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  1. At 17cm height, that's close to 1/100 scale. Should go nicely in scale with Macross Hi-Metal Rs.
  2. There seems to be a lot of controversy with Hot Wheels going into 1/43 scale. Some say it's a dead end for Hot Wheels. I don't know. I do like that it offers a bit more detail and is true to scale.
  3. I don't know, perhaps he's being a bit close-minded to just write-off everything recent without even looking into what's out there. He might want to expand his horizons too? Rather than just sticking to sci-fi/robot action anime, perhaps check out some of the sports or slice-of-life anime? Heck, even the much (unfairly) maligned isekai stuff too. I'll admit that many of todays' anime are not my cup of tea. But, I've always found something worth watching across all sorts of anime genres. And some of them have been truly exceptional. I would suggest to keep looking. There's a ton of stuff out there. Not everything is the same. You never know what you'll find. That said, of recent sci-fi animes, I think one of the better ones was the 2014 one-shot movie Expelled from Paradise. Despite the fact that the main protagonist is a walking fanservice, the story is solid and touches upon some interesting themes. And it does have an optimistic view of humanity/future. There's some good mecha action too (including Macross-style Itano circus missiles)
  4. Will this Blu-ray release have the Chariots of Fire-like music edited out? IIRC, the DVD release here in the US had this edit.
  5. Short interview with Kawamori and Itano on their thoughts Macross Plus and the model. Also shows some of the gimmicks of the model. I don't know if anyone mentioned this previously but it's a partsformer.
  6. Sorry posted in wrong thread
  7. In general, I prefer waterslide decals as well. Unless... it's one of those shite decals that are brittle and break apart no matter what you do. Like the ones included with the Bandai VF-1 kits...🤮 I pretty much ended up painting all the wing and leg stripes on my Bandai VF-1S. The chest area is the biggest hurdle when it comes to the VF-1. For the most part, a waterslide decal is the way to go on that area. But still... it's always been a major pain to get the chest decal to conform over the airbrake. Both on the Hasegawa and Bandai, I had to resort to some touchup painting.
  8. Looks OK. I'm in for one. Disappointed that it's Premium Bandai though. But I guess for lesser known properties, this is the norm. The old 80's kit was pretty darn good for it's time. I built one long ago...
  9. As a fan of the manga, I was disappointed with the anime adaptation. There's something really off with the anime version. Personally, I think they chose the wrong VA's for the leads and got the overall tone all wrong. In particular, the anime didn't do a good job in showing the dichotomy of Shikimori's cutesy side and her cool/edgy side, which is the whole raison d'être of her character and relationship with Izumi. Read the manga, skip the anime I'd say.
  10. I liked this series. It was kinda refreshing or different to have a character with such a jerk attitude (instead of the usual 'nice guy') as the main lead. I definitely agree about the terrible production values. The animation (or lack there of) of the mechs are bad enough to make one cringe.
  11. Just came back from watching this movie at the theater. It's a prettty good movie. It doesn't have the fun loving music video feel of the original but that's OK. I appreciated that it didn't disrespect the lore of the original movie (unlikes certain sequel movies of other franchises). In fact, I'd say it was very respectful of the original. I particuarly liked how they handled Maverick's relation with Iceman and Rooster. The real-life aerial footage cinematography was freaking amazing. I loved it! There was some fakey CG stuff with the hypersonic aircraft and F-14 but it was done well enough and doesn't detract from the film. The only negative I can think of is all the unrealistic stuff in relation to how the real US Navy operates. I mean, that was the case with original movie too but it's even more apparent in this movie. It's OK though. I realize it's a Hollywood movie and liberties have to be taken. Oh, and yes, the story-plot "mission" is pretty much The Dam Busters / Star Wars / Iron Eagle II.
  12. It's also piece made by BrickArms. It's a monopod for various minifig weapons made by BrickArms. You can purchase them from the Brickmania webstore. https://www.brickmania.com/brickarms-monopod/
  13. I've been using White Rabbit Express to occasionally purchase doujinshi. https://www.whiterabbitexpress.com/ Last summer, I used White Rabbit Express to buy a 1/144 scale diecast model of an AC-130U from top-gun.jp. No issues.
  14. If this was being made by a bigtime company like Hasbro, I'd agree. But, since it's a fan creation (AFAIK), with a (likely) very limited run, I guess the price isn't surprising. Given that a toy company like Hasbro or Mattel does not have an Airwolf toy in the works, I suppose there are folks out there desperate enough to want one and is willing to pay the price. Me? No. Not my area of collecting.
  15. I highly recommend reading the manga. Her attempts to improve herself does bear fruit. Things take a turnaround at the later end of her 2nd year (starting around Volume 8). The manga is currently up to Volume 20 and celebrating a 10 year anniversary. At this point, it's almost (but not quite) a yuri manga. She still has her off-kilter mindset (though to a lesser degree) but you find out that she's not the only weirdo at school. There is now a rather large cast of characters and it is currently driving the series to what I think is the ending with her graduation (although I'm hoping it continues into her college years).
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