Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Visit to the Local Hobby Stores

So today I went to a local hobby store to replenish some of my hobby supplies. Originally, I wasn't even planning on going to the gunpla store, but just go to an american hobby supply store. However, the gunpla store was on the way, and I made a judgement call to exit off the freeway to head to the gunpla store in LA.

When I went in, I said hello to the store owner who was an old lady who really knows her gundams. Usually she just wave back and let me be, but today she constantly hovered over me like a hawk. She was trying really hard to sell me some gunplas...showing me all the new arrivals and some discounted old kits. She was like, "HG Hi Nu is new and is very popular" and "O Gundam & Exia Repairs makes a good purchase in pairs."...."MG Gouf 2.0...."..."Metalic MG GP02 for $50 only." But in my mind, I was like, "Dude! Just let the man have his time to look!"

Finally the phone rang and she had to picked it up....Whew. Obachan probably had a quota to meet this month. So anyhow... my eyes were fixed on the HG O Gundam (but thinking of BB, I resisted... a personal victory), and since the store had like 15 boxes anyways, I was pretty sure it would still be there later on.

But then I saw the HG Arche Gundam & GN-X, both were the last ones in store. And I knew I just gotta have those. So I picked up both of them. The store also got a hefty supply of Mr.Hobby paint, which is my most preferred paints. And I spent a bit of time choosing them. I also found that there were a lot of new supplies for flouresent red, pink and similiar paints, and the store lady told me that the MG Unicorn is currently the hotest selling item still, and these paint for the pink color parts is in high demand. And so I picked up a couple of bottles of those... dupe!! I fell for her trick. At the end, I also picked up some gundam markers (Gold, silver, bright silver, metalic blue) for detailing work.

Afterwards, I happily drove to the american hobby supply store to replenish some supplies - various pla-plates, glue, sandpapers, new filers, decal paper w/ overcoat solution, & putty.

When I was driving home, I almost got into a car accident.... but thank goodness for my newtype abilities. =P


  1. You cannot resist the power of the dark side...

    Nice haul!

    Perhaps Obachan was struggling for customers due to the economy and really needed your support. You did the right thing. ;)

  2. lol but in da end u fell for the trick but nice purchase!!!!


  3. personal victory?! damn you! with could have failed together! lol dude you are serious. a lot of stuff you picked up at that american hobby shop i rarely use. i'm pretty conservative with my supplies. i dont use a lot at once so it ends up lasting a long time.

    that bachan sounds funny. nothing like an old lady that knows her gundams. probably has been reading some hobby magazines. no shop clerk has ever talked to me about gundams like that. i most of the time in my case think they just pick it up because their supplier recommends it but they really have no idea what the hell it is.

    not a big fan of the arche but love the gnx3. i have the a-laws version as you know but i prefer the one you have. easier to paint. nice haul all around i think.

  4. really wth if ur in bc richmond they know lots about gundams i had a chat with a store owner of sakura for like an hr just talking bout airbrush lol


  5. @Tonzo: The dark side is indeed strong. Yeah,I could tell that her business must be suffering due to the economy, as there were many discount stickers on various items. I think she was disappointed that I only picked up 2 HGs.

    @J-asian1skill: Is sounds fun being able to talk to the store owner about airbrush for an hour. But I am afraid if talk longer with obachan, more money will fly out of my wallet. LOL. The jedi art of selling is strong with her.

    @BB: LOL!! Seriously, when I saw the 0 Gundam, I was thinking, "Busterbeam LOL". I will fail with you soon, cuz one of my friend asked me to take him there next week, so we will soon see. As for bachan, she said her son (the real owner)taught her about gundams and even hobby know hows.

  6. lol i guess dat would be true lol wouldnt want to lose money to every visit to da hobby store


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