We got an update from our Supplier this afternoon that our order for Superion in the G2 colors will be delayed till Feb. If anyone is interested in getting one, please let me know.
We got an update from our Supplier this afternoon that our order for Superion in the G2 colors will be delayed till Feb. If anyone is interested in getting one, please let me know.
A few months ago I had a chance to sit down and watch the Anime series KanKolle. I had seen a lot of images from the series, didn’t quite understand the concept of girls wearing parts of old ships to battle in the water. When I saw the series on Crunchyroll, I figured why not give it a shot?
Boy am I glad I did!
I know the show is based off the game, and I have done a little digging into the characters, one ship that stood above the rest for me, also goes back to an anime that I used to watch as a kid, StarBlazers, or Space Battleship Yamato. When she showed up in episode 8 of the KanKolle series I was excited. I wanted to know how they went about using her, what her deal was and just about everything else you could imagine.
Imagine my surprise when I found out there were figures. Holy crap, people! I found the Yamato figure through Tamashii/S.H. Figuarts and got one, for me and for the store. I had a chance to sit down with the figure last night and this morning and had to put my thoughts down in a review. So, here goes;
KanKolle Yamoto Kai, released through Tamashii/Bluefin and is part of the S.H. figuarts line. When I received the box I didn’t expect it to be a large. Honestly, I figured it would be a large box, just not sure how large.
The box is a piece of art in it’s own right. Very nicely done with some gold foil lettering on the box. The sites and back of the box, show various poses of Yamato with and with out her armaments. When you open the box, it’s amazing to find the hardware and the packaged in the try. I was really impressed. I thought the armaments were made of die cast at first so I was a bit nervous, due to weight issues. I was happy with the fact that they are plastic and a bit relieved.
Some of the items the figure comes with;
The faces are beautifully painted and the eyes seem to pop! The armaments are wonderfully done. Each cannon moves up and down, on their own hinge, the main cannons can also swivel on it’s side. The ability to pose the cannons is one of the main things that makes this figure fun.
The different hands gives her options to hold her parasol. But she is not dependent on holding it. The hands she is given also allow for her to keep her hands in fists, or opened wide. She has hands that hold small torpedoes as well.
She has a wide range of articulation. With swivels in the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and ankles. Her torso has 2 independent ball joints. Her Knees move freely back and forth, and allows for her to sit as well as stand.
Her pony tail is on a ball joint, and it’s nicely painted with Cherry Blossoms on it. It adds a level of artistic value for the figure.
Some things to note on this figure if only for some interesting trivia;
There was only one real issue with this figure and that was the bangs for the hair. Which isn’t a tight fit. Other then that. I am so pleased to have this in my collection. It’s definitely a step up on any higher end Figuarts figures in my collection.
We have one up currently on our e-Bay store. I would highly recommend anyone who enjoys the AGP or KanKolle to look into this figure. You will be greatly pleased at the level of articulation and paint applied to this figure. Definitely a crown jewel of anyone’s figure collection.
We have opened up our E-Bay store under the name From Hobbies to Heroes, which can be seen here! We will be posting up new items all the time and each listing will be posted on our Social Media sites.
I am pretty excited to be able to get the store back up and running. We still plan on setting up the Subscription Service over at Club-Otaku. If you are interested in what it has to offer, please let us know and we will update you as we solidify plans. We also expect to start loading up our video reviews under the Club-Otaku banner and I am still toying with the idea of doing a podcast.
We have a lot planned for 2016, we are definitely getting the ball rolling!
Just wanted to add a few more things we hope to be expecting this month, or next. We have placed orders for the following.
S.H. Figuarts Ranma Saotome, girl type. Since this figure was announced a few years ago, I have anxiously waited for it’s release. It’s supposed to be released at the end of the month. We are testing out a new distributor who says they can get it to us faster then our normal distributor. We will have 2 in. More to come, as soon as we know!
Ranma is, I believe a staple for most Anime Fans. Even if you don’t watch the series, you most-likely sat down and have seen it at some point. One of Rumiko Takahashi’s classic series about a boy who turns into a girl and his engagement to an unwilling fiance. Not to mention, his Dad turns into a panda and he has 2 other fiance’s. What’s not to love!
We will also be getting in a Figma KanKolle collection figure. Mutsu, this will be our first Figma KanKolle figure, I am excited to see how it matches up with our upcoming S.H. Figuarts Yamato figure!
Either way I expect great things from this figure.
We will be getting another figure from the Love Live! School Idol Project, our resident psychic, Nozomi Toujou. Responsible for the name of the group, Muse she is also a comfort and a counsel to the team as they progress through the Love Live! competition. She will be in her Season 1 opening animation outfit as well and would go great with our Maki figure also expected to arrive this month.
And to round out this last bit of updates. We will also be getting in another Figma classic, I say classic because it either is or it’s going to be. Girls und Panzer Hana Isuzu. I have just recently started watching the anime myself, it’s definitely an entertaining series. I am looking forward to what this Figma figure has to offer!
We have some new items coming in, I am really excited about. We had such a slow end to the year over at From Hobbies to Heroes, I have to admit it kinda brought me down a bit. But, with that said, we are expecting the following;
Out first new item is S.H. Figuarts KanKolle Yamato. People, let me just say that this is one of those figures that I have been waiting on for such a long time. The package is going to be much bigger, because of the gun ships. But, dang! By far my favorite ship from the KanKolle series. If you haven’t watched it. You are truly missing out.
We expect the MSRP to be approx $124.99. When we have the item in stock, we will get more images posted.
Our next item is S.H. Figuarts Maki Nishikino. She is in her “We’re All In This Together” outfit. If you haven’t seen the series, it’s the opening sequence for the first season of the anime Love Live! School Idol Project. This is one of those anime, that when you sit down to watch it, you don’t realize that 3 or 4 episodes go by. The music is J-Pop, which isn’t bad at all. This is probably one of my favorite characters. Of all the idols in the group Muse, she has the biggest fan following from fellow Otaku. (which is either a good thing or a bad thing……you know who you are.)
We are getting 3 of these in, and the expected MSRP is about $46.99.
Our 3rd item is S.H. Figuarts Sailor Neptune. We will have one of these in, it was a Tamashii Web Exclusive, like Uranus. It is to be expected she will be in a brown box. Your Outer Senshi collection isn’t complete unless you have her in it. Well, her and Uranus. Because it is an exclusive figure, this is another one that will have a higher then average price point. MSRP is approx $61.99 USD.
Rumor has it, we should be getting in our Transformers Combiner Wars G2 Aerialbots as well. We will have to see if that comes through or not, as some of the box sets keep getting pushed back.
Ami Mizuno, the first soldier to be identified by Sailor Moon and the second to join in the fight against evil. Ami fights as Sailor Mercury. She assists her team with her brains and personal super computer to provide the best tactics and battle factors, to formulate information needed to defeat the enemy! “
In May of 2015, as I was starting up Ryndur’d Reviews, I sat down and started taking pictures of my newly acquired S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mercury. up till this point I have had several S.H. Figuarts figures, but those were mostly Kamen Rider or Super Sentai figures. When I picked up Mercury, I had also picked up Venus at the same time.
I haven’t had a chance to do a video review of Mercury, and when I initially did the gallery, I didn’t put much into it other then the pictures. I am hoping to rectify that now.
Sailor Mercury has to be one of my favorite Sailor Senshi, next to Saturn and Pluto. I am not sure why I was drawn to her character, but I have always liked the design. It was a no-brainer for me to pick her up when I stumbled on her at a Barnes and Noble bookstore.
The design of the figure is more like the original anime series, I was a little thrown off at first by that, I figured with Crystal just coming out, they would have tried to model the figures after the new series. But as an old school fan of the show, I realized quickly I am glad they didn’t do that.
As accessories go, this figure came with a quite a few! I was very pleased, unlike my previous purchase of Mario, that this figure even came with a stand. Even some of my Super Sentai and Kamen Rider figures didn’t get that kind of love.
The stand is tailored to Sailer Mercury, with her symbol and a heart shape to it. It’s little details like this that really make this figure pop! Outside of the figure, she does come with the following;
All in all these are perfect accessories, you can use the visor with any face, the eyes show through pretty nicely. There isn’t much of a distortion with the clear plastic.
The obvious pro, for most S.H. Figuarts figures is the articulation. You have a wide variety of joints, including swivels to help pose this figure in the most dynamic poses possible. The addition of the stand help to ensure that when you pose Sailor Mercury, the maximum amount of justice can be serv-ed. ( Sorry, had been watching Johnny Test).
The one con, if I had to find one on this figure, would definitely be in the shoulders. I would probably say this about all the Sailor Senshi figures, after looking at a majority of them. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, which does great in providing swivel, but depending on manufacturing, it doesn’t provide a deep socket for the ball joint to sit, and you can easily pop the arm off the joint.
Overall I have had no real trouble posing and displaying this figure. I really do love it. I would like this figure even if I didn’t have the rest of the team to keep her company on my desk. I would recommend this figure to anyone who has a chance to pick her up, especially if you are a Sailor Moon Fan.
The pre-order for this figure is going up today in Japan on Good Smiles site. I am hard pressed not to want one of these figures. Having reviewed the images that Max Factory and Good Smile have put up aren’t helping my self control issues.
Who’s looking to get one of these figures as well? Sound off my fellow Link-ologists…ok, that may not have come out the way I wanted to say it.
About 8 months ago I sat down, in a room with a camera and attempted to record a review for Tamashii Nations, S.H. Figuarts Mario from Super Mario World. As I sat amazed at how awesome I would be on YouTube and how my video would make thousands of views, I realized I couldn’t quite get my points across, because I was…….well, nervous.
As a part of revamping my Ryndur’d Reviews site, as well as continuing to grow our new home, Club-Otaku I am going over some of the old reviews and filling in the gaps as only I can! Now, sit back and imagine your best Christopher Walken impression and enjoy the review.
In the ever so cold months of May-ish in the northern state of Texas, I was a young boy who found himself in a Barns and Nobles. While there, I spotted a familiar face, it’s not hard to recognize the face as I have seen it through out my days of turtle jumping, and non – princess rescuing for 8 worlds. You guessed it, Luigi. No wait, I mean Mario. Tamashii Nations had taken our favorite pasta pounding, turtle tumbler addicted to shrooms and put him in a much more favorable figure form. I am looking at you Nintendo. -.-;
The box for the figure is bright and yellow, the logo for Super Mario World is printed and Mario’s name is written in Japanese. I picked up the figure and took it home so I could do a video review on how awesome it is!
Awesome may have been a stretch in some regards. So, the figure comes with the following;
That’s it. Mario is short, roughly 4 and a half inches, maybe smaller. He’s a hefty figure, don’t get me wrong. I am ok with the idea that he’s short, it’s not like he was a tall person to begin with. I will say this, the best thing going for the figure is that it’s sculpted really well. I felt that if they didn’t get anything else right, then at least I have a decent Mario figure.
Now that said, it is exactly what I got, a decent Mario figure. I am not saying that because I don’t like it. I am saying that because, of all the Tamashii figures I have bought, I felt that it didn’t quite meet up to the expectations I have always had. Let me sum up with my cons;
That’s it, sure it’s a good figure. But even with the items you receive, you can’t DO much with it. You are dependent on getting the diorama sets to help fill out this character and bring out it’s potential.
Given the 32 dollar price tag on the item, I would have like more to come with the figure that is usable; a stand, hands, something. As it was, when I bought this figure, I set it aside and left it alone till I shelled out the bucks for the diorama sets. After which, it became more fun to have at or around my desk.
With some of the diorama sets, you get an extra set of hands, and from there you can hold a turtle shell. Which is nice! Now, the hands pop off pegs, and the only type of hands you get are opened hands, that have a port in them so you can use a plastic stand to set up holding the turtle shell. It takes a bit of getting used to to make it feel right. Other then that, now we are talking, now I am playing with this figure and getting some enjoyment out of it. Until I realized I had to buy another diorama set.
I don’t say that to be negative, I say that because I need to build out the set. Get some action going! Yeah, make my own Mario World! I have become as addicted to these things as Mario to his shrooms. I needed help.
So I bought another set. I am so ashamed. But, hey I have my own Mario World.
Overall thoughts on this is that yes, it’s a good figure. It is considered an entry level figure for Figuarts standards, in my opinion. The problem is, it’s also a gateway figure. You will want to purchase other figures, or sets to get the maximum amount of enjoyment from it.
With that, I have made my last drug reference and I tidy up this review with the following. I would look for this figure at the cheapest possible price point. Honestly, I feel that 32 dollars is a bit much, considering you have to purchase sets that can cost as much as that to play with it or to display it. If you can find the figure in a cheap bundle on Ebay or Amazon, go for it. If not. It may not be the best time to get the figure just yet.
So, I had a glimpse of this anime from Kahotan’s Blog around Christmas and I have to say that it really caught my eye. I wasn’t sure about much regarding the series, other then it was being done by A-1 Productions, and Pony Canyon was involved. Other then that, it was all I knew and I went on my way
So that leads me to this week. I had some down time, due to being sick and I was checking some stuff out on Crunchyroll, when I saw this series, not putting it together with the fact I had just saw a PV on it last week. So I open up the series, and watch the PV. Well, 2 PVs, as they had the teaser and the main one. I was completely taken over again. The 2nd PV, actually had more to it, and that is what stuck with me the most.
The story appears to follow 2 girls, as they find the third and help her on her way.
Dorothy is voiced by Sakura, Ayane who is known for voicing characters such as Mika from Psycho-Pass, Arisa from Love Live! and Nao from Charlotte. I have watched Love Live! and I enjoy Ayane’s voice very much. I will have to admit though, I haven’t seen the other 2 anime, though Charlotte’s on my list to watch this month.
Dorothy is one of 2 girls in “the Box of Knowledge” who fight to keep viruses at bay. The Box as we are told is a gravity free space with numerous lights floating around and it is comprised of multiple people, worlds and times. My understanding is that the viruses come in and try to destroy these things and Dorothy and Dual fight to keep them at bay and intact.
Next we have Dual, who is voice by Taneda, Risa. Risa is known for voicing characters like Kuan, from Utaharerumono (great series, btw). She has also voice Queen from No Game, No Life and Chika and Seine from Log Horizon Season 2.
Risa also performs the theme song “THREE, a bud of dreams” for the movie. Dual is the the second of 2 girls fighting in “the Box of Knowledge”, against the viruses. Between the 2 designs, I have to say that Dual has to be my favorite. If only because I like the staff. (Don’t look at me like that, I have liked character’s designs for less!)
As the PV suggests, the 2 girls are in the middle of fighting Viruses when they see out 3rd member of the group, who happens to be sleeping through it all.
Rimu or Limu, depending on your preference. Rimu is voiced by Hanamori, Yumiri. Between the other 2 voice Seiyuu, she has voiced less shows, but as we all know it’s not the list of the voices, but the voice that matters. It’s my belief that Yumiri will be the break out voice for the movie. Yumiri has voiced, Uri-Tan in Etotama, as well as several supporting characters in different series.
Rimu is found buy the other 2 girls, asleep and being attacked by Viruses, when she wakes she tells them she must return to the flower patch.
With that said, we pretty much know everything there is to know about the movie so far. There are several shots of different timelines, structures and characters. We see the girls in different activities and exploring, whether it’s the world outside of the box or the different worlds and times in the box, I am not sure.
I am really looking forward to the movie, I hope that Crunchyroll will be able to add more to not only what the movie has to offer, but I am hoping we see this become more of a series. Only time will tell what will end up happening. But you can be sure that I will be watching with great anticipation.
If you would like to check out the PV for the show – check out the link here to YouTube – https://youtu.be/MMEwcWOrYSA
I had the chance to pick up Deluxe Spino Zord yesterday. I wanted to put some thoughts to blog, as it were. I will start off by first saying I do know, that Dino Charge is not Koryuger and my review of the figure is not based on a direct comparison to the original Tobaspino ( I should be so lucky).
From the beginning let me say, that if you have the T-Rex zord, from the series, either the Red (original) or the recently released Black version, then you have pretty much seen Spino Zord, with a few differences. Fist being the mouth, which is much longer then the T-Rex, mainly because it’s not a T-Rex, it’s a Spinosaurus. Although it has the same gimmick with the fins come up when the Dino battery is inserted.
Second, which you can see from the picture is the tail. I am just going to say it, who thought that docking the tail of a Spinosaurus was a good idea? It is my belief that it was done to help draw distinction between the T-Rex and the Spino Zord, but it comes off less impressive. For my Spino Zord, because I have a spare T-Rex, I use that tail for my figure. Which helps a lot. As soon as I can upload my images, I will post them to this review.
The next major difference, and the one that may bug me the most, is the fins on the back. I will make a comparison with the Tobaspino for this, because I think it does the Spino Zord a disservice. They should have left the axe, and not put in the cannon. I am not saying the cannon is a bad idea, I think it is nice they added it to the Black T-Rex, but if I could have had one thing that resembled the Tobaspino from Kyoryuger, this would have been it. I have no use for the spine unless I have it in it’s dino mode, which isn’t going to be very often. I am not a fan of just setting aside useless items from a zord. Which is why I am not a fan of the tail they gave this zord.
They did give you 3 missiles, which is cool, in case……..you know, you lose 1. The cannon gimmick is not on a spring, so when you launch the missile, it’s not going that far, so chances of losing it are slim, unless you just don’t care…….or are 3. If you are 3, then what are you doing with this toy? The age limit is very clear on the box, 4 and up!
The paint apps are good on the figure, I do happen to like the Navy-ish Blue. The Silver paint stands out, though I feel the Yellow paint app, was a little bit of a let down. It’s more Lemon Yellow, where as the Yellow plastic had a deeper hue to it. Yes, I am nit picking. It’s a review, what did you expect?
The other side of the figure has not paint apps on it, which is why you will never see a professional shot of this figure facing right. Pose left, only left! Since my figure is always in combined mode, with the larger tail on the back, I can let this slide. Those of you who do not have the spare Tail, I am sorry. Although, as an alternative, you could take the tail, if yo uhave Ptera Zord connected to your T-Rex, and just attach it to the Spino Zord. Maybe?
This takes us to the Combined Mode. Now, again, I don’t have my images uploaded, so I want to apologize for the fact that some ya-hoo couldn’t take 5 minutes to watch a clip and figure out what the combine mode should look like before taking a photo of it. That isn’t to say, that you couldn’t set up the figure to look like this……but, why would you?
In this image you see the tail that is included used as a “shoulder cannon” and the cannon mode for the back fin. See, dumb, huh? I just don’t like it. The shoulder cannon thing, just shouldn’t be there, it only adds kibble to the figure, and detracts from it’s overall aesthetics. You can move the tail to the back, but as it doesn’t open like the normal tail does, it will still be clunky and one sided on the figure.
Speaking of aesthetics, the zord, like all current zords come with ports for the zord builder. 2 on the legs, 1 on the tail section, and if you remove the Spino head and tail, you will have ports there. I am not a fan of the zord ports. I mean, I understand the play-ability factor, but I am not a fan of anything that clearly draws attention away from the main focus of a figure, for the sake of a gimmick.
The helm is nicer, I liked this version with a visor over the eyes. It does add a pleasant change from the normal Helm and spikes on it. The C resent Moon over the visor is my favorite part of the design.
Overall, I like the figure. I have learned over the years, that to get a representation of something I want, I have to accept some sacrifices to get it. No sound like the Kyoryuger version is fine. Smaller in scale then the original, ok I will accept that. Zord ports? Groan. But hey, I have an almost exact replica of the toy released in Japan, right?