Monday, September 30, 2013

Snapshot: Kotobukiya Frame Arms Griffen with Extend Arms 03 Set

The upgrade set for the Frame Arms Griffen just came in, and I have to say this: It made it look like some sort of mutant Macross Destroid. It's nice, but yes, you really have to paint all the rocket warheads read for a better effect.

Click here for the official Kotobukiya page for the Frame Arms Extend 03 Set
Click here for the official Kotobukiya page for the Frame Arms Griffen

I'll make a more detailed photo set and review soon. :)


Oh, and if you didn't see it (because I uploaded it late at night, I was so excited [facepalm]):

Frame Arms: MSG Heavy Weapons Unit 04, Grave Arms (Modified)



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Frame Arms: MSG Heavy Weapons Unit 04, Grave Arms (Modified)

So, I was able to finally get my hands on this heavy weapons set from Kotboukiya's Frame Arms line, and I have to say, I am impressed. Here is one of "scratch" units, outfitted with it. I've added some handles to the original Grave Arms, for more logic on how it's supposed to be held.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bandai HGGS 1/144 MBF-P03 Astray Blue Frame Second L - Review - Part 2

Welcome back!

I'd like to apologize for the long wait, but things got a bit busy in real life. Anyway, here's the second part of the Blue Astray Review.

Gundam Wikia: MBF-P03 Second L
MAHQ.net: MBF-P03 Second L
Click here for the first part of the review

The Tactical Arms Weapons System
I'm a big fan of multiple-mode weapons systems, but even I have to admit, the TA system for the Blue Astray was quite a surprise. It's a flight pack with a "tailgun" that transforms into a cannon/artillery unit, and of course, it has a BFG (Big F***ing Sword) mode.

We've already seen it in the flight mode in the first part of the interview, and as observed, it didn;t look too good in it. Here, in Gun/Cannon mode, it looks passable.


The two ammo clips at top and bottom are stored at the back waist plates.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Random Mecha Photos: Gundam Strike Brothers

Since we're coming into the age of the Gundam Build Fighters anime, I figure that I should take some random photos of all the stuff I kitbash.

Here's two of them: Strike Sword and Launcher units with some additional parts.


More about Gundam Build Fighters at the Gundam Wiki

Here's a promotional video for Gundam Build Fighters:






Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

HGUC 1/144 RX-0 Gundam Unicorn 03 Phenex [Destroy Mode] Ver.GFT - Review

I admit, I do have a fetish for the Gundam Unicorn design, though some of my friends find it entirely too complicated. I also admit that I sold my MG 1/100 version of it, since i found it too fragile. However, the 1/144 model kits seem to be a fair representation of the kit, even though you have to buy two kits for the different mecha modes.

And now, the latest version of the Unicorn is the supposed third version, the Phenex. I actually thought the name was a piece of Engrish, but apparently, Phenex is an actual name - a demon who appears as a Phoenix, and is a patron of sciences and art.

Click here for more information on the Phenex, from the Gundam Wikia.

HGUC 1/144 RX-0 Gundam Unicorn 03 Phenex [Destroy Mode] Ver.GFT

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Banner Image!

From a good friend, Atan Abenir: Mecha Toys' new banner. Thanks, FB Group guys, and keep on sending!  
Original image of Voltes V, rights reserved to owner, please contact me if you wish to have to taken down.


I feel that this actually gives a good representation of the local mecha culture, as Voltes V has cultural, political and generational meanings for Filipinos.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bandai HGGS 1/144 MBF-P03 Astray Blue Frame Second L - Review

This is one of my favorite designs from Gundam Seed - scratch that, from all Gundam! The basic design is known as the Astray, and this particular variant is known as the Astray Blue, Second L.

In a nut shell, this mecha is an upgraded unit, now boasting of a multiple-mode weapon and propulsion system known as the Tactical Arms, which has three modes: a winged flight pack, a gun system, and a large sword with rocket thrusters.

For more information, you can check out the history in the following links:

Gundam Wikia: MBF-P03 Second L
MAHQ.net: MBF-P03 Second L

Bandai HGGS 1/144 MBF-P03 Blue Frame Astray Second L
Yes, it can be balanced while at a relaxed stance - but not with a straight-on, equal-footing stance.