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December 11, 2010

Open ended circles…The Leo sleeps tonight.

Filed under: Co. BULLMARK,Daily Money Shots,Josh Fraser,Toy Love,Zenmai — Josh Fraser @ 8:05 pm

This toy certainly deserves a higher quality photo, but I took it minutes before I had to leave for my flight overseas. Like some belated meeting with a long lost relative, I wanted to capture the moment. Savor it like an after school special. I wanted to spend some quality time with the end of the hunt, the man-child giddiness we know all too well. Sadly I had no such luxury. The terrible iphone photo had to suffice for two weeks. So I share my humble (sub par) bittersweet snapshot with you.

But why open ended? I suppose it has more to do with my known condition of needing minty boxes. One many of you will roll your collective eyes at. A reaction I (and my loved ones) certainly empathize with

I completed a circle of sorts when I finally got a Bullmark battery op Ultraman Leo. But it is sans box… *waits for collective gasp*

My standards for buying are one of those things that keeps me grounded, and sort of not in financial ruin, simply because the purchases are few and far between. Patience I have found to be my best friend in the insanity that we find ourselves in during the heights of bidding season.

Leo however, has a hold on me like no other, combining a visual presence with a extreme sense of personal nostalgia. The standard zenmai walker was and is certainly harder to find, and more of a personal grail, but something about the proportions of the Battery op, make it my favorite Japanese toy I own. Period.

The obsessive desire to find the perfect toy in the perfect box, is both a blessing and a pain in the ass. So I struggled when I saw this toy for sale by private owner… simply because it represented some sort of defeat , a lack of purity of focus on my part. But in the end, I could not pass it up, simply because the price was right and the toy, well the toy is magnificent.

This is in fact the first loose toy I have bought in the past 15 years, but at the end of the day, I have no regrets, and my zenmai has a big brother to keep him company… that is until I find that MIMB version.

That circle is still, yet to be closed. When that happens, you can bet your ass I am going to use HD def video to document it.

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