disasters abound; figures


Absol BallChoco (アブソル ボールチョコ) Absol BallChoco
ボールチョコ第1弾 011アブソル
Bandai, 2003
Height: 4cm
Comparison Images - W/ Out of pack comparison

I first purchased this Absol through Ingrid (aka riditoys), brand new in the packet. For some reason, I decided not to open it. When I eventually received an out of pack version of the figure from Yahoo!Japan, I was happy with the decision to keep it minty fresh.




Absol TM Machine Pencil Topper (アブソル わざマシンコレクション) Absol Technical Machine Pencil Topper
ポケモン アドバンスジェネレーション わざマシンコレクション1 アブソル
Bandai, 2003
Height: 4cm
Comparison Images - W/ Out of pack comparison

As a seller on eBay was selling these for a good price, I decided to get two - One to keep in pack, and one to take out of pack and display. When it comes to Absol, I take the phrase 'Gotta Catch 'Em All' literally. I little too literally, perhaps.




Absol DX Figure (アブソル ボールチョコ) Absol DX Figure
ポケモンAGフィギュア アブソル
Tomy/Hasbro, 2003
Height: 16cm
Comparison Images - W/ Out of box comparison

These things are common. But it's nice to see some common Absol merch for a change anyway. These went down in price all over the UK, to the point that you could buy them at TKMaxx for £3.99. I love this figure, so really I was glad to get one in the box as well. I'd like to one day find a Japanese one, and see if there are any differences.



Absol Hasbro (アブソル ハスブロフィギュア) Absol Hasbro Double Action Figure
アブソル ハスブロ ダブルアクションフィギュア
Hasbro, 2003
Height: 12cm
Comparison Images - W/ Out of box comparison

Haha. I only got this one MIB for one reason - Shipping would have made it pointless to purchase one on it's own. So one to take out, and one to keep in. Given the rarity of this figure, I have no regrets about that decision. Whilst being a European figure, only certain European countries stocked it (You guessed it - The UK not being one of them).



Absol Hasbro (アブソル ハスブロフィギュアス) Absol Hasbro Figures
アブソル ハスブロ フィギュアス
Hasbro, 2003
Height: 4cm
Comparison Images - W/ Out of box comparison

I found the MIB version on eBay. Back then, I was having much difficulty obtaining the figure (mainly due to the large volume of US shippers refusing to ship outside), and decided just to buy one in the box. Even then, the seller didn't say they shipped to the UK until I contacted them. It actually cost me a bit more than I wanted it to, so I kept it in the box and purchased one singally.


Absol Moncolle (アブソル ポケドール) Absol Tomy Monster Collection
ポケモンセンター アブソル ポケドール
Tomy, 2003-2007
Height: 5cm (excluding horn)
Comparison Images - W/ Out of box comparison, W/ Out of box comparison (2)

Tomy Monster Collection Figures, still in their boxes! I first got hold of the European one - But I never got around to opening it. Then, when I visited Japan, I snagged the DP release. Finally, on eBay, someone was selling their Advanced Gen release, along with some other Pokémon in the same era. I'm really glad I own these guys, and more glad I never opened the European box too, as I later received both versions out of box. I would really love to complete the collection with the English Monster Collection Box.

 10th Anniversary Pearl Moncolle (アブソル ハスブロフィギュアス) Absol 10th Anniversary Pearl Moncolle
アブソル ハスブロ フィギュアス
Tomy, 2007
Height: 4cm
Some of you will already be aware that I collect all Pokémon... So you'll probably realise I plan on keeping this mint in box. I purchased this in Japan, after finding eBay prices too extortionate. I'm happy enough to gaze at this beauty from the outside, along with all it's pearly friends.