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1/3 Fate/Apocrypha: Ruler (Obitsu 50cm/AZO2 Body) by Azone – Review

One Doll to Rule Them All? One of the main features of the “Fate” series of games/comics/animation is that the protagonists of the story employ a series of servants, who represent a variety of archetypes – each one manifesting specific skills in the game. As stated in part one, the most popular of these servants is normally considered to be one of the King Arthur Pendragon types,...

1/3 Fate/Apocrypha: Ruler (Obitsu 50cm/AZO2 Body) by Azone – Unbox

Censorship, or Market Forces? Fate: Stay Night in 2004, when working at a hobby store in Kobe Centre Plaza, a little erotic PC game shop displayed an interesting poster for a game called “Fate: Stay Night” which caught my attention for the presence of the King Arthur Saber character, who has become a major icon for Type Moon in the years since. Initially, just a normal pornographic vis...

1/35 Luna Diver Stingray “Operation Dynamo” by Hasegawa – Build

Available from Hobbylink Japan, here. “Ma.K” is more than models, more than a narrative — it is a community built over the decades around designs which wear their cobbled and kitbashed nature on their sleeves and hold hard to the ethos established by Master Yokoyama, perfectly exemplified by the kit being built here, as well as the kits displayed with it. The Japanese SF3D/Ma.K c...

1/35 Luna Diver Stingray “Operation Dynamo” by Hasegawa – Unbox

Available from Hobbylink Japan, here. Kitbashers!? Article Bashers! 😀 Yes, blatantly lifting part one from an earlier Ma.K review, as I could not say that same thing better than I did there. Yokoyama Kow is one of the masters of kitbashing: that noble hobby art of taking all manner of gubbins from a variety of model kits and stuffing them all together (perhaps with some modeling putty) to create s...

1/72 German E-100 Ausf.Sechsfuessler Nothung by Rocket Models – Build

1/72 German E-100 Ausf.Sechsfuessler Nothung – Available from HobbyLink Japan here. Looking to the Past to imagine the Future (…in the past) I’ve often heard it said science fiction is not a way to test the moral attitudes of the age in which it is created in a safe ‘sandbox’, but also the Alpha program for the technology of the future. Indeed, wander round NASA and a...

1/72 German E-100 Ausf.Sechsfuessler Nothung by Rocket Model – Unbox

1/72 German E-100 Ausf.Sechsfuessler Nothung by Rocket Model – Available from HobbyLink Japan here. The Future Past Since the heyday of the late 80s, when Kow Yokoyama created a new wave of alternative history modeling with his Ma.K line of model kits, a number of creators and companies have taken advantage of this blending of styles to produce some outstanding models, toys, and media. Some,...

1/72 Multi-turreted Tank Akuyaku #1 Short Gun Barrel ver. by Platz – Part Two – Build

Available from HobbyLink Japan here Super Heavy Since WWII, the tank has been thought of primarily as a way to rapidly deploy heavy anti material weapons directly into enemy formations, primarily aimed at knocking out opposing AFVs (whether tanks, troop transports, or softer targets as required). This might be laid at the feet of Heinz Guderian, whose theorizing on both Bewegungskrieg and its 20th...

1/72 Multi-turreted Tank Akuyaku #1 Short Gun Barrel ver. by Platz – Part One – Unboxing

Available from HobbyLink Japan here Some Animals are More Equal Than Others Whilst many folks will only know Miyazaki Hayao from his film works, before his rise to fame, at the peak of his career and, so it is said, even now, the Master was an accomplished (if not actually prolific) artist. Anyone who has seen his Nausicaa comic will be able to attest to Master Miyazaki’s sheer skill, eye fo...

1/1000 Space Battleship Yamato 2202 by Bandai – Part Two – Build

Available from HobbyLink Japan here. Where are the Days That have been? [Spoiler Alert] As I have written elsewhere: In the sequel to Space Battleship Yamato 2199, the Andromeda class ships represent the way in which the United Nations Cosmo Force has assimilated the technology provided by Starsha to restore the Earth into an uprated and upgunned version of the Yamato itself. This is a major issue...

1/1000 Space Battleship Yamato 2202 by Bandai – Part One – Unboxing

Available from HobbyLink Japan here. Broken Promises, Renewed Hopes. As I said in my Adndromeda review: “Remaking anything is a bit of a risk. Remaking one of the seminal moments of any point in history is fraught with real danger. Remaking something that stands alone artistically, culturally and something over which two titans of the animation industry were willing to shed blood is just ask...

1/35 Votoms Blood Sucker ST Ver. by Wave – Part Two- Build

Available from Hobbylink Japan here The Genius of Simplicity Fans of the VOTOMS universe will often point to the nature of its tech as being one of the foundations of its ‘grounded’ nature. Certainly, whilst the narrative is primal and very real – bounding the complexities of war and emotion – it cannot be denied that its mecha are also somewhat unique, and something of a d...

1/35 Votoms Blood Sucker ST Ver. by Wave – Part One – Unbox

Available from Hobbylink Japan One Hundred Years War In the Astragius Galaxy, during the year 8th Millennium the space-faring civilizations of Gilgamesh and Balarant have been at war for nearly a century. Ignorant of the cause of the war – a state inspired, in the mind of Ryosuke Takahashi by a sequence of martial decay which takes place in the Alexander Korda Film ‘Things to Come̵...

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