Saturday, February 27, 2010

MG 1/100 Shining Gundam Review - Part 1

Price: 2500 Yen*
*This is one of the cheapest prices you will ever get for a MG Gundam. FYI, the cheapest MG is the MG Ball Ver. Ka. at 2000 Yen.This MG was made in 2002. Thus, it may not be as good as what we are getting lately.

I actually built this a few days back but a new online game caught my attention due to a fellow blogger. I haven't photoshoot for the second part either so that one will most probably be done by next week. Slow, I know. Ah well, life is not all about Gunpla. XD

I also bought this quite a while back last year. So far back, it is almost a year I had this one with me. Well, its already built now, so there is no more problems there. Minus one backlog. To be completely honest, I planned to build the HG Seravee GNHW/B but this one was calling out to me to build it sooner than planned (planned to be after Seravee). I manage to grab it for a nice price of RM80 which is considerably reasonable and the cheapest MG I've bought so far. I wanted to grab MG Master Gundam as well but didn't in the end which was similarly priced as a way to pair them up. I missed my chance however so well, looks like I won't be getting MG Master Gundam, not anytime soon anyways.

Model No.: GF13-017NJ
Pilot: Domon Kasshu
Height: 16.2m
Weight: 6.8t~15.5t (that's kinda unrealistic....)
Armaments: Vulcan Gun - Head (2), Beam Sword - Left Side Waist (2), Machine Cannon - Chest (2), Shining Shot - Hands (2)
Ultimate Attacks: Shining Finger, Shining Finger Sword
More at MAHQ.

Story Brief;
Domon Kasshu is a representative of Neo Japan in the 13th Gundam Fight. His Gundam is Shining Gundam which signature attack is the Shining Finger. Shining Gundam can power up by being fueled by anger, a negative emotion, to go into Super Mode. This is a double edge sword for Domon. He later used a different method, by calming his mind, to power up the Shining Gundam even further than when he used his fury.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Unexpected Surprise! Bandai Releases a Ton of HGs!

This shouldn't be new news to most of you, especially the ones who frequent Ngee Khiong's blog, but Bandai has did it again!

2010 has been a pleasant ride so far especially in the hobby realm. With my previous posting on my Wordpress blog on the waterfall of Robot Damashii, Revoltech Yamaguchi and so on displays it really does seem so. Good in a way but terrible for our wallets unless we're rich, very rich.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MG 1/100 Turn A Gundam Review

Price: 3800 Yen

I actually wanted to review this one a while back but seeing as I was short on time due to being busy with University and all, it didn't happen. So, since my semester break hasn't ended yet, I already planned or felt that I will review or re-review some of my model kits before I get busy again. XP

FYI, I bought this around February last year as my second MG! Thus, this is like some sort of anniversary post. XD

Model No.: WD-M01
Pilot: Loran Cehack/Laura Rola
Height: 20.0m
Weight: 28.6m
More here at MAHQ.

My Take on Turn A;
Turn A is the ultimate Gundam but will only present its full power when it is piloted by a Newtype. According to the "Dark History", Turn A used 30% of its full power to completely destroy all technology on Earth with its signature attack - Moonlight Butterfly. This destruction caused the world to reset to what you see in the Turn A series going back to something like a 17-18th-century-like-world.

It was later found by Loran during his coming of age ceremony after the descent of the Moonrace soldiers. It doesn't debut until the second episode unlike most Gundams and does not "pwn everything in sight" like your average Gundam war machine.

For more about the Turn A, watch the anime! Note: Loran doesn't even use more than 10% of the Turn A's capabilities by story end (IIRC)!

Prepare Yourselves!

Well, back to Gunpla again. Well, to be exact, I haven't built anything since the Gale Strike but I have just done a double photoshoot for two of my older kits this afternoon and will be posting the reviews for BOTH of them tonight on both my blogs.

If you have a comment about the Gunpla itself later, please make sure you comment under the right post. XD

One is a MG and the other is a HG. If anyone visits this blog before I actually post them up, care to take a guess?

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Sims 3 - Big Family, Short Life & Architecture

When it comes to a game called "The Sims" I like to play it from an architectural point of view. To be completely honest, I wanted to be an architect when I was younger. Besides that, creating low budget homes and how to make sure it works out is a fun thing for me to do.

Sure, you can pump in the cheats and get a load of Simoleons coming in no problem but I find that boring (as you can get pretty much every stuff with all that cash). The only cheat I like to use is the "testingcheatsenabled true" whereby I can change some stuff on the fly like the needs but only when the Sim is in dire need of a quick assist from the hand of the player. For example, they are at work but their "hygiene" is low since I couldn't slot in a bath time for the said Sim.

The Sims is a simulation game whereby it simulates, well, real life and it is pretty interesting in doing so. It is not entirely similar to real life but it will be boring if the game is exactly like real life right? Would you like to control a character who wants to play a game who controls a character?

Well, I'm no expert on the game so I wouldn't say much further than that. ^^;

I just got the mood to play this game again recently after not touching since I got it a while ago. I technically don't like these kinds of games but some of the aspects of the game, especially building houses, makes me come back to play more. Anyways, here are some screenshots of the latest crazy thing I'm doing;

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gundam + Zoids = ?

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I just don't really feel like building any Gunpla right now (or anything that can be posted up on the blog) as I am doing other stuff (gaming, etc). ^^;

Anyways, while browsing through the Animesuki forums (as per usual), I stumbled across something interesting. If you lurk Hobby no Toriko regularly, you'll probably have seen it already. With that said, THIS is a better looking Mirage Frame!

Okay, that's all for this sudden post. Back to doing other stuff. >.>

Sunday, February 14, 2010

NG 1/100 Gale Strike Gundam (CUSTOM Ver. rndm) Review

On Friday this week, I bought the NG Gale Strike in a great and ray decision to mode it to my liking and satisfaction. To know more about what I did, please read the first WIP and second WIP. I won't really call it a WIP per say as all of it was done in one fell swoop of one day! So, it is technically a Work in Super Fast Progress. XD

At any rate, read the review over at my Wordpress blog but it is pretty long and detailed for a simple NG review though. XP

Friday, February 12, 2010

Things of Note

Okay, time for another update... but not really an update for the blog.

For a while now, I've been chatting with some of the bloggers from my blogroll in this chat room. It is mostly active during the night time (M'sian/S'pore time, GMT +8). So, if any of you readers want to be poisoned into buying stuff from the dark side, have some crazy random chatting fun or whatever, come here!
This room is created by our dear friend Tsukinari who is also a M'sian blogger. If you haven't visited his blog, why don't you go there now? Be careful of the current WISP on the MG GN-X. XD

Besides that, if you have been paying attention lately, there was some crazy activity going on at my alternate blog on Wordpress. Do pay a visit and comment (if you can) when you see the feed on the top left gets updated once in a while. Currrently, the WIP for my Gale Strike Custom is there. Do read it up for some crazy random doings. >D

Okay, that's all for this very small and minor post. Please read the Unicorn Mode Review Part 2, if you haven't, to read a comic strip I did. Hope you all like it!

PS: Happy Chinese New Year! May all you can get ang-pau... get a lot! Buy buy buy! XD

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

HGUC 1/144 Unicorn Gundam [Unicorn Mode] Review - Part 2

This is a continuation from part 1 here.

Phew, this took me a while to photoshoot and I did an experimental photoshoot setting as well. See it in the following review and tell me if you like it or not. I won't be using it frequently as I think it is best suited for very while kits like the Unicorn.

Also, there is a short comic strip at the bottom. Hope you'll like the random story setting!
Note: It is related to the last three pictures from the previous post. XD

Monday, February 8, 2010

HGUC 1/144 Unicorn Gundam [Unicorn Mode] Review - Part 1

Price: 1500 Yen

At first, I thought I wouldn't be able to get this guy as it was rather out of my budget after I bought the Destroy Mode. However, I luckily got some extra (Christmas) funds and managed to buy this as well when I bought the HGUC RX78-2 G30th.

I initially tried to use Flickr to upload the photos but it was rather tedious for me to use to post. I have to go to the images and go to all sizes to get the HTML codes (let alone the images raw URL) one by one...

About the Gundam:
I don't particularly know much about the Unicorn Gundam story-wise as I never bought nor read the novels (then again, I can't read Kanji). Basically, this is the "normal form" of the Unicorn. It is piloted by Banagher Links who seems to be your run of the mill teen suddenly becoming a Gundam pilot.


Read on for the first part of the review for the usual box, box open, runners and building process shots!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

MG 1/100 Gundam Astray Blue Frame 2nd Revise Review - Part 3

Part 1: Box, Box Open, Runners & Building Process
Part 2: Height Comparisons, Articulation, Gimmicks, Action & Conclusion
Part 3: Additional Review - MG VS NG, Backpack Adapter (First Batch Item)

Sorry if this one took a while to be finished. I actually can finish it not long after part 2 was done but I was initially hoping that I would've gotten one of the NG VS Astrays by now. Sadly, I just couldn't make myself purchase those uber lame rehashes even though they sell for RM85 at a shop... they are just so not worth it... OTL.

Nonetheless, I'll at least be able to play around one backpack adapter but if you have seen my review on the Strike Noir, it might bore you. Basically the same stuff there. ^^;
However, if you want to see some Dalong-ish comparisons between NG and Mg, please read on. =)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

TT Hongli MG 1/100 Strike Noir Review - Part 2

Part 1: Box, Box Open, Runners, Manual Scans & Building
Part 1.5: Clear Stickers & Decals
Part 2: Articulation, Gimmicks, Action and Conclusion

Time for yet another finisher to something I think many of you are curious about! Is this bootleg MG good or bad?! Read on to find out the conclusion!

A total of 98 shots with no edits what-so-ever (Sorry, no story this time, as 1/100s are harder to do.)!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

TT Hongli MG 1/100 Strike Noir Review - Part 1.5

(Before & After)

Part 1: Box, Box Open, Runners, Manual Scans & Building
Part 1.5: Clear Stickers & Decals
Part 2: Articulation, Gimmicks, Action and Conclusion

This is a first! A part 1.5 review! OMG! I never done this before but to tell you all the truth, I just can't complete the review of this kit just yet. Since I'm done with the experiment which is to test out the clear stickers and decals of TT Hongli, I decided to put it up first, for the benefit of you all. ^^

The reason why I can't really photoshoot the Strike Noir completely is that my camera battery is almost out and I want the decals and stickers to settle into the plastic first. Don't want them to fall off so easily (besides being a little lazy and tired after hours of decal-ing and sticker-ing).

As for this special part of the review, I'll mostly tell you my experience and feelings towards the water slide decals and clear stickers as well as the 4 angle and close-up shots.

So, read on! =D

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Verdict is...

Looks like I will have to try to put on the clear stickers and the decals onto the TT Hongli MG 1/100 Strike Noir. I believe I will not have much problems with the clear stickers (if they stick) but the decals are a different story.

After actually opening the plastic bag of the decals, I found out that they are actually water transfer decals! Surprising! From what I can tell from Dalong's shots of the original Bandai one, it is supposed to come with dry transfer decals! OMG! Whether this will be a good thing or bad thing will be decided when I actually attempt putting them on... later today.

As I've said in the comments in the part 1 review, the earliest the review will come out will be on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Most probably be up by evening or night time. ^^;

So... stay tuned for the probably decal hell. XP


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