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April 27, 2006

Sunrise Mecha Action Series Blue Knight Gaiden ATM-FX1 Calamitydog Blue Version Zerverus VR-Maxima

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rumble Crew @ 3:40 pm

The CM’s Corporation follow-up to the previous Blue Knight Berserga toy is no slouch.


My review of the Berserga can be found here:
http://toyboxst.inwards.com/rumblizer/view.php?article_key=574


There were complaints on Japanese boards that the wrists on this toy were defective and needed to be cut down in order to fit the arm, but mine doesn’t have any problems. Use common sense and be gentle when exchanging the fists. Caveat emptor.


The Zerverus is probably now my favorite VOTOMs toy. It’s very large, standing at 5.5″, and it’s joints are fairly sturdy. Obviously, in order to hold the large rifle and shield, it *needs* sturdy joints, and as the pictures attest, it has no problem holding the rifle and shield in any pose. The thigh joints seemed very loose to me at first, but they have enough friction to hold any pose, especially since the large feet provide alot of balance. It has all the articulation you would expect from a typical Gundam MSIA toy but the materials generally seem sturdier.


The down-form for this subject has never been attempted in three dimensions before, and it works very well. It’s much better than the Berserga, since no parts have to be removed in order to achieve down-form. The cockpit is interesting. This is another detail that’s never been rendered in three dimensions. Like the Berserga, there’s no pilot and not much detail inside, but it looks cool, nonetheless. Unlike the Berserga, the Pile Banker spike doesn’t move, but the shield is still well-detailed and impressive.


It comes with several hands, but the only one that matters to me is the rifle-gripping hand, which can be removed from the rifle(unlike the Berserga’s) and it holds the rifle tightly.


The price is 4800yen, which may be considered quite high, but I look at this as a pre-painted full-action garage kit, and at that price it’s a steal.


There is a metallic version available but I haven’t received mine yet.
http://www.hlj.com/product/CMS65053

Scopedog

Reddo Shyoorudaa!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rumble Crew @ 11:48 am

This is the Sakamoto Showten Vinyl Red Shoulder Scopedog that was released at Winter Wonder Festival 2006. There’s not much to say about it that wasn’t already eloquently articulated in the other vinyl Scopedog Rumble and in the Fatty Rumble.


I don’t own any other vinyl Scopedog or the Fatty(someone please sell it to me!) but mine doesn’t smell and it’s made of sturdy vinyl. Mine can also stand up without turning the feet too far in but it still leans forward somewhat. Mine also has a red shoulder, which makes it instantly superior to all other vinyl toys.


I got mine through www.celga.com from Yahoo Japan Auctions. It was 9000yen, and with proxy fees and shipping it was probably around 39000yen(kidding!). I don’t want to calculate how much it actually cost with the extra fees, but I’m really happy with my vinyl Scopedog, especially since it’s the only large vinyl toy I own(no, this will not my gateway drug to a vinyl fixation).


The other toys featured in the pictures are the Microman Scopedog, Actic Gear Turbo Custom, and Actic Gear Marshydog.


That is all.

Scopedog

Reddo Shyoorudaa!!

Filed under: Toy News — Rumble Crew @ 10:48 am

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This is the Sakamoto Showten Vinyl Red Shoulder Scopedog that was released at Winter Wonder Festival 2006. There’s not much to say about it that wasn’t already eloquently articulated in the other vinyl Scopedog Rumble and in the Fatty Rumble.

I don’t own any other vinyl Scopedog or the Fatty(someone please sell it to me!) but mine doesn’t smell and it’s made of sturdy vinyl. Mine can also stand up without turning the feet too far in but it still leans forward somewhat. Mine also has a red shoulder, which makes it instantly superior to all other vinyl toys.

I got mine through www.celga.com from Yahoo Japan Auctions. It was 9000yen, and with proxy fees and shipping it was probably around 39000yen(kidding!). I don’t want to calculate how much it actually cost with the extra fees, but I’m really happy with my vinyl Scopedog, especially since it’s the only large vinyl toy I own(no, this will not my gateway drug to a vinyl fixation).

The other toys featured in the pictures are the Microman Scopedog, Actic Gear Turbo Custom, and Actic Gear Marshydog.

That is all.
–Scopedog

Sunrise Mecha Action Series Blue Knight Gaiden ATM-FX1 Calamitydog Blue Version Zerverus VR-Maxima

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rumble Crew @ 3:28 am

CM’s Corporation follow-up to the previous Blue Knight Berserga toy is no slouch.

My review of the Berserga can be found here:

http://toyboxst.inwards.com/rumblizer/view.php?article_key=574

There were complaints on Japanese boards that the wrists on this toy were defective and needed to be cut down in order to fit the arm, but mine doesn’t have any problems. Use common sense and be gentle when exchanging the fists. Caveat emptor.

The Zerverus is probably now my favorite VOTOMs toy. It’s very large, standing at 5.5″ and it’s joints are fairly sturdy. Obviously, in order to hold the large rifle and shield, it *needs* sturdy joints, and as the pictures attest, it has no problem holding the rifle and shield in any pose. The thigh joints seemed very loose to me at first, but they have enough friction to hold any pose, especially since the large feet provide alot of balance.

The down-form for this subject has never been attempted in three dimensions before, and it works very well. It’s much better than the Berserga, since no parts have to be removed in order to achieve down-form.

The cockpit is interesting. This is another detail that’s never been rendered in three dimensions. Like the berserga, there’s no pilot and not much detail inside, but it looks cool, nonetheless.

Unlike the Berserga, the Pile Banker spike doesn’t move, but the shield is still well-detailed and impressive.

It comes with several hands, but the only one that matters to me is the rifle-gripping hand, which can be removed from the rifle(unlike the Berserga’s) and it holds the rifle tightly.

It has all the articulation you would expect from a typical Gundam MSIA toy but the materials seem generally sturdier.

The price is 5040yen, which is quite high, but I look at this as a pre-painted full-action resin kit, and at that price it’s a steal.

There is a metallic version available on www.hlj.com but I haven’t received it yet.

Scopedog

April 4, 2006

Rumble in the Jungle

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rumble Crew @ 1:54 am

Rumble in the Jungle –


Gokin Showdown!



Soul of Chogokin Battle Fever Robo just rolled out. No doubt there are countless reviews floating around, but none will throw BFR into the ring like this one. The question – just how does BFR stack up against its SOC predecessors?


The Reigning Champ: SOC Black Ox. Perhaps the perfect combo of poseability, sweet chogokin, and glossy goodness. It’s heavy in your hand, shines like an oil slick, and holds a mean pose. Like a bare knuckle boxer, it’ll knock you over with its soul.


The Challenger: SOC Battle Fever Robo. The new kid on the block – 100 times more agile than your grandpappy’s gokin, and packin’ all the diecast heat you can stand. It sits lightly in the palm, brings the noise to the fight, and sports a Napoleonic disposition that matches its stature. Like a samurai, it’ll cut you to the quick with its soul.

Or will it?


Stepping into the ring, Black Ox has the height, weight, and experience advantage. But Black Ox is old – last year’s gokin. BFR lacks the physical presence that its older opponent has, but BFR boasts scads more weaponry. When it comes time to throw down, who is your money going to be on?



Black Ox packs a mean punch. BFR packs mean heat. BFR wins there.



But BFR is nearly all plastic. While that helps it bob-and-weave, it can’t hold up to Black Ox’s rope-a-dope. Black Ox takes the K.O.


Why? Because BFR, despite all its styling, has a rubber neck. Literally. You can pop its head right off and stare down the little silicone sleeve that holds it head on. Doubtful that such a configuration will hold up in the long run.


BFR is by no means out of the fight. Groovy weapons, 1970’s Nobunaga funk, and ultra-poseability help it stay a contender. But if pure gokin if your thing, there’s just no way BFR can hold its own against the competition. Without its weapons, its nuttin’.


Be sure to check out the poorly animated play-by-play.

Gcrush
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