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!!!
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.
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