Posted on 09 June 2010 by Mark
When I saw this at Amiami.com, I was (and still am) quite tempted to buy/preorder this model kit. It is from the Frame Arms line of Kotobukiya model kits.
Three things made me want this kit. One was that I have a thing for boxy, muscular type mechs. Thus my love for Katoki’s designs and my preference for Northern units in Heavy Gear. Two was that it’s white!
That looks really nice. Just the right amount of bulk without making it look too cheesy. Neither does it show too much armaments with its current bulk which makes it unreal for this to handle that amount of firepower. The tank treads at the bank allow support for the recoil of the cannon mounted on its shoulders. Realistic, right? Continue Reading
Posted on 21 March 2010 by Mark
Hmm… A lot of figurines that I am actually interested in showing up lately. This does not bode well for my wallet.
Anyways, loved the Bakemonogatari series, so much so that I have vowed to collect all the puchi Nendoroids that will be released for that series. And then this one comes into the fray…
Got this bit of news from Coffeebugg’s blog who, by the way, has just moved to WordPress.com (yay!).
This is Senjougahara Hitagi from the anime series Bakemonogatari. The figurine is made by Kotobukiya. She looks absolutley gorgeous in this figurine.
Posted on 05 March 2010 by Mark
When I first encountered these kits, I remembered a particular RPG that I enjoyed reading about back in high school: Heavy Gear. The construction, weaponry and means of movement and transport look quite similar.
While I was browsing through Ngee Khiong for my daily dose of toy release updates, I ran into the cover art of one of the Border Break units. Up until now, all I have seen were the master designs, and none of the boxart. My friend Emrys has been drooling over these kits for quite some time now and upon last checking at Amiami.com, there are currently four different units up for preorder, one of which is featured in the boxart shown above.
The unit above is called the Heavy Guard Type II. Compared the other units like the Shrike and the Cougar, the Heavy Guard definitely has a bulkier build reminiscent of the Kodiaks in Heavy Gear. This appears to be designed to provide long range heavy artillery while using a bazooka to protect itself at closer range.
Boxart is looking really good although I’ve always liked the boxart of Kotobukiya kits even though I was not always fond of the product inside. Compared to Bandai’s gunpla, Kotobukiya’s SRW line prior to the 1/100 model kits like the Alteisen, did not have very good production, with a lot of flash showing up at the edges and seemingly lower quality plastic that didn’t get cut very well with model kit cutters. These Border Break kits do come with prepainted parts. Some purists may want to have their kits non-prepainted while some who prefer to just build their kits out of the box, would be thankful for the prepainted parts. I remember the 1/144 Alteisen having prepainted parts which was a big help for that size of model kit. The Border Break units are supposedly smaller than the mobile suits we are used to: Gundam-sized ones which average around 18-20 meters. This kit comes in 1/35 scale and although I have yet to see it beside model kits whose sizes I’m more familiar with, I am assuming that the full scale Border Break units are smaller in size compared to the mobile suits we’ve all been used to thus the larger scale in the box. If anything, it would probably stand as tall as a normal Master Grade(?). If anyone has built one of these kits, kindly inform me if they are any bigger than Master Grades. Or smaller, whichever the case.
The Cougar Type I Heavy Armament A Class is actually up for preorder locally at Wasabi Toys. Contact them directly for any price inquiries.
Posted on 08 October 2008 by Mark
Whohohoah! Long time no post! And I make a comeback with a figurine feature but of course, you fellas probably didn’t miss the mecha news since good ol’ Ngee Khiong and Marvin’s got that base covered. I am lovin’ that battle damaged Exia that will get an HCM Pro release and I’m keen on getting that Collection DX8. Skedaddle over to Ngee’s site for more details. And for those haven’t watched or have no way of watching the first ep of Gundam 00 Season 02, then go over to Marvin’s blog for a hilarious yet insightful blow by blow coverage. Of course despite all the link pimpage, I’m still currently disappointed with that prototype Sinanju. To the point where Marvin had to edit out my profanities (can’t remember what exactly I wrote but I was thoroughly pissed like a fanboi that time). Bandai better make sure it turns out better than that piece o shit they rolled out. Or mobile suit heads will roll, I tell you. They will ROLL!
Anyhoo, back to the figurine at hand. Girls with katanas in anime have always predominantly hot, gorgeous and deadly. This character is of no exception. She’s Kanzaki Kaori from A Certain Magical Index (a certain magical what?). Never heard of the anime. Never heard of her either. But her figurine looks really nice. Quite an exemplary Kotobukiya release. She’s got that cute face framed with an aggressive hairstyle and I like how the sculpt of the hair-in-the-wind turned out. Then the jeans. That exposed leg is very sexeh! Of course that black sheathed katana looks as deadly as the real thing. Saw this hot piece of figurine goodness in Amiami but the details I got from HobbySearch.
It is slated for release this February 2009 with a price tag of 6,800 yen.
Posted on 01 October 2008 by Mark
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SRW Hotnews announced yesterday that the 1/100 EOtech R-1 model kit is already on sale. Along with it was a link for the merchandise pics. I waited till Amiami.com had the pics up in their site because it’s easier to view the pictures there, IMO.
Interesting to note is that when we saw merchandise pics of the 1/100 Wildwurger and the 1/100 Alteisen, there was one picture that showed it with glowing eyes. The R-1 however doesn’t have that merch-pics-wise. It doesn’t even show the green chrome-plated fists that are supposed to be for the T-Link Knuckle attack that the R-1 has.
So could it possibly be that the much-anticipated EOtech R-1 does not have glowing eyes? Shame if that would be the case. Unless the reason for this is they had to leave out the battery unit plans because they plan to have a gattai function on the R-1 because of possible release plans for R-2 Powered and R-3 Powered. Only time will tell…
Posted on 22 September 2008 by Mark
I’ve talked about Kotobukiya’s upcoming 1/144 Dynamic Guardian General, or DGG or Daizengar among SRW fans, at some length in previous posts. GA Graphic has posted a whole smorgasbord of merchandise images of the much-anticipating gargantuan 1/144. I do hope them Bandai people get threatened by Kotobukiya’s capacity to release a kit of this magnitude and they decide to release 1/100 MG version of the Psyco Gundam Mk. I. But I doubt it.
Above are images of the kit with the stand. Reminds me of the SRX exclusive action figure. It also needed a stand to remain upright. This one shows a picture of the DGG right behind a 1/144 Alteisen. So that Zankantou cleaving evil is definitely no joke. Being in the receiving end of it would definitely smash you down to the molecular level.
I heard that this kit has a separate hand included for gripping the sword and another hand where all the fingers are moveable PG-model-kit-style.
This is one of my most anticipated model kits this year. Would you get or preorder one?
Posted on 10 September 2008 by Mark
I think this is one of Kotobukiya’s more popular model kits in the 1/144 line. I’ve seen a lot of scratchbuilds of this especially the jacket purge mode. They released both modes in the 1/144 line, if memory serves. I think it’s in the 1/144 Twin Bird Strike set. If not, then this kit is definitely going to fulfill all your Wildwurger-est fantasies!!! This definitely gets a WMB. I’d be crazy to say it doesn’t deserve it.
So yes, you now have an SRW model kit that stands as tall as your MG Gundams and Zeon mechs let alone the fact that it’s a drop-dead gorgeous mobile suit at that. You can paint it in red and black if you want to, it doesn’t really matter. This is one sexy model kit for me.
For those who don’t know, Wildwurger is a Super Robot Wars Original Generation mobile suit. A Personal Trooper, methinks. It’s piloted by a purple-haired hotblooded chap named Arad and is paired up with the Wildfalken which is piloted by a busty chick in white pigtails called Seolla who henpecks Arad. It’s like the next-in-line for the Alteisen/Weissritter duo: melee plus massive and accurate range attacks.
The Wildwurger’s main weapons are its beam rifle, that awesome-looking vibra blade and those pincers which it uses to cut enemy mobile suits in half. Then when it needs to do the Twin Bird Strike with the Wildfalken: Jacket Armor Purge!
Even in Jacket Armor Purge mode, it looks sexy! It’s a Katoki design. Small wonder that I like it so much! More pics below.
All the pieces shown together including the Boost Hammer. The Boost Hammer reminds me of Amuro
Detail looks awesome. Do note though that these pics appear to be prototype pics.
THE PARTY PIECE! Just like the 1/100 Alteisen, its eyes light up!
Posted on 05 August 2008 by Mark
Comes with a Zankantou you can actually stab people with! Oh joy!
This baby has glowing eyes, glowing shoulders, and a large Zankantou that you can actually stab people with. I think I’ll be having trouble bring this into the office to be placed at my desk because they won’t let me bring in the Zankantou in the first place for suspicion that it’s a “dangerous weapon”.
The articulation on this is awesome although I feel that it’s still limited due to its size and bulk. So no dashing or mid-air-slashing poses. Or may still be mistaken. But there’s no denying the size of this thing. The 1/100 R-1 only goes up to around its knees. This thing probably even stands taller than my PG Strike.
Kotobukiya will be releasing this on December of this year. It comes with hands with flexing fingers, a head that has multiple faces for different facial expressions (stoic, small open mouth, screaming) and as I mentioned earlier: light-up parts.
Likely to show up in the Philippines on January 2009. Definitely a MUST BUY. I’m buying this! I really am!
More images and info at SRW Hotnews.
Posted on 25 July 2008 by Mark
The Dygenguar/Daizengar appears to be getting more and more popular. First it had the Volks action figure treatment. Then Kotobukiya released a non-scale model kit. After that, they re-released the non-scale version with the Aussenseiter in horse mode called Daizenger Ikkitousen. It’s even going to get an Soul of Chogokin treatment.
But for me, the best piece of news is the upcoming release of the 1/144 scale Daizengar! And do you know how big a 1/144 scale Daizengar is? Perfect Grade proportions! *faints*
I am soooooooooo tempted to have this preordered! It is just so awesome! It’s huge! I would love to have it standing on my office desk. Imagine how big his Zankantou would look.
News from Super Robot War Hotnews.
Posted on 07 June 2008 by Mark
Saw this at Amiami.com. I can’t read Japanese but I did notice a 1/144 scale written underneath the image. Now I’m not sure if that’s 1/144 model kit or 1/144 action figure. Nevertheless, this looks quite awesome and with the release of the 1/144 Alteisen Riese, this would be an awesome compliment to the hard hitting red personal trooper.
Edit: Saw more images of it in SRW Hotnews where it was posted apparently last June 5. >_< So yes, it’s a 1/144 model kit by Kotobukiya and not an action figure. You can see more in-the-flesh pics of the Rein Weissritter here. The release date is said to be on November at 4,800 Yen.
Rein Weissritter is the transformed Weissritter Personal Trooper piloted by Excellen Browning after it was capture and modified by the Einst, one of the antagonists in the SRW videogame franchise. From the somewhat angelic-knight design of the Weissritter which is German for White Knight, it gets bat-like features and in the game, when this comes out, gets more firepower, and HP regen among other things. It’s also harder to hit and has a wider shooting range which is already a lot considering it’s a sniper. It’s beam rifle is called the Howling Launcher. Quite apt if you ask me.