Merry Christmas – 2014 Haul

26 12 2014

First off, hope everyone had a great Christmas day. Family, friends, food, gifts, and non-stop NBA basketball games on TV made this day a long one to get through. But I survived and hopefully you did too.

This year’s gift haul was certainly epic.

1st up, Bandai’s Real Grade Justice Gundam model kit. I technically got this yesterday morning at my office Christmas party and once I got home, I went right to work on it. As you can see I repainted it blue, panel lined it, and applied a few decals. Fun build. 12+ hrs of work.

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Next, another Real Grade kit, the Destiny Gundam. I’m fortunate I have the whole last week of 2014 off to take my time on building this one.

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Got a very cool Batman Arkham Asylum action figure set by DC collectibles. The Batman figure I got in single form when it was first released but the one in this set has a much darker paint scheme which I really think looks better. The villains in this set look really wicked.

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The female Assassin Creed Aveline De Grandpre figure by McFarlane Toys. Never had a chance to play her in the games, wonder if she’s any good. Also, season 1 DVD set of the Musketeers.

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Got Generations Deluxe Chormia and Arcee as well as the new Animated R.I.D. Warrior Class Strongarm. 2014 was the year of the fembots.

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and lastly, gift to myself thanks to a sweet Holiday bonus, got the full set of Revoltech TMNT action figures. May do a video review on these after I try test them out bit more to see what the pros and cons are.

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That’s all for now… need a beer 🙂

 

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: TF4 Day and Big Wow in San Jose

17 05 2014

Today marks the official retail release date of the Transformers Age of Extinction movie toys. Earlier in the week, I took advantage of Amazon’s buy 1 get 1 for 30% off when they sold their stock online last Monday. Apparently Monday was referred to Cybertron Monday – the official online release date for the movie figures. I was able to get the Scorn and Slug through that deal and today I hopped over to Toysrus and used my $5 off coupon and picked leader class Optimus Prime. I honestly like the design of these toys.

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After learning Takara Tomy was doing a more movie accurate colored Optimus with more silver paint apps but selling for $80, I decided to take time to add some more silver paint to my US version Optimus myself. Using Tamiya Acrylic paint,  I painted parts of the arms, chest, head, and fully painted thighs and feet.

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The annual Big Wow Comic Convention hit San Jose, CA this weekend. It’s more fan friendly convention for better interaction with comic creators. Relatively a small show but there was a descent seller presence. I was able to track down a very cool Evil Lyn from the 2000’s MOTU as well as TF Generations Scourage. Also snagged the DC Collectibles Designer Series Nightwing based off the art designs of Greg Capullo.

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The real bargain I found was an Ultra-Act Ultraman Tiga Sky Mode figure for $20.

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Hasbro Transformers Generations: Deluxe Class: Orion Pax

7 08 2013

I can’t remember Hasbro ever releasing a Orion Pax version of Optimus Prime but this guy is definitely a welcome edition to my Transformers collection.

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Orion Pax is based off the IDW comics universe. The figure includes a reprint of Transformers Spotlight comic featuring Orion Pax

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He comes in his typical colors. His vehicle mode is sporty looking truck.

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In robot mode, he has very youthful design.

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His head sculpt features no mouth guard.

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He has very sizable energon axe that can be mounted on the side of his vehicle mode.

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In robot mode, the axe compliments Orion very well.

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His blaster has elements of his classic G1 gun but a little more compact.

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This figure is great all around. Good design in both modes, highly articulated, and clever in transformation (About $14.99, Target).

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Transformers Generations Springer: Customizing with Reprolabels

3 07 2013

Thanks to good folks at reprolabels, I was able to customize my Transformers Generations Voyager Springer with their very cool decal sticker set. Very cool set for $11.

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Transformers Generations Deluxe Class Springer

1 12 2012

Springer is one of my favorite characters to come out of  the original Transformers Animated movie. He had bulky heavy hitter design, a triple-changer, and carried a huge sword.  I’ve been waiting years for Hasbro to release a modern version of this classic hero. Unfortunately, we get this deluxe class repaint and remold of the Hunt for the Decepticons Tomahawk.

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Helicopter mode is cool. It’s a shame that character such as Springer would get a small deluxe class figure. He should have been Voyager class size.

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In robot mode, the design is very nice. As I mentioned before, Springer had a bulky warrior design when he 1st debuted, this version he sports a very lean body which is just odd.

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He comes with sword but its really tiny. It should be long like the long sword that came with Drift.

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I do enjoy the right arm blade that can open like a scissor.

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Note the length of the missile projectiles that plug into his launchers. In tail area of them, they seem like a waste of plastic and really don’t help the look of the figure.

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He scales equally with other Deluxe Class figures. Wouldn’t he look better with if he had just a little bigger head sculpt and it was plugged onto Drift’s body mold?

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Overall, this figure really doesn’t capture the classic feel of Springer. I was really excited at 1st to pick this up but I feel like this is waste of money. I highly doubt we’ll see an original modern mold of Springer by Hasbro anytime soon. G1 fans stay away.

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