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    Okayama, Japan
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  1. Queen Emeraldas ship color

    According to this Mandarake listing, it came in the regular blue and red color scheme, a weathered version, and a silver version. The packaging appears to have been identical for all three releases.
  2. Queen Emeraldas ship color

    As a huge Harlock fan myself, I'm happy to help out. The Queen Emeraldus was primarily black in its original incarnations: ...including its depiction in 1978's Space Pirate Captain Harlock TV series. Most merchandising, however, is based upon its appearance in Arcadia of My Youth (and the follow-up SSX TV series): Or the Galaxy Express 999 films, for that matter. It was usually depicted with a predominantly blue air sac. Recent CGI versions, however, have a much more muted blue color, almost silver in appearance. Like anything in the Leijiverse, however, the only constant is change.
  3. Arcadia 1/60 Super VF-1J Max & Millia Release

    It's obviously USPS's mistake, then, and their responsibility to fix it. But it's not nothing to do with either of them. Clearly, everyone in Japan did their part, since you've got proof of delivery. All Nippon-Yasan should be responsible for is providing proof of what you paid, so you are properly reimbursed. What a stupid situation. You must be livid!
  4. Hi-Metal R

    To be honest, I've never been much of a fan of the barely-glimpsed "ELINT Seeker" Valkyrie, but Bandai's version is unexpectedly cool. Certainly my favorite rendition of this design to date... and another solid win for the HMR line.
  5. Hi-Metal R

    I'm interested, too. Where did you get them?
  6. Wow. Here in Okayama, there are not many Star Wars fans... but everyone's aware of it, at least. Macross is hardly remembered by anyone, and when I clarify "Chohjiku Yohsai Makurosu," they usually giggle. (Most anime titles sound vaguely stupid in Japanese, "Super Dimensional Fortress" among them.) In other news, Solo: A Star Wars Story might suck a lot worse than The Last Jedi...
  7. Last month, I put together this Star Wars top-ten list for my blog, ranking each iteration of the franchise* and my response to it. Since this thread seems to be expanding into how The Last Jedi fits within the mythological framework of the saga, it seems relevant to this discussion: Despite some terrific world-building, epic visuals and ground-breaking new special effects work, neither Episode II nor III is any good, really. There are some terrific action sequences, sure, and the John Williams music has never been better, but the dialogue and acting are so distractingly bad that it’s hard to appreciate the stories. I’ve lumped them together because they’re equally weak (albeit for different reasons). Attack of the Clones is generally considered worse, although it's easier to ignore; Revenge of the Sith does far more damage to the overall mythology by establishing that the heroic Anakin Skywalker suddenly becomes a Sith Lord and starts slaughtering children because... he had a bad dream. Inexcusable. Liam Neeson’s miraculously fine performance -- and the classic pod race sequence -- save an otherwise preposterous film, one that at least benefits greatly from improved editing and special effects for its current Blu-ray release. Spanning six years and 120 episodes, this entirely computer-generated TV show started weak but got better and better as the series progressed, eventually surpassing the prequel trilogy in its epic scope, thematic depth, and occasionally unconventional narrative style. Depressingly derivative of every other sci-fi fantasy film made over the last 30 years, this nonetheless provides some engaging new characters and exciting potential for the future of the franchise (much of which was unfortunately squandered by Rian Johnson's follow-up). Schizophrenic as hell, this divisive new entry is in equal parts brilliant and banal, thrilling and tedious, satisfying yet infuriating. Lots of wasted potential, but some genuine surprises as well... and for what it lacks in narrative logic, it makes up for in thematic resonance. After six years honing their craft on The Clone Wars, the staff now responsible for Rebels has provided consistently entertaining stories, dynamic and evolving characters, and a rich backstory to the original trilogy that deftly incorporates elements from every facet of the mythology. Despite all expectations, Rebels has turned out to be better than any of us could've hoped for. The original Star Wars would place higher on this list if it weren’t for all the awkward changes made for the 20th anniversary “Special Edition,” still the only version available in high-definition. Controversial editing decisions and twenty year-old CGI have unfortunately damaged the film irrevocably. Eschewing the childish humor and mystical elements of most films in the series (but maintaining a strict adherence to the editing style, costume and production design, and the overall aesthetic of the original trilogy), this stand-alone feature is a more hard-edged sci-fi war story intended for a more sophisticated audience. J.J. Abrams may claim to be a huge Star Wars fan, but Gareth Edwards proves it; Rogue One provides so much fanservice that it's impossible to be disappointed. An action-packed thrill-ride that defined the blockbuster tradition of the ‘80s, this classic combines epic mythos and high drama with masterful editing and pacing, weakened only by those few character moments between the action sequences (and again, some regrettable Special Edition "enhancements"). Everything the series aspires to be, this timeless sequel manages to be poignant and thrilling, fresh and unique, richer and more imaginative than its famous predecessor, and boasts the finest performances of the whole saga... and best of all, isn't ruined by the newly-added elements, either. * Note that I’ve ignored the Ewok movies, the Ewoks and Droids cartoons, and everything else Disney has rendered non-canon because... it’s crap.
  8. Star Trek: Discovery

    I certainly hope he is. I actually really like the character, and I've loved Wilson Cruz since My So-Called Life, but...
  9. Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Much sooner. The Macross 35th anniversary event "Blue Moon Showcase" opens today.
  10. Ko/3rd party Regult?

    I imagine Astralith finds Taobao as confusing as I do... Are the heavy missiles included? How much will the total cost be? When will it ship? How much will international shipping cost? When will my credit card be charged? Can I pay via PayPal?
  11. Why do you collect MISB?

    If you didn't know that you own it, do you really own it?
  12. Hi-Metal R

    They're awesome. I've been putting them to all sorts of use. I expect them to last as long as I need them to, but I'd advise against installing them permanently (just in case they need to be replaced). They're sold in sets of ten for $30, so replacements are easily procured... for as long as the product remains on the market, at least. Nearly $200, yeah... but I think it'll prove its worth. One thing for digital photographers to consider is the electromagnetic field interference generated by the base unit. I had to keep the ISO real low to get decent pics; under automatic ISO settings, there was significant banding evident in the images: So, try and keep your LEDs in the EM field, but your camera out of it.
  13. Wave 1/72 Phalanx

    Glorious! Do you have any toys to photograph with it? I'm curious how it scales with 1:60 Valkyries or Hi-Metal R figures.
  14. Hi-Metal R

    So, I drilled a hole under Hikaru's VF-1S to install panel lights in the cockpit.