Ya know, my local friend asked me what my toy of the year was and I was unprepared for that question. I hadn't really thought about it that much to be honest and so I started thinking. Then I had a look over my blog to see what I had accomplished and had a little read back over my previous years' summary posts.
It was interesting to have a read over and also contrast it with my thoughts on this year. Last year, I reflected on how pleased I was with my blog efforts. This year, I don't really think I have grown that much, nor been all that productive about it. Most of my posts have been banging on about my gacha videos, and translation wise there were only two.
And I feel that summs up the way I feel about my year. It's been a bit shitty and unproductive. Both work & life-wise and blog-wise. Work wise I have been busy, but in a Japanese office-worker way. High amounts of pointless busy-ness with low amounts of output, which frustrates me greatly. Blog wise I haven't really felt all that inspired, which probably stems from my lack of interest at work. A horrid circle that feeds upon itself.
Welcome to my personal diary it would seem. Anyway, enough of the mild depression symptoms, let's talk about the good stuff.
Ok, time for the list:
Earthrise Optimus Prime
|Not pictured, the absolute balls trailer
Studio Series Starscream (coronation bits)
I liked the voyager Starscream and sold it the moment I heard about this guy. I wanted that crown matey. It's the same solid figure, still looks great in vehicle mode, now has opening hands, which look a bit crap when you try to make him make a fist (looks more likes he's trying to sock puppets), and accessories to make him more regal. New guns, shoulder pads and a solid plastic cap. They work surprisingly well and he looks bloody good. I now use the throne for Lord Zarak.
Transformers have been trickier and trickier to find in the wild lately and Jhiaxus here I did find in the wild. I didn't want to pre-order as I wasn't sure I would like him enough. Sure the robot mode looked nice, ut his vehicle mode is an absolute joke. Like some kinda penis jet with balls hanging off the bottom. It's wierd.
- The open area for the toy is rather small, and most of his body is hidden behind the backing cardboard.
- The shop I bought it from wrapped him in cling wrap and slapped a security beeper thing on it. The cling wrap happened to be over the open part of the box. At least I know my Jhiaxus Penis plane and unmolested.
More Stunticons, this time their leader, the bullying bastard Motormaster! A commander toy, which I've been pretty impressed with. Sky Lynx would've been my toy of the year, Rodimus was, can MM continue the trend?
- Often this "cars as armour" was how it worked in the cartoon.
- It makes for a satisfyingly solid combined mode
- They are fools.
Mafex Spider Gwen
Old Spidergwen here I picked up on a whim. Released a while ago, I bougth it randomly and discovered a frozen shoulder which crumbled. A quick contact with Mafex (again) and they sent one out asap. She's been fine ever since.
Am from Star Wars Visionaries
Another random pick up as I saw all the pre-orders sold out and thought the one in the shop was a good deal. It wasn't, it was RRP, but, eh, whatcha gonna do? I was in no hurry to get this one. I've not seen the Visionaries cartoon as I don't really like the concept as such. But when I heard Studio Trigger doing one of the episodes, I though, hey, maybe the character designs will be cool.
New Age Toys EX Rhodes Aka, unofficial Shining Magnus
|Like these guys.
Mega Construx He-Man things
I got 3, but I've only done one, so I'm gonna lump them all together. I like the Megaconstrux as they've had a good variety of figures over the years. Starting off as Mega Bloks and now called Construx, they are impossible to find in Japan. They also have a bunch of He-man figures and these are my jam!