Sunday, 23 April 2017

Ginyu Force! ギニュー特戦隊 Dragon Ball Knockoff WCF












BEWARE! KNOCKOFF ALERT!!! Please do not continue reading if you are hardcore original supporter... Ginyu Force!!! ギニュー特戦隊 Self proclaimed strongest squad in the whole of DBZ universe! Bought the squad some years back at flea market which even back then the original was so scarce and the price easily fetch over 100 USD on eBay. Frankly, I won't pay so much for stuffs like these though nothing beats the original. Yet it's still comforting to get the knockoff / bootleg version of these cuties. 

Ginyu squad was introduced to Dragon Ball during the Freeza saga as elite force which in contradiction more like parody, mocking Sailor Moon in the 80s with their peculiar posing. Their leader is obviously Ginyu, the purple alien who bends down to look through his legs. Recoome is the most muscular in the squad, most human like and wears tight shorts. Butter is the tallest in the squad and has blue skin. Jeice is the alien with red skin and has white long hair. His moves are somehow similar to Yamucha. The weakest link in the squad goes to Guldo! He's dwarf looking and has green skin. Not strong as a fighter but possessed a unique skill of stopping time.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi Lu Bu Figure












Illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, this is Lu Bu in Nintendo DS Lite game - Gamics Series Vol.1 Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi ( Romance of Three Kingdoms) 2. The character was drawn in a cartoon way and this figure is made of soft vinyl material. Released a decade ago by a Japanese company known as 'Sekiguchi', this figure is seldom seen out of domestic market. It stands pretty tall at approximately 8" however lack the articulation with only the arms able to rotate 360 degrees. The Lunar Crescent spear can't be removed from the fist whereas the side arm sabre is removable. Nothing particular special about this figure. It's more like another Lu Bu figure added to my collection. 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

MG 1/35 Scale Patlabor Ingram Reactive Armour















The last piece of Bandai's Master Grade Patlabor in my collection would be this Ingram variant or add on that dubbed in Patlabor 'The Mobile Police Movie 2'. Alphonse is given a dash of military grade equipment like the bullet proof jacket. The Reactive Armour shared the some technologies like those used by today's tanks whereby the armour exploded when a projectile draws near, destroying the threat and dissipating the energy away. 

The blinkers on Ingram's shoulders had been removed in order to don the jacket. Bandai had used plastic mold for reactive armor on the shield, collar and chest area of the jacket which the green looks really realistic after applying matte top coat and some dry brushing. As I have Ingram 2 and 3 as well, the heads can be swapped. 

Rubber tubings are used to emulate the cloth for long arm sleeves but is my opinion not an ideal choice as the rubber seems excessive with obvious tread lines. The rubber tubing would force the arm to straighten after bending. One way is to tighten the screw at the elbow joint, on the other hand I'm afraid to stress the plastic on the stiffened elbow. The optional hands are also different from the previous Ingram as they black and thicker like the Ingram wearing gloves. Other accessories includes unpainted pilot and crew figures.

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