Painted look for your photos

Challenge: Getting a painted look for your photos

Hey folks! Sorry about the long wait since the last post… I’ve been too busy to do full-on figure reviews. But I’ve been active on Instagram working on my 365 project! Anyway, this weekend things finally started to wind down so I thought I’d work on some kind of project with my figures.

Exploring the unique look of anamorphic lenses

Sometimes I like to experiment with different shooting styles to jumpstart my creativity. While thinking of different looks I could explore one day, I saw an article about anamorphic lenses. Normally used for cinema, anamorphic lenses are placed in front of your regular lens to widen its horizontal field of view without affecting the vertical. […]
Phat Company Kongou

Figure Review: Kongou by Phat Company

Let me tell you something: Kongou is the greatest. Her boisterous personality, random use of English, and ability to destroy the shit out of anything that stands in her way makes her, objectively, the greatest. However in the realm of anime figures, none of them really grabbed me. I missed out on the Nendoroid, and […]
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Kotobukiya Olivia

Figure Review: Dark Angel Olivia by Kotobukiya

Since I’ve reviewed Forte, I thought I’d do a photo shoot for Kotobukiya’s Dark Angel Olivia as well. Both figures can best be described with the word “grand.” While Forte sports a pair of irresponsibly pointy lances, Olivia has twin swords and angel wings. The design is eye-catching enough in 2D, but Kotobukiya turned it […]
Kotobukiya Forte

Figure Review: Dark Dragoon Forte by Kotobukiya

I’ve never played Rage of Bahamut but I’ll be damned if there aren’t some fine character designs in that game. Kotobukiya has produced some excellent figures for the property, including the Dark Angel Olivia that originally turned me on to this game. I’ve also reviewed Max Factory’s Cerberus which is perhaps less awe-inspiring than just […]
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Alter Gwendolyn

Snapshots: The Demon Lord’s Valkyrie

Odin Sphere hit the Playstation 2 way back in 2007. This makes me feel REALLY old. At the end of 2008, Alter released this Gwendolyn figure for the first time. This was way before I started collecting, but from what I gather this figure was quite ahead of its time in terms of the sculpt […]
Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

Bishoujo Lady Deadpool + SDCC 2016 photos!

I was 90% sure I wasn’t going to write this post. Most of my SDCC photos turned out to be a bust; in fact I’m still not really happy with the keepers. But between the Bishoujo Lady Deadpool figure and the cosplay, I figured there was something worth posting.
Slickforce Softlight

Slickforce’s Softlight: A modelling light for toy photographers!

Someone at Slickforce Studio reached out to me recently about a product designed for toy photographers. It’s an LED light with a stand and softbox, manufactured in a miniature scale suitable for figurines. I was intrigued by the possibilities this might provide, so I accepted their offer to ship me a sample. Slickforce very generously […]
ACen 2016

Anime Central 2016: Memories and cosplay

My first – and possibly only – anime con of the year just wrapped up! ACen is always an exciting time for me as I get to meet my con buddies and speak to industry folks. But this year’s con was decidedly less business-oriented as I came with a group of friends who had never […]
Velvet with Cornelius by Alter

Snapshots: Alter’s Odin Sphere lineup

It took a while but Alter’s revisiting their Odin Sphere line. They’ve re-released Mercedes and Gwendolyn, but the most exciting thing is no doubt the brand new Velvet and Cornelius set.
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Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino

Figure Review: Shinobu Oshino Plain Clothes ver. by Kotobukiya

I admit I might have a problem. As I write this there are eight Shinobu figures on display behind me. Well, technically one is Kiss-Shot but yeah, same thing. While the character didn’t really become relevant until the very end of Bakemonogatari, she has kind of become the ultimate moe character for me. Kotobukiya’s rendition […]
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