Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Additions to the ShihoMT Gunpla Shelf

I know I started late this year, but I still manage to grab a lot of new additions to my Gunpla family. My first houl for 2016 came third week of November, then I didnt stop getting more, from old models to somehow, still new ones.

Fantastic Beast Houl
MG Age-1 Titus, HG Justice Gundam, some Sangokuden military units.
The set I got after the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them premier. The Sangokuden guys are part of a Gundam sale event, and I got them for free.

November GTO Houl
My first package from GreatToysOnline. Most consisting Sangokuden models, and my first Gunpla which transforms from Sd to HG.

13th Month Houl
From my 13th month pay LOL!!  Got my first 2 SD EX-Standard dudes, one of which is Lolo Gundam!

Given the number of pals who joined my shelf today, I'd say this year has been a success in my Gunpla collecting career. Some I already made a blog entry this past weeks, and more will surely come. Have them scheduled, to make sure my blog will remain alive, even though my sched is really busy. No promises will be made for the coming year, but I will surely try to make more updates.

This year-end post is dedicated to my new found family from Q.Ave, It wouldn't be possible if it wasnt from the good peeps of my first BPO. Finally, I'm a real fledge adult. So, thanks a lot, 14th floor, for the great opportunity and I'm really glad to be part of the family! May we all have a very fortunate year this 2017. Happy New Year!!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Quick New Addition Update :: Yo-Kai Watch's Togenyan

On my last Houl update, I included a model kit from Yo-Kai Watch, which is Orochi. Already had Orochi build and I was pretty impressed that I bought a new one, Togenyan. Felt pretty lucky that they still have this cactus pussy cat available on TrU sale isle, since during my last visit with my friend, Ana, I was torn (pun intended) on which one to get, the Dragon scarfed Orochi, or the spunky spike neko Togenyan, since both are the last box.

Little Togenyan will have to wait for my next rest day from work for me to build. Also, will be making a review for Orochi. Really hope I get the other characters and they wont sold out soon. Sadly the one that I now kinda want since I figured it was the Pikachu of Yo-Kai Watch, the Jibanyan, isnt available anymore, but will try to find one on some other stores, and would definitely love to have it. 😫

So I did a little research about this Yo-Kai Watch, and found out Im really late from all the Yo-Kai crazy! It has Anime, which I just started watching (english dubbed, of course), 3DS games which I'm planning to get maybe next year, and real version watches and collectible medals which you can get from blind booster packs. I'm now planning to collect those dope medals as well the art looks pretty cool. I'm a fan of bakemonos and other mythical and supernatural creatures, and the Pokemon-isc vibe is coming on me, so I strongly believe Yo-kai Watch will be on top of my fave list this coming year.

Friday, December 9, 2016

BB Senshi #341 Juniko Gundam :: Xun Yu

According to the character info, in Sangokuden series, Xun Yu is a civilian personal serving for CaoCao and his troop, he is an expert in developing weapons. Some characters from Brave Battle Warrior that he made weapons for are ZhangHe Zaku III and XuHuang Serpent.

This is my third build from the GreatToysOnline package I got last month. Its body uses the old SD models' figure (no legs, petitest) so I'm pretty excited to have him, as I haven't owned one for years.

The box includes 4 runners, the instruction manual, and the decal sheets. Older SD kits with the same body figure only had 1 color per runners before, if I remember correctly, so having different color parts combined in 1 runner looks pretty great, given how small this model kit is.

Here's how #341 Xun Yu look when built:

He looks pretty naked without the armor and the weapon on. Im not fan of this gold color, I think it would have looked doper with a metallic or chrome gold. Points on the sword weapon for having different colors without using any sticker, some weapons were only made with 1 color and needs decals to look better.

Xun Yu's helmet wont stay on its place, it keeps rotating and facing wrong angles. Also, it comes out pretty easy when I grab it.

Being a genius in weaponry, Xun Yu comes with changing weapons, a sword which hides another sword, and a blaster which turns into a phoenix weapon. The first weapon is YinDao, a knife hidden inside the bigger, ChiLongDao.

The ChiLongDao, is a war-god sword of ancient tradition. Pretty big words, for a basic looking pirate sword, but not my own words, it's what the Character info is saying. BTW what a breath of fresh air to have the infos in the instruction manual written in English for change.

The handheld blaster form of NiaoJiPao. Looks ok, I guess. But would have been more useful if it has some gimicks in it, like those spring blasting missiles from the older SDs.

And NiaoJiPao in cannon form, it converts an aura-spirit of the operator into a power of an artillery shell, also called NiaoJiPaoDaPoDan, that's mouthful. This weapon was made by Xun Yu for CaoCao's army soldier to use. However it requires 2 or more of them to operate the NiaoJiPao.

Overall, the model kit looks amazing. If it wasnt for the crappy gold color, and the stupid helmet which wont stay on place, it would have been amazing not just to look at but to have displayed with other Sangokuden kits as well. I did missed the old petite figure of SDs,so I might try to look for more with the same body type.

Xun Yu looks pretty peaceful standin on my mom's copper wire bonzai center piece, though..

Monday, December 5, 2016

1st Week of December :: New Kits

My collecting career doing really good so far, It's just the first week of December, and I already have a lotta additions to my pile of new model kits.

Thanks to the early release of my 13th month pay, I managed to snag Try Burning Gundam HG, Try Burning Gundam Sd Ex Standard, and RX-78-2 Sd Ex Standard, and a base stand also but do not pay much attention on that one. Now, the 2 SDs will surely find its way to my bloog in the future, but I kinda like the HG dude from Build Fighters that much that I might also make a review about it.

Yesterday, a workmate asked me to grab a HG Barbatos from a Toys R Us near my house, and on my way to get it, I found this RX-78-2 HG hidden behind Build Fighters boxes. No time wasted, I went home with my new RX-78-2 which I can use to try campaign items and the SD Ex Standards weapon transformations.


And today, after work, I decided to reward myself a Denial Gundam HG, also from Build Fighters, after receiving a pretty high score for the month of November.

Ive been getting a lot of Build Fighters, mostly HGs, and there are also SDs in the series but the only one I have so far is the Ex Standard Try Burning. Really like the series and I might as well dedicate a shelf to Build Fighters models only.

12.7.16 UPDATE
Got a new model kit, but not from Mobile Suit Gundam, its actually another series called Yo-kai Watch. I'm not familiar with the show or the toy line up, but TrU had all the toys from the series on sale, and I got really curious about the model kit, so I bought this character, Orochi, who I thought was the coolest one, most of the characters are cats.

Might get the other ones if this Orochi turn out to be good, and if they still have these guys on stock.

A friend failed to stop me from buying a new one, before we reached TrU, I asked her to do whatever it takes to prevent me from getting a new model kit, it's becoming an addiction. I'm now 3-for-3 days, but I think I'm done for the week. In your face, Ana Necor-Smith!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

BB Senshi #324 Military Unit Soldier + Promotional Campaign Military Units

The not so top priority characters from the Sangokuden anime, Brave Battle Warriors, these boys serves as the ever loyal and disposable army of the different clans and troops. The red ones belongs to CaoCao's troop, the orange ones to the Son clan, and the blue ones are from Ryubi's troop, I think.

The box contains 3 Militry Unit soldiers, one from each troops mentioned above. I strongly hoped they instead released a box containing 3 guys from the same troop, that way it would be easier to collect as many from the same troop as you want.

Included in the box are the runners, 1 for each unit as each one is an easy built but in one color only though and needs heavy paint job to get the look, the decal sheet for the eyes and flag holder only, a printed sheet of cut out flag, and a promotional coaster with the 3 units art.

Each unit has a shield, a spear-axe, and a flag representing a troop, for accessories. Its all dull without the paint job, as only the eyes has decals provided. Here's some more photos..

For my November 17th houl, which I got from a 1-day private sale from Toys R Us Trinoma, I got 3 promotional sangokuden military units for free. 2 of them are red and one orange.

Forgot to take a photo of the runners before I built them. On the instruction sheet, it shows it is also possible to own a green one, which looks different from the other 3, and also different from #336 Nanpo Kibatai. It looks like it could have higher ranking than the normal units. Unfortunately only red and orange ones are given away, and they didnt even had the blue one. How I wish I could also own the green one as well. The cut out flags are also on the instruction sheets, 4 of it but you'll only need one.

Even though the instruction sheet shows there are certain weapons included on each unit, All three that I got has a sword, but that's fine, at least it's different from the #324 ones. Also, the flags are a little different from the model kit above.

So far, my soldier counts: 1 Nanpo Kibatai, 4 Red (small one free from a dif model kit), 2 Orange, 2 Blue (small one also from the dif model kit). Would love to have more but its hard to find this model kit since the sangokuden has already phased out and only few stores and online sellers has them. 1 final pic of all of them: