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December, 2009:

ordering mysteries

So about three weeks ago, I preordered the Azone Hirasawa Yui doll from Hobby Link Japan.
Immediately after ordering, I happened to check the page again, and noticed that it was updated to “order stop” – they were taking no more preorders.
With HLJ, they state that all orders are added to the system officially the following day, which caused me to panic a little bit, wondering if their website stock updated properly or if I had, in fact, just narrowly missed my chance.
Thankfully the former was true, and my order was processed without a hitch.
Yui arrived the day before I had to leave for a trip, and managed to charm her way into my luggage.
barrette close-up

Having received her, and checked her quality (as well as all the goodies she came with:
(6 pairs of hands, total, summer vest & socks, ハネムーン t-shirt, guitar & strap)
all the extras~
I realized that Mio would likely be worth the investment.
So I returned to HLJ’s site to preorder her – placed her in the cart, checked out, got the standard “order received!” confirmation e-mail.
Of course, this meant that again, my order wouldn’t necessarily be officially accepted until later.

On a whim, I checked back on HLJ to view the photos.
Again, “order stop”.
I felt more confident that my order went through this time, but still, it’s weird. How could I, both times, secure the very last preorder slot?
Mentioning this to someone, they jokingly replied that “Well, if they only have one….” yet that seems unlikely. HLJ is no tiny business, although perhaps character dolls (as opposed to figures) are?
On top of this, Yui has gone from “Discontinued” to having disappeared completely from HLJ’s database! I’m glad I bought her when I did (@_@) I had no idea she’d be so limited. I’m starting to wonder how many were made, exactly.

Mio doesn’t ship until the end of February, so Yui will have to survive on her own for a couple months. (Nendoroid Mio ships end of Jan, though, so she’ll have a mini!Mio to いじめる-er, play with :D)

On an unrelated note, I’ve decided to take up the 365 photo challenge for the 2010 year. I may or may not post all photos here, but I will most likely report on my progress. I know that seems like a cop-out, but I really want to feel free to take photos of whatever without worrying too much – any obstacle like that might prove to interrupt my 365 attempt.

Umineko Ep6 has been released!
I’ll report back on that subject once I know more…. :D

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