30 April 2013

Mega Man Merchandise Questionnaire

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Image from pixiv

Capcom has a questionnaire up asking fans which character from the Mega Man (aka Rockman in Japan) franchise that they want to see being made into merchandise.

You can find the questionnaire here:
Questionnaire is open until 15th May, and results will be announced on 25th May.

Find out what characters are open for poll after the jump.

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Mega Man (Rockman, Ariga Hitoshi sensei's version) from manga adaptation of the original Mega Man game series
Image from the mangaka's twitpic for celebrating the franchise's 25th anniversary

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Proto Man (aka Blues) of original game series

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Roll (8 bit version) of original game series

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X's Second Armour from Mega Man X2

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Metal Man from original game series

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Iris from Mega Man X series

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Mega Man Vollnut (Rock Volnutt) from Mega Man Legends series (aka Rockman DASH in Japan)

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Black Zero from Mega Man X series
Fanart from pixiv

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Mayl Sakurai (Sakurai Meiru) from Mega Man Battle Network series (aka Rockman EXE)

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MegaMan.EXE (Rockman.EXE) from Mega Man Battle Network series

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Axl from Mega Man X series

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Ciel from Mega Man Zero series

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Zero from Mega Man Zero series

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Servbot (Kobun) from Mega Man Legends series

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Beat from original Mega Man game series

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Model X from Mega Man ZX series

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Lan Hikari (Hikrai Netto) from Mega Man Battle Network series

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Eddie from original Mega Man game series

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Star Force Mega Man (Shooting Star Rockman) from Mega Man Star Force series

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ProtoMan.EXE (Blues.EXE) from Mega Man Battle Network series

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Rush Jet from original Mega Man game series

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OVER-1 from mobile social game Rockman ×over (pronounced "crossover")

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Copy X from Mega Man Zero series

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And finally Vile's (VAVA's) Ride Amour from Mega Man X


If you don't find a character you wish to be merchandised, there is also a field for you to fill in your favourite character.

As mentioned on top, the questionnaire is open until 15th May, and results will be announced on 25th May.

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Image from Rockman Unity blog

Sigma is one of the latest characters confirmed to be merchandised, though unlike the other characters before him, he will not appear under D-Arts as a poseable action figure, but a static figure under Figuarts ZERO line. He was ranked 2nd in the previous questionnaire. A slight catch though is that Sigma will only be exclusively available in Bandai Premium's Tamashii Web Shop.

I personally voted for Black Zero and VAVA's ride armour, but I also hope that Colonel from X4 will also make an appearance one way or the other. Hopefully if they do appear that the chance for them to end up as web shop exclusives won't be too high, but one can only hope.
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29 April 2013

Z'gok Tofu Hands On!

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I've always wanted the mould of the Z'gok Tofu since its announcement. With a stroke of luck, a shop in Mong Kok was selling empty moulds of them for a reasonable price, and I thought to myself "why not?" and went ahead to buy one.

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The model number and name "MSM-07 Z'GOK" are moulded clearly at the front.

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Comparison with 1/144 Gunpla, in this case a HGUC 1/144 Zaku Mariner

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Not so sure what you can do with a Z'gok Tofu mould, but I suppose you can mount it on a Gunpla and let it pretend to be a Z'gok...

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Joint operation. Yea I know this is a bit silly, but a bit of it won't hurt I suppose :P

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I am glad that I managed to get this. Apart from being a nice decoration for desktop, it may also be useful as a mould for, say, chocolate or jelly etc. Maybe that's worth trying one day. :o
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28 April 2013

Apply Weathering to Gunpla, Alternate Style

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Image of weathered HGUC 1/144 GM Cold Climate Type from GEKI Plamo Blog

Weathering is a technique applied on military models to make them look more like they have been on a field, soaking up mud and dirt, as well as being worn down by combat and even battle damage. This also applies to other science fiction models, with Gundam models (Gunpla) also being no exception. While weathering is usually done with paint and brush, YouTube user buruvia takes on weathering with a different approach and perspective, if not an amusing one at least.


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First, pick a Gunpla kit. Buruvia chose HGUC 1/144 GM for this very demonstration.

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Build it up and apply panel lines.

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Here is where the boys are different from the men - firecrackers.

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Wrap up your model (victim?) with firecrackers...

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... And burn it! Burn it with fire!
Just make sure to extinguish the fire once the firecrackers have all blown up.

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The result. Sure, the shield and parts of the feet got blown off, but the weathering, or rather the battle damage effect, is pretty convincing, isn't it?~

So when in doubt, use explosives. Just don't make it an overkill though~ XD

But too bad firecrackers are banned in Hong Kong... Or else I would love to try it myself too... T_T

YouTube video via Gundam Guy
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26 April 2013

Medicom RAH Hatsune Miku preview

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First appearing as a teaser in Wonder Festival Winter 2013, Medicom has now announced 12" tall Hatsune Miku clothed action figure to release on Real Action Heroes (RAH) line!

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Front and back

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Close up

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Keyboard close up

RAH Hatsune Miku is scheduled to be released in January 2014 for 23900 Yen (tax included). Curiously, she is slightly more expensive than RAH Black★Rock Shooter that I mentioned nearly two years ago.

I noticed that that some shops in Hong Kong are offering pre-orders at quite low prices, with discounts as great as 20% (or even greater).

I most likely won't want to jump into a new line and just stick with what I have... For now ^^; Nevertheless I can see how she is going to be a popular one for the fans~ Is anyone getting her asl well?

Images are from Medicom and AmiAmi
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