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初度、タマちゃんのクリスマス

Tama-chan has lost Tama-chan’s hat! D:

Have you seen Tama-chan’s hat (Anywhere)? >w<

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A Foxy Temptation!

Animangazines, books, artbooks… I don’t usually gotta collect ‘em all tho due to the killer shipping fees… ^^;

However, Tamamo‘s been tempting me to get these particular Fate/Extra themed books so much that I nearly click on the “Cart Out” button almost immediately when I browsed on them at Amazon Japan! ^^;

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An Extra Serving of Fate

Arrived at my semi-permanent base of operations earlier this week, the much anticipated PSP game is now within my grasp! It’s been almost 9 months since I POed the box, it was supposed to be released in March but for some reason the developers postponed it in order to perfect the product.

At least the final outcome is more than satisfying as more freebies are included with the package, eventho my priority is the included Figma… ^^;


Fate Extra Type-Moon Box package contains the limited edition of the Fate Extra game box itself along with an extra in the form of Fact/the Fact.

The main box itself holds many, many goodies inside! ^_^

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The Man in the Iron Mask

Ever since the viewing of the first movie adaptation of Marvel superhero Iron Man years ago, the awesome mechanical design that is Iron Man caught my visual eyes almost instantaneously…

Imagine my surprise when Hot Toys unveiled their 1/6 Movie Masterpiece of Iron Man Mark III back then!

However, due to my priority on Gunpla and 1/12 action figures (FigNendo), I’ve been fighting the temptation to get one of these fine but ultimately expensive figures (Especially the silver bling-bling-ness that is the Mark II…)… But no longer…


It’s over now… >,< My wallet that is… Hot Toys finally announced their Iron Mark VI, incidentally my most favourite of the bunch! I must get me a piece!

Mark VI will retail at a hefty 26,667 yen and will only be available during end of this year or early the next…

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Crystal Frame

And it’s done!

OMGoddess … I can’t believe I’ve really gone and took well over a month on and off to finish a GunPla (I usually did one MG or 1/100 in one or a couple of days)… It’s been fun while it lasts, having a great time posing and photographing my prized labour…

Here’s the last review of my PG Red Frame, with Special Custom Set thrown in…

But first, let’s strip the Red Frame to its fleshy nekkid self… XD

Seeing red, aren’t we? XD Red Frame’s inner frames are the exact duplicate of PG Strike’s, those who’ve constructed the last kit will quickly have a déjà vu as they put on this 2009 kit… Not I tho as this is my very first PG kit…

If I’m to put it in words, PG Red Frame consists of three separate layers: The darker red Inner Frame as seen above; The brighter red frame armour pieces, that cover most of those joints; The shining white outer armour, a last coat of brilliance…

Without the restricting armour pieces, Red Frame can really put out an incredible feat of articulated display with its elastic flexibility around the joints…

The delinquent squat made famous by the previous PG kit makes a comeback with Red Frame. Stiffness of movements around the shoulder joints are almost non-existent in this bare naked state…

Martial art moves are easy for the red nudist…

It isn’t possible with all the armour pieces on…

Now let’s have a look at the extra Gerbera Straight look-alike…

Tiger Pierce (The name of the extra piece) is pretty much an exact duplicate of Gerbera Straight, albeit its colour is a little darker, especially the reds. Between the two, I prefer Tiger Pierce’s Tsuka Ito (Handle Wrap) as its transparent body blends with the colour of the Tsuka, creating a much darker almost black hue than the standard dark grey on Gerbera Straight’s Tsuka Ito…

Bling-bling-ness aside, Kotte (The blade of Tiger Pierce) has a slightly dull gold coating when compare to Kiku Hitomoji’s shining silver… Kotte also has a rather irregular Hamon (Blade Pattern) whereas Kiku Hitomoji’s is much more refined…

A second Beam Rifle can be constructed from the leftovers of the runner that holds Tiger Pierce’s Tsuba Ito, but it lacks a vital part that locks the Hand Grip in place – a polycap. To fix this, I used a similar polycap from my collections of excess parts from my earlier GunPla kits and modded it to fit into the Rifle… It works perfectly…

Similar to the primary Rifle, this extra Rifle is meant for right-handed use, thus posing it with Red Frame’s left hand is a little difficult as it just won’t stay in its intended place but ultimately still possible due to the strong grip of the hand unit.

Notice that sensor unit on the Rifle? The primary one is green while the extra is clear in colour…

Now let’s drool at the Perfect Grade Astray Red Frame with all of its Special Custom Set pieces attached…

*wipes saliva*

The see-thru details are astonishing…

I can’t imagine why some people actually dissuaded from getting the 1st release with Special Custom Set on the pretense that they hate clear parts (I’m pointing at you, Ngee Khiong! XD)…

I’ve discovered another flaw in the design of Red Frame…

The twin connector pieces that hold onto the Holder Unit for the swords aren’t strong enough to sustain the weight of the Saya, resulting in constant sag and slide from their intended positions…

Bandai should have include polycaps onto these parts as the result is better, as seen on the strong grip on the hips and knee joints…

The light gimmick doesn’t work well on Red Frame’s semi transparent head, tho… >,<

LOL it’s the Crystal Skull from the latest Indiana Jones movie! XD

A gallery of PG Red Frame… ^_^ Gundam really does look best when posing with swords…

The above pose is based upon Saitou Hajime’s (He is left-handed, too!) Gatostu Ishiki stance from Rurouni Kenshin… :D

Double Japanese Sword wielding Red Frame looks surprisingly intimidating…

Thrusting forward with weapons drawn…

You can really feel the burst of speed there, eventho this is a still shot… ^_^

Too bad the Holder Units are meant to be mounted on the left skirt, eventho I can slightly adjust them to fit on the right… It just doesn’t look right if I do that…I had to put the Saya of the second sword in this way during the posing due to the weight problem I mentioned before. Now this is what I call X Blade (Screw that worthless piece of junk game called Oni Blade / X blade)… -_-

I realised I haven’t pose my Red Frame with its Beam Sabres yet, so here you are… XD

Two Beam Rifles are definitely better than one, tho one will have to be proficient in handling the weapons… :D

This is a summary of my verdict on the PG kit…

Pros

• Size (It’s huge!)
• Details (Thousands of pieces of art… o.0)
• Gerbera Straight x 2
• Beam Rifle x 2
• Rubber foot grip (It really helps in balancing the sheer weight of the kit, preventing accidental sliding…)
• It’s Red Frame!!!

Cons

• Limited range of movements around joints (Especially after applying all the armour pieces)
• Obstructive armour pieces (Most notable the rear thigh armour and armpit pieces)
• Weak grip between parts (to name a few: The chest hood, Beam Sabre holders, abdomen armour pieces, V fin, Holder Unit connectors…)
• Size (LOL I ran out of display space… XD)
• Clear Seal Stickers (I really, really does prefer Dry Transfer Decals…)
• Damaged instruction manual (Had to order a replacement from HLJ, paid 1000 yen just for the shipment… TT_TT)

Thus this ends my photo review… ^_^ Just saw a magnificent mod of 1/100 Red Frame elsewhere, kinda wish there’s a MG version in the future… :D

Look’s like my obsession with Frame Astrays won’t subside anytime soon… :P


The Way of the Sword

Neglecting the construction of Red Frame, a week has passed in a blink of an eye… However, I was side trackeddue to my latest acquisition of another GunPla – 1/100 Astray Blue Frame 2nd L Clear Colour Version!As all of its parts are moulded in semi transparent substance, I’ve decided to shelf my assembly of PG Astray Red Frame for a while and started to construct this minor Frame instead, since I won’t have to bother to panel line the kit which is very time consuming… XD Anyways, I’ve managed to finish the Blue Frame in one sitting, in about 3 hours time…

Now I can rest easy and continue with my long overdue PG kit…


The star of the kit, the Gerbera Straight, lay bare before my awed eyes… Based upon Japanese Sword design, Red Frame’s signature bling-bling armament is truly a sight to behold.

True to its real world counterpart, Kiku Hitomoji, the blade of Gerbera Straight, is secured onto the Tsuka (hilt) with a Mekugi (Locking Peg)…


Specially designed for the PG Red Frame, this Holder Unit grab hold of Gerbera Straight including its Saya (Scabbard) firmly attached by the side skirt of its wielder… The Holder Unit also features a lock that holds onto the Tsuba (Hand Guard), preventing the blade itself from sliding out from its intended resting place.


Various comparisons with other types of blade, which includes the lesser Red Frame’s Gerbera Straight, Blue Frame’s giant Buster Sword and a real life fruit knife… Due to its immense size, my aunt even commented that the authorities might mistaken the Gerbera Straight as weaponry if I ever bring it out for a walk at my neighbourhood… XD


The Beam Rifle features a mini retractable piece that allows it to dock with Red Frame’s rear skirt, similar to the very same gimmick featured on various MGs…

Red Frame comes with an extruded thingie on both of its palms, allowing it to hold its weapons in place, this is especially true to the design of its weaponry. The Beam Rifle has a mounting hole on its handle, which unfortunately is meant for right-handed use… As you can see from most of my action poses, I prefer my mecha left-handed because I’m a lefty… XD

The upper chamber can be lifted apart to reveal a detailed mechanics of the Rifle…


Here lies the generic Orb Union’s Tower Shield, tho rarely used by Red Frame in the manga series.

Unlike its smaller cousin, this Tower Shield features adjustable handle and arm docker… I’ve always admire the design of SEED universe’s Tower Shield which actually doubles up as a deadly close combat weaponry with its sharp, pointy edges…


The Shield also possesses a shutter hatch, which can be slid upwards to cover the clear windscreen. I’m curious of its actual purpose as most of the Mobile Suits in SEED universe use their shield mainly to protect themselves from incoming fire and occasionally as a blunt weapon, clearly neglecting the usage of this windscreen…


The lesser Tower Shield clearly lacks the adjustability of its older brother…



Red Frame wielding the Beam Rifle and the Tower Shield, at various angles…


Some actions with its toys… ^_^ Guns and Shields are more suitable to Blue Frame than Red Frame… >,<


Now the main treat…


Trying to replicate the pose from a desktop wallpaper, unfortunately there is a certain difficulty on pulling off this kinda stunt…


I saw this pose in Dengeki Hobby May issue, and was successfully duplicated this advanced stance by pulling off the Iron-Man Ground Pound from earlier experience… -_-


May 1st falls on this Friday, it’s Labour’s Day and I’ve got a day off. Therefore the review of the Special Custom Set is next…


Final note, I’m quite amazed at the sheer amount of excess parts left behind from my construction of PG Red Frame… o_0


Red Frame, going out!

Due to immense workload over the last week in which I had to stay overtime to finish the jobs, I was forced to stay off from the assembly of my beloved PG kit for a total of SIX days!!!

The reason for the hiccup was the IT sales event (titled the PC Fair for years now), a quarter-yearly sardine-packed IT related merchandise shopping frenzy which was held over the course of 3 days that ended yesterday, had generated a couple of last minute flyer job that I had to do since the start of last week, thus the unexpected expected overtime nights…

I did visit this event tho, finally bringing an end to my previous disappointing ISP, in which most of us users christened the Shitmyx (Its true name is Streamyx, LOL I applauded the giver of the nickname). I’ve signed up with another service called the P1 W1max, a wireless broadband that runs at least 3 times the speed (Char Aznable!!! XD) of the former for the same price! The down side is the package I took have the bandwidth limit of 20 GBs monthly in which it will slow down to a jog once capped, which I’m sure will be used up before long since I’m quite a heavy traffic offender… >,< 

Anyways, the Red Frame is now officially completed with yesterday’s tiring labour, this is perhaps the most engaging GunPla project I’ve ever done, spending well over three weeks after the acquisition early this month and yet haven’t been able to actually finish the whole thing… The armaments will have to wait, tho…


Only managed to finish the other leg left from last week’s assembly… Now let’s have the Red Frame stretching out for a little action… ^_^


Due to its sheer weight and size, posing this behemoth is quite difficult if I do it in whole… So instead I had to resort to splitting Red Frame into two halves and pose the individual halves before fixing them together again for display… o.0 Hope the waist joint can last long over my abusive separations and unions… XD


As stated in earlier reviews, I find the rear thigh armour pieces on the Red Frame a little too obstructive, hindering most of my intended posing ideas as the articulate limitations compelled me to readjust… The front skirts suffered from the same limitations as well, unfortunately…


Praying kneel is possible, but anything beyond that is out of question. As you can see from the piccie, the leg can only bend at max in an approximately V-shaped 125 degrees…


Standing poses are most natural for the Red Frame. Here you have the Touhou Fuhai / Master Asia / Master Gundam (Mobile Fighter G Gundam series) inspired posing… XD


One will have to be innovative as to do an advanced kneeling posing like this incredibly heavy landing gesture made famous by last year’s hit movie the Iron Man.


Bringing in the lesser Red Frame, I’ve took several shots of comparison piccies between the two…


Between the two designs, size apart, I prefer how the lesser’s backpack unfold onto its rear skirt in a nice fit, unlike PG’s protrusive eye sore…


The range of articulations between the two is similar, with the big guy having a slight advantage due to its more natural look…


The oniichan also wins in term of leg splitting of both directions, whereas the otouto can only dream on as it is very stiff at those joints… XD However, the former cannot raise its arms beyond the intended 90 degrees arc, unlike the latter…


Gerbera Straight and the rest of the armaments, as well as the clear parts, will have to wait, probably until this weekend…

As a final gesture, I present to you Red Frame in this Macross Frontier inspired Kiran~! x I’m off to battle (Ranka Lee x Alto “Hime” XD) pose…


One-legged hippy

Took a day off from the assembly on Friday, I resumed the assembly of this PG kit on Saturday and a bulk of Sunday, the only two days that I’m free do my hobby… XDWasn’t able to fulfill my resolution of finishing up the legs in Sunday, tho…


Only managed to finished the pelvic unit, one of the leg’s inner frame and another foot… This detaling on the inner frame of the leg alone consumed almost a bulk of my off-work Sunday… Yeah, finally decided to panel line the inner frame because I will probably display the PG kit with that Special Custom Set of clear armour pieces…

Comparing to its smaller cousin, the leg alone already exceeds the height of the minor Red Frame!


Similar to Strike’s, Red Frame’s pelvic joint has a locking mechanism that can be shifted at will, providing an excellent and realistic posing of the leg unit, a very similar gimmick found on various MGs as well…

However, the grip of the lock is quite loose and often fell out from its intended position…


The side skirt can be split apart to reveal a mounting socket for the Gerbera Straight later on…


Unlike the minor Red Frame, the front and rear skirts of the PG are installed separately, thus they are able to shift around to provide larger area of movement for the leg unit…

Unfortunately, due to the double-layered design of the front skirts, the range of its rotation is limited…


When fully fixed onto the pelvic unit, the upper body has restricted area of movement as its belly armour clashes with the bloated crotch piece, thus moving the upper body front-and-back is not possible at this point…

In order to rectify this problem, the body will have to be raised a bit from its fixed position to clear some room… The opening of the cockpit hatch will only work after this remedy as well…


The inner frame slid apart to reveal a hydraulic piece of bling-bling-ness… Haven’t been able to apply the outer armour pieces yet as the night of Sunday draws near…


Notice how the knee armour pieces change their positions as the knee is bending…


Armour sliding mechanism around the ankle in action…


More armour sliding mechanism… This time on the sides of the ankle…


While the range of movement for the toe is extreme, the overall movements on the whole leg on the other hand is quite limited, due to the many armour pieces that restricted the said movements…


Will probably postpone my assembly until the next weekend, as work starts today… >,<


Wild Arms

After 7+ hours of assembly, spanning across 3 nights on and off, I’ve finally completed Red Frame’s arms…


The ever versatile hand unit, introduced 4 years ago during the launch of PG Strike… Moulded in a single connected piece, Bandai saved GunPla modelers, veterans and newcomers alike, the time of fixing all those miniature finger parts together, similar to the older PG kits…

As expected from a PG kit, the poseability of the fingers is unimaginable, but cursed with flaws as well… The ball joint between the fingers and the palm are quite fragile as two of my Red Frame’s fingers, one from each hand unit, fell out from their socket when I play around with the fingers… Luckily, the fingers can be slotted back to the sockets… whew…

There’s an extruded connector to hold onto the weaponries used by the Red Frame, much like those on recent Master Grade’s hand units.


The arm itself looks quite fortified when compared to its 1/100 version…


Due to the thickness of the inner frame (Armour, more like… >,<), the range of movements around the arm is quite limited. However, the design closely resembles that of the anatomy of a human’s arm, which clearly indicates that one’s arm cannot be bend 180 degrees in full…

True enough, Red Frame’s arm can only be bending at around 135 degrees at maximum…


The joint at the elbow allows a slight rotation of the forearm, as you can see in the quad of piccies above… The same gimmick is found on PG Strike as well…


The armour piece above the elbow slid apart as the arm is bending… Bandai always love to include these kinds of gimmicks on MGs and PGs… -_-


There’s a slight bending capability around the forearm as well… However, in true human anatomy, you cannot bend your forearm like that or it’ll hurt like hell… XD


The armour piece at the elbow can be slid outward to reveal a connecting socket for mounting Red Frame’s personal Tower Shield…


Wild arms in action… XD The first pose looks eerily like some old Russian propaganda poster of an arm holding the sickle… :P


And so the upper body is now completed…

My cousin commented that PG Red Frame really does look quite bulky (when compare to the 1/100 version), I was thinking of “The Incredible Red Hulk” when he said that… :D


Weekend draws near, moving on to the pelvis and hopefully the legs next…


Body builder

It’s now day 2 of the construction of 1/60 Perfect Grade Gundam Astray [Red Frame]…I woke up quite early today, at about 0700… In this sunny Sunday, I turn my attention to the continuation of my assembly the moment I snapped out from my morning dizziness, after a trip to the toilet of course… XD


Consuming the whole morning at roughly 5 – 6 hours on and off (took a brunch since I skipped my breakfast, and a bath to refresh myself), I’ve finally finished Red Frame’s upper body + shoulder units, now this is starting to look good. :D

Even tho this is a PG kit, it does have its share of flaws. The movement around the shoulder and the abdomen is quite limited when compare to its 1/100 cousin. Several outer armour pieces, most notably the abdomen armour and the beam sabre rack, fell out of its designated position with slight tinkering. It appears that the grip between the parts is not quite secure, and there’s nothing I can do about it as this is part of the design… :( 



As before, I’m applying panel lines and the markings (dry transfer decals + clear seal stickers) as I put on the pieces. With this method I don’t have to disassemble the whole kit when I want to apply the detailings after the completion of the kit, as I tend to do it part by part due to the fact that it is difficult to do so as a whole…

One of the highlights of this kit is this marking on the right shoulder, as the armour is consists of two parts with a seam in between, Bandai actually split the marking into 3 separate parts for easy application! How considerate… ^_^

I mentioned before that the split between the abdomen armours does look like some sort of Oni (demon) face… Small, flat eyes… Huge, broad jaw … Shiny teeth (hydraulic gimmick, duh!)… XD


The cockpit hatch in action… I’ve decided against painting Lowe as I’m not really good with minuscule precision painting… >,< The position of the opened hatch does seem a little awkward, tho… Instead, I prefer Strike’s…


A look at the backpack unit… In my opinion, this backpack is optional since the design of Red Frame’s exposed back is sexy enough for me… :D PG version features a rather eye-catching piece of detail on both sides of the backpack – a triangular jewel-like part… ^_^


The Beam Sabres… They look quite simple, but looks deadly once I put on its beam effect… ^_^ A comparison in size between the PG and the 1/100 version is shown here…


In order to project a sense of scale, I’d invited a certain something for the purpose of this demonstration. My 1/100 version Red Frame hold onto the beam sabre of the PG version… As you can see, the sabre alone exceeds that of the height of the minor Red Frame…

Finally, a shot of both the minor and major Red Frames, tho the latter seems to lack of standing here… XD


May delay my further assemblies as work starts Monday, which is tomorrow. I may have to wait for the next Saturday to continue this review…

A head start…

Wow, never knew assembling a Perfect Grade kit can be this exhausting… -_- Returning to my hideout after meeting at work, which kinda runs late, I immediately stuffed my lunch and had a brief resting before I started the first PG project…This will be the debut of my model kit review series… :D


I’ve decided to start with Red Frame’s head unit first, panel lining the outer armour pieces as I assembling the parts one by one… While I can usually complete a Master Grade kit in roughly an average of two or three days, Red Frame’s head unit alone actually took me about 3 – 4 hours! No wonder it is called a Perfect Grade… >,<



A 3V lithium button battery CR1220 is required to utilise this PG kit’s light up eye gimmick. I’ve actually got this battery in bulk (3 pcs actually, each one cost me about MYR 7.00…) months ago when I ordered extra light units from HLJ to customise my 1/100 00-Raiser and Cherudim with light up eyes…

While the light unit works, it seems that the circuitry utilised in this unit is not perfect as sometimes it refused to connect…


The completed light unit of this PG kit is to be placed into Red Frame’s head unit via its rear. I’m surprised to find that the light emission is quite dim, as you can probably guess by my piccies…


I’m moving on to the body next… Since the inner part of the cockpit and the body frame is usually concealed, I’ve decided against panel lining them so to save time… This is my progress so far with the head unit and the core of the cockpit completed…

I’m hoping to complete the whole upper body by tomorrow… ^_^


Frame Astrays posted

A front and back scan of the poster that comes with May issue of Dengeki Hobby I got from yesterday’s haul… You can clickkie on the piccie for a larger version of the scan…

Assembly on the way!

The Day of Destiny…

After months of uneasy wait, it’s finally here!!! Braving through a storm of falling liquid droplets, and a jam of thousand vehicular obstacles, I’ve finally arrived at my destination some 10+ kilometres away from my hideout… You can’t imagine how excited I am when receiving my package… 

There was this incident tho… during my checking of my merchandise, a fellow Player (Slang in my country for Hobbyist) stepped into the store and saw the might that is my Red Frame, which he immediately asked for pricing with the clerk of the store…

To my surprise, he didn’t pre-ordered one but offered direct cash payment so the clerk would just let him have the package, which me and the rest of those who’ve pre-ordered the PG set spent a couple of months + waiting!

Luckily, the clerk is a person of honour, telling the bastard that she cannot and will not let him had his way. What is that guy thinking? Your money doesn’t do the talking here since it’s a matter of booking and pre-ordering…

The clerk actually asked my opinion on this matter too, in which I told her and the guy of my pre-order that was made back in January when Red Frame was first announced. I can really felt that guy’s embarassment when I told him so… >.<

Anyways, after paying for my haul, I walked out of the store carrying the huge case of Red Frame, which drew sights of envy around the mall as I headed towards the parking lot where my car resides… That really made me feeling great… ^_^

It’s already late when I arrived at my hideout so this is the only piccie I’ve managed to take…

Here’s my ultimate haul today: 1/60 PG Astray Red Frame with Special Gift Set, Dengeki Hobby May Edition featuring Astrays and a couple of water slide decals for 00-Raiser and Cherudim…

Dengeki comes with a Part Separator (I’ll have to learn its usage after I read the magazine…), a custom clear seal sticker and Astrays poster… :D

I’ll start my assembly the first thing once I get back from work tomorrow afternoon… ^_^


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