Friday, March 31, 2006

Anticipation Kills

EX Model 1/144 Moebius and SkyGrasper
One 1/144 collector definitely needs this kit to make the Strike Gundam complete. There is no other way but to pay 3500 yen (S$49) for this. Desmond saw it once last month at Rapid Culture at S$70. We decided not to get it then and now regret that its gone again. Lets hope for good news from TFH.
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NG 1/144 Blaze Zaku Warrior Heine Westenfluss Custom
Despite having bought a HG Rey Za Blaze Zaku to be customized, I still ponder how come I can no longer find this in the store. I have only seen this kit once in OG.
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HG 1/144 Mobile CGue
Latest News! Desmond just managed to grab one from Comic Connection at S$25. But who should have it? Lets wait for TFH response whether they can bring in from HLJ (since HLJ just restocked).
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NG 1/144 Mobile Suit GuAIZ
I have never seen this kit in store at all and not on HLJ too. How! How can I ever get my hands on this kit!?
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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Back from Bintan

Just came back from my short trip to Bintan, Indonesia.
Left Singapore on Monday morning from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and boarded the Bintan Resorts Ferry.
Reached Bintan Island on the same day in just less than an hour.
Upon reaching the ferry terminal,
we were surprised to see that the items sold at the terminal are priced in Singapore Dollars! And the worst is that thery are not any cheaper than Singapore too.
Luckily, we went prepared with snacks and instand cup noodles.

We reached Nirwana Garden Resort at around 1pm Indo time (Sin 2pm) and were greeted by a typical indonesian folk drums and dance gig. We felt rather honored but awkward though. However, we later realized that it is meant for every wave of visitors everyday. We were only allowed check-in at 3pm, so we had 2 hours to kill. We decided that maybe eating is the best way to kill time, which we did at their resort restaurant called 'Coffee Shop'. They charge in Singapore dollars as well, not surprising, with a 10% Government tax and 10% service charge.

We did nothing much that requires us to pay in Singapore dollars. So most of our time was spent in the pool, by the poolside and the beach. The swimming pool was great, partly because its free to swim!! Other activites such as adventure walks, archery, rifle shooting, ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) rides and buggy rides are not cheap at all. Hence, swimming was our favourite past time. We get to admire people of all shapes, sizes and colors. It was really quite a oogling-feast for us. Other than swimming, we did a lot of tanning. Even when we aren't tanning intentionally, we get a tan even on our short strolls along the beach or to another resort, the Mana Mana Beach Resort, also a resort by Nirwana.

The food there is atypical of that in Singapore, Asian. But of course, with a tinge of western to allow caucasians who cannot handle plain youtiao porridge, curry, rendang and nasi lemak. The population of visitors there were mainly, Singies, Japs, Koreans and Caucasians (they all look the same and sound similar @_@'). Our daily breakfast was included in our package and we take it at the 'Coffee Shop'. Though we bought sufficient food supply, we thought that maybe spending a bit on food isn't such a big deal. So, we visited 'The Kelong' restaurant. Well, 'The Kelong' wasn't really much of a kelong after all. It is just a restaurant built on the shore by Nirwana Resorts to give visitors a feel of 'dining over water'. We weren't impressed by the idea as we were expecting more from all the pictures that we have seen in Bintan brochures. I guess there are better and real kelong restaurants outside the compound of Nirwana Gardens. We gave 'The Kelong' a pass and decided that we should just take some photos there.

Instant noodles and snacks go great with screening of local channels in the hotel room. Since there isn't really anything to do at night, watching the tv programmes was our night pastime. Our favourites? HBO, channel five, channel eight and channel U. We glued our eyes to the television set until we 'K.O.'

The last day was indeed a long wait due to poor planning. We had earlier decided on the later ferry at 4.30pm. But we had to check out from the room at 12noon. So we have about 3 hours to kill before we can leave the resort for the ferry terminal. We couldn't swim or tan, as we couldn't really shower after that. So we hung around the main lobby, took short naps and read our Singapore papers. Hunger started to set in, so we grabbed a pizza and a plate of fries at the 'Poolside Restaurant'. It wasn't cheap but still reasonable for two hungry stomachs.

All in all, the service at Nirwana Resorts was excellent except that the free amentities should be improved. For the price of S$138/pax, I don't have any complaints.

Pictures from our Bintan trip can be viewed at:
http://wifi.fotopic.net
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Monday, March 27, 2006

Strike Freedom

Good Morning People!

An update to the MECHA-BASE is in place before I go on my short trip to Bintan.
I have adopted a completely different coloring methodology which I learnt and followed closely to the Dengeki Hobby magazine.
I have yet taken pictures of it together with its counter-arch enemy, Destiny Gundam. However, I will do so after my trip and will keep my blog and fotopic posted.

NG 1/144 Strike Freedom.
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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Dead Crab

I went home to discover that one of my crabby is not actively trying to climb the tubes and escape from my goldies tank.
So I fetched my torchlight to have a look into the tank, only to discover its carcass lying in the bottom of the ocean (oops! I meant tank).
I fished it out immediately just to check that it is not feigning death and indeed its not.

S$1 done the toilet bowl, one more to go.

Friday, March 24, 2006

MG MSN-04 Sazabi

My trip today is supposed to be just a simple one, buy my crabbies, art papers and Sakura/Copic markers.
But since I am in the area, I might as well drop by H.A.G. to help Desmond grab ANOTHER Blaze Zaku Phantom. I grabbed one myself as well for future modding/customizations.
Just to double check with Desmond that he got nothing else he needs, I gave him a ring.
Me: "What do you need?"
Desmond: "What do they have?"
Me: "The usual stuff, Gunner Zaku Warrior, Blaze Zaku Phantom and Ginn High Type Maneuver 2."
Desmond: "Just the Blaze Zaku will do fine."
Me: "Sure? ok!"
Desmond: "Do they have still have Sazabi on sale? What is the price?"
Me: "Joyce, how much is your Sazabi?"
Joyce: "Sazabi.....Sazabi is $118 now. 2 more pieces, after which return to 130+++. :)"
Me: "Dude, Sazabi is going at $118!!!"
Desmond: "Damn!....... I guess not."
Me: "Good price! I asked and why not get it?"
Desmond: "Just a price check, anyway got few pieces."
Me: "Ok! You sure? She said that there are only 2 pieces at $118 and after which is $130+++."
Desmond: "Yes. I'm sure."

(to be continued)


MSN-04 Sazabi
This excellent kit is considered one of the prime MG kit. Tagged with a heavy price of 8000 yen and a gigantic box, the Sazabi can easily be mistaken as a PG kit. The Sazabi is also the most expensive MG kit around, even more than the EX-S or Freedom Extra-Finish or even Pearl Finish Wing Zero Custom.
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I was just across the road outside Nakamoto's when I received a call.
Me: "A-hoy-hoy?"
Desmond: "Please get the Sazabi for me?"
Me: "Are you sure?"
Desmond: "Yes! And is it shrink-wrapped? If not please inspect the parts." (in a firm and decided tone)

I made my way back to H.A.G. from acroos the road. Back at H.A.G. again, I requested to inspect the kit and everything is nicely in place. My job is not done yet. Now I need to pen the whole process of inspection down for my friend's satisfaction in 'MyBearBrick Shopping & Courier Services' and to feast his excitement hunger.


The Inspection
Acting on Desmond's instructions, an open inspection is necessary to ensure no missing parts.
29 trees in all.
Unpacking process involves removing the small boxes from the gigantic plastic bag with a strong fresh plastic bag scent.
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Revealed 2 HG Blaze Zaku Phantoms and wait... what's that? A Murasame? (to be further continued!)
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The Box
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The Contents
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Checklist, scan courtesty of Dalong.
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5,6
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8,9
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10,11
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12,13
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14,15, scratch-on decal(white backing), clear sticker (green backing), metallic sticker
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20,21
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HE GE!! (Passed!).
It receives a certification from me just as one that comes on the box of a GD Model.

At the end of the day, the kit deserves a good admiration. Wow!!! Big!!!
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Maybe deserves a hug too.
Hmmm....
things doesn't seem right.
I can a sense an affinity to it.
My Precious!!!!

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Oops!!!
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A Shopping trip with the gathering point

When I meant with the gathering point, I meant NEXUS.
He had asked me to join him to visit Star Aquarium at Yishun.
I had a good time catching defiler fishes for my friend 'cos he simply cannot make it!
They were too fast for his short limbs and slow reactions,
so he just have to catch his own loach.
I got myself two red claw crabbies at $1 ea.
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(continued from Sazabi post...)
I shouldn't be making negative comments of my friend, because he is indeed very very kind to give me his GD Model Murasame. He is so disappointed by the kit that he is disgusted to even capture it on photo, not to say display it among his prized collections. So I decide that I should bring some glory to it by doing what I can to save it!
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Thank you my friend! I shall do your kit proud!

May Gunpla Releases

May Gunpla Releases

MG Gyan (May, 3,675 yen)

HGUC Zaku I (May, 1,050 yen) - w/ machine gun, bazooka, spike shield, & sturm faust

1/100 Infinite Justice Gundam (May, 2,730 yen) - Seemingly the first in a revival of the 1/100 SEED Destiny line WOOHOO! Must BUY!

EX Model Samson trailer (May, 3,150 yen)

BB Senshi Destiny Gundam (May, 840 yen)

HCM-Pro Gouf (May, 1,680 yen)

HCM-Pro Zaku II J Type (May, 1,890 yen) - w/ Magella Top, foot missles, & crackers

D.C. = Decal and Capsule

These are from today's pruchase after my final RT-IPPT session.
Looked up to the bar again! But I liked it when I wiped the smirk off that cocky Commando's face with a high silver 2.4km score!

Decal
Desmond and me decided to grab up every piece of decals we can find, under my influence (or was it vice versa!) Anyway, after us, bo liao! Zero! Zilch! Kosong!
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Capsule
HGIF Murrue Gashaphon. Damn! He made me change the coins, he made me slot the coins! He made me turn the knob! He made me!!!! I swear I'm not addicted to gashaphon too!
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Where's Murrue?
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Stock-Take

It is the time for a stock-take and update of my present backlog in my 'shop'.
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SEED HG 1/144
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001 Astray Red Frame
002 Astray Blue Frame
003 Blaze Zaku Phantom (Ray Burrel Custom)
004 Gouf Ignited (Heine Westenfluss)
005 CGUE D.E.E.P. Arms
006 105Dagger + Gunbarrel
007 Force Impulse
008 Destiny
009 Strike Freedom
010 Infinite Justice
011 Legend
012 G. Zaku Warrior
013 Sword Impulse
014 Ginn Type High Maneuver 2
015 Murasame
016 Strike Rouge + I.W.S.P.
017 Aile Strike Gundam
018 Duel Gundam Assault Shroud
019 Ginn Type High Maneuver
020 Mobile Ginn (Miguel Custom)
021 Blitz Gundam
022 Gaia Gundam (A.W.)
023 Akatsuki Shiranui
024 Gouf Ignited
025 Blaze Zaku Phantom #2
026 Gouf Ignited #2


SEED RD 1/60
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027 Striker Weapon System
028 Strike Freedom Lightning Edition


SEED 1/100
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029 Astray Red Frame
030 Aile Strike
031 Launcher Strike
032 Astray Blue Frame


SEED NG 1/144* & MISC
*includes boxes of assembled kits as well... didnt bother to take them out.

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034 Mobile Goohn
035 Mobile Dinn
036 Mobile Ginn
037 Buster
038 Raider
039 Calamity
040 Providence
041 Blast Impulse
042 Abyss
043 Chaos
044 Mobile BuCue
045 Strike Dagger
046 Forbidden
047 M1 Astray
048 Destiny
049 Aegis
050 Savior
051 Justice
052 Strike Freedom
053 Launcher Strike
054 Sword Strike
055 Slash Zaku
056 G. Zaku Warrior (Lunamaria Hawke)
057 Gaia Gundam
058 Strike Gundam
059 Strike Gundam


HGUC 1/144
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060 Dendrobium
061 RX-78-2 Gundam
062 RX-78 GP01 Gundam GP01
063 Zeong
064 Marasai
065 Advance Hazel
066 Quebely Extra-Finish (Red)
067 Hazel Custom
068 Domtropen
069 The O
070 RX-78 NT-1 Alex
071 Zaku II


MG 1/100
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072 Aile Strike
073 Wing Zero Custom
074 Zaku II Matsunaga Custom
075 RX-78/C.A.
076 Freedom
077 Zeta A1
078 Zeta C1
079 Zaku II EFSF
080 Wing Ver.Ka
081 Meteor Unit
082 Kampher
083 Hyaku Shiki
084 Zeta ver.2
085 ZZ Gundam
086 Dom
087 Rick-Dom


HG 1/144 Endless Waltz
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088 Tallgeese III
089 Deathscythe Hell Custom
090 Sandrock
091 Wing Zero Custom
092 Heavy Arms
093 Nataku


GIFT KITS*
* assembled gift kits from Desmond
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094 Providence Gundam Seed 1/100
095 Freedom Gundam Seed RD 1/60


ZOIDS
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LigerZero Phoenix
Hayate Liger
Mugen Liger
Murasame Liger
Energy Liger
Command Wolf
Blue Command Wolf



The backlog pile
Woah! Its about my waist height!
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My Gunpla Kits so far....
reorganised list includes backlog and assembled kits sorted in chronological order.
This is the compiled image of my display shelf of Gunpla kits.
Some of the kits are tokens, mainly the MGs, since I haven't started on MG yet.
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1 nu Fin Fannel Equip. Type Char's Strike Back
2 Den'An Zon F91
3 Qubeley HGUC 1/144
4 G Cannon F91
5 Dahgi Iris F91
6 Zaku II Fs HGUC 1/144
7 M1 Astray Seed NG 1/144
8 Z'Gok HGUC 1/144
9 Gouf HGUC 1/144
10 Gelgoog Marine HGUC 1/144
11 Astray Red Frame Seed NG 1/100
12 Aile Strike MG
13 Destiny Seed NG 1/144
14 Force Impulse Seed RD 1/60
15 Wing Zero Custom MG
16 Astray Red Frame Seed HG 1/144
17 Astray Blue Frame Seed HG 1/144
18 Strike Striker Weapon System SD
19 RX-78-2 Gundam HGUC 1/144
20 RX-78 GP01 Gundam GP01 HGUC 1/144
21 Blaze Zaku Phantom (Ray Burrel Custom) Seed HG 1/144
22 Gouf Ignited (Heine Westenfluss) Seed HG 1/144
23 CGUE D.E.E.P. Arms Seed HG 1/144
24 Aegis Seed NG 1/144
25 Savior Seed NG 1/144
26 Justice Seed NG 1/144
27 Strike Freedom Seed NG 1/144
28 ZEONG SD
29 105Dagger + Gunbarrel Seed HG 1/144
30 Force Impulse Seed HG 1/144
31 Striker Weapon System Seed RD
32 Destiny Seed HG 1/144
33 Launcher Strike Seed NG 1/144
34 Sword Strike Seed NG 1/144
35 Force Impulse SD
36 Astray Red Frame SD
37 Slash Zaku Seed NG 1/144
38 Strike Freedom Seed HG 1/144
39 Infinite Justice Seed HG 1/144
40 Legend Seed HG 1/144
41 Destiny Seed NG 1/144
42 G. Zaku Warrior Seed HG 1/144
43 Mobile Goohn Seed NG 1/144
44 Mobile Dinn Seed NG 1/144
45 Mobile Ginn Seed NG 1/144
46 Buster Seed NG 1/144
47 Raider Seed NG 1/144
48 Calamity Seed NG 1/144
49 Providence Seed NG 1/144
50 Blast Impulse Seed NG 1/144
51 Abyss Seed NG 1/144
52 Chaos Seed NG 1/144
53 GM Command SPACE HGUC 1/144
54 Zeong HGUC 1/144
55 Zaku II Matsunaga Custom MG
56 Mobile BuCue Seed NG 1/144
57 Strike Dagger Seed NG 1/144
58 Forbidden Seed NG 1/144
59 Sword Impulse Seed HG 1/144
60 Marasai HGUC 1/144
61 RX-78/C.A. MG
62 Aile Strike Seed NG 1/100
63 Dendrobium HG 1/550
64 Launcher Strike Seed NG 1/100
65 Ginn Type High Maneuver 2 Seed HG 1/144
66 Tallgeese III HG EW 1/100
67 Deathscythe Hell Custom HG EW 1/100
68 Sandrock HG EW 1/100
70 Freedom MG
71 Freedom SD
72 Advance Hazel HGUC 1/144
73 Zeta A1 MG
74 Zeta C1 MG
75 Astray Blue Frame Seed NG 1/100
76 Zock & Gogg & Acguy SD
77 Zaku II EFSF MG
78 Wing Ver.Ka MG
79 Meteor Unit MG
80 Kampher MG
81 Murasame Seed HG 1/144
82 Hyaku Shiki MG
83 Quebely Extra-Finish (Red) HGUC 1/144
84 Strike Freedom Lightning Edition Seed RD 1/60
85 Strike Rouge + I.W.S.P. Seed HG 1/144
86 Aile Strike Gundam Seed HG 1/144
87 Duel Gundam Assault Shroud Seed HG 1/144
88 Ginn Type High Maneuver Seed HG 1/144
89 Zeta ver.2 MG
90 Mobile Ginn (Miguel Custom) Seed HG 1/144
91 Blitz Gundam Seed HG 1/144
92 G. Zaku Warrior (Lunamaria Hawke) Seed NG 1/144
93 Hazel Custom HGUC 1/144
94 Gaia Gundam (A.W.) Seed HG 1/144
95 Domtropen HGUC 1/144
96 Zaku Warrior Seed HG 1/144
97 Blitz Gundam SD
98 Gaia Gundam Seed NG 1/144
99 Providence Seed NG 1/100
100 ZZ Gundam MG
101 Meteor Unit GD 1/400
102 Akatsuki Shiranui Seed HG 1/144
103 Wing Zero Custom HG EW 1/100
104 Nataku HG EW 1/100
105 Heavy Arms HG EW 1/100
106 Strike Gundam Seed NG 1/144
107 Strike Gundam Seed NG 1/144
108 Gouf Ignited Seed HG 1/144
106 Blaze Zaku Phantom #2 Seed HG 1/144
107 Freedom Gundam Seed RD 1/60
108 Zaku Warrior Live Concert GD 1/144
109 The O HGUC 1/144
110 Gouf Ignited #2 Seed HG 1/144
111 Dom MG
112 Rick-Dom MG
113 RX-78 NT-1 Alex HGUC 1/144
114 Zaku II HGUC 1/144