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25 Mar 2017

Rant Against Whinging Collectors

I wrote a rant a few weeks ago here about whinging collectors, and things have only gotten worse if you read the forums and Facebook pages/groups. So I decided to go through some of those complaints and give my responses to them. I ramble on a bit, but hopefully you can check it out :)

19 Mar 2017

Quick Facebook Live update on preorders I have coming this year

It's been a while since I did a Facebook Live video. So I thought I'd do a quick live video over on the Kool Kollectibles Facebook page discussing my upcoming preorders this year. I cover things from 1/6th scale figures, statues, smaller action figures, and TF Masterpieces. Hope you can head over and check it out :)

18 Mar 2017

Transformers Masterpiece MP-35 Grapple

Takara continues to amaze me with these Masterpiece figures. I've pretty much loved all the releases that they've done over the past few years. Some are definitely better than others, and Inferno and now Grapple certainly rank right up the top!

Click the link below to check out my video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel :)

As with Inferno, Grapple comes with a nice set of accessories, with the solar tower and paper blueprint looking really nice. The swap out bits for the crane are nice too. The best thing about Grapple though are the changes to the base mold used for Inferno.

I was actually surprised at the number of differences that really do separate the figures from each other. The crane transformation and parts of the rear legs are the main parts, but they're all done really elegantly. It shows that the Takara designers really do have a great engineering eye for simple, elegant transformations that retain amazing G1 cartoon aesthetics.

The truck mode is nice, but I love Grapple and Inferno most in bot mode. Improvements were made to Grapple to aid in hip articulation, with some hinged hip panels. The head sculpt and overall paneling details are also very accurate to the cartoon. The yellow paint app and chroming is also nicely done with no major QC issues.

If Takara can continue this amazing design style for all upcoming figures, I think most Transformers collectors will be very happy. The next major figure coming up is the long-awaited new Megatron, which does look to be pretty damn awesome. Can't wait to check that out soon!

16 Mar 2017

BigBoysToysHK Street Fighter TNC-06 Dhalsim

These Street Fighter sets from BigBoysToysHK just seem to get better and better! I've collected all the previous releases with Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, and Blanka (click the links to see the review of each!).

This new Dhalsim is another gorgeous addition to this series that is awesome for any old school Street Fighter fan! Click through below to check out my full review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel :)

The packaging has the same beautiful, super-deformed artwork of the previous releases. Love the velcro front panel to reveal the statue through the window. The back of the box showcases the lighting and sounds effects which looks nice too.

If you've got any of the previous sets, you'll know what you're in for. It comes with the base that has the sound effects and electronics for the lighting too. The backdrop is straight from the character stage from the original Street Fighter 2 arcade game. The statue has some foot pegs that connect the electronics together and keep it stable on the base.

The sculpting is again beautifully designed. The musculature is great, and the paint app accentuates it all very nicely. The translucent plastic for the yoga flame works well with the electronics, giving a nice spinning effect to the flame. The sound effect is the classic "yoga flame" sound byte from the game.

The statue looks pretty damn good from all angles, that showcase the sculpt and paint app. Displayed with the others in the series, this makes for a nostalgic centrepiece in any Street Fighter collection! I can't wait to get the upcoming sets with Zangief, Akuma, and E.Honda now teased. Will definitely be getting all of these awesome world warriors! :)

15 Mar 2017

Kotobukiya Marvel Bishoujo Loki statue

I reviewed the Bishoujo Thor statue a while back (click here to check it out), and loved the overall design. This new Loki statue complements the Thor perfectly!

Click through below to check out my full video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel.

The sculpting again by Kotobukiya is fantastic, will great details in the cape and body suit. The metallic deep green paint of the body suit is also beautifully done.

The facial paint app is the usual high Bishoujo standard, with a slight devilish smirk befitting the character. The skin tone is perfect, as is the paint app everywhere else. The cape perhaps could've had some more difference in the shading to give it more variety in the texture, but overall it's not too bad.

The bases for the Thor and Loki statues clip together to make a nice diorama set together. And they really do complement each other nicely. I think Kotobukiya have done a great job in bringing the concept art to final production.

If you're into the Bishoujo style of females statues, I think you'll be very impressed with the Loki and Thor statues. They are a great addition to the Marvel characters in this series. Highly recommended!