With the addition of Saber Fate/Extra Version and Saber Alter 2nd Version banner on the side of the web site, you can probably guess that this is coming: Yes, I have ordered everything Volks has to offer from this TYPE-MOON x Dollfie Dream project.
Dollfie Dream Saber Fate/Extra Version, Dollfie Dream Saber Alter 2nd Version, Saber Alter’s Training Jacket Set, and Saber Alter’s Swimsuit Set, one of each will be coming to me from Volks USA by April of 2012. The total of the spending spree came out to be 1,569 USD + 91.75 USD for shipping to Canada. Expensive indeed, but consider that Dollfie Dream Saber Lily was 1,045 USD, the price for these two dolls are much reasonable. The pre-order closes on October 30, 2001, so there’s still just over a month to place your order.
About the pre-order for these two Saber dollfies…
|Volks USA||Volks International (Japan)|
|DD Saber Fate/Extra Version||759 USD||72,450 JPY|
|DD Saber Alter 2nd Version||682 USD||65,100 JPY|
|Saber Alter’s Training Jacket||97 USD||9,240 JPY|
|Saber Alter’s Swimsuit||31 USD||2,940 JPY|
(If every item is ordered)
|1,569 USD||149,730 JPY|
Based on today’s exchange rate, Volks International’s price would be equivalent to 1,950 USD before credit card company’s foreign exchange charges if every item is ordered. So compared to 1,569 USD total from Volks USA, it’s s saving of 381 USD. Based on my past experience with Volks International and Volks USA, shipping cost from Volks USA to Canada is actually about the same as shipping from Volks International, even though Volks International is shipping from Japan – a long way from Canada. The catch in this case is that Volks International will begin shipping in January/February while Volks USA will begin shipping in April. So you have to wait two more months if you order from Volks USA. But with almost 25% in saving, I just cannot justify it to order from Volks International. I already own the original Saber as well as Saber Lily, so I really don’t feel the need to get these two Saber as soon as possible. So two more months of waiting it is for me. There is another difference between Volks USA and Volks International on the pre-order. Volks USA has two mothods to place the pre-order, first method is to pay it now, which means you pay for the doll’s price as soon as you places the order. The second method is down payment, which means you pay a small amount to secure the pre-order right now and you pay the remaining amount in February or March to complete the order. The down payment method are good for those who don’t have the money now and are saving up for their dollfie(s). In my case, I opted to pay it now since I do have money in the bank to place the order and I can’t really see the exchange rate doing my any favours in February/March of next year. Volks International on the other hand has a different process. They are just taking the pre-order right now, you don’t need to pay anything to place the pre-order. You will be emailed to complete the payment between Nov 1, 2011 to Nov 7, 2011. And you must complete the payment process then to complete your order.
For those who always wanted a Dollfie Dream Saber, and for those who are interested in owning a Saber Dollfie, even for those who just wanted a really nice Dollfie Dream, pre-order ends at October 30, 2001 6PM Pacific Standard Time or October 31, 2001 10AM Japan Standard Time on both Volks web site. You can order from Volks USA or Volks International if are located in North America, but like what I’ve laid out above, based on the current exchange rate, order from Volks USA would be much cheaper. If you are in other parts of the world, you can order from Volks International with slightly higher price.
Update: Volks USA has posted on their blog that there will be two shipment periods. All the orders that have been received by Volks USA up to earlier September 29, 2011 will be delivered in April 2012. The rest will be delivered in June 2012. So for those who are yet to ordering from Volks USA, you will have to wait just a little bit longer.
Update 2: Volks International also have posted a news entry on delivery schedule change. Customer placed their order after September 29, 2011 will get their order delivered after March 2012. So just like Volks USA, there will be two more months of wait time if you haven’t got your order in by now. Also the pre-order end date has changed for Volks International to October 25, 2001 10AM Japan Standard Time.