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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Macross Frontier

Finally, gave in to Bandai's call and purchase my first mecha from the latest Macross saga - Macross Frontier in celebration of 25 years of Macross.

I initially wanted to wait for Yamato's version which all my Macross collection came under that brand. However, pictures of this toy; Michael colour and its sniper rifle was too much a temptation to resist.

The size of the box is about half the size of a Yamato's and is more storage friendly.

Hopefully, I can find some time to open it up to evaluate and compare its quality against the Yamato's Macross Valks.

To Infinity and Beyond.....

was the phrase that got me to like Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story. Had always wanted to own 1 but I have never found a piece that is priced at a reasonable price; at least to me.

However, I would never have guessed that I found 2 at Disneyland.

Transformable Buzz - who would have thought
Glad to have waited till now as I get the Buzz I want and better still, it transforms......although, I will never transform it.
The second piece which I picked up is the Space Rescue version. The Buzz that I used to see of this size never did come with visor and that was one of the reasons why I did not own a Buzz Lightyear.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gundam OO

Was on an official trip to Hong Kong last week and had the opportunity to drop by my favourite toy haunt. I was there hoping to pick up Hot Toy's Batmobile but it was not due for release yet. However, my nature of not having to leave there empty handed landed me the complete set of Gundam OO.

However, getting the complete set wasn't an easy task as they were not located at the same store.

OO-Raiser Trans-AM Set was my first purchase after deciding that I would like to complete the whole Gundam OO set. It was found at 'Animate'; a new store which I had not visited before but was glad that I made the trip as I found some very cheap Revoltechs on sale too. Got myself Rodimus and Starscream at a very very cheap bargain.

So, the hunt begun after the first purchase. Headed down to CTMA building opposite and got Arios Gundam with GN-Archer set for a steal.

Then it was to another shop to pick up Saravee and Seraphim Gundam set. Now with 3 of 5 GN Gundams in hand, I was hoping I could pick up OO and Cherudim back in Singapore.

Luck was on my side when I chanced upon OO Gundam and Cherudim at the airport just 1 hour before departure. However, I had to pay the 'airport price' for not purchasing this earlier when they were released.
I was really contemplating on getting the Gundams under this new release by Bandai as I felt that they have overpriced the items. Nonetheless, like most of my purchases, the anime just made it easier to make the decision to purchase.
Someone asked why am I obessed with these toys? My answer is that I want to own a piece of what I saw in the animation.
Just did a calculation and I actually spent $250 on them!! Ok, now that is expensive.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Transformers fever......

is on when I saw the trailer for ROTF (Revenge of the Fallen) today.

So, I decided to take the two of the BIGGEST Transformers in TF history down from the display shelf for a photo shoot.

A little background on the 2. The Orange evil looking one is 'Unicron' who is a planet destroyer as it sucks out the energy of any planet that crosses it path to keep it alive.

The Blue dude is 'Primus', supposedly the creator of all transformers.

Not sure if their proportion is anime accurate. The fact is Primus never did appear in any TF series. It transforms to Cybertron; the planet that all transformers reside on.

Primus packs a heavy load of arsenal and is ready to battle anything that threatens the peace and harmony on Cybertron.......actually not much of peace since the Decepticons existed.

The articulation on both toys are fantastic! Even the fingers have individual articulation giving many hand signs possible. (The Unicron's OK sign was done by my little boy).

Unicron has a very powerful missile that shoots out from its chest. Below is a snapshot of it being launched.

Below is a series of photos of them fighting to their bitter end.

Primus turned out victorious holding the severed head of Unicron. The head was part of Primus's packaging.

The transformation into the planetary mode for both is rather simple but it takes some steady hands to get it done.

Cybertron's defense system on as Unicron approaches.

I actually had Primus for a couple of years already. Had 2 pieces in the beginning. Bought the 1st one at retail price which was 2x the sale price. The 2nd piece was bought at sale price and thus decided to let the 1st piece go.
Unicron was purchased not too long ago in Hong Kong and they were actually having a clearance for this piece at TRU over there. It had a sale tag which is half of what they are selling in Singapore now. If not for space constraint, I'd have lugged back a few pieces.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Clone War......

fever has caught on but sale price has dropped and so I finally got my hands on this Clone Trooper helmet from TRU. It was initially retailing at 2x its sale price.

This piece is like Darth Vadar's helmet which covers the head fully unlike the Optimus Prime helmet which doesn't cover the back of the head.
Like all Hasbro helmet, it has a voice changer function and a couple of preloaded clone trooper phrases. However, the main purpose of the purchase like all my purchases is for display only. Unless, there's a Halloween party anytime soon, it stays where it is now.