maandag 12 december 2011

Jushi Sentai France Five Update

I was happy that Hikari Senshi Fansubs has started subbing at least the first 3 of the 4 episodes of Jushi Sentai France Five but now It turns out the founder of the France Five project SGTKira has found out about the dvd versions of this series and is planning to restart the project with better encodes and the help of Zetta from MCS. This means they'll probably be doing episode 4 too. They even released an trailer:
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But that is not all! It turns out that Alex Pilot the director of the France Five franchise since episode 2 has claimed that they'll be releasing episode 5 on the 5th of May 2012... 555... Funny... WE WAITED 8 FUCKING YEARS!!! And even worse all the filming was already done in 2005. The editing just took a long while to finish.... Or they where just sitting with their asses on their porches eating salami, cheese, and bread panne a panne while sipping whine... Sorry I am just pissed about the only needed to edit stuff part! 8 YEARS! Damn you!! I hope its fucking worth it! Any way here's the trailer for that if your interested:
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And some more good news is that the crew seems to be talking about maybe making a blu-ray set or something around that format. I hope they do because I've been looking at the sucky encodes to long. Also I am now having the dumb idea of buying an extra ranger key of say... I dunno Go Red or something and maybe make a custom key for Red Fromage. But I'll probably screw up. I need a white marker for this and probably a Gundam one this time

And Another Thing
My room is still a mess. I need a new bed some boxes to store stuff away upstairs and there's still mould issues. But at least I found a way to display my Sentai Mecha/Megazords in my closet.
I just need to clean out some more shelves just in case. 
I've tried to put Gokaioh on the selves but its just to wide. I honestly think Bandai Japan is trying to make the collector's not want to collect Sentai mecha. This guy just takes to much space!
I made space on top because next year in Augustus I'll try to get and unofficial Turbo Robo and Turbo Rugger. I just hope they still are available by then! Also I think this is where I am going to put the Ranger Keys :)
Man I can't believe I actually need a separate space for the Dairanger mecha / MMPR3. Two Tigerzords, Two Red Dragonzords, and 1 Assault team and 1 Tor lol
Same a for Kakuranger, to many doubles lol. I honestly hope that I'll be able to fix up the Muteki Megazord with better paint and buy some reprolabels for it and maybe a new chest piece (saw a few on Ebay)
I honestly hope that the KO Deka Robo and KO Magiking will fit on this shelf because I don't really feel like emptying another one lol Also I plan to get the KO versions of Centaurus' of Magiranger. All 4 variations in 1 go. I honestly hope to finish this in one go.
Reason why I don't want to clean it. I honestly dunno where to put these xD I'll probably throw them out or something lol

Any way I have to get ready for work bye!

donderdag 8 december 2011

Galaxy Defender: AKA KO Galaxy Mega / Astro Megazord

I planned to get an Astro Megazord for a while now. Mostly by lurking on Ebay and such like a predator hoping to catch that one auction that is ending cheaply. Sadly I had no such luck. And with the current money issues due to the Bhiner fuck-ups professionally made by yours truly, it was even harder to find one to buy. But luckily I went to Markt Plaats which is the Dutch Ebay (and at times less reliable) and I succeeded in getting a KO version I wanted to buy about 7 years ago but couldn't because I was poor... Any way it was for a decent price just 8. The lady was even nice enough to come here and give the thing personally. And with that here's an toy commercial that did not make me want to buy it (that was PRIS fault) But certainly helped ALLOT on that part.
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The Box

The box could have been smaller by packing the KO megazord in ship mode. And that did not get through to them. But at least it try to be better by displaying the items that are packed in there. It survived pretty well considering its like 7 years old. Weird how this mecha is always associated with either Galaxy or Mega. Galaxy Mega, Astro Megazord. Galaxy Defender lol
The Mega Shuttle 
       
From what I got the original Astro Shuttle and its Japanese counterpart is really a fun little thing that rarely gives any trouble to the collector.... Well this is its evil twin people! Unlike the original it has nothing to keep the two halves together, So the back being heavier then the front kept falling apart. I really wish they'd give the thing clips to hold it together. At least it got the Mega Booster right! right?
Well almost right. It BARELY clips on to it but it looks al right. Lets see if it stands!
Nope... The only thing keeping it together is two fins on the back of the Mega shuttle. This is because the 2 pieces aren't exactly in synch. One of the two pieces that make up the Mega Booster is a bit bigger then the other. And as soon as I pick it up the back fall off again. Not exactly a let's rock it! xD
The Mega Ship
As ever the one way to describe the Mega Ship is EPIC!! Its so iconic that even when its grey and void of any stickers its still awesome enough to just put down on a shelf.
The M for Mega is yellow instead of the regular red. And from front you can see that the two parts which will eventually for the feet of the Megazord don't exactly click in well. I think this is because its missing some clips just like its shuttle. But then again this is not that annoying. It works that's the important part.
Combined Mega Ship
Just like the original from PRIS and Megaranger this Megaship can open its docks/feet and combing with the Mega Shuttle to form a whole. This process however is VERY annoying compared to what I've seen on several reviews. For some reason the shuttle is a little bit bigger then the original whilst the Mega Ship is in exact scale with the original. Combined with this fact that the Mega Shuttle has no plugs to keep it together (meaning it keeps falling apart whilst plugged in) it a big hassle for something so simple on the original

One of the many things I like about this mecha is that its has the ability to store its weapons at least somewhere. Its Mega Shield can plug in to the bottom of the ship and the Shuttle Booster can change in a cannon which plugs in to the shield. (also this is when I found out one of the arms isn't exactly right, it keeps leaning to the right and never clicks in place) The two extra fuel tanks that plug in to the Shuttle Booster easily plug in to the sides of the Mega Ship. Which some how actually increases its awesomeness level by 20%.

Galaxy Mega Astro Megazord

Now we moved one to the Astro Megazord where we finally address the electronics of the M. Unlike its two original counterparts this thing does not make sounds when docking the head nor does it make the exact sounds the originals had. The left button activates a gun sound. The right button activates a gatling gun sound. Pressing them both will activate a laser sound. The buttons should have been yellow instead of silver IMO its just a bit annoying. Now to the mecha its self, It its AWESOME first off its not totally grey it has little veins of lighter grey and silver covering it. Those had me worried at first but I found out its not really a plastic defects, but rather just but moulding. Which is actually something I like. One thing I did not like is the fact that it kinda leans backwards for some reason. It doesn't worry me because its always against a wall or in a cabinet but when taking photo's it was a bit scary. Also for some reason the battery clip on the back doesn't click in right. It always shows a little bit of space. This is annoying when I want to combine the Mega Shield to the ship mode because it keeps falling off if not clipped on really tight.

The Weapons

The weapons are grey as well. They had stickers but I have removed them like I did with the Megazord. This is because I have the faint hope the Reprolabels will some day release the sticker sheet for Galaxy Mega. But its probably not going to happen any time soon. First we have the Mega Shield which is exactly like the original version except that its grey. It can plug in to the bottom of the Mega Ship like the original and it can be held like the original. Next up is the Booster Rifle which is formed from the Shuttle Booster. It is pretty bland but that's because its grey on grey lol.
Lastly is the sword...  Which is a completely different sword form the original. Instead of being the sleek rounded one piece sword that I love, I got a huge transparent sword with a light box to light it up. I haven't changed the batteries yet but I already know its supposed to be red. Sadly even though it is an awesome sword I don't think it really fits the Galaxy Mega / Astro Megazord. So I have it to the only other Sentai mecha without a weapon that can hold it.
And it looks awesome! Gunmazin is pleased! But at least the KO Galaxy Mega can hold it too.

And just for the lolz they also seemed to have copied the original instruction sheet too!

I am keeping the sticker sheet but I won't be using it. I feel it harms the subtle designs of the Galaxy Mega. Its the reason why it was almost sticker free in the first place. Speaking of the original Galaxy Mega. This thing doesn't have the plugs it needs to combine with Delta Mega / Delta Megazord. This initially made me sad because its my favourite Sentai combination ever but then again some day I'll get my hands on it... Maybe after getting that Dragonzord first though lol. Any way here something to finish this blog off!
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 MV made by TheIchipai  ©Toei LTD
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 ©Saban
Both openings are so awesome!
Mega Green wishes he was in the show!

Till next time bye :)

woensdag 30 november 2011

Guide To Buying Stuff On-line: Bhiner


How I came to this site:
I was looking for unique stuff to blog about. The first thing I thought about was Armour Hero which had allot of toys that where cheap to grab up. But sadly all the Chinese sites where inaccessible to us foreigners. And then a few months passed with me looking for new on-line shops to my list. When suddenly this site popped up! It had its issues (still has most of them but they are still improving it) And works as a middle-man for not only 1 big site called Taobao (Chinese Ebay) but also is open to URL's of other Chinese sites. And on the second damn page I found what I was looking for! thanks Bhiner!

Starting With The Warnings Already:
I asked a few questions (some dumb in hindsight) which the staff of the site replied to in messy English (which is understandable since y'know China) and from what I got I initially thought it would be easy to order stuff. Nope, No such luck! This is actually an advanced on-line site much like Mandarake but for the Chinese. Sure the stuff seemed cheap at first but certain factors are in the way before you can actually get the the total price. And by the end if you did it wrong like me you'll be on the expensive side for sure. But lets leave that for later shall we? :)

How To Search Stuff:
Your Friend
One of the many things that will keep people from buying stuff via the middle man service of Bhiner is the fact that since TaoBao is in Chinese. The search option also need to apply Chinese calligraphy. This is something that is pretty much impossible to change unless the search options on Taobao can be changed. Which  can't. However some English searches work some time, but the finds are limited. A good search tag is Bandai but its really long with lots of choices.So its better to go for Chinese instead. But for us Tokusatsu and even Anime fans it might be easier to actually find stuff. For instance the way I did is finding the Wikipedia of a series, like say Gokaiger, and head for the left of the page to change the language. Most of the times the Chinese language is the lowest on the list (中文) Then you copy the Chinese title of the series (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: 海賊戰隊豪快者 ) and paste it in the search option of the site. You'll probably won't even find half a page on this search. That is because like all the rest of us the Chinese like to shorten the title of the search item because its easier to make tags. And because we foreigners have problems understanding Chinese its hard to fix it. Luckily I solved this by taking the last symbol of the title, delete it, and press enter. Keep doing this till you find that there are several pages. And on the right of the site you'll find a tab that you can easily understand. If you choose Price: High To Low you find ALLOT of expensive things But we don't want that. Heck if you want that stop reading this and go to Ebay instead. :P.  So instead be wise and use the Price: Low To High tab instead. Which brings us to our next section.

The Importance Of Knock-Offs!
As you know China is brimming with knock-offs. With Toys most of them are piles of plastic shit but there are some real pieces of gold shit amongst them! Sure they might not hold up to the official versions but they are cheaper most of the time and its a chance to get something that you could not pay for before. There's lots of Super Sentai knock-offs out there. Like my KO Great Icarus. And several other KO stuff I still need to pay for as we speak. And like on Ebay there are also some dumb-asses with beautifully rare toys who sell them for basically nothing. But there's also a down side to the knock-offs. Because they might blur your view if you try to get official stuff and are searching for cheaper prices. (they did with me). You should always do some extra Google/Yahoo image research with the Chinese title just to know what the official packaging stuff is. If it is something Chinese and is not Show-accurate don't go buying it. Go for a little bit more expensive and Show- accurate. More info on this on the official site: http://bit.ly/vXFdxh.
Next Time On Kai Jia Yong Shi: Wataru joins Xin Nan for a totally heterosexual bath! Wait what? Wrong show?

Putting It In The Cart:
I know the title is redundant. Because I know most of you already made accounts on other shop sites and know how to buy stuff there. But here's also where ALLOT of things can go wrong. For instance, the stock numbers for the Item is always wrong even if it says 1. I used to think its because of all those small companies that are thriving in the North of China with HUGE inventories. But HELL NO. This problem is traced back to Taobao which is never trust worthy with stocks. The only accurate numbers are 1 and 0! And sometimes there are batches which seem cheap but are actually multiple choice sales that has several items each with their own price. Look out for these because there where some gruesome prices hiding for me. So lets move on. You added the item to your cart and confirmed it. The staff members will now ask the Chinese seller if it is in stock. 3 things can happen 1, Bhiner Remarks: [Cannot Contact Seller] Just press on till one day Bhiner does contact it 2 Bhiner Remarks: [Item is out of stock]. To bad for you. Try to use the calligraphy title to find another seller of the same item. 3 The Item is in stock and you can buy. But a fair warning. When I first tried to buy the Mars Hero Belt it turned out that it was out of stock and the money I paid for it was refunded. You still loose some money. Which brings me to the next section.

The Importance Of Combining Items.
This should always be a part of Bhiner. I'll personally find you and slap you on the head if you buy just 1 thing at once!! First off is the fact that if you combine several items of the same seller the inland shipping will be the same. Which does help, ALLOT!. Secondly if you select and pay for a batch of Items the Bhiner added costs (they have to earn somehow) will be lower. Also it felt so much better getting a large haul instead of just 1 thing. Also this will effect the eventual price of the shipping costs which makes them eventually land on your doorstep. Which brings me to the next section again.


Costs, Costs, Costs! Damn its so much! If only I Thought This Through!:
So as I said the extra costs is not that much but if you not combine shipping it will end up eating your wallet and give it back to you from the other end. And thus I'll explain. The inland shipping costs is currently $3.28 or rather 2.38 for me. To keep it this low check the section above again. With the adding of the funds to the Bhiner funds also comes a Paypal tax depending on how much you are planing to throw on there. Of you want to avoid this you can also send the money to Bhiner's e-mail, though I still don't know how this works and rather prefer doing it the funding way. Also Bhiner needs to keep existing so they ask a part of the money too. Which is somewhere around $8 or €4 for me. The eventual and final shipping costs is pretty much the main problem here. This is where most of the money goes to in the end. Since every company asks for a price around ¥200 for the first 500 grams (which is around $30-20 If I remember correctly) and adds ¥40-¥68 for each additional 500 grams added to the weight. ($6+ or 4+) Again depending on the company. Which is why its important to add stuff. Because if one item is over 500 grams you'll pay the same for that item's shipping as you would for lets say and DX Sentai mecha shipping costs. And that is ALLOT IMO. Don't fall for it!


Insuring it Gets To Your Home Safely: 
Lots of tape but still not good
This is important because the 2 of the 3 items I ordered where fucked up beyond belief! It was like on its way through India the box was used to play elephant soccer with! Sure it could be the in-land's shipping fault but I am pretty sure the fault lies with Airmail China which I choose because it was the cheapest (it recently raised its prices! Those jackasses!!). To be fair if you got enough money and want the stuff to arrive safely and in time go with a shipping company you know and trust. EMS is still the best but its so damn expensive.



Bugs And Things That Will Probably Will Be Fixed Sooner Or Later:
There is nothing here to be really annoyed about but some things might be better said here. First off the translation isn't a full 100%. The staff of the site is working hard on better translations but you are on your own with descriptions on the Items. They can't translate that for some reason. There is a button for that though. And because the translation fails some times, to get a better idea what it is saying you can do this easily. Copy the calligraphy automatically which forms the description,  and paste it on Google Translate or Yahoo Babelfish. The translation is rough too but it kinda gives you a better idea of what is being said. Next is a bug that I've seen twice now. The title doesn't translate either. And if you find batches that are being sold one-by-one you'll stumble across the problem of WTF do I need to choose to get something. Well what you need to do is choose the option *View on Taobao* right under the seller info. Copy and paste the address in the search option again and it should now translate it. Giving you a rough guess as to what it is you plan to buy. The one of the two real bugs I seem to have found is the 0 page bug which is when you forward to a page and end up with Bhiner saying that there are no items even though you know there's more. This is easily fixed by going back and clicking forward till the bug gives up and shows the items on the next page. Another such bug is the 0 Item page bug which look like the picture I put up earlier. This is easily fixed by not clicking directly on the item but opening the item page in another tab and keep doing so till the item does show up.

And To Finish Up:
I liked blogging about this. I believe this was necessary to get Toku Otaku to get started on the site. I don't think its necessary to blog about any other buy site but guess I'll try to make a series of it. Happy hauling! :)

woensdag 23 november 2011

Mod Stuff... And Other Stuff...

Just to get this off my chest:
As a moderator I know when one person comes by to complain about another user to look at the activities of both users. And the one who started is not going to be the only user in trouble but he/she's going to get the most punishment out of these situations. ESPECIALLY if the douche who started it all comes complaining first. I say that because this same douche who has been plaguing the site I mod at yesterday was the one who came to me first complaining about not being treated right in the battle forums. Both guys where essentially wrong. But in this (and most cases after that, aside from the ones he continued with the same users as before in other threads) he was the one who started this shit. And yesterday he has gone daikaiju on the site because he thinks he was the one who was wronged being banned after 3+ warnings. But in fact this is probably just him showing his real colours, no longer trying to hide behind the lies that the users he was annoying where the ones who started. He was basically trying to get everyone banned who disagreed with him on the battle forums. Probably seeing it as a form of winning the debate by being aggressive and sneaky instead of actually trying to be right. To bad for him he forgot that mods always should look at the whole situation and not just 3 posts only showing the reactions of the harassed users >_>

Edit: Also I forgot the fact that he was banned from Comicvine for the same reason and that he started out switching accounts on the site because he claimed that his first account could break the 5 post limit. It was almost like the site itself did want him there lol

There that felt better. Any way Doremii allows me to use some of their fansubbed footage on my upcoming blog. I am very happy with this even though I only get to use it on this blog and not on @Reviewtopia since they only do embeds (screw it, I am NOT uploading ANYTHING on Youtube) And thus I am stuck with raws.

And more good and bad news: I'll get my KO Galaxy Mega or rather Astro Megazord Friday and my other Toku stuff the day after. And if we get our Christmas money next Monday I'll be able to get the other Toku stuff here with in 3 weeks. And if we are careful with that we'll be able to go to the Midwinter fest in Archeon! :D The sad thing is that I just noticed the KO Astro Megazord won't be able to Gattai with the Delta Megazord even if I got hold of one by some miracle.

And that's about it. I feel a bit better now ^_^

vrijdag 11 november 2011

Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle Ending Theme RAW


I stayed up yesterday to watch this movie and its was worth it! It owns Lets Go All Riders in so many levels!! I loved  how they made it possible to call on all the Sentai without Basco and I love the new look of Black Star Fuhrer. It has so little faults. But the main one is the title 199? there's still allot of heroes missing and even with those counted there's still not 199! The main problem I have is the fact that Ninjaman and Gumajin are missing from the *extra* heroes line-up. (more are missing but I care the most about those two) You could argue that at least one of the two could be counted as an extra mecha but that still leaves Ninjaman who in all respect would have fitted in more with the extra heroes then Zubaan! Any way I love the fights even though they do the same old *splitting up to beat the enemy* trick they always used for these anniversary movies and team-ups. And the last battle is just EPIC especially because of the music that was used!

Any way have some Super Sentai Roll Call:
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The raw was provided by Gustavaum from TokuRawRevolution even though I downloaded it from somewhere else. And the DVD will be released on the 21st quickly followed by the fansubs provided by Overtime and Grown Ups In Spandex. (and next year maybe TV-Nihon too) Seriously go watch this movie!!

Thank you for reading and listening. Enjoy the movie! :)

vrijdag 14 oktober 2011

35th Super Sentai Anniversary Mecha Part 2: DX Gokai Pat Striker

So this is my first and last toy of the DX Gokai Machine line. The others are either to expensive to or not really worth the trouble.
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Fan video edited by Theippachai
Pat Striker                                                                                                        



The reason why this is my first and last Gokai Machine is simple. I just <3 Dekaranger! Not only that but I always loved the Deka Machines especially Pat Striker with it streamlined form. The moment I saw the first pictures in the rumour thread of HJU I knew I wanted to buy it. It has that beautiful red in the front with the somewhat cheesy but still awesome rainbow patterned sticker on the front like Machine Doberman and Machine Bull from the original show. I also like how this thing fits together. Aside from a few white lines like on the logo's on back and front you can't really say its not a one piece car. I've decided not to take photo's of it (lazy) but the lights and sounds on this thing is epic! I like how much it looks like the lights on the actual Dekaranger mecha. And my only strife with it is that they didn't do much with the lights. They could have let the lights go on and off switching from left to right like on a actual siren does. It would look nicer then just the regular on and off.
Any way lets take this police car apart and move on! ^_^
Deka Gokaioh                                                                                            



I find the fact that you have to take it apart and open everything up a bit of a downer. If you put the middle piece in its button will be pressed down and it will make the sounds before you plan to lol. But when spinning that wheel on the back its worth it with the awesome gattai sound and the cool finishing sound which actually does sound like multiple bullets instead of just one sound that's really scrambled. I love it!

Deka Gokaioh (Gun Mode I guess?)                                                         



Well this mode.... I do compliment it for the fact that the guns actually do look like the D-magnum from the side. what I do dislike though is that the left arm has that stupid canon in the way again and the other arm isn't holding it that great either.... Still at least they tried! I hope the SRC version fixes this problem. :)



And that's my Pat Striker its something I loved buying it, and it did not involve my wallet being punched in the money bags till it bled out those precious dollars.... Unlike what I still have to pay the shipping costs for.... O well that's for another time. See you in the next blog xD