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12:17 PM on 03.27.2011

Custom 1/6 Volks "Autumn Miku"

Hey Tomopopers!

Well I recently started making my way into resin kits and there's been a design I wanted to do for a long time for Miku that hasn't been created, a Autumn theme Miku. A counterpart to Snow Miku, Autumn is my favorite season and figured it would be nice to see Miku in a new color :D Since I'm pretty new to painting resin kits, I wanted this figure to come out spectacular. This is where Annya comes in. Thankfully the gifted Annya, took the exact design right out of my imagination and made it into reality without any real drafts to focus on.

Anyways here's my dilemma and I need your opinions. Its almost done, she just needs to add the designs to the base, left hand, and few touch ups. Looking at Miku's eyes, I was wondering if they should be hit with a little black color (Not entirely Black) for her pupils or leave it the way it is? I can't make up my mind. Thanks for your help!


3:18 PM on 02.24.2011

Tate's Comics Free Tasting March 13

Hi Guys!

I know there's a few people here who are from the S. FL region and was wondering who will be attending Tate's Comics Free Japanese Snack Tasting March 13th? If you don't know, Tate's Comics is probably the biggest comic and animation store in S. FL. I was surfing their page until I saw their posting. I completely forgot about it! Anyways, I'll be there rocking a K-On! shirt. You can't miss me, If you see a really tall Asian guy (Probably the only asian guy there haha) that's me :0}

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11:29 PM on 11.06.2010

Take: Gentle Giant's 1/4 Sucker Punch Statues

Hey fellow Tomopopers,

Well I was surfing amiami's site for any recent figures who found their way to the sale's department when I saw their pre-orders for 2 characters from the upcoming movie "Sucker Punch" due out next year. This is my most anticipated movie of the year for 2011 so far, so I had to check it out. Baby Doll, played by Emily Browning, is the main character of the movie. She has a great look to her, sporting an semi-old school girl uniform and apparently is the only one wielding a sword among her group (you can never go wrong with girls and swords). Her counterpart Amber, also has a magnificent design. She has a more militaristic look and is accessorized with a gun and a lollipop...yes unusual but great looking combination.

Now this is the first time I heard of the manufacturer Gentle Giant, but from recently seeing their work it seems its a hit or miss. Their designs are centered around movie characters rather than animes or comics, so its a figure collection unknown to me. I'm thinking about picking up Baby Doll (I turned Amber down because she kinda looks like my sisters haha). She will be my first 1/4 scale figure if I do pick her up depending how great/horrible the movie is. Besides, my collection needs something new other than the usual anime and western comics figures. So what do you guys think?

Sucker Punch Trailer
If you watch the trailer, @ 26 seconds she could pass as a live-action Saber if her hair and attire was styled differently haha.


4:04 PM on 09.28.2010

A huge surprise!

I received a package in the mail today. It wasn't something I ordered, but was expecting. A week ago my best friend asked me "What do you want for your birthday?" Of course I told her anything anime related. So she took it into consideration and bought a surprise present for me relating anime and my other passion for automobiles. The result was a sunshade from one of my favorite animes, Angel Beats! She gave me the heads up yesterday about receiving a package. Totally unexpected, it was nice to get something that isn't figure or collectible related. I got so excited and decided to take a few photos:

By the way, I do not live in Japan so don't get confused by the license plate...haha

Miku got so excited she started dancing on the car =0}

6:17 PM on 09.09.2010

Milestone's Tear Grants

I have always been a fan of Tales of the Abyss ever since it came out for PS2. From all the Tales series, Tales of the Abyss is my most admired. The story, characters, and art from the series captivates any on-lookers seeking the next new adventure to follow up on. A few years ago the creators decided to take the series to a higher step, an anime series.

I am not very fond of Milestone's line up, but I am very satisfied with their rendition of Tear. Before Milestone revealed news of this project, Kotobukiya's version was very stunning. However, I think Milestone can now bravely raise their heads up high.

Despite many figures having color contrast among their clothes and hair, which makes them elaborate. Tear's design is quite a tough project to create. Her brown dress which almost similar to her hair color would probably conclude that the figure would not be as elegant as other figures who have contrasting colors. However in this case, that ideal is wrong.

The only problem I see with Tear is the paint on the center stripe on her dress. You can see a little over brush on the sides of the stripe. A error, but a minor one. I was very surprised to see her come with a knife accessory which she holds in her left hand. That was something I didn't notice until after I opened the box. All in all, I think Tear is a definite buy for Tales enthusiast or art fanatics. She is up for sale still at amiami, but quickly selling out.

Also I decided to take picture of Momohime vs. Nel....haha


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