BANDAI VF100s 1/100 Scale Hi Metal VF-19Kai Fire Valkyrie

Latest Valkyrie in the collection: BANDAI VF100s 1/100 Scale Hi Metal VF-19Kai Fire Valkyrie, galaxy-romping rock star Basara Nekki’s guitar-controlled custom Variable Fighter from the Macross anime, Macross 7.

Here’s the introductory text about the mecha printed on the toy’s box:

“The VF-19 Kai Excalibur Basara Nekki Special (Common Name: Fire Valkyrie) is a modified version of the VF-19 Excalibur that was used prior to the VF-19’s employment by the Macross 7 Fleet.  This fighter is flown by Basara Nekki, the vocalist of ‘Fire Bomber’, a popular rock ban in the Macross 7 Fleet.

In addition to cutting-edge performance the fighter’s design has a ‘musical’ emphasis, and serves a test model for the use of musical energy.

Secretly employed by the UN Spacey, the fighter was initially seen to be a potential disturbance to the Diamond Force elite squadron, as well as regular fighter divisions, and squadron attachment was left unclear.  However, as Basara’s song perservered through battle, Basara and the Fire Valkyrie were soon to become acknowledged by the entire fleet for their central role in the battle against the enemy Protodeviln.”


I spent an hour and a half at Greattoys Greenhills yesterday just to wait for Sir Malvin’s (GT’s owner and CEO) email regarding the price for the Valkyrie. The Valk just arrived in yesterday evening’s shipment, so Sir Malvin wasn’t finished with the pricing for the new items when I got to GT. I was choosing either the Valk or a Tamashii Nation Energy Illumination Finish Side KMF Lancelot Albion, but being more of a Macross fan rather than a Code Geass one, I chose this one instead.

No time to transform it to Gerwalk or Battroid, and given my notorious laziness for tinkering with new toys, it’ll be awhile till I do. No time for reviewing the Valkyrie yet, but I’m more or less pleased with it for now.

Hope you liked the Fire Valkyrie!🙂

PSP Appreciation

PSP-2000 Ice Silver

It’s only after two years that I’ve come to appreciate the value and quality gaming that I get from my Sony PlayStation Portable.

When I first got my ice silver PSP-2000 in December 2007, I wasn’t really that impressed or excited about it.  Ok it was the major buy for that Christmas for me personally, but I was more excited with the plamo and toys I bought then.  I think I just purchased the PSP with the thinking that, “heck, a lot of my friends have it, so I might as well get one”.   But I never really got into heavy play with PSP, and there were times that I didn’t even touch the PSP for a couple of months – it was left safely stored inside my work table in the study.

I’m not really a heavy gamer, especially since my Dad was hospitalized due to his third stroke in 2005, and my interest in console gaming faded to nothing when my trusty PS2 went bonkers on me late that year.  I figured changes in my priorities urged me to turn away from much video gaming, and except for the occasional game on my PCs, I don’t play as often now.  I found myself enjoying to surf the ‘Net more than burning on my console.

Things changed after my Dad was again hospitalized for kidney failure last August 2009, and he was prescribed to have hemodialysis treatments twice a week.  Being the only son it took my familial responsibility of taking him to the treatment center for his sessions, which falls every Mondays and Thursdays, from 6AM to 10AM.  We usually get into the center way before 6AM, so that he can start and finish his treatments early, giving me time to get to work, albeit late.

While the hemodialysis center is quite comfortable for both patients and accompanying family members alike, you can’t help to get bored most of the time.  They have separate cable TVs for each patient, but it’s mostly for the patient’s use.  The place is so cold you’d probably fall asleep huddled under thick jackets and blankets.  While there is a WiFi connection in the clinic, and I have brought my laptop along to surf or do some work, I found this to be extremely boring and I easily fall asleep, plus the fact that I really don’t wanna lug around the laptop to the clinic all the time.  Sure, the staff are very friendly, lively and entertaining – and the young female nurses are not so bad looking themselves – but I’m not the type to bother them all the time with socializing, given they have important work to do monitoring their patients.  Same goes with the family members of other patients – we all have responsibilities to our patients, so I don’t get to converse with them all the time.  So if I managed to stay awake for the four or so hours I wait for Dad’s treatment to finish, there isn’t much to do.

Then I remembered my PSP.

I found that playing with my PSP was the best thing I could do during the treatments to while away the time.  The portability and compactness of the PSP makes it easier to carry around than a heavier laptop, and thanks to its internal WiFi I can’t connect to the ‘Net and surf if I want to.  Having your eyes and fingers moving continuously as you play keeps me more awake than its use while surfing or doing work on the laptop.  Also I can watch movies and anime with it, so I usually download the latest anime episode the night before and load it to the Memory Stick before we leave early in the morning.  Finally I’ve come to appreciate the application called Bookr, which allows me to read PDFs and E-Books with the PSP.  The seven or so hours of power a fully-charged PSP battery can give me enough to survive about three hours of continous gaming while at the clinic, which is more than enough for me, since I do enjoy taking an hour or so nap during the treatment to catch up on sleep.  And if I do need extra power for the battery I have my trusty chargers kept ready in my car’s glove compartment.

Given how I’ve come to value my PSP, I took time over the New Year to upgrade it.  For the first time since I got it I’ve decided to upgrade the custom firmware to version 5.50 GEN-D3, and it’s now upped to firmware version from firmware version 3.90 m-33.  With that I’ve gotten several of the newer games, and right now I’ve been into playing a lot of NBA 2K10, Tekken 6 Resurrection and Final Fantasy Dissidia.

My concern right now is whether to buy a better battery to use as a spare, in the event that my current one gets easier drained thru time.  Also I’m thinking of getting a new EVA (as in extra-vehicular activity) airform pocket for it, since the one I got in the packaged deal for the PSP is already banged and nicked.  To me it’s the second most important accessory for my PSP, besides the thin crystal case, ‘cause it saves my PSP from getting scratches (aside from the paint nicked from the on/off slider and where the strap clings to the strap bar, my PSP is happily pristine).  I’m also thinking of getting another Memory Card, so I can put all my games in one and my anime/movies/E-Books on another.  I’m also concerned to get a new version of Bookr, but I don’t know if there’s already one for custom firmware version 5.50 GEN-D3.

So that’s how I’ve come to consider my PSP my current most useful gadget.  It keeps me company during those hours that I have to do my responsibilities for my Dad, and I pray to God to keep safe and inspired those who created such a helpful – and of course very entertaining – gadget.

Anime Toys & Collectibles Collectors Survey From HTVF

SE and my Takatoku and BANDAI 1/55 VFsI’m curious as to how a lot of us here approach collecting anime toys and collectibles, so I made this simple survey for us to participate and answer as best as we can:

1. Do you prefer to purchase your toys and collectibles mint sealed in box or is it ok for you that they are a loose item?
2. When you buy a MISB item, how long does it take you to open the box and play/display/build the item, thus making it loose?
3. Are you the type of collector to buy two (2) pieces of the same item? If yes, please explain why.
4. If you buy loose items, are you particular about the condition of the toy or collectible?
5. Do you exclusively buy authentic anime toys and collectibles from refutable and established companies, or is it ok for you to buy stuff that are, well, “pirated”.
6. What is you favorite anime toy or collectible company?
7. What anime toy or collectible line do you usually collect? Please name your top 3 favorite anime toys or collectible line.
8. Do you prefer to buy anime toys or collectibles because of the anime it came from or because you are more interested in the kind of toy line?
9. Do you think you spend more now on anime toys and collectibles than a year ago?
10. What is your dream anime toy or collectible that you want to own, regardless of price?
11. When you buy anime toys and collectibles, do you prefer purchasing them with cash or credit?
12. Do you mostly buy your anime toys and collectibles online or do you personally go to the stores to purchase them?

I intentionally didn’t add questions concerning selling of collectibles, and concentrated more on the purchasing/collecting aspect.

OK let me begin:

1. Do you prefer to purchase your toys and collectibles mint sealed in box or is it ok for you that they are a loose item?
A: Mixed answer here. I try to buy MISB/MSOC stuff as much as I can and always as a first choice, but I buy loose items as well.

2. When you buy a MISB item, how long does it take you to open the box and play/display/build the item, thus making it loose?
A: Depends. If it were a chogokin or an action figure, sometimes I open them as soon as I get home. But I’ve been known to procrastinate from building a model kit, like Gunpla, for months at end.

3. Are you the type of collector to buy two (2) pieces of the same item? If yes, please explain why.
A: Nope. I don’t remember a time when I intentionally bought two same items for any purpose whatsoever.

4. If you buy loose items, are you particular about the condition of the toy or collectible?
A: If it was only minor dents or scratches, I still would get them as long they are almost perfect. But I avoid getting them if the damage is major, even if its a hard to find toy.

5. Do you exclusively buy authentic anime toys and collectibles from refutable and established companies, or is it ok for you to buy stuff that are, well, “pirated”.
A: No. I’ve learned my lesson well when in college a long time ago I tried buying pirated Gundams (BENDI) from Divisoria. Useless waste of money. So I buy only anime toys and collectibles from refutable and established companies.

6. What is you favorite anime toy or collectible company?
A: BANDAI definitely. I collect mostly stuff from anime titles they carry, and frankly I find BANDAI’s quality’s still very good, regardless of what critics say. BANDAI’s not perfect, but they’re not bad either.

7. What anime toy or collectible line do you usually collect? Please name your top 3 favorite anime toys or collectible line.
A: I usually collect Gundams (Gunpla), Macross toys (chogokin Valkyries), and now starting on Figmas/Nendroids.

8. Do you prefer to buy anime toys or collectibles because of the anime it came from or because you are more interested in the kind of toy line?
A: I guess I buy toys coming from anime I like and follow, like those from the Gundam shows and Macross saga, or anything connected to them.

9. Do you think you spend more now on anime toys and collectibles than a year ago?
A: No I don’t. Although lately some of the stuff I buy are more expensive, I don’t buy at the frequency I used to a year ago. I think I only bought 4-5 pieces of toys during the past year – way low than I used too. And my real-life priorities has drastically changed that toy collecting has taken a second or third fiddle in importance.


10. What is your dream anime toy or collectible that you want to own, regardless of price?

A: An authentic display sakabato, or reversed-edged sword, like the one Kenshin Himura carries in the anime Ruruoni Kenshin. I’d like to make it the center of my display in my work room at home.

11. When you buy anime toys and collectibles, do you prefer purchasing them with cash or credit?
A: I always buy my anime toys with cash. I’m the type of person who budgets stuff like these with expendable income only, and not use my credit line. I learned my lesson well in the past regarding credit card management, thanks to problems I encountered with credit card companies when I had a business with other people, so I only use them for necessities and business. I never use them for luxuries, including toys and collectible.s

12. Do you mostly buy your anime toys and collectibles online or do you personally go to the stores to purchase them?
A: I usually get them personally from the store, and when I do order online its very rare and I still pay in cash at the store COD.

Note:

This post was originally posted on the Anime Toys and Collectibles Subforum of HERO TV Forums.

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The Most Important Things – Christmas Thoughts 2009

A Gundam SEED Christmas!

It’s very early on this cold and lazy Boxing Day 2009 morning as I write this blog. Right now I’m having a breakfast of leftover Christmas ham and toast topped with hot coffee. I’m listening to the audio stream of DZMM, as the husband and wife tandem of Julius and Tintin Babao interviews CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida about the changes in his life after winning the prestigious award as well as his experiences with the pushcart-education advocacy, the Dynamic Teen Company.

I listen to his anecdotes on how his volunteerism and civic service with the street children he teaches is very hard yet very fulfilling in his life, and that he counts his blessings and willfully shares them with everyone he cares for. He says that even though times are hard, he’ll keep on going with his advocacy because he sincerely loves doing it and finds pleasure in seeing that he makes children happy by giving time to teach them.

Counting our blessings is a very important moral we all have to understand, especially during the Christmas season. While it is humanly normal that we like to expect nice gifts and good fortune during Christmas, recently I realized that we should be happy with what we receive and never envy what other might have. Keeping it simple will give us less pressures and stress, and finding happiness in the little things will make our lives more bright and fruitful. We should always appreciate what we have now, before it’s gone. And if we have a chance, let’s find time to share our blessings to those we know that needs a little more help and cheer.

So on this Boxing Day, when most of us go out to the malls and buy the stuff we want with the blessings we received or saved this Christmas, let’s keep in mind that the most important blessing we have is what God gave us and that we should at least be happy and thankful for that, and that everything we receive, we should consider as a “bonus” to make our lives a little more fruitful. Remember that it’s the simple things – our health, our faith and our families, friends and loved ones – are the most important things.

Merry Christmas everyone and have a fun New Year. =)

BANDAI 1/60 DX-Chogokin VF-25F Super Messiah from Macross Frontier

My major Christmas toy haul:

BANDAI 1/60 DX-Chogokin VF-25F Super Messiah from Macross Frontier

The Box

The Contents

Fighter Mode

Gerwalk Mode

Battroid Mode

I haven’t opened the plastic casing for the Super Pack armor parts and the display stand since I’ve been busy of late. I’ll do that when I find the chance.

More pics of this wonderful toy to come!