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  1. from Amiami? i got mine from there at 30k a few weeks before it went on further sale at 24k. fortunately it was shipped out before the shipping clamp down and paid 5k to ship. so i guess it kinda evens out.
  2. at least they included a Bozanian saucer. i guess my cats can take turns as monster of the week.
  3. if you ship via Fedex or DHL and the shipment is taxed by customs upon arrival, Fedex/DHL will collect any tax due from you when they deliver at your door if the seller hasn't already charge you tax deposit upon purchase (eg. Buyee and most other sellers like HLJ/HS/Amiami). if the seller already withheld tax (eg. Amazon JP charged you a tax deposit), then likely Fedex and DHL won't collect any tax from you unless there was an additional assessment by customs. for all other shipping methods (including EMS, ironically) you will need to pick up and pay tax personally, except if the seller already withheld tax and customs deemed it sufficient.
  4. my head and education is telling me i got the tornado pronunciation correct all these years, but the Spanish version is strangely compelling, lol
  5. AmazonJP tends to be very conservative in their tax estimation, typically more than 50% higher than what the final tax ended up being in my experience. they do refund the difference though. unfortunately, that also incurs some forex losses as the conversion happens twice - your payment and then the refund. the worst thing about this however, is that there's a fairly good chance that the customs officer looking at the import declarations will either simply take that higher tax estimate as fact (ie. no refund then from Amazon), or worse, include that tax withheld estimate as part of the landed cost (ie. part of taxable amount) -- essentially a tax on a tax . it doesn't happen often, but it can and has. so for my bigger purchases, i usually route it to consolidators/forwarders like Buyee so that actual taxes are computed upon arrival, rather than bloatedly estimated prior to shipment. domestic Japan shipping is normally free anyway for big companies like Amazon; so there's no loss there except time/delay.
  6. thanks for confirming. i read a review of the silver version some years ago where the reviewer complained it was predominantly plastic. good to hear this colored version is different.
  7. btw, i've just realized that the DX Voltes is about 1/160 scale, ie. close enough to N-scale (1/150) train stuff
  8. according to NY shipping calculator (JPN to PH): EMS - 8900 JPY, SAL - 5700 Amiami/HS/HLJ shipping would probably be about 10-20% cheaper also note that when buying stuff >$200, AmazonJP will also compute for import tax if destination is PH, and they have a tendency to overestimate on the tax. you might be better off getting a local PO. there's a few of them still ongoing (Php 36-39K). the risk of course is that some of these locals might not actually receive enough stock from Bandai. the most reliable is Greattoys, but their PO is priced at 39k PLUS shipping. i would have placed with them otherwise. the way i see it, my PO from Amiami would probably be 56k+9k = 65k JPY or about 30k Php. if it gets taxed upon import, that will run up to 36k. so i went ahead and placed a local PO at that price. IF my Amiami order is not taxed by the customs guys (it still happens, i just picked up my Fewture Garland last week sent from Amiami and it wasn't taxed), and/or the 9k JPY assumed shipping cost is less than expected, then i potentially could save as much as Php 8k over the local PO, or at worst just price parity. at this point i probably should be saying that i will then sell one of them, but that's probably not going to happen
  9. that Boss Borot looks great! are the hoses/tubes metal or rubber? how much of the figure is diecast?
  10. if it was the Arcadia with the skull on the bow and the same gimmicks, i think i would bite. i don't particularly like the Arcadia design from the Harlock movie, but if an SOC of it was made with functioning axially rotating turrets, i'd likely bite too. .
  11. nabbing a PO of this on Amiami was consolation for my utter failure in the Roy VF-1S madness. i needed more consolation so i booked another PO with a local store. also to hedge that i get at least one of this grail epic
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