OMG Saber Lily in full color and a surprise from Max Factory

Updated with color sample of Saber Lily which I found at fellow blogger ELTboy blog. Another 4 MORE DAYS folks BE READY.

And another surprise for us, this time from Max Factory, Asahina Mikuru grown up version. Pre-order for her is around this few days as well, so I am expecting May or June release. Apparently she comes with swapable face.

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This year has only just started and we are being bombarded with so many nice figures, I am already being very selective on what I am buying but some are just too nice to miss. I can already feel my wallet getting lighter already.

Queen’s Gate Alice

Alice comes from the series Queens Gate which I know nothing about, except that it’s probably the same as the Queen’s Blade series of figures which one of my fellow collector collects. Wasn’t really interested in getting when she was release, I was actually more interested in getting her boost version which you can see here. The high price of the limited boost version kept me from getting her though, she seems to be in-stock at my local store, maybe I’ll consider getting her if there’s sales or something XD.

Anyway back to Alice, I guess looking at photos from her review at blogs like foo-bar-baz or HappySoda kinda makes you grow more interested in figures that you weren’t planning to buy in the first place. That’s what happen to me and I found myself grabbing her from HobbySearch when she was restock, too bad I miss the damage box Alice that HS throws into the bargain though.

Have you ever been poisoned to get a figures from looking at other blogs review photos? Anyway lots of pantsu shots after the jump, not that it’s something I can avoid =P, but you have been warned =D.

Queens Gate Alice

I don’t really own a  lot of Megahouse figures, I think Clare and Alice are probably the only ones I have. They did a pretty good job on Alice, the sculpt and detailing are pretty good, so is the paint job. She comes with a plain transparent base with words embossed on it.

Queens Gate Alice

Queens Gate Alice

I don’t usually do pantsu shots, but for Alice it’s unavoidable =P.

Queens Gate Alice

Queens Gate Alice

Queens Gate Alice

Queens Gate Alice

Have no idea what she used as hair accessories, weird little thing, where she was actually stepping on them in the boost version.

Queens Gate Alice

Queens Gate Alice

Queens Gate Alice

She probably have one of the coolest pair of guns I ever seen.

Queens Gate Alice

Queens Gate Alice

Nice detail markings on the gun and blade. Gunblade ?

Queens Gate Alice

I have to admit that I got the idea for the last shot from HappySoda review of Alice. I think his came out nicer though, I found my shot kinda erotic LOL, probably the angle XD.

Queens Gate Alice

Couldn’t really think of any setup suitable for Alice, so I just use back Chua Churam setup and change the background to white and remove the Xmas deco, the fluffy cotton remains.

Alice
Series: Queens Gate
Scale and Material: 1/8 pre-painted PVC
Company: Megahouse
Price: 5500 Yen
Released: August 2008
Added to collection: November 2008
Availability: sold out
Photo taken using: Canon EOS 400D with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. Camera triggered by using Phottix Cleon wireless remote trigger. Additional lighting from 580exII triggered using wireless trigger.

Of Bats, Butterflies and Roses ~ Gun and Sword

Added a third Ignis to my Ignis collection recently, this time from Yamato and based on the illustration by Ress. She’s non-scaled and sculpted by G.O. (Cerberus Project), the one I got is the normal version, there’s two other version of this figure, a red and black version and a limited edition with transparent red hair.

Ignis

The costume for this Ignis is different from the previous two Ignis that I owned, Max Factory Ignis and Alter Ignis. She comes with a slightly transparent black base with 3 butterflies printed on it and a tongue like thing. Besides her red katana, she also wield a machine gun.

Ignis

Ignis

Ignis

What attracted me to this Ignis is her dynamic pose, the leaping with gun blazing pose is just magnificient. Sculpt wise she’s not as good as Max Factory or Alter version, the paint job is decent and has a very nice shine to it.

Ignis

Ignis

Ignis

Ignis

Ignis

Ignis

The thing she’s attached to is probably some sort of demon/monster with tongue and fangs, well she’s from a demon fighting eroge after all.

Ignis

Her trusty katana…

Ignis

and a machine gun added for good measure.

Ignis

Ignis

Only complaint I have for this figure is probably the two cross strap on her back that actually broke cause they are quite think and made of hard plastic instead of soft bendable type. The strap is fixed now, but I probably won’t cast her off due to the risk of breaking the strap again, oh yeah she’s cast-off able, both her vest and her skirt.

This is actually quite a spur of the moment shots, I was testing how she would look against a black background and was using my flash wirelessly for the lighting. The few test shots came out pretty good and before I know it, I have a full series of shots for her.

I was shooting using around f/7.1 – f/11, shutter speed at 80-250 and using my flash on manual for lighting. Everything was done handheld which is cool and less hassle than when using a tripod. This is only possible when I just need a single light source though, and I wanna keep the background dark, since I only have 1 flash. Maybe it’s time to save up for some more flash XD.

Ignis
Series: Jingai Makyo
Scale and Material: Non-scale pre-painted PVC
Company: Yamato
Price: 7800 Yen
Released: November 2008
Added to collection: December 2008
Availability: on sales at HobbySearch
Photo taken using: Canon EOS 400D with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. Camera triggered by using Phottix Cleon wireless remote trigger. Additional lighting from 580exII triggered using wireless trigger.

Subaru release confirmed

Alter just updated their website with color sample photos of Subaru from StrikerS, slated to be released in June at 8190 yen. I guess we should be seeing her up for PO at online sites like Hobby Search or Play-Asia soon. Now where’s our Feito, it’s been so many months since the prototype and we still haven’t see the color sample.

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And surprise surprise, Alter will be releasing Kawazoe Tamaki from Bamboo Blade in May at 6090 yen. I prefer the kotobukiya version though, but the nendo like Tama-chan in the picture looks darn cute.

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So anyone getting the figures above, I’ll definitely be getting Subaru but not Tamaki though, aready have Kotobukiya version and I am pretty happy with that one.

And just a heads up, pre-order fro Saber Lily should be up in 4 more days, woot, get ready XD.

Rig upgrade part 2, UPDATED

First part of my rig upgrade was in Sept last year, almost 6 months later, it’s the second part of my rig upgrade. This time around I changed my graphic card from the Geforce 8600 to a GTX260, quite a big jump ^^.

There’s another reason for the GC upgrade, I ordered a Dell 2408WFP UltraSharp 24″ widescreen LCD last week, which should be arriving either end of this week or next monday.

My previous 8600 GC won’t be able to pump enough juice to run games on full resolution on the 24″, hence the need for a new card. Was thinking of getting a 9800GTX+ at first but I don’t think that have enough power for running full resolution game at 1920×1200 resolution, so upping my budget I got the GTX260 instead.

Enough rant, here’s some pics of the card and bundle ^^, with Shana-tan approval.

Gigabyte GTX260

The card itself, quite long, had to move my two HDD lower in order to fit this baby in.

Gigabyte GTX260

The bundle stuff, usual stuff like DVI to D-sub Adapter, DVI to HDMI Adapter, SPDIF Cable, external power cable. It comes bundle with Far Cry 2 as well.

Gigabyte GTX260

The card in my system, manage to do some cable management when installing it ^^.

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Gigabyte GTX260

Gigabyte GTX260

Tested it on some games, first test was on Devil May Cry 4

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Devil May Cr 4

Tested with GRID as well, some of the screens were from the replay though, trying to control a car and taking screenshots at the same time is not advisable xD.

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GRID

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GRID

Since I got home quite late and by the time I finish install it was like 12 am, I didn’t really have much chance to play with the card. Oh well, will play with it more when my 24″ arrive, since the card won’t have a problem handling my 19″ 1280×1024 resolution.

UPDATES: Got my 24″ last Saturday, and here are some photo of my setup after adding the 24″ to it. It’s big and wide haha, took up quite a lot of space on my table. Watching animes and movies especially high definition version, it’s superb, add in 5.1 surround i probably can skip going to cinema haha ^^.

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Watching the movie Next, quite interesting.

Dell 2408WFP with Next playing

Playing Ironman, feel like rewatching some of the movies I got on my 24″ ^^.

Dell 2408WFP with Ironman 1080 BD playing

An indomitable gunner ~ Teana Lanster

Finally my first review of a figure from Alter StrikerS series, not Hayate though, since I don’t have a big enough setup to accommodate her I review Teana first instead.

Teana Lanster comes from the anime Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, the centre guard of the new Forward Team in StrikerS. She uses Midchilda magic and is a Ground-B rank mage. Her Intelligent Device is a handgun named Cross Mirage which can duplicate itself for her to dual-wield. Besides her shooting magic, she also uses illusion type spells which was shown quite frequently in the anime.

Teana Lanster

Four of the StrikerS character have been released by Alter, I just own two though, and it has been very impressive so far. Of course Hayate would probably takes the cake for the WOW factor, probably only Feito or Nanoha can beat that but Teana is not bad either. Great sculpt, details and color makes her a must get for any StrikerS fans.

Teana Lanster

As with the rest of the StrikerS series figures, she comes with a white reflective base, with her name, and other information written on it. Just in case you can’t see it in the photo, here’s what’s written on the base;

An indomitable gunner
Teana-Lanster
Position belonging: Lost property Riot Force 6
Magic type: Midchilda
Wizard rank: Ground-B
Device: Cross Mirage (Intelligent: Gun)

Teana Lanster

Teana Lanster

Teana Lanster

She comes with two pair of hands, with each pair attached with Cross Mirage in different mode. A pair in normal handgun mode and a pair in dagger mode. Her barrier jacket is removable as well.

Teana Lanster

Teana Lanster

Teana Lanster

Being a 1/7 her detailing are excellent. The color are also great, and somehow I have always like Alter coloring better.

Teana Lanster

Teana Lanster

A closer look at her device, the blade is made of transparent plastic. If you notice from the photos, she’s holding Cross Mirage in a different style when you change it to dagger mode.

Teana Lanster

Teana Lanster

Teana Lanster

Alter gonna milk us StrikerS fans dry with their StrikerS figures, the prototype for Feito and Nanoha looks awesome, look here if you haven’t seen it, and they look expensive too. I already have Subaru on PO, which I believe gonna be great too, now we just need to wait for Alter to announce Erio and Caro.

The Setup
I wanted to make scene where Teana is fighting inside a building and the only thing I have are the walls that I use for my Mirei shoot last time. So I just use that plus a bit of props like crate, bullets and a steel rod to make up the set.

The main light source which is my flash in manual mode 1/128 power and it’s shoot through the windowed side and a reflector is on the opposite side to bounce the light back at Teana. My lamp is use to provide a bit of ambient light and also use to light up the blue part outside the window.

Forgot to take a shoot of the setup but then my setup are usually quite messy since it’s more of a trial and error thing. I wonder if anyone is even interested in seeing the setup XD.

More awesome photos of Teana can be found at HappySoda.com.

Teana Lanster
Series: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers
Scale and Material: 1/7 pre-painted PVC
Company: Alter
Price: 6800 Yen
Released: January 2009
Added to collection: February 2009
Availability: available at HobbySearch
Photo taken using: Canon EOS 400D with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens and EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. Lighting from 580exII triggered using wireless trigger.

A stroll with Fauna

Planned to get this figure when she was released last time but due to budget constrain I had to give her a miss, strangely the same thing happen to Alter Fauna as well. Many months later I found her on bargain at HLJ at 60% discount, so I quickly ordered one for myself. My friend and I thought the stock gonna be quite limited for the bargain, but HLJ still have her instock now and still at 60% discount and at least 8 people that I know have bought her.

Fauna

Fauna comes from the eroge Megachu!, which was also release as an erotic OAV. If I am not mistaken she was one of the first Max Factory figure to comes with a POLO system, which means she can be totally cast-off. This was also the reason for her hefty price tag at the time. Sorry no cast-off pics here =P

Fauna

The seamlines where her clothes can be taken of is visible in this shot, can’t seem to get it to close properly.

Fauna

Love the dynamism of her hair and dress, the illustration that this sculpt was based on had her playing in a fountain. Would have love to do the photoshoot of her in a fountain but I probably gonna get some weird stares from the public.

Fauna

Fauna

Fauna

I have always found her face to be a bit off, kinda too chubby. I would have gotten the Alter version if she was on sale, but she’s still at normal price at the moment. Guess I’ll just have to wait.

Fauna

Her dress comes in two piece, a white piece on the outside and a transparent pink piece on the inside.

Fauna

Fauna

Not much to complain about Max Factory Fauna, except her slightly chubbier face. The sculpt and paint job are all perfect and the POLO system is quite a nice gimmick though I wish I can properly close-up the seamlines.

Fauna
Series: Megachu~
Scale and Material: 1/8 pre-painted PVC
Company: Max Factory
Price: 6858 Yen
Released: December 2007
Added to collection: January 2009
Availability: on sales at HLJ
Photo taken using: Canon EOS 400D with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens and EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. Lighting from 580exII triggered using wireless trigger.

The Gallery @ Comic Fiesta


Looking for photos of one of the biggest Anime event in Malaysia? Look no more, as Comic Fiesta has just open their brand new gallery filled with photos from the latest Comic Fiesta event.

Click the link below to go to the gallery and enjoy the photos, you might even find yourself in one of them…

Comic Fiesta Gallery

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Kanzaki Kaori ~ Nanasen

Kanzaki Kaori from the anime To Aru Majutsu no Index, she’s a sorceress from Necessarius. She carries a 2 meter long nodachi called Seven Heaven Seven Swords, which she uses in on of the latest episode of the anime. She’s pretty much just a side character in the anime, appearing only in a few episodes but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to get her figure. After all a girl wielding a 2 meter long nodachi is an instant get for me if the figure looks good.

Kanzaki Kaori

There was a time when most Kotobukiya figures pose are quite simple and plain but that’s change now, some of their newer releases have very dynamic pose but then some of them also comes with a more hefty price tag. Kamzaki comes with a broken concrete floor as a base and her nodachi.

Kanzaki Kaori

Kanzaki Kaori

Kanzaki Kaori

Kanzaki Kaori

The nodachi comes in two separate parts that have to be join together, it’s pretty lose though, a small bump and it’ll comes lose.

Kanzaki Kaori

Kanzaki Kaori

One of the nicer looking hair sculpt from Kotobukiya.

Kanzaki Kaori

Kanzaki Kaori

Kanzaki Kaori

Her belt also comes in a separate piece, nice looking belt too.

Kanzaki Kaori

Kanzaki Kaori

Overall the quality is pretty good, and sculpture especially the hair is better than some of my other Kotobukiya figures. I do find her face sculpt a bit too sharp though, but it’s not really a big problem.

Was trying to emulate her special attack Nanasen “七閃’ in this shoot, getting those wires in place took a bit of time though. Quite satisfied with how the photos turns out. Now I just have to think of how to shoot Index, got her for quite a long time and I still haven’t take photos of her.

Kanzaki Kaori
Series: To Aru Majutsu no Index
Scale and Material: 1/8 pre-painted PVC
Company: Kotobukiya
Price: 6460 Yen
Released: February 2009
Added to collection: February 2009
Availability: available at HobbySearch
Photo taken using: Canon EOS 400D with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. Lighting from 580exII triggered using wireless trigger.