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Darth Mingus

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  1. The joints on the 40th look very interesting. Not sure how I feel about the design decision to make the skirts 1 solid piece and non-articulated. When the Gundam kneels, the thigh actually slides out from the armour, then pivots at the end. This would probably be more natural looking on a Zaku, but on the Gundam, it is a bit weird.
  2. Apparently it is based on the MG ZZ ver. Ka. Ver. 2.0 tends to better match line art depictions of kits. You can think of this as the spiritual version 2 of the FAZZ, like the ZZ Ver. KA was a modern take on the classic ZZ.
  3. And I just bought a third-party PG Sword/Launcher add-in set for my Strike...
  4. There are a whole bunch of these on the market for a variety of topics from Star Wars, to Back to the Future, etc. The price is crazy, but some of the features make the model quite nice like light up components, etc. If the magazines were in english and I had 2 years to collect it, the amortized price would not be too bad. A good modeller could do the same with the PLAMAX offering.
  5. My bad... I noticed the misaligned cockpit and the sloppy cleanup on the panel lining and assumed the worst. I guess they would not be tweeting about QC issues, would they...
  6. Given the QC problems with the SV-51 and the items circled on these factory samples, hopefully, Arcadia can iron out the kinks. The painting is beautiful, but pointless if the factory cannot be relied on to fully assemble the product, or assemble it correctly. For that amount of money, I would expect a premium product, not something that will surprise when I transform it the first time.
  7. Looks like Bandai is doing a co-branded HG Gunpla/S.H.Figuarts offering. When they showed the original picture, I thought...meh. but the new listing shows you can combine the two into a motorcycle form, and I am a sucker for motorcycles.
  8. Worst question to get first thing in the morning. I had a bunch of stuff pop up on the statement on the once a month time that my wife looks at the credit card statement and had to justify $500 in purchases. I now use that conversation every time a box comes in the mail..."Remember we talked about the big purchase last summer, that was pre-order for this time..."
  9. Paint job looks great! hopefully the ankles are assembled correctly.
  10. Looks great. Are you getting all the weapon packs as well? The kit from the 90s wasn't too bad, but this one looks like it blows it away.
  11. The more I look at the Endgame Thor figure, the more I am looking forward to it. Between this and the Mafex Peter B. Parker, I am finally feeling that my body type is being represented in action figures.
  12. I think pre-ordering from 1999 is the golden unicorn for this forum. Otherwise, the site is rock solid, good prices, good customer service, ships quickly. I used to get Gunpla from them without issue.
  13. I think this is a fairly gross generalization. The chinese factories also output our beloved valkeries. I think most of the smaller factories are run by apex capitalist...you send them a sample and they will grab whatever molds they already have try to pass it off, then charge you more to “fix” it if you complain. The middle managers on the NA who are just doing a job don’t really give a crap so they accept the shipments and then wonder why this crap does not sell. If a company cares and finds a good partner, the chinese are capable of doing quality work.
  14. If what you are looking for is non-mecha, i’d consider visiting your local hobby store and seeing if anyone there is willing to do the work. The one near my place sells mostly mostly model train supplies but one of the locals built a nice VF-0D, not know what the subject was, he just like the plane. Better yet, for the price it would cost to hire a “pro”, get two copies of the kit, one to practice with and one to complete nicely. Then visit your hobby store and get the supplies you need and do it yourself. It would be much more gratifying this way.
  15. I'd say the Endgame War Machine (Iron Patriot) is a no-brainer and will be the next P-Bandai release - March/April 2020 timeframe. I seem to remember seeing a prototype, but it could have been from a another vendor/hot toys, after a while, they all start to blend together. Rescue will probably take some time as it will not be a simple recolour. There are probably pretty big differences in body type between a Rescue figure and the other armours in the line. Maybe summer 2020?
  16. Preorder available : NY - https://www.nippon-yasan.com/figures/29135-shfiguarts-thor-avengers-endgame-limited-edition.html Kurama Toys (Formerly Bandai Online) - https://www.kuramatoys.com/s-h-figuarts-thor-avengers-endgame-action-figure/ Love the belly...
  17. I managed to find a new, unopened tornado pack for the VF-25G at Jungle last Feb. The only issue I had with it was when I put it on the first time and tabbed the leg armour into the wings, it snapped the tab on the wing root completely off. The fit of the tab into the hole on the leg armour was super tight, much tighter than on the super and full armour sets. I'd grab a picture but I rotated out my VF-25s into storage.
  18. Cantonese language review of Chuck's VF-31 and the full armour set from ToysTV. The put the armour on Chuck's ride.
  19. Strange. I had my VF-31(s) standing with super packs equipped for months without an issue. No balance issue. Checkout the transformation videos on Anymoon to see if you missed anything.
  20. Very excited for the Legioss. The top view of the fighter looks great. I think the reason the pilot looks so large in the cockpit is because the pilot figure is articulated. You can see elbow and knee joints in the pic on the tiny mospeada bike. If they could pull off an articulated pilot figure with a collapsable bike and make it look good in all three modes, this would be the gold standard in transformable fighter toys.
  21. Same. The inclusion of the Al and Bernie figures makes me want to get this and the Zaku FZ and recreate the last scene from the OVA. I wore out my copy of the Cantonese dub of that series.
  22. Oops, sorry, copy and pasted faster than thinking. One more piece of advice, try your glue on a piece of the runner before you glue anything together. Some glues react really badly to some plastics, the worst being Revell type that comes in a blue bottle with the metal applicator needle. This stuff makes the Bandai ABS brittle and just destroys it.
  23. I have not built this kit but judging from the instructions, it looks like it uses stickers to achieve "color accuracy". The instructions tell you which pieces need to be glued together: Solid lines require glue, dotted lines do not. This is the standard way of representing areas to glue since the 70s. I would recommend using something like Tamiya thin type plastic cement (https://www.tamiyausa.com/shop/finishing/plastic-cement-20ml/) rather than the Gel type glues like Testors. You may need to check the formulation of the plastic to see what type of cement you need. It looks like Polystyrene so the Tamiya stuff should be OK (they also make an ultra-thin version). To use this stuff, hold the parts together, apply the cement along the seam and wait a few seconds. Make sure the parts that should move, move while waiting for the parts to bond. This cement actually melts the plastic slightly so go slowly and apply a little at a time. Watch some YouTube videos to see how this process works, if you are not sure. Speaking of YouTube, here are 2 video reviews of the kit. I have not watched them yet, but it should give you an idea of what you can do with this kit: https://gundameclipse.net/aoshima-garland-quick-review-t5486.html
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