Thursday, June 30, 2011
I've received something interesting from my supplier friend yesterday, the long awaited PG Universal Action Base!
Manufacturer: 飓风 (Hurricane)
Price: Usual price RM50 (Message to me for availability)
I start assembling it right away and complete it within 10 minutes, and here's my quick review.
This action base is actually a duplicate of the PG 00 Raiser action base. There are 4 connectors especially made to fit 00 Gundam and 0 Raiser, but 2 of them could be used to hold up other PG, 1/60, MG and 1/100.
Although it says Universal... some small modding (blu-tag or super-glue) would be needed for older PG as they do not have any built-in hold for the connectors... however, PG Astray Red Frame fitted nicely as per test result from my other friend ;)
There are also 3 pieces of action base 1 connectors comes together with this kit but I have not find a way to utilise them yet :p
As for the price point, it seems to be on the high side but I came across people selling the original Bandai (that comes with PG 00 Raiser) for around RM130-150 so this is a viable replacement with the similar quality ;)
Plastics quality: The plastic quality is good.
Snap-fit: The parts snap-fitted perfectly.
Sturdiness: The action base is very sturdy!
Conclusion: Something for your consideration if you can afford the money ;)
Runners & Individual Assembled Parts
2 Forms of the Action Stand
This action base can be made into 2 forms exactly the same as the PG 00 Raiser action base ;)
Posing with My PG Wing Gundam Zero Custom without its Wing :p
I am very disappointed with the overweight PG Wing Gundam Zero Custom therefore I do not pose with it :p Generally, this action base have no issue holding up a PG or 1/60 but I do recommend minor modification or just simply applying some blu-tag ;)
Posing with My PG Wing Gundam Zero Custom, with its Wing :p
I super-glue the connector to the crotch of my PG Wing Zero and finally got it to balance with all the Wings... The issue is not with the PG Action Stand but lies with the design of PG Wing Zero Custom itself!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Hi folks! How have you been? I've been busy lately thus a bit slow in assembling and reviewing but here I am again, with Bandai's MG Figure-Rise Kamen Rider W Cyclone Joker ;)
Grade: MG Figure-rise
Origin: Kamen Rider W
Price: 3800 Yen
Part 1: Legs & Feet
The legs are pretty well-done, as the articulations are very good :) Tights and ankles could turn left and right, giving a lot of room for handsome posing.
I only wished that Bandai would make the feet a bit bigger :p
Part 2: Torso & Belt
The torso is pretty well-done too, as there's parts allowing better hip movement ;) The belt actually resemble the actual mechanical movement, and it does comes with 2 Gaia Memories!
Part 3: Lower Body
As you can see from the pictures below, the lower body fits pretty well together and there's a lot of flexibility.
Part 4: Neck, Body & Shoulders
The neck can be tilted slightly forward and backward, which is excellent.
The body of Cyclone Joker is actually divided into 3 parts... the lower abdomen, the upper abdomen, and the chest! Movement is possible between chest & abs, and between abs & torso. It is also possible to slightly tilt the body forward and backward which is crucial for action poses such as rider kicks ;)
The shoulder permits 360 degree movement so all is GOOD ;)
Part 5: Arms & Hands
The elbow could not be bent too deep, but still provide good flexibility ;) Same as the feet, I do hoped that the hands are made bigger.
Part 6: Head, and then Putting It Together
I love to pose and take pictures with Cyclone Joker ;) It is just awesome!
Signature Pose ;)
Size Comparison with MG Hyaku Shiki
Size Comparison with PG Wing Zero Custom
The plastic very nice ;) The only flaw is that the nub marks turns dark instead of turning white, making it impossible to make disappear without repainting the kit...
- Head/Neck: Fantastic :)
- Shoulder: Fantastic!
- Arm/Elbow: Good.
- Wrist: Fantastic!
- Hand: Very good... wished the hands are bigger...
- Waist: Fantastic!
- Torso/Hip/Tight: Fantastic!
- Knee: Normal.
- Ankle: Excellent!
- Feet: Good.
Looks and Feels
Besides the turning-dark nub marks (which is not obvious by the way), I am very happy with this model ;) If you like action posing, this kit worth your consideration.