Saturday, 1 August 2015

Black Escaflowne Guymelef Figure

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This figure came as an exclusive item with 'The Vision of Escaflowne' Limited Edition box set, released in North America by Bandai Entertainment on July 23, 2002. Based on Escaflowne turning black in episode 14 'Dangerous Wounds' Van heads out to battle the Dragonslayers. Van succeeded killing all of them, however he was haunted but the souls of those he killed. Therefore, Escaflowne turned black and collapsed. This premium variant is base on the 7"action figure which is a collector set based on an animated series from Bandai Entertainment. Though it doesn't come with the two main protagonists of the anime, Van Fanel and Hitomi Kanzaki, the black Escaflowne comes on transparent plastic insert tray, in a nice hard cardboard box similar to the DVD box. 

Figure is non-transformable, there ain't many points of articulation, therefore the number of poses are limited. It's well balanced, pre-painted with panel lines. The figure comes with an awesome huge sword that's almost as tall Escaflowne itself. The sword could have been better made if it's made with harder plastic like PVC rather than ABS rubbery material which tends to bend. The cape is removable so it allows display of Escaflowne with or without the cape.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Escaflowne Guymelef Action Figure

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Bandai's U.S released action figure

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Shoji Kawamori's mechanical designs

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The cape is removable so it allows display of Escaflowne with or without the cape.

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Van Fanel and Hitomi Kanzaki

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The character figures stands around 4.5"

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'The Vision of Escaflowne' anime had been around for a while and it was only recently I seriously watched the anime TV series. Previously, I only had a rough idea having watched the OVA. I must admit that the anime's elements of knight fantasy and mecha blend well and the plot set at good pacing. Though the female protagonist, Hitomi Kanzaki, ain't the type many would like at first sight and beside she's too fickle minded.

There are a few choices of Escaflowne Guymelef from Bandai's LM model kit, Yamato's 8" transformable toy to Bandai's U.S released action figure. By elimination, the LM model kit itself lack details and even though transformable toy seems really cool, the cape seems weighing the toy down and the transformation seems complicated with weak joints from other review.

Finally settled on this 7"action figure which is a collector set based on an animated series from Bandai Entertainment. It come with the two main protagonists of the anime, Van Fanel and Hitomi Kanzaki. The character figures stands around 4.5" Van looks well sculpted and he looks really cool standing next to Escaflowne. Hitomi's figure on the other hand, doesn't quite resembles the anime character and she has that awkward 'Planet of The Ape' look : ( 

This Escaflowne figure released in 2001, looks great in my opinion though there ain't many points of articulation, therefore the number of poses are limited. It's well balanced, pre-painted with panel lines. The figure comes with an awesome huge sword that's almost as tall Escaflowne itself. The sword could have been better made if it's made with harder plastic like PVC rather than ABS rubbery material which tends to bend. The cape is removable so it allows display of Escaflowne with or without the cape.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

TOG - Toy Or Game Shops

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Observed every corner and you can even find surprises like these plush Macross Robotech Valkyries

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Surprise stock like this 'CMS' NEOFAM figure selling at only S$35

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I like the idea of TOG 'Toy Or Game' and their concept of hobbies, novelties and collectibles reaching to the heartlanders and even providing pre-order service. In fact, they have an outlets just within walking distance from my home at Bukit Panjang Plaza and another nearby outlet which is bigger at 'Lot One' Choa Chu Kang. Meaning more action figures, collectibles, dolls, toys and video games. A good mixture of both Japanese and western toys. Observed every corner and you can even find surprises like this plush Macross Robotech Valkyries. Most of the stuffs were leading toys which I don't think you would find the pricing a steal nevertheless here's an unexpected find, like this 'CMS' NEOFAM figure selling at only S$35 at 'Lot One' outlet. 

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