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FEATURE: Eleven Existence

FEATURE: Eleven Existence

ROBOT DAMASHII <Side FFN> FAFNER MARK ELF · ROBOT DAMASHII <Side FFN> FAFNER MARK SEIN
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FEATURE: Pacific Rim

FEATURE: Pacific Rim PACIFIC RIM
"To Fight Monsters, We Created Monsters"

Original Concept
Travis Beacham
Guillermo del Toro

Director
Guillermo del Toro

Cast
Charlie Hunnam
Idris Elba
Rinko Kikuchi
Rob Kazinsky
Max Martini
Ron Perlman

Production
Legendary Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

In the recent decade, Hollywood has been dominated by geek culture. Movie adaptations of novel, comic book, and even toyline properties have been coming out faster than before. And with the success of blockbusters like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Trilogy, it seems that the mainstream audience is more willing to suspend their disbelief in favor for the incredible stories and spectacles that these kinds of movies could offer. However, the same can’t be said with the giant robot/mecha and monster movie genres. Until now, the only robot franchise that the movie-going crowd knows is Transformers. Unfortunately, any attempt to create a story featuring giant robots will be simply brushed off as a derivative of said franchise. This is where director Guillermo del Toro and his passion project Pacific Rim comes in. Being a fan of fiction based on both mecha and monsters, he aims to reintroduce the audience to such genres and get the major producers to realize that stories from such genres can produce blockbuster hits and not just low budget B-movies. Will Guillermo del Toro be able to change the mindset of the mainstream audience and producers with Pacific Rim? Continue Reading – Pacific Rim


FEATURE: War and Fall

TRANSFORMERS Generations | CYBERTRONNIAN OPTIMUS PRIME · TRANSFORMERS Generations | OPTIMUS PRIME [Fall of Cybertron]
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FEATURE: Iron Man 3

FEATURE: 2013.05.03 – Iron Man 3 IRON MAN 3

Original Creators
Stan Lee · Larry Lieber · Don Heck · Jack Kirby

Original Material
“Extremis” by Warren Ellis · Adi Granov

Director
Shane Black

Cast
Robert Downey, Jr.
Gwyneth Paltrow
Don Cheadle
Guy Pearce
Ben Kingsley

Production
Marvel Studios
DMG Entertainment

After the massively-successful blockbuster that is The Avengers, it all comes back to the character that started it all — IRON MAN. Unlike the first two movies featuring the character, this one has two major points to address. The first point being that this is the initial entry to the "Phase 2" movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or to simply put it, post-Avengers. These are expected to give the audience an idea of how these characters coped with the events in New York. For the second point, remember Iron Man 2 and all its shortcomings? Well, everyone is kind of expecting that this movie will deviate from the issues that plagued the second installment and if possible, be better than the first one. So the question now is, does Iron Man 3 deliver on both fronts? Continue Reading – Iron Man 3


FEATURE: Guest Gallery – LBX IKAROS FORCE & LBX IKAROS ZERO

FEATURE: 2013.04.10 – Guest Gallery – LBX IKAROS FORCE & LBX IKAROS ZERO

Continue Reading: Guest Gallery – LBX IKAROS FORCE & LBX IKAROS ZERO


FEATURE: Prehistoric Futuristic – Part 1

ARMAMENT FACTORY | METAL GEAR REX · MOE MOE BLOCK – HYPER ARMORED BLOCK | HAB-0003 T-REX
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FEATURE: Mobile Suit Gundam AGE

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM AGE
"Three Destinies will form History"

Original Creators
Yoshiyuki Tomino · Hajime Yatate

Director
Susumu Yamaguchi

Mechanical Designs
Kanetake Ebikawa
Junya Ishigaki
Kenji Teraoka

Character Designs
Takuzō Nagano

Production
Sunrise Inc.
Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS)
Level 5

Two years after Mobile Suit Gundam 00 ended on a relatively excellent note, Sunrise decided to take the next Gundam series on a different route. The Gundam franchise has stood the test of time for 30 years and for it to continue further, a new generation of audiences must be introduced. To realize this, a collaboration with game studio Level 5 (Professor Leyton, Inazuma Eleven) was formed to produce a series with the task of being an introductory series for the younger demographic to the Gundam mythos. And after 49 episodes to elaborate its unique narrative, was Mobile Suit Gundam AGE able to deliver the drive that will usher in the newer audience to sustain the franchise? Continue Reading – Mobile Suit Gundam AGE


FEATURE: Triple Threat

HG 1/144 | AGE-1 GUNDAM AGE-1 NORMAL · HG 1/144 | RX-78-2 GUNDAM VER.G30TH · HG 1/144 | GN-000 0 GUNDAM (TYPE A.C.D.)
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FEATURE: Third-Party Products

G-System 1/35 | GUNDAM Heads

The mecha/robot collecting scene is pretty crowded nowadays. Manufacturers continue to dish out lots of releases, backed up by the fact that people will always buy them. These people, the target market of these companies, are often divided into two — there’s the mainstream consumers and then the collectors (the niche of the two). While the former won’t be too critical of these products and will buy them continuously, the latter will be, simply because they’re collectors. They have standards at which they hold their collection to and if these companies don’t have anything to offer of that caliber, what would they do? Continue Reading – Third-Party Products


FEATURE: Real Steel

REAL STEEL
"Courage is Stronger than Steel"

Original Material
"Steel" by Richard Matheson

Director
Shawn Levy

Cast
Hugh Jackman
Dakota Goyo
Evangeline Lilly
Anthony Mackie
Kevin Durand

Production
DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
21 Laps Entertainment

The concept of having Robots playing major and pivotal roles in Hollywood movies still has a long way to go when talking about captivating the mainstream movie crowd. While the TRANSFORMERS movie trilogy (and IRON MAN to a lesser degree) have proved that this is possible to some extent, many still have second thoughts when watching a movie that’s filled with these machinations. Simply seeing these robots in a trailer will easily turn off many and leaves the genre’s niche market to like it no questions asked. So, where does REAL STEEL fit in all of these? Continue Reading – Real Steel


FEATURE: World War Robot Portable (WWRp)

World War Robot Portable | ARMSTRONG Engineer 0G

In collecting mecha and robots, there are usually two styles a collector is exposed to. First is the (often) Japanese style of elegant-looking humanoid machines that follow a motif (i.e. Samurais for Gundams) and second is the weathered, worn-out look that one often sees in novels or games. (i.e. MechWarriors/BattleTechs). This separation is further emphasized by the availability of merchandise that represent the robots in question. There is an abundance of the ‘clean robots’ while it’s quite difficult to see the other as it’s not as marketable as the former. Continue Reading – World War Robot Portable (WWRp)


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