January and February Loot

2 greatest loots (arguably of course) arrive on January and February consecutively and both of them are probably my two most expensive loots of this year.

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Nanoha Takamachi Exceed Mode 1/7 by Alter

I just picked up my Nanoha at the post office tonight and was quite shocked with the custom fee. I was charged CAD$37 which is higher than usual because it’s usually around CAD$25. Nanoha and Fate are almost at the same price so I would expect ~$25 custom fee. I guess it all depends the mood of the officer who was examining my stuff. Does anyone experience a sporadic custom fee too in your country?

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Side View Left - Magic Circle

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Back View - Nanoha Silhouette

I like Nanoha Silhouette on the back :)

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Side View Right - Magic Circle

Side view left and right have the same magic circle.

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Top View

“Ace of Ace”….. I like it.

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Bottom View

The other loot is Black Rock Shooter. It arrived 2 weeks prior to my Nanoha and I still haven’t opened it yet ^^;; since the box is nice enough to be on display. In addition, it’s a medium size so it does not take up that much space.

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Black Rock Shooter 1/7 PVC by Good Smile Company

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Side View Right

BSR box is great. I love the photo of the figure on the right side. I wish  I can have a setting like that for my BSR photo shoot ^^.

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Side View Left

On the left, you are given the illustration of BSR figure. Pretty nice ^^.

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Back View

On the back, there are couple BSR photos from different angles

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Top View

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Bottom View

So how much did they cost ? Lets talk about that briefly.

Nanoha Takamachi 1/7 PVC Exceed Mode
Unit Price: 12,160 yen
Shipping: 4,000 yen
Points: -414 Yen
Custom: CAD$37
Total: ~$221

Black Rock Shooter
Unit Price: 8,867 yen
Shipping: 5,400 yen
Points: -581 Yen
Custom: CAD$25
Total: ~$185

So far, I meet my quota of 1 figure per month, although, I need to keep the cost of each figure down >.>

  • http://www.relentlessness.com/blog/ relentlessflame

    The difference in the customs cost, incidentally, has to do with Duty. In Canada, there’s technically a 6% duty on most of this stuff (in addition to GST + PST or HST), but they’re sort of inconsistent in terms of when they apply it. And of course, there’s the $10 processing fee. So on the first order, it’s around $140 CDN * 19% or so (depending on what province you live in) + $10 = ~$37 taxes/fees. And on the second, they didn’t charge you duty for whatever reason, so it’s just ~$106 CDN * 13% + $10 = ~$24-25 taxes. And every once in a while you might luck out and they won’t charge you anything; it’s sort of the luck of the draw.

    Maybe there is some sort of rule about when they are and aren’t supposed to charge duty, but it sure seems random to me…

    • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

      Based on my experience, I never got charged with less then $20 on the custom fee and most items with less than $100 value are not charged with custom fee either so my assumption is that if it’s more than $100 and/or $20 in taxes, I will get charged.

      The only weird thing this time is that I got charged $37 on Nanoha while I was charged $25 on Fate. Both has more less the same price so that’s why I thought it’s random.

  • http://www.shadonia.com/site Leonia

    Two beautiful figure ^^ BRS is a must have for her originality (base, appareance, gun) and Nanoha is a great figure with ^^ Nice haul !
    .-= Leonia´s last blog ..Zero no Tsukaima – Eiji Usatsuka Illustrations =-.

    • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

      Not nice for my wallet though >.>

  • http://thedisjointedzone.com Optic

    I’m sure u already know, there’s not custom fee unless the item or item(s) is over 1000AUD in Aus, so I can never fully understand how ppl like u feel on this matter.

    Meronpan pointed this out but there is a typo on “Exced” on the back of the box. It’s funny I didn’t pick this out at first sight. -_-

    With 2 EPIC figures in ur collection now, I guess the month will be lighter right?
    .-= Optic´s last blog ..Music Monday ~ Scandal – Shunkan Sentimental =-.

    • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

      Yep >.<, I remembered that you mentioned that to me a while ago. There is not much I can do about it and keep telling myself that at least it’s not $50 like in Europe.

      Oh wow, I didn’t notice the typ0 either until you mentioned it ^^;;. I got Nanoha ~Stand By Ready~ next month and BRS blade version on April assuming they won’t be delayed. I will be canceling my Saber Lily Alter version which is coming out next month. So far nothing is preordered for May and June ^^.

  • http://quentinlau.blogspot.com/ “Q”

    221 and 185 CAD respectively x_x Btw why is the shipping for BRS more expensive than Nanoha? I don’t quite get it.

    And since your Nanoha has arrived now, I hope you have the space to display her along with Fate!
    .-= “Q”´s last blog ..Custom 1/144 Victory Gundam mod =-.

    • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

      I am guessing BRS is more heavy due to her base. Weight is another major factor in determining the shipping cost.

      I should have some space to display her along with Fate. Bought a couple of these from IKEA.

      • http://quentinlau.blogspot.com/ “Q”

        Oh the wall mounted ones, but 19cm for depth? I have bought a Billy in December and Fate’s base still sticks out like a sore thumb for me with a depth of 26cm (thanks to her lovely hair that takes up a lot of space) ._.

        Reference link:
        http://quentinlau.blogspot.com/2009/12/new-shelf-has-arrived.html
        .-= “Q”´s last blog ..Custom 1/144 Victory Gundam mod =-.

        • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

          I am planning to put Fate sideway because her hair is just too friggin long ^^;;. Nice shelf btw I like it but still prefer wall ones due to space saving.

  • http://www.flyingpussyfoot.com Blowfish

    Holey moley!
    And I thought our taxes are bad!

    I usually have to pay 19% of the items worth as tax when its above 22€ and an additional 6% EU Tax if its above 150€

    • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

      It’s bad but not as bad as Europe thankfully ^^;;

  • http://lightningsabre.blogspot.com lightningsabre

    Ooh got the BRS, eh? I pre-ordered the Black Blade version because I’m cheap, lol. I’m kinda glad I don’t go crazy with Nanoha otherwise I’d be spending money on those Alter figures like toilet paper on a diarrhea.
    .-= lightningsabre´s last blog ..Yuri Mania 27: Strawberry Panic Ending =-.

    • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

      Couldn’t help it. They both were so tempting. 1 more Nanoha this month then I am done with Nanoha for a while.