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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.

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.

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.

NG 1/100 00 Raiser (Hongli)

The only reason why I choose this set is because of the price.

This was one of my wishlist, but it took a long time to finally buy it with a lot of considerations. I have read so many information regarding this gunpla set. It has weight issues and of course less detailed than its Master Grade counterpart. Maybe that can be expected from No Grade releases, only offering larger scale gimmick. And considering this is a Hongli release, you may guess my difficulties in assembling it.

Non Grade 00 Raiser Hongli brought up its problems originally from Bandai release. The design stays true to the original anime appearance and when assembling it, we have “HG-esque” feeling considering similarities on the runners. Complete with lack of details on color and molding. But when I finish the assembling, it is actually a very good figure to display. Am I the only one who think NG 00 Raiser is far better in terms of display than its MG version? Yes I know MG has its own appeals and the details are top-notch, but MG 00 Raiser has one major flaw, a serious flaw, “too many joints” sometimes proven to be annoying. I don’t have such experiences on this NG.

Yes, I don’t have batteries to put on its LED gimmick yet, but for me it’s more than enough. For a bootleg release it surpasses my expectation. Big, poseable, complete set (minus GN Sword III which only available in Designer Color release), and cheap.

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