Then, Kayla and I drove all the way across the city to another shop that opened up later in the day. I walked through the door, pointed at the gentleman behind the counter and said "didn't you used to have a different location?" It was the guy who ran the store in my Nerdgasm post. That store disappeared not long after Kayla and I discovered it, and I'd lamented its absence ever since.
Finally, I had found my Mecca again.
He and I chatted for a bit, and I went over the catalogue he has of stuff to order. The catalog contained the Sorceress, but I explained the line of products and the precise one I was looking for - my beloved Amazon - and he explained that often certain items will never make it to the North American distributors because of a lack of initial orders, and that may have been the fate of my warrior princess.
Le sigh. So I poked around his store - he has this gorgeous MGS1 Snake figure out of the case, on a shelf behind the front desk - "how much is that Snake?"
"He's mine, he's not for sale - but I've got another in the box right over here for $200."
I balked at the price but... he's sooo gorgeous...
...and $200 is actually $200 cheaper than Amazon.com's price and now I want to go back in a week and buy it. I also found this lovely Lara Croft Arts Kai Figure from last year's spectacular Tomb Raider...
The detail work on her's amazing - excellent textures, great face, perfect color...but she was like $70.00, and I didn't like how unsightly her joint work is. I kept on poking around and found this one for $35...
...which is a good reproduction of some of New Lara's key art. The details aren't as sharp as the Kai figure, but the pose is accurate, the price was right and I adore the new Tomb Raider. So now she's on my games safe, towering over Kratos.
But still, I was disappointed. Was I destined to never have my Amazon?
Kayla and I came home, felt a rush of appreciation for air conditioning (a month ago we still had ice on the ground, now it's almost 90°F and incredibly humid), and she stretched out with her Vita to play some Dragon's Crown (it's all she's played on it, so far) while I renewed the search for my Amazon online.
Listings for it had disappeared. Play Asia was sold out - everywhere was sold out of the preorder! But an eBay seller had one... for a good price... and had over 2000 100% positive customer reviews... and Kayla has an eBay and PayPal account...
"Bebeh?" I cooed.
"I know what I want for my birthday."
And now, finally, after months of searching and waiting, my Amazon has been ordered.
|The MegaHouse Dragon's Crown Amazon Excellent Model PVC figure.|
So I'm sure you'll agree that the awesomest lady of all is the one currently lounging across my bed with a Vita in her hands - and that she is more than due a summer shower of thank-you kisses. Excuse me.