Thursday, 19 April 2018

Star Wars 30th Anniversary Y-Wing Fighter Toys R' Us Edition



























A comparison with X-Wing Fighter


The style of packaging is pretty cool as it has backdrop which enhances the realism during photography


Y-Wing starfighters are powerful vessels in the Rebel Alliance fleet, with ample firepower that includes laser cannons and proton torpedoes. The Rebel forces make do with whatever vehicles they can obtain, and the sturdy Y-Wing is a good fighter for them because it can withstand heavy attack and still remain space-worthy.

During the Battle of Yavin, Y-wing fighters fend off Imperial fighters to clear a path for the Rebels to reach the Death Star's vulnerable exhaust port. Rebel pilot Lieutenant Lepira flies Gold Four, the point Y-Wing for Gold Squadron at the Battle of Yavin, but is shot down during that pivotal battle. He is one of the pilots who received the few seconds of fame as seen seated in the row in front of Luke and Wedge during the briefing.

It's Y after X and here we have Star Wars 30th Anniversary Y-Wing Fighter Toys R' Us Edition from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. This is the third version of the Y-wing, after the vintage Return Of The Jedi (ROTJ), and the POTJ. The mold is great and is largely based on the original Return Of The Jedi mold and maybe the best Y-Wing released so far with longer cannons, exclusive Y-Wing 3.75" pilot (Lieutenant Lepira), the same size scale as most of the other Hasbro Star Wars figures.

It is a good size for either displaying or for kids (big or small) to play with for that matter. Silmilarly to 30th anniversary pilot Biggs Darklighter action figure, the helmet fits over the head pretty well just that it looks a bit too clean. Nevertheless the helmet can be removed and e held by the arms of the figure.

I got mine as preowned, it does come with box however without the exclusive R5-F7 Droid which supposed to come with the set. Good thing there is another R5-F7 Droid mounted to the starfighter (good thing this unit is not removable). The style of packaging is pretty cool as it has backdrop which enhances the realism during photography. This Star Wars Gold Squadron Y-Wing Fighter features a swiveling gun, a canopy that opens and closes, fold-up landing gear and a Y-Wing pilot figure (Lieutenant Lepira). Very detailed Y-Wing Fighter vehicle with heavy weathering paint.

As seen in the Star Wars film A New Hope, this vehicle features fold-up landing gear and a canopy that opens and closes! Press the button to drop a bomb and stage your own battle scenes with the R5-D7 droid figure and Y-wing pilot figure that fits comfortably inside the cockpit!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Ginyu Force ギニュー特戦隊 Action Figures


















Tribute to Ginyu Force ギニュー特戦隊 (Recoome, Burter, Jeice, Guldo, and Captain Ginyu)! Game over for an elite team of mercenaries who serve Frieza in Dragon Ball DBZ. These are my old collection when there were so few highly durable 6" figures of these characters available in Asia market except for gashapons. 

The big and most human looking dude with that insane look Recoome action figure in battle damaged armour (half his armor blown off of his shoulder) is by Jakks Pacific in 2003 and incredibly hard to find back then and most costly among the rest. It has a ring on the rear and once pulled back and released, its arm would swing back and forth. This figure is big and cool despite taller than Burter which shouldn't be the case. 

Here comes 6" Captain Ginyu with horns and purple skin! This also by Jakks Pacific and some obvious trends of Jakks Pacifi, in this DBZ are that the saiyan armours made of rubber material and they have better articulation like the elbow and kneel joints. Ginyu figure has a knob on the rear and pushing it triggered a arm slashing/ swinging motion. Ginyu has a yearning expression and he probably looks more crazy than evil. Lolz... 

The tallest and fastest member of Ginyu Force Burter, fish head with blue skin, released in 2000 by Irwin, others included in the same set is Jeice. Stands approximately 5" so its smaller in comparison with Recoome figure. This figure maintains a chop motion with one arm and a tight fist with the other. This is likely Burter’s overall stance prior to attacking his opponent and being in a prepared combat positioning. 

Jeice action figure is 4.5" also by Irwin, dyed his hair white and paint his skin red.... He is fairly similar to Yamcha with the long hair and skills as well. The long hair in plastic posed a problem to the stability, still he the figure managed to hold up on its own. The problems with these action figures are the inconsistence paint works and the eye pupils seems off which make them kind of weird. In my journey of collection Ginyu Force Action Figures back then, the closest 

Guildo figure that could fit in was WCF Guildo which I had mine knockoff. All figures come with optional scouter, which is also modeled to as headgears equip onto their head, allowing them to scan for opponent's power. Ginyu Force Rules!!!! Excellent for play and pose!!!

Sunday, 15 April 2018

HGBF Super Fumina SF-01 Model Kit

HGBF Super Fumina SF-01 model kit box art


Thankful! My friend Kenny assisted me touch-up the facial and eyes of Super Fumina!










Just like the Powered GM or Cardigan gm, is the mounted triple-barrel Gatling guns on both forearms. 







Mounted on the back held by the mechanical arms, which function both as defensive and offensives tool-like remote controlled bits with star beam effect parts.


Mounted on the backpack via short movable mechanical arms, the pair of large rifles are mainly used for long range combat




Beam Saber, Super Fumina's primary melee weapon, a pair of them are stored on the shoulders.

Held on the hand is Super Fumina's primary mid-range weapon




Go! Go! Girl Power! This is Katsuden! Number one self proclaimed fan of Super Fumina! Not all the Fumina's variants but this pioneering Fumina Gunpla! I had previous posted about Fumina however this is dedicated specifically HGBF Super Fumina SF-01 model kit in 1/144 scale! The SF-01 Super Fumina is a Gunpla appearing in Gundam Build Fighters Try. 

Built and piloted by Minato Sakai, its appearance is based on Fumina Hoshino and her RGM-237C Powered GM Cardigan. The young Gunpla protege Minato Sakai have a crush on Fumina Hoshino and created his Gunpla of Fumina dressed in a yellow-and-white outfit that mimics the look of the Powered GM Cardigan. This is so sweet and kawaii, probably a bit kinky, as he built it without the consent of the person. 

Correct me if I'm wrong, this should be the first unique Gunpla girl model kit, not comparing to Kotobukiya Armoured Girls, the trend and interesting direction sure makes both otaku and mechataku running wild! What's more, it's highly affordable than Figma or any of the MS Girl line. 

Her armament included Beam Saber, Super Fumina's primary melee weapon, a pair of them are stored on the shoulders. Mounted on the back held by the mechanical arms, which function both as defensive and offensives tool-like remote controlled bits with star beam effect parts. Just like the Powered GM or Cardigan gm, is the mounted triple-barrel Gatling guns on both forearms. 

In this instant, the Gunpla does have the gimmick of the top section of the yellow add-ons on the arms will pop up to reveal the Gatling guns. Mounted on the backpack via short movable mechanical arms, the pair of large rifles are mainly used for long range combat. Held on the hand is Super Fumina's primary mid-range weapon, goes to say Super Fumima is highly versatile and can strike at any distance. 

 I had spent some time to fully paint this kit and very thankful to my friend Kenny, for helping me touch-up the facial and eyes of Super Fumina. Kenny's help definitely added more soul to Super Fumina! Some may find this Gunpla awkward and posed unnaturally, still debatable but despite it's flaws, I like the uniqueness. That said, it is probably the most kawaii kit in my collection.