Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas photoshoot under construction

Christmas photoshoot under construction

Due to my busy-ness/lazy-ness/whatever I didn't have time for Christmas photoshoot this year.  (>__<)

Hope everyone is having a great holiday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

K-ON at Animate Ikebukuro

I visited Animate アニメイト at Ikebukuro yesterday, and they were having K-ON exhibition on the top (9th) floor.

Entrance to the exhibit

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Review: DOTM DA-28 Striker Optimus Prime

I'm generally not a fan of the Bayformer Primes; didn't get the Buster, Jetwing or Butterfly Ultimate versions. Somehow I'm attracted to the Vehicle Battle Mode of this Prime. And when I saw it while on holiday in Tokyo (at cheaper-than-retail price!) I decided to get it.

Striker Optimus Prime

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Akihabara Radio Kaikan

My favourite place in Akihabara - the original Radio Kaikan building - closed down this summer for renovations. While I'll admit that place was old, cramp and rather unsafe during an earthquake, it has a certain charm.

 Radio Kaikan building - Dec 2010
Radio Kaikan

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Doll Carnival 2011 - vendors' booths

More photos from Doll Carnival 2011!  Apart from the custom dolls and prototypes/future release displays, another highlight of the doll carnival is the vendors' booths. Their store displays were beautiful, with dolls dressed in the clothes and accessories they were selling.

Photos are from my wife's flickr. But I took most of the photos as she was busy buying their stuff LOL

7th Clover

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Doll Carnival 2011 - custom dolls by collectors

More photos from Doll Carnival 2011!  These are customs sent in by doll collectors and displayed during the carnival.

Photos are from my wife's flickr

Custom doll

Doll Carnival 2011 - custom dolls for auction

More photos from Doll Carnival 2011!  These are customs by renowned doll customizers, and are available for purchase via auction.

Photos are from my wife's flickr.
Earthblue Prince

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Predaking with CrazyDevy upgrade

I'd always wanted to get the CrazyDevy The King's Power Parts for my G1 Predaking. But everytime I see the total cost of all the parts, I back out.

Recently I happen to chance upon someone selling his used CrazyDevy parts on local eBay at good price. So I jumped at the chance to finally get them.

Here he is - PREDAKING upgraded with CrazyDevy The King's Power Parts
CDMW-10 Custom Head
CDMW-11 Custom Wings (with the PLUS+ wings)
CDMW-14 Custom Giant Sonic Sword
CDMW-18 Custom Cannons

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Review: Pullip Miku Hatsune

My review from Open The Toy

I was excited when I saw vocaloids on display at Doll Carnival 2010 as an upcoming Pullip series. Finally the first, and probably most popular character, has been released - Hatsune Miku!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Pullip and the Great Outdoors

My article from Open The Toy blog  Photos and dolls credit to my wife Akane*

We enjoy bringing our dolls outdoors for photoshoots. Initially we felt awkward and were conscious of people looking/staring. But now we are used to it!

At Sentosa Flowers 2009

Punggol Beach

Heart of Singapore's rat race. Can you guess where? ;)

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Pullip Clothes and Accessories

My article from Open The Toy blog  Photos and dolls credit to my wife Akane* 

It is a given that Pullips, like all fashion dolls, can change clothes. Most clothes for Barbie and other 12-inch figures can fit.

Barbie Fashion Fever

Sugarmag dress

Jenny top, Azone skirt (lolita look)

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Pullip Vocaloid Meiko preview!

So I guess 5th November is Vocaloid Meiko's birthday. Groove has choosen this day to tease us with sneak peak of Pullip Meiko! OK, just mosaic pics for now.

I guess she'll come with a retro mic & stand. Cool!
P053_4_m s

She has short hair, so should be easily manageable. Especially when bringing her outdoors for photoshoots! 
P053_5_m s

Meiko will be a Spring 2012 release, and her prototype will be on display at Doll Carnival 2011  Can't wait to see her there!

Source and photo credits:

Pullip and Photography

My article from Open The Toy blog  Photos and dolls credit to my wife Akane*

Pullips and photography go hand-in-hand (although it's hell on the wallet!) They make good models for portrait shots.

Then again, there are some not-so-cooperative models...

They get along well with our 'tiger' at home...

... but some love to tease him! >__<

Pullips also love to celebrate holidays, like us!

Our 'lil Santarina

Celebrating the year of the Tiger!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Pullip Dolls - Introduction

My article from Open The Toy blog  Photos and dolls credit to my wife Akane*

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).
Update: A new doll, Isul (Pullip's little brother), was added to the family early 2011.

Pullips in their boxes.  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!

Review: LEGO 10152 / 10155 Maersk Container Ship

My review from S0937FG forum

My first LEGO review! And I choose this set which is a birthday gift from my wife.
(All photos are clickable and link to bigger version on my Flickr)

LEGO Set No. / Name
10152 / 10155 Maersk Container Ship
(Brief history: 10152 set came with MAERSK SEALAND stickers. In 2005 the company changed name, and the new 10155 set came with the new name MAERSK LINE stickers.)

Strangely, the box states my set is 10152, but the box photo and stickers inside are MAERSK LINE.

Thursday, November 03, 2011


Welcome to my first post! I decided to start this as a place to pen down my thoughts and reviews on my hobby(s!)

Yes, ‘hobby’ in plural. Sometimes I find I have too many interests. One challenge is finding the money and time (and my wife will also say, the space!) to pursue them all!

I have written toy reviews for some forums and blogs. I will also consolidate them here.
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