Saturday, 19 August 2017

1/100 Scale RX-77D Guncannon Mass Production Type Replacement Kit

This is one difficult bash/replacement kit to obtain! A stubborn blockhead of mine, insisting on having 1/100 scale, Mobile Suit Gundam, Earth Federation Mass Production Mobile suit, visor type. The 1/100 Scale RX-77D Guncannon Mass Production Type Replacement Kit was produced by B-Club, so scarcely, way back in 2004 and I'm not sure if there is any recast done by E2046. 

The replacement kit is manned for Master Grade MG Gun Cannon RX-77-2 (from the Earth Federation's Project V). The resin kits require more effort rather than the standard "right-out-of-the-box" MG kits. I got mine preowned and the it seems like an abandoned project even though the item was assembled and partially painted. I would say the initial state was pretty messed up and I had to spend a few days repairing it. Mainly to cement the respray parts, some hand painting and finally applying the anime alike looking  decals on shoulders. 

It's a shame, I didn't put my best effort, also no excuses on my amateur skills that the final result was less than desirable. Due to its rarity, I decided to still proceed with blogging of this kit and I apologised for the poor workmanship. 

The replacement parts are kind of filmsy and didn't fit very well to the main kit. Similar to the RX-77-2 Guncannon, the Guncannon Mass Production Type mounts over each shoulder, a mid-range fire support artillery cannon. The kit comes with optional parts for an extension to 240mm Cannon and it has a gimmick of shortening those cannons and flipping them to the backpack in standby mode. The Guncannon Mass Production Type didn't have beam weapon in its arsenal so the supposedly beam rifle had been replaced with a 90mm bullpup sub-machine gun, similarly to those used by GM Type-C. The RX-77D.

Guncannon Mass Production Type is a less expensive variant of the original RX-77-2 Guncannon. This mobile suit made its debut in the anime 'Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket' with two units were assigned to the Scarlet Team stationed aboard the Pegasus-class assault carrier LMSD-76 Grey Phantom. As predicted, the cannon fodders were easy targets to the Kämpfer and were wasted shortly after deployed.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

inkink Premium Art Collectibles

I was at Bras Basah complex shopping for Gunpla necessities when came across this arty shop. So curious to find out what was brewing inside which eventually led to entering after much peeping through the glass door. A very nice blend of frame-up manga, cartoon, comic & superheroes artworks; accompanied by some display of toys and statue figurines. I was warmly welcomed by Mr Alwyn Liang who is an artist representative, runs the gallery for fine art prints as well as original art sale.

To my surprise, I  didn't realised a longer than expected friendly conservation or should I called it an impromptu interview which Alwyn had shared with me, on how the passion all started, dated back to the good old days even before Clarke Quay flea market. Those were really the pioneering days like an infant stage of today's pop culture in local contents.

Starts such niche business in Singapore is never easy especially with online shopping and digital access to comic. For every success story lies much perseverances from venturing overseas till making that come back after setting a foot hold in the U.S market. inkink not just sell artworks but help to promote manga, comics and toy-related comics artists who had been unsung heroes behind the industries.

The celestial looking Optimus Prime cover print on the reference book been display looks really awesome IMHO. So having much said, go see those amazing stuffs for yourself at 231 Bain Street #02-85, Bras Basah Complex S180231. They offer commission pieces by artists that are available to take commissions.

Before I end off, inkink will be attending, this year Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention STGCC 2017 @ Booth B7! So be ready to queue for limited freebies of Transformers coloured-art-prints from Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus to Black Soundwave (Soundblaster). I'm always a fan of Transformers, drawn in manga/anime way especially 'Powermaster' series.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Robotech VF-1S Roy Fokker (Last Stand) Super Posable Figure

Released in 2001 by Toynami, Robotech VF-1S Roy Fokker (Last Stand) Super Posable 6" Figure was released as a 'ToyFare' exclusive repacked in with more premium box packaging rather than blister card in their earlier normal releases. Figure was sculpted by Shin Tanabe. Includes Telescoping Rifle Gun Weapon and 5 interchangeable hands. It is painted in battle damaged with black weathering and silver paints at some edges. On close-up on the head, the visor was painted with crack line. 

Though Toynami was marketing this line of Robotech non transformable figures as "Super Posable", these figures don't actually have many poses due to its few point of articulations. Then again, this figure was produced before revoltech technology was found. Still, this figure has a few very cool poses with its wide spreading legs and kneeling capabilities.


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