Friday, July 18, 2014

MP-18 Streak Bluestreak KO Masterpiece comparison and review

I received a package from TF-Direct.com the other day. It was none other than a long awaited  Masterpiece MP-18 Replica (KO). Here are a few comparison pictures in vehicle mode.

On the KO (LEFT), the window was very clouded compared to the Takara (RIGHT). In hand the difference is not as bad as this closeup. I will be trying to buff it out from underneath in case it is mold release.

Takara (LEFT), KO (RIGHT)

Takara (LEFT) KO (RIGHT)

Takara (LEFT) KO (RIGHT)

Takara (LEFT) KO (RIGHT) I noticed the Z emblem has en extra ring and the Autobot logo is better printed on the KO
The headsculpt is where you will find the biggest difference.
The KO (LEFT) has a softer sculpt in the helmet but has a more symmetrical face. The Takara has a sharper sculpt but something is up with the right side cheek. it sits higher and cuts through the edge of his mouth and not the other. Clearly though, the Takara seems better finished.

If you wanna see them together in robot mode, check out the video below. If you wanna buy cool stuff like this, check out www.tf-direct.com and use code RPA5 for $5 discount.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

X2toys Voltron



Update: Actually, this lion comes with another set of two transformers deluxe size figures. It is not a stand alone set. Im going to assume that the rest of the lions will be released with other sets. Sort of like a build-a-figure type thing.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Soul of Chogokin GX-63 General Franky from One Piece

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As is the case with many collectibles, you aren't aware of how awesome it is until it's gone and very expensive. Usually however, these go through a clearance phase first before reaching the expensive phase. It's funny how that works. It usually starts off with an unpopular or little known/understood piece which sells really slow because of it's high price. Then it goes on clearance and still sells slow. Then just as buzz starts spreading, they sell out leaving some people without the piece which drives prices up in the aftermarket. I believe this to be one of those figures that will go through this. It was released for the Soul of Chogokin line which usually caters for the most part to the Super Robot genre. This came from the show One Piece which was not a Super Robot show. The toy however is an amazing robot. It evens breaks down into two vehicles!



Furosai Bike with Franky behind the wheel
Brachiotank
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Megahouse Variable Action Hi-Spec Galvion (Circus I)

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You know how there are kid's toys and there are collector type toys/adult collectible toys? Is there a category higher than that? Bandai seems to strike a good balance between a collectible that can be handled often and a collectible that is detailed enough for adult tastes. Bandai's sub company Megahouse has made something that probably only caters to a higher level of collectors. Collectors looking for so mcuh detail that the figure ceases to be a toy. This is how I feel about this toy. It seems this is made for collectors who like to build models, people who are very delicate in handling very delicate things. Surgeon hands if you will. The Megahouse Galvion is absolutely a sight to behold but as soon as you handle it, you are rewarded with a big WTF?

At first you are in awe, the second you try and move things, you feel like you are handling a completed model or a very delicate color prototype. I keep using delicate because even the soft finish of the figure will scuff easily, parts may come off that have been glued at the factory and overall it feels like it should only be posed and left alone. However, there is a bunch of engineering going on in this figure because it is transformable. I don't dare try to transform it because you know me...I will break/scratch something and curse up a storm (this thing is expensive...almost $200!!). So I will just stare at it's beauty and rest comfortably knowing that even though I will never transform it, its good enough for me to know that it can. If Bandai straight up made a diecast version of this, I would transform it but if it's anything like Megahouse's last Robot Galatt, I will just leave it looking sexy on display.

The box is really noce. Matte and gloss finishes all around. The front flap has magnets to keep it shut. Open it to reveal a window showing the robot. However it is wrapped in plastic.
This really has a Macross vibe to it and would somehow have worked if he was in the G1 Transformers line in the same way Jetfire worked in G1, different but acceptable. It's taller than a Transformers Voyager Class figure.

I really do like the lettering on the back. The proportions, design, everything. Hits all my buttons.
Hard to tell, but the paint apps feel soft and have a smooth almost very fine sandpapery feel to them. I am afraid moving anything will scuff it all up/
This part back here is like transformer porn. It's like opening a page from a porno halfway and not being able to see the rest of what's going on. Looks like it would be a crapload of fun to transform!

Tilting the backpack away shows some more detail underneath...must resist.




And here are his alternate modes that I don't have the nerve to replicate. I almost want to transform him to enjoy it all, but it's almost a guarantee that it will turn into a scuffed up mess in my hands. If they ever clearance this guy like they did Galatt, I will buy another just so I can transform the shit out of it and not worry about messing it up. For now, this is the closest thing you'll get to a review of this guy from me. If you like it, get one at BigBadToyStore


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