Saturday, 24 January 2015

Master Stars Piece Vegeta ベジータ Figure

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Packed with awesomeness with Master Stars Banpresto toyline of Vegeta ベジータ statue, standing tall @ approximately 22cm. The statue doesn't come with a stand base, but it stands on its own without problems, beside it's heavy and sturdy. My first encounter was Kuroko Tetsuya figure and hoping Banpresto would devote itself to this toyline. Another fact to commit in this figure is the competitive price and outstanding quality, which in my opinion, anime merchandise should be kept an affordable range.

Not so much emphasis on the quantity of the packaging as the covered box is pretty thin with cardboard filling to maintain the integrity of the box. The toy are packed in seal plastic, upon opening, the figure would be completed after simple assembly. Paint was excellent and amazing sculpt with resemblance it portrays the prince of Saiyan. Badass expression of Vegeta's cocky-ness and amazing pose thats ready to take on his opponent. A timeline to Vegeta back from solo training, discarded those Saiyan armor, fighting against Cell with just thighs.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Gundam 0080 - HGUC 1/144 GM Sniper II

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Left Robot Damashii and right 1/144 GM Sniper II

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Kit came exclusively with a RH-35E Draken manned

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One of my favourite and definitely an amazing Gunpla to acquire, even after having a Robot Damashii version of this grunt unit featured in the Gundam OVA 0080 U.C (War In A Pocket). I have put the toy and Gunpla side by side for a comparison, of course the kit had been touch-up. A MS from the 'Scarlet Team', this kit came exclusively with a RH-35E Draken manned for reconnaissance purposes I guess. Draken came with 2 sets of arms, one is pair are normal with fingers and other machinery like forceps for loading/unloading. The Draken resemble more of construction bot in my opinion. It's an awesome addition and definitely value add the Gunpla.  

GM Sniper, having one of the sexiest mecha design an grunt unit can offer, taking the design of GM Command and modified to sniper type, which the kit incorporated the adjustable sniper scope visor and that long sniping rifle. Also all the necessary weapons such as the 90mm machine gun and 2 beam sabers (attached to the rear hip) are included. Well balance and excellent articulation for a HG kit with no problem posing (even in kneeling) the MS in sniping poses with wide range shoulder joints and unique hand for holding the rifle.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

The 90s Comic Shop - Saint James Book Store

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Today's story is not about Saint James Power House but the type comic shop we once knew 'Saint James Book Store'. To my astonishment and overwhelming to find the last few surviving hobby shop of nostalgia, jurassically existing and you bet I had some surprises found @ Saint James Book Store located at level one, Katong Shopping Centre #01-54/55. I only thought this old shopping centre provides maid agencies till I went to the there for Karaoke session with friends. 

Strong atmosphere of hobby store in the 90s carrying Taiwanese romance novels 言情小說, Chinese comic of kungfu nature 武俠小說 like 风云,Japanese manga translated in mandarin 漫畫 and children story/activity books. The stuffs that really caught my eyes are those vintage toys and awesome display of painted resin and vinyl figurines. Some of these DIY relics were almost extinct which are gems we had missed out previously. I certainly found my treasure... If you have some time to spare, try talking to boss which I did and you will get to know how this pop culture pioneered in Singapore.

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