Real Action Heroes Link…I’m just going to go ahead and put this thing right now on its pedestal of most anticipated Zelda figure/collectable in the last few years. Medicom’s first prototype images of a 1/6 scale Link based on his Skyward Sword incarnation was nothing to be scoffed at; it looked gorgeous. I placed my preorder no later than a week after it was announced, even resolving to sell my Figma if it was really that amazing in person.
Unfortunately, Medicom pulled the rug out from under us when the actual product came in…and it was nothing like the gorgeous prototype. The moment I opened the packaging and caught wind of how the actual product was like online, I could hear the crackling as the hefty sum of money I threw down on this thing burned in a blaze of Din’s Fire.
As the second Real Grade kit I’ve had a chance to build, and currently the only 1/144 Gunpla kit in my collection, the Aile Strike is the byproduct of a bulk buy for a RG group build with some fellow guntokas. As I mentioned in the initial post about our group build adventure, the memory of a botched RG RX-78-2 that I built a few years back still haunted me through the process of working with the Strike.
This will likely be my last RG build for either a while or ever. Not that there was actually anything particularly wrong with this kit; it was actually a pretty good build at a very nice price point, but after working with the microscopic 1/144 scale once again I am reminded of why I took my 1/100-only oath.
The original G1 Masterpiece Starscream, in all of his U.S. of A. glory. I didn’t actually pick this one up at Wal-Mart when it was released there; rather I managed to snag it on eBay with an exclusive Masterpiece Skywarp in a nice package deal.
Takara Tomy’s original Masterpiece Starscream was done in some funky real-type colors; it was left to Hasbro to release it stateside in G1 colors. While technically a limited exclusive, Takara has since also released a G1 colors version, I’m guessing because the real type colors wasn’t particularly well-received. This figure itself is actually kind of controversial; it has quite a few points that picky collectors will gripe about, though I personally don’t find them too bad.
Nothing but Build Customs lately, and it’s a wonderful feeling. Officially my fourth 1/100 Custom kit, this time it’s from something a bit farther down in the UC Era – the infamous F91.
I got this one at Anime Expo 2014, from the Robo Toy Fest booth, in a very similar fashion in which I obtained the 1/100 Duel. As always, the kit was pre-assembled and haphazardly thrown into a plastic baggie inside a massive bin of old Gundam figures free for customer churning. Given the state of the kit, I managed to snag it for $3! Crazy steal, I’m loving the RTF guys more and more.
The second third party figure that I got in the bundle with iGear Hench, Toyworld BII here is more or less a pre-official Masterpiece Bumblebee. I’ve never actually heard of Toyworld before as a third party company, but they’ve earned my success with this little guy.