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25 November 2009 @ 02:16 pm
Ling gashapon!  
I picked up this awesome Ling at AAC (Another Anime Con). He's part of the 2009 Bandai line.

Cool, huh? I hope this means they will be making more side characters (Olivia...!)
causmicfire: Smiley Olivierstrandedthought on November 25th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
XD Yes, hopefully Olivia!

Thanks for sharing, I'll have much to look forward to in the dealer's room at AX next year.

and I have the urge to comment on the Costco item in the background, I work for Costco, so seeing that made me grin

Edited at 2009-11-25 07:42 pm (UTC)
priestess_grrrl: ritsuka_questionpriestess_grrrl on November 26th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
FYI gashapon kinda come and go quickly, so you may not want to wait till next year to get one.

Can I ask you a random question re: Costco? Do you feel like they treat their employees well and generally have ethical business practices? Because according to the Better World Shopping Guide, they get a really low grade (D). I'm kind of torn, because I really like shopping at Costco, but it's really important to me to support ethical businesses. Do you have any idea why they might have gotten such a low grade? (Sorry, I know this is totally OT...!)
causmicfire: olivierstrandedthought on November 26th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Should probably reply to all the questions...
I don't know why they got such a low grade, it's generally a great company for the employees. Benefits for even part-time employees, and good benefits at that, they work around school schedules(you can even take a LOA for a busy semester/year[s] and they have to hold a job for you), promote from within, and have an open door policy if an employee has issues with management/supervisors. Some stores are union, but not all, and those that aren't union have an Employee Agreement Act that has to be followed. Not to mention the pay is much better than most companies of the name nature.

We're switching over to greener methods. My warehouse was the first to go 100% solar-powered. We used to give out paper-bags, that we made from recycled boxes that weren't any good to pack groceries in, but we're cycling them out(most warehouses have saved their last shipment of bags to use this holiday season) and just using boxes.

We don't mark up anything more than I think 12% than what we pay for it, just looked it up it's actually 14%, but for the most part it's usually 10%. We don't do business with companies that don't meet our standards. One company was labeling their maple syrup as being naturally flavored, when it in fact used artificial flavoring, so we stopped carrying it. Right now we're not buying any coke products, because they refuse to give us prices that will give our members a deal just a good/better than at the grocery store(Coke is already trying to negotiate with us).

Cleanliness in all departments is a major focus. Hairnets and beardnets are to be used in all departments where employees prepare food. Because I know how clean our meat department is, I only shop for meat at Costco.

I think for the most part, people don't expect to have to do hard work when they apply. Also, despite the company still growing just about every warehouse is a bit short-handed. I hope this helped answer your question

Yeah, I know they don't last long, so I'll probably wind up going to one of the online stores I know of sometime soon, but it just makes me look forward to knowing there'll be more merch.

Edited at 2009-11-26 04:53 am (UTC)
priestess_grrrl: ed_bishie_hairpriestess_grrrl on November 28th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Should probably reply to all the questions...
Thanks for that info; it sounds like they are trying to make positive changes. Pretty much all of the "bulk" type stores got low grades: BJ's, Sam's, etc. I'm guessing it's because they're able to sell products for cheap because they get them in bulk from places where the labor is cheap - which means China, S America, etc. It's almost impossible to run an ethical business if you are utilizing 3rd world labor. I don't know that for sure, though.

All I know is that, for right now, as a student, I'm going to keep shopping at Costco because they have the best deals. Excepting Walmart, of course, but I refuse to set foot in that place, deals or no deals. They got the "corporate villain" award, plus I just hate the environment of the store.
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causmicfire: waitingstrandedthought on November 25th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
yes, we need Ran Fan, too! Maybe they're waiting for her automail?
priestess_grrrl: ed_fmabpriestess_grrrl on November 28th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
automail! Ran Fan would be epic ^__^
bakyura.pleuvoir on November 25th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
I want this so much. D:
The Icon Alchemistsky_dark on November 25th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Highwind Engineer #3: WELCOME TO XERXES...he03 on November 26th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, thank you for that link! A King Bradley figure?! WANTS!!
The Icon Alchemistsky_dark on November 26th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, the Bradley figure is AWESOME <3
priestess_grrrl: ed_OMGpriestess_grrrl on November 26th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
WOAH! That one is awesome! I saw the Bradley and the Scar, but not that Ling. *wants* I wish HLJ would get those and sell them separately! It sucks that it's so hard to get plastic crap from Japan sometimes...!
The Icon Alchemistsky_dark on November 26th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
I got these off of ebay! I saw Ling sold by himself there, too =)
marokigirl: flesh woundmarokigirl on November 26th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Hewene: cartoon edsayhello on November 26th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
That is a fabulous gashapon. I love the pose & the detail
aye_know_hah: ling_partyhardaye_know_hah on November 26th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
I bought these..still waiting for them to get here. I just hope I got a Ling--he's the only one i really really want/ and kinda the reason i ordered them.

also, there should be a Lust figure coming out or out already, but I can't find it on HLJ; there is also a Winry coming out (not really a minor character, but close enough)
Darkdarkslayer709 on November 26th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Is it the Banpresto Lust? HLJ just shipped mine but she's mysteriously vanished from their site.
aye_know_hah: fma_hungryaye_know_hah on November 26th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
yeah, it was probably that one.

things tend to disappear from HLJ's search results once a figure is labeled as "discontinued"- But they will still show up when i click the result from my browser history. :(
Cat Spectacularpyro_edward on November 26th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
I bought him there too. x) Valerie had some AWESOME shit.
priestess_grrrl: ed_fmabpriestess_grrrl on November 26th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes she did! I am proud of myself for resisting. I've been known to drop $400 at a con. All I bought at AAC was Ling. Go me! Now I can start saving up for AB! ^_^

PS You're L face in horror of RoyxEd was quite teh funneh! ^_~
れいしろう 。stunningsunrize on November 26th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
;A; Gorgeous~ Now we need a Greed!Ling, Ran Fan & Olivier and Kimblee but that's another story...

Olivier. Definitely Olivier.
dreamer1789: until_the_enddreamer1789 on November 26th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
Best one I've seen so far. ^^ We do indeed now want more of the characters mentioned above...and young!Hoho with flask Homunculus. ;)
priestess_grrrl: ed_OMGpriestess_grrrl on November 28th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
OMG I'd pee my pants if they came out with young!Hoho with flask homunculus...! O____O
Dark: [FMA] Ed&Al - On the roaddarkslayer709 on November 26th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
That is indeed awesome but I'm holding out for Greedling.

...it may well be the only merchendise poor Greed ever gets ¬¬
priestess_grrrl: ed al umbrellapriestess_grrrl on November 28th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
awww, I'd love it if they had a Greedling...! Yeah, I've never seen a Greed figurine... Lust, Gluttony, Envy, Bradley!Pride/Wrath, but never Greed. Even in the tiny ones I've never seen him. I hope we do get one!
れいしろう 。stunningsunrize on November 30th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)

The world needs more Greed!
Nikki: kuroshitsuji ☆ joker omg so cutejeeperscreeperz on November 26th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
sdajasl LOVE. I hope Acen has them! XD