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

Unexpected haul

Decided to visit my local hobby store today during lunch hour as it’s been a while since I been there. Check out their website before hand on what’s available, especially those older figures that I plan to get. When I reach there something else caught my eyes instead, lo and behold, its Shunya Yamashita Rosanna starring right at me.

Now Shunya’s stuff been getting a lot of spotlight lately with Danny’s review on Mirei-san and super rats beautiful photos of Rosanna, so I have been planning to get one of Shunya’s figure myself. I wanted to get Mirei-san, but she’s sold out everywhere, so I though I might as well wait for Non-non in August. Never would have thought that I will still be able to get Rosanna and here she’s on the shelf starring right at me.

It would have been quite an easy choice but then I was quite interested in getting another figure that’s just next to Rosanna, and she’s Amaha Masane casual dress version by Kotobukiya. Well if you compare the two of course Rosanna would have win hands down but Amaha Masane was cheaper :) .

After looking at the two and putting them down, and looking at them again I guess the guy there decided to help me out by telling me that’s the last Rosanna they have, non of their branches have her anymore. So in the end I took both of them and put them on the counter. Few minutes later I walk out of the store with my wallet lighter but with a grin on my face for getting two very nice figures :) .

Oh well enough of story, now for a preview pictures….. tada

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And here’s a link for you to enjoy more of Shunya Yamashita’s artwork

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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