Category Archives: Toys

Anything toy-related, whether it’s mine, my boyfriend’s toys or toys that I’m interested in.

S.H Figuarts Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger

Itasa wa Tsuyosa! (Pain is Power!)

Could we just have a moment to appreciate the latest S.H Figuarts Akibarangers haul my boyfriend bought? As both fans of the unofficial sentai series, we both had that understanding that his toy collection would definitely not be complete without the wonderfully made pure action figure representation of the Akibarangers team. You really have to give it to Bandai for producing consistent and excellent quality figures through the S.H Figuarts toy line, putting emphasis fine sculpting and articulation without the expense of aesthetic quality. P hasn’t unboxed them yet since he’s still currently taking photos of his much latest Kotobukiya Bishoujo hauls, but I’ll definitely post some pictures soon. It will definitely be fun to pose these three for sure after all the whacked antics they did throughout the show (I miss it!). If you’re a fan of the series, I suggest you grab one now because it’s really worth the money. There’s lots of happy vibes for sure coming from the cute rainbow spastic colored box the figures come with.

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Kotobukiya Bishoujo Review: DC’s Batgirl

Note: I was not paid nor sponsored to do this toy review. This is completely out of appreciation of the figure. Also you may click on the images for a high quality view of  the statue. Thank you!

Credits: Figure and photography courtesy of my boyfriend, P.

For this toy review, I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of the figures from the successful and coveted Kotobukiya Bishoujo collection: DC’s Batgirl, who debuted as the first DC superheroine Kotobukiya produced in their Bishoujo collection to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of DC Comics.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the toy line yet, the Kotobukiya Bishoujo Collection is probably one of Kotobukiya’s most successful and impressive endeavors to date. Kotobukiya teamed up with renowned illustrator Shunya Yamashita for the concept art of the toy line, giving the prominent and well-loved femme fatales and superheroines we know a bishoujo (pretty girl) twist. The incredible anime-pin-up rendition of the characters and their overall quality as statues  makes them one of the most sought-after toy lines ever.

Batgirl was a fantastic choice as a beginning to the Kotobukiya Bishoujo’s D.C line, being the iconic and lovely red-haired crime-fighter who functions  as the crime-fighting colleague of Batman and Robin since her introduction in the 70s. I have great love for this Batgirl statue, even if she isn’t one of the Bishoujos that are truly my favorites. How can anyone not love Batgirl’s Bishoujo rendition with her sexy costume and alluring pose that’s sure to stop villains in their tracks?

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Kotobukiya Bishoujo Review: Marvel’s Rogue

Note: I was not paid nor sponsored to do this toy review. This is completely out of appreciation of the figure. Also you may click on the images for a high quality view of  the figure. Thank you!

Credits: Photography courtesy of my boyfriend, P.

This would be the second toy review I’ll be doing featuring statues from the famous Kotobukiya Bishoujo Collection. The last review I did was for DC’s Wonder Woman which can be found here and this time I’ll be featuring one of Marvel’s famous mutant femme fatales: Rogue from the X-Men.

Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Rogue was the first Bishoujo statue that my boyfriend bought and the figure which I think made him enamored of the toy line and made him fear for his wallet. It’s definitely something new and pleasing to the eye and anime-styled superheroines were definitely something he and I could get into.

We have to note that Rogue was the first ever Kotobukiya Bishoujo to be released and this was back in 2010. But I have to say, Kotobukiya has come a long way since then and the sculpting designs for these statues have definitely evolved. Still, the Bishoujo Rogue is a fantastic first for the line and it definitely captured many fans’ hearts since its release.

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Kotobukiya Bishoujo Review: DC’s Wonder Woman

Note: I was not paid nor sponsored to do this toy review. This is completely out of appreciation of the figure. Also you may click on the images for a high quality view of  the figure. Thank you!

Credits: Photography courtesy of my boyfriend, P.

I previously featured Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Wonder Woman figure before in this entry when my boyfriend initially got it. Now I felt that entry didn’t justify what a fantastic figure it is and so I’m giving it a proper toy review it deserves.

The Kotobukiya Bishoujo Collection is probably one of Kotobukiya’s most successful endeavors to date.Teaming up with one of Japan’s well known illustrators Shunya Yamashiya, they’ve created an impressive collection of
statues featuring prominent and well-loved femme fatales and heroines in the geekdom with a Japanese bishoujo (pretty girl) twist.

My boyfriend P is the more toy-inclined of us two and he’s especially fond of this particular series of figures. I myself am interested in them and it can’t be denied that these are figures done just right! Take for instance, DC’s Princess
Diana of Themyscira, more popularly known as Wonder Woman.

Overall, Kotobukiya’s Wonder Woman looks incredible! She stands up with a dignified pose like how any warrior should be and her face is full of determination, ready to face any threat coming to get her. She also has a sense of being graceful as well, with her raven her billowing in the wind and just flows and frames her gorgeous face. Wonder Woman’s expression is not smiling nor is she frowning; instead, she looks like she’s planning an attack or out to get a villain. Beautiful nonetheless.

This is exactly why I love Wonder Woman than some of the Bishoujo girls; she’s not as pose-y or looks “forced” as the rest and she’s sculpted the way how her character should be and what she represents: a strong and confident female warrior.

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Kids These Days: Nerfing + Yearbook Launch

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After the intense NLE reviews so far, we get a break for a week and it was timely because the first day of the break was the yearbook launch for Batch 2011 as well as the school’s oath taking ceremony for the July NLE board passers .

So what better way to celebrate both (I’m one of the yearbook editors) by spending it with your family and we decided to have a mini Nerf war at school since we’re basically kids at heart. I was excited as fuck for both yearbook and running around like a madwoman shooting darts at other people. It’s definitely the right mini hoorah get together since we’ve all been busy doing our own thing.

Check out the pictures and the video that we made “Ratratan 2011” (title whuut). It’s not a perfect video but we will improve! Impromptu video and bad lighting but it was still fun nevertheless!

Getting ready for warfare. Most of the blasters we’re laid out. Most of these are OctoP’s because he collects them.

With our respective blasters: R’s Nerf Recon CS-6 armed with an 18 capacity stock, OctoP’s Quick 16 (a.k.a The Banana Gun) and my Nerf Maverick Rev-6 from the White Out series.

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Wonderwoman

Spapple’s DC Comics Bishoujo Wonderwoman by Kotobukiya (sculpted by Shunya Yamashita)

Stare at the prettiness that she is. This is actually a well-done figure and the statue is very accurate in depicting the illustration Shunya Yamashita provided. Almost down to every detail in my opinion. the statue is very accurate in depicting the illustration. It’s obvious that the sculptor also payed very close attention to the way he sculpted her suit and body. I adore the excellent use of striking primary colors for her outfit and the touch of gold is eye-catching, which really makes her stand out from the rest of the Bishoujos. I also adore the signature eye style of Shunya Yamashita to his figures and the look Wonderwoman gives is both seductive and authoritative.

Photography © Paolo Belleza

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Minimates™: Summer Bummin’

My babies are enjoying the summer with me ♥

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