Review: 1/7 Scale Fate Testarossa ~Phantom Minds~ by Alter

February 19, 2011

We have well established figure producers like GSC, Max Factory, Kotobukiya, Wave, Freeing and Megahouse that always churn out quality products. Then we have Alter. I don’t think many would disagree with me when I say that Alter is definitely one of the best, or if not the best, figure maker at this point in time. What can I say? Alter’s figures are definitely a league above all other brands. Their figures are consistently excellent, utilizing one of the best feeling materials, having quality paint jobs, gorgeous poses and intricate sculpts. This usually yields a figure that any collector would be proud to own and proud to have displayed on his shelf.

Now, why am I singing such high praise of Alter from the get go? Well, that’s because it’s true.

…and also because I’ve been completely smitten by their latest offering in their Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha figure line, their 1/7 Scale Fate Testarossa figure.

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Actar’s Reviews 183 – Bandai’s Official Card Captor Sakura Sakura Cards Set (2nd Movie Version)

January 9, 2011

The final Sakura Card set released by Bandai is based on the Second Cardcaptor Sakura Movie – Sakura and the Sealed Card. While not as extravagant as the sets before it, it still comes with enough to make it a decent release in its own right.

RELEASE!!!


Actar’s Reviews 182 – Bandai’s Official Card Captor Sakura Clow Wand/Sealing Staff Role Play Toy

January 7, 2011

What’s a magical girl without her Staff? It’s time to ‘Release!’ with Sakura once again as we take a look at another entry in Bandai’s series of Card Captor Sakura toys, this time, it’s her signature bird headed Sealing Staff.

RELEASE!!!


Actar’s Reviews 180 – Fate Testarossa Voice Clock Showcase and Translation

December 27, 2010

Let me introduce to you the Talking Alarm Clock. Not really something that is commonly talked about or easily obtainable, Talking Alarm Clocks are precisely what they are. Alarm Clocks with alarms that are specially recorded lines of Anime characters by their respective voice actors. These phrases are usually along the lines of trying to wake someone up as we shall soon see.

I’ve been wanting to get one of these for quite awhile, partly out of curiosity and partly due to the novelty factor. However, as far as I know, such clocks aren’t usually readily available at regular online stores. I’ve never seen the Haruhi, Railgun or Bamboo Blade ones up for sale and yet they exist. I suppose they were event or online store exclusives or something to that effect.

However, the clock that I have infront of me can indeed be purchased from any online hobby store. They are tie ins with the Nanoha movie that feature the voices of both Nanoha and Fate, who are voiced by Tamura Yukara and Mizuki Nana respectively.

This one is the Fate Version that has 4 different alarms. The first three are all voiced by Fate, but the last one is by both Nanoha and Fate. While the Nanoha clock has 3 lines voiced by Nanoha and one voiced by both of them.

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This is my first attempt at translating, hopefully I’ve done the lines justice. (^.^;)


Actar’s Reviews 178 – Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st Limited First Edition Blu-Ray Box

December 24, 2010

One of the Anime movies that I have been most excited for is finally in my possession in Blu-Ray form! How’s the movie? What extras are included with the Limited First Edition Blu-Ray Set? Is it worth the money?

All these questions and more shall be answered in this review!


A House for my Daughter

December 1, 2010

Well, there’s the phrase “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. Here, my new version of this phrase is “Magical Girls who live in acrylic cases shouldn’t wield gigantic magical intelligent axes”.

Anyways, joking aside, I have finally completed my doll case for Feito~chan. The base and stand comes from the set recommended to me by SleeplessOtaku. However, I didn’t really like the flimsy plastic case and decided to get one custom made. Thanks to my friend for getting this done for me within a week. (^.^) Nice huh?

Also, I spent quite a bit of time trying to get the cape looking decent. How does it look?


CDP: Creating My Dream Sakura Doll

November 18, 2010

Being a self-proclaimed die-hard fan of the series Cardcaptor Sakura and the titular heroine, Kinomoto Sakura, I have been simply distraught over the fact that up to this date, no ‘good’ figure of Sakura has been released. From what I’ve gathered after prowling through auction sites and CCS Fan Sites, the only completed PVC figures of Sakura were all lower quality prize figures or trading figures. As for dolls/action figures, Bandai has released an entire plethora of ‘Bendy Dolls’ in their old ‘Free Pose Selection” range.

The main bodies of these dolls are made of a bendy plastic/rubber type material. While they do look good in some poses while appearing seamless, they look awkward in others and are a chore to pose.

What is one to do in this situation?

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