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Saturday, November 26, 2016

[IFNT COLL] Infinite Japanese Albums

This is my first detailed post from My Infinite Collection series, which I give an introduction here. In these posts, I will begin with a collective photo and list any releases that I am missing. Then I will break it down by each release and list any versions that I am missing. Click the ∞ before each album to see my unboxing review of it.
Missing Entirely: Best of Infinite
Here is my entire collection of Infinite's Japanese album releases. I have tried to get at least one version of each album, however it's getting harder with the increasing number of releases these past few years.

BTD (Single)
Normal Edition
Single + Photobook (Type A)
 Single + DVD (Type B)
Photocard: Exterior White (out of at least 2), Group (out of 1), Sungkyu, L (out of 7)
Infinite's Japanese debut, the beginning of Infinite having more than one version of a release. The normal edition comes with the Group card with the limited editions come with 1 out of 7. I pulled Sungkyu from Type A. At the time I first looked into these albums (in early 2013), Type A was going for around $50 new and Type B was well over $100 new. So I opted for buying Type B used from eBay, and the seller included a bonus external postcard (there are at least 2 designs) and L's card.

Be Mine (Single)
Solid Version (Jacket A)
Innocent Version (Jacket C)
Missing: Pop Art Version (Jacket B), normal edition
Postcard: Solid Hoya (out of 7), Innocent Sungkyu (out of 7)
These are becoming so much harder to find new, so I'm not sure if I'll ever get the Pop Art one. The Innocent one has so much meaning to me because it was one of my first Infinite albums ever - I fell in love with the concept instantly. Each version comes with 1 of 7 random postcards.

She's Back -Japanese Ver.- (Single)
 Limited
Missing: normal edition
A4 Card: Woohyun (out of 7)
This limited edition is probably my favorite of Infinite's limited editions. The packaging, the photobook, the random card, they're all absolutely perfect. Because of this feeling, I have no desire to get the normal edition.

Last Romeo -君がいればいい- (Single)
Normal
 Single + DVD (Type A)
Single + Booklet (Type B)
Photocard: Woohyun (out of 8)
The photoshoot from the normal edition is absolute perfection. I really wish they used more photos from that shoot instead of using some from Season 2 and that weird geometric outfit.

Dilemma (Single)
 First Press Normal
 Single + DVD
Photocard: Woohyun (out of 8)
At the time, I was just really relieved that this release included a completely new photoshoot, unlike Last Romeo which reused the Season 2 photoshoot. Now, I absolutely love the photoshoot from Dilemma, especially from the normal photobooklet. I was never one to instinctively order Infinite's Japanese releases, but for this release, I have no regrets whatsoever.

24時間 24 Hours (Single)
 First Press Normal
∞ Single + DVD
 All Members' Versions
Photocard: Group, Sungyeol (out of 8)
It was already hard enough for me to come to terms with getting all versions of Last Romeo and Dilemma. But to have all 9 versions of 24 Hours, I feel so silly. I have yet to open Sungkyu's and Dongwoo's versions and to blog about the limited version. But anyways, the first press normal and limited versions come with 1 photocard. I heard that the Group card is all too common, so I'm happy to have received the Group one from the normal and Sungyeol from the limited.

恋に落ちるとき Koi Ni Ochiru Toki (Full Length Album)
Limited
Missing: normal edition
Booklet:  Woohyun, L (out of 7)
I absolutely love these random member booklets. The photos are all so adorable, how can one not want to collect all 7. I initially bought KNOT at HMV in Tokyo and got Hoya. The first hyperlink is my review with the Hoya booklet. Then my friend ordered one and got L and readily traded with me! I was so happy, then I realized that I should just collect all 7...so I bought a used KNOT on Amazon and got Woohyun! The second hyperlink is an updated post with photos of the Woohyun and L booklets.

For You (Full Length Album)
 Limited + DVD
Missing: limited edition with Bluray, normal edition, member versions (x7)
10 versions may be a bit excessive, so I'll stick to just this 1 version for now. I can make do without a photocard or an A4 folder.

恋のサイン Koi No Sign (Infinite F Single)
First Press Normal
Single + DVD (Type A)
Single + Booklet (Type B)
Photocard: Group, L, Sungjong (out of 5)
Each version, granted that it is first press, comes with 1 out of 5 photocards. I'm really happy that I didn't receive any duplicates. I originally only bought Type A and got Sungyeol. Unfortunately my album arrived damaged, so I exchanged it and in return received the Group card. Later on I ordered Type B and got Sungjong. Lastly, I bought the Taiwanese edition of the normal version and got L (← a moment to fangirl, as this was my first time pulling L^^). I also have a poster for this, but I'm not sure where to blog about my posters yet...

Thank you for reading! I will slowly but surely continue posting about the rest of my collection, so please stay tuned.

Friday, November 25, 2016

[IFNT COLL] My Infinite Collection Introduction

Infinite means the world to me as they've helped me become a better version of myself. Not only that, I'm so grateful to Inspirits for helping me grow as well. Recently I had an application essay with the topic What is your best community? and I instinctively wrote about how the Inspirit community has given me so much strength and how I always want to give back to the fandom. I hope that my blog posts have helped Inspirits and the broader audience with better understanding Infinite merchandise and Korean merchandise in general. Now I'll begin a series of posts to reveal my entire Infinite collection that also compiles my unboxing reviews of those items.

I have been collecting since March 2013 and am really proud of this collection, though of course it's not complete and I'm missing quite a few of the more recent releases due to the many versions being released. Everything is official and was purchased new except for BTD Type B (black) and Over The Top.
To begin, I store majority of my Infinite merchandise on my shelves here. The bottom shelf is all Infinite stuff, from right to left: drama OSTs, mini albums, singles, full length albums, repackaged albums, Japanese releases, photo essay books, Japanese DVDs, Korean DVDs, and Reality limited edition at the end. The shelf above on the left contains collection card binders, Season's Greetings boxes, IDEA photobook, and She's Back limited album. I'm running out of room so there are some items sadly not on display.
I display some of my Infinite memorabilia on these shelves. I put random items on here, like L'aile's goods, fansite fans, concert merchandise, calendars, T-money cards, and endorsement goods. You can also see the L's Bravo Viewtiful Part 2 poster on the left - many of my posters are framed and lying against my walls. I'll figure out how to show those later.

As you can see, my displays are quite messy. Once I finish this series of posts, I hope to reorganize my room and properly display my Infinite merchandise. Then, I would like to post my Inspirit room tour to properly show my displays.

I have been wanting to post about my Infinite collection for quite some time but still haven't figured out an efficient way to organize everything. I'll try my best and break up my collection into separate, detailed posts:

Infinite Korean Albums
Infinite Japanese Albums
Infinite Solo/Sub-Unit/Project Albums
 Infinite Other Albums
Infinite DVDs
∞ Infinite Miscellaneous Official Goods
∞ Infinite Events Merchandise
∞ Infinite Collaboration and Endorsement Merchandise
∞ Infinite Magazine Features
Drama Merchandise

I will provide links to the above posts as I finish them and will continue to update these posts as I collect more items. I'll also place all of these posts under the label "My Infinite Collection." Additionally, in each post I will provide links to my unboxing reviews of each item pictured, hyperlinked to (∞).

I'm really excited to be doing this extensive (and hopefully photo-heavy) blogging because I seldom take the time to look at every item I have. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I do creating them and please ask if you have questions about anything.