Monday, August 31, 2009

Gundam Fiesta 2009 in Singapore

For the first time in Singapore, Bandai will release some of the Gundam models in Singapore on the same date as in Japan. From 2 Sep 09 to 14 Sep 09, a series of exhibition and events will celebrate Gundam's 30th Anniversary. Yes, we do not have a live sized RX-78 Gundam like in Odaiba, Japan, but this comes a little closer I guess.

Link to official Gundam Fiesta website:
Gundam Fiesta 2009

Some highlights that are of interest to me are:
1) 1/60 Injection Machine Model - a model of the machine that makes all the Bandai plastic models

2) HGUC new releases such as the 1/144 HGUC RX-79(G) Gundam The Ground War Set - great for building dioramas as such

3) 2009 SG Gundam Image Girls wearing Gundam Costumes (5,6,12,13 Sep 09) - hmmm... I wonder what these are like

4) Meet Kawaguchi Sensei - a professional modeller

I'll probably pop by one of these days to check it out. Probably grab a few HGUC kits and the Injection Machine Model.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Canon EOS 7D rumours

Some leaked pictures of the new Canon EOS 7D has appeared on the internet. Exciting times if these are true. What got me excited are the following new features:
1) 18 megapixels
2) Dual DIGIC IV
3) 8 fps
4) New eight-directional double cross central AF point, total 19 cross AF points
5) Full HD video

If these are true, then we would have a speedy and accurately focusing Canon DSLR. Very tempting to upgrade to this new DSLR.

Neutral day rumour

Canon Rumours

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lego Coast Guard Kayak 5621

Picked this up some time ago because I thought the Coast Guard minifig looked pretty good. Comes with a kayak with oar and a buoy. I really like the Coast Guard helmet (looks like those lightweight bicycle helmets with holes in them) and the life vest. The oar is pretty thin at the flattened end and will bend easily. Very few parts but looks nice when completed.

Stubbly Coast Guard

The other side

The buoy

Keeping the kayak

Under the life vest, its a standard Coast Guard vest

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lego Mars Mission 5616-1: Mini Robot

This set belongs to the Mars Mission series and consists of one mini robot and an astronaut minifig. The astronaut has a gold visor on an ordinary helmet and carries a device that looks like a torchlight. He does have an interesting expression and the stubble seems to indicate that he has been on Mars for too long. A single oxygen tank is printed on the back.

The mini robot has an opening hatch to store the mars crystals and carries a pick-axe and what looks like some sort of ground detector for detecting crystals. It does look quite nice and would probably fit in a sidekick or mascot.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lego Space Patrol 8399

The Lego Space Patrol set 8399 consist of a Space Patrol minifig and a robotic patrol dog. Although the "stick and green transparent warhead" is supposed to be a mini missle mounted on the dog, I found it to be rather clumsy and illogical and used it as a lighting instrument for the Space Patrol minifig. It costs only S$6.90 and builds up to a nice minifig and robot dog.

The Clone Wars - Muunilist 10, Clone Troopers, AT-AP

Some of the Clone Troopers from the Star Wars prequel trilogy...

The Muunilinst 10 was a group of Advanced Recon Commandos and standard clone troopers led by ARC Captain Fordo that consisted of two ARC lieutenants, and seven infantry clones, though one was killed.

A pair of Clone Troopers carrying the Merr-Sonn PLX-1 portable missile launcher, which was in service almost from the beginning of the Clone Wars and continued to be used in different militaries well after the conclusion of that cataclysmic conflict.

The All Terrain Attack Pod (AT-AP), or Pod Attack Walker (PAW), was a highly successful way of transporting heavy artillery from place-to-place, its main function was to serve as a mobile gun platform used for shelling enemy positions, rather than attacking troops or other vehicles. It featured highly-advanced targeting systems that gave it the nickname "sniper tank."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Y-wing fighter & TIE Interceptor

Nam was wondering how the Hasbro Star Wars toys look like and so here you go Nam! The Hasbro Star Wars vehicles are actually quite nicely done and are a lot better than the old Kenner toys. Here's the Y-wing and one of the TIE Interceptor. Enjoy!

Y-wing, pilot and droid unit

Y-wing, pilot and droid unit

TIE Interceptor