Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bandai RG Strike Freedom - Review

I honestly can't remember the last time I had my hands cleaning nubs. Model kits. Mentioning it shrieks fear. It stomps horror thinking how pain in the ass it has become to build plamo.

I remember though, how passionate I was diligently cleaning each nub marks, painting, detailing every inch and corner of my romance. Craving another kit after spending hours, heck, even days burning my hungry GunPla heart to its content. And then it stopped. Burnout I guess? Still, I do have a soft spot for mechs and I did not stop loving the franchise. A shift from kits to figures was the medicine of my ailing hobby. With the solidity and articulation Robot Damashii has provided made me less interested in building.

So.... What got me into model kits again? Exciting releases such as the one being reviewed, the announced Real Grade Exia, and some other 1/144's HG & RG's I haven't got my hands on (Zeta, RX-178), and a a bit of inspiration coming from unexpected gifts *grin* <3. Who am I kidding?! Figures ain't as cheap as kits. My collection did balloon a little but obviously not my savings. LOL.

Back to basics. Surprised at how eager I was with this kit brought joy to my weary GunPla heart. Renewed vigour! Ooooohhh!!! Who am I kidding again?! Efforts that was put into the kit is not even half of what I did back then. But that must be the answer to my woes. Working on the kit instead of having fun with the hobby was the reason I had a burnout. Now, I had fun. Onto the review........ STRIKE FREEDOM!

No top coat, no sanding, nub marks removed with just a hobby knife (and dabbing weather marker - works like a charm) sped up the process of building. Added the fun factor and less stress too! 360:





Looking good! I love how the clear stickers on RG's works very well


Past


Future


Pew pew pew pew pew pew






and more PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW >> beam spam




Badass



PPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWW





Rail guns! Nifty :D




My weapon of choice - swords





Messed up the sticker on the shield. Argh an eyesore








Ike!!! Funneeee.....! Err.... Dragoons!!!!!!!!


Family portrait



Pros:
Most stable RG I ever built
Gimmicky wings
Action Base connector now compatible with AB1
Fun build!

Cons:
Back heavy
Ground poses are impossible with the wings attached
As with RG Freedom, joint on arms fell of quick. RG RX-78-2 is a year older but as stiff as a rock
Most stable RG I own but still has stability issues
Shoulder armor kept poppin

Bandai has improved a lot since the first release of Real Grade line with the existing problems such as stability. I glued and reinforced the joints just to make the photography session at least bearable but still not as bad when I had RX-78-2 and Char Zaku. A must have for Real Grade fans. Hopefully more kits in the future for me! :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Play Arts Kai Man of Steel Superman & The Dark Knight Trilogy Batman - Review

Woohoo! My first post high kicking gear onto 2014! Good brother lent his PAK figures for my eyes (and lens) to behold. Lo and..... BEHOLD! Man of Steel Supes and Bale Bats DC offering the worlds finest:

Goodness gracious these figures are a looker!


First 360 stop - Kal El





From the depths of shadows I present the Dark Knight





Extras: Definitive drama hands for Supes; Bat gadgets c/o Lucius Fox for Bats


.........Aaaaaaaand ACTION!

I'm godly and I know it ♫
Why, hello there Bruce


Don'cha think it's time to give the world the FINEST duel it deserves?
.....?



The duel it deserves.... Yes. But not the one we need right now! 
What would you being the mightiest jerk... I mean, hero the world has ever known would get challenging a mere mortal?
Ain'cha a little pussy Bruce? World's greatest detective gonna go home in yer puny Bat hole and cry to momma Alfred? O__o


....Oh no you didn't!? I ain't got no momma no more! T_______T


Bastard alien farmer freak you're messing with the wrong BAT!
Your arrogance will be your downfall


Now we're talkin'. Amuse me, billionaire dressed in bat costume philanthropist



*Ground roars and rumbles*





SFX: WHOOOOOOSH!!!


HIYAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!


*POW* *KABLAM*
HUNGGGHFFFFF Mutha@*&%!!!


SFX: Skriiiiiiiiiiiiiit


♫ ♪ Coz I'm a god and you're nooooot and I just wanna let you knooo...... ♫♪♫♪
......


Ah bat toys! Luuuuulz ヾ(❛ε❛“)ʃ how cute Bruce
............




BYAKUGAAAAN X-RAY!!!



Ah shit........ O____________O


Cheater! You.....!!!


...Says the mighty Superman. Aww did I hurt your godly bubu? :(


Though shan't insult thy Batman's mother!



....and thy butler!!! ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)



Ooooofff!!!!



Art of surprise attack 101: Up up and away I hide



SFX: ZZZZIIIIIIIITTTTTTT


....uhhh Where..... Bruce show yourself!!!
Mmm.. Okay.


FINAL FORM RIDE.......



B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-ATMAN!!! (Kamen Rider reference LOL)





MoS Superman
Pros:
Amazing details (as expected with PAKs)

Cons:
Was not as Henry Cavill-ish
Extras. Sure Supes has no weapons but at least give him swappable heads

DK Trilogy Batman
Pros:
Straight out from the movie accurate
Details
Cape articulation giving the figure more action when posing

Cons:
A bit back heavy

Fiddling with PAK was an amazing experience. Details are superb on both figures it was only a matter of the sculpt on how it would stay true / close with its source material. Articulation wise, both are okay but still a lot to be desired given how SHFiguarts figures, heck, even Robot Damashii's mechs are much much easier to pose. Close on Revoltech but does not quite have its range of motion. A thing to complement is its size. Both figures are a beauty. If you want something in between the ~4 incher DC "brick" figures and those premium Hot Toys, Play Arts Kai surely hits its target.


Happy 2014! Next stop: STRIKE the GOLD and you're FREE.