Before I get put on blast and hosed by all the JDM purist fanatics out there…yes I know this isn’t actually an Acura, or an RSX, it’s 100% purebred Integra Type R, but the name is in the title to help associate those who aren’t as familiar with overseas model trims. I would’ve preferred an actual Acura RSX as a kit since it’s what I’m most familiar with here in the states, but alas the only model of the DC5 we’ve ever gotten is this exclusive JDM RHD car.
Despite being the title character for one of gaming’s most iconic and beloved franchises, I never had much care for Zelda. Sure, of course I’d care enough about her to go after her in every game and save her from Ganon’s dirty mitts, but as a figure I don’t consider her iconic enough to serve as a must-have in the collection.
But I still picked this new Figma release up at Anime Expo this year – why? Picking up figures just because they make good companion pieces is an unhealthy practice, but it’s still a way of life for me anyway. In this case, Twilight Princess Zelda looks good next to Twilight Princess Link, even though I would never own Zelda on her own.
The world’s favorite little roadster – Mazda’s renowned MX-5 – was lucky enough to get a model kit release from Tamiya in its latest generation (where’s my 2015 WRX STi, Tamiya?). Starting life in model year 2016, the latest in the Miata lineage retains the usual goofy grin and naturally aspirated four banger motor.
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?