Sunday, August 30, 2009

Figma Takara Miyuki Part 1

I'm embarrassed to say

I must say, writing up this review is way harder than Gundam Heroine History Special: Relena Peacecraft. Huhhuh~ ^^;

This Figma Miyuki is the first really moe-type action figure in my collection. As a matter of fact, I only know what is "moe" not more than a year ago, ^^; and I believe it's rather inappropriate to do a review on Miyuki the same way as a Gunpla.

As such, it's really difficult for me to come up with words and vocab for the review. ^^; I'll just let more images do the talking then.

As a basic introduction for those who haven't watch "Lucky Star", Takara Miyuki is one of the four lead characters in that anime. Tallest among the four, she is also the only one with glasses. Comes from a rich family, beautiful, smart, knowledgeable in almost everything, polite, quiet, ...

... but can be very clumsy at times, afraid of opening her eyes under water, or putting anything in her eyes, extremely unlucky with plenty of dentist visits, and is always a subject to Konata's special jokes.

Hence, moe ^^

Miyuki really reminds me of Chiyo-chan from "Azumanga Daioh", another one of my all-time favorite animes. ^^

For this Figma figure, I got it the same time as Yamato's Macross Zero 1/60 Complete Transformation SV-51γ Nora's Unit some time in May, at a really good deal too. ^^

Just as the introduction on Miyuki, we'll look at the box and content of the figure first:

A bit of instruction on removing the hair and swapping the head inside the box.

Comes with a very nice backdrop featuring Miyuki's school and her friends. I'll be using this as the backdrop for all of Miyuki's actions in the second review. ^^

Another backdrop? and a cardboard? Not sure what they are for myself ^^;

Display base, stand, option hand units and a hard resealable plastic bag.
Definitely better design than Revoltech - all the hand units are arranged on a small board, and all parts can be secured in the plastic bag.

Miyuki comes with an option face expression and a book with special pair of option hand units to hold it.

More Moe-yuki in the second review. ^^

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Robot Damashii [Side MS] Exia Get

Exia No. 10

Robot Damashii [Side MS] Exia I pre-ordered quite some time ago has finally arrived. ^^

A lot of things can be said about this purchase: apart from being the 10th Exia in y collection, it's also me first Robot Damashii, as well as the first web shop pre-ordered item in my limited experience of buying things online.

Since I got the predecessor of the Robot Damashii series - Mobile Suit in Action!! version of Exia not too long ago, I'm thinking of reviewing both of them side-by-side. That would be interesting for us to see how that major action figure series of Bandai has evolved. ^^

Friday, August 28, 2009

MG Unicorn Ver. Ka Part 14

Can't cover the fire eh?

Action poses for the Unicorn mode in this review ^^

In general, after playing around with the model between his two modes, I realize that the Unicorn mode is much easier to adjust for its action pose, even though it may not be as interesting to look at as compared to the Destroy mode. The later is a little "frisky", if you know what I mean - While adjusting the arms, you touch on the rear skirt armors and close it unintentionally; when you sit him onto the display stand, the whole knee armor would fall off; and after you took the photo, you get to see that the armor for the groin has been closed, covering the Psycho Frame in it. ^^;

So playful is the model it can get on your nerves sometimes XD

But anyway, I haven't come to the Destroy mode actually, but fans who had assembled and transformed this model would have the same experience I believe.

As you can see, the Psycho Frame is partially revealed in some of the pose, especially when it involves movement of the waist. Flipping out the beam saber in his forearm gives away the Psycho Frame of the arm as well, as the whole part needs to be lifted up in order to get the beam saber. The animators for Gundam UC OVAs coming up next year would do well to cover this up in the design, but Gunpla wise, that's almost impossible per se.

Articulation wise, the Unicorn mode isn't too bad as long as you're not judging on that quality based on whether he can kneel or do the split XD. Without any polycap, or even ball-type joint, the ankle's articulation range is quite wide. It's a little weak to actually hold the poses, especially when you bend the legs and make the model do a forward pose instead. Be careful about that because the weight of the upper body would cause the model to fall to the front.

Putting the model up on a display base would definitely be better, but there's a little flaw to that as well, but I'll save the discussion on that bit till later. ^^

We'll look at the transformation process in the next review. ^^