Boxes

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Boxes, boxes, and more boxes.

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Boxes of Gunpla underneath my bed... Some have yet to be started too. Ack the everlasting backlog is something that Gunpla fans tend to worry about ^^;

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Figure boxes. I hesitate to throw them away in case I have to pack the figures away in the future for whatever reasons.

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Boxes of figma and a couple of Revoltechs as well. All unused accessories are still stored in them rather than in bags.

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Current state of my shelf.

I personally dont like putting things into shelf for display, because I won't get to interact with them as often, or worse if they get too crowded I worry that I may even start to forget them. This is the reason why the shelf still looks relatively spacious compared to... Say, Yui's collection ^^;


Posting this is some sort of a reminder for me to start to be more cautious for future purchases; space is limited and is always an issue for any sorts of collection, but we as collectors often try to defy this statement nonetheless. One extreme example would be this guy's collection which I have blogged about sometime last year. Well, I still have the space to sleep at least!

I know a lot of collectors throw their boxes away because they take up a lot of space. I keep mine just in case I have to pack my stuff away again for whatever reasons in the future. Do you keep your boxes or not?

Triple Jestas

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At last, my 3 units of Jestas are ready to roll out! Apart from the slight colour changes and the markings, these ones I've built are pretty much a straight build without modifications.

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The HGUC 1/144 Jesta was released in mid-September for 1600 Yen. An advanced version of the Federation's ordinary grunt Jegan, the Jesta will make its debut in a team of 3 in the upcoming 4th episode of Gundam UC OVA.

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Jesta with beam rifle (which is known as a beam carbine), which is an advanced variant of the Jegan's original beam rifle.

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The shield can be connected to the backpack via an option of 2 different connecting arms; one that is contracted and the other expanded.

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The expanded arm piece (as seen on the left Jesta above) can allow rotation of the shield, whereas the contracted one (as seen on the right Jesta above) will have the shield restricted to face backwards only.

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The shield is derived from that of the original Jegan. The shield missiles are still present but both pairs are now on the same side rather than being laid out symmetrically on each side.

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The beam sabre is tucked in beneath the left arm, whereas spare beam rifle magazines are store beneath the right arm. The Jesta can reach it with its right hand as shown in the picture above. Two open palms are used in this picture as well.

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Charging forward with the beam sabre.

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The side skirts are grenade racks just like the ordinary Jegan model.

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Three Jestas in action.

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Fighting in unison and professionally. These guys are no ordinary grunts.

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Jesta in comparison with Stark Jegan. Despite being derived from the same original Jegan the two do look very different here.

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In case those who are curious about the white stars on the left shoulders and the shields of the Jestas, they actually spare paper stickers from 1/8 GSC Black★Rock Shooter -animation version-. The original figureb had a missing star on the coat, so GSC sent a set of 8 white star stickers to the customers. I thought that I would use some to make them stand out a bit in terms of markings.


Previous WIP posts can be found here and here.

My sloppy pictures aside, the HGUC 1/144 Jesta is quite a complete model kit there; at least there are no parts that you have to borrow from other kits unless you want to swap out the backpack with other Jegan models. The overall design is dark and sleek, giving the Jesta an overall impression that it is no ordinary grunt unlike most of Federation's mass production mobile suits.

A big thanks to BMecha for hosting this Jesta group build! It's been fun doing this and seeing what others have tried on their own Jestas. Mine is a bit ordinary out of the bunch, but I suppose simplicity also has its own beauty too right? ^^

Post your questions for Farid Isham - The Malaysian Cat!

モハメド・パリド・イシャム Farid Isham (Sasuke Malaysia Winner) with wife Nursyahida and Allstar - Makoto Nagano 長野誠 at the conclusion of Sasuke Malaysia in May, 2011

Interview time again! This time it's Farid Isham whom most people remember as "Cat" who is the very first Sasuke Malaysia winner! Here is a link to the blog entry with his run... Though we still don't know when the inaugural Sasuke Malaysia will actually air in Malaysia.. hopefully soon as there is another preliminary Sasuke Malaysia competition just in a month's time! Just like I did with Michael Milner (from Sasuke 20), Lucy Romberg (Sasuke 21), David Campbell (from Sasuke 22) and Bret Sims (Sasuke 19 and 20) I'm posting this here and on both the Sasuke Maniac Forums and G4 boards, and on Twitter. For this blog just use the comments section at the end of this entry. I'll only keep the questions open for a short time. I figured since everyone will be checking the site for Sasuke/Ninja Warrior stuff I might get a lot of responses really fast. Remember also that the Tim Coombs questions will be closed at the end of this week!

Guidelines - please don't get too personal. I also have the right to not include all the questions and he also reserves the right to not answer all the questions :P Also - please keep this thread to questions only. Once the blog is done I'll create another thread with the answers and of course the blog entry. Also please keep all of your questions in the same post and try not to ask too many multiple questions.

Feel free to state your name or username (especially if posting as anonymous), age (optional), City (or state, country, etc.) and your question and I'll send them over to Timothy to answer. Thanks again Cat!

Snow Miku Magic Show

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Snow Miku wants to do a magic show! This comes at good timing as I am busy with other stuff at the moment. Well, let's have her take the stage this time shall we?

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Before the show starts, an assistant Ball hands over the trusted leek to Snow Miku.

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The leek magically turns into an icy leek, much to the Ball's surprise~ Well, I guess the show has already begun!

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With her icy touch Snow Miku will demonstrate her magic on the 1/144 Nashorn and Tiger II.

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Poof, and both have gone white!

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Next thing Snow Miku will try will be on a HGUC 1/144 Kampfer.

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A white Kampfer appears!

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Last but not least Snow Miku will test her magic on figma Black★Rock Shooter, without the latter's prior knowledge of what's going on at this moment...

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... And with that figma WRS has been summoned. Probably a bad move. Oh dear that didn't go too well now did it? ^^;


For those who are interested my Snow Miku review can be found here


This post is to also be made for a local forum posting game where one has to make their own thread with pictures of Q-version toys (i.e. chibi). While I have very few of such toys, the game suddenly gave me some inspiration with what I have in my collection, and I came up with this post. Hope you've enjoyed this silly but lighthearted post though!

It feels good digging up some older toys even if it's just for a quick snapshot. That way they don't feel forgotten as you interact with them now and then :o

Something New

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???

Having a bit of a writer's block recently, so I decided to show something a bit... Different. Anyway here is a teaser picture with the good ol' mosaic effect. If you have been to my other stuff you would have known what it is already.

I guess it's only a matter of time before I will talk about it here. ^^;

Post your questions for Timothy Coombs!

ティモシー・クームス Timothy Coombs (University of Central Florida Professor/Ebay Auction Winner)

Interview time again! This time it's Timothy Coombs whom most people remember as the ebay Auction winner from Sasuke 27! Here is a link to the blog entry with his run as we all know NBC has not shown his run and G4 whom I expect will cut his run won't show Ninja Warrior until March, 2012... Just like I did with Michael Milner (from Sasuke 20), Lucy Romberg (Sasuke 21), David Campbell (from Sasuke 22) and Bret Sims (Sasuke 19 and 20) I'm posting this here and on both the Sasuke Maniac Forums and G4 boards, and on Twitter. For this blog just use the comments section at the end of this entry. I'll only keep the questions open for a short time. I figured since everyone will be checking the site for Sasuke/Ninja Warrior stuff I might get a lot of responses really fast.

Guidelines - please don't get too personal. I also have the right to not include all the questions and he also reserves the right to not answer all the questions :P Also - please keep this thread to questions only. Once the blog is done I'll create another thread with the answers and of course the blog entry. Also please keep all of your questions in the same post and try not to ask too many multiple questions.

Feel free to state your name or username (especially if posting as anonymous), age (optional), City (or state, country, etc.) and your question and I'll send them over to Timothy to answer. Thanks again Timothy!

Sasuke 27 - Spoilerific Review - Part 14

SASUKE 27!!

(PART 1) (PART 2) (PART 3) (PART 4) (PART 5) (PART 6) (PART 7) (PART 8) (PART 9) (PART 10) (PART 11) (PART 12) (PART 13)

Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 27.. if you don’t want to know.. you have been warned :D (Just remember.. the USA Broadcast of this.. will be.. well.. March, 2012.. Yes.. you read that right.. another 5 months after taping this event back in July... Thanks to everyone for being so patient. Got sick with headaches again this year and am still recovering from an inner ear infection.. yum.. Anyway.. For a preview of this event.. Please see SASUKE 27 NAVI 1 hour review of Sasuke 27 with fluff pieces of all the major players in the upcoming Sasuke and even a couple of runs that were cut from the official broadcast!. Oh.. and as Ube says: If you are from the G4 Forums, DON'T POST THIS THERE. They expect everyone to stick their head in the sand and pretend it doesn't exist.. P.S. I will NOT be covering ANW3 on this blog especially since it aired a couple months ago and I prefer to blog about everyone at once.. not in isolation! Thanks!

UBE'S Sorta-LIVE-BLOG FOR SASUKE 27 IS HERE!

(Massive thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English and Japanese of all the competitors!!)

Well this should be no surprise.. LOL They told us there will be a winner.

Will it be Yuuji?

Or Ryo?

Heck.. or both? You know there isn't a limit as to how many can win in Sasuke

Up first is our favorite house painter Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2) 又地諒
Btw I'm cutting out the fluff pieces since they are just repeats

Interview

TBS reminding us what the previous Finals were like. The original Final was a 15 meter rope climb ① Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (15m)

This was defeated by All-Star Kazuhiko Akiyama 秋山 和彦 in Sasuke 4

The next final was a Spider Climb followed by a 10 meter rope climb

Spider Climb スパイダークライム (12.5m)

Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (10m)


This was defeated by Allstar - Makoto Nagano 長野誠 in Sasuke 17

The next final was a Ladder climb to a 10 meter rope climb

Heavenly Ladder ヘブンリーラダー (13m)

G-Rope Gロープ (10m)


and this was defeated by Leader of the New Stars Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 in Sasuke 24

Here is the current final - A 20 meter rope climb
Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (20m)

This will be the first time it will be attempted since it's creation in Sasuke 25

Interview

Prerequisite Nagano interview

View from the top

Looking down onto our finalists

SHIFT CHANGE (Thank God.. ) Veteran announcer Keisuke Hatsuta 初田 啓介 is back for the Final!

If you can't figure out that we are at the big thing on the left.. then you aren't paying attention :p

Oh.. there's a girl.. motivation dudes... motivation!

Okay! ALL UNCLI FINAL!!
Sasuke Champion Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (Cliffer #3)
and
Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2) 又地諒

Who's cuisine will reign supreme?

LOL No words just hand shakes and a pat on the side

Go get'em Ryo!!

LOL that ramp is so dramatic..

There's Keita Tomino 富野恵太 on the left he's (Cliffer #4) and Ryo's Mom Miki on the far right.

Ryo getting buckled in to the safety line

Wedgie complete we begin the countdown

and he's off!

Do YOU have dirty teeth? Oh c'mon.. ya'll should know by now that they will put commercials in the Final..

okay.. we are back and through the magic of television he's at the start again.

okay here he goes!

Can't tell if he's going slow or not..

but I am noticing he's slowing down...

Oh.. that's not good.. He looks like he's running out of gas..

no way he's going to make it :(

Awwww even I know by now he's not going to make it

And that's how close he got.. Maybe another 5 seconds he might have? Still a bunch of people were complaining the time limit was too lenient..

and he's dropped.. LOL I'd die of a heart attack if it were me.. LOL

Everyone looking up at Ryo's climb

But he knows how long it takes to go up there and he looks at the clock

Oh yeah. there's no way he's going to make it..

Nagano yelling encouragement

yeah.. timer...

Gaaah.. he didn't make it

Family cam™

And he's being lowered down

and unbuckled off the safety rope

He had a fabulous tournament. I would have been sooooo happy if he won.. but I'm still VERY happy people FINALLY know his name :)

I see Kouji Hashimoto on the right there supporting the Cliffers

Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2) 又地諒 - Death by Time up on the Rope Climb

Interview

Nagano showing his appreciation for a good attempt starts to clap

causing a round of applause to break out among the group watching

Ryo approaching Yuuj who's turn is up next.

Cliffers conferring as to strategy

if this doesn't show how close they are for real as friends.. nothing else will.

We all know he's a shoe salesman for Haruta Shoes in Tokyo

and our current Sasuke Champion

oh no.. they are bringing up that ridiculous rumor Yamada started about his footwear?? I swear TBS loves prolonging rumors for the sake of "drama".. HE DID NOT CHEAT..

anyway.. TBS is under the impression that he has to prove himself to gain respect.. yada yada..

He's been working his ASS off on the rope ever since he failed it in Sasuke 22!!

anyway.. enough of that invented footwear nonsense.. we are back to the present

Poor guy doesn't get the respect he deserves.. and we know he will win this simply because Ryo didn't and TBS has been saying since the original commercial that someone wins.

So far being 99 has been good for him!

Nagano getting excited for him!

He gets up to cheer for him!

ANW yelling encouragement as well

Leader of the New Stars Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (Cliffer #3)

LOL

Okay here we go!

You did expect this right? Good.. moving on..

here we start again

moving much quicker..

even I can see how much faster he's moving than Ryo

he's hauling...

LMFAO he's got an eternity to get up there!

HOLY CRAP how much time will he have left????

already past the opening and he's got a full 8 seconds!

And he's cleared!

OMG almost 7 full seconds! Even those complaining about the additional 5 seconds can't bitch.. he would have won that too!!!!!!!! YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!

Leader of the New Stars Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (Cliffer #3)
完全制覇 - KANZENSEIHA!!!!

Ryo is ECSTATIC!

see? his last minute tips helped :) tehehhehe

waiting for the timer to go off and smiles all around

Nagano staring at the time

Brent taking a sneak peek..

And he's done it!!

ANW losing their marbles

and .. LOL Brian Orosco's mustache .. ahahahhahahahaha

This was the clip they showed in the commercial..

But now you see him in full view
2-TIME 完全制覇 - KANZENSEIHA

Yuuji overcome with emotion..

I don't think anyone really understand the ridiculous pressure put on these guys.. Especially him.. having to shoulder some STUPID rumor that Yamada invented and TBS perpetrated just so they can create drama on a television show.

Hopefully finally people will just STFU... he won the damn thing in SNEAKERS this time! And was more dominant than ever!

Crowd reacting to Yuuji's scream

massive congrats to a true champion. Hopefully NOW TBS will respect you for the Champion you are. I for one am THRILLED you won again!

Ryo getting emotional by the speech

and Nagano looking fab.. er.. yeah that too.. LOL

This has been a Monster 9 and TBS production.. NOT NBC.. /facepalm

Oh and to pour more salt in the wound.. Yuuji got what.. $4 mil Yen (that's like 30k folks).. Thanks to NBC and K-Swiss.. he's not worthy of that half million dollars USA for the EXACT SAME EVENT... /shakesfist

It's a shame how little respect this guy has gotten.. seriously.. well enough of my rant.. just damn tired of Comcast soiling things..

2-Time champion folks!
I pray we see a Sasuke 28!

Okay. Final thoughts on the tournament. I loved it! This is what happens when you give people at least 2 months to prepare.. not the half-butted attempt in Sasuke 26 that really caused issues to everyone. I'm still not happy it took so long for TBS to air it.. That has to change as we know ANW3's ratings was really low. It was not worth sacrificing this broadcast for bad ratings in the USA. If NBC decided to actually SHOW Sasuke that would have been different.. but they spent the entire time showing a show that no one wanted to watch. People tune in to see Ninja Warrior for all 100 competitors.. not just 10. They did awesome but it would have been better served if they showed the entire tournament to see them compete with the rest of the field. Purposefully removing everything Japanese about the show, the people, the announcer, the results.. did a huge disservice to the kick ass Americans who did ridiculously well in the tournament. Also K-Swiss only wanting to award an American in a field of 100 a prize for an event that wasn't segregated and refuse to award money and recognition to the actual winner just sucks all kinds of .. you know. It was in poor taste. I'd rather them award the money to the winner of boot camp than to discriminate on a foreign show who gets the prize. Either equally distribute the money for the winner regardless of country of origin or don't award it at all and leave it to TBS who has been doing it for 14 years.

Anyway... really really really want to thank a few people. Lost in Ube for oh geez.. the list is so long. Outside of my inspiration for even blogging in the first place back when I found Sasuke and found his blogs back in 2007 he's been a great online friend whom I can watch Sasuke and use candor and humor when watching without people hawking my every word :p And then of course his Live blog which I abuse constantly when creating my own. His time-consuming diligence in trying to update the wiki with scnoi by using his own sources and painstakingly going through each person to get the right kanji. I honestly believe a lot of people really don't realize how hard it is to do these things (especially his live blog). VxJasonxV for the Sasuke Navi and Sasuke 27 feed he provided from his paid subscription of WIST. Without that I don't think half the community would have even SEEN the tournament! Thanks to the streamers that helped our community see the event! Thanks for Jams for giving me a clear copy of the tourney for the blog since my VLC kept crashing during the broadcast the last time and I didn't want to risk it this time.... Thanks to the community for being patient when I FINALLY got the blogs up and for READING them! I'm happy people find enjoyment in them as much as I enjoy creating them. I'm ecstatic more people have used my blog as an introduction to such a wonderful show and it makes it even more worthwhile when I know my fangirling is actually to good use! I'm excited to see our small group grow to literally thousands around the world banding together to watch this show through tiny computer screens that often crash. Praying for another tournament so I can keep updating this blog with relevant information. Didn't think after all these years I'd still be doing this and enjoying it. Ya'll have made it worth the while :)

Hopefully we'll get news about a Sasuke 28. The 2nd place overall for the evening and a rating of 12.6% was great considering how low the other recent tournaments have been faring. Let's hope that TBS sees this as the good news I believe it to be!

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