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My 2010 Top 10 Toys

30 December 2010

As I did a count down of my favourite toys in 2009, I find it is a good tradition to continue. So I will list the top 10 list of the toys I review on this blog this year.

Note: Some in the list may not be new toys but they are the ones I open and review it as a toy for 2010 and purely my own opinion. :)

10. Woody and Buzz from Revoltech Toy Story

I know I shouldn't have put these two toys together but apparently to me these two seems like an item from the same maker, so I would give the position to the both of them.

9. Enterbay Wind 聂风. and Cloud 步驚云

Finally a decent toys from the Hongkong comic I used to read in the 1990s. Nonetheless they can be better in terms of design and pose. In the comic they are in separable so these position they will share it too.

8. S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan Son Goku

It took Bandai a long time to produce a Dragonball toy that fit the Manga Son Goku. Sadly the line of S.H.Figuarts of Dragonball doesn't seem to sell as idea as they predicted and the fate of the Dragonball toy line now hang in the tread... I do hope they will release more Manga accurate pose-able characters of Dragonball.


7. MG Kamen Rider W

Rider kick! Who would ever thought a Kamen rider will look so good in Model kit? Thanks to the design of Kamen Rider W, this close to 12" figure with good articulations was a break through in history. Best part it doesn't need much coloring so this is for me. LOL

6. Figma Black Rock Shooter

The only way I know about Black Rock Shooter was some cosplayer photo I took and liking her blue flame eyes and her black star jacket, I bought the figma figure. Sadly the toy only look nice with the sword but the big gun she couldn't really balance well. If it is not for those metal chain, this figure may have exchange position with the MG Kamen Rider W.

5. Ultraman from Ultra-Act

Ultraman finally got himself some justice to have a decent action figure. When I saw the news of this figure, I know I got to have him. Apart from some loose joint after some intensive playing, I have no complain of this toys.

4. Transformers Movie Legend Ravage

In my toy collection, scales is important to me and there are only a handful Transformers movie figure I find interesting and Ravage was one of them. However I needed a one smaller in scale to match my other Transformers movie toys and when I saw it, I know I got to have it. However if you asked me between the G1 Ravage or this movie version, I would choose G1 any other day and twice on Sunday.


3. Freiza's / Saiyan Scouter

I am not a cosplayer but in my younger days when I was full blast into Dragonball, having a Scouter seems to be the way to go. Although have feel the KI is more essential but scouter is always cool! From then on, I have been searching high and low for one and finally I got hold of one. So he is in position 3!

2. 1/48 Mega Size Gundam

Building this Megasize Gunpla was already a cool experience as for the first time no clipper is being use and yet I can get a clean cut. Thanks to Dennis for a good spraying the paint, this piece was on display at ToyRus Singapore for quite sometime. A Gunpla that I play most of the time by posing it around.


1. Belial from Ultra-Act

Never have in my wildest dream to think of a Ultraman went bad and none look as cool as Belial. He is one of my favorite this year and what's more in the survey done on my blog, he was well liked. So the Top position should be awarded to him.

So that's the top ten of my list of toys that I owned this year. I have to say its a good year for my hobby but maybe not so for my wallet. XP

Recap on 2010

28 December 2010

As we are only few days away from the end of 2010, I felt it is a good time to do short recap on Open the Toy.

January
I did a series of vintage toys from my childhood like the parachute troopers, Paper ball, Propeller Top,Ding Dang Snacks. It was the time I started to collect zodiac Doreamon set from McDonalds and a failed attempted to restore Yoshiba's hair and my old Alien from a trade paper box.


Feburary
I received a Delorean Hotwheel as a gift from Saurmon and my blog received a Geek Award. Haviing the Chinese New year mood, I did some design for Angbao (red Packet for Anime lover).

For the first time, I did a review on my wife childhood collection, the Nancy dressing games while I assemble my first 1/48 Gundam review for that Megasize model kit!

March
March was much of review and recap some of my vintage cards and stickers. We have a Gundam Unicorn screening for Episode 1 ticket and mousepad giveaway.

Later I accquired my first S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan Son Goku and I have the privilege to interview Hexlord who are good in taking some of the breath taking cosplay photograph.

April
April was generally a OTTi month. I introduced my first customize figure, OTTi colored by Ant Size man with free iPhone wallpaper of my toys photography. OTTi get to have his own Gundam Cosplay all thanks to Janus and a cross over version of OTTi who meet Pink Poodle.

My friend shared with us his decade old Omega Prime. It was the first time Pullip was introduce and also feature caramlaw who did her own Pollip dolls .

May
I started the month featuring my 2 decades old the Real Ghostbusters and ecto 1 and interview with Caramlaw a designers and customiser of Pullip dolls.

I was invited to join Hexlord for a cosplay photoshot of Good Smile racing of Miku Hatsune done by the sweet Ami. While another artist did a OTTi beyond version.

Eight cute Smurfs made his way from US to me and it rekindled my love for these cute little blue creatures again, some precious gifts by Dutch purple rabbit and Son GoKu One Piece crossover a gift from my friend who also visited Gundam Cafe in Japan and my old Kim Possible figure.

Beside playing color Tamagotchi iD, I have taken my time to decal of 1/48 Gundam and did a impressive outdoor shot of him. Toward end of the month, Project M, a project with cutebucket to do a customised Doll kicked off.

June
The 1/48 Gundam was on display at ToyRus Singapore credit to Dennis who help me with the painting and Project M doll making continue for Cutebucket.

I reviewed a set of old classic Hercules toys from Mcdonald's happy meal. My order of Dragonball Candy toys came and I started to review the Scouter, Trunkz Sword and a dragonball gashapon figure Digital grade Trunkz.

July
I started the month with reporting of Mascot Parade event and how we ourselves having our own mini mascot parade.

As for gift, Chubbybot done a outstanding custom SD Gundam for me, Eclectorama done a OTTi cover for me and Gundam Cafe Coaster from Japan.

Got my hand on the Ultraman from Ultra-act and it was love at first sight. Have sometime on my hand and did a outdoor shoot for my smurfs and work on RG Gundam RX-78-2.

August
I did a interview with Ngee Khiong a blogger who provide daily Gundam news when he visited Singapore. Did my first ever MG Kamen Rider W and got myself a set of cute Mono eyes keychain from Gundam. Did a exclusive Woody and Buzz lightyear  from Revoltech since I acquired them that month

For giveaway that month, Hasbro gave me some Monopoly giveaway in line with their campaign in Singapor while Gundam Fiesta program manager gave 3 preview tickets to my readers. As for gift, I got a S.I.C Fariz kamen rider.  

September
Kick off with Gundam Fiesta event  and got a "bed" for my RG Gundam. I was very fortunate to have a professional artist who work with big names to do a version for OTTi.

Got my first every Enterbay Hongkong comic wind and cloud figure, Figma Black shooting star, Son Gohan from S.H.Figuarts and Rodimus from Transformers Animated TakaraTomy.

October
I conducted an interview with a professional comic artist, Elmer Damaso and attended the Episode 2 Gundam Unicorn screening. While the Iron man collartible exhibition was in town, Ngee Khiong decided to close down his blog.

As for toys I did a review on  Ironman Mark 01 from the movie, D-style ingram 1, the ever popular villain of Ultraman Belial, Beginning Gundam and HiNu model kit, some of my old Slam Dunk cards and a Hallow mask from Bleach for Halloween.

November

Working with Play Imaginative for Project Singa for a Giveway to all Singapore readers of my blog. The Project Singa Exhibition was a great success. While my two Ultraman were fighting among themselves,  Fake and Bootleg Nendo and Gundam.

December
The first week I visited Toy Carnival which set the pace for STGCC 2010 which I consider the year end big bang event for toys in Singapore. I get to see the toys, US marvel comic artist and latest online games! Did a interview with Singapore award winning Model kit Guru, Leon Ku and finally got my hand on my Green Android toy!


Toward Christmas I have my own Nokia app (its free!) and received some generous gift by Play Imaginative.

So all in all I have to say 2010 was an eventful and fruitful year.Don't you agree?

SDX Ryuso-Ryubi Gundam

27 December 2010

SDX for Gundam has been around for sometime and finally it has begin to release the Sangokuden.


For this series, the first surely is for Ryubi. Ryuso-Ryubi Gundam.


The presentation of the figure was neatly arrange as I open the toy.


Unlike the regular model kit, SDX offer changing of character expression which is mainly the eye.


Ryubi comes with 3 weapons just like the story


Here's a close up shot on the facial expression before I start changing it.


To change the expression, here is how it is done.


You can attached a stand on his back in order to carry his weapon.


Time for him to display his weapons


One of which according the the Anime is a legendary sword which started out looking ordinary...


but on Ryubi's hand, it transform to the emperor's sword!


On my Ryubi, it can transform further! XP


If you are wondering where that special translucent sword came from, it was an Asia exclusive which was not for sale that currently offer when purchase this SDX figure (While stock last).


I personally felt this is way cooler than the golden one that come with the figure.


The figure allow you to take off some of it's armor and here how Ryubi look like without most of his armor.


SDX is famous for parts made out of die-cast metal and these are the part which is die-cast metal. The chest armor and his feet.


Coming to the point, which of the sword look better? Gold or translucent?


If you are a Sangokuden fan, this is one playable figure you got to have for the weight, coloring and the painting. It is not as flimsy as the model kit version and it certainly better to pose and play with.

My Christmas of 2010

25 December 2010

Merry Christmas to one and all! Christmas is here and it's a time for fun and giving.

This year, I have decided to decorate my Christmas tree with some of my toys on it. After reading Bmecha post on a graphic of Zaku on Christmas tree, I have decided to put my Mono eye Zaku gashapon as part of my Christmas decoration since they have clips as keychain.


However they appear kinda small for my Christmas tree so I have to zoom in for most of my shots.


Somehow Gundam Christmas tree decoration seems to work. Don't you agree?


If only I have more of them and cover the whole tree..


The tree was not zaku alone. I have make sure Ichigo and Rukia spend this festive season together at a private corner. LOL


And on the top my Christmas tree with the star is none other than Spider-man. Only he can climb so high.


Anyway coming back to my Christmas Giveaway, here's the winner who walk away with a mint in box Real Grade RX78-2 Gundam Model kit.


He started with model kit at a young age and with the support of 64 friends who help him by saying "Like" in facebook, Zheng Hao won my Giveaway. He was so excited and reached the meeting place earlier than the expected time. 


It is good to make someone happy and to all my readers who is reading this. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Christmas gift from Play Imaginative

24 December 2010

A day to Christmas and I was glad to receive these wonderful gift from the folks from Play Imaginative!


First was Joe Ledbetier's coaster set!


Comes in a set of 4! Really neat!


Next is a TO-FU OYAKO Collectible Stamp set!


It is a hard cover that look like a storyboard with a short comic at the back.


Father and Son from Devil Robots


Open the book and found the Stamp set inside.


The stamps are colorful and very stylish. It has been sometime since I touch a stamp actually...


And No I don't think I will use this set for any snail mail.


This stamp set was a collaboration of Play Imaginative, Singapore post and Devil Robots and limited to 2000 set only.


Within the hardcover book was a fold up of Snake and ladder game. You have to put together the paper characters and the dice.


Begin with square 1 and some ladder


lots of snakes!! Eek!


And finally the first to reach 150 square win!


Another gift is the Touma's Little Trickers! A blind box!


There are many characters but what is inside this box??


I got a Grabbit!


Love the Evil Grin.


Is that it's hair or ears?


Overall a very cool figurine.


Lastly the 4 inches Love Tofu


A lovely little To-Fu with a bit of emo eyes.


A Devil Robots and Green Camel product...


Is she looking for love?


I would like to thank Play Imaginative for these gift. Certainly add more festive season to me.

Merry Christmas one and all! :D
 

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