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BIMA The Garuda Warrior, The Hype

 

A new superhero revealed recently to be aired June 2013 entitled BIMA Satria Garuda or BIMA the Garuda Warrior. This series is made by MNC Group together with Ishimori Pro, well-known for Kamen Rider, for 26 episodes with merchandises courtesy of Bandai.

Now this is a serious project, very promising, and a good sign for the development of Indonesian Superhero industries. And I have to be honest that I am so excited about this news. Although not the first Indonesian “live-action” (read: tokusatsu) technically, but overall receptions that I can sum are pretty well.

Their marketing strategies are in good track. Merchandises by Bandai and Stella from JKT48 are effective magnet to attract wide audiences. Judging from the design of BIMA itself, I must admit that it’s very cool. A mix of Ryuki, OOO Tajadol, Faiz & Kaixa, heavy influence of Kamen Rider from head to toe. Not using a belt as transforming device is a good decision to differentiate it from Kamen Rider.

I am so excited, I really hope this series will be well received and can expand the franchise further. I am not skeptical at all considering the good hype and Ishimori Pro’s involvement to this series. I think MNC now realize that buying series’ license of Kamen Rider or Super Sentai to be aired in here (Indonesia)¬† is not wise, instead they create their own production for Indonesian market. Good judgment there as the fans nowadays just download fansubbed version of them.

Let’s pray this series will be good as the hype we have today. I am also tempted to collect the toys too ^^a

BIMA The Garuda Warrior teaser

Link:

http://www.jefusion.com/2013/05/indonesian-tokusatsu-revealed-bima-satria-garuda.html
http://www.kaorinusantara.web.id/newsline/2013/05/07/super-hero-baru-lahir-di-indonesia-bima-satria-garuda/
http://www.antaranews.com/berita/373453/bima-satria-garuda-ksatria-baja-hitam-indonesia
http://www.duniaku.net/2013/05/07/cast-dari-bima-satria-garuda/

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Gashapon Dekaranger Robo (Ver 1.5)

I got this figure with cheap price, and I am so lucky to get this set.

Dekaranger Robo is one of my favorite Sentai mecha due to its bulkiness, ridiculous siren gimmick, and its status as definite police mecha. Back then, I wish I could buy DX toy of this Dekaranger Robo, but its expensive until now. I only bought a terrible knocked off version and yes, it deserves the name I gave. But I didn’t know what figure that became the base of knocked off figure I bought until I realize that this set is the answer.

For those who want to own Dekaranger Robo figure but can’t afford to buy, then this set is a perfect choice. It retains everything you’ve found in DX counterpart, except the sound gimmick, gyro-wappa, and signal canon (which is given to another version¬† of this gashapon). To my surprise, it also has light gimmick. For this small scale, this figure offers more than enough.

Dekamashin (or Dekamachines?) look gorgeous. Less paint job doesn’t look bad, they fit perfectly for a gashapon release, much better than applying sticker like in Minipla. Speaking of the machines, they are Patstriker, Patgyror, Pattrailer, Patarmor, and Patsigner. Very sentai-ish name in my opinion. Patstriker, Patgyror, and Pattrailer have light gimmick while Patarmor and Patsigner have pull back motor mechanism. Also, Pattrailer can detach its trailer and become semi truck.

Combine these machine and there we have Dekaranger Robo or Delta Squad Megazord in Power Rangers SPD. Combining them is easy, but what can you expect? Note that floodlights part from Patarmor can be detached.

Dekaranger Robo looks amazing for this small scale. I feel this just like a DX being shrunken as it retains light gimmick which is very important. Luckily, this set gives Judgement Sword instead of Signal Canon (the gun). Although I do like police mecha has gun as weapon, for “Sentai mecha” its always be the sword. Now I realize this gashapon is actually Dekaranger Robo ver 1.5 (original gashapon release gives you Signal Canon).

Yes, this mecha is too small and no articulation points to be discussed, but I don’t mind at all. Look at my knocked off Superion and Microzord Engine Shogun Megazord compared to this figure, you will understand why.

It’s simple, great, bulky, sometimes cute, satisfying gimmick, and cheap.

Minipla Kamitsuki Gattai Kyoryuzin

This is Kyoryuger’s main mecha which is the combination of Gabutyra (T-Rex), Stegochi (Stegosaur), and Drycera (Triceratops). Speaking of this Sentai, actually I have mixed feeling on it. The omission of yellow on the team is decreasing my interest to this series although it seems quite promising. Oh well, I can’t judge it as whole before the series finished next year.

The first lineup of 2013 minipla consist of four boxes which in my opinion are useless. They could make it only in two boxes but profit orientation since Gokaiger creates more disasters on Minipla’s releases. They could make Gabutyra in one box only and the rest are in another box. One thing I have noticed on this release is that the assembling is simplified drastically. It’s very very different from previous releases. But that doesn’t mean bad, it’s good in some ways but not for those who wants to experience complicated plastic model assemble. This is actually predictable considering the target of this kind of toy is for kids.

As I told earlier, these dinosaurs are very easy to assemble. I have no problem at all assembling these all ranging from snap-fitting, decal applying, and it’s very fun to do. The last time I got this kind of feeling when I assembled Goryujin (Gokai Silver’s mecha).

After assembling it, they are looking good. The only missing feature we have on this minipla is sound gimmick (which is impossible and indeed the main selling point of DX counterparts). For me it doesn’t really matter but maybe for those who are accustomed to hear samba ringtone or “si ha ha” shouting will feel the lack of that gimmick on this minipla. Who cares anyway.

Combining them into Kyoryuzin is very easy and for those who are already familiar with combination sequence from the series will never need the instruction manual at all. First-timer can do it without problem at all.

Kyoryuzin looks great as his name means God of Dinosaurs. He has a good range of articulations but with one serious complain. This one doesn’t have articulations of both elbow parts (similar to DX) which is in my opinion is very very disappointing. It is understandable considering the gimmick, transforming sequence, and the parts given make that feature impossible to be implemented here. But still, I am disappointed.

But don’t get me wrong, it is a very good mecha. It looks fantastic and menacing. It retains all gimmicks (except the sound) from DX counterpart and has more articulations.

Overall, aside from missing elbow articulations, I have no problem with this figure. It is worth to be collected especially if you are Sentai fans.

Micro Zords Engine Shogun Megazord

First, I hate High Octane Megazord or Engine Oh, because of my particular hatred to Engine Sentai Go-Onger. The most ridiculous Sentai and in my opinion everything in there is disastrous. But some people said that actually Power Rangers RPM is a good adaptation. It’s dark, very different from its Sentai counterpart. Too bad, I haven’t watched RPM yet.

Engine Shogun Megazord (or in Japan called Engine Dai-Shogun) is actually retooled version of Engine Oh with Samurai cosmetic and I have to say that this mecha is very good in design. Still we have that totem-kind of mecha but changing the attire into darker colors and samurai theme proved that Engine Shogun is not as bad as Engine Oh. Even better…

These are four zords from this set. Looks nice except for that shark/dolphin-thingy.

Combining this figure is very very easy.

This Micro Zords set is not released in US, but rather for Asian market. Strange decision I think. This set gives you four zords (3 actual zords and 1 strange non-existent zord that has nothing to do with the set at all)). Some parts are made from soft plastic which I hate. Nothing can be expected from this set except for combiner gimmick. All zords can be combined into Megazord complete with the sword and shield. As for the other zord (what kind of animal is that, I have no idea), either can be used as double swords or double blasters, is pretty useless. Its articulation is only on both hands, other than that it is a brick. On a plus side, the weapon can be stored at its back.

This figure is too small although I know the name of the line is Micro Zords. If only Bandai could make it a little bit bigger. This set is only for those who love RPM/Go-Onger or love Samurai theme mecha.

Go-Busters Minipla Series

I forgot to review each set of them last year, so I put the whole thing (minus that green frog that useless in my opinion) here. Beside Transformers or Gundam, I also collect Minipla which stands as Miniature Plastic Model. Basically it is plastic models but with Sentai mecha to assemble. I started to collect Minipla since 2011, way too late to collect them all.

Anyway, the whole set here is from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. Before I talk about the minipla, I want to complain about the Sentai itself. It is a complete fail. Why on Earth calling it dark series among other series while it has stupid gimmick? And the mechas here are actually not that impressive. It is a huge letdown compared to the previous year (Gokaioh and the gang) by having this ridiculous clusterf*** apartment combination again. I love the complicated transformation and combination, but the whole set is just a colossal mess.

I don’t talk each combinations because seeing them all are already painful. The only thing that impress me a lot is Go-Busters Ace. I am aware that the DX counterpart of Go-Busters Oh looks stupid. Luckily this one has decent look, but still far from perfect. I can’t help but compare it with Gokaioh which was absolutely amazing from the beginning.

As I said earlier, Go-Busters Ace is the only thing that impress me.

Believe me, Ace is impressive.

The rabbit and the gorilla are decent kits, I do feel the Ace is incomplete without them.

The first combination itself is already crosses the OMG line.

The beet and the stag? Quite okay but have a lot of “yet to be desired”.

Yes, I am so lazy taking his pictures. Go-Busters Beet is not impressive at all. I don’t like the hand, really. And I just realize that I forgot to create Buster Hercules and took pictures of it.

Oh my, just oh my. Whoever designed this mecha, he/she had no idea about aesthetic value at all. This gigantic combination is ridiculously bad. The name is Great Go-Busters and it is a great disaster. When I thought this nightmare is over, but not yet.

Tategami Lioh, very good in concept, quite fail in execution.

This lion if not because of Ace, will never be this good.

This Go-Buster Lioh? I can’t continue this….

……………………………………………………….. King of Clusterf***!

I am so sad seeing all combinations. The process is complicated and involves partsforming which I hate so much. But don’t get me wrong, this whole set of Minipla is superb. They can create all colossal mess in form of small plastic model kits. The problem lies on the design itself. Sentai mecha is degrading now, thinking nothing but adding more gimmicks and less innovations.

Top Ten 2012 Figure Highlights

2012, a year deserved to be highlighted. It is noticeable that my interest shifted from Gundam (or plastic model) into Transformers. I will highlight ten best figures I purchased during the year of 2012.

10. Candy Toys FFR Kamen Rider Decade and Diend

I was so lucky, my friend in Surabaya helped me to get these figures in his local toy store. CT version is much better than the normal one. The articulation is good and nice representation Kamen Riders in small size.

9. Animated Optimus Prime (both Voyager and Deluxe)

As Optimus-fetish collector, these two are hard to miss. Again, I am so lucky getting the Sons of Cybertron version in a very cheap price. The voyager also looks very well. Until now, I have no idea about Transformers Animated, but both of them already made me happy. You can check the review here: Animated Optimus Prime Comparison.

8. SD Wing Gundam Endless Waltz

I don’t remember if this one appeared in Endless Waltz OVA, even the design is far from this one. But this SD figure is very good. I love SD version better considering I am not really interested in MG counterpart.

7. EZ Collection TF Prime Autobot Set

Enough said, check the recently reviewed set here: EZ Collection TF Prime Autobot Set. My online seller helped me getting this set from Japan.

6. Hongli NG 1/100 00 Raiser

Surprisingly for a bootleg plastic model, he is far superior in articulation than MG version. He is so big and so bad. One of my earlier figure reviewed on my WordPress. Check it here: Hongli NG 1/100 00 Raiser.

5. WFC Cybertronian Optimus Prime and FoC Optimus Prime.

Aside from everything I said in the review, this Optimus Prime is much better than FoC version. But I can’t help to have both side by side because hey, they are from the same incarnation and I can’t ignore both of them. Check my review of both figures here:
WFC Cybertronian Optimus Prime
FoC Optimus Prime

4. SIC KT Kuuga Rising Ultimate

Yes, I already have this one, but still mint in box. As my habit to let all of my SIC KT collections in MIB condition, I don’t want to open this too. I hate Kuuga Rising Ultimate, a useless form upgrade seen in Decade’s movie. But the figure, is actually pretty cool. Very tempting for me to open it out of the box. The picture above taken from Hacchaka. Check his “so great” review here: SIC KT Kuuga Rising Ultimate.

3. DA-03 Voyager DOTM Optimus Prime

He is “are you nuts?” purchase I have done in 2012. Slightly retooled from Hasbro release and trailer included. No matter what, I am so happy to have this set. Check my review here: DA-03 Voyager DOTM Optimus Prime.

2. Minipla Gekitouja

I thought I never get this set forever, but again, the same person who helped me getting CT FFR Decade & Diend offered this set, which hard for me to resist. To make it even better, this set completed with RinLion and RinChameleon to create GekiRinTouja, one of the best mecha in Super Sentai history, ever!

1. DX Dino Megazord 2010

This is my long time wishlist. Together with minipla Gekitouja, I never thought I finally own this. I almost give up getting this figure because of expensive price and its rare status. Thank God, I found one seller on Facebook group, and without hesitation I bought this childhood memorabilia. Yes I know this is 2010, but I chose this over original DX figure since this is updated version. Check my review here: DX Dino Megazord 2010.

That’s my top ten figures of 2012. I have to admit that I was so lucky to have all figures I mention here, considering I will slowly reduced my collecting habit, starting to settle my future to have a family. But I hope everything continues well in 2013.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 TO YOU ALL!!!

DX Dino Megazord 2010

This was my wishlist for a long time before finally I got this on the right time and the right place.

The reason is simple, only for nostalgic purpose. If not because of childhood memories, I would not ever pick this one. Yes, no matter how cheesy and mess Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was, it always be in my heart as one hell TV show that I watched every week in the past.

The figure itself is actually a new mold, different from previous 1993 DX releases. It can be good and bad at the same time. The dinosaurs themselves look sleek, accurate proportion, accurate decals, and brighter plastic color (notably the Sabertooth Tiger). I never own the old version but I have watched several reviews about the comparison between both. But there are some hollow parts, and I find it disturbing. I know, cost efficiency is the only reason. No more chrome plastic or wheels gimmick.For me, that is not a big deal.

This figure is fantastic, and my biased judgement helped this. Not bulky, great proportion, accurate decals, and it is Megazord, the gigantic figure that served the justice of great childhood.

Finding this DX is a pain. The real price according to Bandai America was only $20 but now on eBay it costs more than $100. Rather because of its rarity, Saban-Disney dispute, or any other problems, it just went nuts. The price is skyrocketing.

More images can be found on my Flickr album.

HG 1/144 Adele Diva Color

Probably the most underrated AGE HG releases, Adele is superior on its own.

This is the mass-produced Mobile Suit based on Gundam AGE-1. In fact, the runners for assembling Adele are taken from AGE-1 runners (most notably from runner B). The design is simple yet cool for a mass produced MS. Somehow I prefer visor face MS rather than Gundam face in terms of realism. This simplicity is backed up with great articulation, perfect gimmicks, and interchangeable parts with AGE-1 Titus or Spallow. And Bandai did a great job in molding with less stickers, easy snap-fit, and it is a fun experience building this HG. I wonder if Bandai will ever release its MG counterparts, or at least its NG 1/100.

I didn’t apply marking seal (no 1 or 2) on purpose considering I just only have one Adele so far. And I chose Diva’s color over original because I like this color choice. Federation color is just meh and probably contributed Adele to become one of the most underrated MS in Gundam universe. But still this is fantastic gunpla to build. I highly recommend this HG release. Whether Federation color or Diva color is actually depend on your taste, if you can, grab both. Kudos to the MS designer making this Adele so simple yet elegant and superior on its league. Now I understand why some gunpla builders prefer mass-produced MS, because it’s so fun to build.