31 March 2012
DD WRS. This one is not mine though.
Came across this custom made DD (Dollfie Dream) WRS recently. Admittedly I have been looking for a seamstress to make such request to complement my BRS, but someone has beaten me to it. Surprisingly, the seamstress is actually someone I have come across before. We had a brief chat going through what will be included and what not, and she sent me these two photos for reference. The seamstress will make the costume, while I have to get the head, eyes, wig, body, and shoes myself.
There is no real timetable as for when I will finally get my hands of one, but it shall be something I will get myself to look forward to this year.
I know I have been obsessed by this character design before, and I am still intoxicated by it. It's funny how it makes me so, much to a few particular readers' disappointment (I know, I know). Oh well. But it does somehow drive me to look forward to something though.
For those who do not know who WRS is, she is a character who only appears in Black Rock Shooter THE GAME. Essentially a white version of Black Rock Shooter (but is a separate character), it is suggested that "White Rock Shooter" is the long name for WRS, though this is never mentioned in the game or even in game manual.
A side note: This particular WRS looks a little bit busty; should I ever get my hands on one too I will reduce it to a smaller one to get the image closer to the original design.
30 March 2012
Purchases have been fairly light this month - just RG 1/144 Freedom Gundam and HGUC 1/144 Zaku I Sniper Kirks Custom. The Freedom Gundam shall be my first Real Grade Gunpla kit as well :o
March started off with a rather loud bang, first off with L'arc~en~Ciel concert, and later with C3 in Hong Kong 2012 hobby event. Things quiet down quite a bit for the rest of the month, and I spent a lot of time gaming away. Gotta say that video games tend to be what keeps non-game bloggers silent online sometimes ^^;
Apart from RG Freedom Gundam and the Zaku I Sniper, I'm still slowly going through some of the ongoing backlogged ones. The 9 GM IIIs that I bought last year are finally back in progress, after waiting for replacement parts (some parts came broken in the box unfortunately) for half a year.
Hopefully they will be available for a review in April!
On the other hand, there is also a reason why there's been little spending recently - much of the money has been used to buy a new phone - the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Admittedly, being used to the old kinds of phones switching to a smartphone took some time for me to get used to; they are more like PDAs to distract you more than what they suppose to function on the book ^^;
Also tried a few shots of my toys with the phone's camera:
Metal Troops 1/144 Churchill infantry tank. This thing is barely 5cm long so I'm impressed with the macro shot there.
Robot Damashii GM Sniper II with digital zoom. It's a tad blurry, but I suppose that's understandable with digital zoom.
And finally something that I tend to struggle to take picture of - my Black Rock Shooter doll. Even with little lighting prepartion, it seems like that the smartphone can do an easier (and perhaps also a better) job than what my point-and-shoot can do for the past 3 years or so. It's a bit scary how advanced technology can be @_@;
Perhaps just like what some fellow bloggers have said to me - I really should switch to a new camera soon ._.
19 March 2012
Project Aces of Namco Bandai Games and Macross is doing a rather interesting collaboration. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Macross franchise, two F-14D skins based on Macross VF-1 Valkyrie will be available as DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon on 21st March 2012.
This is the original VF-1J Valkyrie that appeared in Macross. This particular colour variant is piloted by Hikaru Ichijyo, who is the main character in the anime.
And here's the F-14D in VF-1J livery that will appear in the game as DLC.
UN Spacy emblem can be clearly seen below the cockpit.
The VF-1 Valkyrie design was based on the F-14 Tomcat, which had been a very iconic aircraft in its service lifetime. As far as I know, its most famous appearance would have been in the movie Top Gun.
While it's far from being the first aircraft to incoporate such design, a distinctive feature of the F-14 is its variable-sweep wing, which means the aircraft can change the positions on the wings depending on the speed it is going at.
However, advances in technology mean that variable-sweep wing may soon to be a thing of the past.
Now onto the second skin. Here's VF-1S Valkyrie from the same series. This one is piloted by Roy Focker and later by Hikaru Ichijyo.
VF-1S Valkyrie in-game.
While the VF-1 Valkyrie is a single-seater, F-14D Super Tomcat that the game features is a dual-seater fighter.
And no, apart from sweeping the wings back and forth, the F-14 cannot transform into Battroid mode like the VF-1 and its successors can do ^^;
Also unlike VF-1, the F-14 does not carry its payload under the movable wings, but that is achievable as seen in planes like the Tornado.
The Jolly Roger sign can be clearly seen on the fin. Being a member of the Skull Squadron in the anime, the team is based on squadrons with the same insignia in US Navy, notably VF-84 (now disbanded) and VF-103.
Speaking of Jolly Rogers, a F-14D skin based on the real squadron is also available as DLC, along with the squadron's successor plane, the F/A-18F Super Hornet.
Both skins will be available as a set for 600 Yen on PlayStation 3 or 400 MSP on XBOX LIVE. Here's the catch: This offer is limited to Japanese accounts only. Some people accuse Haromony Gold being the reason behind such restriction, saying that it holds the trademark and rights of distribution for Macross content outside Japan. I do not know how accurate this statement is to the reality, but I'm sure that overseas fans would be disappointed to hear this news. Unfortunately I have not yet touched the Macross franchise at all, so my sentiment towards the skins is relatively neutral.
As for the game itself, I still play it now and then (mostly for co-op). Assault Horizon feels more like a spin-off from the previous titles in the series, settings-wise and gameplay-wise.
On the other hand, more iDOLM@STER skins are announced for the same release date as well (this is a long time collaboration since Ace Combat 6 actually). Can't say I appreciate the looks at all, but others may think otherwise ^^;
Images from 4Gamer.net
16 March 2012
2nd half of the 2012 C3 in Hong Kong coverage shall focus mainly on Bandai stuff. As chubbybots have commented, I am a little more keen on the Gundam models stuff, hence I took more pictures there than other areas or aspects ^^;
Note: Captions to come later in the day!
Danbooru senki models on display
HG 1/144 Gundam AGE Gunplas
MG 1/100 Gundam AGE-1 Spallow, Normal, and Titus on display
1/48 scale Mega Size Gundam AGE-1 and AGE-2 on display
AG 1/144 Gundam AGE Gunplas on display
Bandai Online Shop exclusive Gunplas on display
RG 1/144 Freedom Gundam deactivated ver, HG 1/144 Extreme Gundam type-LEOS, HGUC 1/144 Juaggu MSV version
MG 1/100 Nemo Gundam UC colour versions
MG 1/100 Unicorn Gundam Banshee final deployment colours
Kamen Rider figures
Ashley Wood's Zaku figure prototype on display
More parts of Ashley Wood's Zaku on display, along with some design blueprints
Closer look at the design blueprints of Ashley Wood's Zaku
The actual event exclusive product of Ashley Wood's Zaku on display
MG 1/100 Gundam UC Gunplas on display
HGUC 1/144 Gundam UC Gunplas on display
HGUC 1/144 Zaku I Sniper Yonem Kirks Custom, to be released soon
HGUC 1/144 Nemo Gundam UC colours, to be released in April
HGUC 1/144 Juaggu Gundam UC colours, to be released soon
HGUC 1/144 Marasai Gundam UC colours, to be released soon
MG 1/100 Duel Gundam Assault Shroud on display
MG 1/100 Gundam SEED / SEED Destiny / SEED Astray Gunplas on display
SD Gundam Gunplas on display
One Piece ship models on display
Saint Seiya action figures on display
1/1 scale Poseidon armour on display
Figuarts Zero Himura Kenshin and Shishio Makoto on display
Chibi figures of One Piece on display
And finally, mechanical designer Okawara Kunio, famous for the mechanical designs of the original Gundam, was there in the venue for an autograph session. I was too late to grab a ticket for autographs, so I missed out on the oppurtunity. The best I could do is to take a picture of him from the side like many others were doing.