Crimson Troops march


Maschinen Krieger Prowler type – Crimson Troopers color scheme
1/35 Trading Figure
Manufacturer: Hobby Base
Origin: Maschinen Krieger ZbV 3000

Maschinen Krieger or Ma.K,
maybe this name sounds kinda unfamiliar huh…?
how bout SF3D?

I’ll share a little bit bout this series,
back in late 1980s, there is an awesome war themed sci-fi novel/photoseries within one of the oldest Japanese hobby monthly magazine, the Hobby Japan
this series created by Japanese sculptor Kow Yokoyama and was called as SF3D… later it was renamed as Maschinen Krieger or Ma.K after several legal issues

I remember buying my first ever Hobby Japan Magazine issue, back in 1993 or 1994 if I’m not mistaken…
I saw a picture about this “Germany” style war armor, blended with several ultra cool illustration bout the pilot and the some adult-serious styling of the characters

so what’s the story about?
it’s about Earth… after a NUCLEAR WORLD WAR!! woah, scary…
in the year 2807, Earth become uninhibited due to the Nuclear World War. Years later, a group of governmental investigation team sent to investigate the condition on Earth. they discover the planet has restored itself thus making it possible for some colonists to repopulate Earth. but, this colonists also brought criminals, terrorists and mercenarists who think Earth would be a refugee’s paradise. thus another conflict and war has begun.

I said to myself, I gotta have on of this kind of realistic mecha!!
but then, they only produced model kit version of this series, no figure or whatsoever… and the model kit itself is extremely difficult to be found outside Japan… sigh, I just gave it up then…
10 years later, I finally could own some of this mecha in my most favorite form, which is trading figure!!

these 1/35 trading figure created by Hobby Base, and they ain’t messing with this one…
these figure came with CRAZYYYY details!!
while this trading figure has no articulation, but the great details could really make it up to ya!! the color scheme, the weathering, those tiny mechanistic details, and some of the parts are made from real metal!! die cast parts like chogokin!! cool!!

each mecha character came in three pose:
- Normal walking
- Opening Hatch (with great pilot and interior details)
- Flying (with a standbase, my personal fav)

can’t believe that the manufacturer declared that they won’t produce this 1/35 line ever again,
thus resulting there will be no more 1/35 trading figure of this great series from them!!

Bonus side story ;p
the only way for me who live outside of Japan to own this figure was by ordering one full box from a Japanese International toys reseller, the HLJ

one full box consist of 24 trading figures, which make it difficult for me to get… aw maaaan, can’t afford that one whole box!! >_<

but then, I got mine by making a Group Buy with my fellow collectors in Toyzhunt
it was really fun when all of us was unboxing these little mechas
here some pics of the unboxing ceremony X D

to all of my TH friends who share this whole Box with me, thank you very much guys… I really enjoyed our unboxing gathering ;)

clear SD Zakus


(from left to right)
Zaku II-S, Zaku I, Zaku II – SD Color Gundam Stage 51
Manufacturer: Bandai

I know, I know… they already appeared in this previous post
but still, I just want to emphasize that… they are my personal fav!!
glow and clear items sure are my achiless heel ^^’

first of all, they are just a repaint version of the first ever SD Color Gundam series; which is the Stage 01 series…
Bandai released a special set back then in 2004, the Stage 51 filled only with various Zaku models, also including this clear repaint from the very first original release

I’m not sure why, they looks even more awesome in this repaint color scheme…
the color itself looks brighter and more interesting,
that gradating color from clear to solid colors are awesome, and the panel lines just jumped out to our eyes

maybe they should release more of this kind of clear SD gashapon, the one with a combination of solid and clear part, instead of those annoying all clear type they release lately…

note to self: try to army build these dudes

going for a ride


Son Gokou & Son Gohan
Dragon Ball Mini Figure Selection Plus #1
Manufacturer: Bandai
Origin: Dragon Ball Z

who doesn’t now bout Dragon Ball…
Akiraya Toriyama’s masterpiece which become a legacy by penetrated the global market, especially western market at the era where manga or Japanese comic still not very popular there

started as a story similar with the Journey to the West, where a young “monkey like” child trains in martial art and find the Dragon Balls; seven mystical balls that could summon a magical genie like Dragon who granted your wish, heheh
that’s the Dragon Ball story early story…
after that child grow, the story become more complex and very distinguished from the Journey to the West Story, and the series named Dragon Ball Z, with more serious storyline and more EVIIIIIIIL enemies

these stories compiled into 42 comic books, which was very amazing at that era, where usually comic could not reach more than 20 volumes…

okay, that the brief story bout Dragon Ball, I doubt that anyone never heard about Dragon Ball before…

here come a tiny trading figure from Bandai, which in my opinion is one of the most interesting Dragon Ball 3D representation… I got others type of Dragon Ball toys, but this one is my favorite…

just look at those details, and even more interesting is that hearth warming scene which includes suepr strong Saiyan father taking his sons for a ride
this pics just want to show you that…while strong, the Saiyan could also do some daily tasks such riding a car or dropping their kids to the nearest school ^^’

important note: please wears helmet while driving any motorcycle X D

amaZOOM


Hotwheels Amazoom – Red Orange 2008 version
Manufacturer: Mattel

the first time I saw this unique car on the shelves, I thought that this is hybrid of several concept of cars put together into one…
I knew that this must be a racing stock car, but what is the real type??
looks like a heavily modified car, or is it a concept car?
and I just knew the racing stripes pattern must be mean something, but I can’t point my finger at it…

then I got the answer years later
it is another Hotwheel’s original concept car, designed to award Brazil for their growing demand of Hotwheels product back then in 2007!!

wow… so they actually design a specific car to award a country…
ad you guessed it right, they name it after the mighty river Amazone

okay, the car design itself is very interesting indeed… looked like a stock car, the one that people trash in a racing circuit, with a niceeee detailed all over it’s body
just look at those amazing small decals on the side doors, as well as those yellow rim on the wheels, pretty nice details huh…?

they released two version of Amazoom back then in 2008, the “Brazilian flag” color scheme and this Red and Orange… maybe it’s time for me to start hunting for the green one… I missed that one

King of the Dead


The King of the Dead
Manufacturer: ToyBiz
Origin: Lord of the Ring

the Dead man of Dunharrow…
the cursed warriors who abandoned their oath to aid Isildur to fight Darklord Sauron

remember those green dudes in the third sequel of the Lord of the Ring Trilogy? they hide in a cave within a forest and later help Aragon fought in Corsairs war?? these dudes really are handy, they could easily reverse the tide of wars by their “terror and fear” super power!!

in the spirit of Halloween, let me introduce to you, the King of the Dead!!
the King of the Dead action figure looks awesome!! and it is one of the best Lord of the Ring action Figure ever released by ToyBiz for me
the details of the bones are great!! he really come in a hollowed body, only couple of bones in there, no flesh, no siree…
he come with a helmet, cape and sword as accessories, which are also glows!! I bet it would be sweet to army build this green glowing dude

here’s his appearance under normal light, still looking awesome and young X D

Happy Halloween 2010

Rei Ayanami – Halloween mini Display version
Manufacturer: Sega Prize
Origin: Neon Genesis Evangelion

BOO!!
mummified Rei wish you a Happy Halloween, have fun trick or treating tonight guys!!

this supposed to be a “one liner-wish card” entry for the festive, should I give a short review for that figure??
oh well, won’t hurt much I guess

Rei’s dressing up for the Halloween, she became a mummy who just raised from her tomb

this Sega’s mini display figure got 4 very interesting characters assortment, that really could convey the original characteristic of each heroines from the series!!
off course, my favorite is Rei, she designed to be a mummy, pretty smart, they’re using her Bandage version image… as for the other character, there are Misato who became a Succubus (it’s SO her, admit it guys), Asuka in witch dress, and Ibuki Maya who become a Grim Reaper sitting on Zuruel the angel

I highly recommended this sets, all of the characters are perfectly detailed and got a strong character concept!!
I also heard bout the second run series, where they changed the color of this original one and added up some Glow in the Dark (GID) parts!! I should start hunting…

Scary Ghost


Scary Ghost – Special 4650
Manufacturer: Playmobil

the toy with a smile…
Playmobil is a Germany based kids toy manufacturer
the idea was, making a 7.5 inch toy with a simple design and non harming parts for children to carry around…
at last, the toy itself got some basic template design and lot of accessories, making this figure an adult fav collectibles as well, almost the same as Lego’s minifigs
I’ve been collecting some of the Special series, especially the horror, pirates and knight theme…

since it’s almost Halloween, I’ll bring out my most favorite horror themed Playmobil figure, the Scary Ghost!!

okay, first of all, this figure got lot of accessories accompanying the original body with some skeletal glowing parts; which are that prison ankle-chain, chandelier, and the Glow in the Dark (GID) ghost blanket, supoirb!!

here are the body of the figure plus the accessories

and here he is in one of my signature pitch black photography tech, he’s coming near to ya with his scary bug minions
boo

Clear Spawn


Necroplasm Spawn series 1 – 1997 Retail Exclusive Edition
Manufacturer: Mc Farlanes
Origin: Spawn

Spawn, the legendary hell’s undead superhero!!
do we really have to talk bout his history or bio? I mean, he already well known throughout the universe by becoming one of the most famous comic book character…
if Marvel got their Spiderman, while DC have their Superman and Batman, than Image Comic have Spawn!! it’s somethin like that…

long story short, Albert Simmons was an US Marine Corps member who later joined the CIA. In one of his mission, he was killed and sent to hell. why he was sent to hell?? cause he was a sinner, by becoming an assassins, woah ow… there, he make a contract with Malebolgia, the ruler of hell, who offer him some kind of second chance in return of Al Simmons service by becoming one of his Hellspawn!!

then, a superhero is reborn…from hell…

this Necroplasm version is not the original form of the Spawn, but rather a “limited” repaint from the first Spawn action figure ever released
it comes with couple of accessories, which are the black cape, black plank with a silver nail (that board) and two chains for the belt
nothin differ from the original, except it’s body color is semi transparent green and his eyes are red
the Japanese called this version as the “Clear Spawn”, and the only reason I’ve gave this title for this entry is because I bought this Spawn in one of the hobby shop Den-Den Town Osaka MOC for only 100 yen.. yeah, I can’t even believe it myself-they throw this version away almost for free -_-’
maybe because, IMO this “tend to be limited” figures actually easier to get than the unmasked or the blue version

but it does have a flaw…
the one that I got do have a loose knee joints, it can not stand by itself without being supported by the cape

more Spawn coming up!! until then

Black Sun


Kamen Rider Black
Front-Gashapon version
Back-Trading Figure Hyper Detail (HD) Limited series 2
Manufacturer: Bandai
Origin: Masked Rider Black

he’s Black and he’s back!!
…… retarded opening line?? yeah I know ^^’
Kamen Rider Black is considered to be one of the most famous Kamen Rider series around the world in late 80′s… maybe it’s because the adult,complex and dramatic story or maybe it’s because somethin else…

anyway, here he is again, the Kamen Rider Black!!
we already talk bout his SIC Tamashii version, now we move on to his other figure form: trading figure and gashapon

the one on the back is Hyper Detail (HD) Limited version of Black.
he looks totally amazing!! almost 5 inch tall, nice black glossy finishing paint, superb details-especially on his eyes and those Black’s signature lines!! another good news, he comes with Shadowmoon on this series (I’ll review the Shadowmoon later) and share the same battle pose, better grab both of em!!
the only downer is the figure’s antenna…
it’s small, separated from the head and easily bent or fell off from the head… better take extra precaution when attaching those antennas

as for the one in the front, that is the gashapon version of Black
I’m not really sure what gashapon series he come from, cause I got that one loose for only 100 yen in Capsule Monster Osaka
but still, you just can’t get wrong by getting another Black figure that only cost around one buck, righty o!!
the gashapon version is still nicely detailed, even thought the paint works is kinda messy, but that’s not the main problem… the main problem is that antenna!! just look at them!! oversize antenna for a mini gashapon, ahahahahaw!! X D

Scarlet Magician


Magired – Trading Figure Ranger Strike Solid series 1
Origin: Mahou Sentai Magiranger
Manufacturer: Bandai

Mahou Sentai Magiranger or more well known as Magic Squadron Magiranger in US market is a super sentai series for the year 2005

although I’m not a fans of super sentai series, but back then I really dig the concept on this series, which I considered to be really unique…really stand-out among other super sentai theme!!

so the theme for this series is wizardry, or magic to be more precise…
each of the team member, which usually differ in five colors, have their own unique element regarding to the magic basic elements!!
red-> alchemy/fire
yellow-> potions/thunder
blue-> fortune telling/water
pink-> transformation/wind
green-> herb/earth

move on to the trading figure, this Ranger Strike Solid series definitely is one of my favorite trading figure, tamashii has done it again, bravooo!!
there are total of five figure-consist of 3 human characters and 2 robots… as for the characters, there are a variant version for each character, which why I really love this series!! the metallic color!!
that beautiful metallic color, the one we usually could find on any SIC action figure

I don’t know why,but this trading figure series seems to be not very popular here in my country… some of the local store have a big sale on this series… could it be the same happen in Japan?? cause until now they haven’t release the second series/wave yet…

well, a great figure with a great price cause no one want them is a big catch for me! ;)

I’ll review the other human characters soon, the Abaranger and the Vuleagle