Friday, March 24, 2017

1/8 Bootleg Sakura Saber Koha Ace Review


 I think it is Spring Already in Japan and it is time to post review for Sakura Saber even though it is a bootleg one. This my last Bootleg figure acquisition during my stay in China last year which i got for 100 RMB, way cheaper than the Original. Actually i have many choice of Saber yet i pick Sakura Saber mainly due to my attachment to Sakura Taisen. As usual I hate how Typemoon had become money grubbing fiend who milks Fate series to death while abandoning Tsukihime, thus i got this figure just to spite Typemoon. I just find the idea of Chugging out so many Rule 63 of Famous Historical Figure are just ridiculous and rude thing to do for the sake of fanservice. Anyway Quality of the Bootleg Saber obviously Nowhere to the Original one but at least on par to UFO Catcher tier Figure. Anyway I won't write much in this Review because i am tired of Typemoon's recent self degrading behaviour. Some of the photoshoot might looks shabby because i didnt have the proper lighting when i was in China.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Starting SD Gundam Genesis


 While i am waiting for my Japanese copy of SRW V i am getting back to SD Gundam G Generation series. Recently i got myself a japanese copy for SD Gundam Genesis which i started to play after i completed SD G Gen Overworld. Using Vita TV the Graphic of Gundam Genesis is very gorgeous indeed and yet another step up from its predecessors. Like G Generation Spirits, Genesis only cover Universal Century series only and to be specific the early ones. I like Universal Century in general though i DO hate Gundam Unicorn taking the spotlight.

 After playing couple of stages, My first impression of G Generation Genesis is rather negative. Mainly because Genesis followed the same formula with G GenPortable which means straight retelling the story of Gundam series. Having seen this practice done many times over in Gundam Games do makes you sick of it. I guess Bandai is just being lazy because they could have made alternate take on Gundam series with this kind of game. But nope, instead they wasted effort on which the original work done a splendid job already. The gameplay mechanics do get better though as you need to put more effort on getting stuffs like Ace Pilots or Warships and Warships had more use compared to the previous iteration. While it appears that Gundam Genesis has no Custom BGM feature, The Devs at least put more effort on the BGM department this time. While i am seeing myself will not really enjoy this game i will at least finished the Unit Collection. I just hope Bandai is considerate enough to release another Gihren's Greed Iteration on Vita someday.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Union Creative Monster Hunter Revo Kaiser X Blademaster


 After a year since the prototype being shown in Wonderfest, the Teostra Kaiser X action figure is being prepared for a release! Slated for August this year, the Kaiser X Blademaster is going to be sold for around 8000 Yen Price Tag and comes with Teostra Charge Blade as weapon of choice. As much as i hyped the Action Figure back when the prototype being shown i am kinda hesitant with the product as the final version of the Kaiser X being shown. Whether it is Bad photography or something else i feel that Union Creative doesnt do enough justice for the product in some way. So i guess i am changing my stance for the Kaiser X from Day 1 purchase to wait-and-see because i got to see the Final product myself before making the decision. In MH4U Kaiser X armor is one of the more accessible and popular Endgame Armor. The armor set itself is an offensive versatile set and it was my main armor of choice for my Lancer character.  Back when the online community was in its heyday you tend to see lots of players using this set though most mix the Kaiser X piece with Ukanlos X for easy Sharpness+1.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Metamorforce "Bari"ation Baikanfu


 Straight after this year's Wonderfest, Sentinel immediately announce the Pre-order for Metamorforce Baikanfu! I think we are finally going to get a worthy replacement for Bandai's Soul of Chogokin Baikanfu which is rather dated by this time. Metamorforce Baikanfu will be released on June this year with hefty price tag 42660 which is about twice as expensive as the Former SOC. In exchange we are going to get Baikanfu with Obari Proportion which puts the toyish look of the Soul of Chogokin to Shame. From the prototype it seems the Metamorforce Baikanfu will retain most of the SOC selling point including the cool Pile Formation Gimmick which is Matryoshka equivalent in Mecha. The Sentinel Version of Baikanfu seems to be promising because Masami Obari himself give the greenlight on the project and even design the box cover for the product. I just hope the Articulation wouldnt be compromised too much due to the Pile Formation Gimmick.

Even us dont deserve to know his name!

 About the Mecha Itself Baikanfu is from Anime Series Machine Robo Revenge of Chronos. As an anime series it is terrible but it got very awesome Hotblooded Protagonist Rom Stoll with Awesome Kungfu Robot which really shines in SRW MX. where he hijack villain's screentime from time to time while denouncing them not deserving to know his name. I might get Metamorforce Baikanfu despite the hefty price tag because i have been planning to buy the SOC Baikanfu for a long time already and an cooler updated version happen to appear just now. Lets see when Sentinel will announce preorder for the rest of their products shown on the last Wonderfest.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

FAF Wildwurger + Wildfalken Twin Bird Strike Pack Review


 If you follow my blog long enough, you will know that Wildwurger is one of my most favorite SRW OG Mecha. Considering that i havent been doing much coverage for Mecha stuff lately, might as well writing a review on my recent addition to SRW collection! Got this somewhat rare stuff from Mandarake with somewhat reasonable price if not for horrible credit card ninja fees. You can also check my previous review of FAF Wildwurger Here

Friday, February 24, 2017

Yami's Winter Wonderfest 2017 Highlights


Kinda late for one but here are some of the prototypes shown in the Event that i find noteworthy. This year's wonderfest got too many moeshit stuffs but at least the mechas are not dying yet. Firstly from Kotobukiya finally Raftclans is going to join the SRW plamo lineup which means one of my SRW kit wishlist ticked down and definitely keep a watch on it.



 While Frame Arms Girls seems to be the most selling Kotobukiya's lineup at the moment, Their HMM lineup will always be the best when it comes to quality and another 2 Zoids will join the lineup, Liger Zero Empire and Storm Sworder! With the empire side CAS coming out i guess Zero X will have a good chance to follow as well.




 I think the one who takes the crown for the best mecha lineup on this year's winter Wonderfest is Sentinel with their several toy lineups for several awesome under-represented mecha series. While we got Black Sarena and Baikanfu Toys before, it appears that Sentinel is going to one up Bandai with their prototypes especially Baikanfu which seems going to incorporate full fledged Pile Formation. Also it seems that we are going to get God Gravion complete with the gattai gimmick. Lastly that Mospeada power armor is going to be awesome. If the price for these prototypes are not too expensive i might be getting some of them.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Composite Ver Ka Huckebein


 Well well this is quite a surprise, The Vanishing Trooper is back! Considering Bandai's stance towards Huckebein in the past where they try to get rid of them for being a threat to their Gundam. Nothing much revealed about this product right now other than being in development we got good chance for this thing to be released around the end of this year. It is kinda irony that Huckebein got Katoki Treatment considering it was originally Katoki's design in the first place but everything is good with the Blackhole Cannon.

 Out of all Huckebein, The First Huckebein is the one with least blocky design and potentially most powerful in terms of Raw Firepower. In SRW series Huckebein was mostly well known to be powerful prototype Personal Trooper but highly volatile due to usage of Tronium Engine which makes piloting this unit is akin to playing russian roulette. I suppose this announcement was in conjunction with Huckebein's Cameo in SRW V but i hope Kotobukiya would consider to reboot their SRW line soon with their recent success with Frame Arms Girl. This is no doubt the best current version of Huckebein Mark 1 so far and perhaps even one day Bandai would even consider to release Huckebein Boxer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Saya no Uta Wing 1/7 Saya Figurine


 At long last we finally got a proper figurine for one of the best Horror VN in Nitroplus Library which is no other than for the Mysterious Saya from Saya no Uta! The figure is scheduled for July 2017 with hefty price tag of 17800 Yen but nevertheless it is very beautiful figurine. Nothing perfectly captures the theme of Saya no Uta other than by a stark contrast with innocent and pure looking Saya floating on a grotesque landscape. This version of Saya with Angelic Wings is her final stage in one of the ending where she is ready to propagate her kind supposedly creating a better world for Fuminori. Going with Lovecraftian terms Saya no Uta would be a love story between a shoggoth and a maniac. Nevertheless Saya no Uta is a twisted yet beautiful story of forbidden love and probably the best Lovecraftian adaptation by Japanese so far despite it only borrows a little from the theme. Back then there were also some decent Saya no Uta figurines as well but kinda inaccessible for General consumer. While the figurine is kinda expensive i might consider to get it to complete my lovecraftian heroine set and place it beside Al-Azif. Seriously if you havent read Saya no Uta you are missing one of the best VN that shows good VN can be a short one too.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Figuarts Zero Kingdom Shin Review


 Bought this figure in Hongkong last year in an Expo for 50 HKD since i really like Kingdom and thought might as well support the series by purchasing this figure. The Japanese version was around 3000 Yen but this Hongkong version is legit copy definitely. Shin is the main protagonist of Chinese Warring States Period Manga Kingdom, who is a Qin peasant fighting his way through to be the best General in the middle kingdom. He is your typical hotheaded shonen protagonist but a better one.









  This Figure Rendition of Shin is the version where Shin had become 1000-unit General after performing a great achievement during Qin campaign against Wei where he defeated one of Renpa's Retainer. Kingdom is not famous for its drawing but it is a great manga due to the sheer amount of emotions that the manga able to portray. This figure of shin is portrayed taking stance ready to take on any opponent overcoming any odds. Given the popularity of the manga probably someday we will have another Shin Figurine where he had become the Great General. And Seriously Kingdom is one of the best recent Shonen Manga even though it had some shaky beginning.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Jakarta Toys Fair 2017 Field Report


 Last weekend i happened to attend this Toy Event in Balai Kartini as i come to Jakarta last week for some errand. Jakarta Toy Fair is a yearly toy convention in Jakarta where the local hobby stores gather up and sell both Japanese and Western Toys. In terms of Display the convention got some nice stuffs considering companies like Lego and Bandai also participate the event. As for the shopping experience i find most of the stuffs sold in the event are rather pricey though there are some rare stuffs around if you are willing to pay for it. I am rather surprised that Bandai didn't raise a fuss at the event that there are vendors selling bootleg stuff. At the moment I find Jakarta Toy Fair still needs improvement to become a noteworthy event but i believe it will get better next time.





Jakarta's Infamous Governor Ahok Figurine up for preorder!
Hot Toys Everywhere!




Daizengar Mecha Musume!
Indonesia's Kamen Rider called Satria Bima X which actually looks cool even though i dont follow tokusatsu

My catch from the event!