Year in Review: 2015

This had been a rather mixed bag, 2015. I had a lot of hopes and expectations with this year, starting off, but like 2014, they just kinda fell away from me. Rather abruptly, at that. The same could be said about this blog, I suppose. A lot of attention right at the beginning, and then... Silence...
I guess if I were to consider 2012 and 2014 the First and Second Impacts, respectively, then this year was definitely the Third Impact.

In any case, things could be worse, and I'm alive, so perhaps -JUST perhaps- 2016 may give way to something far more positive and worthwhile...

Acquisitions of 2015
HGBF 1/144 Gouf R35
HGUC 1/144 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex [Destroy Mode] Ver.GFT
HGUC 1/144 Rozen Zulu [Episode 7 Ver.]
HGUC 1/144 Neo Zeong
HGUC 1/144 Rebawoo
HGUC 1/144 Gelgoog Marine [Cima Garahau]
HGUC 1/144 Gundam GP01
HGUC 1/144 Gerbera Tetra
HG THE ORIGIN 1/144 Char's Zaku II
Code Geass 1/35 Lancelot Conquista
HGAW 1/144 Gundam Double-X
S.H.Figuarts Yoshi 
MG 1/100 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee Norn [Final Battle Ver.]

While my main plamo and figure collections saw a considerably large decline, it's mostly because I've taken up a few other collections, including recollecting old video games, the ever-popular Nintendo amiibo line, the last four volumes of Gundam The Origin, and starting my full-devoted oath to pick up the new releases of Gundam on home video here in the states, thanks to Right Stuf and Sunrise, Inc.

I still have a little ways to go to get caught up on those, as this was also the first year in many that I was able to actually spend money for Christmas presents for friends and family. I've also been selling off the old Bandai releases, since many of them have been or soon will be replaced with the updated RS versions. It was still nice to see my Gundam DVD (And BD) collection be at a nice healthy size and gaining for the first time since 2012 (save for the Unicorn BDs, of course). Remember, if you're interested in the new releases, click the link near the top-right of my side bar!

Getting back to Gunpla, here, the kits I had completed this year, are as follows:
(A few of these are covered in my earlier posts)

The HGUC XM-X1 Crossbone Gundam was the first kit of the year, and a nice entry way into the following kits. I loved this release, and was really hoping to see more releases this year. Alas, Bandai had other things in P-mind, but I digress.

The Gundam X Maoh from the Build Fighters line was up next, and while a good reminder of why I enjoyed the build of the regular HGAW, but also presented newer issues I don't recall having with it's identical parts. Also, it seems I somehow accidentally skipped this one in my earlier posts...

Yonem Kirks' Zaku I Sniper Type in HGUC form. I enjoyed this about the same as the regular release, but while I love the added details to the design, I did not like the need to mold all the grey parts black. Something I had to deal with on the HGFC Master Gundam a few years back that seemed unnecessary.

Next, the Build Fighters variant of the Crossbone, the Cross Bone Gundam Maoh. Paint-wise, this one was much simpler than its X1 brother, though even easier given the use of the stickers for the reflectors.

Then came the first of my kits given to me by a fellow builder in an online forum I belong to.
The HGBF Gouf R35 was a great revision of the old Gouf kit, but may also be the gateway for the now-bothersome (to me, anyway) REVIVE line... Regardless, this kit was a nice build and good to see the Gouf get such a good treatment without straying too far from the base design.

The Episode 7 version of the Rozen Zulu saw a "fix" to most everyone's problems with the first release, but in my opinion, they went too far in lightening the color scheme. But, the Unicorn-enthusiast in me couldn't just pass up this kit, especially given the deal I got on it, at the time.

My first (and so far, only) in the recent HGUC MSV Zaku releases, Johnny Riden's Zaku II saw some extra effort. Since its design naturally boasts decals, I also opted to stay true to Okawara's art of the suit and make its grey piping and minor details into a metallic grey. I think it turned out well, and very fitting for the Crimson Lightning's symbolic MS.

Cima Garahau's Gelgoog Marine HGUC was a re-obtainment from an era long past, and as such, was treated with attention my old 2002 build never got to see. For an older kit, I was quite pleased with how this one turned out!

And, of course, that Gelgoog's victim,the Gundam GP01, predecessor of the GP01Fb, followed close after, because, reasons. All-in-all, though, I was thrilled with how far I'd come on just paint detailing, which this kit showcased well, I think.

 Next up, Full Frontal's suit from the heretofore unseen Gundam Front Tokyo animation,  "Gundam UC: One of Seventy-Two," The P-Bandai HGUC Rebawoo. This one also marked number 99 in my 1/144 HGs.

So, of course, this leads to the HGUC Neo Zeong, which I did cover in my last post. This marked the end to the Road to One-Hundred, but not the end to my HG collection. Though things did slow down considerably, afterwards.

The first one to pass the 100 mark was the Gerbera Tetra HGUC. One we'd all been hoping for for a while finally came out a couple years ago, but took me a bit to get. Nice simple build-and-paint.

 I eventually got the first of the HG The Origin kits, Char's Zaku II. A rather impressive feat of engineering for an HG, this was one I decided to panel line and detail up (including decals, of course).

And, finally, the Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex, the main showcased suit from One of Seventy-Two. This one took FOREVER because I tried roughly three different golds to cover the gross plastic color. Finally settled on Tamiya's Gold Leaf to do the job, which did well, I think. Not perfect, but it was better than the other two's prior looks.

I still got a few kits left, including some very last-minute gifted acquirements, including Thr HGUC Super Gundam and the RX-78-2 Gundam REVIVE Ver. But, currently, I've gotten a more important obtainment I missed out when it was initially released.

The P-Bandai MG 1/100 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee Norn [Final Battle Ver.], which I tried to get when it was announced but failed to save a dime for, was given to me for my birthday by my wife, and I couldn't be happier. I've started some of the larger paintwork now, but am waiting to get better decals via SamuelDecal.

That's pretty much all I got, now. I won't promise future updates or reviews, but I definitely don't want to say "this is it." We'll see what the future holds, but I do hope that, not only for myself, but for all of you who've had moments of injustice and poor luck, that the coming year brings you all better times and great luck. Thank you all, and I hope we meet again, soon.


The Psycho Chariot of the False Comet

I suppose it'd be rude of me to abandon this place without at least giving you guys a good once-over of the one massive achievement I managed to accomplish, this year. This'll likely be a long one, at least photo-wise, but it's something I had intended months ago when I built the damned thing...
Just a heads up, this won't be a review, necessarily, but just more of a photo-journal of the build, including some notes (for what I can remember) of the process.


Zombies can't possibly come back twice, right...?

Well, so much for keeping up with my promise for fresh, new content more often...

Things hit a snag way earlier in the year, and it's been pressing to stay afloat. I'm alright, and nothing's in any dire crisis, now, but unfortunately, this blog probably saw the absolute least of my attention.

 Sadly, I've reached a point in my relationship with this blog, that it's probably best I largely part ways, even if just indefinitely. Time is a precious thing to come by, lately, and I don't have what I require to devote here like I did earlier in the year. I'll still finish out this year with my annual wrap up, which may be longer than usual just to play catch up (I'd do it here, but I'm ill prepared, at the moment).
I likely won't do a prediction this time, as I've largely lost complete sight as to what the hell Bandai is thinking, and the entire list would probably be crawling with unprofessional cynicism.

I will leave you guys today with the knowledge I have completed my Road to One-Hundred, even passed it. Not by much, though. I suppose this year needed to slow down after the whopping 28 kits I built last year. lol
I will also update that page (seen in the bar under the header) with images of each kit in given time.

As I said, while I may not have much time right now or in the forseebale future, there's always the chance things will free up for me, someday. This isn't "goodbye", just "see ya later!"


Rising from the Ashes

Now that the plan is set, it's execution time... Well, sort of, anyway.
I have completed 2 kits, rounding off my current backlog to just the Neo Zeong, but I'm still 6 kits shy of needing what I want prior to it's intended construction time. Just forewarning, you'll probably get déjà vu.

Firstly, number 92, the HGUC MS-05L Zaku I Sniper Type [Yonem Kirks]. This was a gift from my wife who bought this from a friend within the facebook Gunpla community. She intended on this first, but bought the standard release by accident, so when she became aware, our friend helped us out with this! Only issue: none of the grey is molded, and all comes in black... Otherwise, love this guy!

And number 93, the HGBF XM-X9999 Cross Bone Gundam Maoh, mirroring my Crossbone Gundam X1 from just earlier this month. The X1 was a Christmas present, but the Maoh I had a little prior, but just didn't build it at the time. I think I wanted to do the X1 first, and held off. A lot less paintwork went into this one, mainly because I have NO means of replicating that mirror-like finish on the solar reflectors. So, yes, I used the stickers for this one. (Well, and the X Maoh, too...)

I have, just today, received a couple new kits, from yet another fellow fb Gunpla friend. One, I intended on getting sometime after my tussle with the NZ...

The HGUC RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex [Destroy Mode] Ver.GFT (short name, eh?) and the HGBF MS-07R-35 Gouf R35 are now in my possession! So, with this comes the question, do I bump out a couple from my list and build these now, or hold off on these and continue the original Road to One-Hundred? Feel free to shout at me in the comments!

That's all for now. Hopefully, work will calm down enough for me to get some of those promised reviews up...


The Road to One-Hundred

As mentioned in my last posting, I'm fast approaching a hallmark of 100 1/144 HG kits since restarting my collection back in 2010, 6 years after I had stopped getting the smaller scale and subsequently got rid of my previous collection... And while I've more than doubled my numbers since those days, I've still not regained everything I've lost. But it's weening down what I have left to re-buy, so it won't be long now until I've finally hit pure excess. But that will be for another time. I have another goal in store for my milestone - or kilometerstone. (heh)

As of now, I have 90 kits built and completed,With number 90 being completed just a couple days ago.

As my 90th kit, I just finished the HGUC XM-X1 Crossbone Gundam X1! I love this little guy! Lot of nice details to paint, and a ton of accessories! I wished the emblem was a waterslide, though...

My plan for getting to the 100 mark is to clear through the remaining main U.C. protagonist Gundams and/or MS, plus what I have already left to build. The ideal line up is as follows (not necessarily in this order)

Road to One-Hundred
091: GX-9999 Gundam X Maoh
092: XM-X9999 Cross Bone Gundam Maoh
093: MS-05L1 Zaku I Sniper Type [Yonem Kirks]
094: RX-79(G) Gundam Ground Type
095: RX-78GP01 Gundam GP01
096: RGZ-91 Re-GZ
097: LM312V04 Victory Gundam
098: RX-178+FXA-05D Super Gundam
099: ARX-014 Silver Bullet

and for my 100th 1/144 HG kit...

Are any of you really surprised? lol

Yes, the massive mobile armor from Gundam UC, the NZ-999 Neo Zeong shall be my celebration prize! Since I still need to get 6 of the other kits, it will be some time before I get around to this monster. If I had to guess, mid-to-late spring. We'll see when we get there!

But, yes, this is all for now! I'll keep on updating as I complete or get more kits for this goal!

Also, for those wanting to know, I bought my Neo Zeong from Gundam Planet. They were very helpful and informative, and I love supporting local (at least country-local) businesses!