Sideswipe – notoriously the first Autobot car to get the modern Masterpiece treatment, I remember having mixed feelings when I first saw this thing’s dinky size. I wasn’t really totally sold on it at first – it was tiny in comparison to the infamous MP-01 (the definition of Masterpiece for me back then) and sported absolutely no die-cast metal.
Add in the $80+ price tag this ruby jewel sported and I was almost sure that the Masterpiece designation had become nothing more than a brand label to sell lower-quality figures from the line. Thankfully, I was proven wrong.
It’s about time I got around to this one…my first Real Action Heroes figure, as well as my first bit of experience with the 1/6 scale line, Huke’s infamous Black Rock Shooter.
I got this one at Anime Expo 2012, and actually had to pay a hefty price for her…in the form of my dignity. During my attempts to barter for a lower price on this figure, the excellent folks behind the stand said they’d lower it if I gave them the shirt off my back. I figured what the hell, it was worth it. What’s more, I’ve seen the same folks at Anime Expos these past few years again, and apparently they still have my shirt. It has been missed.
Quite possibly the oldest kit that’s still in my collection (build-wise, not actual kit release wise) and hasn’t been sold off. I remember getting this kit at an Anime Expo many years ago, from the Bandai/Bluefin booth. Many kits have come and gone since I put this thing together, but somehow it managed to survive getting sold off, despite my acquisition of the MG Wing EW collection pretty much allowing me to do so.
The following is a short story written for a certain AP U.S. History class back in the glory days of Junior year. The assignment called for the story to be related to a real-world historical event; I believe the primary parameters concerned historical accuracy and the inclusion of specific details for whatever era we chose to write in. Thankfully the story itself was very open-ended, though it was restricted in length.
I’m not particularly proud of how the tale’s put together, as I had to cut a lot of the original to fit it within my teacher’s length limit, but it feels wrong to go back and edit my past self’s work; I’d like to use it as a milestone for where I was before and improve my future writing from it. Either way, I’m honestly pretty attached to this particular story because I wrote it as an effigy for my own life, though don’t take that to mean anything crazy or downright disturbing about my character; I swear I’m (mostly) sane.
I’ll also note now that quite an extensive amount of research went into the war practices and soldier attitudes, though the amount of information on WWI is sparse compared the extensive documentation associated with WWII. Nevertheless, while I don’t like a lot of the dialogue since it feels too scripted and modern, I think I did my best at the time.
I haven’t done an unboxing, haul, or figure preview in a while, so I figured today would be a good chance when a quaint little package arrived on my doorstep earlier.
I had preordered this particular item quite a while back, and I believe it was delayed a month before finally shipping out. This would also be my first order from TFSource.com.