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Blog over my passion of collecting, constructing and painting miniatures and figures, for wargames, roleplay or showcase, including Warhammer 40K Tyranids, Chaos, Daemons, Cthulhu Mythos, various Gundams & super robots, etc...

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Fewture EX Gokin Grendizer (a.k.a. Goldorak!)

Publié le 1 Avril 2016 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

Hi, it's been a veeeeery long time since I posted robots here.

This one is something like a child's dream come true... When I was 8-10 years old, I watched a Japanese anime called "Goldorak" (in Europe, Grendizer in US/Japan), it was kind of my hero in those happy times, and so I've always wanted to have one.

As a grown up I liked the robots to be less cartoon like and more technological so my favorite line of those "Gokins" are the one from Fewture EX Gokin line.

These are really luxury figures, fully articulated and done in heavy metal with great joints. Of course, all the accessories are there, so I added the twin Harken axe and the Double Spazer jet fighter on the back !

Another great addition to my ever expanding line up :-)

So this is it !

Fewture EX Gokin Grendizer (a.k.a. Goldorak!)

Entering Macross : Bandai RVF-25 Messiah Luca Custom

Publié le 6 Septembre 2009 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

After a quiet holiday period, time to present a new addition to my robot collection : my first step into the Macross world.
After long hesitations, my choice was the RVF-25 Messiah Luca Custom from Bandai.
I found the Yamato ones not detailed enough so I choose Bandai. I looked after the VF-25S but it was definitely too blocky, I wanted this RVF-25 not because of his discutable green colour, but because of the extra armor parts, the antenna blades AND the radar dome + different head from other VF-25's.
So as usual, I asked my Japanese friend to grab it at a very good price on Yahoo Japan. 
I'm very happy of this model, paints and detail are great (not so great as Fewture's though). The diecast content is not so big but placed in useful places, I mean in articulations, so it feels solid and stable. It's very elegant, and so has a great shelf presence, I think I made a good choice.
As accessories there are usual hands open, straigth and closed, additionnal armor parts (grey ones on pics) and a gatling gun.
With his height of 24 cm, it's the same size as others favourites of mine, I mean the Great Mazinger from Fewture and the Genesic Gaogaigar from Max Factory.

It also transforms in plane (Fighter) and in a mix of robot and plane (Gerwalk), but my favourite is the robot (Battroid).


Volks A3 F-4J "Gekishin"

Publié le 29 Juillet 2009 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

And we go on with the latest addition to my virtual gallery of mechas and robots, with  the stocky "Gekishin" F-4J from the A3 serie by Volks. This one in in the colours of Japanese army.
Finish is now perfect as on the latest models from the serie, and this is the more stable figure from the line.
It come in a nice, premium package, with the usual sword-and-machinegun equipment.
Sold in Japan only for 6800 yen.
Size : 16 cm
Materials : PVC/ABS

More  ? Then go here and here.


Volks A3 YF-23 "Black Widow"

Publié le 29 Juillet 2009 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

My robot collection is slowly but surely growing, especially the A3 serie from Volks.
I'm happy to show you the next in line : the YF-23 "Black Widow", inspired by the USAF prototype air superiority fighter for his stealthy triangular design.
A good thing about this serie is that the quality is still improving, the paint in matte grey (radar absorbing material ?), titane and glowing green are perfect, joints are strong, balance is easier to find than on previous models. This model comes with full pack of accessories : sword, machinegun, knife and various hands and weapon mounts.

Additional views : back, front.

VOLKS A3 Linebarrel 1/144

Publié le 7 Avril 2009 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

And we go on with another PVC figure from VOLKS' successful (in Japan at least) A3 series. This time it's from Linebarrel of Iron anime, no more MUV-LUV.
It's as usual a quality release from Volks, a 14 cm figure in PVC with crisp paint.
As accessories, you only get 2empty hands and hands bearing the katanas.

At the moment the serie counts 4 models, all are the same mecha, with wings deployed or not, and with various paint schemes. So only 1 of them for me was enough, as I don't need to collect everything.
I like the design of this Linebarrel, because it's a bit different and unusual with the lack of "feet", it certainly has a strong visual identity.

Let's zoom a bit...



Publié le 3 Avril 2009 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

Hello my friends,

I want to apologize for the lack of updates, I wasn't very active in the collecting last months, but I have to show you this new baby of the very interesting A3 serie from Volks. It's #19 of the collection, but I don't get them all, not willing to pay 4-5 times 6800 yens to get same models of different colours... 
Anyway, here are the pics of the mecha, very inspired by the US Air Force F-22A Raptor, with sharp edges and triangles to avoid radar reflections.
As the same figures of the serie, it's 16 cm high, contains only PVC/ABS, is nicely painted and comes with a few accessories : 2 guns, 2 empty hands and rear weapon supports.



Bandai Movie Realization Evangelion EVA-01 Test type

Publié le 4 Juillet 2008 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

Here's a new model in my collection, the EVA-01 test type from Evangelion anime, made by Bandai for their "Movie realisation" serie. It's all plastic but it has a great poseability and the alternative armour is a real plus compared to the many other EVA's. Very nice for a sweet price (got it for 33 $)

Check both modes :


Bandai SOC SPEC XS-07 Black Sarena

Publié le 6 Juin 2008 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

It's time to review more of the things from my latest haul from Japan. Today we have a look at the SPEC XS-07 Black Sarena from Bandai.
Kind of spinoff of the very appreciated Soul of Chogokin line, SPEC feature less known, cheaper and less elaborate figures.
Black Sarena is no exception, it's not a very popular robot, I didn't know it before the release of this figure, but I love the bulky and original design. It reminds me some Super Robot Wars mechas.
The box is very nice and loaded of accessories, the original Aestivalis custom can transform into the Black Sarena (shown here) and the High Mobility Suit for large space travel. So it feature some potential for changing and transforming, good point. Poseability is minimal in the Black Sarena, you can only really move the arms and the hatches on the side, who reveal reactors when opened. The figure is 13 cm high to the top of the head, not so much, but I like the proportions, and the tail is already big enough, it uses more shelfspace that you would think.
Most collectors will ask : "how about the diecast content ?". I have to say it's reduced to the minimum, only some parts of the skeleton of the Aestivalis suit are diecast, the rest is plastic, and not the best one : hard and glossy, but not so classy. Paint is also very limited, only the red parts are painted, but this is some very clean job, fortunately.
As a conclusion, the model is nice, has many accessories, but is certainly no must, it lacks some premium finish to appeal the real collector. More a toy than a real collection item actually, and so it's a bit overpriced...
But make no mistake, I love it and it's not going for sale :)
Also take a look at the back and the side...

Volks A3 Su-37 UB Terminator

Publié le 1 Juin 2008 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

My third action figure from the A3 Total Eclipse made by Volks has arrived safely last week.

I have to say this is my favourite figure of that range so far. Its camo paint scheme reminds of the actual Su-37 superiority fighter from Sukhoï (Russian marine). 
The design of the back reactors also reminds this fighter.

Poseability is good as other figures of that range but I have to say it's sometimes tricky to get the balance to make him stand. As accessories you have empty hands, a gun (on hand and to attach to the back) and 2 knives.

The figure is 16 cm high and contains no diecast. For people who like to expose the bots in their boxes, the box is nicely designed and classy.

I love the "realism" of this model compared to super robots from most anime, it really feels as it actually exists in some secret weapons laboratory :)


Other pictures : here and here

Stay tuned for more A3's, the F-22 is pre-ordered :)

Haul from Japan !

Publié le 26 Mai 2008 par Hellric dans Mech & robots

I had a big surprise today, the postman had a huge box full of Japan goodness : big robots, strange sweets, presents from my friend Masayuki.

Here's a shot of the things that were in this week and last week packages :

A-Label Demonbane (already reviewed), Bandai Soul of Spec Black Sarena, Bandai Movie Realization Evangelion, Volks A3 Su-37UB Terminator... Reviews soon ! 
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