Tamiya Honda (Acura) NSX Type R

As much as everyone memes about Honda in the car community and rice this rice that, we seem to forget that they were behind one of Japan’s few machines that could be considered a supercar. The NSX feels extremely underrated, despite the numerous articles and news coverage pointing to this car taking the likes of Ferrari back to school on how to make a real quality performance machine.

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Tamiya Efini (Mazda) RX-7 + EightyOne Veilside Fortune Transkit

As the list of cars I love but will more than likely never own go, the RX-7 Fortune made famous by Tokyo Drift shares the pole position with the R34 Skyline. The body kit on this car is worth nearly as much as my entire current car, never mind including the price of the base RX-7 you’d be slapping the kit on, along with all the painting, body work to make the kit fit, wheels, coils, etc., and that’s without even touching the engine.

It’s an extravagant, expensive, and wildly unique body kit for one of Japan’s most iconic sports cars, so one has to wonder why so little merchandise is actually available – the only way to own a physical RX-7 Fortune was to sink the $70k into the real thing (barring the small undetailed diecast toy that Greenlight only come out with a month or two ago).  As such, I was beyond ecstatic when I found out that a Chinese company called EightyOne actually made a resin transkit for the Fortune.

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OC Auto Show 2017

This isn’t something I’d normally do – we’ve covered plenty of Gunpla and otaku-centric events around here, but I’ve made a point of abstaining from writing much on car meets and shows. I figured it was finally time to break that ice now though, since I build more car models nowadays than I do Gunpla.

The OC Auto Show is an annual event held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located in (you guessed it) OC (Orange County). I’d been to this show last year, but only this year did I actually come prepared with more knowledge of the industry and a camera better than an iPhone to take photos.

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Figma Zero Suit Samus

I consider myself a pretty hardcore Metroid fan – I’ll defend the series to my grave and praise Other M’s story even as it hurts my soul to do so. Despite all that, I actually only really have an affinity for Samus’ armored forms – all her Zero Suit incarnations were whatever to me. Skin-tight blue bodysuits are sexy and all, but the sexy quota doesn’t quite outweigh the cool factor of Badass Power Armor.

For that reason I never really paid much mind to this Figma Zero Suit release when it came out at around the same time as Samus’ armored form way back in the day. It’s not a Figma that I would mind having in the collection, but also not something I’d be willing to drop MSRP for. Good thing there are friendly folks at Anime Expo who are willing to discount.

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