Sneak Peek: 1/72 Scale VF-25 Super Parts + Future Hauls XDDD

Finally got the 1/72 Scale VF-25 Super Parts for my 1/72 Scale VF-25 Messiah Alto Custom Valkyrie by BANDAI.

VF-25 Super Parts 1

I just came back from Glorrietta where I met M1gs, the guy who ordered it for me from Rainbow 10 Japan. We were both early for the meet, and the transaction went smoothly. Too bad I didn’t get the dibs on the few Sheryl Nome custom decals for the Messiahs from him, since he only got a few and people reserved those before me. But I’m happy with my Super Parts and M1gs promised that I’ll get priority on the next batch of decals he gets his hands on.

First impression on the Super Parts is that you may have to do some modding with your Messiahs to install them – modding in the sense that you may have to remove certain parts of the basic Messiah and replace them with the Super Parts. But I don’t think that would be much of a problem, especially if your Messiah is snap-built but not sealed. I’ll check on this more when I start the build for the Super Parts next week.

VF-25 Super Parts 2

Other details I’m happy with is that the Super Parts comes with four sets of colors on the decal pads– the color schemes for the Alto, Ozma, Luca and Mikhail Customs. The detail looks great, especially on the thruster nozzles. You can also open the chest-mounted missile launchers to reveal the canister-type missiles inside. Finally, the set comes with a communications sensor array antennae, similar to the one used by Luca’s Messiah.

Basically I happy with the Super Parts, and hopefully if I have time in the evenings I can start on this next week.

Also (much to my Significant Other SE’s wonder XD), I’ve pre-ordered from Wasabi Toys the new Figma Lucky Star Miku Miku Kagami from Good Smile Company.

Figma Miku Miku Kagamin!

This new Figma has Lucky Star’s resident tsundere Hiiragi Kagami cosplaying Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid, much like when she was forced to my Izumi Konata in last year’s Lucky Star OVA. I figured since I’m getting a little interested in Figmas and Nendoroids, and since Kagami and Miku are two of my fave bishoujo anime charas, I figured that this new Figma is an excellent two-in-one deal. I can’t wait to get the Figma, listed on Wasabi to be available in May, but I think I’ll probably get it come the time of ToyCon 2009.

Finally I’m seriously thinking of getting the 1/72 Scale VF-25G Messiah Mikhail Custom, which would be available come the end of March as well, but since I have a lot of stuff lined up for this month’s otaku budget, I’m still about 50% undecided about this. I’ll update if I do decide to get it by early April. I’m planning to use the Sheryl Nome Custom Decals on the Mikhail Custom Messiah, since Sheryl in the anime once flew Mikhail’s Valk, with fun and spectacular results XD

That’s all for now!

Gundam 30th Anniversary Series

I stumbled upon this link at Winterheim’s excellent site, and read it also at Danny Choo. I decided to post it here for those who don’t visit the two sites.

Gundam 30th Anniversary Series (Image courtesy of Danny Choo)

Gundam 30th Anniversary Series

No specific title yet, but it’s definitely Universal Century and involves a variant of the RX-78-7 7th Gundam. This will be the next Gundam Series, right after Gundam 00 ends.

What do you guys think?

Personally, I love the return to the old-school, with Katoki again the primary MS designer, and the UC storyline be reborn and explored once more. This is definitely a winner for BANDAI and Sunrise.

(Image courtesy of Danny Choo)

My Road To Immortality: Playing ZXOnline.Ph

ZXOnline.Ph
Recently I discovered a new hobby. I won’t call it a passion yet, since basically I’ve just started exploring this new world. I’ve adventured in universes of fantasy in pen-and-paper role-playing games before, and role-played characters as well in video games, but I never really got into where a lot of us in the Internet generation are living another life in – massively multiplayer online role-playing games, or MMORPG.

Like in a lot of countries in this global village, connected by the magic of the World Wide Web, MMORPG are world inside our real world, where we take on the roles of heroes and villains as we adventure in the fictional realms, slaying monsters, solving mysteries and collecting treasure, as we interact with each other’s avatars and characters. And now, I find myself adventuring in one such world – the world of Zhu Xian, in the MMORPG, ZXOnline.Ph.

ZXOnline.Ph is the Philippine version of China’s most popular MMORPG in 2007. Set in an Oriental based world around the time before the Three Kingdoms Period of China, the game has characters playing alter-egos out on the road to immortality, power, fame and love.
Alto at Level 18 at Limpidity Hall.  He's actually Level 19 now at posting of this blog article.
For myself, I roleplay Alto, a Disciple of the Azure Cloud School. The Azure Cloud are the rangers/magic-users of ZXOnline.Ph, specializing in devastating mid-to-long ranged attacks with sword and magic. Right now I’m beginning my quests as a new member of the Azure Cloud, having just joined them when I qualified at level 15. While my first choice was to be a member of the Ghost King Sect – the tanks or warrior class of ZXOnline.Ph, I grew to appreciate long-ranged magical attacks late in my novice levels (level 12-14), that even after I asked SE and my best friend as to which between a warrior or spellsword should I choose as a class after I reached level 15, I ignored both their choice of warrior. XDDD

Anyway I’m having fun here in ZXOnline.Ph, even though it is still in the Open Beta Testing stage. Hopefully the bugs of the system will be worked out before the commercial release, but I do believe I’ll be romping around Zhu Xian, firing spells from talisman and cutting down monsters with my sword for a while.

Fateful Meeting: Alto and the Snow Princess, Lu Xueqi

And with the rate that I’m enjoying ZXOnline.Ph, maybe even for a very long time. The journey to immortality winds through a very long road indeed.

Post Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Date

Highlights:

Went to Greenhills with SE.

Gave SE a Googly Bear (aka Mojo-kun)

Gave SE some butterscotch.

SE got another Pink Haro at GT, Gundam 00 Bikini Girls Gashas from Wasabi Toys, and a Lacus Clyne White Symphony Concert Gashapon from a seller.

SE's Post Valentine's Hauls

Underwent mild depression as I missed buying the last Figma Miku Hatsune at Wasabi Toys.

Had lunch at Burgoo’s.

ATTEMPTED DOING CRAYON ART (ala Rukia Kuchiki).

My attempt at art at Burgoo's... XDDD

Saw Maddie on a date with her S.O. XDDD

Contemplated eating butong pakwan at the movies.

Saw “Valkyrie” as a non-typical Valentine’s date movie.

Bought a Miku Hatsune Nendoroid for myself. XDDD

Miku Hatsune Nendoroid!

I leave the details and more pics to SE. XDDD

On Over-Possessive Parenting

My inaanak (godchild), the only child of my cousin Myles, is encountering the same problem that her mother went thru when we were kids – having to deal with a very strict and possessive grandmother, my Mom’s elder sister.

You see, my cousin was raised by her mother alone, and my Tita (Aunt) is a tad too possessive about restricting my cousin’s movements.  And this evolve into some complications when my cousin rebelled, and my cousin went thru problems with her own marriage, which ended in annulment.

This time, my Tita’s over-possessiveness is concentrated at my inaanak, and I can see that the young girl (she’s 13 and entering high school next summer) is struggling to deal with it, and is becoming overstressed.  Just like her mother before, my tita is restricting her movements (even with her own mother) and I feel that it’s reflecting badly on my inaanak.  She’s now showing some bad habits, that, while I can place as something a typical teen might develop, I still feel as a tad more rebellious than most.

I have an easy time relating with my inaanak, since we’re both otakus and anime fans.  I lend her some anime that I have, and she gives me advice on what anime is good to watch and manga to read as well.  I might have tag along during the next anime con, since her mom told me that my inaanak hasn’t been to any anime event yet.   And I’m proud of her since she’s a straight A student, and looks to have passed the entrance exam of a prestigious science high school in Makati that she – and not her grandmother or mother – really wanted to enter.

But then again, I am concerned about the stress I see building up inside her.  While I might not be the model youth I was when I was younger, at least my folks let me decide on what I want to do or to be, as long as I was responsible enough.  I know I won’t be able to take the stress of over-restrictiveness that my tita is showing her granddaughter, and I know my cousin is also stressing over what her daughter is going thru.  There had been confrontation and fights, and the atmosphere between them is gloomy at best.  Even my mom and her sisters get into arguments with my tita about this touchy subject.

Hopefully she can cope with it.  All I can do is support her mom thru advice, and maybe just reach out more to my inaanak thru our common otaku interests.

What are you’re thoughts about parents being over-protective or over-possessive?  Any suggestions on how I can help or guide my inaanak with this problem?

Practical Valentine

Looking around the Metro, I don’t see much of a Valentine’s Day atmosphere and on a payday Friday to boot.

I’m looking at the commercialized aspect of the holiday, rather than the moral and emotional one.

I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s happy at the thought that I have a significant other who loves me and I love back, and not necessarily celebrating it by splurging on an extravagant date. I’ll be going out with my S.O. on Sunday, but we both agreed that we should keep it simple, yet fun and full of love.

But from what I see, Valentines dropped in importance in terms of consumers and economy. People seems to be avoiding buying the usual Valentine’s staples such as roses and chocolates.

I was listening to Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon on their daily morning show in DZMM, and they commented that in Dangwa, a rose was already going for PHP 100.00, (Columbian roses are now at P 1,200.00 a piece) when normally you can get a dozen of them for PHP 250.00. And they said that we shouldn’t think of going to classy flower shops – if we do, we should have our brains checked.

I don’t see much Valentine’s decorations and ads in the environment as well. A scarce few, yes, but this year it’s not as garish or far-spread as recent years. Even the hotels and motel are not as aggressive in their advertising and promos – I barely saw any promos of lodging at all.

I guess Filipinos are becoming more practical in spending, specially in terms of holiday spending. Given that Valentines follows our very long Christmas holidays, Valentines has become rather low priority. And the effects of the “global economic crisis” probably didn’t help as well.

For lovebirds out there, I suggest being practical. You can spend Valentine’s with your partner without blowing your budget. A simple lunch or dinner in a nice place, plus a few trinklets as gifts would cheer up you partner a lot – as always, it’s the thought that counts. Just being with your partner on Valentine’s will mean a lot to him/her.

Macross Day

We have reached a milestone in anime history.

Today, February 7, 2009, is supposed to be the day when the story of Macross, that great mecha and musical anime that started a lot of trends in modern and contemporary anime, truly begins.

According to the story of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, February 7, 2009 is supposed to be the day of the SDF-1 Macross’ launch celebrations on South Ataria Island, a fictional island somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Today is supposed to be the day that Hikaru Ichijoe, a young, brash stunt pilot, arrives on the island at his best friend’s invitation, and crosses paths with Lynn Minmay, a young and beautiful Chinese girl living on the island with her dreams of stardom, and Misa Hayase, the taciturn young UN Spacy officer who strives to make her career work.

Today is also supposed to be the day when the Zentraedi, a race of giant humanoids, arrives on Earthspace to capture the SDF-1 Macross, and start an instellar war that engulfs the Humans of Earth.

Today is supposed to be the beginning of an epic adventure in space, when two races, similar and different, come to terms with their conflict and discover a joint destiny bound by the power of culture and music, hands held together by magical voice of a beautiful songstress…

So if you happen to look up to the sky and dream the dream of Macross today, remember how significant this day is to your life and to the history of anime as well. Who knows – you might be able to see a gigantic battlepod drop from the sky, with human jet planes transforming into technoknights out to defend the Earth, in front of the massive space battleship carrying the honored name of Macross, flying to save the Earth, and fulfill its destiny.

Happy Macross Day!