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  1. I'm browsing Amiami and come across the two of these:

    GFFMC Zaku II Type C Origin, 20k JPY https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?gcode=FIGURE-054843-R

    GFFMC Char's Zaku II Origin 42k JPY https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?gcode=FIGURE-047037-R

    Are those prices actually reflective of their respective values? $200 for the regular one and over twice that for the Char? They're the exact same toys, aren't they? Seems like the Type C even comes with more.

    I wasn't gonna jump on either, I was just perplexed and curious. But otherwise, if you want one, well there's some options.

  2. Yeah, I just remember the TG Flugel selling out instantly the first time on P-Bandai USA, and I said then that it would probably see a second preorder soon given the demand. I think Japan at the time successfully saturated four production waves by the time preorder demand finally died down in the domestic market?

    It's still available for preorder right now. Maybe demand has died down from the initial hype. This time didn't seem to get much prior notice, either; the email newsletter caught me entirely by surprise.

  3. Some clarification? The Bandai Spirits tweet

    run through Twitter, Google, and DeepL all say that there will simply be "detailed information" on 10/25, not that it's necessarily the preorder date. The image says the same, and further indicates a March 2022 release date.

    Is this simply how they usually word these things, and indeed 10/25 is the preorder date? Or should I take the translations at their word and 10/25 is when more information - including a preorder date - will be released?

  4. FYI, a batch of P-Bandai US preorders are going live at 9pm EDT (8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific):

    - MG Tallgeese Fluegel EW https://p-bandai.com/us/item/N2573640001002

    - MG Shin Musha Gundam "Black Robe Large Armor" https://p-bandai.com/us/item/N2569532001001

    - HG Gundam Aesculapius https://p-bandai.com/us/item/N2564295001001

    - HG Jegan A Type (F91) https://p-bandai.com/us/item/N2301524001005

    - HG Jegan B Type (F91) https://p-bandai.com/us/item/N2281074001006

    - HG Jegan Normal Type (F91) https://p-bandai.com/us/item/N2281073001006


  5. I forget if we have a 007 thread here or not, but I saw the new movie "No Time to Die" last weekend. I wasn't planning to - the Craig-era movies were a bunch of peaks and valleys, and unfortunately the valleys rendered the entire thing fairly unmemorable. The character "arc" that Bond was supposedly going to go through seemed to have turned into more of an ouroboros, with him starting and ending movies in seemingly the exact same emotional place. The supporting cast were never particularly memorable, though not through any fault of their own; they simply didn't get anything to do.

    Anyway, I saw No Time to Die because the positive reviews piqued my interest, and... eh. There must be some disconnect between me and moviegoers writ large, because I found this one to have more in common with the two duds of this era (Quantum of Solace, Specter) than the two studs (Casino Royale, Skyfall). It's not as impressively bad as the former two (though it does have some residual plot stink from Specter to deal with), but it also doesn't do much to keep my interest the way the latter two do. Bond unfortunately repeats another trip around the character arc ouroboros, and the supporting cast again have very, very little time in the limelight. It's especially disappointing that Lashana Lynch as Nomi all but disappears from the movie after such a big hullabaloo is made about her character inheriting the 007 moniker. And similarly, Ana de Armas's character barely has any time to establish itself before being whisked out of the script entirely.

    Oh well. Better luck to them on the next one, if there is a next one.

  6. I've asked before where the YF-30 sits in the VF supremacy hierarchy, but I either forgot or never got a satisfactory answer. It makes sense that, out of all the other VFs fashioned after the original VF-24(YF-24???), the YF-29 is the top dog save for maybe the -24 itself, but wasn't the YF-30 even a step beyond the -29, so far on the bleeding edge of fold quartz tech that it directly/indirectly causes the time travel shenanigans of Macross 30?

  7. 2 hours ago, Hikaru Ichijo SL said:

    It seems in the end she was actually trying to improve herself.

    I don't know how far the anime goes, but according to some friends, in the manga she's currently a fairly "normal" high schooler (college student maybe???), having grown out of a lot of her old anxieties. I couldn't finish the anime myself, though I remember enjoying the bits I saw well enough.

  8. Weltall is approximately 15.81 meters tall, and Weltall-Id is 18.53 meters. That's roughly the same as the VF-1 and VF-25, or Victory Gundam and RX-78. And obviously floating also adds height.

    ...and then of course the figures might not necessarily be in scale with each other anyway (though at first blush they seem to be)...

  9. So after nearly 15 years, 4.0 brings the Rebuilds to a conclusion, and it was... fine. It managed to recover after 3.33 tumbled all over the mat midway through the balance beam routine. And I suppose that says something about Evangelion that it's managed to stick the landing something like... four times now? The TV show, the movie, the manga, and now the Rebuild, each of them despite their own unique hurdles. And 4.0 reaffirms my opinion way back in 2007 that the Rebuilds as a whole are... neat but redundant. I think the biggest success of 4.0 is that it forces a confrontation between father and son that... again, is neat but redundant, but it was nice to see all the same. The Shinji Ikaris of the past didn't need to talk things out with their father in order to mature, and frankly this one didn't either, and arguably Gendo didn't "deserve" the reconciliation... but it was nice to see all the same. It's emotionally satisfying.

    I'm in agreement that the CGI Lillith was one of a handful of straight up bad decisions. At the very least, that style of rendering was a bad decision. It's so at odds with the rest of the animation... which might have been the point, to instill it with a sense of wrongness, but the obvious counter-argument is that End of Eva managed to do the same thing, instill the same sense of wrongness, but still make it look cohesive. (There's a term for that, that for the life of me I can't remember.)

    I'm curious what young people think of the Rebuild. How it may or may not resonate with them, and how they find it compares to the original and/or its contemporaries.



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