Ichigo Kurosaki Play Arts Kai Review

Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenage boy and the main character of Bleach. He is an unusual boy in that he has bright orange hair and can see ghosts. One day he meets a soul reaper named Rukia and gains the powers of a soul reaper himself to save his family. Rukia is then convicted as a criminal and Ichigo trains as a soul reaper to try and save her. To do this he must achieve Bankai (which is basically a rise in power level which involves a release of his sword and a new outfit =P). 300 episodes or countless chapters later, more stuff happens….let’s just leave it at that.

I got this figure for Christmas! It can be found at Hastings for about $50. This is the Play Arts Kai – Bankai version of Ichigo. This was released on 11/2010 and is considered a US exclusive release.

Box: This toy comes in the typical Play Arts Kai box. It’s large, white, square, has a front viewing window, and is closed with circle tape!

Accessories: Ichigo comes with extra hands, his tensa-zangetsu (sword in bankai form), and an extra head depicting his hollow (a type of soul in the Bleach universe) mask. He does not come with a stand, but can stand fine on his own without one.The extra head was rather bothersome! Ichigo’s neck has a peg in it to which the heads can be attached as seen in the instructions! The extra head, however, already had a peg in it! It was an easy fix, I just took pliers and pulled the peg out of the head.

Sculpt: The sculpt on this toy is amazing. This is by far the best looking Ichigo I’ve seen. He looks just like he does in the later episodes of the anime. He is in scale with the FF13 Play Arts Kai line. There are a lot of nice details on the sculpt like the bandages on his stomach, and the sandals he is wearing. The only funky part of the sculpt is the back of the coat, its split into two pieces (a top and a bottom). This looks a  little odd and I don’t think keeping the coat in one piece would have sacrificed much pose-ability. Oh yeah, and the knee joints have been greatly improved on this new line!

Paint: The paint on this is pretty excellent but has the small flaws that can usually be found on Play Arts. Hes got some sort of a dark mark on his cheek, not too noticeable thankfully. The shading in his face and on his outfit is really good! My favorite part of this is the hollow mask through which you can see his yellow hollow eyes.

Pose-ability: This toy is very pose-able, as is expected of the Play Arts Kai line. Despite wearing those wide pants, his legs have freedom of movement. His ankles and feet can be adjusted so he can balance in different poses. His arms are also fairly pose-able but cannot extend over his head.

Overall, this toy is definitely recommended. He’s not my all-time favorite character, but this toy is awesome, looks good on the shelf, and is rather fun!

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C.C. by Banpresto Review

C.C. (C2) is a character from the anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. She is an immortal teenage girl who becomes the main characters accomplice through a contract. This contract gives him the power to control anyone. Another notable feature of this character is that she loves pizza!

I bought this toy at Akon 21 for $20. This is a figure of the C.C. Code Geass R2 A Version produced by Banpresto and released on 12/2008. This is probably one of the best buys I made at A-kon because it was one of the cheapest buys.

Box: The box of this figure is fairly small, black, has a picture of the figure on the front and some japanese writing on it. The box also has a rubber band hook at the top. This figure was originally available as a prize from a machine so that may be the reason for the rubber hook. The box is also much smaller than the figure, because she comes in pieces and has to be stuck together (no glue required =P).

Base: Just a nice plain circular black base (my favorite kind)

Sculpt: The sculpt on this toy is pretty good considering it only cost $20. There are a bunch of obvious seamlines in the hair, and where the figure gets put together on the legs. The hands look really delicate, and the toy has really nice proportions. The toy is also fairly large for being so cheap and fits well on the shelf with all my other 1/8th scale figures.

Paint: Well, once again, considering that it was cheap the paint job is decent!. Her face is a little shinier than I prefer, but there are almost no bleeds, The lines on the skirt could have been done better but for $20 it’s great.

Pose: The pose looks really unnatural (Why would anyone stand like that?) but matches the character perfectly. The pose is also very dynamic, and definitely not boring.

Overall, I would recommend this figure for its cheap price and decent quality.

New Years Resolutions for 2011!

So this year I will stick to my New Years resolutions! yeah… so first off, im going to loose weight…joking. Since this blog is about toys,

Here are my figure collecting resolutions for 2011!:

1. Buy only 1 figure a month!

2. Buy only figures from characters/shows that I know and like

3. Will not spend more than $80 on a single figure

4. Stop buying trading figures

5. get another display shelf to clear the clutter

6. do not fill aforementioned shelf to the point that it is cluttered!

7. update this blog at least every other week!

8. make an exception to resolution #2 if the character is a cute trap…this list is going down hill, maybe I should stop, resolutions aren’t supposed to have exceptions =(

Well that’s about it, if I can stick to these resolutions then maybe I won’t go broke indulging in this PVC addiction. What are some of your new years resolutions?

L is ready to watch the time square ball drop! Happy New Year everyone!

 

Elwing (Elwyn) Review

Elwing (Elwyn being the english name) is a character in the games Shining wind and Shining tears, and appears in the anime Shining Tears X Wind. I have never played the games nor seen the anime, so the only thing I know about her is that she is a princess.

I saw this toy at Hastings a few years ago and had to have her because she’s so pretty! I got her for Christmas back in 2008! This toy is produced by Kotobukiya and the sculptor is Nakamura Hirotoshi. This was originally released 06/2008 and then re-released in 12/2008.

Packaging: The box is basically a large rectangle. It has both a large front and small side viewing windows. The box is white and green and matches the theme of the character and has artwork of the character on it. Its a nice box, good for displaying or just keeping for storage. The plastic stuck under her clothes and around her to keep her safe was difficult to remove! In the process of removing it, I somehow managed to put a black mark on her leg =( and still couldn’t get it all.

Base: Her base is a dark green circle, it matches her nicely and isn’t too distracting (usually I prefer black, white, or clear bases).

Sculpt: The sculpt on this figure is breathtaking. She is just so pretty! There are some very detailed areas, such as the leaves on her outfit, the wings on her head, and her hair. The hair has nice a pointy ends and doesn’t look too thick or chunky. My favorite part of the sculpt is that her mouth is open and has teeth in it! It looks great! She also comes with a bow that has a wire has the string. This bow is loose and can be placed into her hands.

Paint: The paint on this toy is excellent. It all has a nice matte finish. There are no bleeds, and the shading on her hair looks great. She also has a nice skin tone and her eyes and face look beautiful. Sadly, as mentioned above, I put a black mark on her leg =(.

Pose: The pose is excellent! It seems to match the artwork of her perfectly. The way she is standing and leaning forward slightly almost makes her look very carefree and innocent. Her hair also looks like its flowing as if she just moved.

Overall, I’d give this figure a 10/10. This is one of my best looking figures and I would recommend even to people who know nothing about the series (like me).