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A Sengoku Master Bushi Led Astray

Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2013 is now on-going (21st – 24th of November) and with it comes the news on various upcoming and future projects on them Gunpla. w 

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While there are many prototypes and announcements being made, my eyes are currently fixed upon the new 2014 lines of Master Grade kits of the latest series Gundam Build Fighters’ gunpla form.^_~ 

It’s no surprise the protag’s main gunpla units, the Build Strike Gundam and Build Gundam Mk II, received an MG kit since their base body MG Strike Gundam and MG Gundam Mk II already have a Version 2.0 mould.

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The Halls of AFA13

Last weekend, I’ve made a trip towards Suntec Convention Centre to pay a visit to the annual Anime Festival Asia 2013!

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It’s only been a year since my last visit to the place, but it seems that the usual route (From the City Hall MRT station to Suntec) has taken a new identity, underwent renovations while I am stuck on my island for the year.

Managed to briefly lost myself in the shopping mall labyrinths, good thing I’ve already researched the route the day before.

Oh well off to AFA we go!

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A Sengoku Bushi Led Astray

It’s been ages since I last touch a Gunpla. It was about two years ago to be exact, when I last build my own mecha model kits—oh wait I built a Kotobukiya’s Metal Gear Ray (Of Metal Gear Solid fame) earlier this year which I never get around to do a proper photo shoot… orz

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Anyway, a new upcoming Gundam anime series will be on air very, very soon. Gundam Build Fighters is an expansion to the OVA Gunpla Builders Beginning G from years ago, which is a cross between the Plamo hobby and Angelic Layer. ^_~

Of course Bandai spares no time to quickly convert them mecha design into Gunpla form. Amongst the many unique and incredible customs from the show, one of them in particular caught my eyes. 

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Seven Sword System + G

Continuing from the intro of the base body last time, 007S/G will now show off its awesome array of weaponry…

The main attraction of this kit, the Seven Sword System was first dubbed in the 1st season of the Gundam 00 TV anime series, when Ian explained Exia’s full armament of GN Sword, GN Sword Long, GN Sword Short and a quad of Beam Sabres as the Triple S (Seven Sword System)…

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A Couple ’0′ Drive Ignition

About this time frame last Moon, an impulsive acquisition landed me with a set of Gunpla, something that I’ve ever touched ever since the adoption of me raburi Tama-chwan

Spent the next half-a-Moon after on and off assembling and used up a total of 3 cans of Top Coats just for this thingie… orz

That really brings back my memories of them old Gunpla dayz… :3c

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Code: 007

A couple of days ago, I was struck by a sudden moya moya feeling that made me anxious for the whole fine Sunday…

This anxiety kinda made me uneasy for the whole day, even as I tried to relax by lazing around watching and rewatching new and old anime series…

In the end, instinct threw me into my vehicle and I drove to the nearest mall for a walk, impulsively got myself a certain acquisition I’ve tried very hard not to get so soon ever since the adoption of Tama-chan… >,<

And with a shop name like, guess what I’ve got? >w<

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Fully Busted with Seven Armaments

It feels so long, long time ago since my last Gunpla-ing… ^^;

Perhaps it’s due to the lack of interesting MGs announced lately (Not interested in Gundam W series MGs at all…), coupled with extreme fund allocation on my new Servant…

However, this one particular Gunpla caught my attention…

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Raising the Twin Rings of Lighting!

Ever since the commencement of Unlimited Installment Works, I’ve been on a slight hiatus on Gunpla-ing… >,<

[Tsun tsun mode] It’s… It’s not that I’ve lost interest at Gunpla at all…!

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Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted…

April 1st, is the birthday of Kinomoto Sakura and Syaoran Li; April 1st, it’s kanji is the surname of Watanuki Kimihiro;

April 1st, the date we all love to hate, as we’re constantly duped, pranked, mami’d, cheated, mindfcuk’d and so on by mischievous friends and loved ones… ^^;

Not even half of the day, many familiar sites I visited have already had their own celebration of this Baka no Hi in the Month of 4! XDc

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Green with Envy

Warning: The following 4koma may contain tragic ending, viewer discresion is advised… =3

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Gandum Telur Dua Biji: A Weakening of a Troll’s Blazer

Imagine the Gundam 00 movie dubbed in the Bahasa Malaysia (Melayu/Malay) language!

Aired just several hours earlier on Malaysian station TV3, the Gundam 00 movie got itself mutilated by the sheer awkwardness of bad dubs and VA choice… ^^;

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Mecha Love… Psycho Frame

Made this 4koma while recovering from the Red-Eye incident… ^_~

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Mecha Love… PlayGun

More Mecha Love…, the alternate to the ever running 4koma of Sisterly Love… series, finally gets another entry! ^_^

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Sisterly Love… Haro=Win

The annual trick ‘o’ treatin’ is closing in a couple of days!

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Of Light and Darkness

Fresh from the 50th All japan Plamodel Hobby Show is a range of announcement of exciting future release Gunpla and various Plamo!

Stealing my attention is the announcement of future installments of Digimon Reboots Plamo…

Eventho the 1st one, Omegamon hasn’t been released (But close enough!) yet, Dukemon makes its début in prototype form, as well as artworks of Angemon and Devimon!


Till All Are One with the Dark Side

After surviving the bombardments of comrade mGlacius and Crimotaku‘s joint military exercise, I’ve finally surrendered my will and grabbed myself the one true holy crown of my childhood yume, a Transformers Masterpiece Convoy (Optimus Prime to the West) Black ver. by Takara Tomy!

MP Convoy Black is actually a limited release of the very same mould used on the 1st MP Convoy (In its original red-blue colour scheme) from half a decade ago, with the Japanese version bundled with an e-Hobby exclusive comic book while the Hong Kong version bundled with a die-cast name plate…

The one I got is actually from eBay with a fraction of its original price sans any of the extras mentioned… Quite a bargain I say as it only costs me about 7,991 (LOL The number of my previous car licence plate… Coincidence? ^^;) yen including shipping as contrast to its original price which is about 12,000 yen!!! :Dc


Obligatory box shots… The first thing I noticed when I pick up this beast is the very heaviness of the danbooru! Didn’t expect it to be this solid in weight! ^^;

The front side features Convoy Black as the centre attraction (Obviously!) with his vehicle mode by his calves in a simple design while the back is littered with various information and features you can expect from those standard figurine packaging design…




A smaller image of Convoy Black and warning labels, legal stuffs and such are printed on the top and bottom portion of the danbooru respectively…

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Shin Unicorn Gundam

Saw this over at Ngee Khiong‘s and it totally blew my mind apart with a huge pew pew Death Star laser! 0_0 


Built by a talented modeller from Area 11, this is perhaps the most original kit bash of a Gunpla I’ve ever seen! *Applause in unison*


Sisterly Love… Duality

Half a moon have passed in an instant, the girls of Nenpuchi Bake Nonogatari So no Ni have yet to escape their plastic prison… They actually arrived alongside Horo’s green beret, but was neglected for quite some time now… ^^;

Anyways, finally free up my Sunday to allow me to indulge myself with a flood of Summer WonFes 2010 news on Figma and Nendo, as well as unleashing the Bakemono girls… XDc…


It’s been a while, so let’s have our guest today to do the opening ceremony… XDc




A Stray Blade Technique~~~

Rou— Bu— Mek— Kyaku—

Kaitou— Ranmaaaa~~~~!!!!!

The whole process took only a few seconds tho, never mind the details… :P Anyways, the plastic prison has been broken…


I believe I’ve yet to introduce the guys in So no Ichi, so here they are along with the girls of So no Ni… Spoilers alert for those who haven’t followed the anime series… >,<

Arararararagi-kun, the pseudo immortal vampire and the MC of the anime Bake Monogatari…


Senjougahara Hitagi, the crabby tsundere with yandere tendency… XD

Currently dating our MC…


Hachikuji Mayoi, the loli with a map and a big bag… ^_^

Araragi’s groping target… :P


Kanbaru Suruga, the furry-armed self-proclaimed Fujo, M, Yuri and Lolikon…

Often offering her body to Araragi, despite his protests… ^^;


Sengoku Nadekoooo~! wwwwwwwwww

Araragi’s sukumizu secret admirer!!!


Hanekawa Tsubasa, the purrrfect nekomimi meganekko…

Nenpuchi army, the subsidiary of Nendo Coalition, is growing strong and has become a serious threat to the Figma Alliance! :3c





On side note: I kinda “accidentally” come by an unexpected acquisition while placing my PO for Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Iron Mark VI at my trusted hobby store yesternoon… ^^;

The Force is strong in this one! Been meaning to find myself a small scaled Darth Vader ever since my childhood, but never did I managed to find any with superb articulations AND great sculpt such as this… It’s a Hasbro-made Star Wars Saga figure I found at Toys ‘R’ Us while strolling around the mall after my Iron Man PO…


As you may notice, the details on this action figure are quite astounding…

Yes, you can actually unmask this Vader!


Fabric material for cape and clothing! Total pwnage in terms of quality, eventho Hasbro has been notorious for their bad manufacturing qualities (Psst! Transformers… >///<)…

A pity the one I got has some torn off edges on the fabric material… >,<

The signature weapon of the Dark Lord of the Sith!

If only the blade glows… XDc

The detached mask and helmet…

Just look at the details! 0_0

Beyond the Dark Lord and his Lightsabre, you also get a certain battle card, an Imperial blue die, a stand that double up as a card holder and an assortment of weaponries…

The weapons are slightly in scale with your average Figma, so they can probably use them…

As for the card and dice, you’re supposed to insert the card into the stand, and roll the die for some board game styled battle against other people’s Star Wars figures… No challengers tho… Sigh…

Just look at Darth Vader’s attributes on the card… 0_0

Like I said, just slightly in scale with your average Figma… ^^;


There is a reason this post is called Duality… Here’s sort of a continuation to the previous 4koma… XDc


Beware of Darth Vader’s choking Force Grip! XDc

Don’t worry, I am not your father… ^^;


Aka no Bushiroad

Busy schedule hindered my progress of Red Frame Kai, but alas I’ve finally completed it… Thanks to that tho, Sisterly Love 4koma will have to postpone again… >,<

A thousand apologies to those waiting and anticipating the 4koma… I’ll resume the FigNendo madness at later time… ^_~


Red Frame Kai’s Tactical Arms II L is basically an exact copy of Blue Frame 2nd Revise’s Tactical Arms II, albeit with a few differences here and there…

Flight Form ala Blue Frame 2nd Revise… ^_^


A comparison of Tactical Arms II L with Tactical Arms II…

As former uses the very same runners as the latter, excess parts allow you to recreate the former into the image of the latter… ^^;


Ara~!? Red Frame Kai uses Tactical Arms II…?


However, Tactical Arms II L is still much more badass with the new parts… ^_^

The new parts sorta look like those super bike buffed-up engines and hydraulics… XD


Stated in the manual, Red Frame Kai can use its Tactical Arms II L in different forms depending on the situation…

In Work Form, the handle of the Tactical Arms II L becomes a Beam Torch while the rest becomes a giant manipulator… Being a Junker that deals with repairs and salvage all the time, Lowe could really use this form for all his operations… XD


Delta Form, a direct port from Stargazer x Delta Astray… >,<

According to the manual, in this form Red Frame will be able to use Voiture Lumiere, a solar powered propulsion system, for interplanetary travelling… 0_0


The default V Form…

Conversion/Transformation to other forms are easier to achieve in this form, at least that’s what the manual suggests… ^^;


Bow Form, a variation of Arrow Form… Sez me… XD

Holding a bow horizontally looks much cooler don’t you agree?


The official Arrow Form…

Archery utilised on Mobile Suits… That’s a rarity… :Dc


The default Flight Form…

Closely resembles on how Infinity Justice handles its Flight Pack…


Glide Form… :P My idea of how a Flight Pack should work…

Tactical Arms II L looks like a soaring bird… 0_0 Bird Mode anyone? XD


Wave Rider Form…

Because Blue Frame 2nd Revise have already did the sword surfing thingie… XD


Bushi Form…  Returning to the roots of its base design, the Samurai warrior… XD

The use of Sword Arms as shoulder fins kinda resembles the likes of Evangelion units… :D


Sword Arms… Because Gerbera Straight and Tiger Pierce are not enough… XD

No beam effect parts included tho, but you can use the ones from Blue Frame 2nd Revise… ^_~


Shinkuu~~ Shoryuuke—n!!!

Inspired by Ken Masters of Street Fighter fame… Incidentally he wears red as well! XD


Claw Form… XD You wouldn’t want to be embraced by the end of each of the sharpen tips… *_*

Idea totally copied from Nod’s Engineer design in the recently released Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight…


There are more absurd ways you can imagine on how to utilise the Tactical Arms II L but I’ll stop right here… Try create some of your own like a Crossbow Launcher Form or something! XDc

Anyways, applying the clear parts included to see how they turn out visually… ^_^


The clear parts only cover the pelvic area along with the thighs, hands and abdomen…

Looks surprisingly eye-pleasing to me… ^_^ I think I’ll keep the clear parts on Red Frame Kai from now on… :3c

Still, it’ll be rather nice if only Bandai would include clear parts for one whole arm and leg at least… ^^;


And the review draws to a close…

Before parting ways, here’s an omake: Mobile Sentai, Astranger!!! :<


As with Blue Frame 2nd Revise, all the perks and flaws can be found on Red Frame Kai as well…

Loose parts here and there detected on the V Fin and the Saya holder on both thighs as well as no golden coated parts for the Gerbera Straight x Tiger Pierce had me in despair… >,< No original Beam Sabre Backpack included and a weakly detailed feet design further dragging down the score on this kit… ^^;

Yet, this kit is my fave rite now because it’s ASTRAY RED FRAME! :3c


Mecha Love… Gunpurarara!!

Warning: The following may drag on too long…



Inspired and following the footsteps of comrade lightningsabre, I’ve finally completed this 4koma (1koma to be exact… ^^;) after a week’s hard work of editing and cutting the photos into shape… ^_~

Originally I intend to put this panel as a custom video accompanying the ED of Durarara!! but unfortunately I don’t have such time and software… ^^;

Thank you comrade lightningsabre for letting me steal a couple of panels from your recent post as my guide… XD


Frame Dyed in Rouge

Red Frame, my most favourite MS design in the Gundam Universe, is the only one of its Gunpla version I don’t mind buying four times over… ^_~ In my armoury, I already possessed a couple of 1/100 Red Frames (Of one already being customised into Pink Frame…), a 1/60 PG Red Frame with Special Clear Set, and finally the recent addition 1/100 MG Red Frame Kai…

A sense of déjà vu pierced thru my very thought during the process of assembling this kit as the majority (Almost all to be exact… ^^;) of its runners are duplicates from Blue Frame 2nd Revise’s released last year…

On the other hand, panel lining the frames are quite tedious as well, which took me well over a week of ons and offs just to get the main body completed… 0_0 As such, I had to postpone once again my Sisterly Love 4koma for the week… ^^;


The extra clear runner that is included together with the kit in conjunction with the Clear Campaign promotion…

Unlike the clear parts of MG Victory that replaces all the blue parts of the Gunpla, the ones given for Red Frame Kai are only a partial of all the white outer armour parts, covering only around its abdomen and pelvic area…

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Jinxed for a Quarter Moon

A week full of unpleasant surprises… >,< But it’s all done now… The pain subsided and I can finally fully floored my foot into walking stance instead of zombie-dragging… 0_0 Do not underestimate the healing power of A Certain Horo’s Nuigurumi… XD

That aside, my latest MG Gunpla, GN-X was completed just before the jinxed event, but wasn’t documented up until yesternite… This report will be short so take heed… ^_^


GN-X, or so called Jinx due to its pronunciation, is one of my fave non conventional MS designs in the 00 series…

As a cannon fodder of the series, its overall feature emits sleekness and intimidation, with a hint of feral-ness on it… :Dc


GN-X is equipped with a GN-Tau Drive, an imitation of the GN Drives utilised by the likes of the Celestial Being…

The drive is installed onto Jinx’s hollow chest via the drive’s quad sets of attached screw-nuts and a single peg underneath the chamber…


A comparison between the two drives, each docked onto their respecting display base…

Note that the base for GN-T can dock with one another to form a huge bunch, if you have more Jinx kits at your disposal… XD


Length-wise, GN-T Drive is longer than the GN Drive… The cone-shaped end of GN-T is also pointier…

Note that the grey parts of both drives are identical to each other, for each can hold a couple of Light Units to imitate the ignition of the drive itself…


Jinx’s drive is supposed to emit red GN Particles, therefore red Light Units (Similar to the ones included with the recently released MG Exia Trans-Am Mode…) are needed for this purpose.

Unfortunately, the kit doesn’t come with the Light Units themselves, instead you’ll have to pre-order a couple from Bandai by yourself… 0_0

The PO will only start on the 28th of this moon, but I’ve managed to secure mine thru HLJ’s Gunpla parts request system… :Dc


Stealing green GN Particles from the genuine drive! XD…

While it shines brightly on one end, the claustrophobic structural design of the other end of GN-T kinda blocks most of the GN Particles from coming out, making the drive glows dimmer than the likes of GN Drive… ^^;


Searchlight thru the chest! See how brightly it shines? :D

I can’t wait for the red Light Units to reach my den… :3c


As always, a look at some of Jinx’s basic articulations…

There’s a certain restriction to the movements of the shoulders as Jinx’s arms are built onto a large ball joint… Elbows and Hand units face no problems…


The chest armour pieces at either side slide according to how the shoulder moves…

Quite restrictive as the armour pieces are pretty huge… >,<


Jinx’s waist can rotate 360 degrees at its pivot, while its body can move at a certain degree forward and backward…

Sideway rotation is slight tho…


The rear skirt armour pieces are adjustable at various points…

Kinda resembles that of an aircraft’s fins and verniers…


The most attractive part of the whole MS is perhaps the Jinx’s head…

It is hunched at the neck, so whenever you tilt its head it would appear as if the Jinx is glare at you…


Sideways motion is blocked by the chest binder fins, tho… ^^;

Notice that the rear head armour piece moves accordingly with the tilting of Jinxed head…


Unlike the conventional positioning of a pilot’s seat as seen on many MS designs, Jinx’s cockpit is located at the crotch of the MS, similar to Turn A Gundam… ^^;

The huge binder fins at each side of the cockpit is adjustable… Taking the whole thing apart, one can imagine the whole cockpit being an escape craft… ^^;


Beneath the huge thigh armour is a compartment for storing Jinx’s Beam Sabres, one on each thighs…

A pretty unconventional way of stashing away one’s Sabres… XD


Huge armour pieces around the legs prevent healthy articulations all round… ^^;

The cockpit’s binder fins also contribute to the inability of wide hips-leg range of movements… ^^;


Only two accessories are available to Jinx besides its Beam Sabres…

The Beam Long Rifle and the Shield…


The barrel of the Beam Long Rifle can be detached to reveal a much shorter sub-machinegun-esque Beam Rifle…

Between the two modes I prefer the short one… ^_~


The rotary fins on the Shield can be raised into position to form Deflects Rod capable of boosting the defensive capability of a Jinx…

Similar to the ones utilised on Enacts and Union Flags… XD


Some shots of the Jinx in action… ^_^





An omake to celebrate the imminent release of Red Frame Kai in several more days… :D

Blue Frame 2nd Revise pulling a Delta Form! XD


News of upcoming MGs has been released just this noon… MG Musha Mk II coming in May and MG Wing Gundam (Neither the Wing Zero Version KA nor Wing Zero Custom Endless Waltz Version…) TBA… XD


Seeing Double

After much thought and financial calculations, I’ve made up my mind to finally replace my aging Olympus FE-230 Digicam which I’ve been using for figure photoshots for a couple of years now… Thanks to comrade chun and comrade WiseFreeman for their counsel, I’m going to fetch meself a Panasonic Lumix LX3… :D 

My special skill, Otaku Jinx, resurfaced yet again as I tried to obtain LX3 yesternite. After braving through an hour of traffic jam, I arrived at the shop where I’m suppose to collect my prize only to find out they have outta stock! >,< Looks like I’ll have to search for other options now, maybe trying my luck at a camera fair in the mall nearby tomorrow… ‘_’ I’ll be holding off Sisterly Love series until I got my LX3… ^^;

Anyways, my SAG (Suddenly Acquired Gunpla) from AFA09′s Bandai World Gunpla Competition, 1/100 MG RX-78-2 Gundam Version 2.0 Mechanical Smoked Clear Version (Which I christened Smoky, LOL…), was completed earlier this week…

 

It’s time to reveal it to the world… XDc


Smoky is pretty much identical to the 1st Gundam Version 2.0, only with an extra clear runner G… Therefore, I’ll review both Gunpla at once… XD
 

A goofy shot just for laughter before venturing further into the details… :Dc

An overall shot of the twins… From the front…



…From the rear…



…And the side… 

 

Awww those jokers… XD

Now a look at their articulations…
 

Pretty generous range of movement around the neck area…

Extendable inner shoulder frames allow absurd articulations on the shoulders…


Raising the whole shoulder upwards is no problemo for Gundam Version 2.0…


180 degrees elbow bending is now pretty much a standard amongst MGs…

Version 2.0s feature near-PG-styled finger joints, first seen on Zaku II Version 2.0… Bandai should have made them a standard for all MGs from now on… >,<

Like many MGs before and after Gundam Version 2.0, the last 3 fingers of each hand are moulded as a single piece… But I took the liberty to separate the individual fingers on Smoky… I left the original Gundam Version 2.0′s intact…

The fins on the breast exhaust vents are slightly adjustable, so you can close or open the vents at will…


Cockpit hatch can be raised to reveal the Core Block containing the pilot of the MS… ^_^ Note that there’s a sliding window on the hatch as well… 0_0

Splitting the MS into two, the Core Block is revealed!

In Operation V, Core Block doubles up as a Core Fighter… We’ll have a look later on…

Back to the body, you can see mechanism within the Core Block area allowing it to rotate from side to side at the abdomen area, albeit just slightly…


With the help of axis around the hips and pelvic area, the MS can bend forward and back with ease…
 

However, forward bending is obstructed by the cockpit hatch, so you’ll have to move it outta way to give more space for the bending… ^^;

As mentioned earlier, the Core Block can transform into a Core Fighter…


There’s a hatch on the body of the Core Fighter that can be slid out to reveal a rocket launcher thingie…



While docked inside the MS, the cockpit is usually shielded by the canopy of the fighter, which can be opened to reveal the pilot…



The legs are next… Side splitting is AOK…

Unfortunately normal splitting is not possible due to the design of the hips joints… >.<

Regular squat is possible with the flexibility around the knee and ankle joints…


The foot is blessed with a third toe joint, creating a more natural pose when bending around the foot…

Finally, a look at the armaments of the MS…

Beam Sabres, Beam Javelin, Beam Rifle with Napalm Grenade Launcher, Bazooka, Gundam Hammer and Shield…

The Shield comes with a pathfinder window, along with a sliding hatch to cover it when needed…


The handle on the Shield is adjustable depending on situation and poses… 

Notice the pegs near the Shield’s window? You can attach the Beam Rifle and Bazooka onto those hard points!

The same hard points exist on the backpack, butt armour as well as each side of the forearms, of which you can mix and match how you want to dock the armaments onto the MS… XDc


The Beam Sabre holders at each side of the backpack can be slid into the backpack when not in use… ^_^

Using the di:Stage display case, I’ve created a trophy like display to commemorate my winning entry of the competition… ^.^

MG Victory joining the fray in another display case… XD

One on each case! :3c



That’s all for the review… :D As a closure, an epic randomness as omake is presented to you… XD

 


Sisterly Love… 7teen

Getting too ambitious can be scary… ^^; All sorts of FigNendo stories running wild within my subconscious playing kakurenbou, and I intend to flush them out all at once… ;0

Originally I intend to make 3 FigNendo Sisterly Loves, however just finishing this one already drew the last of my consciousness so this is all for today… ^^;


Déjà vu~? :3c See this if you don’t remember… XD


Omake! A full shot of the “Aquarium”, pieced together using a couple of di:Stage Extension Set 02! Nice alternative to readymade display cases, which may cost a bomb… ^^;


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