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  1. technoblue

    Arcadia 1/60 VE-1 Elintseeker Premium Finish

    HaHa! Yeah, the pictures of the old glossy stands don't impress so much. It's subtle but I do like what Arcadia has done, visually, to make the stand their own and changing the base to make room for storage was a smart move.
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    Arcadia 1/60 VE-1 Elintseeker Premium Finish

    It's not just you. The matte grey stands do look very cool. Also, I wonder if Arcadia plans to tease a matte deep blue version or if they will keep things simple and stick with the two colours they've shown for now (black and grey)? Maybe if the initial run of their launch arm stand performs well they will consider other colours for subsequent releases?
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    Maxfactory's Figma Line

    I was happy to see Bakugo too. I'm hoping the rumored reissue for Midoriya works its way in around the same time, because I missed the first release.
  4. technoblue

    MΔ - VF-9

    Thank you, Xigfrid. They are small, but I was off in my post above with the numbers. One order is for a 15-piece bar/block of 5 x 2.5 x 2mm neodymium magnets. The price isn't as bad as I thought.
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    Legos, anyone?

    What do people think about the next Creator Expert vehicle: the '67 GT Mustang? My understanding is that the page was accidentally posted to Lego's site early, but was then quickly taken down. Some eagle-eyed visitors copied the image and have been making the rounds with it. Here it is: Looking at the photo, myself, I'm really into this. The Aston Martin was okay, but had some weaknesses when one looked at it with a critical eye. The Mustang looks about as good as you can get with Lego today. The curves are in the right places highlighting the hood/bonnet and the rear of the car. And unless my eyes are playing tricks, it may even be that they got that side panel detail on the door without resorting to a sticker (or printing) which will be fun to assemble. The engine air intake is nice and subtle, and helps to bring the front end together. Speaking of the front end, I like how they've modeled the bumper, grille, and lights. I'm very curious to see how the back of the car looks and to see all the gimmicks this Creator Expert car employs. The picture appears to imply that a working steering mechanism is a given, and that we will have working doors (which I would expect given the history of the line). Anyway, very excited for more news!
  6. technoblue

    MΔ - VF-9

    Welp...I placed my second order for the Shapeways parts. I wanted to get that done before the perfect storm of toy releases begins. The downside is that I wasn't able to take advantage of a good discount, so the parts are coming at premium price...no big deal, though. I'm pretty excited to see them up close--to see how easy they are to work with and how well they take primer and paint. In other news, I'm getting ready to pick up the neodymium magnets. I bought a test sample from this US source last week. https://www.magnet4sale.com/bar-block-magnet-neodymium-rare-earth-n50-5mm-x-2-5mm-x-2mm-15-pc/ The downside is that they are expensive here, so I want to make sure that I get the correct amount. Are 4 or 6 magnets required for the final assembly? In the transformation video I was able to spy 4 (and I was thinking of buying 8 to eventually build 2 Valkyries), but I understand that the design has had a number of revisions since its inception. I figure it's best to ask first. Also, is there a recommended type of glue that I should use to attach the magnets once I get to that step?
  7. technoblue

    Maxfactory's Figma Line

    No rest for weary wallets, though...Here’s the link to the wonderful hobby life 4 you page. There are quite a few MF figmas on the list, but no updates on Freeing’s Priss with Motoslave: http://whl4u.jp/wh29/gallery/en/#/images/1 Highlights... Finally, Batou. Darkness... We'll have a complete KonoSuba team! Mako and Arthur Pendragon are all on my short list... Oops...Sorry, late night. Fixed my post.
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    Arcadia 1/60 SV-51 Ivanov

    Yeah, Yamato's Nora had a soft plastic that also became brittle with time. I don't remember if the original release of Ivanov had the same problem, although I do remember once I ran into it with my copy of Nora it was already a well known QC issue around these parts. If Arcadia is using a stronger, more resilient plastic for their version then that is great news, and I hope Ivanov does well enough so that they consider redoing Nora with all the same fixes.
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    Arcadia 1/60 Perfect Transformation VF-0D for 2015

    In addition to the paint scratching and structural issues reported by jenius, the Tampo printing on some copies was slightly misaligned from the factory. The easiest way to check is to look at the intake warnings on the left and right legs. Copies that had this issue, had one warning that was slightly offset from the other when comparing the two intakes. It was a minor thing, but it could trigger you if you are inclined to obsess over the small details. I had to box up my copy for a while before I was able to shrug it off. Dunno what I will do with a spare 0D now since I don't have a spare 0S anymore. Making the 0C and 0B is a fun idea.
  10. technoblue

    The Transformers Thread (licensed) Next

    Yeah, MP Blackarachnia was a lovely surprise (Beast Wars keeps calling me back), although I’m just okay with v2 Bumblebee for now. There’s something about v2 Bee’s design that has me curious and I do want to see Takara’s strange v2 creature up close, so I think I might get one if I can find a good deal on him. Poor Hound was pushed back reportedly to fix some issues. But wow, I haven’t paid attention to the mainline classics since the Transformers Prime days, but these Siege reveals are hard to ignore! Armada Prime, Star Convoy, Jetfire...all of them look impressive.
  11. technoblue

    Arcadia 1/60 SV-51 Ivanov

    Mm, I really like the clean look—more than I thought I would—but I think I’m going to wait for the reviews on this one befoe making a go/no go on placing an order. It would also be cool if Arcadia, at some point, posts a blog update summarizing the work they’ve done on this iteration of the SV-51.
  12. technoblue

    Arcadia 1/60 Perfect Transformation VF-0D for 2015

    My wallet will hate me, but if Arcadia is stepping up the ‘finish’ for the 0D then I’m in too. That looks marvelous to me and I hope it translates well to production. HaHa! This year is officially expensive.
  13. technoblue

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    It looks like nippon-yasan has the best price at the moment, if you are okay with paying a sizable markup (and dealing with their shaky customer service). Otherwise, I would wait for that rumored regular release of the 1J. Maybe there will be news this weekend? Oh I hope they don't go down that road. Bandai started off so well with Hikaru's 1J and I agree that more TV releases would be fantastic. Roy's TV flight suit for the win! Of course, if we get Hikaru's 1S all bets are off.
  14. technoblue

    Arcadia 1/60 SV-51 Ivanov

    Sad to say, I can see pricing estimates of 40000 to 50000 JPY being realistic for this release. Anything less and I’ll be surprised (and very happy). Arcadia, like Takara, is not bashful about placing a price premium on their stuff.
  15. technoblue

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    If the next DX VF-1 announcement is a 1S, will it be a Hikaru 1S or a Roy 1S?
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