Category Archives: Anime

Fenrir

Fenrir is Cloud new bike in Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, a replacement to the Hardy Daytona he used in the game. Fenrir have a more futuristic design compare to Hardy Daytona. Beside that, another cool thing about Fenrir is that it can store all of Cloud’s swords, but this is not shown in this die-cast model though. Fenrir is part of Final Fantasy Mechanical Arts series that present some of the most popular vehicles and ships from various Final Fantasy games.

Fenrir comes with a very nice base painted in gunmetal and with a nameplate on it.

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Even though it’s small, measuring only 12cm, it is beautifully sculpted to the smallest detail.

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In the movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, this is the part of Fenrir where Cloud’s new swords is stored.

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The intricate design on the Fenrir.

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Beautifully detailed and scuplted. The paint job is superb as well.

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Fenrir
Anime: Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Material: PVC and die-cast metal
Company: Square Enix
Price: 3300 Yen
Released: Feb 2007
Added to collection: Feb 2007
Availability: Hobby Link Japan
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Revoltech Saber

Saber was given the honor of becoming the first Fate/Stay Night character to be release by Revoltech, she’s also the first figure from Revoltech 2G line. I ordered Revoltech Saber from Play-Asia because of the cheaper price, she arrive on Wednesday just as I had expected. As usual there wasn’t much protection around the box but fortunately Saber’s box was not damage. Before she arrive, it was posted in forums by some people who already got her she got a broken elbow right out of the box. This really got me worried but there was nothing I could do about it as P-A already shipped her out. So as soon as I received her I quickly took her out of the box and check for any broken parts and was relieve that she’s perfect.

I had actually took some photos of her on the day I received her, but I decided to retook them after I adjusted my mini photo booth a bit. I use the background cardboard from the box for the first photo. I tried to get Saber into the same post as the picture on the cardboard and this is the closest that I can pose her.


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The articulation is pretty good as usual but I wish she comes with different set of hands so that I can make a proper pose for this shot. But still it came out pretty good.


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The skirt armor have joints that allow the legs to move around. There’s a joint between the hand and the arm as well, this makes it easier to make her hold her sword with both hands.


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She comes with a base to help her stand and also an extension to the base for jumping and flying pose but it’s not easy to pose her in the air as she’ll needs to be properly balance otherwise she’ll just fall down.


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She comes equip with two swords, one a transparent sword which should be her noble phantasm “Invisible air” and the second sword is Caliburn. She should have comes with Caliburn and Excalibur though and maybe with Excalibur scabbard Avalon as well, oh well I can dream :D .


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Quite detail face for a small figure, I should stop calling her small as she’s actually about 14cm tall standing straight, only a head plus shorter that Kotobukiya 1/8 Saber.


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Kaiyodo will also be releasing Revoltech Dark Saber in July which is even cooler looking. It seems Dark Saber will comes with Excalibur. If she do then it will be great.

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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
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

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More photos of Dark Saber here.

Another Saber

I seem to be posting a lot of Saber lately, but what to do I have quite a number of Saber figures :) . This time is a 1/8 Saber by Kotobukiya, she was the first Saber I added to my collection after failing to get Alter Black Dress Saber. Here she’s depicted in her casual wears a simple very white blouse with blue ribbon, a dark blue skirt, a pair of brown boots with black pantyhose. In the anime this is what she wears most of the time. She’s also holding Caliburn partially out of the scabbard.

She’s come with a very simple blue base, but she can actually stand without the base.


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I decided to use a black background for her, this is the first time I am using black color so took me a while to get the photos to come out nicely.


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Her sculpture is quite simple and with minimal detail. Still it’s quite nice for a 1/8 figure. The detail on her sword is superb though.


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I never did notice that her eyes are green until now. Kawaiii face as usual. :)


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Her eyes color can be seen more clearly in this photo.


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Nicely done hair.


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The overall quality is pretty good though not as detail if compare to Alter Black Dress Saber which is also a 1/8, will be posting her soon :) .

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Saber
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Kotobukiya
Price: 3480 Yen
Released: Feb 2005
Added to collection: Jan 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Bio Booster Armor Guyver

Bio Booster Armor Guyver is a long running manga series by Yoshiki Takaya that begins in 1985. Currently the manga is at volume 24 and doesn’t seems to be ending anytime soon. The main protagonistis a 17 years old student name Shō, who merges with Guyver unit 1 by accident.

This figure is was release by Max Factory as part of the Bio Fighter Collection line of action figures. It’s fully articulated and comes with additional hands, head and weapon. It also comes with a simple black base with the name Guyver on it which I had forgotten to take pictures of.


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At first I wanted to use red background for this photo session but somehow the red came out too bright, I wanted dark red but can’t seems to get it. So in the end I resorted to black instead but suprisingly I had to use -1 2/3 EV to get the black to look really black instead of just -1 which I use for my previous photo session with Saber. Must be something wrong with the light placement, will need to try out more on that.


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Even though it’s fully articulated, it’s not easy to pose him as some part of the armor are blocking the joints movement. Also the exchangeable parts are joint together using a simple small rod, so it’s quite lose and will usually drop off when you are trying to pose him. The shoulders armor also drop off quite easily since it’s just slotted onto the shoulder ball joints.

“High Frequency Swords”

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Alternate head where part of the face armor is torn off and a corresponding alternate hand tearing off the armor.


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“Gravity Cannon”

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“Mega-Smasher”

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Overall quality of the sculpt and color is pretty good but the articulation definitely needs some improvement. I got this as a b-day present from my ex earlier this year, wonder what I’ll get next year hehe.

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Guyver Unit 1
Anime: Bio booster armor guvyer
Scale and Material: action figure 
Company: Max Factory
Price: ?
Released: ?
Added to collection: January 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Gothic style Saber

Ok another Saber is up hehe. This time is Alter version of Dark Saber but instead of wearing armor, she’s wearing a black and grey Gothic dress. She looks real good in it too, one of the best looking 1/8 Saber in my opinion. I first saw pictures of her on Riuva’s blog, so I went looking for her at some of my local hobby store. I was quite surprise when I found one store that have her in stock, because they were selling it at about 9000 yen. Only after I did some search on-line did I know that she’s actually discontinued and a pretty hot figure as well hence the high price. She’s also one of the first figure that I have seen bootleg on, practically most of my local shop is selling the bootleg version. Well with the help of a friend, I manage to get her in the end at about 7000 yen, so she’s actually the most expensive 1/8 that I have in my collection. Well worth it though :)

The highlight of this figure is the Gothic dress, the detail in it is superb


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Same as the Saber-Alter I posted up recently, her eyes and hair color are different from normal Saber and she also lost her “ahoge”. Here she still retain her cute face while in Griffon version her face is more serious.


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As I mention earlier the dress is very detailed.


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The skirt is made of two layers, a grey layer at the bottom and a black on top. All nicely detailed and removable too :)


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A closer view of her dress.


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I am very satisfied with the quality of this figure, she may cost me more than the other 1/8 that I have but it’s well worth it. The production quality is really good and the amount of detail they put into her is superb.

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Black Dress Saber (Dark Saber)
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Alter
Price: 4200 Yen
Released: July 2006
Added to collection: March 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Rosanna

Finally I have completed my photo session for Rosanna. Took longer than usual for me to post up photos of my latest girl but I think it’s well worth the wait :) . Before I bought Rosanna, I have already seen some figures based on Shunya Yamashita’s illustration, the first being Sera-chan. At the time they don’t really attract me much until I saw the Kotobukiya exclusive Mirei San, she caught my attention and spark my interest in Yamashita’s work. Rosanna wasn’t my first choice as my first Art of Shunya Yamashita figure, she was more of an impulse buy. Taking a closer look now and I am really glad that i bought her as she looks really great. She’s a mix of fantasy and heavy metal style as can be seen from her physic defying outfit and huge sword.

Now on to the pictures….


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Instead of the usual plain background, a wrapping paper is use for this photo session. It works pretty well and using a netting as a veil, she looks more mysterious.


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She’s most probably the only figure in my collection with a more realistic body propotion.


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She was sculpted by Eiichi Ishida who did a good job in capturing her looks based on Yamashita’s illustration. The design of the outfit is very nice and very revealing too.


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See how physic defying her outfit is, makes you wonder how it stay on, hmmm…


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Very nice eye, too bad the other is covered though


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super rats review of Rosanna here
Belela-san article of Shunya Yamashita in general here

Art of Shunya Yamashita Rosanna
Anime: none, based on Yamashita’s illustration
Scale and Material: 1/7 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Movic
Price: 6090 Yen
Released: April 2007
Added to collection: May 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Witchblade and Lacus

Latest addition to my growing figure collection is Kotobukiya 1/6 Witchblade Installing version, and man she’s huge. Will have a photo session with her and Amaha Masane soon. Before that needs to get some inspiration, hmmm maybe watching Witchblade anime and digging up my old Witchblade comics might help.

The two Lacus are for my housemate’s friend, the guy is crazy on anything to do with Kira Yamato, including collecting Kira’s girlfriend figures. Both the Lacus looks pretty good, I hope RAHDX gonna release a Kira figure so that I can put him together with my Freedom gundam.

After this purchase, there probably won’t be another purchase until Sheng Hua and Sana Horiuchi are release, unless I went on another impulse buy. Hopefully I don’t, need to save up for Death Note nendroid, gonna get all four of them and they cost 3000 yen each…

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.

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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.

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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


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

“Bardiche Assault, Zamber form”


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

“Top shot”


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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Attack in flight mode

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Just cruising along

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This is the current pose Strike Noir is in

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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

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.


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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.


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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.


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Definitely a different ass ^ ^, not as shapely


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


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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