Author: Robodaz

1/12 Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Variable Blowsperior Yellow and Stig/Ray types, by Aoshima Build

Both kits available from HobbyLink Japan: Stig & Ray and Blowsperior See all MOSPEADA items here! Power up… As mentioned in the first part of this review, no matter how appealing (and they are appealing) the Legios fighter and Tread were in this series, it was the free-wheeling, bad-to-the-bone ride armors which really took the audience by surprise – combining the increasingly comm...

1/12 Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Variable Blowsperior Yellow and Stig/Ray types, by Aoshima Unboxing

Both kits available from HobbyLink Japan: Stig & Ray and Blowsperior See all MOSPEADA items here! One For all, All for One… When the late Carl Macek was intrigued enough with the Studio Nue / Tatsunoko Productions smash hit series Super Dimension Fortress MACROSS to attempt to bring it to the US, he was hit with a number of major issues, not least of which – setting post facto righ...

Chogokin (Super Alloy) x 12 Perfect Model R2-D2 (Star Wars: A New Hope) by Bandai – Part Two – Review

Available from HobbyLink Japan How Did They Do That? When I first saw Artoo on screen back in 1977, even my Father – an engineer whose trade had been repairing MBTs, APCs and other military tech – was puzzled as to how the little droid could pack in all the servos, radio gear, lights, and hydraulics to both trundle around on three wheels and ‘act up’ in ways which made him ...

Chogokin (Super Alloy) x 12 Perfect Model R2-D2 (Star Wars: A New Hope) by Bandai – Part One – Unboxing

Available from HobbyLink Japan The Near-Sighted Scrap Pile In 1977, amid all the whirl and rush of media and fan attention which surrounded *THE* game changing film of that year, decade, and arguable century (to a certain demographic anyway), there was one little thing which stood out, from beginning to end. Whilst some adored the old Falcon or the X-Wings, the TIE fighters, the Star Destroyers, t...

1/72 Ultra Hawk No.1 by Fujimi – Part 2 – Build

Available from HobbyLink Japan Parasite or Symbiote? Back in my review of BP Taylor’s Eagle Fighter/Shuttle kit, I talked about lifting bodies and the notion of one thing carrying another into the air for some reason or other… This is, rather unflatteringly, known as the ‘Parasite Aircraft Concept’ and is far older than one might imagine. Indeed, aircraft being launched by ...

1/72 Ultra Hawk No.1 by Fujimi – Part 1 – Unbox

Available from HobbyLink Japan Band of Brothers In Ultraseven, when the the Earth is under constant attack by a series of XT threats, the Earth Defence Force creates a secret organization named the ‘Ultra Guard’, and provides them with cutting-edge technology (possibly acquired with contact with other Ultra Brothers). The six human fighters are also joined by one of the Ultra Brothers,...

1/24 SV-001/I Metal Slug (Reissue) by Wave – Part Two – Build

Available from HobbyLink Japan Tiny, Tinny, and Terrible Tanks… Modern tanks began their career with the Great War, entering service in 1916, as both the French and the British sought some sort of armored landship with which they could break through the trench-lock which had characterized the majority of the fighting. Just as battleships at sea were designed to carry heavy guns and armor dir...

1/24 SV-001/I Metal Slug (Reissue) by Wave – Part One – Unboxing

Available from HobbyLink Japan A little Slugger Metal Slug, a series of side scrolling games beginning with the first Neo-Geo arcade iteration of 1996, has become a fan favorite with its mixture of animation, self-deprecating comedy, and run and gun video games created by SNK. Spinoff games include a third-person shooter and a tower defense game. Originally created for Neo-Geo arcade machines and ...

1/144 HGBF Hyper – Gyanko by Bandai – Part Two – Build

Available from HobbyLink Japan More Moe? More Mecha! There has been something of a boom in moe anthropomorphism in both anime and models of late: Kantai Collecction, Strike Witches, MS Girls, Frame Arms and so on. One would be forgiven for thinking that this is all a brand new way of picking the pockets of increasingly character obsessed fans who have fascinations for multiple media, and pay good ...

1/144 HGBF Hyper – Gyanko by Bandai – Part One Unboxing

Available from HobbyLink Japan Cheesy Peas. A Delicious Combination of Cheese and Peas… Think on, Mam! Seriously, though… What do you get if you merge a certain brand of dueling monsters with the One Year War? Gundam Build Fighters. That’s what you get. This is why we can’t have nice thi… Hold on. This model is not half bad. Let’s not throw the baby out with the...

Chibi-Maru Godzilla VS. Type 3 Kiryu and Chibi-Maru King Ghidorah by Fujimi – Part Two – Building

Kaiju in the Outfield: Up First! Godzilla vs. Mecha Godzilla Stealing Home! King Ghidorah! Refereeing! Tsuburaya Eiji Both available from HobbyLink Japan: Godzilla vs. Mecha Godzilla and King Ghidorah. Move Over Victor. The Real Monster Maker has Arrived! Though most kaiju fans would know it was Nakajima Haruo who is seen as giving life to Godzilla, a startlingly large number of fans still do not ...

Chibi-Maru Godzilla VS. Type 3 Kiryu and Chibi-Maru King Ghidorah by Fujimi – Part One – Unboxing

Kaiju Smackdown: Round One! Godzilla vs. Mecha Godzilla Round Two! King Ghidorah vs. EVERYONE! Both available from HobbyLink Japan: Godzilla vs. Mecha Godzilla and King Ghidorah. Nakajima Haruo: The Real OG Writing this, in October 2017, it is only a few months since Nakajima Haruo, the beating heart of the 200 pounds of rubber and metal which was Godzilla (and for nigh on to a dozen films at that...