Kirby Nendoroid Fun

I have made myself a little deal to write each week from now on, I can’t believe it has been 4 months since my last post. So much has happened!

The most important event, of course, is me FINALLY receiving my Kirby Nendoroid from Play-Asia. I preordered him in DECEMBER and after many angrily worded e-mails, I am happy to report that he is finally here.

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The little guy retails at around £30 and comes with four interchangeable faces and three copy abilities- sword, fire and star rod. Compared to the Isabelle Nendoroid , this felt soooo much easier to manipulate and change up. As Kirby is effectively a blorp (real word), his feet and arms attach on either side with magnets instead of clipping in and his face screws on and off easily.

The copy ability hats are also magnetised and easily fit onto Kirby’s little bald head, it is so easy to change his look around that it gets quite(very) addictive.

 

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Kirby Dress is from Dolls Kill, Shoes are Converse.

 

The quality as always is excellent. My only gripe was when using the base. It works in that you attach the rods to the base, and then add Kirby and in this case, the fire part in front of him. The hole in the fire attachment was far too small, and it did not slot on until my boyfriend forcefully and angrily managed to wedge it there. This was just for photo purposes and it fell off again shortly after. I would recommend that Good Smile rectify this with future models as it kind of ruins the fun when stuff doesn’t work as it should.

Despite that, the Nendoroid is one of my favourites so far. Kirby remains absolutely adorable, the expressions are perfect and I LOVE the magnet idea.

Now for the best part, the photos.

Enjoy!

 

LB xxxxxxx

 

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A long overdue ‘About Me’.

So I basically started this page without explaining who the HELL I am. I just want to take the time to thank everyone who has followed this blog without knowing about the girl behind it, and to those who are interested.. here goes.

About Me

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  • My name is Louisa. Nicknames include: Lou, LouBear(boyfriend/best friend), Bub(parents) and, of course, Loutopia(Social media name). I came up with the name Loutopia about a year ago and it just stuck, I wish I had some smart meaning behind it, but I just liked how it sounded. Call me what you want, as long as it’s not mean.FullSizeRender
  • I live with my family and angry cat Fudge- my family are my best friends, as tacky as that sounds, and I never tire of them. I am London born and bred, but my heritage stems back to the West Indies and South India. I used to hate being mixed race when I was younger, but am now accepting that different can be good.IMG_1191
  • My love of gaming is actually thanks to my mum. She is the biggest PC gaming fan I know and has been playing games since way before I was born. Having a brother and god brother who I spent loads of time with cemented my love of consoles. My boyfriend is now my main gaming buddy and player 2: we are forever learning and broadening our passion and hope to start a YouTube channel in 2016. My favourite games include : Monkey Island series(in fact, anything Lucasarts), Earthbound and The Legend of Zelda(especially A Link to the Past).
  • I started cosplaying in 2014, and absolutely love it. I try not to get intimidated by the amount of talent out there, and just focus on my own development and progress. I set myself small goals to fulfil, so I can build up to making entire costumes on my own. I have a cosplay Instagram now – @afrocosplay if you want to see how I’m getting on!

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    My Isabelle Nendoroid getting some work in!

  • I actually don’t like the terms ‘geek’ and ‘gamer girl’. I think they’re overused, but there aren’t many other ways to describe my interests. Let’s start a new word? #ladieswhogame?

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  • My other passion is reading. My Mum proudly tells of me being the only child at nursery who could read a book cover to cover(shut up Mum). I am studying for a BA in English Literature right now, and believe everyone should make time for their brain and read. Favourite books include : A Clockwork Orange, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Requiem for a Dream- all cheery material. I also enjoy reading comics, manga and graphic novels, there will be a full section about this on the blog soon! Favourite comics/graphic novels/manga include: Maus, Rat Queens, Ms. Marvel(Kamala Khan) and Kimi Ni Todoke.
  • I am a Peanuts and Charlie Brown fangirl. It is my favourite franchise of all time and I will never every tire of it. My favourite character is Lucy, because she is grumpy like me. 🙂
  • I quote from ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy’ daily. Me and my boyfriend have full conversations this way.IMG_1441
  • I am a vegan and animal rights activist. I am a fairly new vegan, only going full whack this year, but I am accepting the transition fairly well. It was pretty hard considering I was a hardened junk food and Big Mac enthusiast before! I don’t like to think about the amount of suffering that goes on, but it happens regardless of if we try and kid ourselves or not. I just want to help any way that I can.
  • I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression earlier this year, and am not ashamed to talk it about it now. There isn’t enough education on mental health, and it is such an issue these days. I intend on writing a section about this, and my tried and tested ways of recovery. I don’t believe I can ever ‘fully’ recover, but have made some changes with the help of my wonderful support network and am positive about the future.

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    NOTE: Ocarina’s are hard to play.

  • (MUSH ALERT)My boyfriend Kane is my everything. Best pal, boyfriend, pet(LOL). He is one of the only people in my life who has my best interests at heart always, and he has changed me for the better.
  • My dream job would be to write for a gaming site and my end goal is to produce my own adventure game alongside my talented animator boyfriend Broken Tuna. I also want to write a serialised novel for young adults. And be Queen. OK, not that last one.

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    ‘I think we’re having a real moment here’.

  • My friends compare me to Bart Simpson, Ducklett(Pokemon) and Buttercup(PowerPuff Girls). I would have preferred Beyonce but whatevs.9CE75588-2B65-4C5A-B471-04B774EDDB7E
  • Loutopia is mostly a place for nerd culture, but I try to make it more than that if I can by adding my own personal touch. If you have any ideas for what you would like to see me write, or just want to say hey, send me an e-mail at talesfromloutopia@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading, I hope this has taken some of the mystery out and you are now convinced that I’m not a fire breathing lizard or something. Although, that would be the best ever. A fire breathing lizard with access to a computer. OK, that reminds me of my last point – I often chat rubbish when my brain goes off on a tangent.

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AS WAS THE STYLE AT THE TIME: CHARACTER CLOTHING #3

My brain is absolutely fried from a lecture about the JFK shooting(about as fun as it sounds). So I decided to do a light hearted and quirky post on my latest geek style purchases.

1. ‘Nuka Cola’ Fallout Tee, £20, from Gamerprint


This was actually for my brother but ya know.. Also pictured is my Triforce necklace from ZoS.

2. Sonic the Hedgehog circle skirt,€40, from Pixels Kaya.


I love LOVE love Sonic. I’m talking megadrive days here not this ‘Sonic Boom’ rubbish. This skater style skirt is covered in sprites from the Sega days. (Wow, that was a lot of ‘s’s, try saying that after a few drinks.)

3. Don’t have a cow man! t-shirt, $14, from TeePublic and Guybrush Threepwood iPhone case, £20, from RedBubble


I am a vegan and animal rights activist, so this shirt was a must have. Also seen on fellow vegan Apu in The Simpsons. Do you need more of a fashion icon than that? Also pictured is my new iPhone 6 case featuring Guybrush Threepwood when he finds the bone in Monkey Island 2: LeChucks Revenge. You can pick the durability of the case and I chose super duper thick because my phone ends up on the floor, in the sea, etc.

4. Kerbee Tank Top,$21(SALE PRICE!) from Dolls Kill

Flashing those pins in a Kirby (or Kerbee) tank top from Dolls Kill aka my favourite place to shop. I wore this as a dress, but that’s cos I have a lot to be desired in the height department(I am short, basically). Kirby is dotted around this light pink and airy vest in his various adorable forms.

 

 5. Peanuts x Criminal Damage Co Ord (Top £30, Leggings £35) from ASOS. 
Sorry for the Crimewatch style lighting in this photo, my room is the worst place for selfies. This co-ord set was a no brainer for me as I have a tendency to buy anything with the Peanuts gang on it. The high necked top and leggings are covered in characters from the show, it’s a great ‘look like I made an effort even though I CBA’ outfit! Hopefully you get the idea, despite poor photo quality.

Have you found any amazing clothes out there for those geekily inclined? Let me know, you know how I love to spend money.
LB xxxxxx

(Any) Gamers of the world unite! : Monday Motivation

This month marks one year of this blog,  and while not much to some, I can’t believe how comfortable I have become online. This time last year, I decided to join a few social media sites in order to vocalise my passion for all things video games. I was under the impression that a hobby is an excellent way to meet like minded people and expand your knowledge, and now it is oh so easy to connect with your existing friends and make new ones. My main account was on the popular photo sharing site Instagram(I am lazy and photos seemed less effort). Once I joined, I familiarised myself with hashtags and saw what there was on offer to give me my gaming fix. When I first forayed into this online landmine with my gaming account, I was unsure of my place as a retro gamer who has never owned a next gen console and ranks Monkey Island as her favourite game. Even worse, I soon realised the typical Instagram picture of a gamer is usually someone who owns a gamer tag, belongs to a clan and is sponsored by some sort of console accessories start up. Dread. I was worried people would think I wasn’t really into video games at all, and that I might be using it for attention or piggybacking off my boyfriends interests in order to be different and ‘cool’. It made me second guess myself, as most social media does, and made me wonder if I actually am who I think I am. Confusing for you? Think how it was in my little pea head. In such a small sea of big fish, the idea of being judged and scrutinised was overwhelming.


Looking back now, I needn’t have worried. I have met a lot of people who respect and enjoy what I post, as well as those who teach me something new every day. Not even just limited to gaming, in all kinds of ways. Whether you enjoy playing mobile games, if Animal Crossing is your jam, if you can only get into Call of Duty, there is a place for you in this community. Don’t be deterred by the naysayers who say you’re the wrong gender/playing the wrong console/ditto the wrong type of game- there are enough real issues going on in the world without people taking from you what makes you happy.

Get on with it. Happy gaming and happy gram’ing.
LB xxxxxx

Your Chosen Games for Stress Relief: Top 10

Video games are often seen as a fun hobby. A way to socialize or be solitary(depending on your preference), or a way to live out a life that is very different from your own(I’m still waiting for Pokemon to be real). Although gaming sometimes gets a bad rep for ‘too much violence’ or ‘making children stupid’, there is no denying that some games are an excellent stress release and escapism from everyday life.

I reached out to my lovely followers on Instagram as well as some of my friends, and compiled a list of the most popular games they like to play when stressed out or feeling anxious. Some went the ‘I’m angry and want to blow everyone’s head off’ route, and some went the ‘I want a calm escapism’ route. I didn’t judge either way(honest). I expected this post to be games of calm, tranquil and Zen but realised that a stress free game can be absolutely any game you want. It depends on the individual. Even WEIRDER, some very stressful games can actually release stress by distracting your attention somewhere else. Who knew?

Have a look at the top ten that made the cut, and please add yours in the comments below! Continue reading

Lou’s Gaming Corner: Mario Kart Revisited.

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When I first played Mario Kart it was against my little brother, holding a Capri-Sun in one hand and the controller in the other. It looked like this…

Super Mario Kart for SNES.

Super Mario Kart for SNES. Photo by nintendolife.com.

I always played as Princess Peach, and me and Peachy always lost. I could say the game was really hard, but I just pure sucked at it. I always ended up on the little land-y bits in the middle and got stuck. Lakitu got so sick of me going the wrong way he retired. He didn’t really, but he would have if he were capable of real feelings. Peach got sick of always losing. We fell out. I put my copy of Mario Kart in the cupboard and didn’t revisit it for ages. Continue reading