31 December 2011

Recap of 2011 on Open The Toy

I guess this is the last post of 2011 and for the last post, allow me to recap of the highlights on Open the Toy in 2011.

January

I started the year reviewing a TakaraTomy Transformer animated Jetfire. Kicked off the year for making the resolution of what the blog is heading. I spoke about the answer to a popular question, Should we open our toys.  Have the privilege to conduct a interview with the owner of one of the Malaysia 15 years old Toy outlet, XL Shop who run not only a successful toy shops but also a forum and comic related to Toys. One of the unexpected review of Transformers Tomahawk created an awareness of the alternate mode that was never documented by Hasbro.

February

It's a short month with the highlight of the Chinese Lunar New year. Did a review on Trexi Spongebob squarepants review of the fun figure. The rare looking Kaioken SD Son Goku also get quite a lot of love. Since Gundam Unicorn 3 was going to screen, a giveaway for tickets was conducted.

March

Visited Singapore one and only TinTin shop at Chinatown. My blog mascot OTTi did a mini story about opening a Toy business and Beauty is subjective.  Delighted to have an interview with my milk toof which photography of the cutest of these two tooth make many heart melts. During that time, Japan was hit by natural disaster and I wrote about some mindless and ugly side of some toy collectors who only cares about their preorders. Some coverage on Gundam Unicorn episode 3 screening and the Beyblade that was popular among kids.

April

April I took on the challenge to blog about A to Z and the amount of toy review was awesome! Covering from the Crow, Miku Hatsune, Strider from Lord of the Rings, Redeemer from Spawn series, a rare Queen emeraldas figure and more! You can read all the entries of summary at one post! For event I covered a Japanese theme Capsule game carnival and it was fun!

May

For topic I discussed about Sense and Sensibility of toy collecting. I was glad to pick up on offers Lugnut and  a Tokidoki unicorn. For lego the rare Radioactive suit hazmat and the Elven warrior. I also talked about the Nazgul, the ring wraith. I found a hidden treasure of my childhood toy, a highway patrol police car made of Tin cover. For capsule, the Pentax Kr camera got a lot of love.
The event of the month were Japanese art fiesta 2011 and License2play and Toy carnival  Lastly a exclusive review on Leon Ku masterpieces of Kamen Rider model kit.


June

A review of a female Gundam, Nobell Gundam. For event, there was ComiFest which as lots of activities and cosplayers. Had quite a number of fast food to get Kungfu panda from McDonalds and Optimus Prime from KFC. My monoeye collection of gashapon continue as I got the series 2. Received a master pieces colored by a rising Model kit maker, Toymaker of Goku from Dragonball. I discovered there was a slot car racing in Singapore too!

July

In July two of the manjor toys reviews are two model kit by TakaraTomy that took the whole by storm, DMK 01 Optimus Prime and Bumble bee. One of the exclusive was one of the established model kit artist, Leon Ku take on Bumble bee. I managed to get Pororo the little penguin soft toy for my child thanks to a Korean friend and locally a Mattel Lightning McQueen from Cars 2. I have given my 2 cents over Dragonball in S.H.Figuarts going to exclusive only for future references starting for Super Saiyan Vegeta and also on my thoughts of toy warehouse sales scene of some ugly side of battle fields.

August

One of the major event that month would be the STGCC 2011. One of the awesome exclusive were the Cycle-on and El Podersoso android which the artist Andrew Bell autograph for me especially. Since it was Singapore National day that month, I did a review on Singa the Lion a mascot of a Singapore campaign since the 1980s. Not forgetting the Top toy reviewed, S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider shin 1 which is a action figure I wanted a long time. Not forgetting some Transformers love to one of the best in the Dark of the Moon series, Megatron voyager class.

September

I started September with my sharing of my limitation on toy collecting. I also shared my two vintage Battle armor He-man and Battle armor Skeletor follow by the latest reboot of Mattel He-man. As for female character toy review, Figma Append Miku Hatsune gets the spotlight. During the Takashimaya 15th crazy toy sale, picked up a TakaraTomy Pokemon train set on great discount and amuse my child for hours. Not forgetting Smurf the movie was released and mcDonalds Happy meal release smurf toys too.

October

There was much capsule love for October which cover reviews on Cars 2 and Drossel. A exclusive OTTi version by Caramelaw. Went for some outdoor group shoot and decided to share some tips of outdoor Toy photography. Got some blind bag Lego and Playmobil that month too!

November

This was a Gundam month as Gunpla Expo Singapore 2011 and Gundam Unicorn screening at AFA 2011. I did a countdown with Minnano Advent Gundam box set of 10 unique toys from Gundam universe such as Earth federation forces helmet, Zeon time Bomb, diecast Char statue and Micro version of robot damashii G3 Gundam. Reviewed Revoltech Haruhi Suzumiya and Stewie griffin toy from Family guy. We celebrate our Third anniversary with being nominated as finalist for Nuffnang Asia Pacific blog award 2011

December

We attended the Nuffnang Asia Pacific blog award 2011 to which we are nominated as the finalist of Best Geek blogwhich was awesome and caught a glimpse of Comic Fiesta in KL. Revisit the 1990s mcDonald play ground set Happy meal toy and Bumblebee from War of Cybertron. Got myself 40th Anniversary of Cup noodle Gundam and Zaku II while for snack a m&m lightsaber for my kid. Last but not least the top 10 reviewed toys on Open the Toy 2011.

So that wrapped up 2011 and Happy New year to you my fellow readers who followed us for 2011. You can read recap of 2010 and 2009 happening on Open the toy!
Thank you and have a good year!

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