Monday, 16 July 2018

Dragon Ball DBZ Grandista Resolution of Soldiers Bardock / Barduck Custom Painted











Original on the left and custom painted on the right

The custom painted has an overall matte surface therefore removing the plastic gloss surface of PVC and ABS

More panel lines and darken shadings on the custom painted to better define the muscle tones as well as the wrinkled portions of the battle suit





Close-up on the original figure

The panel lines on custom paint even shows those minor scratches on the suit for realism and gives a very manga feel to it



The face-off looks like a mirror image...

There used to be so few figures of Bardock but when Banpresto decided to focus on Bardock, they are damn serious about it! Dragon Ball Z Gandista line from Banpresto is quickly becoming a fan favourite with its incredible value for its size and figure styling. Bardock, the biological father of leading Dragon Ball hero, Kakarot, better known as Goku! As you known many DBZ characters take the name of food and Bardock is no different. Bardock takes the name of vegetable 'Burdock' root commonly used for soup. His eldest son Raditz takes another root vegetable Radish and Kakarot meaning carrot! Gosh! 

This colossal 11" prize figure (28cm) comes with incredible detail from the rips in his muscles to the wrinkles in his boots. Minor assembly of 2 parts and has a clip on stand that further stabilises the figure. Basely the figure can hold up on its own. An interest trend in Japan of custom painting DBZ figure and being a big Bardock fan, I seized the opportunity to get both the original as well as the custom painted by modeller. The figure featured Bardock standing and holding his close friend Tora's blood-soaked armband in his hand, with a face sculpt showing his determination to avenge his dead comrades.  

The custom painted has an overall matte surface therefore removing the plastic gloss surface of PVC and ABS. More panel lines and darken shadings on the custom painted to better define the muscle tones as well as the wrinkled portions of the battle suit. The panel lines on custom paint even shows those minor scratches on the suit for realism and gives a very manga feel to it.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

1/7 Scale Ikki Tousen Fighting Sonsaku Hakufu Chinese Dress Kicking Statue























From the second season of Ikki Tousen, Story! Image! Figure! EX! Hakufu Sonsaku (孫策伯符 Sonsaku Hakufu) is the main female protagonist of the series. She loves to fight and loves to take on stronger opponents. Sonsaku Hakufu is ready to rumble and she's been practicing her high kick. See?

In case you have no idea what Ikkitousen is about, it's basically a retelling of “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” but the heros are resurrected as bouncy anime chicks with a fetish for flashing their underwear. Lolz ... The girls must then fight each other in various Yuri inspired battles. Re-paint fixed pose figurine / statue of Sonsaku Hakufu from the Ikki Tousen manga/anime. Yamato kicked some butt before they called it a day with a new twist on one of this old favourite ecchi anime. It stands approximately 26 cm tall and comes with base in a window box packaging. 

She is perfectly proportioned and the details are truly amazing. Presented here in a vibrant red china dress with dragon printing, revealing posing with pantsu shots, this 1/7 scale PVC statue sculpted by Zenko from the Ikki Tousen manga/anime, this is one sweet statue one would want to boot right into collection! It captures leggy heroine Sonsaku Hakufu in a dynamic kicking pose, wearing her high heels?! The unusual pose with amazing balance is what caught my eyes on this statue of Hakafu Sonsaku, but once I was able to examine it I can say that the styling and detail is even more impressive at up close. Those big round eyes and her expression in adrenaline, showing one of her tiger tooth. Her accessories are the earring and chrome arm bangle. 

Talk about fan service, what's more is that Sonsaku's dress is removable.  The dress is not shown in the anime/manga however shares similar design to the light purple dress featured in the anime.  Recommended for mature collectors. The anime as well as the figurine IS NOT for children. Nevertheless very nice collectible for big boys and girls! I didn't try to take it off simply because I was afraid I would stretch it or damage it in some way. It seems fairly durable, but I wasn't going to take that chance.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Ultraman King 6" Vinyl Figure


The 2008 released is taller than the 1988 released and 2008 released has a sharper beard sculpt

Looking from the rear, the upper body armour plate design looks different too. The proportion of silver and purple are very different as well. 





Both these soft vinyl figures have their year of production  as shown on the foot of the figure, together with the Bandai authenticity mark.


The 1988 released has rather straight and stiff arms and a larger belt buckle.



Every kingdom has to have a king so we look for the supreme Ultraman King. Look out monsters Ultraman King is here, he who is the most majestic and powerful Ultra in his Showa Ultraman universe. No doubt the oldest Ultraman and yeah you can tell by his beard. The other Ultra picture him as a God or The Elders.

Some say that since he is the ancient Ultra to live before the Plasma Spark was created, he might be the only one that knows what happened before the Ultra live without the Plasma Spark. Despite the name, he isn't the King of the Ultras or the Land or Light. He once told Ultraman Hikari that he have many name but adopted the “King” name due to his love toward the human race. Some said that he is similar to Ultraman Noa.

He appeared in many of the other Ultra's battle and even featured to fused with Ultraman Greed. In the show of the series Ultraman Leo, King appeared when Leo was fighting Alien Pressure. King assisted Leo and also gave him his Mantle.

We are looking at two Bandai Ultra Hero Series vinyl Ultraman King 6" figure from past to present. A more recent 2009 released as well as the 1988 released. The eye colour of Ultraman King is very different to common Ultraman as he has red eyes.

Both these soft vinyl(sofubi)figures have their year of production  as shown on the foot of the figure, together with the Bandai authenticity mark. As you would have noticed, the vinyl figures doesn't come with the cape that Ultraman King always don so it could be somehow a letdown. For those who wants a more accurate figure of this character, try Ultra Act articulated figure by Bandai. The 2008 released is taller than the 1988 released and 2008 released has a sharper beard sculpt. 

Looking from the rear, the upper body armour (similar to green power ranger) plate design looks different too. The proportion of silver and purple are very different as well. The 1988 released has rather straight and stiff arms and a larger belt buckle. Simple standing figures with whopping 3 points of articulation as most of the vinyl figures did (arms and waist). In comparison with the newer 6" figures, the vintage seems to have thicker material and glossier surface.