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I'm wondering how hydrophobic coatings affect the paint on figures. It seems that on glass, it leaves a frosted residue, so perhaps it may not be suitable after all.

But a clear coat is on the way...if it was applicable, I think this would make figure care a bit easier. Since dust gets swept away by the repelled water, it would be an easy way of getting all the nooks and crannies in your cleaning. Also, I'm going to assume it'd provide some protection against moisture in humid areas.

What do you guys think? If this product could apply to figures, would you consider buying it?







wilda
2:28 AM on 10.01.2012

"Knight" Miku to be exact lol. I feel pretty stupid for not having switched Saber's body with more heads over the past 2 years or so that I've had her. I tried using lens flares this time, which was pretty difficult as my flashlight's light was so weak that I had to constantly reposition my other lighting, not to mention that I had to hold the camera with one hand. need to get a stronger flashlight for more impressive flares...









On another note, although I haven't had much time lately, I've been wanting to get more practice in making photostories. To make it a bit more community-inclusive, does anyone have any particular topic/theme/genre that they'd be interested in reading?








My entry for this month...cutting it pretty close. This time, I thought I could focus on getting my image count down. It's still over 50 pictures, but I think that's progress! But...looks like the length is still around the same orz.



Once upon a time, there was a girl and a princess who became the best of friends. They were inseparable, like long-lost sisters that fate had finally brought together. The girl introduced the princess to all of her friends and they played in the fields underneath blue skies and warm, golden light. The princess brought the girl to her castle, where the scholars taught them how to read and write and why dragons didn't like pickles. Every day was fun and rose-colored, an endless dream that tickled their hearts.

But then, calamity struck. An envious witch cursed the princess, sealing away her smile and laughter. The devastated king forbid the princess from leaving the castle and kept her under constant guard within its stone walls. Magicians, sages, heroes, and doctors were brought to the castle, but none could find a way to restore the princess's smile. Refusing to give up, the king offered any one wish within his power to grant should anyone be able to make his daughter smile and laugh again.

And so, the royal Joke competition came into being, drawing in thousands of comedians across the kingdom in hopes of one day breaking the witch's curse.

The contest still continues to this day.



"Did you ever hear about the Red Indian chief, Running Water? He-"

"What is a Red Indian chief?"

"Eh...? Uh...it's the leader of a Native American tribe..."

"...I see. I'm sorry for my interruption. Please continue."

"Oh...no...it's of no consequence, your Highness. Well...so the Red Indian chief...uhm...He had two sons...one was called 'Hot' and the other called 'Cold'..."



"I see. The Red Indian chief is aptly named. I'm sure being involved in such a terrible joke has left him a weeping, broken man."

"...Eh...huh!? It wasn't that ba-"



"...Ow."



"Uwah...they don't hold back with that do they?"

"Well of course. It is called the Hand of Punishment. If your joke fails, then you get hit with something that could knock out an elephant! According to the rules, you can continue saying jokes as long as you're standing, but the Hand of Punishment's never left anyone on their feet."

"What did the lawyer name her daughter?"

"Sue?"

"Yeah, how'd you kno-"



"...I can see why."

"Speaking of which, you look pretty serious about this. A suit of armor, huh? I don't know how it'll stand up to the Hand of Punishment but it's good effort..."

"Oh, no. I received this from my teacher. It's kind of like a uniform."

"Really? And here I thought you were a suitor. You look like you could be a knight."



"A suitor? No, no, no. I'm a girl after all."

"You'd be surprised. The princess is pretty popular with girls too."

"Eh...? Who would be the king then?"

"The world's moving on, you know? There's talk about a new system called democracy, where everyone gets to elect officials and vote on issues concerning the state. Pretty soon, we won't have a king."

*silence*



"WAHAHAHA!!!"

"Oh, that's a good one. You should use that in the contest."

"No way! The princess is too sophisticated for absurdist humor!"

"If the next contestant would please come forward-"

"Princess! It is an honor to be at your feet. Today, I have a joke that I have crafted carefully and lovingly for over twenty years! It is guaranteed to make you laugh until you turn blue! So, your Highness, once I have broken that accursed witch's spell on you, I have only one humble request: please become mine!"

"Duly noted. Now, if you would please start."



"Wow...even Snowmen want to marry the princess."

"Like I said, you'd be surprised. It's not like there are any other princesses around this entire kingdom."

(thought) You've really grown, Inori.

"Very well! This is my joke! Prepare to explode into stitches!"



"Actually, I'm not just an ordinary snowman. I'm a snowMAN!"



"..."

"Disgusting. Please die."



"...I think the Hand was too lenient that time."

"He had guts, I'll give him that."

"Guts for thinking that someone like him could marry a princess..."

"Well...I mean, there's always a chance..."

"Huh? What are you talking abou-"



"Oho..."

"...What?"

"Looks like someone else here is a dreamer too."

"I-I don't know what you're talking about."

"Since when?"

"...Shut up."

"Oh, you're so cute, you little lovesick puppy!"

"I-It's not like that, ok!? I mean...since this contest is open to anyone, I thought I'd give it a try but normally I wouldn't even think about it cause she's the princess you know? I mean, there's no way the princess would go for a guy like me, I mean...it's just wishful thinking, I'm doing this on a whim, it's not like I have real expectations...I want to dig a hole and die now..."

"Haha, ok, ok. Well, I'll just let you know, I'm rooting for you."

"Thanks, but save the jokes for the stand. I know you have your own wish too."

"Well, I never said I'd root for you to win. Who knows, maybe destiny has some unexpected plans for you two."

"E-Enough about me! What about you? What's your wish?"



"...Me? ...It's nothing special."

"What is it? And don't try to back out on me, I spilled my guts to you (sort of)!"



"...My best friend and I got separated three years ago. We always had fun together...it was almost like we were sisters. Sometimes we got angry at each other and sometimes we couldn't stop laughing together. But it didn't matter how things were. I just didn't want anything to change.

But when it did, there was nothing I could do."



"I knew that there was nothing I could do. Circumstances forced her into solitude. Even if I did something, it would only make things worse."



"But I couldn't accept that. There was no way I could accept that...

So...I made her a promise. I promised that we'd meet again. I promised that when that happened, I'd make up for all the time that'd pass. I'd take her away and show her everything she missed out on, never leaving her side ever again. Next time, I would always protect her, no matter what.

I want the princess to help me fulfill that promise."



"Sniff...that's...that's beautiful..."

"...Huh?"

"D-Damn it! You make me want to surrender! Y-You're unfair!"

"No...that wasn't my intention..."



"As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, "If I'm going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman.""

"She removes all her clothing and asks, "Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?""

"A man stands up, removes his shirt and says, "Here, iron this!""



"Too sexist. Next."

"My mother-in-law fell down a wishing well. I was amazed; I never knew they worked."

"You should be ashamed. Next."

"Slept like a log last night........ Woke up in the fireplace."



"Oh..."

"Ye-Yes, Princess?"

"...I've done that once."

"Next."

"Why did the boy drop his ice cream? Because he was hit by a-"

"Oh, I like the boy in this story."

"...a...a rabbit... A fluffy white rabbit."

"Ahaha, you pansy."



"Now, if the next contestant would please come up..."

"Oh, it's your turn! Break a leg! Err, not literally, I mean, I guess it'll break if you fail, but-"

"I get it. Thanks."



"Before you begin, please tell us what wish you would like to have granted."





"...I guess you don't remember me, do you Inori?"

"Contestant. Your wish?"



"My wish is to have the princess do me one favor."

(thought) ...That's the same thing, you retarded trash. "Very well. Please begin."



(thought) ...You might have forgotten me. And that's natural. It's been three years. But I haven't. I've never forgotten my promise, Inori. And I haven't forgotten you.



(thought) No one else knew, but I do. Your favorite jokes were dry humor. That's why...



"This is my joke."





"HAHAHA, THE DUCK WANTS GRAPES! Why would a duck want grapes!? HAHA!!"

(thought) No...that's not...oh boy.



"That was quite funny."



(thought) No...it wasn't enough?

"I also thought it was quite funny. But, I'm sorry. Rules are rules."





"GAH!"

"No way...Sena got whacked!? But...that was pure gold!"

"Evidently not good enough. Now, if the next contestant would please-"

"WAIT!"



"Wait...I'm not done..."

"Sena...how are you still standing?"

(thought) Heh...those three years weren't wasted after all.

"Wah...what a stubborn low-class girl."

"Shut up and listen to my next joke! Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other si-"



"Excuse me, how many grandkids do you have to even think that's a joke?"

"...A rabbi, a priest, and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender looks at them-"



"A baby seal walks into a clu-"



"How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision-"



...

...



"Sena...that's enough, Sena! You've done enough!"



(thought) My legs are like jelly. My vision is blurring. I can't believe I'm thinking straight...

It hurts. Everything hurts. Why am I not dead? I should be dead by now...

Damn it...

Damn it...

I'm out of jokes.

"If you would please present your next joke."

"..."

"Sena..."

(thought) A joke...I need a joke. I can still stand, but I don't have anything to say...



(thought) This is fine, isn't it? You promised her...but it was three years ago. It's not like she remembers you. Even if you do get her to laugh, then what? She's a princess. She's heir to the throne. You think you can justify taking her away? You think you can just do whatever you want with royalty?



"Your next joke, please."

(thought) Shut up. I know. I know! What am I thinking? It doesn't matter if she's a princess! It doesn't matter if she doesn't remember me! I'm her friend!

"I can't...I can't just stop here...even if it's just one more..."

"What?"

(thought) Even if it's just one more! Anything! Just one more!

Inori. Inori.

"INORI!"



"...Listen to me. This is my last joke

...So listen well"



(thought) Ah...

Damn it.



...Damn it.

...

...

...



*Clap clap clap clap*



"Seriously...what the hell? I can't even feel resentful if you look so happy, you lovesick puppy..."



"But man...it's really frustrating losing after everything I said..."



"Sena."

"...Inori."



"...What's with that face?"

"Stupid Sena...you lost."

"That's because you wouldn't laugh, you stupid princess!"

"Well, maybe if your jokes were funnier-"

"Oh my god, I'm going to go crazy! I can't believe I came all the way back here for you!"

"Me either. You spent three years training just to faint in the end."



"You know what, forget my promise! I'm never talking to you again! Stupid Inori! Jerk! Dummy!"

"Sena."

"Retard! Monkeyface! Pink-hair!"

"Sena!"

"What!"

"...Welcome back."

"...That's not getting you off the hook. You know, I'm the one that encouraged your fiancee when he was down! If it wasn't for me, that witch's curse would still be on you."

"Ok, ok. I get it. I'm sorry for making fun of you Sena."

"...That's not good enough."

"Eh...What do you want from me?"

"...

Well, you know I was knocked out during the rest of the competition. I didn't get to hear your fiancee's joke so..."



Tell Me a Joke, Please.








started using my other camera to capture more detail. larger size and a new title eyecatch too. because of the size, this arc is becoming longer than i expected it to be. please bear with me.













Part 2 of the 2-part review of Nendoroids Yuzuriha Inori and Kashiwazaki Sena! Skip down to see the Pros and Cons for Kashiwazaki Sena.



A review of the accessories Sena comes with:

- Three face plates, one happy, one stern, one tearful
- A pair of crossed arms
- A pair of straight, pressed arms
- Two pairs of bent arms
- A hand with controller
- A hand with portable console
- A Playstation 3 (?)
- Television
- Couch
- Television stand
- One sitting lower body
- One bent legs lower body
- One bent arm
- Yozora couch connectors

The Yozora couch connector won't be demonstrated here as I don't own Nendoroid Yozora.



Starting off, we have Sena's standard face and her crossed arms. One arm comes with no hand as that hand is sculpted onto the elbow of the other arm. The two crossed arms fit snugly under her breasts, although you may want to attach them with Sena's head off first.



Sena's tearful face and straight arms pushing into her breasts. The two arms curve so that they can fit against all that "useless meat."



The poses here are pretty much what they are as trying to deviate from the pose shows some unsightly gaps with the way the parts are designed to fit. They are unique poses though, so I can't see much of a benefit with trying to switch things up.



Sena's happy face and her portable console (a PSP?). She comes with a separate hand for the PSP that can be switched out with a hand for the Playstation controller.



The PSP is fairly detailed with the buttons and screen clearly sculpted.



At the top, there's a gold slot that I'm supposing would be for PSP accessories. Even a logo has been sculpted on the back, which I thought was a nice touch for a very tiny accessory.



Sena's most identifying feature is probably the large butterfly hairpin she wears. The sculpt and painting here is very clear and the use of clear plastic makes the hairpin look quite elegant. It attaches on the side of the hair piece and while it does look like it might be removable (probably not), I haven't dared to try.



Unlike Inori, most of Sena is hard PVC, including her long strands of hair. While Sena's hair is well-shaped and has excellent painting, all that hair means her range of motion is pretty limited and putting together her parts can be a hassle.

Sena doesn't have a leg base and her hook base doesn't attach to the back of her hair, like with previous Nendoroid bases. Sena uses a shorter, curved hook that goes underneath her hair. This means that Sena cannot look too high up if you have the stand in, but it doesn't look as bulky when you use it.



Sena's couch is quite the attention-grabber. Taking up about half the box, the couch was so large that I didn't include it in the accessories image. Being so huge, you can easily fit any size Nendoroid onto the couch (two would be very tight, perhaps impossible depending on which Nendoroids you use) and it's also a good fit for figmas.



The television and stand are also great additions, with even some rollers sculpted on the bottom of the stand (gaming on the go, Sena?). There are two shelf spaces in the stand that can hold whatever you can fit into it.



The back of the television is perhaps more impressive than the front. Lots of details here to look at.

I decided to stick the Playstation in the shelf space so it didn't get lost. Nice detail on the Playstation's sculpt also and it fits easily into the shelf space.



Sena also comes with two bent arms and a lower body for her fighting pose!



The lower body can be used to have Sena sit comfortably on the arm of the couch.



Switch Sena's hands out with her controller hand and she can get right on to gaming!



She also comes with another lower body piece for sitting down on the couch. Being a Nendoroid, you have to position Sena at the front of the couch or she'll overbalance and tumble. But I suppose being the gamer she is, this is a prime spot for her.

















And that was Nendoroid Kashiwazaki Sena!

Pros:
Comes with lots of accessories. If you're the bang-for-your-buck kind of collector, then Sena won't disappoint. All those extra parts give you the ability to show off every facet of Sena's character. The butterfly ornament is just really nice too. And there's even some furniture for your other figures to use.

Cons:
With the way the parts are designed, some of them aren't very multi-purpose. Her hair and hook design restrict some movements.










A 2-part review of the Nendoroids Yuzuriha Inori from Guilty Crown and Kashiwazaki Sena from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. Skip to the end for Pros and Cons on Yuzuriha Inori.



Both boxes are standard Nendoroid boxes, although eye-catching in different ways. Inori's box has a somewhat distinct color scheme with splashes of pink among a monochrome pattern, presenting Guilty Crown's design motifs in an appealing manner. Sena's box, while having far more generic patterning, is huge. Nendoroid Snow Miku's box is the only one I have that may match it in width.



Inori Accessories
- Three face plates, one normal, one closed eyes, one serious.
- A pair of crossed arms
- A pair of pistols
- A pair of hands to hold pistols
- A pair of hands with cat's cradle string
- A pair of shoulders for cat's cradle pose
- Void effect part
- Inori's Void
- Clear ribbon
- Funnell

Sena Accessories
- Three face plates, one happy, one stern, one tearful
- A pair of crossed arms
- A pair of straight, pressed arms
- Two pairs of bent arms
- A hand with controller
- A hand with portable console
- A Playstation 3 (?)
- Television
- Couch
- Television stand
- One sitting lower body
- One bent legs lower body
- One bent arm
- Yozora couch connectors

Just from the picture alone, you can see the massive number of parts that Sena got. While Inori didn't get as many accessories, hers are quite unique and varied.







The ribbon is made of soft PVC and quite flexible. I initially though the ribbon would be sculpted onto Inori's arms and restrict her poses. However, GSC made the ribbon a separate piece and you can hang it over her however you like. I find a good position is to drape it over her shoulders and have the ribbon rest on the first pair of fins on her sleeves.



Inori comes with two crossed arms for dual-wielding her pistols. I also made an assumption off the preview images here, expecting the pistols to be sculpted onto her hands. However, the pistols are a separate piece, meaning if you want more than just one gun-toting Nendoroid, you have the chance now!



The pistols are very small though, so be careful not to lose them. The detail is minimum, but impressive nevertheless, considering their size.



Cat's Cradle is also minimal in detail, but again, expected due to its size. Being small however didn't stop the sculpt from being detailed enough to have all the lines crisscrossing in proper weaves.



The Cat's Cradle requires you to switch out Inori's shoulders for ones that have a straighter angle. Depending on how you positioned her hair, you have some limited vertical movement, but not much. Pieces may start popping out if you try to force the pose too much away from just holding it straight out.

Pulling out the hands gave me a fright as the string snapped off during the process. However, after some close inspection, the string turned out to be potentially a separate piece (I'm not too sure on whether the remainder on her hands was paint transfer or damage from the separation). GSC was detailed enough that her fingers fit through the holes in the string, meaning the cradle fits right back into her hand if it falls off.



For those trying the Void pose, you want your base secured to the end farthest from her head so that the weight is counterbalanced and you don't have any problems with nasty falls.



Also note that her twin tails are adjustable; they can be adjusted above and below the tie, which makes Inori's twin tails some of the easiest to position right for a variety of poses. GSC also didn't skimp on detail here with wrinkles for the tie and using the same glossy red as the rest of her costume.



Here's a shot of the nice detail on Inori's clothing. The gradient painting and sculpt are quite clean and the colors are very striking. I was a bit surprised to find that a lot of Inori's costume is made of soft PVC, including the sleeves. I'd probably say Inori's the softest figure I've had to date.

Under her breasts, there are two pieces of her costume important for her Void effect part.



These two pieces can be removed. They looked so seamless on my first look that I thought the manual was telling me to somehow hook the piece to Inori's boobs. However, getting a nail under these pieces gets them out pretty easily, although I'm still scared that I'll snap the connectors during removal...



Once they're removed, I suggest you put them in a clean spot. They're absolutely miniscule and a nightmare to look for. Putting them back into place once you're done is easy; just push them back in. Make sure you have them fitted the right way though (check the box pictures if you're unsure) and they should stay in snugly.



Once you have the Void effect piece in, then you just stick in the sword in the front.















Funnell is probably the most interesting of Inori's accessories. It has waist articulation, so you can change the direction it's facing. The legs are very thin, meaning they're also fragile (however, as the legs don't move, superglue can fix any breakage you might have). Depending on your quality check, you may also find the legs to be calibrated incorrectly, meaning one or two legs may not touch the ground. But because of Funnell's size, it's really not noticeable unless you're looking for it.



The top of Funnell's head opens up, revealing the Void Genome capsule inside. The head snaps over the eyes, so you may have to use a bit of force to open and close his head. I'm a bit worried about paint transfer because of this, but it hasn't been a problem so far.



Contrary to my expectations again, the Void Genome capsule can't be removed. This might be for the better as it's even smaller than the pistols. You'd need tweezers to reach in anyways. With the head open, you can also manipulate his eyes, rolling them into different expressions.



Funnell is amused.





An angry Sena.



A baffled Sena.



Although it's probably not designed for it, you can also have Inori wield her own Void. It takes a bit of work as her hands are shaped to the pistol, not the sword. But it can be done, albeit a bit shaky during use.



And that was Nendoroid Yuzuriha Inori!

Pros:
Overall, an excellent addition to the Nendoroid series, Inori comes with varied accessories that present lots of possibilities for posing and different scenarios. Her vibrant color scheme and gorgeous design is just icing on the cake. Soft PVC makes Inori more flexible than other Nendoroids and having detachable accessories makes it less likely that she'll suffer damage.

Cons:
Because of how lavish her costume and sculpt are in detail, there are a lot of small pieces that can easily get lost. Her design also makes it a bit tricky to position her head and arms. Unlike other Nendoroids, Inori has flattened feet, but they're at an angle, so she requires a stand to stay up straight.

Stay tuned for part 2 with Sena.