For those of you who've seen my room (be it in person or in photos), you know that I have a small army of really cute Japanese figurines called "Pinky:st" (Pinky Street). Most of the figures in the line are just cute little fashion models, but every so often the company releases character figures and cosplay figures. (Cosplay = dressing up as a character, for those unfamiliar with the term) The difference between the two types is that the character figures get a new face style, where as the cosplay ones have a Pinky:st face, just a different outfit.
Anyways, ever since I got into these adorable lil' things, I have been on a quest for 4 specific dolls - 2 sets of 2 figures. The first set I acquired at Otakon in Baltimore last summer - Chun-Li and Sakura from Street Fighter.
The other set of fighting gals, Mai and Athena from King of Fighters, have eluded me for years
. At one time I thought I had them; I had ordered them on eBay and waited patiently for them to arrive. They never did. When I e-mailed the seller, they claimed
that they had been on vacation and the person they put in charge of their items and eBay account had scammed them
, taking all the money for himself and never shipping out the items.
I didn't believe this for one second. Unfortunately, it was too late at this point to get a refund through eBay (I tried, and that's what they told me).
Ever since I've been scouring the Dealer's Room at conventions, searching other places on-line... either I could not find them, or they were too expensive (they might be my "holy grail," but I'm not paying $50 for them! D: ).
Finally, last week, I found them on eBay, mint in box, for $20.50 (with shipping). I bought them, and they arrived today in pristine condition! 8D
They're so adorable. X3
So yay, my hunt for these lil' gals is over. Time to start hunting for their rare twins, the blue versions