Everyone has these... and they are so often complete bullshit. But I have started on a couple for myself and I hope to hold onto them for a change. The secret - I made them attainable so they would be easier to hold myself to!
Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I'm moving this article from late November until now to better match up with my Hedoro Kun blog
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The same Bounty Hunter clear plastic bag.
Coolness //2.75 out of 5//:
It's not the most eye catching Bounty Hunter toy, and it isn't the most unique. The purple color makes it stand out from its brethren, but it's not the flashiest of the bunch by any means.
Value //4 out of 5//:
The purple version of this toy is not super difficult to find, and can probably still be found for close to retail. At that price, it is a good value.
Overall //3 out of 5//:
Positives: Started off my BxH collection as my kaiju collection started; bejeweled eyes
Negatives: Kind of boring in comparison, waist joint
This is a solid piece and I am glad I have it. It photographs well and adds a little variety in the Bounty Hunter group. I think I would like this figure better in black. The only one I have seen like that is in Iwanaga's personal collection.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Here's another AnrakuAnsaku! Meet Giant Chiteidako Zoromederu, or Dako as we American guys seem to call him.
The name Dako, seen at the end of the word Chiteidako, has something to do with octopus, and you can see that in this figure. And like the Gogamejiras, on www.anrakuansaku.com you can find Flash movies of Dako up to no good as many giant monsters like to do.
Header //4.75 out of 5//:
This header is more like the Goga header than the Mescalgon header was. I've said it before about these, but I really like the homemade "zine" feel they have to them. I like this one a lot. The front of the header features artwork similar to what would appear in one of the website's Flash movies... Dako rising from the sea. I actually wish my Dako was painted to look like this particular artwork. The back of the header is darker. Dako appears here with much more text that I don't understand in a cool, shadowy image composed of basically 1 color (2 if you just count the creepy yellow eyes.
Sculpt //4 out of 5//:
As far as moving parts go, the Dako also is simpler in its design. There is a seam at the waist, and this one also has one at the neck although, because of the tentacles, you can't really turn the head. I would like some movement in the tentacles as well.
The body shape reflects the aquatic nature of the character well looking almost spongy. The texture, as on the other Anraku pieces I have written about, is fantastic and very detailed - with tiny additions like suckers on the tentacles. The oversized head while looking like an octopus, has an almost humorous human-like face that seems to say oooooo!
Paint //3.5 out of 5//:
This is a decent paint job, but not as impressive as other Anraku pieces out there. It's pretty simple overall with host of the application being spray red over yellow vinyl. There is a dark brown spray on the feet that is a nice touch, as well as hand applied black eyes and blue mouth.
Coolness //4.5 out of 5//:
I will always think Anraku toys are cool and make a big toy statement. The bright color of this guy will draw the eye on a shelf as will the facial expression and raised tentacles.
Value //2 out of 5//:
Picked this one up secondhand again, which is going to put some hurtin on the bank. At retail, Anraku pieces are definitely worth the cost!
Overall //4.25 out of 5//:
Positives: Bright, large, nice texture, Hulk Hogan similarities, reversable lower body
Negatives: Pricey, limited poseability
Thursday, December 6, 2007
While the header card does reflect the art style of Anraku, it also seems just as much an ad for MonStock, the store where many of these figures are sold. It is a heavier stock paper than the Goga header and overall looks more professional. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, I liked the homemade "zine" feel of the Goga packaging and thought it fit the style of the toy better.
Mescalgon is ultimately a simpler piece in its design than the Gogamejiras. It has fewer "moving" parts as only the head is articulated.
The sculpt is what appears to be a plant like head and a flying sea creature body. The head even could be seen as aquatic as the tentacles on top look like they could be from an octopus. I like the look of this figure quite a bit.
With all the other Anraku toys I have seen, the surface texture is phenominal. Rarely can you find plain, smooth surfaces, and these textures vary as you move to different body parts. The small scales worked into the large scales on the chest are great, and the ridges down the back add even more variety without being overwhelming. Even the eyeballs have dimension on this toy. It really shows great attention to detail.
I only wish there was somehow more stuff to pose outside of turning the head.
I have no problems with the paint on this figure. The base is orange vinyl and the paint applied compliments/contrasts this color as it should. The application shows the highlighting areas such as the top of the head/face and torso as vintage figures would have been painted. There is even hand painted areas such as the eyes and teeth.
The head tentacles, which to me are an important part of the sculpt, are given added dimension by the under stray of the red to match the top of Mescalgon's head.
The blue and metallic gold farther down on the figure work well together and offset the head well. The streak down his back looks really nice.
Anraku toys are ones that, if you are into this genre, you just feel cooler owning. It is very unique like the Gogamejiras (and the Hogan Dako that I will write about soon! :) ).
I gave it a 4.5 because I still think the painted Gogas are cooler and I don't want both to be perfect! haha
Unless you are on the magical list, you're going to pay probably about double what these toys retail for. While I got a much better deal on this than the Goga, it was still pricey.
Before then after shots.
thanks to LASH for the assist
A thorough shaking to the gold made it a completely different paint. The gold looks so much better now.
I went back and added to the original yellow layer and gave a light misting to the brick looking areas of his skin for a very pale yellow and the hint of glitter
Sunday, December 2, 2007
From the same set as the Demon Gaira. This was also unpainted flesh colored vinyl.
flat white with varying shades of gloss gold
darkest golds are top of head, shoulders, hips and crotch
The Man with the Golden Crotch!
The gold doesn't come across perfectly in the photos... it looks yellow even though I used no yellow
All in all, I have to say I like the results of silver VColor better than gold for sheen and coverage, and if i were to do it over, I think I would go for a gloss white base on this one as opposed to the matte
I was told to try shaking up the gold even better, so I may add more to this one
More custom painting work by yours truly
Gaira and Sanda were the two giant monsters from the War of the Gargantuans movie made by Toho in the 1960s
This figure started as plain flesh colored vinyl
flat black with red/silver fur highlights.
eyes are plain silver.
I feel like this needs something more - more color? highlights or something on the scaly looking areas? Painted mouth?
Friday, November 30, 2007
My first real custom paint job!
I am by no means a Real Head (リアルヘッド) fan... in fact the set I bought of unpainted figures was my first figures from the line outside of one figure what was part of this year's Super7 Halloween set.
(and my Super7 Halloween set has since been sold off)
Mutant Chaos on the left, Jinja-R next (which I did not get as it was a random drawing), Akrokaiser with the big head, and Mutant Evil on the right with the antennae. They honestly still don't do anything for me outside of perhaps the Chaos. Perhaps.
Anyway, I busted out the hairdryer and my concentration face and mixed them all up because ultimately I wanted a Chaosman to customize. Here's what I came up with:
(Mutant Chaos head on Mutant Evil body)
(Akrokaiser head on Mutant Chaos body and Mutant Evil right arm)
(Mutant Evil head on Akrokaiser body and "damaged" Chaos right arm)
I hope to actually paint this one to look like Cell from Dragonball Z
Now that I had my blank Chaosman, time for the inspiration!
AND... drumroll............ the finished product!
they say you are your own worst critic, and right now i am feeling this one is a near-disaster from a technical standpoint
looking on the bright side, though, i practiced a lot of techniques on this figure, so more than anything it was, and will continue to be, a learning experience.
problems i had were
-not mixing the paint to the right consistency... leaving a dusty looking finish on the brown surface
-trouble with masking... definitely need to practice this
-mixing colors. elementary stuff here- brown! and i still seemed to mess it up. wasted a lot of paint being impatient
-hand painting - i need to figure out how to get the brush strokes out. i could start with a better brush.... my bristles were too long i think
if any of you pros have tips on these problems or anything you may notice, please feel free to share. everyone can learn from my mistakes!
anyway... here is attempt #1 at a real custom. after more practice i will probably strip this and try it again.