A fine blend of all things Nuts: Multimedia Collections, Toys, Foods, Concerts, Occasional Petting Zoo Visits, etc.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Sword and Sorcery Collection

Wiki describes the term as 'a subgenre of fantasy generally characterised by sword-wielding heroes engaged in exciting and violent conflicts,' with elements of 'romance [...] magic and the supernatural.' It mentions also that it often overlaps with Heroic Fantasy films, as does my list below.
The Hyborian Conan is the undisputed king, but there are plenty of other heroes for hire; you'll more than likely find them standing stoutheartedly on hills while the sun sets; temporarily chained in dank castle dungeons; or jovially drinking and wenching in taverns. I still love the genre, but I feel that modern film techniques have sucked most of the soul out of it – its heyday is over, sadly. Here's what we've got so far (arranged alphabetically):

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Primitives By Kathy Box Sign - Imperfection ()

That's the door to the NegLiner. I'm not a fan of the term "man cave." It has nothing to do with gender politics; I just personally find it to be a silly turn of phrase. You may find the practice of hanging affirmations about your abode to be equally silly. I generally do, too, and for a few years I contented myself with having a picture of this on my phone. One day, though, I suddenly felt that my Jin collection was falling behind. It's still behind, and will ever be.

This will also ever be the most concise statement of Jin's life-philosophy (assembled from pieces of broken memories). Don't go throwing it about, because I suspect you could start splintering the wood pretty easily. Well, don't drop it is the more appropriate warning. It really is a box with the back missing, so I've got the top edge resting on three equally spaced nails. Of course it ended up being crooked 😁

5 Lovable Eccentrics Who Were Never Really Yours out of 5

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Dino Charge Red Ranger (2015)

This is from a sub-sub-sub-line that I'm pretty sure doesn't even have a name. It was a gift and I'm not going to complain about having a regular Daigo. The sculpting on the unpainted Gabutyra Fang is great. It fits snugly in his hand, to boot. Without it on, this still pleasantly evokes his role-call pose. That's good, because he's missing the Armed On bracers and therefore shouldn't have it to begin with 😰  The paint that is present is crisp and clean, as well as the tampo work for his chest sigil. The legs and arms swivel but don't pretend you'll ever forget about me get more than this general look because the feet are very specifically sculpted.

If you see this thing for ~$1 USD and are in such need, grab it. Supporting pics are below the cut, because Photobucket got the boot.

2 Realizations That He ALWAYS Just Clobbers Whatever Comes At Him out of 5 πŸ˜‚

Thursday, April 6, 2017

3D Printed Feather Edge (2017)

BoA did include a Feather Edge with their Kyoryu/Dino Charge Silver figure, but it was pliable and unpainted. The problem is while I expected the latter out of this, given my choice of materials, I did not expect it to match it in the former as much as it does. Still, I abide the blade on Yayoi's Gaburicannon. It's a bit stiffer than that one, so I'm a bit foolish to have been initially enraged.

That'll do...bird. That'll do.

If you'd like to read about the narrative significance of it, and some of my other favorite Sentai weapons, click here.

3 Sword Strokes, Three Hearts, Three Timeless Wishes out of 5

Monday, April 3, 2017

Zyudenchi Plezuon Spirit Ranger Purple Version (2013)

As packaged with the Oct 2013 issue of TeleviMagazine.
Could we just call them Summer Spirits Zyudenchi?

What a name... They made Daigo call it that at the end of the DVD special. The more I watch it, and the show itself, the more I'm convinced that things were ready to go at exactly the right time, WAY too much of the time. The music, the plot points, the appropriateness of Daigo's Plezuon-associated weapon being a bashing implement and one-time use. Further, Yayoi's more resembling a plesiosaur in its general shape, being improvised from available resourcessimilar to Sieg'sand playing more to Plezu-Oh's giant cannon than his rocket fist(s).

Sometimes I think they planned EVERYTHING, all along. From the very beginning. If that's the case, I should be irrevocably upset given the mental and emotional turmoil that it put me through, but the truth is that the ends unquestionably justify the means.


5 BYUUUNS and DONNNS out of 5

Candy Toy Zyudenchi Set 06:
Pteragordon (Spirit In ver.; 2013)

This is meant to be the Zyudenchi used in Brave 10. Prior to being loaded, it existed as the damaged Sengoku Era Pteragordon Zyudenchi, which was also made (supporting pics are below the cut). It suffers because of the use of regular orange-ish plastic as opposed to the metallic copper paint that adorns it in the show. It's not quite Spirit Ranger bronze. Though, unlike the Raigeki disc I own, I don't think this is good enough for its intended purpose. For me, it's the Summer Spirits version from the DVD special, instead. It's not translucent or as yellow as the pictures promised me, but it's the closest variant they've made (that I'm personally aware of).

Re-purposed as such, it's worth the standard 3. Considering the intendment, it's...

1 Refusal to Exclude Utchy out of 5
I'm not going to be the one to make him cry.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The PTU Collection

The real PTU (Police Tactical Unit) are a special unit within the Hong Kong Police Force that perform a number of roles, such as patrolling streets, providing backup to other divisions when needed, aiding disaster response teams, and participating in riot control, among other things. This PTU do all of that, too, but they're fictionalised. Their methods aren't always legal, but they cover their asses well, looking out for each other by stalling for time and hiding truths, except when there's a personal rivalry taking precedence.
The original film was by Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To (aka To Kei-Fung) in 2003, and remains to this day one of his best works. The five subsequent TV Movies used some of the same actors but as different characters.

The Original Film:
01. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Dir. Johnnie To

The Tactical Unit TV Movies:
01. Tactical Unit: The Code (2008) Dir. Wing-cheong Law
02. Tactical Unit: No Way Out (2009) Dir. Lawrence Ah Mon
03. Tactical Unit: Human Nature (2009) Dir. Andy Ng
04. Tactical Unit: Comrades in Arms (2009) Dir. Wing-cheong Law
05. Tactical Unit: Partners (2009) Dir. Lawrence Ah Mon

Monday, March 20, 2017

Better Homes and Gardens Bamboo Spice Rack ()

I was ready to say that I have no idea how this thing could ever hold spices, but it turns out I use it set up on its end πŸ˜‚ It is how I found it oriented on the shelf, though, so it's not ENTIRELY embarrassing. It's still undeniably hilarious.

Right, so if you want a cheap wooden spice rack, this thing is aces. If you're a collector like me, well, it's basically a custom Zyudenchi riser, because you aren't sitting much of anything kitchen related on it this way. It'll work for (laid down) Gaia Memories and Engine Souls, too. Slender gimmicks, in general. It's especially great for ones that can be broken into groups or tiers. 

5 Entirely Effective Solutions Plucked from Mega Mart Shelves out of 5

Sparrow Innovations 1:12 Scale Deck of Cards ()

I'm honestly impressed with the print quality given the size and especially the price point of these. My set is pretty astoundingly crisp. Yeah, they are paper and they will bend and crease if you manhandle them enough, but use a modicum of care and these will...suit your needs just fine~

I made part of a deck myself, once upon a time, but outside of the Joker, it was a pretty basic affair. If you're located in the US and want 1:12 scale cards, I honestly don't see you doing any better, given that Sparrow Innovations' miniatures are readily available at one of the largest craft stores around. I'll leave you to the simple task of figuring out which.

4½ Obvious Proclivities on Display out of 5

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sparrow Innovations 1:12 Scale Books ()

Unless you're looking for a specific book, these are utter perfection and will suit any number of needs. They're textured, they've got streaks of paint for detail, and they actually have pages. Blank pages, of course, but if you're in the market for something for Philip, that's even more perfection. I like these things so much that I'm going to go count how many came in my package. Comparing mine to this picture, it would SEEM that you will get 8. Two of each color.

The nice thing about Sparrow Innovations' miniatures is that they are readily available at one of the largest craft stores in the United States. I'll leave you to the simple task of figuring out which.

5 Cyclone Effects (Please Don't Ever Stop It) out of 5

Falcon Collectible Miniatures 1:12 Scale Jug ()

I'm pretty confident this is a ceramic affair. Yes, one of the two miniatures stores I found tonight seems to confirm this. It's glazed well, and is pleasing to the eye, assuming you want to be seeing a jug in your dollhouse or display... If yours arrives like mine did, it'll be in a very classy tiny box. A most pleasing experience it was; may it be the same for you~

For me, this is a pleasing stand-in for Chimatsuri Doukoku's sake bottle.

3 Harrowing Reminders of Inevitability out of 5

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hudson River Miniatures 1:12 Scale Quart Milk Bottle

Shirai Koutarou is love. I had to say that up front because I'm listening to his duet with Kenzaki and having a bit of a moment 😭

Right, right, the milk! This is really the most basic miniature I've ever owned. If you're as big a stickler for paint perfection as Bobby Skullface (someone else who is very much love), you might be disappointed depending on the sloppiness of the piece you receive. To my eyes, though, it's perfectly acceptable for this scale. The only real complaint is with myself, for not getting a whole basket full of milk. Hudson River in particular doesn't seem able to scratch that itch, but several other options definitely exist to get a set of bottles, basket and all.

4 Very Custom License Plates out of 5