Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Comfort to laziness

Its been awhile since I bought any 3.75 Star Wars figures. Local retailers have not brought in any new waves for quite some time, although they have been released overseas for quite some time. This is one thing about Hasbro in Singapore, they do simply do not bring in some stuff due to certain reasons like earlier waves did not sell well and stuff rather than reviewing the problem, they choose to not bring in later waves, oh well great marketing. How is a collector able to complete his collection then.. Well after missing the new 1st 09 wave, which has a nice hologram Darth Sidious and the Queen Amidala in travelling gown, I picked up some of the other pieces of The Legacy Collection.

another piece of Concept Art work of IG-88

Commander Cody

I find this a pretty nice piece, its different from the older version of The Saga Collection, plus it comes with the hologram Emperor which in the movie Cody takes the order for the execution of Order 66. Plo Koon, with dual light sabers. This piece is a different piece from the Saga Legends piece with different arms and legs pieces. Concept Ki-Adi-Mundi

Another piece of concept art piece this time round with Ki-Adi-Mundi, which I think the concept version is not bad, with a white light saber and a eye patch! dun look much different from the normal Ki-Adi-Mundi if without the eye patch ha..

Padme Amidala

this piece is from the Evo pack of Princess Amidala. think the head sculpt is nt bad for a 3.75" figure. comes with a plastic hood but a cloth white top
Clone Commander Deviss

Never appeared in the show but he looks cool as a trooper with the visor, grappling rope and a big gun, therefore will get off shelves pretty fast..

Malakili, the Rancor keeper
I bought the Rancor and Luke box set some time back for less than the cost of this figure itself plus it comes with a huge Rancor. Thus i got this Malakili to pair with the
Princess Leia in slave suit,
this is the costume she was in after captured by Jabba and she was chained.
comes with an additional torso for the classic chained pose. This was the most sought after figure in this wave
Classic cute Ewoks from Endor
These are Nho’Apakk and Paploo
Attack on Genosis battlepack!
this is a battlepack which almost every collector wants and not just 1 but at least 2 as you have to get 2 to get 2 turrets for each gunship and it comes with 2 clone pilots for each battlepack. Juz nice 2 drivers n 2 troopers to in the turrets. Managed to get 2! Yeah now lacking the new Republic Gunship with fully closed doors!
Gotten some Lego minifigs, started with this STCC chromed Vader after 1 of my friend asked me to bid on it saying its cheap and bet I wont get it at that kind of price, else he 'chop'. Won the item with just 1 bid and yes my friend didnt 'chop' and I ended with a Vader minifig
My fav charac Darth Maul minifig with his dual weilding light saber
3 different stormtroopers, the normal white stormtrooper, the shadow stormtrooper and lastly chromed stormtrooper which is 2009 SDCC exclusive
I think humans are actually very adaptive creatures, able to adapt and change to suit the enviroment, though at time I think we should try to change the enviroment. Well that aside, I think when we are in a strange or new enviroment, we tend to change to try hard to survive to get ourselves more comfortable in the new enviroment and adapting ourselves to it. Like our forefathers when they came over to a strange new land, they toiled and sweat to bring about lots of changes and made a living out of things. However, today we have began to take things for granted. Things we have were not fought by us, but by generations above us, thus we do not treasure things as much and we did not go through the hardship but enjoying fruits of labour of our forefathers. As such we are in a comfort zone where things are easy as compared to the past. When we get easy with things and get too familiar and too comfortable, we fall into a zone we draw out, a comfort zone. In the zone, we become complacent and do not have a strong fighting spirit and energy to fight for things we want and to break out of the zone. We simply take things as they are. I think at such times, we need a wake up call, a serious and mega event and hopefully we realise how much we have lost out as compared to those who do not set themselves in their comfort zones. Hopefully we are all able to get out of our couches, embrace and evaluate ourselves to change and fight for the better. To seek to improve and to be more efficient and to be more adaptive to the changing enviroment. To break out of our own comfort zone..

Monday, November 30, 2009

AFA 09 (ii)

Didnt buy much stuff at AFA this time round. Already have most of what I want but well..
Hoots from AFA09
Starting with 1/5 Project Dynamite original colour Ikkitousen Kanu
was thinking whether to get it or not, its in a really kinky and suggestive pose but I think the face sculpt is really good and at the right price, its going home with me! ha.. wrapped up as not to scratch the box too..
Macross game prize SD robots
One Piece Styling figures
The Brooks and Carue with Chopper is pretty good

Disney Label Mickey Convoy Halloween version
its a Japan 7-11 exclusive version
My missing piece of Final Fantasy Master Creatures 2 -- Mateus
got it for a good price too

Lastly the Final Fantasy Weapon set 1
this is actually an online exclusive set but it was on sale at AFA, managed to get it for a good price after some bargaining which the owner refused at first ha.. Finally gotten it after a long time..

AFA 09 (i)

It is Anime Festival Asia again for 2009 on . Tickets have now increased to $15 for 1 day and $25 for 2 days. Luckily I was with my friend who had a booth over there. Tickets prices have increased quite abit from AFA08 which was $5 a day and $8 for 2 days. The price hike is probably to cover costs for some of the guests brought in especially for those for the concert. There is from AFA08 May'N known from Macross Frontier Sheryl Nome's singing voice, anime song singer Ichirou Mizuki known for singing Mazinger Z, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann singer Shoko Nakagawa and JAM Project member Yoshiki Fukuyama known for singing Macross. Also one of the most famous bloggers, at least in the otaku community, Danny Choo, is also coming.

There are also a few competitions, other than the Bandai World Gundam Competition, the more interesting event I find would be the Asia Regional Cosplay Champuionship where teams from Philipines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and our very own Singapore will compete. Think one of the most anticipated cosplayer will be Alodia from Philipines, known from her Danny Choo's Otacool book where it features her in a toy filled room. She is known, by most guys I believe, for her love for cosplaying, anime, manga, toys as well as her photography and most of all her looks. Well I think she is every otaku's dream girlfriend, pretty, hot and supports and shares almost similar hobbies of an otaku ha.. She was dressed as Amaha Masane from Witchblade with her sister. Well suprisingly the winner of the cosplay event went to Singapore team with the Gundam cosplay.
Her deviant art link ==> of AFA stuff
the usual Gohkins

SDX Gundam
Gundams from Bandai's booth
From Goodsmile booth, which this Morrigan was one piece I was really keen in at the start but didnt order it in the end as I found something lacking, do not know if i regretted my choice but least I get to see the actual item and take a photo of it..
without flash
vocaloids characters with the famous Hatsune Miku
Max Factory's "The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi" Extravaganza version
its done by Max Factory and distributed by Goodsmile, which is a band formed by Haruhi and gang
Goodsmile's Saber Lily from Fate Stay Night
looks really good i must say..
Petite nendroid series
starting with The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
Death Note
vocaloid series
Lucky Star Nendroids
Death Note
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
Hatsune Miku's The World is Mine
this is a must get man..looks really good and can be hung on the wall, comes with this natural colour frame or dark brown frame..
another really hot piece of PVC, Black Rock Shooter!
Danny Choo is a famous blogger known for dancing in the streets of Tokyo in his stormtrooper costume. He blogs about anime, manga and figures stuff as well as Jap culture stuff. He is know to be son of Jimmy Choo, a famous shoe designer,after a CNN interview.
The one and only Mirai Figma prposed by Danny Choo
Figma Mirai and bike
Other Figma's on display
Billy Harrington Figma! lol he is actually a Figma of a real life gay person and it comes with pretty interesting accessories ha but its not easily found locally and not cheap
Some cosplay shots at AFA
a badly taken dark photo of Sheryl Nome
I was actually wanting to take the photo of the gal standing beside the gal in Haruhi Bunny costume lol
I must say the girl is really daring and sporting as the costume is pretty revealing, *salutes to the girl for being so sporty!
My friend's favourite cosplayer lol
Black Rock Shooter!

2 lovely cosplayers enjoying their yogurt..
Didnt really take many shots of cospalyers as was kinda busy but took a shot of this giant Domo-kun toy

Some posters by Odex
Shot of 5 ladies at CoFesta booth
picture of some WIP statues
Something cute which I don't really recognise
Overall I find this year's AFA was not too bad but the price was quite steep given it is just in the second year. The main attraction was probably the concert but there wasn't really much to buy. Think Bandai had the biggest booth but I didnt think the sales was fantastic as the crowd was really different. It was more an event for anime and manga lovers which will lead them to figures from the anime and manga as well, mainly Figmas, Revoltech and Nendroids and some PVCs. For non-anime lovers, it would probably not be an event which you would love and probably STCC would be more to your liking. Well hope next year would be a better year with more things to look forward to.