Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Assault Kingdom Zaku II

Hey, I'm back with another review. Looking at the Assault Kingdom Zaku II. First and foremost a link to the youtube review is here. Now lets hit things off.

First off the figure comes with:

1 Zaku II
1 Stand
1 Recoilless Rifle
1 Zaku II Machine Gun
1 Heat Hawk
1 Commander head
1 Left open hand
1 Right open hand
1 left closed hand
1 right closed hand
1 angled hand.

The Zaku II comes with a Recoilless Rifle.



The Zaku II also comes with a Zaku Machine gun, commander antenna and a heat hawk.



Finally it comes with a stand.







The Zaku II is very articulated as well and very sturdy.


Pros
  • Very articulated
  • Very sturdy
  • Fair amount of weapons
  • Nice paint job
Cons
  •  I don't have the rest of the set to build the truck.
 Final thoughts, I really enjoyed this particular Assault Kingdom figure. Most of the time they are hit or miss, but this one was a real hit. Sturdy, articulated and a color scheme that doesn't really get hurt by the lack of colors on the assault kingdom figure. The Recoilless Rifle that it comes with give the figure more play value than most which only come with the standard armaments. I can only recommend this particular one, can't say anything bad about it.

- Zeroconvoy

Monday, April 10, 2017

GN Flag Custom (Gundam 00 10th)


Hello again! Boy it has been a while, but I'm here. Still don't have a proper camera, so still using what I got. So what is for today? A Custom GN Flag. Using an old HG 1/144 Flag I had lying around. Basically I just tuned it up, but with a bit of a twist. I put a GN drive on the back, just to mimic the GN Flag from the show. I really wanted to get the figure but I could never find out. So I made my own.

So why a Gundam 00 kit? Well basically it is the 10th anniversary for Gundam 00 and that was the Gundam show that got me back into Gundam as well other anime as well. So basically with out Gundam 00 I wouldn't be into anime or any of this. Heck I may not have a photography blog. So as a tribute to the 10th anniversary here is a custom I've been working on.











Again sorry for the quality, I don't have a proper camera yet. But this is part one of my little tribute to Gundam 00. I'm currently working on part two, but it may be a while till its done. So please hang in there.

Also I got a hold of this too...(don't judge me).

Till next time

- Zeroconvoy

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sega Kantai Collection: Kancolle: Akagi Premium Figure

Hello Hello Hello!
Boy it sure has been a long time hasn't it. Well here I am with a review. But first a quick explanation. I've been laying low lately for reasons of being busy and, I still don't have a proper camera. So these next few reviews will be very experimental. As well no telling when the next photoshoot will be. With that said, let us begin the review!

Check out the video/more in depth review here: Akagi review

Front:
Back:
Side:
Side:

The detail work on the flight deck is very well done. The color separation with the white lines really brings out the details of the flight deck.


The face has a real soft feel to it. The checks are round and in no way pointy what so ever. Making the statue feel more like the actual character.


The figure does come with a few accessories.
The first being the stand.
The arrows, which need to have stickers applied.
Lastly the bow.
Important to note about the bow. It comes in two parts and is meant to be assembled with a string to emulated the actual bow and arrow. Sadly I broke the bow in half trying to get the string in. While the bow does have a bit of give, it isn't enough to handle the string.
At the time of the review, I was using electrical tape to hold the bow together, but I soon found out that she can hold the bow even if it is busted.

Pros:
  • The figure is very well detailed.
  • The stand is nice and flat, no balance issues. 
  • All accessories are on the figure. 
Cons:
  • The bow and arrow is very tricky to assemble.  
Over all the figure is pretty good. tho I do feel it is a bit sub par with other statues similar to this. That in mind it may be the pose, if it were more of an action pose I may enjoy it a bit more. Outside of the bow issue, the figure looks great and I recommend it to any Kancolle fans out there.

- Zeroconvoy

Monday, January 9, 2017

Shinkansen Transformation Robo Shinkalion E6 Komachi

Hello and welcome! Today we are looking at a figure that I've been putting off for a while and I'm sorry for that. Its the Shinkansen Transformation Robo Shinkalion E6 Komachi from Takara Tomy. Now I'm not sure where exactly this came from. I've seen a commercial for it once but that was about it.
Here is the link to the video.

So first thing first, lets look at the box.
(Also please excuse the quality of the pictures, I'm experimenting with a different camera so it will be a while until things are back to normal.)

The box shows the animation model of the figure (as from the advert) and the basic transformation from the train to the robot. A clear cut away to see the train car and a mid transformation mode. Just from the box itself it looks real nice and very eye catching.


The contents of the box include the figure, instructions, stickers and some flyers. For the purposes of this review, the figure does not have any stickers on it. It is as is out of the box.

Now onto the figure itself.

Everything you need for the figure is here. You get three train cars. Two conductor cars and one passenger car. Each one has a good amount of detail on them. Complaints being tho that it isn't as high detail as say a transformer or and the transformation kind of breaks the train mode design. The white line on the car on the right does bug me. 




The cars can connect together which does look good, but my only complaint with the links that hold the train together is that one they are just there. They aren't really secure an kind of dangle. Two I'm honestly scared that hooking and unhooking the train a lot will break the connectors off. But other than that they do good at keeping the train together. I'm sure on a train track it would be pretty stable and work perfectly.




After the transformation, (to see the transformation, see the video review). Here is the mid transformation mode.



The rest of the transformation is pretty automatic. A button on the torso transforms the arms, legs and head. While you still have to unfold the feet and the forearms.

The robot mode itself is alright.



The robot mode is alright. The first thing I would like to say is that the connectors between the train cars are nearly out of the way. Nearly, the one on the arm is still a bit in the way. As for the general look of the robot, the front is good, but the proportions are just pretty bad. I feel bad saying that because this is from Takara Tomy, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that because this isn't a Transformer and is more of an experimental line, with that in mind I'm not going to be to harsh on it, but still its a bit of a let down. Articulation wise, it isn't all that great either. the bulk of the articulation comes from the arms. Outside of being able to move the shoulders up and down at an angle the arms are pretty articulate. The neck can't move and neither can the waist. The legs are two solid bricks out side of what is needed from the transformation. Really it is like a G1 figure from the bottom half and a early to mid 2000s transformer figure for the top half.
The back side on the other hand is very grey. None of the color really shows up but I guess that is to be expected being the underside of a train.

The transformation to the robot consists of both conductor cars. The passenger car has nothing to do with the transformation. It is in fact the weapons holder.
The two guns are able to fold out and they look good, but you can add stickers to it. The guns can fit inside the passengers car. The car has tons of slots, so as long as they fit.
The guns have two ways of connecting, but really they fit in almost every slot.
The first way is in the hands.
 The other way is on the shoulders.

The shoulder method is a bit odd, but it works.

The head design I really do like. The goggle like things on the head are pretty cool and really adds to the whole gun and cannon weapons system.



The Pros and cons to this figure.
Pros:
  • The figure is pretty big. Twice as tall as a standard deluxe class transformer. 
  • The design is pretty unique and cool.
  • The arms are articulated. 
  • It is sturdy.
  • Able to stand on its own.
  • Gimmick for transformation
Cons:

  • No articulation in the legs.
  • Proportions are way off. 
  • The connectors for the trains are loose. 
Overall the figure is alright. It is a cool figure in concept and as much as I do like it, and the cons being less than the pros. The limited articulation and the proportions are what kill it for me. On the flip side there are gimmicks to this figure that I can not cover such as swapping out the arms and the legs for with other figure in this line. As well an add on set for the main figure itself. In one point of view tho, I'm glad this is one that comes with guns. It makes the brick legs seem much less of an issue seeing that is is gunning down its enemies.

In the end, pass on it if you aren't really into it.

- Zeroconvoy