Completing the Siege line has been extremely fun chasing down every single figure possible, but there are a few that I thought I had no chance of obtaining. Takara Tomy Mall Exclusive Siege Nemesis Prime was one of them. As it is the Mall Exclusives are very difficult to get your hands on alone. When I first heard about him September of 2019, I immediately pre-ordered him through RobotKingdom. I didn't see him up on any other site. Quite frankly, they have been very good to me as far as shipping on time. They are the only site that I purchase from that comes directly from Japan. Some things you just can't get a hold of through the "middle man".
So I've eagerly awaited his shipment in March 2020 (6 months later!) As we all know Covid began a month prior to that, and everything, I mean EVERYTHING just went bad. The good news is that some places were still shipping on minimal staff, and RobotKingdom was one of them.
Nemesis prime was the last of the Siege line. He wasn't supposed to be. It was supposed to be the Seacons, of which I completed in April. They are not considered part of the Siege line, but to me they will be as they have come out during the Siege releases.
March comes around, and I got an email saying that my Nemesis shipped!! Yay!! Right....Not so much.
A month later I get an email stating:
Thank you for your purchase on Robotkingdom.
As the recent corona virus situation continue, there are insufficient air freight for most air and EMS mail by post office.
We suggest revising to Surface mail as an alternative.
Please reply to confirm your decision.***
Any extra shipping cost will be refunded within 7 days after order shipped, based on official post office ship out date
The expected transition time needed is as follows:
Small Packet & Parcel : 21 to 45days
Whatttttttttttttttt!!??? I couldn't believe it. I had to sit on it for a day. I decided I had no choice but to go through with it. I emailed them back sadly saying that I accept changing my delivery to take 3 months to get to me. This was just to get from South Korea to USPS. That is a whole story of it's own of that place is operating.
2 days later:
RK crew wrongly send to you.
Your order has already shipped by AIR on MAR 27.
Please neglect the email below.
Sorry for any inconvenient.
I just laughed. I told myself from there I am not getting the last piece to my Siege collection. I went on Ebay to see how much is he really going for. I almost lost my mind...he is going for 3x, sometimes 4x the cost!! Scalpers are unreal. I couldn't do that. That is way above what I would pay for a figure like that. I knew he was going to be impossible to ever get if mine got lost.
In the meantime, I'm tracking it just about on a daily basis to see if I have chance of ever seeing him. At one point I saw he was "handed over to the final destination" in the US. I was so happy! At least he made it on the soil I live on haha.
Stuck here for weeks. I put in a case with USPS. They can't find it. Told me to get info from the shipping company (RK). They email me back immediately! Telling me that this is normal due to the pandemic, and give it time. I stopped. I told myself you'll see this in July, maybe by year end. Of course things get exaggerated, and your mind just goes places you don't want to go.
There is a happy ending to this story. I'm proud to announce after 3 months in transit, 9 months from pre-order date that I just got him this weekend! Here he is: The unicorn of the Siege line
Optimus Prime instructions?!!
Me? I'm a Transformaniac through and through. I've been collecting for over 20 years and my collection is starting to outgrow "The Vault"! I collect, maintain and refurbish my Transformers and I am always looking for new (and old) ones to add to my 1000+ plus collection. Feel free to check out my collection, as it's ever-growing and I'll be updating my blog with new Transformers as soon as I get them.