Sunday, 30 April 2017

Patlabor - 1/35 Scale ARL-99 Helldiver Soft Vinyl Garage Kit

This resin is one of my rare finds and my first attempt on a soft vinyl garage kit. I do have the posable figure of Helldiver in Revoltech however this is more preferred, in terms of size, for display with other MG Patlabor model kits of the same scale and more budget compared to the WHAM version. Anyway both this kit & Revoltech are by Kaiyodo, designed by Yutaka Izubuchi and sculpted by Taku Sato. Featured in Patlabor, this mecha is military grade labor manufactured by Shinohara Heavy Industries for Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force. In the anime, this labor can even be deployed like paratroopers aka Airborne Reconnaissance Labor. Helldivers appear in the opening scene, based upon 'Patlabor the movie', when they attempt to capture the heavy assault Labor X10 prototype. The design is pretty simple with green camouflage colour equipped with arm machine gun and dagger. The head looks a airplane pilot's helmet.

As an amateur, how I did it was spraying the entire kit with primer after assembling and after which spray it fully green. Thereafter, hand paint the other parts. The weapon, 40 Millimeter Rapid-Fire Machine Gun, is die-cast and feels really solid. Can actually rotate the arm with the gun however it's weighted down by the diecast. Please bear with my novice work like uneven filing and lack of paint details. It's a relatively old kit released in 1989, yet still decent by today standard. I guess my pretreatment of the kit was not properly done as such the kit became a bit greasy and sticky some time later. Should have soak the kit in detergent water overnight.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Ginyu Force! ギニュー特戦隊 Dragon Ball Knockoff WCF

BEWARE! KNOCKOFF ALERT!!! Please do not continue reading if you are hardcore original supporter... Ginyu Force!!! ギニュー特戦隊 Self proclaimed strongest squad in the whole of DBZ universe! Bought the squad some years back at flea market which even back then the original was so scarce and the price easily fetch over 100 USD on eBay. Frankly, I won't pay so much for stuffs like these though nothing beats the original. Yet it's still comforting to get the knockoff / bootleg version of these cuties. 

Ginyu squad was introduced to Dragon Ball during the Freeza saga as elite force which in contradiction more like parody, mocking Sailor Moon in the 80s with their peculiar posing. Their leader is obviously Ginyu, the purple alien who bends down to look through his legs. Recoome is the most muscular in the squad, most human like and wears tight shorts. Butter is the tallest in the squad and has blue skin. Jeice is the alien with red skin and has white long hair. His moves are somehow similar to Yamucha. The weakest link in the squad goes to Guldo! He's dwarf looking and has green skin. Not strong as a fighter but possessed a unique skill of stopping time.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi Lu Bu Figure

Illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, this is Lu Bu in Nintendo DS Lite game - Gamics Series Vol.1 Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi ( Romance of Three Kingdoms) 2. The character was drawn in a cartoon way and this figure is made of soft vinyl material. Released a decade ago by a Japanese company known as 'Sekiguchi', this figure is seldom seen out of domestic market. It stands pretty tall at approximately 8" however lack the articulation with only the arms able to rotate 360 degrees. The Lunar Crescent spear can't be removed from the fist whereas the side arm sabre is removable. Nothing particular special about this figure. It's more like another Lu Bu figure added to my collection. 


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