Saturday, June 19, 2021

Transformers Kingdom Galvatron ( after Shoulders Fix and Battle-Damage Paint Removal )

Decided to purchase this at OG Chinatown for SGD 99.90 instead of through agent at Taobao, which I probably will pay around $15 + - less... but considering the time delay, I purchased this when I saw it on the shelf.

Sadly, all the Galvatron figures on the shelf are the mis-assembled  version. Luckily the fix is not that difficult, but then, it will definitely be much easier for me if my hands are not injured. Took longer time and also have to improvise e.g. using 2 screwdrivers to act as opposite levers to force open while assembling back, etc. Surprisingly, the plastic material is quite quite flexible, like if this is the Titans Return Galvatron instead, its plastic will definitely snap and break when flexed this much. The shoulders aesthetics look so much better better and correct after the fix.

Also took some time to remove the battle-damage paints using those 70% mini alcohol swabs but some stains still remain, and also it seems the paint has "scratched" the plastic surface at some areas. Anyway, did my best already.  Also have to file a bit off in order to swing and keep his head in place properly...

Very nice TF, especially in robot mode, looks almost exactly like G1 cartoon Galvatron... The cannon mode however, still has room for improvements. Maybe I am just nitpicking, but I felt the robot arms can do better than just bend towards together to form the caterpillar treads connector, as it looks really "raw" and awkward. The back of the cannon stabilizer is not really similar to the G1 cartoon which had it coming from the mid-bottom f the cannon body and stretch out backwards... Tried my best to recreate with the toy's one angled, which I think looks much better than the g1 toy style homage version aka official transformation...  but I cannot complain on this as this is a Kingdom line figure, not Studio Series 86 line, so it can not be at any fault if it does not look like G1 cartoon. But is good enough for me anyway, and love the details... Eagerly anticipating Wreck Gar and Gnaw....

Transformers Kingdom Optimus Prime Core Class

Quite a nice mainline TF from Hasbro... The robot mode captures the Earthrise OP style quite well, but the truck mode's cabin looks a little too elongated from the front... It also needs some paint touch up (which I have since done after filming this video)... and probably filler for at least the smokestacks they are visible when look from front... 


Just a few paint touch up or change of material's colour may actually make this good TF look even better !!!!



Transformers Kingdom Soundwave Core Class

Very nice mainline TF from Hasbro. It is more or less the G1 Soundwave at a "Legends" scale. Only nitpicks are the protruding feet in radio mode... And maybe also that the hip joints are a bit on the loose side... And sadly, Hot Soldiers Soundwave's Laserbeak is too large to fit into this version of Soundwave's chest. Very tempted to remove the red and silver paint on the shoulders... 



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Transformers Netflix Cheetor War for Cybertron Trilogy

 I have absolutely no idea why I pick this up... but at least the cheetah mode looks slightly better than the Kingdom line version, without the blue colours...  As with many others, I broke the infamous tab after a few transformations, but it is really like what many said, the tab is not of much use... Very tempted to get 1 original Cheetor (KO) mold to play with... but perhaps better to save some money for Kingdom Galvatron... 



Transformers Kingdom Vertebreak

 Very cute little dinosaur skeleton, and it does not need to partsform to transform! A pity the colour is too dark, as many of the details are not visible in the dark colour tone. 



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Gunpla Gundam Model Kits

 I used a fine whiteboard marker to paint/draw the panel lines etc and wipe off excess with a piece of tissue paper. Surprising, normal holding and handling will not rub off the temporary ink as the ink seeps into the trenches where the finger flesh will not really touch.  Cost $11, but feel this is quite worth. The original first Gundam model type, very nostalgic. Articulation is quite good too. Best of all is that there is no need for stickers. 


Free gift with purchase of the EG RX-78-2 Gundam model kit. Very small and very cute. Am thinking of making a light stand to hold it. Maybe during November or December...



Thursday, March 18, 2021

Transformers Kingdom Cyclonus ( Voyager ) WFC-K9

 The best main-line Cyclonus toy Hasbro produced... Enough said...