Category Archives: Photography

Fate-chan is here!!!

Fate-chan have finally arrive, early than expected actually, I was expecting her to reach either Friday or next week. As I carry the huge box she came in back to my cubicle, I can’t wait to open up the package and take her out. As I open the package, what I saw was disappointing, I guess what I heard was right, that Play-Asia doesn’t pack their figure shipment with enough protection.

250407_alterfatetbox01.jpg

As a comparison I took a picture of the package with my MG Hi-nu box at the bottom, the shipping box is huge. Opening it up reveal Fate-chan’s box with pieces of polystyrene all around it to protect the box. But because Fate-chan box is already as big as the shipping box, some part of the box are damage as only two side of the box are protected.

250407_alterfatetbox02.jpg

Further inspection of Fate-chan box reveal that the top and the back are slightly dented. Most probably due to lack of protection and also the custom officer that opened up the box to check didn’t put it back properly. She was held in custom for 2 days before she was release, luckily tax free :D .

Biggest pvc figure box in my collection, I should take some photos of Fate-chan box with some other figures in my collection to compare their packaging size.

Fate-chan!!!

Took some photos of her out of the box using my temporary photo booth. She’s too big to fit using a single background, so I had to use two, a white as the back and blue for the bottom. I still lack proper lighting as I only have an emergency light that I use as front light and a reflector so the photos came out a bit dark.

Arcus Cultus Aegeas


Click for larger image

Due to the span of her cape, I couldn’t shoot a full view of her.

“Bardiche Assault, Zamber form”


Click for larger image

Actually wanted to shoot the length of Bardiche but due to lack of space only manage to take a portion of it.

“Top shot”


Click for larger image

Try a top shot, you can see the detail of her hair, cape and ribbon.

Of all the Fate figures that was release, the Alter version is the most impressive, mostly due to the cape and the pose that depict her rising into the air. This is also my first and favourite Fate figure, the Movic version will come second but don’t think I can find that anymore.

Visit my Flickr site for more pictures

Fate Testarossa
Anime: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s (Mahō Shōjo Ririkaru Nanoha)
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure 

Company: Alter
Price: 6476 Yen
Released: December 2006
Added to collection: April 2007
Availability: Available at Rightstuf
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

MG Strike Noir, Complete

GAT-X105E+AQM/E-X09S Strike Noir is another variation of Strike Gundam that appears in the OVA Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 STARGAZER. The MS belongs to Earth Alliance Phantom Pain and piloted by Sven Cal Bayang. The main difference from Strike Gundam is the lack of a beam saber it instead uses a pair of MR-Q10 “Fragarach” 3 beam blade which are hidden in the wings. The overall build of this kit is good, as usual Bandai quality is always improving. The inclusion of some fixed manipulator to hold the weapons is a nice touch. This is also one of the kit that comes with screws which I haven’t seen for quite sometime. One thing I don’t like is some of the dry transfer are so small that it’s very hard to put it on the MS, so i leave some of the decal out.

290407_noir01.jpg
Click for larger image

Left wing of the AQM/E-X09S Noir Striker with the MAU-M3E42 linked linear gun extended.

290407_noir02.jpg
Click for larger image

The 57mm high-energy beam rifle w/175mm grenade launcher.

290407_noir03.jpg
Click for larger image

Dual guns, M8F-SB1 “Shorty” beam rifle.

290407_noir04.jpg 
Click for larger image

Dual swords, MR-Q10 “Fragarach” 3 beam blade.

290407_noir05.jpg
Click for larger image

Attack in flight mode

290407_noir06.jpg
Click for larger image

Just cruising along

290407_noir07.jpg
Click for larger image

This is the current pose Strike Noir is in

290407_noir08.jpg
Click for larger image

Visit my Flickr site for more pictures

GAT-X105E+AQM/E-X09S Strike Noir
Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 STARGAZER
Scale: 1/100 Master Grade
Company: Bandai
Price: 5040 yen
Released: March 2007
Added to collection: April 2007
Availability: XL-Shop, Hobby Link Japan
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

MS Specification
Unit type: prototype mobile suit
Overall height: 17.72 meters
Weight: 90.5 metric tons
Equipment: Variable Phase Shift (VPS), enhanced power unit
Armament: M2M5 “Todesschrecken” 12.5mm automatic CIWS x 2, M8F-SB1 “Shorty” beam rifle x 2, EQS1358 rocket anchor x 5, AQM/E-X09S Noir Striker (mounts MR-Q10 “Fragarach” 3 beam blade x 2, MAU-M3E42 linked linear gun x 2, EQS1358T rocket anchor x 1)
Optional armament: 57mm high-energy beam rifle w/175mm grenade launcher x 2
Pilot: Sven Cal Bayang

Lights, camera, action! Part 2

Finally my mini photo booth is almost complete. Got the final lamp today at Ikea, haven’t tested it out yet cause I haven’t got the bulb for it. Unfortunately Ikea only sell yellow light bulb. At the moment I still lack a diffuser and a bigger reflector, will get both done soon. This is how the booth looks like when it’s not in use. The two lamps uses extend-able arms so it’s easy to adjust it. A few pieces of color papers that I uses as background and some other stuff like the photo-stand I use to hold the reflector, the reflector itself which is actually comic books backing board. Some tracing paper that will be use as a diffuser. At the back standing straight is the stand I made to hold the color paper, so that I can move the booth around and can use it even without being near a wall.

300407_photobooth01.jpg
Click for larger image

This is what it looks like when in use.

300407_photobooth02.jpg
Click for larger image

Note: The setup of this booth is based on super rats’s tutorial on cheap lighting

Of Bats, Butterflies and Roses ~ The Warrior

Here comes another Ignis write-up, this time it’s Alter version of Ignis. While Max Factory Ignis focus on the feminine side of Ignis, Alter version focus on the warrior side of her. Sculpted by Takahashi Tsuyoshi, Ignis is in a battle pose that really show her warrior side.

Compare to Max Factory elaborate sculp, this Ignis is a much simpler affair. She comes with a simple white base with the game title embossed to it. The figure itself is well balance and able to stand without the base and I think she’s pretty safe from the danger of leaning.


Click for larger image

The first thing that collectors that already have Max Factory Ignis will notice when they pick up Alter Ignis is the color. The color on Alter Ignis is much more duller and darker. Other than that the paint job is still good. I went for a bamboo forest setting for this photo session but because I have no idea where to find bamboo that I can use, bamboo stick will have to do. Added in some weapons that I got to make it looks like Ignis was in a fight, some blood would have been a nice addition as well, but I do not have the coloring for it.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

In my opinion she doesn’t have as much nice angle that I can shot from, her best angle is direct from the front. Her left palm is also partially blocking her face so it’s was difficult to get a nice shot of her face.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

Definitely a different ass ^ ^, not as shapely


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

The lantern that I use as props can actually lights up, so I decide to show that in this shot.


Click for larger image

I got Alter Ignis before I manage to get Max Factory version, though not as impressive as Max Factory Ignis, I like the way she’s portray in this version and this is the only Ignis that truly show her warrior side.

Ignis
Anime: None, from the game Jinkai Makyou
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Alter
Price: 5524 Yen
Released: November 2006
Added to collection: January 2007
Availability: sales at Play-Asia
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Welcome to Pia Carrot

Welcome to Pia Carrot…I guess that’s what Sana would say. She’s a character from the game Pia Carrot G.O., one of the many game from the Pia Carrot franchise of dating sim. Actually I didn’t know all that before I got the figure, I only found info on her when I google for it :P . The only reason I got her was she’s super cute ^^.

Sana is sculpted by Youzo Ogawa and manufactured by Kotobukiya. The detail on her is quite good from the meido outfit to the little wings on her back, you can even see a small little fang. For a superb review and photos on her check out super rats blog.


Click for larger image

Don’t have any props that resemble a restaurant (Pia Carrot is a restaurant in the game) so I just reuse the sofa I use in Sakura’s shots.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

She comes with an additional chest piece that I guess suppose to enhance her chest ^^.


Click for larger image

Look closely and you can see the little fang, now that’s detail ^^. And then there’s the little bat wings.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

I don’t really do a lot of pantsu shot, but for Sana it’s so easy to take the shot ^^.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

“Welcome to Pia Carrot, please have a seat”


Click for larger image

Sana Horiuchi
Anime: None, from the game Pia Carrot G.O.
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Kotobukiya
Price: 4200 Yen
Released: January 2007
Added to collection: June 2007
Availability: available at HLJ
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Range Murata PSE Pro #05

My first exposure to Range Murata work was his character design in the anime Blue Submarine No.6 and more recently Last Exile but at the time I have no idea who’s Range Murata. Fast forward to last month, when I was at my local hobby store, paying for my Rosanna figure I chat with the guy there a bit about Shunya’s work. Later he mention about Range Murata and showed me some pictures of his work, especially UJ14 and some of his PSE trading figures. Only then I realise that he was the designer for one of my favourite anime Last Exile.

My attempt to hunt down his range of figure was in vain until I visit one of the branch of my local hobby store. That was where I found this figure PSE Pro #05. The figure itself is quite small being a 1/10, so I thought it would be quite cheap, but to my surprise it wasn’t, it cost as much as a 1/6 figure. Due to that I only made the purchase about a month later and luckily she was still there or I would really have regretted of not getting her sooner. Well enough of my ranting, now to the pictures ^^


Click for larger image

A very simple setting for these photos.

Even though the figure is quite small, only at about 15cm, she’s quite detail, especially on her bike.


Click for larger image

A little bit of stray paint on the sole of her boot, but only noticeable at close-up. The overall sculpt and paint work are clean and smooth.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

Quite detail looking bike/scooter.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

Her watch pointing at 9.35.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

You can even see the speedometer.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

Overall I am very satisfied with the quality of the figure, I have never bought anything by Beagle before but it seems they make quality stuff. Range Murata stuff are quite unique in design, I am definitely gonna be on a look out for any new stuff from him.

PSE #05 – TT Butterfly
Anime: None, Range Murata
Scale and Material: 1/10 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Beagle
Price: 6800 Yen
Released: December 2006
Added to collection: June 2007
Availability: sold out at Hobby Search
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

AnimeFest @ Taylor’s University College

Went to the AnimeFest organize by Taylor’s University College Anime Club at Subang today. A friend of mine was selling his figures at a booth there, so me and 2 others collectors decided to display our stuff there as well. The event was quite small, with just 2 doujinshi booth, and 3 other commercial booths including my friend’s. We were actually expecting something bigger, so I guess we were a bit disappointed of the size but since this is the first even where we are opening a booth I guess it’s ok.

There were cosplay competition, singing competition and PS2 competition during the event. As expected of the cosplayer, most comes in cosplaying characters from Naruto, Bleach and Death Note. There were some exception like there were some girls cosplaying as Éclair from Kiddy Grade, Haruhi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya respectively.

This was what my friend have for sale there and as expected the first one to sell of was the Max Factory Haruhi figure.


Click for larger image

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya group of figures on display and also Lucy from To Heart 2.


Click for larger image

Two Feito-chan by Alter and Good Smile Company respectively.


Click for larger image

Some Kanon figures.


Click for larger image

Figures from Pastel Chime, Lamento and Range Murata PSE Product.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

I didn’t really take a lot of pictures of the cosplayer and event as most of the ones I did try to take turn up dark because of the dim light and my PNS camera flash is not strong enough. I guess this is when I wish I have and DSLR :) , oh well this are the few shots that are of decent quality.

Some of the club members doing the Lucky Star dance, this is the first time I see this dance as I did not watch Lucky Star. I was hoping for Haruhi dance though.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

This is the hall the event as held, quite small, and the lighting is not good. There wasn’t a lot of people, maybe 200-300 people for the whole day I guess.


Click for larger image

This pair is the only cosplayer picture that came out ok, L and Misa from Death Note.


Click for larger image

The event wasn’t what we expected but we are still quite happy with what we achieve. Our booth was practically the center of attention, I think anyone that came with a camera will definitely have some photos of our booth. All the more professional photographers were taking photos of the figures one by one and there was a bunch of them too :) . So I guess we win the most photograph booth if there’s such a price ^^.

Will link to other pics that I find here:
Cosplay photos by hitokiri_sien
Anime Fest @ Taylor’s by Foxstrifer
Cosplay photos @ Demonic Error
Anime Fest @ Taylor’s University College by Cryorazor
Anime Fest 07 @ Taylor’s College by Lilkev84
Taylors College Anime Fest 2007 by Dwayne Foong
Anime Fest 2007 by yinky_xuan

Another Haul!!! and Mirei?

Another haul ? Yup haha, looks like I am posting more photos of my haul than the figures itself, but I just had to post this one. Why? Well because Mirei is in it ^^ and no this Mirei is not the one I ordered from Animewild, I got this from my local store. I don’t know what happen to my Mirei from Animewild and they are not replying to my e-mails. Probably need to work out something on that soon.

Anyway beside Mirei, I got some re-ment pastries, a square barbie’s cushion/pillow thingy with some chinese take-outs and 3 firearms from  Hot Toys – Modern Firearms Collection2; a M14, a M41A R.I.S w/ M203 and a MP5 SD6.


Click for larger image

Saber vs Saber

After the release of Revoltech Saber, Kaiyodo follow it up with Saber-Alter for their Revoltech 2G line. Saber-Alter came with the same packaging as Saber, only the colors are different. Included with her is an additional hair piece with her mask attached, her usual black and red sword and Excalibur. She comes with the same stand as Saber as well.


Click for larger image

On a barren wasteland, two warriors stood face to face unmove, until suddenly an unknown voice cuts through the silent “ACTION!!!”.


Click for larger image

With lighting reflexes both warriors spring to action, closing the distance between them in mere seconds, sword raise and ready for battle. The black warriors lunges with a foward thrust, easily block by the blue and silver warrior. The fight goes, both warriors slashing and parrying, thrusting and blocking, the sound of metal against metal rang continuously like a symphony of death.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

As their dance of death continues, the black warrior suddenly jumps up into the air and “CUT!!!!. Here comes the unknown voice again, and what does the voice means “Cut”, both warriors are already cutting each other and more importantly where does the voice comes from.


Click for larger image

And we see a head, a big head to be exact with a familiar looking yellow ribbons, who could this person be, who seems to be giving order to the two deadly warriors.

Unknown voice: No! No! No! both of you are suppose to jump together!
Warriors: Ok.
Unknown voice: ACTION!!!


Click for larger image

And the warriors continue to fight, bringing their dances of death to the air.


Click for larger image

And what is this, it looks like the blue and silver warrior is defeated.


Click for larger image

“CUT!!!” again comes the unknown voice. And what do we have here, we finally get to see the owner of the unknown voice. Seems like a school girl with a really big head, what are they feeding kids these days.


Click for larger image

She seems to be scolding the black warrior. It’s either she’s very brave or very stupid, anyway….

Schoolgirl with big head: NO!!!! You are suppose to lose remember, you are the bad guy and the bad guy don’t win, lets do this again.
Black warrior: Ooooo… I’ll get you for this.


Click for larger image

Seems like the situation been reserve and the black warrior kneel down in defeat. “CUT!!!!” came the voice again, I wonder what is wrong now.


Click for larger image

Oh it seems that this is the end

Schoolgirl with big head: Good work, Good work ^^
Blue and silver warrior: Thank you….
Black warrior: ……


Click for larger image

And the credit rolls… wait, where’s the black warrior ?


Click for larger image

Let’s zoom out to get a wider view. What’s that at the corner, seems to be the black warrior holding a very large weapon.

BAM!!!!!

A sniper rifle! this is suppose to be a medieval sets, why is there a sniper rifle????


Click for larger image

Oh no….. the schoolgirl with big head just lost her big head, and the black warrior is going for the blue and silver warrior now.

BAM!!!!


Click for larger image

As the schoolgirl with big head and the blue and silver warrior laid on the ground lifeless, we hear the maniacal laugh of the black warrior.

Black warrior: Ha ha ha, I won, hahhahhahahahha….. I have my revenge now…hahhahaa


Click for larger image

The End……


Click for larger image

Saber vs Saber
Staring

Saber as Blue and silver warrior
Saber-Alter as Black warrior
Suzumiya Haruhi as Schoolgirl with big head

Directed by Suzumiya Haruhi
Produced by SOS Dan

Note: No revoltech or nendroid figures were harm during the filming of this show.

Saber
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: Non-scale action figure
Company: Kaiyodo Revoltech
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: April 2007
Added to collection: May 2007
Availability: Hobby Link Japan

Saber-Alter
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: Non-scale action figure
Company: Kaiyodo Revoltech
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: July 2007
Added to collection: July 2007
Availability:Play-Asia

Nendroid Suzumiya Haruhi
Anime: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu
Scale and Material: Non-scale pvc
Company: Good Smile Company
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: June 2007
Added to collection: July 2007
Availability: Sold-out

Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

10k hits and Ignis HDR

Kind of a strange combination in the title, well I was suppose to post Natsuki today but my camera is out of battery and while waiting for it to charge I thought I might as well post my first HDR pic to commemorate my first 10,000 hits.

Before we get to the photos I would like to thanks all those that have commented on and supported this blog. Thanks all, you guys been great ^^, I’ll continue to post more photos of my collection, I just hope you guys are not getting tired of my half-baked photography skills hehe ^^. Anyway enough of ranting, time for some photos…

This is the final result of the HDR image.


Click for larger image

These are the initial photos I took to be merge into the HDR image. I started with exposure +1 and decrease by 1 each time until -1.


Click for larger image


Click for larger image


Click for larger image

All these three photos were merge for HDR in photoshop, after some tweaking, the result I got was the first image posted above. The edge is a bit blurry though, probably because the original photos was not align properly. My camera doesn’t support bracketing so I had to manually adjust the exposure, that probably cause some movement to the camera and screw up the alignment.

Anyway I am quite satisfied with the final result but I wish the background wasn’t so dark though. Guess I need to try out HDR out more often before I can really come out with a nice HDR image.