Sunday, June 17, 2018

Iron Blood Orphans Full Mechanics Afterthoughts

 Got couple days off this week so spent that time to assemble some of my Gunplas left in the backlog. I had few Iron Blood Orphans Gunplas in my collections and picked to build the S2 IBO Gundam since i might as well assemble complete set. In terms of value for money, Full Mechanics is one of the best Gunpla Lineup that Bandai had. For 3000 Yen you got a 1/100 Gundam with inner Frame and Good quality sculpt that beats Master Grade of Equivalent Price. These Kits put the Back heavy SEED MG that i built a while ago to shame and certainly an MG treatment for IBO series can improve thing further more. For these three Kits, each Gundam are heavy on certain parts. Lupus is Leg Heavy, Vidar is on the Side Waist and Bael is obviously heavy on the back. While i am Vidar Fanboy, in terms of the Model Kit, i find Barbatos Lupus is the best one with its balanced design where as Vidar feels had too many things going with its armaments on the waist. I still wonder why Bandai doesn't utilize the IBO series enough since the Full Mechanics can still go strong with Kimaris Vidar or Astaroth. I will be looking forward for an opportunity to paint these kits which will definitely make them even more impressive.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Custom Robo Arena

 This is another one of those old backlog game that i managed to deal with. Custom Robo Arena is one of those hidden gem in NDS especially if you like some 3D mecha action. Typical of the game of this genre, the story is never the strong point but it makes up with the gameplay. Custom Robo Arena gameplay is similar to game like Medabots and Danball Senki where you customize your robot toy and duke it out with other robots in one on one fight. In terms of size comparison, The Custom Robos size are somewhere around a Perfect Grade Gundam size so they fit roughly between LBX and Medabots. In this game my favorite Custom Robo variant is Lightning Sky which can transform into plane mode and the one thst I used the most is Tempest which resembles to a transformable Arc Beetle from Medabots. As of now I have finished the game with only Grudge Battles left which I will pick it up again when interested. Custom Robo could easily have a sequel on 3ds but I guess it comes to lack of interest but I hope the series will reappear someday. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Front Mission Wander Arts Zenith

  Front Mission is one of those series that seriously lacks merchandise like some other Gritty Real Robot Series. Square Enix did make an official release announcement for a Front Mission action figure dubbed Wander Arts lineup. The first one to make it into this lineup is no other than the workhorse Wanzer of OCU faction, Zenith. Bring Arts Zenith comes with two variants, Urban and Desert Camo and design wise it is based on the first game. Scheduled for September Release, Wander Arts Zenith comes with the price tag of 9000 Yen. This would have been still acceptable if the size is comparable with Robot Damashii or SRC but it is a 12 Cm toy for almost 100 USD price tag. The sculpt looks great but this is one of those products that the manufacturer shoot itself in the foot due to the absurd price tag. I suppose either Square Enix lack of expertise in sculpting mecha action figure or it just want to spite the original creator of Front Mission series. Almost a decade ago Square Enix did make another Front Mission toy with 15 Cm Size and it was only half of this Bring Arts Price tag. While i was eager to get a Front Mission based toy, this is a skip for me and i will just wait more reasonable version of the toy even if it is model kit.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Yami's Megahobby 2018 and One Hobby G Expo Highlights

 Usually the big stuffs for Japanese Toys are shown on Wonderfest but for some reason this Year's Megahobby Expo catches my attention. This event mainly focus on PVC Figures so Bandai doesn't really have presence on this one. As usual FGO dominated the product lineups and the temptations are strong with this one.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nendoroid 937 Reinhard Von Lohengramm

 I saw the Prototype for Nendoroid Yang Wenli from the new LOGH a while ago but turns out Kaiser Reinhard got the first dibs. Scheduled for This year's November release with 5000 Yen Price Tag, Reinhard von Lohengramm from the LOGH Reboot series, is getting a Nendoroid treatment. Being Overpriced as usual, i think Reinhard could have used a miniature of his Flagship Brunhild as his Nendoroid Accessories but his throne chair doesn't look to bad. Nevertheless the Nendo still capture the Porcelain Doll with Sharp blue stare look for Reinhard so i might get this one in place of Kotobukiya's figure.

 Speaking of the new LoGH Reboot, Die Neue These. Studio IG definitely did try their best to live up to the Previous OVA standard even though it won't reach the original OVA level because the latter had budgets and stellar director to back it up. One interesting thing that i find after reading the LoGH Novel is that the Original OVA actually fleshes out the Novel even further and did a great job on it, which is why the OVA stays legendary. At any rate i think the Tv series will close its 12 Episode with the conclusion of Amlitzer Battle just fine considering that was where the First volume of the Novel Ended. And i think IG Studio will cover the Civil War part for the Movie and should work just fine with the pacing of that particular Arc. Die Neue These might not surpass the OVA but it gives the opportunity for the series to get Merchandises that the series deserves and i will try to support it as best as i could especially if we get the Flagship Model kits.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Front Mission Evolved

 Tried this Black Sheep of Front Mission series to figure out why it is badly panned and it turns out as expected. To put it simply, Front Mission Evolved only nailed down the gameplay while leaving everything else a lot to be desired. The Original SRPG Front Mission had good gameplay, but it is most known for its Gritty Sci-Fi yet Realistic Geopolitics and Evolve is nowhere close to its Predecessor. I do like the gameplay even if it is short since it had the potential but a Front Mission action game should have more tactical element on it instead of being a run and gun Mecha Game. My main gripe with the series are the customization system and mandatory loadout levels which are easily the worst aspect of Front Mission Evolved. I dont actually mind the FPS sequence but it not anything solid either. I suppose with the departure of the original Devs, it is hard for Evolve to deserve a place among its predecessors as it lacks the Soul and Vision that the previous games had. To be honest if Square Enix put more effort to polish this game, Front Mission Evolved could have been something though i doubt this will be the end of the series. I still had 4-5 more titles to go with this series and definitely looked forward to it and I am still waiting Square Enix to release the Play Arts Kai for Front Mission which they had shown the prototype a while ago.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Persona 5 First Playthrough Complete!

 Ever since i own PS3 a while ago, Persona 5 has been one of the game in my bucket list to play as i followed the Persona series since the 3rd Game. After clocking around 70 Hours, i managed to complete my first playthrough for this game. Persona 5 is definitely a worthy successor of the series even though it feels that contents pruned off here and there in order to keep the game Polished. Overall the story of Persona 5 is darker than the previous games as it touch on uncomfortable subject that Japanese Society had. In terms of gameplay Persona 5 no doubt surpass its Predecessors and managed to raise the bar yet again with its very stylish presentation. But when it comes to storyline, it isstill up for debate. Persona 5 is a Great Game for sure but i find its setting too Depressing and Tokyo simply is not charming compared to Tatsumi Port Island or Inaba. For me, i find the game's theme of rebellion against establishment are slightly edgy and over the top for my taste. In the end Persona 3 still wins with its end game story while Persona 4 have better character synergy when compared to Persona 5. Nevertheless there are still plenty of opportunity of additional improvement that this game can get considering it lacks almost two months worth of content.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mobile Suit Gundam Ensemble 7

 While i still stick to Master Grade for my Gunpla Fix. Recently i have started collecting Gundam Candy Toys again due to overwhelming temptation in my workplace. Therefore i keep observing available variants for Gundam related Candy Toys. While Converge is still the mainstay choices, i have started looking at Gundam Ensemble. Gundam Ensemble Series lineup just started about 2 or 3 years ago but they offer more articulation compared to Converge for the same 500 Yen Price tag a pop. Proportion wise they are more similar to the recent Gundam Silhouette SD Gunpla lineup which i kinda dig since it reminds me of MS Saga series. Now the Gundam Ensemble had reached its 7th lineup which offers Re-GZ, Gundam MK-II with G Defenser as well as Geara Doga with Heavy Armament. Not particularly flashy but solid enough to warrant a purchase from me. I think Ensemble series will be long running one since Bandai made a good winning formula with this one as long as the available Mobile Suit for the lineup are interesting enough.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gashapon T-Arts The Drawer Review

 One of Gashapon that i happen to own as i am finding accessories for my growing 1/12 Figure Collection. Takara happen to make some of their Gashapon to complement Figma sized figures like Pokemon Gacha Machine. While this one is not as flashy as the former, the Drawer Gashapon makes a nice addition for anyone planning to make some room based Diorama.