30 April 2010

Hatsune Miku Append Updates

It's vocaloid friday and here's a quick updates of what is happening in the world of Vocaloid.

Hatsune Miku Append
Hatsune Miku Append is the additional audio library pack to add the expression of various voices to virtual Singer, Hatsune Miku. In line with the release, an awesome figure of Hatsune Miku was produced.

Behold, Hatsune Miku Append!

The feeling of this figure is like weightless. The semi translucent blue tone hair...The feature of Hatsune Miku was very well done with a change of her usual square hair bands on both side.

Breaking away from her traditional costume, this is very much a Plugsuit which bring out the beauty of Hatsune Miku's slim body.

Anyway the Software of Hatsune Miku Append include further enhancement of the mood in the voice of Hatsume Miku such as Soft, Dark, Solid, Vivid, Sweet and Light.

For the release of Hatsune Miku Append software can be found here in Japanese.
For the detail of the figure is here in Japanese.

Personally this Hatsune Miku's figure was a love at first sight for me.

PS3 Project Diva, Dreamy Theater
Coming in Summer, Project Diva goes to PS3! Some said that the version is the same as PSP but better and smoother graphic. Well I am not complaining as I really enjoy the game watch Miku doing her dance and the camera angle.

If I have a PS3 (I pray hard for the end of the year), I will certainly get this game. By the way, the saved game on PSP can be transfered to the PS3 version but I think I will replay all over again. XD

Source: http://miku.sega.jp/dt/

29 April 2010

Caramelaw Pollips = Pullips + Pony

Pollips is a creation from Caramelaw who customized design from face coloring to dressing fashion of a Pullip doll with a customized Pony. Here are some of her outstanding works.

Sugar Sprinkles
Sugar Sprinkles has cherries design on her cheeks. Here's a Studio shot.

A outdoor shot of Sugar Sprinkles & pet Popsicles. She is adopted and on her way to her new owner.

Since this is a toyline, Caramelaw did her own packaging of Sugar Sprinkles.

Carnival Madness Ellie
Ellie and her pet pony, Jingles look great in these colorful Carnival color tone.

To top that up, here's a Custom package of Carnival Madness Ellie. Ellie's also adopted and on her way to her new home in Belgium!

Bunny Berrie
Meet POLLIP V Lovely Bunny Berrie and pet pony Shortcakes.

Adored with Strawberries design on her dressing, Lovely Bunny Berrie look SWEET! Ichigo anyone?

If you have like Caramelaw works like I did, you may want to know that Caramelaw had agree to do an interview with me. Look out for it on 2 May for that exclusive interview!

More of Pollips can be found here and here

More information on Caramelaw at the following:
ONLINE PORTFOLIO: http://caramelaw.deviantart.com/
FACEBOOK  FANPAGE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/World-of-Caramelaw/449452155696
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/Caramelawland
FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thru-caramelaws-eyes/

28 April 2010

Custom My Little Pony by Caramelaw

Caramelaw not only do Candy arts but she did some amazing custom on her vintage My Little pony collection!

Welcome to The Candy Shop Parlour.
All adhesives seen in the Candy Parlour are specially designed and made-to-measure for the customizing.

See the Candies deco on the vintage cases?

Meet the host or owner of the Candy Parlour, Peppermintie Polly! Isn't she Sweet?

It is open for business!

The business seems very good!

Take your pick for any deserts or sweet! Figures and accessories each sold separately from Hasbro.... Sorry felt very tempted to said that. LOL

Personally I am impressed that Caramelaw can transformed a vintage pony and accessories to something so new and sweet looking.

More of Caramelaw's Candy Parlour can be found here.

Is this too Sweet for you?

More information on Caramelaw at the following:
ONLINE PORTFOLIO: http://caramelaw.deviantart.com/
FACEBOOK  FANPAGE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/World-of-Caramelaw/449452155696
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/Caramelawland
FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thru-caramelaws-eyes/

27 April 2010

Caramelaw Candyart

Sometime ago I stumble on some colorful pop art poster by an artist Caramelaw. Instantly I felt in love with the artworks. Here are some of them.

In My World Version 2.0. I love the pastel tone of a little girl like dreaming of snacks and candies. Yummy!

Trees in Heaven is an interesting pieces...who would think tree has a soul and get to go to heaven?

Cherry Lolitas. So cute the cherries but they look like they bite. Yikes!

Can you see the Tiger beer logo in this drawing? It is called Tiger Translate Balance 02

It is good to see such refreshing art pieces by a Singapore artist.

More information on Caramelaw
ONLINE PORTFOLIO: http://caramelaw.deviantart.com/
FACEBOOK  FANPAGE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/World-of-Caramelaw/449452155696
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/Caramelawland
FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thru-caramelaws-eyes/

26 April 2010

Pullip Dolls Beginner Guide

Not too long ago I came to know a fellow toy collector who's wife is a big fan of Pullip dolls. When it comes to doll, I am a noob but I am interested to learn more about Pullip dolls and they were kind enough to share information on this dolls with me. So to the benefit for all, here writing and photos by kelvin255 and his wife Akane* on Pullip dolls.

Pullip is an Asian fashion doll series that has been gaining popularity locally in recent years. The main characters in the Pullip line are Pullip (the main doll), Taeyang (male doll and Pullip's boyfriend), Dal (Taeyang's little sister) and Byul (latest doll, Dal's best friend).

* Pullips in box. The smaller ones are Little Dals.

* Pullip Lan Ai in stock clothes.

* Pullip Papin. Her stock wig has been changed to this.

A stock Pullip doll already has many playable features like eyes that can glance left/right and eyelids that can close, giving the appearance of sleeping or winking. (Dals and Byuls do not have closing eyes though.)

* A Pullip 'sleeping'.

Pullip owners will go one step further and change the stock body to one that has more articulation and can pose better. The most popular bodies are Obitsu. They have good articulation and, more importantly (at least to me!) changeable hands.

* Without these grabby hands, Pullips wouldn't be able to eat! =P

* More hand uses.

* Dangerous use of these hands! =O

Most owners will also change the wigs (hairstyle and colour), eyechips (eye colour and details) and makeup to make their doll uniquely their own and OOAK (one of a kind).

Stock Pullip Suiseiseki

Same doll with different wig, giving her a whole different look and personality!

There's all for now. More of Pullip later.

25 April 2010

First BANDAI Action Kit Universal Cup in AUSTRALIA

Good news for Gundam or Gunpla fans from down under!

On Gundam's 30th anniversary and for the first time, the invitation of Australia's first representative to the BAKUC (Bandai Action Kit Universal Cup), an international Gundam modeling competition held by BANDAI is ON! BAKUC give modelers the opportunity to show off their work and battle it out amongst the best modelers from all over the world .

Since the year 2004, Countries such as Japan, China, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Italy, USA, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Malaysia have taken part. Now the invitation is extended to Australians counter parts! Bandai, in conjunction with Hobbyco, are holding Australin's first BAKUC sanctioned event.

This competition is open to EVERYONE (in Australia), from beginners to the pro modelers! Win amazing prizes such as a round trip to Hong Kong for this year's BAKUC finals and much more.

The event is on August 7 2010 at Sydney NSW

If you are currently residing in Australia, go for this exciting challenge for model making. If you know of any friends in Australia who are into model kit or Gundam, spread the word around!  Good luck mate!

For more information about the application and the rules, head over to: http://www.smash.org.au/events/bakuc/
Facebook Event here

Space Theme Doraemon Mcdonald Happy Meal

Mcdonald Happy Meal once again is offering Doraemon collectibles. This time is a Space theme and not soft toys.

There are total of 6 design to choose from.

Doraemon in Space Suit and so was his sister Doremi

Among the collections, this Doraemon being chased by a mouse seems rather out of place. Most of these Doraemon toys comes with action parts which can be good toys for kids.

It just begin this week, so Doraemon fans, start your engine. :P

24 April 2010

R.I.D Optimus Prime + Ultra Magnus = Omega Prime

This is a guest post from my friend,TunePimpJ03. I didn't know he was a Transformers fan until I visited his house and found some gems. At my request, he is sharing his toy photos (taken by himself) and a short write-up with us today. So over to TunePimpJ03

Like many men in their thirties, I was a huge fan of the Transformers.
(I'm no longer one now, or at least not as crazy as those who paste Transformer decals/stickers on their cars!)

As a kid, I was fortunate enough to own a few Transformers toys (though I really wished my parents would buy me more!), such as (lol please pardon me, I don't remember their names) 2 cassette tapes that transform into a stegasaurus and t-rex, a two-nosed fighter plane, 5 sea creatures that can combine into a robot, a triceratops. All these, I had before the age of 10.
My parents probably knew I had grown tired of them and got rid of them without my knowing.

The latest addition to my collection was the R.I.D Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus figures that I bought about 7 years ago. Back then, barely few years into the workforce, I came across an article that featured the toys.

I knew I had to get them no matter what. I immediately went to the Toys-R-Us store at the Forum Shopping Mall. I was filled with excitement and anticipation as I walked into the store and at the same time, I was worried that they would be sold out as they were supposedly collectibles.

These toys were sold separately back then. I left the store $140 poorer. Each one cost $70.
The last time I checked, the two figures are sold in a single package at about $160 USD on eBay.
Apparently, they are still highly sought-after, 7 years after they were launched.

Here's some pictures of the my Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus to you.

Ultra Magnus' (Vehicle Mode)

Ultra Magnus' (Robot Mode)

Ultra Magnus' Weapon, can be vehicle mounted, mounted on Omega Prime's shoudlers, or transforms into a gun

R.I.D Optimus Prime (Vehicle Mode).  Optimus Prime ladder with hidden rocket launchers

R.I.D Optimus Prime (Robot Mode, small)

R.I.D Optimus Prime (Robot Mode, large)

R.I.D Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus closed up

R.I.D Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus can be combines together

Behold Omega Prime.

Weapons Extended.

Closed up on Omega Prime

It is unfortunate that plastics, though non-biodegradable, do become brittle and discolour. Even rubber hardens and loses elasticity. After 7 years of sitting on the shelves, it was a pain trying to transform the toys into their different forms. Some joints were loose, some had gotten stiff. I had to be extremely careful to avoiding breaking the plastic joints. I would give the toys another 7 years before they start to fall apart. LOL

I hope these pictures bring back memories of the good old days when as a kid, all we had to do was go to school, finish homework, and watch Transformers. Autobots! Roll out!

TunePimpJ03 Signing off

23 April 2010

Ozine Fest 2010 Vocaloid Cosplay by Hexlord

On my last interview with Hexlord, he mention he was invited to Ozine Fest 2010 in Philippine, a Cosplay event. Now he return with some awesome shots on the awesome cosplayers over there!

Since it's Friday which I normally blog on Vocaloid, here are some of the Vocaloid cosplayers in GS racing!

Vocaloid 01 The sweet Miku Hatsune

Vocaloid 02 Rin and Len Kagamine are really good buddies.

Luka Megurine is a cool beauty

Meiko Sakine look so cool in this pose

and Haku Yowane with a cheerful shots! Just love it.

*Cosplayer Sese

I really enjoyed the Vocaloid cosplayers and how Hexlord took the shots to capture the attitude of the characters.

Any shots capture you?

More of Hexlord shots on other awesome cosplayers at Black Rabbit Shooter @ Banzai Effect. I have to say Philippine has good Cosplayers. Way to go!!

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