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…

Lights, camera, action!

My search for materials that I can use for my gunpla/figures photoshot brought me to Ikano today. I was looking for texture color paper to be use as background, a sort of frame to hold the reflector and most importantly lamp. Found the color paper at Popular bookstore, it’s smaller than the cardboard that i plan to use as backing but that’s ok. Got a suitable frame at Ikea for 2.90 to hold the reflector and as for the lamp, found out I got the wrong type. I needed white natural light, but the one I got is yellow light but at least I still can use it while I am building my gunpla. Looks like I’ll need to make another trip down to Ikea again.

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Latest Haul

My latest model kit haul, MG Strike Noir and SRW Dygenguar kit. Been waiting for it for weeks, finally I can get my hands on them. Now all that’s left is to get MG Strike I.W.S.P which should be arriving next week. Still deciding whether to get the new MG Zaku 2.0 or not, cause I already have a grunt type Zaku, maybe I’ll get the Char version instead. Oh well still weeks before it’s gonna release, I’ll have decided by then.

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Figures collection (partial)

Took this shot on the day i got my camera. I decided to put all my figures that are not in my display cabinet back into their box because they were collecting dusts. And since I was in the process of putting them back I thought I might take a picture of them in their respective packaging. In the front row from left to right you can see FSN School Uniform Sakura, Asaba Ureshiko, Alter Black Dress Saber and Kotobukiya Saber. In the back row from left to right, MF Ignis, GSC Holiday Saber and GSC Evening Dinner Sakura.230407_figurescollections.jpg

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

Heaven’s Feel, Dark Saber

Another variation of Fate/Stay Night Saber to add to my collection of Saber figures, this time it’s Dark Saber by Griffon. She appear in Heaven’s Feel scenario of Fate/Stay Night, where she was consume by darkness by Angra Mainyu and turns into Sakura’s servant as Dark Saber. The armor is different than her normal armor and her hair and skin color are quite pale. Her sword also change to black with red color symbol on the blade.

My first impression of the figure is that it really capture the feel of Dark Saber from FSN game. The armor, face, hair and sword are exactly like what appears in the game. This is my second figure by Griffon, and I must say their quality is pretty good. I like the way they put the character’s name on the base and in Dark Saber case it’s plated name plate. Very nice touch.

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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

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.

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This is what it looks like when in use.

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