I had counted myself out of the Figma game a while ago – I sold off nearly every single one I used to own, and told myself that it would be more worthwhile focusing on other collections in the meantime. But then Max Factory pulled a fast one by announcing multiple new Nintendo Figmas, most notably showing off that they had acquired Twilight Princess and Metroid Prime licenses, which was a big deal. I can’t stay away when they’re bringing to life some of my favorite games from the Wii’s bygone era.
The Toyota 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ took the sports car world by storm back in 2013 during their introduction because they went back to sports car roots – lightweight and rear wheel drive with a particular emphasis on having fun during the drive. While nearly universally praised for its handling prowess, its critics haven’t backed down about pointing out its very glaring lack of power from the factory, even after four model years.
That’s when the community screams back that the car was meant to be a blank slate from factory – something that you were meant to make fast and look cool – asking for the complete package off the assembly line is just being lazy and unimaginative, right? That’s why I couldn’t bear to just build a plain ‘ol stock FR-S or 86. To be sure, the stock car has its charm, but I thought it would be fitting to go with a version of the car that’s been all the rage on the scene – in a sea of these cars, a surefire way to stand out is with a widebody. But not just any widebody – is it Rocket Bunny?
A bit of a ball out of left field – normally when I post random 1/100 kits like these it’s because they’re not my kits. I’m very stringent about maintaining a consistent collection – I can’t buy one kit out of a series without getting the entire lineup (which is probably bad practice – better to get what you want rather than constrain yourself to collectable lineups, but that’s just how I’ve always been).
That being said, this 1/100 Full Mechanics Gundam Bael is totally my kit – and I have zero intention of getting any of the other Iron Blooded Orphans 1/100 models to go along with it. It was a bit of a spur of the moment purchase spurred on by the climax of the Iron Blooded Orphans series, because we all know the Bael was the coolest Gundam out of that show.
I was never particularly enamored with the 300zx – around here in Southern California they’re fairly rare and I know some people consider them legends on the level of the Supra and NSX. The car’s somewhat strange wedge-nosed front end never did it any favors in my eyes, but I have to concede it’s no slouch of a sports car when you look at its stats. That all being said, I only picked it up here because this particular kit from Tamiya is super old, and thus is pretty simple and retails inexpensively. Continue reading
I’m a bit late on this one – keen observers will note that this build log is very long delayed. This post will cover the very last day of our Quanta cosplay build, but because we only finished at 7am the morning of Day 1 of Anime Expo, I couldn’t get around to writing this up until now. Nevertheless, I’m not about to omit some of the most crucial parts of the build, so here we have it – the complete chronicle will be wrapped up here, all the way up to the twelfth hour before the Expo begins.