Thursday, 30 January 2014

Insert Coin Clothing - Care Package Inbound!

Well, not so much inbound anymore, as it is already here!

If you have me on Facebook, you'll already know that I had a "Care Package" on the way from Insert Coin Clothing a few days ago, with some items for me to review and put up on here.

Well, here is a list of what I received in it:

- SEGA Dreamcast Bag (obviously inspired by the SEGA Dreamcast!).


- Fisher Shirt (Inspired by Splinter Cell: Blacklist).


- Power Up Leggings (Inspired by Pac-Man).


- CEC/Ishimura Kids Tee (Inspired by Dead Space).


- Ryu Dressing Gown (Inspired by Street Fighter).


and another T-Shirt for AJ (however I can't find this one on the website!)

I will upload all of the real life pics, as well as an unboxing video onto this post later on tonight, followed by a Review post!

Have you ever bought anything from Insert Coin? What did you choose?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

2014, the year of calmer collecting.

So 2014 is well underway.

 Almost a month into the year so far, and thankfully, the preorder rate from the latter half of 2013 has dropped. 

Steelbook preorders are still as high as ever, which is unfortunate, as retailers *cough* Zavvi *cough* are still pumping them out in quick succession, sadly forcing many Steelbook collectors, myself included, to take a long, hard look at our collecting habits.

I gave up on my quest for all Steelbooks late last year, after Zavvi pushed so many out at once, on multiple dates each month. Now I just stick to the titles that I absolutely "must have", and then go back for other ones later if I feel that I want them enough.

More and more collectors are adopting this attitude (from the ones who were previously all or nothing, like myself) since it is ridiculous how many Steelbooks that retailers expect that we can cope with per month - we are their main demographic after all, what with Steelbooks being labelled as collectors items (ironically, this is becoming less and less true, since they are completely flooding the market right now).

3 weeks into the new year, and I am happy to say that all we have received by way of Steelbooks and Editions has been:

- Wreck it Ralph Steelbook.
- Toy Story Steelbook.

I believe that is all that has arrived into the Asylum so far, other than the cheap Tesco pick-ups that I got a week or two ago (but none of those were editions or Steelbooks).

We do have other things on order of course, and have preorders taking us all the way to May at this point, I think, however as with last year's preorder list, we are being far more... careful, about what we choose to buy now.

Too many times we've bought things just for the sake of having them, and too many times these things have been the ones that have dropped in price, drastically, not too long after.

Aliens Colonial Marines, anyone?

So with our collection room nearing completion (photos to follow later on tonight!), and a whole new sense of contentment with the collection, and how it will continue to grow throughout 2014 and onwards, it's time to really appreciate the items we do already have, instead of panic about how to get the next ones due out.

I will be doing more frequent unboxing videos, and reviews throughout this year, since we now have a room dedicated to the collection, meaning we now have the perfect location to film these videos, as well as a room to get peace and quiet to unbox/review, away from the noisy livingroom!

So feel free to post ideas on what things you'd like to see unboxed in the comments (not necessarily on this post, as the collection room post that I'll be posting tonight might help to remind you of what there is in the Asylum), and what items/movies/games you'd like to be reviewed :)

So are you having a calmer year of collecting this year? Or are you already panicking about the next wave of Steelbooks from Zavvi, etc?

Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Entries to the Asylum - 11th January 2014.

Tonight is a nice quiet night in the Asylum. Allan is out for his work's night out at a Buffet place, and AJ is staying with his Granny and Granda, so I've got the house to myself.

Slobbing out on the couch and in bed, watching TV, playing games, and eating food.

This is the life.

Today was also a good day for shopping! Tesco currently have a massive sale on, and for some reason, their stock is scanning at (usually) a quarter of the marked sale price. This only affects sale DVDs, Blurays and games, as far as I know.

My local Tesco (and the next nearest one after that) was totally wiped out of any games, so unfortunately no bargains were to be had there, however I did nab quite a few other good things!

- True Blood Season 2 DVD.
- True Blood Season 3 DVD.
- True Blood Season 4 DVD.

(Why you no stock Season 1, Tesco!? HUH!?)

- The Vampire Diaries Season 3 DVD.
- Stranded Bluray (w/ Slipcover).
- What Doesn't Kill You Bluray (w/ Slipcover).

And for other random pickups also from Tesco (and one or two from Asda, too - although their sale was bollocks in comparison) I got:

- 2x Marvel Comic Print Passport Covers (one for me, one for Allan).
- Various toys to put away for next Christmas for AJ and Ellie.
- Moshi Monsters Advent Calendar (one that you get toys in, rather than chocs) for next Christmas.
- Skylanders notebook.
- 3x Skylanders keyrings.
- Pack of Skylanders magnets.
- Skylanders mug.
- Couple of other bits to put away for Christmas, too.

Of course, I spent a fair chunk more than I'd planned on today's weekly shop, but for those bargains (all of the above cost me less than £40 (and there were quite a few pretty good toys in there!)

I will definitely have to try and make up the cost of this little splurge somewhere, as I didn't really want to be dipping into my savings/spending money pot again, so soon after my last splurge (Black Milk Museum Sale - whoop whoop!), so I will definitely be doing my best to cut costs over the next week or so to make up for it :)

Really gutted to have missed out on getting some games for cheap though, as I've been looking for some new games to try out lately, especially on my 3DS, so was hoping to nab Pokemon Black + White 2 (since I somehow STILL don't own those) since I heard they were going really cheap in the sales.

Ah well. Still happy with my purchases :)

Did any of you manage to get anything worthwhile in the Tesco sales? Or anywhere else for that matter?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

PS: Since I've got lotttttsss of spare time tonight, what with being home alone and all, I shall take those collection room pics I've been promising, and maybe even a quick overview video if I can be bothered :P

x

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Additions to the Asylum; 25th December 2013 till now!

Okay, so we've had a lot of things enter the Asylum recently due to Christmas (and Christmas money, afterwards), which has been a change after a few months of very little.

So here is a quick list (off of the top of my head) of what has recently been added to the Asylum (either due to Christmas, Christmas money, and maybe a couple of things from before Christmas that I haven't posted on here, too!):

- Tales of Xillia Milla Maxwell Edition.
- Tales of Xillia Metalpak.
- Time and Eternity NISAmerica CE.
- Lollipop Chainsaw Launch Kit.
- Lord of the Rings War in the North CE (US).
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Black Chest Edition.
- The Legend of Zelda Limited Edition Guide Box Set (x2 - one for me, one for Allan).
- New Super Mario Bros 2 Futureshop Steelbook.
- Resident Evil 6 Futureshop Steelbook.
- Mass Effect 3 Collection Futureshop Steelbook.
- Battlefield 3 Futureshop Steelbook.
- Assassin's Creed Collection Futureshop Steelbook.
 - Assassin's Creed III Futureshop Steelbook.
- Disney Infinity Crystal Lightning McQueen Figure.
- Dead Island Riptide Survival Edition.
- First 4 Figures Ryo Hazuki Exclusive Statue.
- Epic Mickey 2 CE.
- Epic Mickey 2 Futureshop Steelbook.
- Lords of the Rings Map Poster (Preorder Bonus) x2.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Futureshop Steelbook.
- Halo 4 Futureshop Steelbook.
- Forza Horizon Futureshop Steelbook.
- Hitman Absolution Futureshop Steelbook.
- Far Cry 3 Futureshop Steelbook.
- Prototype 2 Futureshop Steelbook.
- Dishonored Special Edition (AUS) x2 (one PS3, one 360).
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind Steelbook.
- Elysium Steelbook.
- Count Duckula Complete Collection DVD.
- The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Complete Collection DVD.
- Sonic the Hedgehog Complete Collection DVD.
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Limited Edition Complete Collection Blu Ray.
- Pacific Rim 3D Steelbook.
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition Blu Ray.
- Batman: Arkham Origins CE Guide.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past CE Guide.
- Naruto Unleashed Complete Season 1 DVD.

And in the clothing side of my addiction, I managed to get three of my dream pieces!

- Original Gamer Dress.



- Retro Gamer Leggings.



- Blood Splatter Leggings.


I will be taking lots of pics of my soon-to-be games room later tonight, and should upload them tonight, too :) The room still needs work, such as more shelving, etc. and things are on the floor for now since there isn't yet enough space for everything, but it's definitely coming together.

So what exciting things have you got recently?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Can't believe it's 2014 already, although I will still be saying 2013 for another month or two, no doubt :)

I know I've barely been around of late, due to a lack of money, therefore a lack of new editions, etc. but I am back now, and I will have a lovely big post-Christmas update for you in the next few days! 

I also have another bit of good news, we now have a GAMES ROOM!
Well, not so much *have* since it's still a work in progress, but it's certainly getting there :)

Still have another two shelves to get put upstairs, and we still need to buy one or two more, but it's definitely looking more and more like a proper games room :)

I'll post a pic later tonight of the way it is now (in it's messy, work in progress state), so that you'll see the difference once everything is complete :D

I got lots of lovely new things for Christmas, including CEs, steelbooks, clothing, etc. which I will reveal as soon as I can get them all photographed :)

So what did you all get?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

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