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Review Batman Arkham Asylum - Batman - Play Arts Kai Square EnixReview Batman Arkham Asylum - Batman - Play Arts Kai Square EnixReview

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MaakieMaakie4個月前
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Welcome to my review! Today I will be talking about a figure of well known superhero Batman ENTRY #7438 , specifically in his look from the game Arkham Asylum ENTRY #29298 ! This figure ITEM #78309 is from the Play Arts Kai action figure line ENTRY #23532 and made by Square Enix ENTRY #7627 .

I will start off with telling some more about his background.

Background

I don't think the character Batman needs a lot of introduction, but perhaps the specific game he is from does. When Arkham Asylum hit the shelves in 2009 (has it been so long?!) it was quite a revolution. Batman got licensed games regularly, but most of them were really lacking in quality. Arkham Asylum was going for a very different direction both in storytelling and gameplay. My husband and I being fan of Batman (especially the movies), we were stoked with how in this game you had a lot of story, many different enemies and a big area to explore. The only nitpick would be that the missions in the game can get a bit repetitive. Even if you are not fan of Batman, if you like action/stealth/exploration games, give it a try!

The reason why and how I got him

Back in 2012 when this figure was released, I was trying to get my husband into the figure collecting hobby as well (something that I have nowadays given up on). He took an interest to this figure and I decided to pre-order it as a gift for him.

Original art

As this is an action figure, a lot of different poses that can also be seen in the game can be made with this figure.

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The action figure takes direct reference from Batman his look in the Arkham Asylum game, which is known for having Batman himself extremely muscled, his cape extremely wide and his mask having higher 'ears' than the average Batman design.

Video

For people that prefer the box shots, first look and first shots of the figure as a video, please take a look at the inserted video below. For the people interested in pictures: keep on scrolling!



Parts of this video will also appear as gifs during this review! And a special notice this time: Multiple of my gifs were too big for even resizing and I don't have the software in which I made these gifs anymore. This means you'll have to watch the video to see all the angles and poses animated!

The Box

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The front of the box has a nice, big window, so you can take a good look at the figure. I like the addition of the blue splotches from the artwork on the cardboard, continuing on the plastic window.

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The sides of the box show artworks from the game and a close-up picture from this figure.

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The back of the box shows multiple poses the figure can be put in and advertises the matching Joker figure.

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The top window shows a pattern fitting for the asylum.

First Look

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The figure comes with a small instruction sheet, explaining how to switch hands (which uses a lot more force than you might think) and how to attach his huge cape. Important with his cape is that one piece is attached and one piece comes loose in the box. This is probably because of the cape being so big and this being the only way to keep the box size reasonable.

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A downside of the placement of the cape in the box is that the back blister that holds the extra piece of cape is glued to the cardboard. This means you need to damage the cardboard to fully take out the cape.

The blisters are made of very thin plastic and this figure being quite heavy, it makes the plastic prone to bending even when inside the cardboard outer box.

The additional pieces this figure comes with are:
- 2 extra hands
- Batarang (shuriken/boomerang combination weapon)
- Batclaw (grapple hook-like weapon and actual climbing hook)

The Figure

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When I first unboxed him I was like...this figure is HUGE! And HEAVY! For an action figure to stand at 24cm tall is incredible! I'm mostly used to 1/12 scaled and chibi action figures. Batman his height changes with every iteration and for Arkham Asylum he is officially listed as being 1m88cm. This would make this figure inbetween 1/7 and 1/8 scale! Take in account Batman his very muscular build and this figure is both very wide and tall! And let's not forget the heavy part, except for my cold cast statues, he must be the heaviest figure in my collection. There is a lot of engineering work in this figure design!

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It's funny how he from the side looks a lot less impressive than the front or back.

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That's definitely a pretty unique way to attach the cape, but it works because of all the dark colors. Especially if you would display this figure with the cape a bit more closed almost no seamlines are to be seen.

Looking at all the details! - First pose

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There is only one faceplate, but wow, the details on it are great! The skin has a lot of sculpted wrinkles and shades. The eyes have a lot of depth as well, which really makes or breaks a face like this with the rest of the look being so dark.

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The outfit is incredibly detailed as well with all the paint and shading in the right places. For some nitpicks I could point out the seamline at the side, the painting on the belt being a bit simple or maybe the pattern on the suit being a bit too big compared to the source material, but I think the rest is so good that it makes up for it.

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The cape has a lot of texture and small dents, making it look like old leather. The material is bendable as well.

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Some parts, mainly at the bottom, have lighter shading.

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Batman's lower arm armor is sculpted in a way where it seems like it has gone through a lot of wear. The paint at the spikes recreates this nicely as well.

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The leg armor is surprisingly lacking detail compared to the rest, almost like they have forgotten about it.

The upper leg has really nicely sculpted muscles and some wrinkles in the fabric.

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What I like about this figure is that because of the bulky design, the armor and the dark colors, most joints are pretty well hidden. His upper arm joint is not visible in almost all it's movement options.

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The back joints that hold the cape are very weird looking, but hidden by all poses as well.

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Switching Batman's hands is done by (carefully) pulling the hand out, leaving a visible peg joint. Although I have swapped hands a lot of times with this figure (and nothing happening so far), that tiny peg compared to the weight and the size of this guy, feels a bit brittle.

Looking at all the details! - Second pose

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Because of the sheer weight and no base coming with this figure, he needs a very balanced pose.

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Something a lot of people hate about this figure, which is understandable, but not an issue for me: His knee joints. The slightly rectangular shape makes him sturdy despite his weight and allows for a lot of movement, but it does look odd once you start paying too much attention to it.

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When I first got this figure I was happily surprised that he was still able to be posed so low to the ground and his cape moving accordingly as well.

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The Batarang has simple sculpt and paint compared to the rest of this figure. It's why I personally barely displayed him with it.

Looking at all the details! - Third pose

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As he comes without a base, you need to be a bit create in how you want to pose him. Me lacking any kind of cool diorama, please act like he is on a rooftop building or that he's leaning on a gargoyle in this picture.

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This is also one of the few poses that exposes his upper leg joint. I was also impressed at how much I can pose his leg outward, considering the weight and proportions of this figure.

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The Batclaw it's sculpt is nice, but the paint a bit simple.

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It's also the only part where I could find copyright information on this figure.

Bonus pictures

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Trying to put him into a walking pose can look a bit strange as you can see here.

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Size comparison

As earlier mentioned, this figure is huge.

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Here he is next to an 1/12 scaled Figma ITEM #198486 . Batman towers over her.

The Points

Positive
- Absolutely huge
- Very nice paint details
- Way more movability than expected

Neutral
- Only one face sculpt
- Doesn't come with much accessories
- Very weak inner plastic blister

Negative
- Accessories lack shading and detailing
- Box needs to get damaged to take a piece of the figure out

The Scores

Sculpting 9/10
The way joints are barely visible and the range of movement in this big sized action figure is incredible. There is also a huge amount of detail on Batman, with only a few parts and the accessories lacking in detail.

Painting 8/10
I would give Batman himself a 9/10, but the disappointment in painting on the accessories makes me deduct a point.

Posability 8/10
The posability for this figure is intense, but I don't feel like I can score it higher than an 8, because of the limitations in his balancing caused by his weight.

Base NA/NA
There is no base. It would have been nice if something simple was included, but as the figure can stand very sturdy by itself, I probably would have left it in the box just like with my other Square Enix action figure, that one ITEM #1451 being from the regular Play Arts line instead of Kai.

Packaging 7/10
The box itself has a nice design and is compact for the size the figure inside is. However, the plastic blister is of very low quality and a part of the inner cardboard needs to get damaged to get a piece out.

Enjoyment NA/NA
I decided to not rate enjoyment as this figure is of high quality, but I have decided to put him up for sale once I am able to reach my collection again. He just didn't fit the rest of my collection and my husband is not enough into figures to keep such an expensive and high quality collectible displayed. If you are a fan of Batman and/or the Arkham Asylum game and love to collect high quality items, I am sure you will find much enjoyment with this figure!

Conclusion

Definitely value for your money with the big size and nice sculpt quality. Very interesting to buy for collectors of primarily static figures as well, because his joints almost don't show and he comes with minimal accessories. For the collectors that are into bigger sized action figures, he is recommendable as well.

Availability

This figure was originally released for ¥5,800 and quickly shot up in value on the aftermarket, right now averaging ¥11K-¥12K. He is not super rare, but he is not much in stock at shops either. Considering the average Figma being ¥8K nowadays, I would definitely say this almost double as big figure is worth that aftermarket price, when of course, you are a fan of this franchise and have a nice place to display him.

And to finish it!

Currently all my collection is boxed away because of my emigration, but here is how he was displayed:

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I used to display him together with other video game action figures!

For those who read all this way, thank you! My next review will be about another action figure, but more moe this time: The A.G.P. figure of Gertrud Barkhorn ITEM #109652 !

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評分8/10

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ddarko3天前#81513045Hello again :),
After a long time! It feels a lot here like we are reaching something of an end with new cases less than 100 for six straight days. Hope it is the same over there too.
In terms of offices, most seem to have settled into the working from home groove. So there doesn't seem to be much pressure to physically return to work. Then again, it also depends on the type of work too I presume. If the job requires interaction, I think they will likely open too. The one with the most uncertainty are the schools. Some say they are definitely reopening. Others say that the plan is still in the works. It is all a bit confusing and I am sure that parents with kids are on the edge of the seat wondering what is going to happen haha.
That is certainly tricky with booking your vacation. There seems to be a lot of talk that there will very likely be a second wave sometime in the fall. Then again, wouldn't they refund you if there is a closure due to Covid? Some of my friends had a vacation planned in March, but they got refunded by the airlines when the lock-down happened. Though, I am not sure if hotels would refund though. But, if you go to Netherlands, I guess you could arrange to stay with family and reduce bit of the risk for now, and book a hotel closer to the date as a bonus if things look good?
The BLM protests are luckily not a huge thing here, and most of what was there seems to have died down. The situation is pretty bad in the US though. What is odd though is that the way the movement has operated in the US doesn't make a whole lot of sense. For example, I hear they tear down old statues and even wanted an Abraham Lincon statue gone. But, they would gloss over statues of folks that were hard-core slave owners and known to have fought legislation that impeded it in anyway. Of course, the suspicious part is that some of them are key figures of the opposition party. So there is a real question whether the protests in the US are politically motivated than an attempt to focus on the actual issue.
Oh my goodness, do not remind me of that Freeing Saber. The thing is, she was really cheap for a 1/4 though, granted, she was PVC/ABS and did not have the most detailed costume. I was planing on picking her up on Amazon JP (the shipping was really cheap), but then the next time I checked, she was sold out. I thought to myself, surely, the aftermarket cannot be that bad. But nooo, it is almost impossible to find her for a reasonable price now lol. It is one purchase that I regret not making haha.
I just got a chance today to read through your new Planetarian kit article (it actually took a couple of minutes for the pics to load and I was wondering if my internet had died lol). It looks awesome! I originally even thought you had used an actual bulb :D So full points on the realism as well for sure haha. This one also had a more smoother finish too. Looking forward to your next loot post and any new kits you start.
Haha 2021 for the win! :) I am sure it will be worth it. Plus, since you would have the chance to get to know from folks on what good places to visit and such during the lock-down to better plan out things. I hope it is much nicer than 2020 as well. I think I will still feel a bit uncomfortable getting on a plane, so definitely will stick to road trips inside Canada or to the US in 2021 (if the Covid situation has improved over there by then haha).


Hi!

Well, no. Last week the government decided that it was time to open up everything again. Apparently they did some randomized tests late July of which the results came in last week and it was enough for them to stress out and close almost everything down again after a week of almost everyone being normally back to work and school (why they didn't wait until those test results would be in is a mystery to me). Now they are discussing if the test results 'count' or not, because it was the first time they did randomized tests and found people without symptoms, before they only tested people that actually got sick or died. IMO every infected person counts, but let's see what the government decides. I knew something was up with our numbers being way too low and here it is.

It is also not going well in my home country, they are in their second wave now. Government there doesn't seem to want to lockdown so they are just making masks mandatory everywhere you go. They are on a 'red list' from where I live now, and will be on there for at least another 3 months, so I will not be able to attend my sister's wedding in September.

I am also currently working on cancelling my vacation of October, because they are also there in the second wave and entering the country would mean 2 weeks mandatory quarantine in the airport...the whole vacation only lasts 2 weeks, so it doesn't make sense to go. Better to try to get as much money back as possible and hope that we can re-book next year. I'm not booking anything unless Corona actually seems to be over though. Either vaccine or low numbers everywhere for a long time.

So how does it seem over there? Are people still behaving 'correctly'? Here we had the issue that in Summer lots of people flocked to tourist places within their own country or in neighboring countries, so we are bracing for our second wave (even before the mistake from the government with the re-opening last week).

When we were open last week, there were actually a lot of complaints from my coworkers as well, haha. About how they got so much used to having no travel time and now they had to wake up earlier and everything in general costs more effort and energy. So even though we had a big bunch of people very eager to rush back, their enthusiasm quickly dropped once they took place at their desk. :P

If I was a parent I personally wouldn't want to have my kids back in school, but it seems like in a lot of situations there isn't really a choice and you just have to do what the government instructed.

Nope, also now with 1 country on the red list and 1 country on the orange list they are not refunding our flight tickets easily. The only way for full refunds is if the flight is actually cancelled (which only happened when Corona was new, now they just have less busy flight schedules) or if something happens where you can claim insurance (which in our situation would be death or getting very sick before the flight leaves). We are basically haggling with the customer support to get as much money back as possible as we are not going to do those travels.

Even if the Netherlands wasn't in the red list we were already debating if it should be good to go or not. In general our families are not very careful and our main reason to go would be to attend a busy wedding party, which also isn't a great idea in a pandemic. But yeah there is a lot of social pressure in these things as it's a 'once in a lifetime event' I am now missing out on of course.

Those protests were only a short wave here and have already quit as well. I've only heard from friends of mine in the USA that it can still be pretty bad, it seems to mostly focus on protests on the weekends though. My best friend basically stays indoors the whole weekend and only does her essentials during the week. Apparently most shops already close on 2-3PM in the afternoon on Fridays to board up/secure for the weekend. Very crazy!

Hehe, Freeing is in general pretty affordable for 1/4's! But most of their figures spike on the aftermarket! Or rather, a lot of them get cheaper after release, and then they spike up to above retail. Happened also to the one figure from them I want. So was like 8-12K a year ago and now I barely see her for below 25K. I think I will just give up on having her unless I find an affordable second hand one someday.

LOL, well, I like to add a lot of pictures to my blogs. :D And thanks! I was hoping to finish my next blog this week, but it will probably be next week instead. More GK progress is coming up! :)

Yeah I have no idea. Apparently our government is expecting it to be close to over in December and there should be a worldwide vaccine in March 2021. So if that vaccine is there (and works) I should be free wherever I want to go after the vaccination. I'll just be keeping an eye out on the news before buying any flight tickets to wherever. ;)
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Maakie23天前#80588076Hello!
Yeah it baffles me how so many people around me accept that the office 'is not safe' but meanwhile go on vacation to another country or go to a tourist area within the country that attracts more people than there would be in the office...
We have gotten so much invites from people to go back to bars again in the last few months (they re-opened in May), but have been declining them all. Right now bars and public transport seem the most unsafe places of them all. But yeah also here my office will partially re-open in August and hopes to fully reopen in September, but you have been allowed to have a nights' out for months.
For us, there is no sign yet for our country getting the second wave, so it is really waiting until August/September when people return from their vacations to see if everybody will be getting sick. In my home country the second wave is now starting. This is really bad timing as we have to make our choices for both the wedding in September and the vacation in October at the beginning of August. So there is a chance for everything to look good during that time and then explode into bad during the time we are not allowed to cancel anymore.
Yeah, who knows what 2020 is going to bring even more... :(
It's the BLM protests which I think is the main reason for protests around the world. Luckily it's not an anti-lockdown protest, oof.
Yeah I think the Freeing B-style is just because it's a safe choice, as people that just like bunnies can get tempted to buy them even if they don't know the characters. Also indeed the bunnies are lower in detail and less expensive than let's say ITEM #549716 :)
Yes, I still have another one to cover in a blog first, but after that the one where I shared the picture of is next! ^^ The shoelaces were actually easier than expected, the most horrible is always making sure they don't get crosseyed. :D
Thanks! I mostly do a couple of big hauls a year and barely loose orders. With how customs work it's easier and cheaper to just get a veryyy big loot less frequently.
Jep...I got here in January 2020, then landed my job in February and the working from home and needing to stay at home started in March... I saw a couple of things around here in Jan/Feb, but I was too busy with jobhunting to do a lot of other things. :( But I'm having high hopes for 2021 and hope to then explore it around here! :) Going to use the money I'm now saving up by not doing much, to be able to see a lot of things next year!


Hello again :),

After a long time! It feels a lot here like we are reaching something of an end with new cases less than 100 for six straight days. Hope it is the same over there too.

In terms of offices, most seem to have settled into the working from home groove. So there doesn't seem to be much pressure to physically return to work. Then again, it also depends on the type of work too I presume. If the job requires interaction, I think they will likely open too. The one with the most uncertainty are the schools. Some say they are definitely reopening. Others say that the plan is still in the works. It is all a bit confusing and I am sure that parents with kids are on the edge of the seat wondering what is going to happen haha.

That is certainly tricky with booking your vacation. There seems to be a lot of talk that there will very likely be a second wave sometime in the fall. Then again, wouldn't they refund you if there is a closure due to Covid? Some of my friends had a vacation planned in March, but they got refunded by the airlines when the lock-down happened. Though, I am not sure if hotels would refund though. But, if you go to Netherlands, I guess you could arrange to stay with family and reduce bit of the risk for now, and book a hotel closer to the date as a bonus if things look good?

The BLM protests are luckily not a huge thing here, and most of what was there seems to have died down. The situation is pretty bad in the US though. What is odd though is that the way the movement has operated in the US doesn't make a whole lot of sense. For example, I hear they tear down old statues and even wanted an Abraham Lincon statue gone. But, they would gloss over statues of folks that were hard-core slave owners and known to have fought legislation that impeded it in anyway. Of course, the suspicious part is that some of them are key figures of the opposition party. So there is a real question whether the protests in the US are politically motivated than an attempt to focus on the actual issue.

Oh my goodness, do not remind me of that Freeing Saber. The thing is, she was really cheap for a 1/4 though, granted, she was PVC/ABS and did not have the most detailed costume. I was planing on picking her up on Amazon JP (the shipping was really cheap), but then the next time I checked, she was sold out. I thought to myself, surely, the aftermarket cannot be that bad. But nooo, it is almost impossible to find her for a reasonable price now lol. It is one purchase that I regret not making haha.

I just got a chance today to read through your new Planetarian kit article (it actually took a couple of minutes for the pics to load and I was wondering if my internet had died lol). It looks awesome! I originally even thought you had used an actual bulb :D So full points on the realism as well for sure haha. This one also had a more smoother finish too. Looking forward to your next loot post and any new kits you start.

Haha 2021 for the win! :) I am sure it will be worth it. Plus, since you would have the chance to get to know from folks on what good places to visit and such during the lock-down to better plan out things. I hope it is much nicer than 2020 as well. I think I will still feel a bit uncomfortable getting on a plane, so definitely will stick to road trips inside Canada or to the US in 2021 (if the Covid situation has improved over there by then haha).
3天前
ddarko24天前#80549493Hello again :)
Ah, the inconsistencies in how they are handling the crisis is just completely out there. I read in the news just now that the medical folks are raising concern over opening of bars in our province, and honestly, I think the concerns are valid. But, the government seems to be moving forward with that while most work places are still closed lol. I mean, it is hard to even understand the prioritization now. One must work remotely to prevent virus spread, but a trip to the bar on a Friday night where people might be too cheery and drunk to worry about social distancing is approved. Maybe the theory is that the alcohol in the drinks will act as a mouth disinfectant :D
Some provinces like Alberta seem to be entering a second phase with rise in numbers, but at this point, I think the government is stuck for options too. On one hand, the debt levels are huge and the interest rates are already super low. So if they shut down again, they are likely worried that it will really damage the economy to the point of driving that interest rate negative. There is also a somewhat unique crisis now where small businesses that are reopening cannot get the staff to come to work again lol. Apparently, the employees are pointing out that the government payout package for loosing work is more lucrative than what they would make if they worked. Then there was also this sad incident couple of days ago where a 73 year old was shot and killed by the police, as a result of an incident that occurred at a grocery store because he refused to wear a mask. I mean, masks are important, but it feels sad that some retired person got killed over it. Takes the lethal force use to another level. 2020 is certainly going to be a year for the history books.
What is the issue they are protesting about over there? Is it police violence and racism issues as well? And yea, smaller cities are the best I think! I live in a small city (probably more accurate to call it a town) too, and it is relatively peaceful. The only crazy incidents occur usually when the students at the University go a little overboard on St. Patrick's day lol.
Ohh, so Finland already has a second wave starting? That is pretty scary. I wouldn't worry too much just yet though. There is still roughly 3 months to go to October. Finland must have gotten through the first wave (assuming it started in mid march) with almost the same time. So there is a chance that the second wave will be over when the time comes for your vacation. I suppose it will also depend on how well Netherlands handles the waves too.
Those bunny ones do look unique due to the different details. It is just that with the Freeing B-style ones, I swear it does look interchangeable sometimes. I wish Freeing got into doing them in their original costumes as it would be a killer price for a 1/4 scale figure :)
That makes a lot of sense! Such a lot of things to know and think about when putting these kits together. Love the new one that you are working one! I can imagine that painting the shoe-laces must have been a very taxing session! If you asked me to spot issues, I am not sure I can see any already haha. Looking forward to seeing the final piece to compare with this one and your next blog as well :)!
I did see your loot post just now! That is quiet a nice haul! :)
Ohhh, I just realized that you did just move to a new country! Wow, you must really miss not being able to go and explore everything. Good thing is, when the time comes, you will be all settled in to explore at your leisure :)! From the pictures of Finland, it does look like quite a beautiful country!


Hello!

Yeah it baffles me how so many people around me accept that the office 'is not safe' but meanwhile go on vacation to another country or go to a tourist area within the country that attracts more people than there would be in the office...

We have gotten so much invites from people to go back to bars again in the last few months (they re-opened in May), but have been declining them all. Right now bars and public transport seem the most unsafe places of them all. But yeah also here my office will partially re-open in August and hopes to fully reopen in September, but you have been allowed to have a nights' out for months.

For us, there is no sign yet for our country getting the second wave, so it is really waiting until August/September when people return from their vacations to see if everybody will be getting sick. In my home country the second wave is now starting. This is really bad timing as we have to make our choices for both the wedding in September and the vacation in October at the beginning of August. So there is a chance for everything to look good during that time and then explode into bad during the time we are not allowed to cancel anymore.

Yeah, who knows what 2020 is going to bring even more... :(

It's the BLM protests which I think is the main reason for protests around the world. Luckily it's not an anti-lockdown protest, oof.

Yeah I think the Freeing B-style is just because it's a safe choice, as people that just like bunnies can get tempted to buy them even if they don't know the characters. Also indeed the bunnies are lower in detail and less expensive than let's say ITEM #549716 :)

Yes, I still have another one to cover in a blog first, but after that the one where I shared the picture of is next! ^^ The shoelaces were actually easier than expected, the most horrible is always making sure they don't get crosseyed. :D

Thanks! I mostly do a couple of big hauls a year and barely loose orders. With how customs work it's easier and cheaper to just get a veryyy big loot less frequently.

Jep...I got here in January 2020, then landed my job in February and the working from home and needing to stay at home started in March... I saw a couple of things around here in Jan/Feb, but I was too busy with jobhunting to do a lot of other things. :( But I'm having high hopes for 2021 and hope to then explore it around here! :) Going to use the money I'm now saving up by not doing much, to be able to see a lot of things next year!
23天前
Maakie1個月前#80328450Hi! :)
Here everybody is acting like Corona is over and it's super busy outside. The rules for traveling to other countries are still pretty strict, we are only allowed to go to a few neighboring countries and even then you are supposed to isolate for 2 weeks if you come back. I still think it's strange. It's not safe to go back to the office, but feel free to take the boat to a neighboring country...? All right then.
Looking at my coworkers it seems like 75% stays within the country for their Summer vacation, but unfortunately a lot of them go to busy tourist areas and camping sites, so that doesn't sound good to me either...
Anyway, considering we haven't had actual outside-the-country tourism for a long time, a lot of people are expecting it's (almost) over here. Thinking 'Everybody that got sick, got sick and now we are all clean'. So I wouldn't be surprised if very soon they are going to force us to come to the office again. Then how good/bad our numbers will be, is going to depend on how much people are allowed to travel to and from here.
There are protests over here as well, but luckily no looting or big destruction as far as I know. I'm lucky myself that I'm living in a smaller city near the capital city. Not much happens here, most of my neighbors are away on vacation now as well.
It will really depend on how it's going. So far it doesn't look good for both my September and October plans as both countries are now at the start of their 2nd wave. So even if Finland fixes themselves, I won't be allowed in if I visit their countries. >.<
Oh, that's good to know, thanks! Right now...I don't even have anything I would want to edit. I have barely been recording anything recently, only making pictures a bit. ^^'' I'm still learning GIMP, but it seems like it can do basically most of what I want, especially color correction.
Yeah unfortunately in our situations when we were still living in our home country the pays were low range with not much opportunity for growth. Right now I am in low/mid range with possibility for growing to full mid range. My husband is already in mid range. So things are looking up, especially since we only have been working our jobs here for a short time, so there are still growth possibilities. :)
Hehe, well I'm not specifically into bunny girls, but I do have a bunch as a lot of my favorite characters regularly get put into bunny outfits on their figures. xD From the specific bunny I linked, I like all her military details, makes her stand out from the rest. Some other bunny girls I own and are more unique:
ITEM #323987 Military look as well
ITEM #323988 Casino dealer
ITEM #396977 Nice long jacket
ITEM #3038 Bathing suit with high heels and other cute accessories.
Well, I hope you're looking forward to my next blog then, because it's going to look a lot better than...that.
About smooth surfaces: yes! But it highly depends on the quality of the cast, quality of your undercoat and quality of your paint. For the figure from that blog: It was an older bootleg which was already not that great, and I also didn't want to spend a lot of money by using my premium materials on it. But here is an example of something I made more recently that is a lot smoother (better cast and better quality paints):
(WIP that's why there are still small issues on the figure)
Still sounds good/special! We officially had a founding day for our city a couple of months ago, but as it's apparently normally a party where everybody goes out and drink, nothing really happened this year (except for some protests/rallies). Right now I am just aiming for hopefully in 2021 to finally explore this new area I moved to. ^^''


Hello again :)

Ah, the inconsistencies in how they are handling the crisis is just completely out there. I read in the news just now that the medical folks are raising concern over opening of bars in our province, and honestly, I think the concerns are valid. But, the government seems to be moving forward with that while most work places are still closed lol. I mean, it is hard to even understand the prioritization now. One must work remotely to prevent virus spread, but a trip to the bar on a Friday night where people might be too cheery and drunk to worry about social distancing is approved. Maybe the theory is that the alcohol in the drinks will act as a mouth disinfectant :D

Some provinces like Alberta seem to be entering a second phase with rise in numbers, but at this point, I think the government is stuck for options too. On one hand, the debt levels are huge and the interest rates are already super low. So if they shut down again, they are likely worried that it will really damage the economy to the point of driving that interest rate negative. There is also a somewhat unique crisis now where small businesses that are reopening cannot get the staff to come to work again lol. Apparently, the employees are pointing out that the government payout package for loosing work is more lucrative than what they would make if they worked. Then there was also this sad incident couple of days ago where a 73 year old was shot and killed by the police, as a result of an incident that occurred at a grocery store because he refused to wear a mask. I mean, masks are important, but it feels sad that some retired person got killed over it. Takes the lethal force use to another level. 2020 is certainly going to be a year for the history books.

What is the issue they are protesting about over there? Is it police violence and racism issues as well? And yea, smaller cities are the best I think! I live in a small city (probably more accurate to call it a town) too, and it is relatively peaceful. The only crazy incidents occur usually when the students at the University go a little overboard on St. Patrick's day lol.

Ohh, so Finland already has a second wave starting? That is pretty scary. I wouldn't worry too much just yet though. There is still roughly 3 months to go to October. Finland must have gotten through the first wave (assuming it started in mid march) with almost the same time. So there is a chance that the second wave will be over when the time comes for your vacation. I suppose it will also depend on how well Netherlands handles the waves too.

Those bunny ones do look unique due to the different details. It is just that with the Freeing B-style ones, I swear it does look interchangeable sometimes. I wish Freeing got into doing them in their original costumes as it would be a killer price for a 1/4 scale figure :)

That makes a lot of sense! Such a lot of things to know and think about when putting these kits together. Love the new one that you are working one! I can imagine that painting the shoe-laces must have been a very taxing session! If you asked me to spot issues, I am not sure I can see any already haha. Looking forward to seeing the final piece to compare with this one and your next blog as well :)!

I did see your loot post just now! That is quiet a nice haul! :)

Ohhh, I just realized that you did just move to a new country! Wow, you must really miss not being able to go and explore everything. Good thing is, when the time comes, you will be all settled in to explore at your leisure :)! From the pictures of Finland, it does look like quite a beautiful country!
24天前
ddarko1個月前#80250150Hello :)!
There are re-openings happening now all over Canada, similar to Finland it seems. There is now a huge debate over the laws to mandate mask wearing. From next week, the laws are supposed to be in force, and there might be some interesting events judging by the heated discussions I am seeing now.
I do not know how it is like in Finland, but in North America as a whole, things are in bit of a turmoil. You have the BLM protests that are taking place and quiet honestly, it seems to be having the opposite effect of what they intended to do. Things are getting pretty heated and 2020 is turning out to be a crazy year for sure!
Ohhh, yea, that would be terrible haha. Being trapped over there, and then losing ones job on top of it due to the phasing out of remote working would be certainly bad. Hopefully, all the restrictions will be out of the way when October comes around.
On Sony Vegas, the way it works in Steam is that anything you purchase can be refunded as long as you do not use it for more than 2 hours and is within 14 days of purchase. Of course, it is not as good as a 7 day trial, but something that might be of use. But, if you are more into pictures, I would say skip that and put the money toward a photo editing app instead as well.
Definitely know what you mean. I think it has to be a case where the benefits are good, but the salary too is more in the mid-range. If it is in the low range, I think then it can definitely be straining. Even in my friends case, his wife was without a job for some prolonged periods sometimes. So in their case, it helped that his income was still mid-range enough to get through their daily expenses, and the higher pay when she did work allowed them to save up for other additional stuff they needed during that time. But yea, definitely more uncertainty in that setup.
Oh, you are into the Bunny girls eh. I have always thought of getting one because the price is rather reasonable for a 1/4. But, I can never really get into the style. Since everyone is wearing the same clothing (to some extent), that kind of kills the way most anime characters are differentiated. I was interested in getting Selvaria Bles one since at least it came with her rifle. But, that pre-order got sold out pretty fast haha. Even if it hadn't, I am still not sure I would go for it too. I can see myself getting some odd looks from family members and friends with a figure from that line lol.
Oh, and I got a chance to go through the blog today. That was really good I thought, especially given the size! I was just curious, is it possible to also make the surfaces smooth (like what we have on the PVC figures), or do kits always have the textured feel/look? Looking forward to your new blogs :)
Well, good news is that Canada day fireworks did begin late from families in our area. It started right after I had posted my comment to you hehe. It kicked off a little later than the official one of course. That was quiet fun and honestly felt much better because I could just enjoy it from the window, right from the comfort of home lol. Apart from that, we did have some family celebrations too. We made a special Sunday like lunch. Nothing too crazy though.


Hi! :)

Here everybody is acting like Corona is over and it's super busy outside. The rules for traveling to other countries are still pretty strict, we are only allowed to go to a few neighboring countries and even then you are supposed to isolate for 2 weeks if you come back. I still think it's strange. It's not safe to go back to the office, but feel free to take the boat to a neighboring country...? All right then.

Looking at my coworkers it seems like 75% stays within the country for their Summer vacation, but unfortunately a lot of them go to busy tourist areas and camping sites, so that doesn't sound good to me either...

Anyway, considering we haven't had actual outside-the-country tourism for a long time, a lot of people are expecting it's (almost) over here. Thinking 'Everybody that got sick, got sick and now we are all clean'. So I wouldn't be surprised if very soon they are going to force us to come to the office again. Then how good/bad our numbers will be, is going to depend on how much people are allowed to travel to and from here.

There are protests over here as well, but luckily no looting or big destruction as far as I know. I'm lucky myself that I'm living in a smaller city near the capital city. Not much happens here, most of my neighbors are away on vacation now as well.

It will really depend on how it's going. So far it doesn't look good for both my September and October plans as both countries are now at the start of their 2nd wave. So even if Finland fixes themselves, I won't be allowed in if I visit their countries. >.<

Oh, that's good to know, thanks! Right now...I don't even have anything I would want to edit. I have barely been recording anything recently, only making pictures a bit. ^^'' I'm still learning GIMP, but it seems like it can do basically most of what I want, especially color correction.

Yeah unfortunately in our situations when we were still living in our home country the pays were low range with not much opportunity for growth. Right now I am in low/mid range with possibility for growing to full mid range. My husband is already in mid range. So things are looking up, especially since we only have been working our jobs here for a short time, so there are still growth possibilities. :)

Hehe, well I'm not specifically into bunny girls, but I do have a bunch as a lot of my favorite characters regularly get put into bunny outfits on their figures. xD From the specific bunny I linked, I like all her military details, makes her stand out from the rest. Some other bunny girls I own and are more unique:
ITEM #323987 Military look as well
ITEM #323988 Casino dealer
ITEM #396977 Nice long jacket
ITEM #3038 Bathing suit with high heels and other cute accessories.

Well, I hope you're looking forward to my next blog then, because it's going to look a lot better than...that.

About smooth surfaces: yes! But it highly depends on the quality of the cast, quality of your undercoat and quality of your paint. For the figure from that blog: It was an older bootleg which was already not that great, and I also didn't want to spend a lot of money by using my premium materials on it. But here is an example of something I made more recently that is a lot smoother (better cast and better quality paints):

https://i.ibb.co/PCqGn2K/IMG-4690.jpg
(WIP that's why there are still small issues on the figure)

Still sounds good/special! We officially had a founding day for our city a couple of months ago, but as it's apparently normally a party where everybody goes out and drink, nothing really happened this year (except for some protests/rallies). Right now I am just aiming for hopefully in 2021 to finally explore this new area I moved to. ^^''
1個月前
Maakie1個月前#79942393Aw man! But the end is coming soon...I think. Is there a re-opening planned? Basically everything is reopened here now (unfortunately).
I like to try something out a while before I buy, and I have never tried Sony Vegas. On the other hand, I'm also making a lot less videos nowadays and focusing more on pictures.
Well...Europe is a lot of different countries, so no. :P Most of West and South European countries are pretty lenient (and happily having eachother over, even with more 'dangerous' countries like Italy!), meanwhile most of the Northern and Eastern European countries are a lot more careful. I'm living in a Northern European country and my family lives in the West. Our situation right now is that simply, our Northern government doesn't allow us to get back in if we decide to visit the West. The West is like 'come over LOL, here are planes'. So if we were to leave right now, that would mean we can visit, but can't get back. That would be a huge issue, as working from home is phasing out here, so that couldn't be possible from the Netherlands as well. So yeah we keep an eye out on the news, but I'm having a bad feeling about it...especially because the left half of Europe is so lenient.
For me...well even with the benefits being good, I didn't feel really appreciated for making long hours and only getting a bit above minimum wage paid at the end of the month. So even with being 'set for life' working that job, you just knew you could never really afford any big trips or expensive hobbies unless you had a partner with a better paying job. The situation you describe by the way has been something my husband and I did the first 2 years I was out of college: He had a low-paying stable job and I was working random temp agency jobs with good hourly wage. I was very lucky that one good client wanted me for quite a stable amount of hours and for most of those 2 years, otherwise it might not have worked out that well. I would rather not go back to that though. Even now I am getting a lower pay than during those temp agency days, but I don't like the uncertainty, especially since we wanted to become home-owners (and have been for 2 places now).
I think only or mostly kneeling and lying 1/4's fit in a Detolf. The one I like most myself ITEM #676240 is kneeling, so would fit (but still take up a huge amount of space compared to other figures).
You might not have seen it yet? Here it is: BLOG #45839 . The result is not that good, but new blogs with better ones are coming up soon!
So, did you end up doing anything special for Canada day? Even if there are no fireworks and carnivals, did you cook something special? Or any kind of tv/online celebrations?


Hello :)!

There are re-openings happening now all over Canada, similar to Finland it seems. There is now a huge debate over the laws to mandate mask wearing. From next week, the laws are supposed to be in force, and there might be some interesting events judging by the heated discussions I am seeing now.

I do not know how it is like in Finland, but in North America as a whole, things are in bit of a turmoil. You have the BLM protests that are taking place and quiet honestly, it seems to be having the opposite effect of what they intended to do. Things are getting pretty heated and 2020 is turning out to be a crazy year for sure!

Ohhh, yea, that would be terrible haha. Being trapped over there, and then losing ones job on top of it due to the phasing out of remote working would be certainly bad. Hopefully, all the restrictions will be out of the way when October comes around.

On Sony Vegas, the way it works in Steam is that anything you purchase can be refunded as long as you do not use it for more than 2 hours and is within 14 days of purchase. Of course, it is not as good as a 7 day trial, but something that might be of use. But, if you are more into pictures, I would say skip that and put the money toward a photo editing app instead as well.

Definitely know what you mean. I think it has to be a case where the benefits are good, but the salary too is more in the mid-range. If it is in the low range, I think then it can definitely be straining. Even in my friends case, his wife was without a job for some prolonged periods sometimes. So in their case, it helped that his income was still mid-range enough to get through their daily expenses, and the higher pay when she did work allowed them to save up for other additional stuff they needed during that time. But yea, definitely more uncertainty in that setup.

Oh, you are into the Bunny girls eh. I have always thought of getting one because the price is rather reasonable for a 1/4. But, I can never really get into the style. Since everyone is wearing the same clothing (to some extent), that kind of kills the way most anime characters are differentiated. I was interested in getting Selvaria Bles one since at least it came with her rifle. But, that pre-order got sold out pretty fast haha. Even if it hadn't, I am still not sure I would go for it too. I can see myself getting some odd looks from family members and friends with a figure from that line lol.

Oh, and I got a chance to go through the blog today. That was really good I thought, especially given the size! I was just curious, is it possible to also make the surfaces smooth (like what we have on the PVC figures), or do kits always have the textured feel/look? Looking forward to your new blogs :)

Well, good news is that Canada day fireworks did begin late from families in our area. It started right after I had posted my comment to you hehe. It kicked off a little later than the official one of course. That was quiet fun and honestly felt much better because I could just enjoy it from the window, right from the comfort of home lol. Apart from that, we did have some family celebrations too. We made a special Sunday like lunch. Nothing too crazy though.
1個月前
ddarko1個月前#79836439Oh how I wish it was haha! I just had a chapter of my thesis due to send to my Prof. Since I cannot run my final experiments, I decided to work on writing the thesis and polishing what I have so far. So hopefully, if all goes well, then I can finish the experiments as soon as things fully open again, and complete the rest of the thesis quickly and defend.
If you use Steam, you might be able to find an editor that works for you these days because the Steam sale is on. They have Sony Vegas 14 Pro Edit for 49.99 CAD. I used to use Vegas a lot back in the day when I had a craze for video editing and sharing on Youtube. It is quiet good and reasonably powerful.
Yes, I have very much had that experience. Usually when I buy a figure secondhand from ebay, I will take it immediately for a photoshoot lol. I find that I end up discovering any imperfections when I do that. I will usually then send the photos directly to the seller, and quiet often, they agree to some small discount and we are both happy :D
Oh, yea, I can understand the weather issue. Here in Ontario, we do get a few months of good weather usually from late April till around September before the fall weather kicks in. Things have been reopening quiet steadily for us here though, and the cases for the most part are on the decline. We also heard that Europe is now accepting Canadians flying over. So I think you will definitely be ok for your sisters' wedding.
Makes sense. I think a government job is reasonable if the pay is decent and the benefits are excellent. If the particular job has low pay with good benefits, I think that is a tough one. I suppose in a family, you can use the good benefits job to cover the family while the other person goes for a very high pay without no benefits or something of that sort haha. I know a few friends of mine who do that. One of them has a job with benefits and his wife deliberately goes for contract jobs that have super good pay, but no benefits. In their case, it is a bit risky because the contract jobs can be unstable though.
Yea, with 1/4, the immediate issue is the space. My figures are mainly Detolf displayed. With 1/4, that is difficult. I could remove one shelf, but that still feels like a lot. Plus, the boxes are usually super big to protect the resin. Which 1/4 are you considering by the way? These are some of the ones I am considering at the moment:-
www.sideshow.co...
www.sideshow.co...
The Ventress one is 1/5, but the issue there is that it is a bit more expensive than the standard 1/4 lol. So I've been reluctant.
I know what you mean. I recently had Wonder Woman 1/6 by Koto on pre-order. BUT, ended up cancelling it last minute (like just before they shipped it lol). I ended up going with Poison Ivy Bishoujo that dropped to 5650 JPY from 11820 JPY :D I am hoping it arrives without any issue now lol.

Looking forward to seeing your new GK article with the new techniques :) I am sure it will be awesome!
Today is Canada day here. We usually get fireworks, carnivals and stuff. But, it has been pretty quiet today. What a 2020 haha.


Aw man! But the end is coming soon...I think. Is there a re-opening planned? Basically everything is reopened here now (unfortunately).

I like to try something out a while before I buy, and I have never tried Sony Vegas. On the other hand, I'm also making a lot less videos nowadays and focusing more on pictures.

Well...Europe is a lot of different countries, so no. :P Most of West and South European countries are pretty lenient (and happily having eachother over, even with more 'dangerous' countries like Italy!), meanwhile most of the Northern and Eastern European countries are a lot more careful. I'm living in a Northern European country and my family lives in the West. Our situation right now is that simply, our Northern government doesn't allow us to get back in if we decide to visit the West. The West is like 'come over LOL, here are planes'. So if we were to leave right now, that would mean we can visit, but can't get back. That would be a huge issue, as working from home is phasing out here, so that couldn't be possible from the Netherlands as well. So yeah we keep an eye out on the news, but I'm having a bad feeling about it...especially because the left half of Europe is so lenient.

For me...well even with the benefits being good, I didn't feel really appreciated for making long hours and only getting a bit above minimum wage paid at the end of the month. So even with being 'set for life' working that job, you just knew you could never really afford any big trips or expensive hobbies unless you had a partner with a better paying job. The situation you describe by the way has been something my husband and I did the first 2 years I was out of college: He had a low-paying stable job and I was working random temp agency jobs with good hourly wage. I was very lucky that one good client wanted me for quite a stable amount of hours and for most of those 2 years, otherwise it might not have worked out that well. I would rather not go back to that though. Even now I am getting a lower pay than during those temp agency days, but I don't like the uncertainty, especially since we wanted to become home-owners (and have been for 2 places now).

I think only or mostly kneeling and lying 1/4's fit in a Detolf. The one I like most myself ITEM #676240 is kneeling, so would fit (but still take up a huge amount of space compared to other figures).

You might not have seen it yet? Here it is: BLOG #45839 . The result is not that good, but new blogs with better ones are coming up soon!

So, did you end up doing anything special for Canada day? Even if there are no fireworks and carnivals, did you cook something special? Or any kind of tv/online celebrations?
1個月前
Maakie1個月前#79652934Hello! So that means you now did the last things for the school year? :)
Ah, I see! I always think it's the easiest to refer to Photoshop, although half a year ago I also moved from Photoshop to using GIMP myself. :) I'm also not fan of subscription models for that same reason and currently have the issue that I can't find a good video and gif editor after my main one decided to go to subscription state. :(
The camera catches everything...I have been thinking about completely quitting reviewing already opened figures because there will always be tiny specs of dust or a tiny hair somewhere that can't be seen with the normal eyes, but does show on camera. I once had a figure that I bought second hand and looked decent, but when I started making pictures for the review I only saw afterwards on the computer a lot of dust hidden in smaller crooks and the figure suddenly felt dirty to me...
It is now super weird in my social groups and at work as well...positive and negative messages and pictures are alternating eachother a lot. Unfortunately I am also seeing a lot of pictures of people meeting up and I have also been invited (and declined) multiple invitations for BBQ, beach party, cooking meetup and more. What makes it extra worse here is that we only have good weather for about 3 months a year, so people just simply don't want to spend it inside.
Yes, that sounds good. Then it could also be easier to decide who is allowed to travel and who is not. Man, I really hope that I am still able to go to my sisters' wedding... :(
Oh I see~ Then it's a bit similar to Belgium, don't know how much you know about their situation. :)
I have no clue how it is with Finnish government jobs, but when I lived in NL, I had two times a government job. With one of them I had great pay, but shitty benefits. So the great pay made up for the lack of benefits. With the second one I had bad pay, but basically was 'set for life' if I wanted to. The job was low-effort and because I was trained in a very specific skill, they rather not let people go. That was the job I quit to move to Finland, first and only time in my life I quit a job by myself. Sometimes I think back that I could have been set for life, but life wouldn't have been fun for sure, and the low pay really stinged as well.
Good to hear that, I am curious to your result if you ever get to that first kit! :) I am now typing on the blog for the next kit, which doesn't have that good of a result, but some interesting new techniques going on.
Yeah, I understand those prices. When I started buying GK's I would sometimes get rare ones valued ~200 euros and then hiring someone to paint them and doing all the back and forth shipping could easily make them 700+ euros in total to have a completed kit. That's one of the reasons why I also nowadays have as a goal to paint them myself. :)
No, the biggest ones I currently have is 1/6, but I am interested in some 1/4's. I don't know if I will ever get them as shelf space is limited and they of course take more space.
Yeah because of the nowadays prices I barely pre-order anymore unless it's a Kotobukiya piece or otherwise one of a 'cheaper price'. :( Luckily the aftermarket is kind for most figures and for the ones that are not...I just tell myself it wasn't meant to be. ^^''


Oh how I wish it was haha! I just had a chapter of my thesis due to send to my Prof. Since I cannot run my final experiments, I decided to work on writing the thesis and polishing what I have so far. So hopefully, if all goes well, then I can finish the experiments as soon as things fully open again, and complete the rest of the thesis quickly and defend.

If you use Steam, you might be able to find an editor that works for you these days because the Steam sale is on. They have Sony Vegas 14 Pro Edit for 49.99 CAD. I used to use Vegas a lot back in the day when I had a craze for video editing and sharing on Youtube. It is quiet good and reasonably powerful.

Yes, I have very much had that experience. Usually when I buy a figure secondhand from ebay, I will take it immediately for a photoshoot lol. I find that I end up discovering any imperfections when I do that. I will usually then send the photos directly to the seller, and quiet often, they agree to some small discount and we are both happy :D

Oh, yea, I can understand the weather issue. Here in Ontario, we do get a few months of good weather usually from late April till around September before the fall weather kicks in. Things have been reopening quiet steadily for us here though, and the cases for the most part are on the decline. We also heard that Europe is now accepting Canadians flying over. So I think you will definitely be ok for your sisters' wedding.

Makes sense. I think a government job is reasonable if the pay is decent and the benefits are excellent. If the particular job has low pay with good benefits, I think that is a tough one. I suppose in a family, you can use the good benefits job to cover the family while the other person goes for a very high pay without no benefits or something of that sort haha. I know a few friends of mine who do that. One of them has a job with benefits and his wife deliberately goes for contract jobs that have super good pay, but no benefits. In their case, it is a bit risky because the contract jobs can be unstable though.

Yea, with 1/4, the immediate issue is the space. My figures are mainly Detolf displayed. With 1/4, that is difficult. I could remove one shelf, but that still feels like a lot. Plus, the boxes are usually super big to protect the resin. Which 1/4 are you considering by the way? These are some of the ones I am considering at the moment:-

www.sideshow.co...

www.sideshow.co...

The Ventress one is 1/5, but the issue there is that it is a bit more expensive than the standard 1/4 lol. So I've been reluctant.

I know what you mean. I recently had Wonder Woman 1/6 by Koto on pre-order. BUT, ended up cancelling it last minute (like just before they shipped it lol). I ended up going with Poison Ivy Bishoujo that dropped to 5650 JPY from 11820 JPY :D I am hoping it arrives without any issue now lol.

Looking forward to seeing your new GK article with the new techniques :) I am sure it will be awesome!


Today is Canada day here. We usually get fireworks, carnivals and stuff. But, it has been pretty quiet today. What a 2020 haha.
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ddarko1個月前#79557246So sorry about the late reply again. I had a due date this week, so didn’t get much time to spend on MFC. But now, it is done :D
Thank you so much, I am glad you liked the photos. I am far from a master at Photoshop, and I actually use this cheaper version called Affinity Photo. It’s just $50 and you own it, and get free updates for two years. So no subscription fees, which was the main draw. For someone like me that goes for weeks and months without photo editing, the subscription model isn’t that great.
Yea, I think that under the lens, I start to see all the little dust or lint and I get the idea that the figure needs cleaning lol. I decided against dunking this figure again because I figured if I don’t see it when it’s in the Detolf, it doesn’t matter.
Woah, everyone must have been dying to go out on vacation in your area. I think your prediction of a second wave might be on point. People just seem so carefree where I live as well. I recently went out and wore my mask, to my surprise 90% of people I met weren’t wearing one, and they were just chatting away in large groups with no social distancing. I swear, some of them were looking at me like “why is this guy wearing a mask? The pandemic is over” lol. Oh well. lol, the squidward scene is pretty funny. I get what you mean. If people want things to get better quick, it helps if they do follow the guidelines. I suppose there is only so much people can take after they have been locked down.
Yea, exactly. If asymptomatic ones can be ruled out, it makes the tracing and isolation much easier. They could even have a symptom check test with proper instruments, rather than the actual test with swabs and stuff.
Actually, in Ontario, you don’t need to learn French. So I have zero French knowledge :D It is a similar situation in Quebec where most tend to not know English as well. But, for government positions, you are expected to be bilingual or at least learn a bit of the other language. If it’s a top position, I think reasonable fluency is expected. The thing in Canada is that most people are already bilingual, but not necessarily in English and French. Most would know the language of their home country from which they or their parents immigrated + English or French depending on where they live in Canada. So there is an interesting dynamic.
Ontario does have a significant number of jobs. A large chunk of them are from startups. Most students in University tend to dream about having their own company, so they will have startups. Of course, the risk is that many of them don’t pan out. But, some people are ok with that because then they will just move on to another startup and so forth. The hope is that they will find themselves in a company that actually goes big, and they will take a large share in the company by that time since they were there from the start. Then they will cash their stock, and move to another company or retire if it’s big enough lol. One of my friends was really crazy about it, though he eventually settled down into one company and has not retired yet :D Oh, and since the students who start these companies tend to have different backgrounds, the companies tend to have their own interesting work culture, sometimes, which can be terrible too. There are also a portion of jobs from US companies that have branches in Canada. They do this because it can be relatively cheap to hire a Canadian due to the lower Canadian dollar compared to the US. There are also government jobs, but those are hard to get because the folks in them hardly leave haha. Don’t know if it’s the same in Finland, but the government jobs tend to only have decent pay, BUT, excellent benefits and work life balance (maybe more skewed toward life actually with less work lol).
I do have to say, that new GK was wonderfully done, and your detailed descriptions had me wanting to try a simple kit out. One of these days, I might give it a shot with something simple, though I do think it might be a disaster still lol. I could get that Kanu and have someone paint it. The thing is, I don’t know if want it that much you know haha. My typical figure range has been 1/12, 1/10, 1/8, 1/7, and recently 1/6. So I am looking at around 300 CAD usually. So to go for 1K CAD is a milestone in itself for me. Do you collect large figures, like 1/5, 1/4 scale and higher? Speaking of prices, I was keeping an eye on Crymaria from GSC which was supposed to be 1/6. But the price came out to be around 560 CAD. If the world goes into recession and Canada ends up with even a lower dollar, that could be even higher by the time the release date rolls around. Can’t believe how much the pricing has jumped in the past few years.


Hello! So that means you now did the last things for the school year? :)

Ah, I see! I always think it's the easiest to refer to Photoshop, although half a year ago I also moved from Photoshop to using GIMP myself. :) I'm also not fan of subscription models for that same reason and currently have the issue that I can't find a good video and gif editor after my main one decided to go to subscription state. :(

The camera catches everything...I have been thinking about completely quitting reviewing already opened figures because there will always be tiny specs of dust or a tiny hair somewhere that can't be seen with the normal eyes, but does show on camera. I once had a figure that I bought second hand and looked decent, but when I started making pictures for the review I only saw afterwards on the computer a lot of dust hidden in smaller crooks and the figure suddenly felt dirty to me...

It is now super weird in my social groups and at work as well...positive and negative messages and pictures are alternating eachother a lot. Unfortunately I am also seeing a lot of pictures of people meeting up and I have also been invited (and declined) multiple invitations for BBQ, beach party, cooking meetup and more. What makes it extra worse here is that we only have good weather for about 3 months a year, so people just simply don't want to spend it inside.

Yes, that sounds good. Then it could also be easier to decide who is allowed to travel and who is not. Man, I really hope that I am still able to go to my sisters' wedding... :(

Oh I see~ Then it's a bit similar to Belgium, don't know how much you know about their situation. :)

I have no clue how it is with Finnish government jobs, but when I lived in NL, I had two times a government job. With one of them I had great pay, but shitty benefits. So the great pay made up for the lack of benefits. With the second one I had bad pay, but basically was 'set for life' if I wanted to. The job was low-effort and because I was trained in a very specific skill, they rather not let people go. That was the job I quit to move to Finland, first and only time in my life I quit a job by myself. Sometimes I think back that I could have been set for life, but life wouldn't have been fun for sure, and the low pay really stinged as well.

Good to hear that, I am curious to your result if you ever get to that first kit! :) I am now typing on the blog for the next kit, which doesn't have that good of a result, but some interesting new techniques going on.

Yeah, I understand those prices. When I started buying GK's I would sometimes get rare ones valued ~200 euros and then hiring someone to paint them and doing all the back and forth shipping could easily make them 700+ euros in total to have a completed kit. That's one of the reasons why I also nowadays have as a goal to paint them myself. :)

No, the biggest ones I currently have is 1/6, but I am interested in some 1/4's. I don't know if I will ever get them as shelf space is limited and they of course take more space.

Yeah because of the nowadays prices I barely pre-order anymore unless it's a Kotobukiya piece or otherwise one of a 'cheaper price'. :( Luckily the aftermarket is kind for most figures and for the ones that are not...I just tell myself it wasn't meant to be. ^^''
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Maakie1個月前#79166570Very neat edits on those pictures! I was never much of a Photoshop master (I tried though haha), so it's very cool to see that. :)
She looks very clean in your pictures! But you might also have a similar issue as I have: My camera is better at catching dust than my eyes are... Sometimes I think I cleaned a figure properly and then I make pictures and look at it like...wow. :/
Good for me is that since last weekend, my neighborhood is completely deserted. I could do groceries in an almost empty supermarket and it was very nice. However, the reason why it is deserted is because people are either going to popular vacation areas or the capital city and staying there instead. Second wave, here we come... *sigh*
All the Corona news has been confusing me from the beginning...if it is true about asymptomatic people not being potential carriers of the viru, then that means only a very small percentage of people are spreading it. If there would be a way to test people on that, we might be able to return to normal life soon. I would really want to...getting pretty tired of the lockdown...
It is very different with every country in Europe, similar to how some states in America are faring well (or not). The country that seems to have done it the best here in Europe is Germany. Unfortunately my home country has not done so well, most of the people I know there didn't have any work from home options available to them or only a couple of days a week. I would say Finland is somewhere in the middle. The numbers here are pretty low, but people are not careful at all. They really think everything is over and there won't be a second wave... It's basically this (Squidward is me watching the people outside):
So yeah even if the Netherlands allows me to go there, I don't know if I want to go with a country with worse measures myself, and then return to a country that was faring better.
Hehe, I can imagine that! Probably a bit in a similar way as a Dutch person going to Belgium (although Belgium is it's own country), the northern half speak Dutch and the lower half speaks French. So the deeper you drive into Belgium, the less Dutch and more French it becomes. :) I imagine that for you it's also an important school subject to learn French as it's also actually spoken within your own country?
I'll be honest, I don't know much about Ontario, so that was an interesting read! Are there also a lot of jobs in Ontario? I would guess so with the more varied inhabitants?
Yes, Friesland is very proud of their language and really wants to preserve it. But speaking Fries and not (or minimal) Dutch really sets you back as you are now sort-of tied to a tiny part of the already tiny country. Most people there keep to themselves and as there are a lot of farmers, a lot of them are self sustaining as well and families keep the company or farm alive for generations. As two other provinces are directly next to Friesland, that is seen as an issue if Friesland would ever get independent. Some people would probably flee to the neighboring areas and those are #2 and #3 of the countries their poorest provinces...
Ah I see, now it makes more sense. :) And yeah a friend of mine that moved to the US always says it's a great place for work, but not to settle or retire.
Well, just today I uploaded another GK blog BLOG #45773 ! It's also an older one, so nowadays my quality is better. However, I like having a complete overview of them here! :)
It is very different with each GK, as the one from the blog of today is quite simple: Not much parts and a lot of things in one even color. The one you earlier linked me however, is very complicated. :P
Well, another option is hiring someone that can paint the GK for you. It would depend on who you choose, but you might find someone willing to paint for <500, which then in the end would be cheaper than buying those prepainted eBay listings. :)
Hehe, yeah it was good and bad for the fame of lemurs. xD I have this lemur outfit that I would wear to conventions sometimes and once that movie got out, people started asking me if it was a 'King Julien cosplay', uhm. :P


So sorry about the late reply again. I had a due date this week, so didn’t get much time to spend on MFC. But now, it is done :D

Thank you so much, I am glad you liked the photos. I am far from a master at Photoshop, and I actually use this cheaper version called Affinity Photo. It’s just $50 and you own it, and get free updates for two years. So no subscription fees, which was the main draw. For someone like me that goes for weeks and months without photo editing, the subscription model isn’t that great.

Yea, I think that under the lens, I start to see all the little dust or lint and I get the idea that the figure needs cleaning lol. I decided against dunking this figure again because I figured if I don’t see it when it’s in the Detolf, it doesn’t matter.

Woah, everyone must have been dying to go out on vacation in your area. I think your prediction of a second wave might be on point. People just seem so carefree where I live as well. I recently went out and wore my mask, to my surprise 90% of people I met weren’t wearing one, and they were just chatting away in large groups with no social distancing. I swear, some of them were looking at me like “why is this guy wearing a mask? The pandemic is over” lol. Oh well. lol, the squidward scene is pretty funny. I get what you mean. If people want things to get better quick, it helps if they do follow the guidelines. I suppose there is only so much people can take after they have been locked down.

Yea, exactly. If asymptomatic ones can be ruled out, it makes the tracing and isolation much easier. They could even have a symptom check test with proper instruments, rather than the actual test with swabs and stuff.

Actually, in Ontario, you don’t need to learn French. So I have zero French knowledge :D It is a similar situation in Quebec where most tend to not know English as well. But, for government positions, you are expected to be bilingual or at least learn a bit of the other language. If it’s a top position, I think reasonable fluency is expected. The thing in Canada is that most people are already bilingual, but not necessarily in English and French. Most would know the language of their home country from which they or their parents immigrated + English or French depending on where they live in Canada. So there is an interesting dynamic.

Ontario does have a significant number of jobs. A large chunk of them are from startups. Most students in University tend to dream about having their own company, so they will have startups. Of course, the risk is that many of them don’t pan out. But, some people are ok with that because then they will just move on to another startup and so forth. The hope is that they will find themselves in a company that actually goes big, and they will take a large share in the company by that time since they were there from the start. Then they will cash their stock, and move to another company or retire if it’s big enough lol. One of my friends was really crazy about it, though he eventually settled down into one company and has not retired yet :D Oh, and since the students who start these companies tend to have different backgrounds, the companies tend to have their own interesting work culture, sometimes, which can be terrible too. There are also a portion of jobs from US companies that have branches in Canada. They do this because it can be relatively cheap to hire a Canadian due to the lower Canadian dollar compared to the US. There are also government jobs, but those are hard to get because the folks in them hardly leave haha. Don’t know if it’s the same in Finland, but the government jobs tend to only have decent pay, BUT, excellent benefits and work life balance (maybe more skewed toward life actually with less work lol).

I do have to say, that new GK was wonderfully done, and your detailed descriptions had me wanting to try a simple kit out. One of these days, I might give it a shot with something simple, though I do think it might be a disaster still lol. I could get that Kanu and have someone paint it. The thing is, I don’t know if want it that much you know haha. My typical figure range has been 1/12, 1/10, 1/8, 1/7, and recently 1/6. So I am looking at around 300 CAD usually. So to go for 1K CAD is a milestone in itself for me. Do you collect large figures, like 1/5, 1/4 scale and higher? Speaking of prices, I was keeping an eye on Crymaria from GSC which was supposed to be 1/6. But the price came out to be around 560 CAD. If the world goes into recession and Canada ends up with even a lower dollar, that could be even higher by the time the release date rolls around. Can’t believe how much the pricing has jumped in the past few years.
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