East Meets West [2016]

07 March 2017

Actually got up early on a weekend (wut?) and decided to run around to some spots I hadn’t been to in ages on the west side (west of me, anyway)! I really need to do a better job of taking pictures of the outsides of these places, lol. (Sorry for the crap cell phone quality. OTL)

First stop on my adventure was Big Lou’s, a consignment shop/slot car raceway on Sepulveda, where you can find all sorts of interesting things for sale.

From plushies to ornaments and from Hot Wheels to Transformers, there’s something for everyone here!

I’m pretty sure all those comic book standees are handmade. :O

Afterwards, made it over to Gardena’s Tokyo Central & Main supermarket, which used to be a Marukai.

Another reason to quit this hobby. DX

Here’s an entire section dedicated to Dragon Ball.

If Dollfies aren’t your thing, you can still invest in an Evangelion action figure that costs more than your car payment!

It’s a good thing I haven’t gotten into Gundam (yet)!

The Pokemon saw me coming, haha.

While I didn’t buy anything at Big Lou’s or Tokyo Central & Main, I did buy stuff at second-hand bookstore Book Off’s Del Amo and Gardena locations. I impulse bought the Nono action figure since I actually wound up liking Gunbuster 2: Diebuster the second time around and finally completed my (regular version) collection of the Japanese version of Your Lie in April — for much cheaper than what Kinokuniya was charging in-store or even at AX!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2016 09 03 Sat: East Meets West


Anime Expo 2016, Day 1: Standard Ver.

04 October 2016

Even though I spent most of the first day of Anime Expo running around chasing Your Lie in April stuff, I still had time to take in the rest of the con, even taking in a lecture.

One of the other displays in the A-1 Pictures Exhibit at the Aniplex booth was for Anthem of the Heart, from the same team that made Anohana.

I’m afraid to get into Love Live! because The iDOLM@STER is already sucking up enough of my monies. ^^;

Super-deformed Disney figures (Star Wars and Avengers) on display at the Bluefin booth.

There was at least one event centered around Sound! Euphonium going on during con.

I’d imagine that this wall of original art is worth a crapton of money. :O

Saw an Ariel!

I wish they’d had these types of classes at my school!

Not sure what was going on here, but I think this is Haikyuu!!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2016 07 01 Fri: Anime Expo 2016, Day 1: Standard Ver.

Full Coverage of Anime Expo 2016:

2016 07 01 Fri: Anime Expo 2016, Day 1: KimiUso Ver.
2016 07 01 Fri: Anime Expo 2016, Day 1: Standard Ver.
2016 07 02 Sat: Anime Expo 2016, Day 2
2016 07 03 Sun: Anime Expo 2016, Day 3
2016 07 04 Mon: Anime Expo 2016, Day 4
2016 07 04 Mon: Anime Expo 2016 Anniversaries
2016 07 04 Mon: Anime Expo 2016 Itasha
2016 07 04 Mon: Anime Expo 2016 GSC Racing

Universal CityWalk Hollywood: Part I [2015]

22 March 2016

It seems fitting that shortly after I celebrated the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future at Puente Hills Mall, I visited Universal CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood for the first time in ages. In fact, I’d probably walked through Universal Studios Orlando‘s version of CityWalk more recently!

This crashed spaceship and sign (way at the top) is actually from the old location of Things From Another World at the other end of CityWalk.

Things From Another World is a collector’s paradise for geeks of all stripes. They sell everything from comics to high-end collectibles.

So many cool Batman collectibles smooshed into this case!

That’s one expensive Iron Man statue!

I can’t even afford this awesome Star Trek phaser remote control. T_T

Didn’t catch the price on this Jetwing Optimus Prime statue, but I want it!

EDIT: It’s actually the Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys and will set you back $350! He doesn’t even transform!

For $500, I’d like to be able to go back in time and invest in Disney so I can buy this Back to the Future flux capacitor!

Dr. Doom is making sure you don’t walk off with the $25 bottle openers.

Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s worth stopping by TFAW just to ooh and aah over all cool stuff they have on display!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2015 11 06 Fri: Universal CityWalk Hollywood: Part I

Full Coverage of Universal CityWalk Hollywood [2015]:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood: Part I
Universal CityWalk Hollywood: Part II

D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Cosplay and Photo Areas

12 January 2016

The final album from this year’s D23 Expo features some awesome cosplays as well as the new Photo Spots at this year’s con!

The Expo had set up Photo Spots featuring characters, props, and backdrops. From cut-outs to full sets, areas and characters you could pose with ran the entirety of the Disney universe. Disney Infinity version of Yoda? Or Clone Wars version? Or both?

Tons of people were taking pictures of the Guardians of the Galaxy spacepod, but no one was actually taking pictures with it, lol.

Since I was stuck in line for the bulk of con and trying to hunt goodies the rest of the time, I didn’t run into as many cosplayers as I would’ve liked. However, there were a few who were stuck in line with me, like this Black Widow, so I decided to take full advantage of the hours (literally) that we were trapped together to take a few photos.

This Mary Poppins family was super sweet!

I love this take on Ursula! She was out of character, though, since she was really nice!

Out in the Emporium I ran into another Black Widow, this time with Captain America!

Found an Ariel! ❤

This Cruella De Vil was so awesome; she stayed in character the whole time! When I asked for a photo she was like, “I suppose”, and then when I showed it to her, she said, “That’ll do”. At least, I hope she was in character. ^^;

The one thing that seemed to be missing was the PhotoPass system that is featured at the Disney Parks and which used to be at Expos of years past. Guess they finally caught on that most of us Disney nerds prefer to bring our own photomakers and to spend the 20 bucks on other things!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2015 08 16 Sun: D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Cosplay and Photo Areas

Full Coverage of D23 Expo 2015, Day 3:

D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Expo and Pavilions
D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Emporium and Shopping
D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Cosplay and Photo Areas

Trektacular Summer [2011]

20 September 2011

I think it’s fitting that my procrastination allowed me to put up this post right after I got to meet my one of my heroes and idols, the one and only Mr. Spock: Leonard Nimoy!

I had the pleasure of meeting him after a lecture/discussion he had (with new Spock Zachary Quinto) for his latest photo project, Secret Selves at UCLA’s Hammer Museum. Before anime, there was Star Trek, and I have always been a huge Trekker. It’s unfortunate that photography was restricted inside the Billy Wilder Theatre, but you can watch UCLA’s recording of the lecture on their website soon.

Anyway, how is that appropriate? Well, this summer I went to Orlando, Florida, for vacation! (Yes, I’m aware that’s a banner for Star Tours. -_-; )

You may already know that Orlando is home to many theme parks, including SeaWorld Orlando. Their One World killer whale show with Shamu was beast.

And of course, right down the street is Walt Disney World. Okay, not right down the street, especially since WDW is not the same as Disneyland Resort (while Disney’s California complex is pretty much boxed-in by streets and hotels, WDW sits on 25,000 acres of land!). But still, with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7’s 12x zoom, I was able to get a shot of EPCOT Center’s Spaceship Earth from SeaWorld’s Sky Tower.

Ironically, this trip marks the first time I’ve ever been in Florida and not gone to any of the Disney theme parks. :<

But, I did still manage to step foot on Walt Disney World Resort property by spending an hour or so at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney.

Only managed to get a few shots, and of course most of them are of my girl Ariel. xD

Besides SeaWorld and Walt Disney World, there is also Universal Orlando Resort. While I’ve been to Universal Studios Florida during visits past, I’d never been to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Somehow I vaguely remember the Jurassic Park stuff (maybe they moved that part of the park? lol), but everything else was new to me!

Seuss Landing was pretty fun with my little cousin, to whom I used to read many of Dr. Seuss’ books (Fox in Socks is still my favorite!).

The Lost Continent had some interesting things in it, including this attraction called Poseidon’s Fury. It was essentially a live stage show with an actor and special effects. A good way to beat the heat! At least, until the fire effects got turned on. xD;

Although I’m not much of a Potterhead, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was quite impressive. And I did wind up having a pleasant conversation with a sales clerk about my Maho? T-shirt. East Coast represent! xD lol

Toon Lagoon brought back memories of some of my favorite Sunday funnies. I love Hägar the Horrible!

On the other hand, I found Marvel Super Hero Island to be pretty lackluster. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I was hoping for more than just up-scaled 2D images stuck to buildings. :/

But there’s more to Florida than just theme parks! It’s also home to Cape Canaveral, an integral part of our nation’s space program.

The original launch date of the final space shuttle mission had been scheduled for 28 June and I’d been hoping to see it. Unfortunately, it got delayed, but it was still cool being able to see the shuttle out on the launch pad!

Even cooler was the fact that the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was running Sci-Fi Summer: Where Science Fiction Meets Science Fact!

So apologies to all you Star Wars fans, but even NASA now confirms that Star Trek is awesomer! 😛 (Plus the fact that Star Wars technically isn’t science fiction; it’s science fantasy.)

While I didn’t get a chance to try the Star Trek Shuttlecraft Simulator Adventure, I did manage to take in Star Trek: The Exhibition and the Star Trek LIVE show in between all the other things to see and do there.

Had to beam back for AX, but it was a wonderfully Trek-filled summer!

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