Wednesday, September 30, 2015

High Grade Gundam Cathedral

Not my favorite HG, but sure looks good when finished. The thigh armors impede articulation, and the thigh swivel is different than what I'm used to. The result isn't good. Had to tighten it. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Toyworld Grimshell Review

Grimshell is Toyworld's homage to Transformers' Grimlock. Their take on the Dinobots is both classic and modern. I was less than impressed when I first saw pics mostly because of the legs. The lower portion to be more specific. The gap is just ugly and I can't understand why they didn't find a way to cover it up. The feet can swivel to give a flat on the ground appearance, but the rest of the foot or bellbottom does not. If you swivel the thighs it affects the figure  balance so it's best not to swivel it out much. I still managed to pull off some cool poses, but it was tricky and had to rely on pegs over the loose feet to hold them in place. The more I mess with Grimshell, the more I like it,but it's not as good as their first and best release, Roar in my opinion.

Dinomode was actually more fun than I thought it would be because of the weapon add ons. They can be arranged in different ways.

Also, I took the pins off the small swivel covers of the shoulders as they affect articulation in combined mode. Another blunder on their part that made even less sense than the leg design.

I've turned the inside packaging foam into dioramas. Grimshell comes with the combined form's hands, feet, faceplate, and small pieces to add unto Grimshell to cover screw holes in the dino face and neck. It took me about a minute to figure where they all go because there's no instructions.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Master Grade Exia

Master Grade Exia. First off I skipped the Exia Repair parts. I used Tamiya paints and various water decals sheets. Also added luminous decals.

Maketoys Axle Review (Bot Mode)

Maketoys' Axle is an homage to Transformers G1 Protectobots' Groove. I was hesitant to get this figure, but it was too late to cancel so I really didn't have much a choice. Now I'm glad  I got it. The figure is bigger than I expected, and has more articulation than pictures I've seen show. The waist has a ball joint giving Axle a bit of torso articulation. Which.. well is better than nothing.  My only complaint is the fragility of the handlebars. The right one snapped while trying to pose the right arm. I glued it back and place it way from the shoulders too avoid future breakage.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Perfect Effect Leonidas Alt Mode Review

There is not much of a transformation to lion mode, but that's fine by me. The end result looks pretty damn good. One of the issues I had with my figure was the visor not fitting in properly. I solved this with 2 small pieces of magnets.I really like that the head can be moved around a lot. The upper jaw is spring loaded: an unnecessary, but cool touch.