Monday, January 15, 2018

Diaclone DA-14 Big Powered GV

 Diaclone series has escaped my Radar since it bears close resemblance with with Transformers which i stayed away from. But this toy lineup catches my attention as my company got this product arrived which i took a glimpse on it. From what i comprehend Diaclone is transformable Robot Toys with strong emphasis in playability which means it has tons of gimmicks! Takara Tomy apparently have toys in this lineup in 80s but they just did the Reboot move last year. When i was a kid, i was a big sucker for Robot Toys that you can put miniature pilot in it and Diaclone just fulfill my bill for the gimmick. One of the Diaclone toy that catch my attention is the DA-14 Big Powered GV which are Gigantic Robot combined from 5 Different vehicles which has its own transformation again and DA-14 happen to have the full package i am looking for. For now i will just wait for Takara Tomy to do a rerun so i can get this toy with Preorder Price. While Big Powered GV cost above 25000 Yen, with the quality which Rivals Bandai's Soul of Chogokin with the immense amount of Gimmicks, it is really worth it. I think what Takara Tomy needs to popularize this toy lineup is to oursource some Gaming Dev Company to make a decent Video Game out of this series to hype up the interest for the lineup and i will be keeping a close up on it too. Here is CM for the Toy by Takara which looks really awesome indeed!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Total War: Three Kingdoms

 Ever since i followed Total War Series through Shogun 2, i always wished for a Total War with a Chinese setting. Up until now Creative Assembly shied away from the Chinese History settings but they just recently announce one with Three Kingdom Settings. So far there are not much information about this title but i suppose CA decided Three Kingdoms as the settings as it is the most familiar one to western audience. I wonder if CA do enough for enough homework with Three Kingdoms period to create the proper game. But I still hope for a Warring States Period Total War which CA would likely make if the Three Kingdom version do well.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Pokemon Ranger Shadow of Almia

 From the beginning of this blog, i tried to steer away from Pokemon  because i had rather complicated relationship with the series. It was a love-hate with this one as i grew up playing Pokemon but got disillusioned how the series decline on 3DS partly on alienating the older fanbase. NDS probably is the best time that the Pokemon series had as it spawned plenty of decent quality Spin-offs. One of them is Pokemon Ranger Series and i happened to finish one of its installment called Shadow of Almia. I have played the first Pokemon Ranger ages ago and Almia is the second of the installment which happened to be in my backlog.

 Pokemon Ranger series is notable for showing pokemon natural behavior other than as fighting tool for Trainers. Shadow of Almia compared to its predecessor had several improvements notably with wide selection of Pokemon companion and somewhat okay storyline if inconsistent. Though i still prefer the first game when it comes to the selection of Pokemon as Sinnoh Pokemon's are just lacking compared to Hoenn. One of my least favorite thing about this game is the annoying amount of backtracking that this game has which i don't think the first game was as bad as Almia. In any case probably have more Pokemon content in the future including Review materials as well.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Yami reflecting on Year 2017

 Time sure goes so fast and it has been already 8 Years since Realm of Darkness started its Journey. 2017 is another important chapter for this blog and myself as i turn a new leaf on my life. Early this year i somehow managed to land a job in Hobby Industry and very grateful for the opportunity. The job itself might not be that perfect but getting surrounded with toys everyday is certainly a Collector's wildest dream! And by working in the Hobby Industry, Realm of Darkness itself saw some increase in activity compared to previous 3-4 years. For 2018 i don't really have much target but hopefully i can deliver more Quality Review for this blog. As much as i see storm brewing in 2018 onward for the toy industry, maintain your passion in toys and keep collecting! Here is my Hauls from the recent second half of this year

Saturday, December 30, 2017

1/100 MG Plan 303E Deepstriker

 This probably one of the last thing i expect to get MG Treatment even though i got informant leak few months ago. But as a part of 30th year anniversary of Hajime Katoki Sentinel Gundam works, Bandai just decided to release MG Deepstriker. The kit will be released on March Next year while there are no price information yet, i heard it will cost around 20000 Yen though it could be higher. Deepstriker is the variant of S Gundam fitted with equipment for Solo operations deep into Enemy Territory, it bears some similarity to Dendrobium Gundam but the roles are kinda different i suppose. I won't be even thinking to get this kit but  If the Deep Striker has parts that can be switched with EX-S, it would have been great.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

1/7 Lancer Kiyohime Figurine

 Since i played Fate Grand Order last month, i keep more in tune with the merchandises related to this Hit Mobile Phone Game. One of the new Servant from the game that caught my interest is Kiyohime and her Summer event version is getting a figure treatment by Phat Company. The figure will be released on August next year with the 14800 Yen Price tag. Long gone the days of  affordable figurine as i had Caster Tamamo made by Phat for the half price of this figurine. In the FGO Game, Kiyohime original class is Berserker though she fought like Caster and in the Summer Event she changed into Lancer class which the one that got the figure treatment. Kiyohime is depicted as Yandere servant yearning for her master's affection since she thought Gudao/Gudako was the reincarnation of her love who she accidentally killed in the past. To be honest i don't mind getting this figure but i still prefer her berserker outfit in particular her second stage one. But i suppose the main deciding point would be the FGO Summer Event which NA server will be getting next year.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SCM Soul of Gold Sagittarius Aiolos Review

 Since i am a Sagittarius i think this is the right opportunity to make a review for my Sagittarius God Cloth. This My First Saint Cloth Myth and likely the last one too since i don't really follow Saint Seiya series. Got this one for 10000 Yen from my company after some cashback campaign which is very good deal for these kind of products. Arguably this a Review of Saint Seiya Myth Cloth product from Non Saint Seiya Follower.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Persona 3 Figma 049 Aigis Review

 Since i got Figma for Makoto Yuki, i might as well complete my collection for Persona 3 which Aigis was the only one left. Aigis, being the flagship mecha waifu, got her Figma back in early days of the Lineup predating way before Makoto Yuki's figma. Since i just need to complete my set, i didn't mind getting a preowned Copy for Aigis. I had a choice between the Ultimax Version or the Regular version and chose the latter. Becose i dont find over encumbered armaments fit the Aesthetics for Aigis who is more suited as precise and lethal killing machine over sheer firepower.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Soul Of Chogokin GX-70 Mazinger Z DC Chrome Noir Ver Mini Review

 Got another chance to do a mini review again since recently we got some Tamashii Nation Exclusive that are requested by my boss to be presented for local toy community for review. As i was asked to watch over the session, i got opportunity to fondle these expensive toys yet again. There are three items for the community to sample and one of them is SOC Mazinger. As I haven't had any SOC in my collection so far, it is a great learning lesson for this High End Toy Lineup by Bandai.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Aoshima 1/48 ARX-8 Laevatein

 It took Three Years for Aoshima to catch up with Kotobukiya but finally they release their 1/48 Laevatein in preparation of the new anime season. The kit will be released on April Next Year with 5800 Yen Price tag, a little bit more expensive than Kotobukiya's take. I will most likely get this kit as my physical representation for Laevatein considering i was pleased with the FMP that i had which were made by Aoshima, To be honest i still prefer Arbalest over Laevatein because the latter got jobbed so much with its little screen time. I hope Aoshima is generous enough to release 1/48 for Belial as well.