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BLOG: Plastic Crack – Transformers Generation 2 Hero Optimus Prime

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

During ToyCon 2014, the Transformers Pinoy Collectors group had its "History of Convoy" display which featured different iterations of Optimus Prime/Convoy throughout various lines.

Included in the display was Hero Optimus Prime, the second of three Optimus Prime figures in Generation 2, and the first to depart from the Generation 1 look. While stocky, gimmick-based, and has stability problems, it still has that certain vintage appeal that warrants an addition to the CATALOGUE.

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BLOG: Plastic Crack – HGBF Wing Gundam Fenice (Custom Blue Repaint)

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

In all honesty, the Wing Gundam Fenice is a good redesign, with its asymmetry and added details. What this collector doesn’t like is the green color scheme and has ever since thought of repainting it with the original Wing Gundam colors.

Now this custom build takes it further by bringing the symmetry back to the design, but that color scheme just looked good on that thing. And with the Gundam Fenice Rinascita on the horizon, there’s a much greater need to get this guy and do the blue recolor.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – S.H.MonsterArts MFS-3 Kiryu/MechaGodzilla

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Having watched the 2014 Godzilla reminded this collector of another S.H.MonsterArts release that still in the wishlist. This is MFS-3 Kiryu/MechaGodzilla as it appeared in Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla back in 2002.

And yes, as dumb as it sounds, this machine is called "Kiryu" in the movie. Though after doing some research, Kiryu apparently translates to "machine dragon" so it makes some sense… but it still sounds dumb. Funny names aside, this figure looks totally awesome and would be a great addition to the CATALOGUE.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Danball Senki WARS LBX Dot-Phasor

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

It’s been a while since the last Plastic Crack entry, it’s been a while since this collector built an LBX kit and… where the hell are those CATALOGUE Entries!?

Danball Senki WARS is the third entry in this franchise and the formula still works. What’s different is that this series isn’t a direct sequel, though it retains subtle connections to the first two. The main machine design also diverges, somewhat, from the previous ones so this kit would be interesting to build — whenever that may be.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles Metalhead

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

While local toy shops have been carrying the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a while now, most (if not all) of them haven’t passed the initial wave. So unfortunately, there haven’t been local sightings of Metalhead, at least for this collector.

Metalhead may not have the best articulation but as reviews like this one says, it has the details to compensate. So yeah, looks like ebay is the way to go for getting this guy.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Super Robot Chogokin Mazinkaiser SKL

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

With the very recent announcement of the Super Robot Chogokin Mazinkaiser, it’s only natural to look back at the first release of the super robot, or at least its variation. This figure came with the limited release Starter Pack which also included a DVD of the Mazinkaiser SKL OVA. Unfortunately it’s quite rare now and has an asking price of around $250 on the aftermarket.

Will this collector be able to get his hands on such rare figure? What improvements would Bandai incorporate to the upcoming Mazinkaiser figure assuming it will use the same mold as reference?


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Action Portable 1/12 ABC Warriors Mongrol

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Once again it’s June, so that means it’s Toy Con 2013 on this side of the globe. Going through the dealer room, very familiar stuff were seen, from Marvel Legends to Gundam models but there’s this one booth that was selling threeA stuff and has this guy in stock.

Was really interested in this guy for quite some time but it was only recently that it has been available in threeA’s “Portable” or 1/12 scale. High prices on the secondary market and shipping hassles doesn’t help this case either. So yeah, to get or not to get?


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Titanium Series Star Wars (Ultra Vehicles) AT-AT

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Mention the Titanium Series line to a Transformers collector and you will probably get a cringe as reaction. However, this particular figure is probably one of the better ones from the infamous line.

Was initially thinking of contacting Armament Factory, the one behind this guy, to commission a custom AT-AT but this might actually do the job. While only the main body is made from diecast metal, the figure itself looks quite good.

Now to hunt one on the after market as always…


BLOG: Plastic Crack – ROBOT Damashii <Side MS> Turn X

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Due to the apparent absence of a modern High Grade rendition, it’s up to the ROBOT Damashii figures to fill in that position in the CATALOGUE. Did that with the Turn A Gundam despite having the yet-to-be-built 1/144 scale model.

And with the strive for collection consistency, will most likely have to get the ROBOT Damashii Turn X as well. It’s an older release at no.11 but it sill has its merits. So yeah, time to find this one.

Just where are the freaking High Grades when you need them Bandai!?


BLOG: Plastic Crack – ROBOT Damashii <Side MS> Gundam F91

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

With Mobile Suit Gundam UC is extended until 2014 and the HGUC line is now going through MSV designs, it might be quite a while before Bandai dishes out a proper 1/144 scale version of this guy.

That being the case, this excellent figure of the Gundam F91 should be a great for display with other 1/144 scale kits despite being totally non-scale, standing at 12.5 cm.

And what do you know, HobbyLink Japan has it in stock for cheap, nice!


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Robot Museum Plus Moribito Type-02

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Kaiyodo (known for their Revoltech figures) teamed up with Xebec Toys (yes, that’s Xebec the animation studio) back in the day to produce the Robot Museum Plus line of mecha figures. And good thing they did as they were able to release the lead machine from Jinki:Extend, the Moribito Type-02.

Now the aesthetics of this thing isn’t a definite crowd-pleaser, but being one of those more obscure releases has its catch. That reason alone is compelling enough for this collector to hunt this figure up. That and a little nostalgia.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Transformers Generation 2 Hero Optimus Prime

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

The Official Transformers Collectors Club (TFCC) recently released a More Than Meets The Eye-stylized illustration of Hero Optimus Prime from the TRANSFORMERS Generation 2 line. Once again, this collector’s desire for that figure is ignited.

Despite the gimmick-ridden design, this variant of Optimus Prime has a certain appeal that’s hard to explain. And being an old release, tracking this figure on the after-market might present some difficulties. More collector conundrums!


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Iron Man 2 Hulkbuster Iron Man

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Again, that awful feeling when you discover an awesome figure years after it was originally released. Cr*p.

The Classic Iron Monger figure, as mentioned in this video review, is a retool of the Hulkbuster Iron Man figure. And now that the former is now in possession, it’s time to shift focus on the original mold.

And again, just saw one at a local hobby shop yesterday… really should have picked this one up!


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Variable Action Mado King Super Granzort

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

As seen in this CATALOGUE Entry, the Variable Action line from MegaHouse is perfect for those fantasy-themed mecha that wouldn’t normally get releases from the more mainstream manufacturers due to their niche nature.

That said, it was no surprise when they started covering designs from Madou King Granzort though the latter form of the titular mecha, Super Granzort, came out first. As seen in this review, it comes complete with all accessories and also transforms into the "Head Mode" that was seen in the animation.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Iron Man 2 Classic Iron Monger

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

That awful feeling when you discover an awesome figure years after it was originally released. Cr*p.

Anyway, coming out in a later wave after this guy is the Classic Iron Monger figure from the Iron Man 2 – Comic Series line.

Saw a loose one for sale at a local comic/hobby shop and should have gotten it. Oh well, hopefully it’s still there the next time (more of like in the next couple of days).


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Mastermind Creations’ Knight Morpher Commander

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

This offering from Mastermind Creations basically opened the can of worms called third-party products to this collector. This opened the possibility of having figures that Hasbro wouldn’t even consider planning, let alone releasing.

Anyway, this is Knight Morpher Commander, which is basically Optimus Prime from the TRANSFORMERS Evolutions – Hears Of Steel comic miniseries where he transforms into an awesome-looking steam locomotive engine instead of a truck.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Kotobukiya 1/6 KBT10-M Gun Knows

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Child-oriented, merchandise-driven series such as Beyblade and Bakugan are another one of those staples in the Japanese animation scene. Such is also the case for Medarot (or Medabots as known in the west).

Here is a review of the Kotobukiya 1/6 KBT10-M Gun Knows and while similarly-looking, don’t confuse this with the better known lead bot of the franchise, Metabee. Gun Knows appears in the game/manga Medarot DS.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Sen-Ti-Nel Maschinen Krieger 1/16 Fireball

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Aside from World War Robot the other fiction that has piqued the interest of this collector is Maschinen Krieger ZbV 3000. There exists a lot of confusion regarding the story as there hasn’t been an official release, much more an English translation, of the original Japanese source material.

Regardless, the franchise has produced great mechanical designs that has mostly been seen in model kit form, until Sen-Ti-Nel released this gorgeous 1/16 scale figure of the Fireball.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Figma Drossel (Juno XIII)

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

The first Fireball series back in 2008 was popular enough that the guys behind Jinni’s Animation Studios and Disney decided to return to the black & white tiled manor and created Fireball Charming in 2011.

Now this series is a prequel to the earlier fiction and features different designs, which translates to an opportunity to release another figure of The 19th Lord of Uranos’ Kingdoms’s— err… Drossel.

And by the way, just acquired the first Figma Drossel… more on that on July’s Today’s Robits.


BLOG: Plastic Crack – HGUC Delta Gundam

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

This kit has presented a conundrum for this collector. With the HGUC Delta Gundam being a transformable mobile suit at 1/144 scale, expect some parts-forming. While that ain’t a knock against it, it means that it would be better if two copies of the kit are purchased — one to keep in mobile suit mode, the other in waverider mode.

That’s where the conundrum comes in, this thing costs ¥4410. So yeah, let’s see how this will turn out…


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Titanium Series “War Within” Optimus Prime

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Hasbro’s Titanium Series line has always been infamous for releasing figures of great designs that tried to incorporate die cast parts which resulted in poor figure stability, mainly due to the use of plastic joints to support these heavier components.

Though as said, the line included an excellent selection of characters — such as this iteration of Optimus Prime from the “TRANSFORMERS The War Within” graphic novels. If only the figure didn’t wobble all over the place…


BLOG: Plastic Crack – MakeToys Battle Tanker

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

To those who think that the TRANSFORMERS Reveal The Shield | OPTIMUS PRIME release lacks punch compared to his other incarnations, then this will definitely give that much needed punch.

And let’s leave it to the third-party guys to do just that! Here is MakeToys’ (however you wish to pronounce it) Battle Tanker upgrade kit which admittedly looks much better with the TRANSFORMERS United release of the same mold.

So if you see that United figure in a future Today’s Robits post, then you know what’s coming…


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Any mecha fan should be familiar… no, should know by heart GaoGaiGar. He is after all the "King of Braves", causing manly-tears to be shed with his mere presence.

Consequently, any mecha fan should also be familiar with his complex aesthetic is and how his previous incarnations in plastic form were compromised in one way or another.

Then Bandai came with their Super Robot Chogokin line and granted the wishes of many…


BLOG: Plastic Crack – Figma Robocop

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

For those that grew up in the 80s (or even in the early 90s), it would be a no-brainer to know who Robocop is. The franchise was so popular to have spawned three movies, a live-action series and a cartoon. It is also a no-brainer why Max Factory went to the trouble of acquiring its license to produce this awesome figure.

And who cares if this figure has an anime-like mouth? It has effect parts, accessories for recreating signature scenes, and a gorgeous silver sheen all over — everything you need in upholding the law.


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