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The Return from Otakon 2012

Well everybody, I’m back from Otakon! It was quite an awesome adventure, and definitely one of the best cons I’ve had this year, and perhaps ever. I’d say the only really detracting factor for me was being in a room with a horribly loud snorer that made sleeping the first night… quite difficult. But hey, earplugs were invented just for this occasion. But anyway, enough rambling about that crap, let’s get on to the real reason why we’re here: the Gunpla contest and all the stuff shown at the Tamashii Nations/Bluefin booth!

Oh, remember how in one of my previous articles, I was talking about how I was going to enter a ton of kits this year? Well, it turns out there was a limit of only three entries. I’m glad I filled out the entry form online, because otherwise I would’ve brought about seven kits for nothing. Because of this, I decided to narrow things down to just the F91, Delta Plus, and the Qubeley, because despite all the problems I had with that thing, I’ll be damned if it wasn’t coming along.

I was one of the first people to get my kits put in the case, so I was able to land myself some prime real estate. I stuck my three kits in the top of the front case, with the Qubeley front and center just being fabulous.

The competition was pretty good this year. I was happy to see people bringing all sorts of well-assembled kits. It was nothing like New York Comic-con though… seriously, I’m afraid to enter there. However, for some reason, there was no Otakon competition this year, just GBWC. Even the people running the competition were confused about the lack of an Otakon competition. Apparently the Otakon people just never got back to them. As a result, the contest was limited to just Gundam stuff this year.

I can’t remember everyone’s names, so I’m going to list of the kits that won each category. Continue reading

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D-Arts Mega Man Zero version 2 Review

Also known as Zero: WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOOOOOR edition.

This toy PROVES how much of a sucker I am. Yes, I bought X-1 Zero. Yes, I LOVE my X-1 Zero figure. But… but see, this one is the one from the other games! Yeah! I mean that TOTALLY justifies this purchase right?

Oh, who am I kidding, I just bought him because…

Yeah, it’s Zero again. Now with a new figure. Honestly, if I knew they were going to make this one in the first place I probably just would have waited. Overall he has more to offer, but in my opinion neither version of Zero is better than the other when it comes to accessories. I’ll get to that later, though.

In a strange way, the two figures kind of… complement each other. Like you need both of them in order to get the full experience of either toy. Remember how the first version of Zero had those hands that looked like he was giving a thumbs-up? Well, it turns out those are actually to hold the sword. It’s like Bandai was planning this all along! Sneaky.

Both figures have three faces, and while  the “default” faces are the same, the additional ones are different. Version 1 has teeth gritting and looking to the side, while version 2 has yelling and one that’s both gritting his teeth AND looking to the side. Of course, they’re all interchangeable.

The hair piece is the same between both figures. I don’t know why, but I’m still afraid I’m going to break it somehow… Also, the gem on his head is much shinier on the new figure.

From an articulation standpoint, the two are largely the same BUT version 2 has better shoulders. The design has more clearance, thus giving him a better range of movement. However, this comes at somewhat of a price, as they tend to pop out much easier now. Still, point goes to the new one.

One of the biggest advantages the new figure has is the removable parts: they don’t come off! Or at least, they stay on better on this version. This is great. He feels so much sturdier now; like I can actually play with him without him falling apart. Even the elbow guard on the right arm feels sturdier when you take it off to swap out his hand for the buster. It’s always good to see improvement. Continue reading

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Super Robot Chogokin Shin Mazinger Z Review

Ah Mazinger Z… why did it take me so long to finally get a good figure of you?

Oh yeah, there’s way too many to choose from!

You have the original Soul of Chogokin, which is cheap, but isn’t scaled properly with the rest of his friends and isn’t very good. You have the Renewal version, which is great, but horrendously expensive. There’s the Shin Mazinger version, which is cool, but there isn’t a Great Mazinger or Grendizer in that scale. Now we have the Super Robot Chogokins, which is scale that lacks any Getter or Grendizer, but you know what? I really don’t care.

This figure is awesome.

Here we have the Shin Mazinger version of Mazinger Z. I figured the time had finally come for me to add a Mazinger to my collection after all these years, and I figured if it would be any one, it’d be the one from the one Mazinger TV series I could actually sit through. I was originally going to pass this one up, until I noticed one thing about it that completely sold me, but I’ll get to that later.

Like Mazinger’s color scheme in the Mazinkaiser OVA, Shin Z uses the color scheme from the original Mazinger manga, with the arms and legs in black instead of blue, and the red “eyeliner.” I actually like this color scheme more. While it’s less colorful, it gets the whole “demon god” thing across better.

The articulation on this figure is absolutely fantastic. Lots of “hidden joints” (like the elbows) and the ratchets are extremely heavy and hold poses very well. I’ve been having some trouble with the hip joints, which are extremely tight, but I think I just need to break those in a little bit.

The Pilder in the head is removable, but there isn’t a non-docked Pilder included, so it makes me wonder why they even bothered to make it removable in the first place…

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