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  1. gingaio

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Just preordered on Amazon.jp for 26,200 Yen shipped (to the U.S.). Sigh. A bit pricey, but so's everything these days. Been stalking Amazon.jp for the past few weeks waiting to snatch one up, after waffling on it and seeing POs get sold out.
  2. gingaio

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    HLJ's sold out, too.
  3. gingaio

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Scored one at HLJ
  4. gingaio

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    My acct was suspended w/o warning for canceling some preorders. Got it reinstated, but a pain in the ass. From others I've heard from, same thing...no warning. You simply can't log in one day.
  5. gingaio

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    If you have items in PW, they can suspend your account indefinitely/temporarily. It's happened.
  6. gingaio

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    It's not about how much you spend. They're cracking down. But feel free to test them.
  7. gingaio

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    This. If you order from HLJ, plan on keeping it. They will cancel your account. People on other toy boards have had it happen already.
  8. gingaio

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    V3 Prime FTW.
  9. gingaio

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    So looks like I'll be camping out in front of my computer around on Thursday night around 11:59PM PST. Let's see: CD Japan, AmiAmi, NY, HLJ, AE...that cover most of it?
  10. gingaio

    Battle Angel Alita

    I think that may be part of the filmmakers' point. A character that's part killing machine trapped in a girl's body should be a bit creepy and off. And it's an interesting nod to the anime roots. Man, this brings back memories. Looking forward to seeing it. Can't believe it was only 24 years ago when I first saw the OVA.
  11. gingaio

    Batman Ninja

    Kamikaze Douga, which is behind this new Batman anime, is the same studio that animated the title sequences of the recent Jojo's Bizarre Adventure TV series--the actual animation in the episodes is utter shite, unlike that of the two OVAs, which were terrifically animated (at least until the final episodes with DIO). David Production is the studio that did the crappy animation on the show. Anyway, regarding this flick--I have to say, CG or not (and I'm a big fan of old-school cel animation), the animation in that trailer looked utterly...badass. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
  12. gingaio

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Man, only been waiting, what, 20 years for Bandai to step in and do this right. If it approaches the quality/sturdiness of its other premium products (SOC Voltron, HMR Monster, etc), then it'll justify the two decades of passing over all the other available modern VF-1 toys. If the quality's right, definitely all in for this line. All that money I saved not buying Yammies can finally be put to use. Now bring on the SDF-1!
  13. gingaio


    I understand the costs that small toy companies incur for these collectors' items. I think some of the comments above reflect disappointment that, given the asking price, Evo couldn't come up with a sturdier toy (at least according to what we've seen). Asking price is one thing. A quality toy, though...while, yes, Third-Party TF makers don't have to pay licensing costs (because they're essentially making illegal product), they're also consistently (these days, anyways) putting out toys that are of quality that rival and/or surpass that of the official toy companies. For example, Weijiang upscaled/knocked off/redesigned the MP-10 figure and released a product that, quality-wise, is essentially perfect (and much, much better than the official version)--you can pick it up for $75 shipped now. And there are two companies who've made/are making 2-foot-tall Omega Supremes (original designs) that are of high quality, and about the same price as or cheaper than the Legioss (again, unofficial toys, I know, but these are also tiny companies--just groups of fans--who are making these things). In any case, I don't think 'collectors' items' and 'quality/sturdiness' need to be mutually exclusive. I'd like to see more reviews to get a fuller picture, but man, those kinds of stress marks right out of the box is pretty bad. That said, I get the different points of view--the "this is the best we got, so I'm going for it" opinion and the "if this is the best we got, I ain't buying." In any case, thanks to Tekering for filling this thread with all the beautiful pics.
  14. Wonder Woman and Flash were easily the two highlights of the film for me. Batman--something about middle-aged Affleck--just looked really bloated and stiff in this movie, and that involved everything from how he physically looked to how he acted. Also... Flash was always the comic relief in the Justice League cartoons (though not in the comic books, I know), but I'm fine with the film using the cartoon character as a reference. The difference was that movie Flash was more effete in his mannerisms, but I didn't mind that.