Friday, August 31, 2012

Final Fantasy VIII Transcendent Artist's Collection: Selphie, Quistis & Leviathan

This is supposed to be the rarest and the most expensive statue in the whole set. I never expect that I would be able to get this so I could not believe it when it came up on eBay a few weeks ago. And I am extremely glad that I am able to own this!! Yiihaa!! The price is quite crazy (crazily expensive) considering that the box was somewhat damaged. Most likely it is because the auction is not restricted to US address only and hence the whole world can bid for it. Anyway, don't care! At least I don't need to constantly checking internet to find this. And another pleasant surprise is that this is somehow able to avoid taxes. That is a miracle.

The box is about 37 cm (L) x 23 cm (W) x 44 cm (H) and the statue is about 13 inches tall. The serial number is 215. Leviathan is awesome! I am impressed with the details of the skin (more like the scales) as well as the fangs which are very realistic. Unlike Odin which is barely recognisable, Leviathan's face is also gorgeous (although it can still be better if the eyes are somewhat more obvious).

The humans, unfortunately, are atrocious. I think it is a problem with the sculptor as Rinoa (who is also sculpted by him) is equally atrocious. Selphie's and Quistis' faces are ugly and they do not look "alive" like Seifer. BIG disappointment as I like people more than monsters (and Quistis is my favourite character T_T). The overall "feel" of the statue is also somewhat weird. Quistis is smiling while Selphie seems hurt after a battle (where is the other half of her nunchunks? why is her shirt damaged?).

Enough of words and it's pictures time!! Enjoy :D
Front side of the packaging box
Back side of the packaging box
Top side of the packaging box. A bit "wavy" due to water damage :(
The side of the packaging box to show the water damage :(
Serial card
Never knew that the other side of the card has this picture. Will take Seifer's one next time.
Unboxing... The statue consists of 3 parts: each of the characters
The statue and the packaging box
 Close-ups of the statue now
 
 
No idea why Selphie becomes Sephine.. Lol

17 comments:

nosajj said...

Nice buy! Was this the one that was sold for ~1.2K a couple of weeks ago? I put a bid of 1k on it but still wasn't enough :(

I currently own the Squall and Rinoa statues. I noticed that you have two Seifer statues. Care to sell the broken one?

darkrose said...

Yes you are correct. It was a tough decision to spend so much for this but oh well, I don't want to spend the rest of my life staring at eBay.

I am currently missing Squall and Rinoa haha.

About my broken Seifer, I don't mind selling it if you are in Singapore. I do not wanto to risk sending it overseas because it is already without its box. But I advise you to be patient and wait for an undamaged one. Seifer is usually the cheapest :)

nosajj said...

Oh I didn't realise it was unboxed. I'm not from Singapore unfortunately.

If you don't plan to sell your new Seifer, maybe you can use that box to send this one ;)

I'll keep looking for it then :)

darkrose said...

So sorry for not being able to help you. But my advice is still the same: be patient because Seifer is the most common to go on sale and the cheapest.

My damaged Seifer is really badly damaged (most of the damage is not visible in pictures). A bit regret to buy it but at that time I did not expect that these statues would still be on sale nowadays. I was wrong so I hope you don't make the same mistake as me :)

darkrose said...

Hey nosajj

Luck is on your side. There is someone selling a used but undamaged seifer on eBay. He is also shipping worldwide.

nosajj said...

Really? Where? Can you show me a link?

darkrose said...

I would be happy to post you the link. Unfortunately, the item is no longer listed. It was still on eBay this morning (with 5+ days to go for the auction). Maybe the seller decided to end the listing because there was no interested bidder for the past 2 days.

nosajj said...

Please post me the link so I can at least contact the seller. Thanks

darkrose said...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Final-Fantasy-VIII-Kotobukiya-Statue-Seifer-and-Odin-/150904904302?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item2322a21a6e

Another one on sale.. but the price is too much

nosajj said...

What about the link to the previous one?

darkrose said...

I did not save the link of the previous one. As the item is no longer listed, there is no way I can find out the link.

By the way, how much did you pay for your Rinoa and Squall?

nosajj said...

$250 plus shipping. The seller had 2 so bought both and later sold the spare for $500. This seller had about 6 for sale all up (all buy it now on ebay) and he listed the first 3 or so for $180 buy it now. He upped the price when he realised how much demand there was and I managed to get the last two of his 6.

darkrose said...

That is very lucky of you :) Thanks for the info

nosajj said...

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Final-Fantasy-VIII-8-Rinoa-Heatilly-and-Siren-Statue-Figure-/320987074314?pt=US_Action_Figures&hash=item4abc520f0a#ht_500wt_1202

Good luck!

darkrose said...

Yup.. Have been eyeing on that one.. It is still 1 more week to go :(

darkrose said...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Final-Fantasy-VIII-8-Seifer-Almasy-Odin-Kotobukiya-Statue-figure-PVC-Rare-/251156690815?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7a1af77f

Another seifer for your interest

MaR said...

Hi I gonna sale this figure on eBay if someone is interested!!! It's new perfect condition!!! It's beautiful!! Send me a email if u want the figure
selphie quistis & leviathan statue
Lindaiko@hotmail.com