Major Focker

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  1. are the controls like ZoE2? i'm jonesing for mech games that play similarly
  2. ooh.. interesting.. thanks guys!
  3. white base platform? i'm curious. linky?
  4. zenmarket seems like shoppingmalljapan, ie. deposit prior to purchase. i want to give ZM a try, but based on my experience with SMJ, i have some reservations about the deposit mechanic, specifically about getting it back after a failed bid/purchase. when you make a deposit, you lose about 1-2% on the forex conversion (and another 1-3% if your CC or bank charges a foreign transaction fee). but the forex loss is fine, since you would incur this anyway with any foreign purchase that isn't denominated in your home currency. the problem is that when the deposit is refunded, the likes of ZM and SMJ will likely refund the yen amount they received ( which is already net of the 1-2% extra you already paid upon making the deposit) and that yen refund will incur another 1-2% loss when it's converted back to your home currency. this can of course be avoided by simply keeping the deposit with ZM and using it for future purchases. this works out fine if you make frequent purchases and the deposit balance is small. but a failed bid on a 100,000 yen auction might still take a while to consume. ZM says they use STRIPE, which is 2% on forex conversion. Mastercard and Visa are typically 1.xx%. per ZM, deposits via CC will use STRIPE rates. if you use Paypal for the deposit, Paypal can auto-convert to yen, but Paypal forex rates are worse than CC, and likely worse than STRIPE. so the workaround is to make a yen denominated deposit via Paypal but turn off the Paypal auto-conversion and use CC conversion instead. however, when the deposit is refunded (and it will be refunded in yen), Paypal gets to apply their worse forex rates on the back conversion. ZM's payment fee (3.35%) is essentially the same nature as other proxies' commission/service fees. they just attached it to deposit payments rather than to the purchase transactions. other proxies do this as well, so they can claim they only charge a minimal flat fee on purchases. still, ZM's 3.35% + 300 yen is a very good rate, and better than buyee's 5% + 200 yen. at least for YAJ purchases >5,000 yen. what is hard to beat is that amazon and rakuten purchases via buyee are 0% service fee. on the other hand ZM's free consolidation beats buyee's 1000 yen consolidation fee. what i noticed in my consolidated packages of YAJ purchases, is that most YAJ sellers use very light packing materials when shipping domestically. some are in paper bags/mailing envelopes, or the item box is just covered with bubblewrap and thick paper. so the increase in size/weight of the consolidated shipment due to domestic shipping boxes has not been much of an issue for me. for sure, they can be consolidated more efficiently if the items were unpacked then repacked, but YMMV if the final box will be materially smaller and lighter. for amazon and rakuten purchases, i place multiple items into a big order, and from as few sellers as possible. this way, my purchases are already pre-consolidated (for free) into as few boxes as possible before they're sent to the buyee warehouse. often, they are already sufficiently consolidated and big enough by themselves that i don't bother having buyee consolidate them further and just have them shipped out on their own. i guess for me, i will try out ZM only for high-value "buy it now" items on YAJ, so i won't have to deal with deposit refunds and/or maintaining a balance.
  5. watched it on IMAX 3D. the visuals were fantastic. and as the others said, the references were a treat. that said, the music was pretty average. i was hoping there would be a Cyberbird equivalent somewhere. the dialogue was fine, but not memorable, and a couple times i really cringed when i heard "This is/I am" Major. unfortunately, the latter was just during a climactic moment which kinda jarred me out of an otherwise cool sequence. was with someone who was not familiar with GitS, and her gripe was the pacing. she loved the visuals though and thought the story was decent.
  6. launch signal arm
  7. they just need to produce more 31A's. that'll take care of their bottomline real quick.
  8. just saw it. haven't read the comics nor watched the anime and previous movies. thought it was pretty self-contained, so i actually didn't have a lot of questions at the end. left me curious though about what else the setting has to offer. the CG was more than decent. good actually. and the movie was fun enough that i can gloss over some of the cheese. my only disappointment is that Reika didn't show up in this:
  9. i wonder how many folks here click "Seller's other items" after winning a bid, and end up with an unplanned purchase. that's what happened here: i keep telling myself i saved some money by maximizing the shipping love the landship though. i wonder if there'll be more from this line...
  10. ooh, nice! i may have to pick one up. non-black/white/silver/red cars are always welcome in my collection.
  11. OT. here's an example of a Prime 1 statue: let's see if they apply the same attention to detail on the VF-1 i know it's not really apples to apples, but i'm starting to warm up to the idea of a VF-1 statue
  12. very nice diorama! at that range, without Roy and Max, the Monster would've been toast. are those 1/100 buildings? where did you get them?
  13. other than the recent Volante in the previous page, i haven't bought an Aston Martin since the ERTL DB5 some years ago. that one hasn't aged so well, and i'm contemplating replacing it with a more recent release. is last year's Hot Wheels Heritage DB5 any good? were there other 1/18 DB5's with the ejector seat released in the past 3 years? here's what got me started collecting Bond cars a decade ago, the Aston Martin Vanquish: i haven't started on the Craig Bond cars yet. i figured they'll be easy enough to get because of their recency. that, and the Craig cars not having much in the way of car gimmicks, means the regular/non-007 Autoart releases will do just fine.
  14. it's detailed and well-made as what to expect from an Autoart model. i would find out later that it's not entirely diecast but is the first in a new line of what Autoart calls "Composites". so it is lighter than it looks, but still quite hefty. as for the actual vehicle, don't really know much about it. i didn't know these things existed until i saw it displayed in the shop. i just happened to be picking up some Acid Rain ~1/18 figures and Alien marines, so i thought it might be cool if i plopped some of them in the back of the truck since it had a paramilitary vibe to it.
  15. nice collection! i should learn from your discipline. i tend to pick up stuff unrelated to my collection. like this: these on the other hand were on my list for some time, particularly the one on top: