Saturday, February 26, 2011

Merch Medley III

A fair bit of gunpla news, which is always nice: it's not great (still no Victory kits) but... nice nonetheless. Also some new images of my favorite figure line, the Robot Damashii series, which is always good to see. Anyway, let's get this show started.

There will NOT be a medley post this week (edit made 5. March 2011). No special reason for it, just that there hasn't been any news this week I found particularly interesting. HLJ is running some nice sales at the moment, however, so why not check 'em out?

(And by the way, I've updated the previous posting to include the high-resolution versions of the videos). 

  • HGUC Dreissen & Jegan
  • MG 00-Raiser
  • MG Shenlong Gundam
  • RG Aile Strike Gundam
  • Robot Damashii Fafner
  • Robot Damashii Wing Zero Custom
  • S.H. Figuarts Kazuma
  • VF-25 Messiah 1/100 Model
  • WF2011 Megahouse Booth

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gundam Unicorn Episode 3: First 8 Minutes

It's that time again: the third episode of the Gundam Unicorn OVA is right around the corner, and we've got several minutes of early footage here and now to give us a little taste of what to expect this April.

This episode will cover the Sleeve's attack on the Neo Zeon Resource Satellite Palau (home base of the Sleeves) and the recapture of the Unicorn Gundam, and will also follow up on (B Storyline) Liddy and Audrey as they go to Earth. The episode is set to include an epic battle between the Unicorn and Kshatriya, as well as the first combat sortie of the Delta Plus.

Of particular note, the computer-generated transofrmation sequence (from Unicorn-mode to DESTROY-mode and back) has been given a... "complete make-over." Here's hoping they're able to more seamlessly integrate the transformation sequence into the animation.

Well, not that I'm really sold that it's ever possible to seamlessly incorporate mahou-shoujo style transformation sequences into anything... but still.

Merch Medley II

Let's get this show started.

Yeah, it's out.
  • Akihabara Photo Report
  • AOU-2011 Banpresto Exhibit Photo Report
  • High Grade 1/144 Extreme Gundam Release
  • Mega Size MS-06 Zaku II Release
  • Megahouse Lord of Lords Ryu Knight
  • Catherine!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Merch Medley I

As mentioned earlier, I've decided to simply clump all of the hobby image preview stuff into one giant post each week--that's what this is. For the time being, I've chosen to call this (hopefully regular) feature the "Friday Preview Medley."

Each post will be organized like this, with image previews separated into categories of varying size, with a table-of-contents type link at the bottom of each post. Hopefully, this will make navigating these massive posts as easy and painless as possible. Seems simple enough, right? Let's go!

  • Winter Hobby 2011 Photo Report
  • Winter Hobby 2011 Right Stuff Booth
  • Winter Hobby 2011 Banpresto Booth
  • Winter Hobby 2011 Megahouse Booth
  • Bandai 1/35 U.C. Hard Graph FF-X7 Core Fighter Preview
  • Macross Frontier 1/100 YF-29 Fighter Model Kit Preview
  • Muv-Luv Revoltech Figure Preview
  • Robot Damashii Wing Zero Custom Preview
  • Zone of the Enders: - Jehuty Revoltech Preview
These posts are going to be rather unwieldy due to their size, and I haven't yet figured out how to do page breaks beyond the basic "jump" you see here. If you'd rather not browse through the whole post en masse, use the search function of your web browser to hop from one section to another--that's why I made a "table of contents," after all.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Of Updates and Amazon

First up: Amazon. We've got some glorious, glorious news. Some of you out there may be aware of this, but Shouji Gatou's absurdly awesome Full Metal Panic series ended last August--and it was one hell of an ending. Fan-translations of the novels exist, but are of varying quality--the later volumes practically unreadable.

It is therefore with great exuberance that I pass on some nice news: after a hiatus of several years, Tokyopop has resumed publication of the novels in English! Volume 4 released just days ago--buy it now on Amazon!

There had been rumors of Tokyopop resuming FMP publication for about a year now, along with Ecole du Ciel. Ecole du Ciel's ninth volume, however, was officially announced, and up on Amazon for months before release. Full Metal Panic's fourth volume, conversely, was up on Amazon for about 3 days, then removed. And Tokyopop itself was unwilling to shed any light on the series' fate (and it wasn't for want of asking, I assure you).

So that's Amazon: on to the Update part. My few regular visitors... thanks for showing up. I know there haven't been many posts lately--here's why: Honestly, I haven't seen much news on the merchandise front that's interested me. I've also been fairly ill. That sucks, I know. Doing the whole hobby-news-as-it-happens thing is also a bit tedious, and there are many other sites that do it better. So I'm going to start reworking things here. And adding actual content, of course. Reviews and stuff.

First up, merchandise previews will be contained to a single post every week (on the same day, perhaps) and instead of focusing on everything, they will contain just a summary or selection of of things I, personally, find really cool. I like a whole lot of stuff, so it's possible these posts may be too large to be practical. We'll see. Like I said earlier, there really hasn't been much newsworthy stuff lately.

Next up, the promised reviews: I've got more toys and models, and no reviews for 'em. I'm gonna start by posting a few of my older reviews, sans-pictures, and maybe some new ones, equally devoid of pictures. Why? I'm still having a damned hard time getting my digital camera to take a picture that isn't super-blurry.

Almost done with my list here... I'd like to start writing some essays. That stupid little blurb last week about Gamestop partially qualifies. I'll also be broadening the topics I write about here--I've been aching to spread the word about how awesome Cross Game is and how everyone should buy the first two books now that the greatest mangaka of all time is finally seeing some love on this side of the Pacific. And, of course, talk about other books I love--know about Tom Holland's Rubicon? It's utterly fantastic.

Finally, I've got a handful of FAQs I'd like to try to incorporate into the blog, to see if I can format them somehow in a manner that is more reader-friendly. Specifically, I'm talking about Gundam Battle Universe (PSP) and Gundam Senki: Record UC 0081 (PS3). Possibly Another Century's Episode R (PS3), but ACE games are just so awful I probably won't bother.