Saturday, September 24, 2016

History of Infinite: Infinite Special Exhibition

As previously stated in my last post, this past August 2016, Infinite presented their small concert series That Summer Concert 3 (그해여름3). For the first time, Woollim also created a temporary exhibition at the concert venue, entitled History of Infinite. This exhibition took place on every day of the That Summer Concert 3 Seoul stops, from August 3rd to the 7th. I was lucky enough to have a very special Inspirit friend help me to get some official merchandise from the concert and surprise me with getting me some items from the exhibition! Here, I'll be blogging about some of the items from the History of Infinite.

Guide and Floor Plan Pamphlet
Unfortunately it's hard to find much information about this special exhibition, but hopefully I can help fill that gap. I didn't actually experience this concert or the exhibit. So first off, I'm forever grateful to my Inspirit friend for giving me the History of Infinite guide and floor plan pamphlet in both English and Korean. I'll only show the English version in more depth.
Here is one side of the pamphlet.
I decided to also scan these pages for more detail. The first page provides an introduction to the exhibition.
The remaining pages reveal the floor plan, which is really detailed, outlining the various features throughout the exhibition.
Here is the other side of the pamphlet. Included are photos of the members; most of these are closeups of the Be Back photocards.
Here is a closeup scan of the exhibition information on both pamphlets.

Postcard Set
At the exhibit, Woollim was also selling boxed photocard sets made especially for the History of Infinite. These boxed sets are limited and even ran out before the full five days of the exhibit were over. I'm so thankful that my friend went to the exhibit on the first day when these were still available. They were selling for 34,000₩ each.
This cardboard box is really sturdy and high quality. Its dimensions are roughly 6.75in x 4.5in x 2in.
Here is the bottom of the box. It feels like one of Infinite's official concert items, with how "POSTCARD 100PCS" in a black box is printed on the bottom left.
Opening up the magnetic top flap reveals the 101 postcards, and a ribbon to easily take out the cards. The postcards are roughly 6in x 4in. There are technically 101 postcards, where the top one is an overview of the entire postcard collection.
The inside cover has a nice message in Korean that I can't translate...
The first postcard is a collage of all 100 postcards (excluding this one and the next one).
The second postcard…is a random autograph of one of the members! I got Sunggyu’s~!
The border of each card includes information of the photo – from top, clockwise: the member(s), sub-unit, or Infinite; the era (album or single title); “History of Infinite – Special Infinite Exhibition –“; and the year of the era.
The backside of the postcards all have the same information, but different placement depending on the orientation of the postcard front.
Here are all of the postcards in order from top to bottom (left to right, then up to down). Most of these photos are already included in Infinite's previous albums. However, there are also some additional photoshoot and behind-the-scenes photos!

Next I’ll group the postcards chronologically by era.

Logo (2010 - 2016):
It's interesting how the wings of the Be Back logo didn't sprout until after the album's official release. Also I like that not only the Korean album Infinite logos were chosen, but also the Second Invasion concert series logo and The Origin logo are included as well.

Evolution (2011):
Sadly the earliest eras don't have much presence, and the photos that are included from start to Season 2 appear to be from the album photobooks. I decided to go through all of my Infinite albums, so I'll only point out if a postcard isn't from an album. I am glad that there is still one card for Evolution, but unfortunately there are none for First Invasion.

Inspirit (2011):

Over The Top (2011):
Sungyeol's photo actually isn't included in the Over The Top album!

Paradise (2011):
I really like this set of postcards because these photos are all enlargements of very cropped photos from the album photobook. Additionally, Woohyun's photo (center) was only used as his Paradise photocard.

Infinitize (2012):
I appreciate that though these photos are from the album photobook, they're still sized differently; Myungsoo's here shows more of the fence while Hoya's in the photobook was a cropped closeup. I can't believe they labeled Dongwoo's photo as New Challenge!

Another Me (2012):

Fly High (2013):

New Challenge (2013):

Destiny (2013):
Here, Sungyeol's and Dongwoo's photos are the same as their Destiny photocards and Hoya's has a nice filter here different from in the album photobook.

Season 2 (2014):

Be Back (2014):

This era has the most postcards, at 15. These 5 are from the album photobook (not the special behind-the-scenes photobook).
There are also 6 postcards of extra photos from the album photoshoot.
These last 4 are definitely my favorite from this era! I'm so happy to see these extra photos from the "Back" music video film location.

靑 (2014):
There are 9 postcards designated for Infinite F's 靑, with only these 4 actually from the album photobook. None of these 9 postcards are in any of Infinite F's Japanese releases.
Here are the remaining 5 postcards. I love that a cute behind-the-scenes photo of Sungjong from the music video filming is included. Also in the group photo, Sungyeol's wearing a different top than that pinstripe blazer! None of Infinite F's albums include photos of Sungyeol wearing this.

Fly Again (2015):
None of these photos are from the album photobook, and only the two Dongwoo-carpet-outfit photos are from that photoshoot. I'm happy they also included additional photos from Infinite H filming their music videos "예뻐" and "니가 미치지 않고서야"!

27 (2015):
None of these photos are included in Sunggyu's album.

Reality (2015):
Surprisingly there are only 7 postcards dedicated to this era; I had expected Reality to have the most since it was Infinite's latest comeback up to this point. Out of this set, only Woohyun's upside-down photo is in the Reality album.

For You (2015):
For You is the only Japanese era included. These photos aren't included in the limited DVD version.

Write.. (2016):
These photos aren't included in Woohyun's album either.

그 해 여름 - 두 번째 이야기 (2016):
I was so excited to see behind-the-scenes photos from Infinite's "Hey Hello" MV filming! I hope they can release more photos from "Hey Hello."

I'm so thankful to have all of these items despite not being in Seoul. It brings back such memories to look through Infinite's past eras, and I'm excited to experience Infinite Only era now!~

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Infinite That Summer Concert 3 Merchandise Review

This past August 2016, Infinite presented their small concert series That Summer Concert 3 (그해여름3). For the first time, Woollim also created a temporary exhibition at the concert venue, entitled History of Infinite. I was lucky enough to have a very special Inspirit friend help me to get official merchandise on-site from both the concert and the exhibition. Here, I'll be unboxing some official concert merchandise: the Baseball Cap, the Clutch Bag, and the Ticket Book. My unboxing of the History of Infinite merchandise will soon be found here.

Baseball Cap
This hat is 32,000. It comes in a clear bag with a cardboard label stapled on top.
Here is the backside.
Here is a closeup of the information printed on the backside of the cardboard label.

This denim cap is of really high quality, as expected from Woollim. Inside is a piece of cardboard to preserve the front structure of the hat. I really like the fit, but it looks a bit dorky on me.

The back of the cap has the concert logo. This cap is one-size-fits-all, and is adjustable in the back. Again the quality really shows here; the way to adjust is by opening that medal clip and sliding the strip into or out of the metal hole.

Then the remainder of the strip is hidden inside the white flap.

Clutch Bag
This clutch bag is 27,000. It comes in a cardboard box with a similar design to the actual clutch.
Here is the information on the back of the box.
The clutch is of really high quality. Two of the white stripes, as well as the Infinite logo, are raised. The clutch itself is denim but inside is made of thick, squishy material; I originally thought there was a 1 cm piece of disposable foam inside for the clutch to keep its shape. It's a nice, roomy size, about 11" x 8" and can store quite a lot.
Inside, there is a vinyl divider splitting the clutch directly in half.
The zipper is metal and has "Infinite" and the logo engraved on both sides.

Ticket Book
This book is 25,000. It comes in a clear plastic bag (not pictured, because there were a lot of loose cardboard scraps inside). The design is beautifully minimalist with the colorful stripes. It's a nice size of 8.875" x 5.375" x 1.25".
The backside of the bag contains the product information.
The ticket book is really sturdy, similar to Infinite's collection card binders.
The book is held together with two strong magnets, similar to their binders, while the pages are spiral bound.
Included are two fully colored, glossy ticket-sized cards of Infinite.
This is the backside of these cards.
The first page of the book is a black and white photo of one of TSC3's promotional images. This is also the same image as the included color photocard of Infinite.
The remaining 32 pages are blank, with clear sleeves to store tickets and lines on the right to jot down information. It's really great quality and more durable than photo albums whose pages are flimsy and contents easily fall out. These pages are all double-sided, so you can store up to 64 tickets.
Here are how the pages look with one of the photocards and one of my TSC2 tickets in place.
I really love how this ticketbook is the perfect size for all of my tickets. This includes all of my printout tickets for the Kpop concerts in North America. With those tickets properly tri-folded, they fit perfectly in the back of the book behind all of the ticket pages.

This time, I tried to be more practical and only get concert merchandise that I can use often. Hence, I've been wearing my hat, bringing my clutch, and filling up my ticketbook. If an opportunity rises, I might end up getting the less practical merchandise too -.-