Category Archives: Anime

Ash and Pikachu

Gotta catch ’em all!

What fun to have an articulated Ash Ketchum. I have had this one laying around for awhile, waiting to be opened. Today was the day.

Pikachu is not happy that Ash is paying more attention to his tablet than to him. Someone is gonna get shocked here in a minute.

Ash is well articulated. We don’t get a lot of Tomy toys with articulation here in the US. Mostly they are more similar to Pikachu and the other Pokemon that came out in this series. They are solid sculpts, but they are generally done well. The last thing I bought from Tomy was the Zootopia stuff, and they had slight articulation. But Ash wins.

He is a short guy and fits in well with the other 6 inch series figures.

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ToQ Blaster – Ressha Sentai ToQger

Continuing from yesterday, today we are going to take a look at the ToQ Blaster.

The ToQ Blaster comes with the Scope Ressha. This is my first Super Sentai weapon, and I can already feel a difference. It has a much larger grip, which is still small for my hands, but I am pretty big, so I figured it would be a little small. Way better than the Dino Charger that I have from Bandai America.

On the side, there are two rotating boxes, like at the train station. In Blaster Mode, it says Blaster Mode. When the handle is switched around, the signs rotate to say Sword Mode.

The ToQ Blaster comes with the Scope Ressha. It was used really early on in the show, and basically targets the bad guy, leads up with a great sound and then blasts him. The sound the blaster makes when the charger is installed is fantastic.

To get into Sword mode, the handle flips around, and the blade is released and rotated into position. It is not a super long weapon, more like a ToQ knife, but the idea is sound. There is a line that runs from the tip of the blade all the way down the length of the blaster to the handle to show where the blade would be, if it were actually sharp.

The Scope Ressha is a little single car Ressha.  It looks great.   It has crosshairs on the front, like a scope, and it even has the knob on top for focusing.   It can be attached to the arm of ToQ-Oh, presumably to give him better aim with the Fumikiriken.

In case you so desire, I have uploaded a video of the great sounds that ToQ Blaster makes.  I love how fast it can rapid fire, which happens quite often in the show.


Spider Woman – Marvel Bishoujo Statue

Here it is, December 31st, so I am guessing this will be the last blog post for 2014.  I wanted to go out with a bang, so I am looking at the Marvel Bishoujo Spider Woman. She is a knock-out, both in figure design, and attraction.  Enough with the talk, on to the pictures.

She looks amazing.  Her outfit is SO shiny.  You can see the top light reflecting on her body.  She has a great stance that is quite different from the other Marvel Bishoujo figures.  I have to say, as Koto started to work on the DC statues, their Marvel statues got a whole lot better.  I have a few other Marvel statues that were given to me as gifts, and they are smaller, and nowhere near as nice as the current run of statues.

I love her hair.  It is flowing all around her, giving some good, much needed movement to a pretty static pose.  The addition of the hand being thrown forward added a bit of extra depth to the figure too.

Easily overlooked, the back is not passed over on this one.   She doesn’t have a ton of detail on the back of her outfit, so there is a lot of room to make some great musculature.  It is accentuated by the shiny material that really stands out.

Of course, the Bishoujo statues are known for their faces, and half of Spider Woman’s face is covered with her mask, so the only appropriate thing to do was add a second face, so you can have an unmasked version, or what I call the Jessica Drew version.

 

In all, a great figure.  Here comes the end of a great year of toy hunting.  Overall, a really terrible year for me personally, but I am looking for a comeback in 2015.   My life is looking to be in a good place, we have a new Transformers TV show coming out, and about a million and a half comic book movies.  Can’t wait to get 2015 rolling.  See you next year… as in tomorrow probably.


Yoko Littner – Sega

Sweet, sweet Yoko, how you make me happy on my shelf.  Not that I didn’t already have a plethora of Yokos on my shelf, but what is one more?   A new pose, and some great hair.  Gotta love Yoko.

A full standing pose this in this statue by Sega.  Somewhat simplistic in design, this statue makes up for it in detail.  From her fantastic outfit, to her long flowing hair.  This is a great representation of the sniper wielding beauty.   Though I do miss seeing her with a sniper rifle somewhere nearby.

This is a well designed figure that looks great from any angle.  With her head twisted to the side, and her upper body coming around, this allows for a very simple yet dynamic stance, that is accentuated by her giant ponytail that flows with her movements.

She is not my first Yoko, and truth be told, she will probably not be my last.  There are some statues that have way more fine detail, but this one stands on her own.  She was a great find at the San Jose Toy Show a few months back.  That is a whole lot of red hair stuffed on that shelf.  I am sure I can make room for more.  😉


Cammy – Street Fighter Bishoujo Statue

I have been waiting for Cammy since I got my hands on Chun-Li.   I knew this was going to be a great pair to put on the shelf.

We moved from the heavy muscles of Chun-Li, to the tighter military muscle of Cammy.   She is presented in her classic green bathing suit.   Of course, she has to wear it so we get a view of her derrière.  I think for Cammy, since she is not wearing a whole lot of clothing, is the detail in her body.   Her muscles are so slender, and they show so well.

Look at the details around her shoulders.  The muscle masses are so fantastically done, with just the tiniest amount of shading to really help the details pop.

Even though she doesn’t have a whole lot of clothing, what she does have really looks good.   Once again, Koto’s details on areas like wrinkles are the best.   You can see how Cammy is turning and pulling the fabric of her suit.   She also has some great creases in her hat, as well as laces on her boots.  The gauntlets she is wearing is a metallic red color, that really make them stand apart from the softer texture of the rest of her attire.

Of course, the pièce de résistance is the ability to have Cammy fight Chun-Li.  Now THAT is a great feature of a product aimed at a fighting video game.   No more single poses for characters.  This time they get to pose to fight… if you so desire.  They look great on their own as well.

Needless to say, I am really excited to see what comes next.  This could be my favorite Bishoujo line yet.  As always, there are tons more pictures on my flickr page.  Click here, or find the link on the tool bar to the right.  –>


Unicorn Gundam progress

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He is getting there. A few busy days makes for slow work. I am amazed at how cool the design work is to allow parts to move.

So, head, upper torso, lower torso, and one arm complete. I have the other arm, both legs, and the weapons to go. Then the decals which I think will really bring this character to life.

There are a few really busy days coming up with family visiting for Christmas, but hopefully I can get some more done. I may have to steal away for a few hours in some family down time.


Watching: Patlabor The Movie 1 & 2

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Being on vacation is great. I get to catch up on reading and movie watching.

Today was a double-feature. Patlabor The Movie 1 and 2.

The first movie has a special place in my heart. It was one of the first anime I ever watched, and the first to feature mecha.

The art is getting pretty old looking, but as with most of the movies of this era, it is what makes them special.

One of the best things they did was to show computer graphics when they were interacting with the computer programs. Boy, the future of computers looks pretty tired. 🙂 It was great for the time period, and the ironic thing is that the second movie takes place in 1999. Too bad, we are WAY past that and we still don’t have robots walking around. Boo! Ah well, something to look forward to in the future. For now, more movie watching. If you have not seen Patlabor before, check it out. And if you have, I bet it’s been a while. Enjoy!


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