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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sorry posted in wrong thread
  4. 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.
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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/
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. Hobby Japan is an independent company. They are not directly affiliated with Bandai or any other toy manufacturer. Frankly, there isn't really much HJ can do other than punish the employee. They need to have a good relation with both the manufacturers and their readers. It's certainly better than looking the other way, doing nothing, or worse, actually defending the guy.
  14. HJ mag editor created this storm in the wake of Gunpla fans exasperated by the inability to acquire the recent HGUC Nightingale. I'm pretty sure Bandai made plenty of that kit. But I think even Bandai has limits to how many they can produce. And even though overall supply is plentiful, how many a particular retailer gets or can get is limited. And the scalpers often get them ahead of the average buyer. The HJ editor had the nerve to basically say - If you couldn't get it, you didn't try hard enough. If you really wanted it, get to the store first in the morning and lineup - I guess oblivious to the fact that, unlike scalpers, most people have a life - like going to school or work in the morning.
  15. This Youtuber puts up a couple of screenshots of the HJ editor's tweets
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