
Most Expensive Misc Item: 1/100 MG Zeta Gundam Ver.2 costing at ¥5,000 ($53 AU)
Most Economical Misc Item: True Tears First Fanbook costing at ¥1000 ($11 AU)

Total Amount Spent on Figures: ¥157,880 ($1682 AU)
Total Amount Spent on Misc Items: ¥16,967 ($180 AU)
Total Amount Spent on Shipping: ¥39,580 ($422 AU)

Average Spent on Figures: ¥4,385 ($46 AU)
Average Spent on Misc Items: ¥2,120 ($23 AU)
Average Spent on Shipping: ¥1,465 ($16 AU)

Most Expensive Shipping Cost: ¥4,700 ($50 AU) via EMS
Most Economical Shipping Cost: ¥480 ($5 AU)

Most Pleased: 1/8 Mabinogi Nao PVC costing at ¥4,000 ($43 AU)
Most Worthy: COSPA Akari Big Towel costing at ¥4,800 ($51 AU)
Most Unworthy: SRDX Suigintou costing at ¥3,420 ($36 AU)
Largest: 1/8 Fate Testarossa costing at ¥6,476 ($69 AU)
Smallest: ARIA Desktop Calendar 2007 costing at ¥1,238 ($13 AU)

Well that’s all for the HLJ Orders. Quite a bit of information there but I figured it would be interesting to see the various things that I buy from HLJ. The most expensive shipping was actually the last order I had for 2006 and which was the Fate Testarossa box, which is still the largest box I own.

By far I think the best figure I’ve bought this year is the Nao figure. She is just so awesome. The Akari towel being the most worthy because of its quality and being large enough to cover the back of my bedroom door. However the Suigintou is unworthy simply because it’s just crap. Now onwards to Amazon Japan Orders.

Amazon Japan Orders

Total Amount of Orders: 8
Total Amount of Items: 16

Most Expensive Item: Da Capo Second Season DVD 7 Limited Edition costing at ¥7,920 ($84 AU)
Most Economical Item: ARIA Manga each volume costing ¥552 ($6 AU)

Total Amount Spent: ¥45,411 ($483 AU)
Total Amount Spent on Shipping: ¥14,700 ($156 AU)

Average Amount Spent: ¥2,838 ($30 AU)
Average Spent on Shipping: ¥1,837 ($20 AU)

Most Expensive Shipping Cost: ¥2,700 ($29 AU)
Most Economical Shipping Cost: ¥900 ($10 AU)

Most Pleased: Amano Kozue Cielo Illustration Works 3 costing at ¥2,981 ($32 AU)
Most Worthy: ARIA Premium Poster Book 2 costing at ¥2,857 ($30 AU)
Most Unworthy: Da Capo Second Season DVD Volume 6 and 7 with Vol. 6 costing at ¥6,846 ($73 AU)
Largest: ARIA Premium Poster Book 2
Smallest: ARIA Original Soundtrack CD costing at ¥2320 ($25 AU)

Not as large as the HLJ list but there are some notable items. The Cielo Illustration Book was something I was eager on getting when a fellow ARIA fan mentioned it to me and I was not disappointed. The Premium Poster Book is the most worth due to the size of the posters, each being A2 size and the cost is extremely cheap for prints of that quality. The D.C.S.S DVDs though were more of a collecting thing. I bought the entire series but the only problem is that Japanese DVDs are hellishly expensive. Not only that I’ve only really watched the first volume.

So there you have it. The calculation of my spending from my two major online sources. But that is quite a lot of information to look through so to sum it all up:

Total Expenditure on Merchandise: ¥220,258 ($2347 AU)
Total Expenditure on Shipping: ¥54,280 ($578 AU)
Total Number of Packages: 35

So there you have it. I roughly spent just under $3000 AU over the course of 2006 for online purchases. But of course this calculation doesn’t include items from Yahoo Japan Auctions, local Kinokuniya, and purchases from conventions, but I can clearly see that it would roughly be around $4500 AU for everything. So now with the new year approaching it makes me wonder how far my BURNING PASSION will take me into financial ruin otaku heaven. Though a number of factors will influence my spending habits over the course of 2007, mainly my financial situation but also my lack of space. All I can say is that I look forward to 2007 and what wonders it will bring me. But how do I feel about 2006 overall? I’ll let the picture below express what I want to say.

12 Responses to The Result of my Burning Passion – Figure and Merchandise Spending 2006



December 31st, 2006 at 11:55 am

orz indeed, lol…
Even though it won’t be nearly as rampant as yours, I think I might do something along these lines as well. I’m pretty sure I’ll surprise myself.



December 31st, 2006 at 12:44 pm

That’s an impressive haul…but yeah, eventually everyone runs out of space. I already have all my anime DVDs in Thinpaks to save shelf space, and space is part of why I have no figure collection (the other part being while my wife is very understanding of my anime obsession, I wouldn’t want to inflict a Densha Otoko-like room full of figures on her). For me, 2006 was the year I spent almost nothing on anime…sort of. I asked my parents, siblings, in-laws, mailman, and everyone else for Amazon gift certificates for Christmas and my birthday and used that to buy pretty much all the anime DVDs I acquired this year (I think ~30 of them). I did buy the Negima and Keroro Gunso manga at my local bookstore, but total I probably only spent US$200 on anime/manga (not counting the Amazon stuff that was ‘free’). But I guess in a way I’m lucky, being Japanese-impaired I’m only buying relatively cheap DVDs for my home region and not importing Region 2 DVDs…if I understood Japanese well enough to watch R2s I’d probably be taking out a second mortgage to pay for them all…



December 31st, 2006 at 12:52 pm

You have fallen in the deep trap of the internets. Do not pass Go, do not collect 200 dollars. Go to jail straight and rewatch N.H.K ni Yokouso :)



December 31st, 2006 at 1:53 pm

Adun… you’re killing yourself D=… YOU COULD’VE GOTTEN THE G25!!!!

O well, at least you’re happy, long as you don’t go over-board. Need to do an annual summary of my spendings, pretty sure I hit over the $2000 mark…


fisherman horizon

December 31st, 2006 at 2:43 pm

ha ha… you also use the “most” ranking.
Hope 2007 will be another wonderful year for you. Happy New Year, Adun!!!



December 31st, 2006 at 3:08 pm

wow … that’s losta purchases … as fer me i only spend about 100-200 per month …



December 31st, 2006 at 3:30 pm

*cough* …Amazing



December 31st, 2006 at 4:48 pm

khardic_paladin: Even though these are from just two sources, this surprised me quite a bit. The same will happen for you.

suguru: Ah well I have some unrecorded parts of buying DVDs as I have bought some here locally rather than importing them. Right now some of my DVDs don’t sit in my room but more in the living room. Also you are rather lucky to have a wide that understands your hobby. I hope I find someone like that.

windbell: It’s all a conspiracy!

Hijiko: You’re right. I could’ve bought a G25, oh well, I’ll just wait until you buy me one :P

fisherman horizon: I figured that you would be interested in seeing what my “most” rankings were. Also happy new year to you as well.

alafista: $100-$200 is almost like a minimum to me judging from what I calculated, lol. Though is that a good thing? lol.

Forwho: I’m amazed myself.



December 31st, 2006 at 6:26 pm

I am amazed you kept track of all that. I have lost track of my spendings long ago, though my bank account would suggest I have surpassed your spendings, with the majority going to yahoo japan.


tj han

January 1st, 2007 at 8:05 am

I can’t even count my own orders, since they come all over the place.

HLJ accounts for about 60 percent of my figures and compiling the past year, I spent about 4000 Singapore dollars on figures alone. But I am now scaling back, and it’s working.



January 4th, 2007 at 1:23 am

Wow, that’s quite a bit of money spent. I don’t think I’m close to that yet, but I’m working on it. OTOH I’m not sure I want to find out how much I’ve spent last year, there were some rather expensive YJA purchases made…



January 4th, 2007 at 2:13 am

icie: You most likely would have. I didn’t have too many SMJ orders in 2006 and I’m rather lucky that I don’t buy a lot from there.

tj han: That’s close to how much I spent. Scaling back? Good luck. I tried that at the start of 2006 and look at what happened.

P: Oh trust me, I’m not as bad as some other figure collectors. Also you don’t want to know how much you spent. I was rather shocked to see how much of my hard earned money has left my bank account.