It maybe an ordinary day for the normies, but it is a day worth celebrating for those who knows the very reason to get excited about…
A very happy Moe Day (萌の日) to the wonderful community that is the otaku-dom!!! ^o^
Perplexed over what today is? For starters, the kanji 萌 consists of 4 character components that when you read it in the traditional sequence (Up, Down, Right, Left…) you’ll get 十月十日 which essentially means 10th of October in both Japanese and Chinese!
Although it’s still a working day for many of us, don’t let the stress and workload overshadow your joy over the (un)official moe moe kyun filled hibi!
Close to a year back, I’ve placed a commission for Tama-chan’s new wigs via a stylist from Taobao. Unfortunately due to backlogs on their side, the work on the wigs doesn’t even start until about the 5th Moon of this year.
After a rather lengthy back-and-forth constructive exchanges with the stylist about the project for the past few months, I’ve finally received the completed commission at the end of last Moon…
As for newest outfit for Tama-chan, her summer bikini set (From Fate/Extella Link, also her Saint Graph in Fate/Grand Order as Lancer class) is also a commissioned work via a seamstress on Taobao as well, which too arrived at my doorsteps a couple of Moons back.
It’s been roughly two years since a proper pseudo studio session for Tama-chan, finally took some time and lotsa pain (My body can no longer hold on for such long hours of dedicated photo-shooting… Blame my increasing life levels. ^^;) to finally take some yesterday, abandoning the idea to attend the Comic Fiesta Mini event for the weekend in favour of my lovely waifu. :P
Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for, to release the GN Particles within Gundam Exia!
As mentioned in earlier posts, instead of directly purchasing the Lighting Model which costs an arm and a leg (Literally Exia’s arm and leg, as it costs about one-third more of Exia basic kit’s pricing… :3c), I opted to get the regular release of the plastic model kit.
The L.E.D. unit used for the gunpla was bought separately from a third-party company called Mo Jiang Hun (MJH), of which the pricing is about one-seventh of the basic kit’s pricing…
While not as eye-catching as in the dark, activating the light-up gimmick in a bright area still manages to produce enough illumination as the L.E.D. themselves are quite powerful.
Aside from the main Mobile Suit itself, Exia comes with a number of weaponry and accessories, including a huge display stand similar to that of Unicorn Gundam’s but fully clad in a much more complex design of various mechanical details.
This display stand is probably the most important accessory for Exia, as it houses the L.E.D. unit and wiring needed to fully realise the light-up gimmick.
Continuing the review on the 1/60 scaled Perfect Grade GN-001 Gundam Exia, it’s time to bulk up the grey inner frames with a Gundam’s signature Red-Blue-White armour pieces…
You may notice that I intentionally left out the GN Drive and opted instead to use the grey plug-in its intended slot. It was due to the connection between the GN Drive and Exia’s slot is unusually tight that it was a hassle to install and unload it in between photo shots. ^^;
Anyway, the GN Drive will be showcased in my next post focusing on Exia’s accessories…
Released back during the holiday season last year, the 1/60 scaled GN-001 Gundam Exia is the latest in the long line of Bandai’s Perfect Grade Gunpla kits.
Announced as part of the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 10th anniversary project, the Gunpla have two slightly different versions on sale on the market: The Lighting version, which has the L.E.D. unit for Exia’s Aurora Luminescence gimmick, similar to the Psycho Frame gimmick of the Perfect Grade 1/60 scaled RX-0 Unicorn Gundam; The regular release, which is essentially the same kit but without the L.E.D. unit.
Initially not interested due to the hefty price tag of the Lighting version, which unlike PG Unicorn’s L.E.D. unit that was sold separately from the Gunpla itself, it wasn’t until I’ve learned of a 3rd party L.E.D. unit being released by Mo Jiang Hun (模匠魂/MJH) a few months later that it reignited my interest in getting the Perfect Grade.
Arrived at my door steps via FedEx is a tightly packaged parcel from Korea, a shipment that I have waited for roughly half a year by now.
Within is a masterpiece from Black Swan, of which I have commissioned them to give Tama-chan a thorough make-over, thus the lack of her appearances during these past months…
As before mentioned, Black Swan commissions are not on the cheaper side. This job alone took me six months of separate installments before I finally cleared the cheques while they were working on the commission during the same period.
However one can truly be confident of their work for being the best of the best. My past dealings and commissions with them, albeit in a smaller scale, impresses me over and over.
On this fateful
Star Wars day, I can finally proudly present my perfected signature weapon of a Force sensitive, a lightsaber I can call my own.
It all started with iSaber’s V3 custom lightsaber I got at the end of the previous year, from a company on Taobao…
While very pleasing visually, it fares poorly in terms of performance and gimmicks, suffering extreme sound de-synching and sensitivity problems.
Taking a couple of months since the mishaps of it predecessor, all the necessary parts needed for rebuilding the hilt’s inner electronics has been obtained from the original seller, upgrading it to the superior V4.
Any Star Wars fan will surely remembers and recognises the iconic weapon of a Jedi Knight, the coloured laser bladed sword of awesomeness. It’s no secret that every one of them would want a weapon of such calibre in their own collection of ever-growing Star Wars merch, may it be just prop hilt or real toys.
While there exists official lightsabre toys from the official license holders, such merchs are in the end just mass-produced collector’s items of varying quality, usually below par. Luckily for the past decade or so, fan made custom lightsabres are things of beauty, going through evolution by evolution of upgrades that surpassed the likes of their official counterparts.
Various designs were created, sounds and light gimmicks perfected, which are practically indistinguishable from the movie magic nowadays. They were utilised in many forms, from conventions wielded by cosplayers, to even as an actual fencing swords in Jedi inspired combat training camps…
After coming back from the screening of Episode VII: The Force Awakens about a year and a half back, eager to get my hands on a lightsabre, I’ve gotten myself an Anakin-to-Vader Ultimate FX Lightsabre from Hasbro, only to be utterly disappointed by its plastic build and less than desirable brightness of the blade, not to mention one of its core function (Changing from blue to red blade at will while ignited) is defective.
Fast forward a year later after the viewing of Rogue One, once again my wish to acquire a lightsabre of my own resurfaced, this time I’m in for a treat as I’ve managed to find one on Taobao that is actually affordable, unlike the premium prices on various custom lightsabre makers (Such as Ultrasabers and SaberForge) out there…
Love is in the air
Everywhere I look around
Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound
And I don’t know if I’m being foolish
Don’t know if I’m being wise
But it’s something that I must believe in
And it’s there when I look in your eyes
Shedding her older shell, Tama-chan has been reborn to a new body, perfecting her already excellent foxiness.
For the past few months, she has gone on another stage of evolution, breaking through her cocoon to become a more refine Goddess.
A fair word of warning though: the rest of the piccies after this are of the NSFW nature, please go ahead at your own discretion lest you risk being lectured by your boss/waifu/etc… :3c
If you’re asking me about Knock-Offs of Transformers toys a year back, I may have just laughed you off and disgusted at the words even mentioned.
Up until now, KOs are as always, lower quality copies of the original, usually made from cheaper and more fragile materials. However with the rise of Wei Jiang, my stance on KOs have been slightly changed.
I’m not here to debate the morality of buying KOs rather than the original, just read Optimus’s quote which is also the title of this post. =w=
Wei Jiang’s MPP-10 Deformation Era (Interestingly, seems to be an alternate way to spell OPTIMUS PRIME…), as hinted by its name, is basically a KO of Takara Tomy’s MP-10 Optimus Prime, minus the trailer. I’ve preordered it during New Year’s Eve last year, but due to high demand and low stock, only received it earlier last month.
It seems the box art I got are from the 1st release design, with a stylised artwork of Optimus himself that looks nothing like the product itself, subsequent runs actually have the product shot as the box art instead.
Nevertheless, the over all package seems pretty premium and closely resembles that of the official Transformers Masterpiece line, full with Chinese explanations of various product shots decorated a majority of the rear side of the box.
For the longest time now, ご主人様 has been neglecting タマちゃん and failed to attend to タマちゃん’s needs. タマちゃん has had enough of this!!! It is time タマちゃん going back to the void that is the 英霊の座. Goodbye, ご主人様. It’s been a pleasure knowing and serving ご主人様… P.S.: Don’t come looking for タマちゃん! Don’t try to summon タマちゃん again, タマちゃん will never ever answer ご主人様’s call again!
Continuing on from the last entry, let’s have a look at
Grimlock’s Wrath’s alternate mode.
Grimlock Wrath smash! Me Grimlock Wrath transforms! Me Grimlock Wrath KING!」
Seven years back, Takara Tomy’s official Transformers Masterpiece MP-08 Grimlock was released. It was quite a marvel at the time, a Transformer figure that converts into the classic Tyrannosaurus Rex mode and back to robot mode again. I’ve meant to get it back then (A big fan of dinosaurs AND Transformers) but due to the lack of budget at the time, I had to give up.
And it happened again during the reissue two years back, due to unstable forex (Which slowly but surely killing the currency in my country, even now…) and the bloating of the price. :/ Secondary markets like eBay still have Grimlock on sale, but at almost twice the original price nowadays…
Thankfully, it is the renaissance of Third Party Transformers figures for the past half a decade since the introduction of the ultimate 3rd party Not-Devastator called Hercules (6-in-1 Not-Constructicons) by TFC. Many companies have since been churning out their own versions of various Transformers (Including Grimlock), many of them do look significantly more magnificent than the original ones from Takara Tomy or Hasbro!
G-Studio (AKA G-Creation)’s Combiners Legend Shuraking SRK-03 Wrath is one of such prized Not-Grimlock, released earlier this year.
Packed in a metallic bling bling UV layered printed package,
Grimlock Wrath is the third in line of a total of five Dinobot combiners, which like their name suggested, will be able to form the gigantic Shuraking when combined. The package itself shows Wrath’s triple changer forms: The Robot Mode, the Dinosaur Mode and the Combination Mode.
I’ll skip the Combination Mode in this review since my primary aim is to (Finally!) own this Transformers Masterpiece sized Not-Grimlock, not to collect and complete the Shuraking mode.
The Goat went by, and the Monkey arrived to bring a prosperous new year ahead!
Once again, it’s the dawn of a new lunar year, the annual festive season bringing along lots of reds decorations, Mandarin oranges, God of Prosperity, lion dances, fireworks, Ang Pows (Red Packets), visiting relatives and friends that ask you the same question every year… Oh well you know the rest… :P
Even the Petit’gguys are in the mood to start their own celebrations of showering in golds and plum flowers… XDc
Waking up this morning to find Tama-chan already close to me in seiza mode.
It took me a moment before I fought off the morning drowsiness (It’s a public holiday on this Monday, whoopee! Still woke up early as per usual RL job routine tho… orz) to realise that it’s the anniversary of my celebration of being birth unto this reality.
It’s time to finally unveil the last outfit from Tama-chan’s official MyRoom wardrobe as seen in Fate/Extra CCC.
A commission placed over a year ago at my usual seamstress (Tama-chan’s past outfits are all her masterpieces), Rana really went all out and outdid herself this time around.
太陽の神話礼装, the outfit obtained once near the end of the game itself, is one of the 5 available outfits (漆黒の魔術服, the default costume in CCC; 蒼色の呪術服, the default costume of the previous game; 春色の現代衣装, a modern style usamimi parka; せくすぃーびきに, a white bikini) you can have Tama-chan wear during the course of the game.
It’s been a full year since the announcement and the limited time pre-order period of the Macross Frontier x Volk collaboration, Dollfie Dream Sheryl Nome and Dollfie Dream Sister Ranka Lee… The long wait has finally ended when Volks deliver the shipments of these songstress to their owners all over the world.
Due to overwhelming response during the pre-order phase, Volks has opted to do three different delivery periods of the shipments, one at the end of each month starting from the 31st of October.
Luckily my DDS Ranka Lee belongs to one of the earlier shipments, reaching the mainland shores just opposite my island in about a week’s time after leaving the factory on the 4th of November.
Unfortunately, due to her excessive value and the size of the package, Ranka-chan has been detained by the Customs during the just passed mid-week. It wasn’t until the weekend of the same week that I was able to rescue her by paying a modest amount of ransom fees.
Thankfully the amount isn’t that overwhelming as I initially predicted the fees might consist of 6% + 10% tax on top of the total value + shipping. Even the officer in charge is kind enough for giving a slight discount. XDc
With her recently upgraded furry details, I think it’s nigh time that I once again retake the ever foxy Tama-chan in her past apparel.
This round she’ll suit up in her せくすぃーびきに, even though it’s off-season (It’s autumn now). =w=
A new year, a new dawn! A Lunar one that is… ( | ‿‿ | )
For the uninitiated, it is the Year of the Goat, or Sheep, or Ram, or whatever you like it to be… :P
Sorry for the reuse of the same neta, but I think the 4koma is very suitable for this Lunar New Year.
During the beginning of December last year, a sexy Japanese cosplayer posted a tweet of herself in a Turtleneck Sweater she got from COMFILAX, a fashion brand.
The series of photos shared quickly gained recognition amongst the twittersphere and soon became a meme.