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  1. Sigh... I must have been looking at different Exia kits or something, then, I dunno. grumblegrumblwfriggin' three Grades with different versions in each grade and some are pbandai and some aren't andgrumble grumble grumble
  2. Thanks for the insight. Gah, of course I should have looked at reviews as well! According to the wiki, the R2 internalizes the previously exposed cables, not eliminates them. The R3 I assumed would have kept that feature, but apparently it switches to a GN condenser instead of a true GN drive, which might explain the return to the older style forearms... but not thighs? Grumble grumble grumble... And the R4 uses a GN Tau drive... As for the back skirt armor, I chalk that up to stylization, as aside from the splash of blue, the shape of it seem to be the same. (Of course, the model kits maintain this difference in color... Gjrjdkeidhfjskeirbr )
  3. Aw, that's cute. Both the Monster and Makina. It doesn't look like she's the dedicated Monster pilot, though... which for some reason I figured she would have been. I'm down for one or more of these for sure. Very nice, unique riff on the design.
  4. tl;dr - The Exia designs are inconsistent. Does your MB Exia R4 have 1) GN cables? and 2) elbow guards? This might not be completely apropos, but I figured I'd ask here since it involves the Exia R4, for which only a Metal Build exists in physical form. I have a MG kit of the Exia R3 (that has parts to build the Exia, Exia R2, or Exia R3) that I'm converting to an R4 via a conversion kit (that appears to have recast some parts wholesale from the Metal Build), and I'm confused as to which certain parts to use. (The conversion kit is made with base MG Exia in mind, but omits some parts that it arguably "should" include.) 1) Can someone explain the existence or omission of GN cables between versions? The R2 supposedly does away with the GN cables (all of them, not just the obvious ones in the shoulders and thighs), but they find their way back in artwork for the R3, only for some to disappear again for the R4. (And obviously the R4 gets the one shoulder cable back again.) From the promotional images, the Metal Builds don't seem to bother to get rid of them between releases, beyond the shoulder/thigh cables. Is this the case? 2) Similarly, do the forearms change between Metal Build variants? The artwork suggests that the R2 gains elbow guards, the R3 returns to the original Exia forearms, and the R4 re-upgrades to the R2 elbow guards. Interestingly, the MG instructions tell me to build the R3 with the R2 elbow guards, indicating that either the artwork is wrong and the Exia R3 "canonically" is patterned on the R2 design with minor revisions, or the model kit is "inaccurate"... Meanwhile, the Metal Build pics I've seen indicate they do not have different forearms/elbows, and the R4 conversion kit seems to follow in their stead as it does not include the R2-style forearms. For reference, the inconsistencies in artwork:
  5. Thanks for the heads-up. And on that note, I decided to check out the order page on Amiami and there was the prompt to checkout. Either the automated shipping request (if it is automated) didn't trigger - no email in my inbox or junk folder - or it's as @Lolicon said and Golden Week has delayed them. So if you preordered through Amiami and are worried about having not received a shipping request, you might want to check your account. Indeed. Even with the card fee, 29,039 JPY turned out to be something like $227 for me. This lopsided exchange rate is screwing with all my usual money calculations. Typically I just move the decimal over two spots to get the rough dollar amount, but nowadays that's overestimating by as much as... well, in this case, by over $60.
  6. tl;dr - Great experience over several years, but never bought a toy (certainly not a transforming one) from them. I've bought maybe... half a dozen? static figures (no toys) from them for a few years now, starting back when they were just an Ebay store without a dedicated website, and they've always done good by me, with responsive customer service. A quick google indicates it's been the same with others as well. There was apparently one incident where a customer thought they received a fake product and it turned out they misunderstood a sticker or something.
  7. I didn't pay close attention, was HLJ the only place to already charge customers for the Mirage 31AX? I haven't gotten a shipping request from Amiami, and I wonder if HLJ simply got theirs in early or something.
  8. Man, imagine if we got a 1/48 Monster, eh? 😄
  9. Any info/WIPs/reviews/etc. of the old B-Club 1/100 "Ver Ka" conversion kits for the HG Endless Waltz line? I'm asking on the off chance that someone here might have seen something in the wild or perhaps even worked on one. Google and Youtube haven't borne any fruit, and my Japanese is not deft enough to trawl the Japanese interwebs. There does exist a review of the Sandrock conversion kit by Henry McClellan aka vegeta8259, but nothing on the others. To be clear, what I'm referring to are B-Club conversion kits that allowed you to transform your HG 1/100 Wing Gundam Zero Custom HG 1/100 Gundam Deathscythe Hell Custom HG 1/100 Gundam Sandrock Custom HG 1/100 Gundam Heavyarms Custom HG 1/100 Gundam Nataku into their "first season"/"Ver Ka" predecessors (HLJ links for reference): 1/100 Wing Gundam Ver Ka 1/100 Gundam Deathscythe Ver Ka 1/100 Gundam Sandrock Ver Ka 1/100 Gundam Heavyarms Ver Ka 1/100 Shenlong Gundam Ver Ka I've gotten another itch to get the old HG 1/100s again, and I wondered if it might be worth it to try and find one or more of these to work on. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
  10. Given modern Square Enix's track record of success when it comes to maintaining their back catalog? I dunno about that. Who wants to bet on the FM1 and 2 remakes being horribly optimized junk compared to the originals? They couldn't get Chrono Cross to even match the PS1 original's performance...
  11. Just wanted to confirm: Was the Mirage pushed back to April from March, or to May from April? EDIT: I may be confusing it with the WWM -25, so clarification on that would be appreciated, too. Mirage = Apr 2022, from Mar 2022? WWM = May 2022, from Apr 2022?
  12. Lighting makes it look awfully pink... Which I think looks fine. Red or pink looks good. So long as it's not actually maroon.
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