Hello again Tomopoppers. I've been away from Tomopop writing duties for a long, long time but I'm back on the c-blogs and ready to unveil a project that I've been working on for quite a while.
Custom 3D printed figures!
Making custom figures has been on my mind ever since taking up Blender a year or two ago and this is the result of my first major character project: Velma Dinkley! I really like how she turned out. She's a very healthy 15cm tall and while 3D printing is fairly expensive, it's charged by volume of material used and efficient hollowing of the model brought the final cost below $22.
I have several other figures I'd like to get done just for myself, but my ideal goal is to get paid work collaborating with other artists and webcomic authors to make it easy for them to produce figures of their characters.
I'm also available for commission if anyone wants a custom figure!
Almost everything about this figure is superb! She looks super-cute when complete! The previous series of Rockman figures I've collected have never included Roll, so this is big for me.
The super-cute box art.
She actually comes with interchangeable parts so you can have her dressed in her normal outfit or her Megaman 8 outfit.
She has a lot of parts!
The only slight downside to these is that they seem slightly over-complicated. This is very possibly my bias speaking as the older Bandai kits I used to make were assembled a certain way, and after having done as many as I have I could probably do it blindfolded. The Koto kits have a very different way of being put together, and it still is throwing me off a bit.
Anyway, the instructions are easy enough to follow.
Lately I've been working really hard on filling my new Etsy store with cute amigurumi! One of the first patterns that I made after I taught myself to make these was Kirby, so I wanted to put a really nice Kirby in my store. Soon after that I devised my own Slime pattern from Dragon Quest, and decided to make several colors to represent all the different varieties in the game. These are about four inches tall. Then I decided to go all out and make a really huge slime amigurumi. At 9" tall and 28.5" around, t's easily the biggest thing I've ever made, and it took forever! I think my cat is a little scared!
Long time Tomopop denizen Stella Wong had a figure sale recently, and I was very pleased to learn that she was selling a Melissa Seraphy nendoroid for a reasonable price! I jumped on the opportunity to buy it, and was very pleased with what arrived in the mail.
The box had a Hachune Miku sticker, kitty stickers, and a flowery ribbon. Great start!
Inside was a very cute envelope with a lovely hand drawn picture of a sexy demon lady! That is like my favorite thing! How did she know? Probably had something to do with the fact that I was buying a figure of a girl with a jack-o-lantern around her waist. And all those times I wrote about how much I love Darkstalkers on my blog here.
Oh God, those lips.
Inside was a very kind thank-you letter, with another lovely picture of MORRIGAN from DARKSTALKERS, my FAVORITE THIING. Stella rocks!
And here's the figure along with a couple of candies, also found in the box.
I have no idea what the source material Wagamama Capriccio is, but I'm glad that figure companies realized what amazing character design it had. This figure is adorable!
She looks great on my shelf!
This is a Good Smile Company item, and the quality shows. The sculpt and paint job are excellent. The figure has lots of little touches, like her hair spirals and tiny crown that makes it beyond adorable.
Let me remind everyone that Stella and I aren't long-lost bestest buddies or anything. We've never met, live on opposite US coasts, and aside from a few podcast comments and forum posts hadn't even communicated with each other. SHE DOES THIS FOR EVERYONE. In short, if Stella is ever selling anything you want, GET IT, the care that she puts into these is really touching. Thanks again Stella, you rock!
I snagged these Sakura Wars models at a store a while ago for a great price. I've never painted anime figures like this, but I've painted lots of Warhammer figures in the past, so I think I'm up to the challenge. However, I'm a little confused as to how to start. Could someone suggest a good way to get all the parts spray-painted separately? If I spray them like this, held together as they are with poster putty, then there will be too much overlap and parts won't get painted.
Today, a lone figure showed up on my doorstep. His chest bears seven scars, a sign of death. He is a master of a 2000 year old Chinese assassination art, the Divine Fist of the North Star. He strikes vital pressure points, disrupting his target's chi energy and violently exploding their bodies.
So I noticed that Fist of the North Star was put on Hulu a while ago, and not having seen it I decided to see what the fuss was about. It turns out to be pretty much the manliest show ever. The best part is how they establish Ken as being totally invulnerable early in the show. In one episode he is pierced through the chest with darts allow his blood to pour out of his body, and he pops them out of his flesh by flexing, leaving no trace of a wound behind. At that point I knew he was the baddest dude around.
He's getting mad!
The figure is quite nice, and is my first from the Revoltech line. It feels very sturdy, and I like the way the joints snap into place. It has a lot of points of articulation, and this is a mixed blessing. While this allows many pose options, it's easy to knock one or more parts out of whack when you're trying to pose an entirely separate part. I'm also not too keen on how the extra parts come loose and without a bag, unlike Figmas. However, I can't say I prefer one brand over the other, and this is a really, really cool figure.
I do wish that Revoltech flying stands had a point of articulation like Figma stands...
The sculpt is really nice. You can't see in the photos but if you look closely at his chest you can see parts of some of his scars. His shoulder pads do this really cool thing where they swivel up and down to allow more articulation in his arms. He comes with a calm face, an angry face, a separate upper arm without a metal shoulder pad, several alternate hands including the all important pressure-point-jabbing fingers, and a pair of nunchucks.
The paint job is nice as well. There are a few points where the browns used for shading look a little muddled, but I'm not sure if this is good or bad. He comes from a pretty grimy world after all.
Normal Revoltechs cost around the $25 range, but this was almost twice that because of rarity. They have actually released three Kenshiro's, and this is the earliest one. The later ones have either no shirt or silly goggles, and I just wanted plain old Kenshiro as he appears for most of the show.
After seeing the quality of this figure and really, really liking the show I'd gladly pick up another Revoltech to round out the collection some time in the future.
To restate my previous conclusion, this guy rules. He will have epic fights with my other figures as soon as I get some more close to his scale :D