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Review Batman Arkham Asylum - Batman - Play Arts Kai Square EnixReview Batman Arkham Asylum - Batman - Play Arts Kai Square EnixReview

MaakieMaakieHace 3 meses
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Welcome to my review! Today I will be talking about a figure of well known superhero Batman ENTRY #7438 , specifically in his look from the game Arkham Asylum ENTRY #29298 ! This figure ITEM #78309 is from the Play Arts Kai action figure line ENTRY #23532 and made by Square Enix ENTRY #7627 .

I will start off with telling some more about his background.

Background

I don't think the character Batman needs a lot of introduction, but perhaps the specific game he is from does. When Arkham Asylum hit the shelves in 2009 (has it been so long?!) it was quite a revolution. Batman got licensed games regularly, but most of them were really lacking in quality. Arkham Asylum was going for a very different direction both in storytelling and gameplay. My husband and I being fan of Batman (especially the movies), we were stoked with how in this game you had a lot of story, many different enemies and a big area to explore. The only nitpick would be that the missions in the game can get a bit repetitive. Even if you are not fan of Batman, if you like action/stealth/exploration games, give it a try!

The reason why and how I got him

Back in 2012 when this figure was released, I was trying to get my husband into the figure collecting hobby as well (something that I have nowadays given up on). He took an interest to this figure and I decided to pre-order it as a gift for him.

Original art

As this is an action figure, a lot of different poses that can also be seen in the game can be made with this figure.

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The action figure takes direct reference from Batman his look in the Arkham Asylum game, which is known for having Batman himself extremely muscled, his cape extremely wide and his mask having higher 'ears' than the average Batman design.

Video

For people that prefer the box shots, first look and first shots of the figure as a video, please take a look at the inserted video below. For the people interested in pictures: keep on scrolling!



Parts of this video will also appear as gifs during this review! And a special notice this time: Multiple of my gifs were too big for even resizing and I don't have the software in which I made these gifs anymore. This means you'll have to watch the video to see all the angles and poses animated!

The Box

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The front of the box has a nice, big window, so you can take a good look at the figure. I like the addition of the blue splotches from the artwork on the cardboard, continuing on the plastic window.

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The sides of the box show artworks from the game and a close-up picture from this figure.

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The back of the box shows multiple poses the figure can be put in and advertises the matching Joker figure.

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The top window shows a pattern fitting for the asylum.

First Look

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The figure comes with a small instruction sheet, explaining how to switch hands (which uses a lot more force than you might think) and how to attach his huge cape. Important with his cape is that one piece is attached and one piece comes loose in the box. This is probably because of the cape being so big and this being the only way to keep the box size reasonable.

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A downside of the placement of the cape in the box is that the back blister that holds the extra piece of cape is glued to the cardboard. This means you need to damage the cardboard to fully take out the cape.

The blisters are made of very thin plastic and this figure being quite heavy, it makes the plastic prone to bending even when inside the cardboard outer box.

The additional pieces this figure comes with are:
- 2 extra hands
- Batarang (shuriken/boomerang combination weapon)
- Batclaw (grapple hook-like weapon and actual climbing hook)

The Figure

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When I first unboxed him I was like...this figure is HUGE! And HEAVY! For an action figure to stand at 24cm tall is incredible! I'm mostly used to 1/12 scaled and chibi action figures. Batman his height changes with every iteration and for Arkham Asylum he is officially listed as being 1m88cm. This would make this figure inbetween 1/7 and 1/8 scale! Take in account Batman his very muscular build and this figure is both very wide and tall! And let's not forget the heavy part, except for my cold cast statues, he must be the heaviest figure in my collection. There is a lot of engineering work in this figure design!

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It's funny how he from the side looks a lot less impressive than the front or back.

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That's definitely a pretty unique way to attach the cape, but it works because of all the dark colors. Especially if you would display this figure with the cape a bit more closed almost no seamlines are to be seen.

Looking at all the details! - First pose

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There is only one faceplate, but wow, the details on it are great! The skin has a lot of sculpted wrinkles and shades. The eyes have a lot of depth as well, which really makes or breaks a face like this with the rest of the look being so dark.

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The outfit is incredibly detailed as well with all the paint and shading in the right places. For some nitpicks I could point out the seamline at the side, the painting on the belt being a bit simple or maybe the pattern on the suit being a bit too big compared to the source material, but I think the rest is so good that it makes up for it.

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The cape has a lot of texture and small dents, making it look like old leather. The material is bendable as well.

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Some parts, mainly at the bottom, have lighter shading.

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Batman's lower arm armor is sculpted in a way where it seems like it has gone through a lot of wear. The paint at the spikes recreates this nicely as well.

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The leg armor is surprisingly lacking detail compared to the rest, almost like they have forgotten about it.

The upper leg has really nicely sculpted muscles and some wrinkles in the fabric.

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What I like about this figure is that because of the bulky design, the armor and the dark colors, most joints are pretty well hidden. His upper arm joint is not visible in almost all it's movement options.

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The back joints that hold the cape are very weird looking, but hidden by all poses as well.

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Switching Batman's hands is done by (carefully) pulling the hand out, leaving a visible peg joint. Although I have swapped hands a lot of times with this figure (and nothing happening so far), that tiny peg compared to the weight and the size of this guy, feels a bit brittle.

Looking at all the details! - Second pose

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Because of the sheer weight and no base coming with this figure, he needs a very balanced pose.

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Something a lot of people hate about this figure, which is understandable, but not an issue for me: His knee joints. The slightly rectangular shape makes him sturdy despite his weight and allows for a lot of movement, but it does look odd once you start paying too much attention to it.

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When I first got this figure I was happily surprised that he was still able to be posed so low to the ground and his cape moving accordingly as well.

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The Batarang has simple sculpt and paint compared to the rest of this figure. It's why I personally barely displayed him with it.

Looking at all the details! - Third pose

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As he comes without a base, you need to be a bit create in how you want to pose him. Me lacking any kind of cool diorama, please act like he is on a rooftop building or that he's leaning on a gargoyle in this picture.

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This is also one of the few poses that exposes his upper leg joint. I was also impressed at how much I can pose his leg outward, considering the weight and proportions of this figure.

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The Batclaw it's sculpt is nice, but the paint a bit simple.

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It's also the only part where I could find copyright information on this figure.

Bonus pictures

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Trying to put him into a walking pose can look a bit strange as you can see here.

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Size comparison

As earlier mentioned, this figure is huge.

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Here he is next to an 1/12 scaled Figma ITEM #198486 . Batman towers over her.

The Points

Positive
- Absolutely huge
- Very nice paint details
- Way more movability than expected

Neutral
- Only one face sculpt
- Doesn't come with much accessories
- Very weak inner plastic blister

Negative
- Accessories lack shading and detailing
- Box needs to get damaged to take a piece of the figure out

The Scores

Sculpting 9/10
The way joints are barely visible and the range of movement in this big sized action figure is incredible. There is also a huge amount of detail on Batman, with only a few parts and the accessories lacking in detail.

Painting 8/10
I would give Batman himself a 9/10, but the disappointment in painting on the accessories makes me deduct a point.

Posability 8/10
The posability for this figure is intense, but I don't feel like I can score it higher than an 8, because of the limitations in his balancing caused by his weight.

Base NA/NA
There is no base. It would have been nice if something simple was included, but as the figure can stand very sturdy by itself, I probably would have left it in the box just like with my other Square Enix action figure, that one ITEM #1451 being from the regular Play Arts line instead of Kai.

Packaging 7/10
The box itself has a nice design and is compact for the size the figure inside is. However, the plastic blister is of very low quality and a part of the inner cardboard needs to get damaged to get a piece out.

Enjoyment NA/NA
I decided to not rate enjoyment as this figure is of high quality, but I have decided to put him up for sale once I am able to reach my collection again. He just didn't fit the rest of my collection and my husband is not enough into figures to keep such an expensive and high quality collectible displayed. If you are a fan of Batman and/or the Arkham Asylum game and love to collect high quality items, I am sure you will find much enjoyment with this figure!

Conclusion

Definitely value for your money with the big size and nice sculpt quality. Very interesting to buy for collectors of primarily static figures as well, because his joints almost don't show and he comes with minimal accessories. For the collectors that are into bigger sized action figures, he is recommendable as well.

Availability

This figure was originally released for ¥5,800 and quickly shot up in value on the aftermarket, right now averaging ¥11K-¥12K. He is not super rare, but he is not much in stock at shops either. Considering the average Figma being ¥8K nowadays, I would definitely say this almost double as big figure is worth that aftermarket price, when of course, you are a fan of this franchise and have a nice place to display him.

And to finish it!

Currently all my collection is boxed away because of my emigration, but here is how he was displayed:

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I used to display him together with other video game action figures!

For those who read all this way, thank you! My next review will be about another action figure, but more moe this time: The A.G.P. figure of Gertrud Barkhorn ITEM #109652 !

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ddarkohace 3 días#79836439Oh how I wish it was haha! I just had a chapter of my thesis due to send to my Prof. Since I cannot run my final experiments, I decided to work on writing the thesis and polishing what I have so far. So hopefully, if all goes well, then I can finish the experiments as soon as things fully open again, and complete the rest of the thesis quickly and defend.
If you use Steam, you might be able to find an editor that works for you these days because the Steam sale is on. They have Sony Vegas 14 Pro Edit for 49.99 CAD. I used to use Vegas a lot back in the day when I had a craze for video editing and sharing on Youtube. It is quiet good and reasonably powerful.
Yes, I have very much had that experience. Usually when I buy a figure secondhand from ebay, I will take it immediately for a photoshoot lol. I find that I end up discovering any imperfections when I do that. I will usually then send the photos directly to the seller, and quiet often, they agree to some small discount and we are both happy :D
Oh, yea, I can understand the weather issue. Here in Ontario, we do get a few months of good weather usually from late April till around September before the fall weather kicks in. Things have been reopening quiet steadily for us here though, and the cases for the most part are on the decline. We also heard that Europe is now accepting Canadians flying over. So I think you will definitely be ok for your sisters' wedding.
Makes sense. I think a government job is reasonable if the pay is decent and the benefits are excellent. If the particular job has low pay with good benefits, I think that is a tough one. I suppose in a family, you can use the good benefits job to cover the family while the other person goes for a very high pay without no benefits or something of that sort haha. I know a few friends of mine who do that. One of them has a job with benefits and his wife deliberately goes for contract jobs that have super good pay, but no benefits. In their case, it is a bit risky because the contract jobs can be unstable though.
Yea, with 1/4, the immediate issue is the space. My figures are mainly Detolf displayed. With 1/4, that is difficult. I could remove one shelf, but that still feels like a lot. Plus, the boxes are usually super big to protect the resin. Which 1/4 are you considering by the way? These are some of the ones I am considering at the moment:-
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The Ventress one is 1/5, but the issue there is that it is a bit more expensive than the standard 1/4 lol. So I've been reluctant.
I know what you mean. I recently had Wonder Woman 1/6 by Koto on pre-order. BUT, ended up cancelling it last minute (like just before they shipped it lol). I ended up going with Poison Ivy Bishoujo that dropped to 5650 JPY from 11820 JPY :D I am hoping it arrives without any issue now lol.

Looking forward to seeing your new GK article with the new techniques :) I am sure it will be awesome!
Today is Canada day here. We usually get fireworks, carnivals and stuff. But, it has been pretty quiet today. What a 2020 haha.


Aw man! But the end is coming soon...I think. Is there a re-opening planned? Basically everything is reopened here now (unfortunately).

I like to try something out a while before I buy, and I have never tried Sony Vegas. On the other hand, I'm also making a lot less videos nowadays and focusing more on pictures.

Well...Europe is a lot of different countries, so no. :P Most of West and South European countries are pretty lenient (and happily having eachother over, even with more 'dangerous' countries like Italy!), meanwhile most of the Northern and Eastern European countries are a lot more careful. I'm living in a Northern European country and my family lives in the West. Our situation right now is that simply, our Northern government doesn't allow us to get back in if we decide to visit the West. The West is like 'come over LOL, here are planes'. So if we were to leave right now, that would mean we can visit, but can't get back. That would be a huge issue, as working from home is phasing out here, so that couldn't be possible from the Netherlands as well. So yeah we keep an eye out on the news, but I'm having a bad feeling about it...especially because the left half of Europe is so lenient.

For me...well even with the benefits being good, I didn't feel really appreciated for making long hours and only getting a bit above minimum wage paid at the end of the month. So even with being 'set for life' working that job, you just knew you could never really afford any big trips or expensive hobbies unless you had a partner with a better paying job. The situation you describe by the way has been something my husband and I did the first 2 years I was out of college: He had a low-paying stable job and I was working random temp agency jobs with good hourly wage. I was very lucky that one good client wanted me for quite a stable amount of hours and for most of those 2 years, otherwise it might not have worked out that well. I would rather not go back to that though. Even now I am getting a lower pay than during those temp agency days, but I don't like the uncertainty, especially since we wanted to become home-owners (and have been for 2 places now).

I think only or mostly kneeling and lying 1/4's fit in a Detolf. The one I like most myself ITEM #676240 is kneeling, so would fit (but still take up a huge amount of space compared to other figures).

You might not have seen it yet? Here it is: BLOG #45839 . The result is not that good, but new blogs with better ones are coming up soon!

So, did you end up doing anything special for Canada day? Even if there are no fireworks and carnivals, did you cook something special? Or any kind of tv/online celebrations?
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Maakiehace 7 días#79652934Hello! So that means you now did the last things for the school year? :)
Ah, I see! I always think it's the easiest to refer to Photoshop, although half a year ago I also moved from Photoshop to using GIMP myself. :) I'm also not fan of subscription models for that same reason and currently have the issue that I can't find a good video and gif editor after my main one decided to go to subscription state. :(
The camera catches everything...I have been thinking about completely quitting reviewing already opened figures because there will always be tiny specs of dust or a tiny hair somewhere that can't be seen with the normal eyes, but does show on camera. I once had a figure that I bought second hand and looked decent, but when I started making pictures for the review I only saw afterwards on the computer a lot of dust hidden in smaller crooks and the figure suddenly felt dirty to me...
It is now super weird in my social groups and at work as well...positive and negative messages and pictures are alternating eachother a lot. Unfortunately I am also seeing a lot of pictures of people meeting up and I have also been invited (and declined) multiple invitations for BBQ, beach party, cooking meetup and more. What makes it extra worse here is that we only have good weather for about 3 months a year, so people just simply don't want to spend it inside.
Yes, that sounds good. Then it could also be easier to decide who is allowed to travel and who is not. Man, I really hope that I am still able to go to my sisters' wedding... :(
Oh I see~ Then it's a bit similar to Belgium, don't know how much you know about their situation. :)
I have no clue how it is with Finnish government jobs, but when I lived in NL, I had two times a government job. With one of them I had great pay, but shitty benefits. So the great pay made up for the lack of benefits. With the second one I had bad pay, but basically was 'set for life' if I wanted to. The job was low-effort and because I was trained in a very specific skill, they rather not let people go. That was the job I quit to move to Finland, first and only time in my life I quit a job by myself. Sometimes I think back that I could have been set for life, but life wouldn't have been fun for sure, and the low pay really stinged as well.
Good to hear that, I am curious to your result if you ever get to that first kit! :) I am now typing on the blog for the next kit, which doesn't have that good of a result, but some interesting new techniques going on.
Yeah, I understand those prices. When I started buying GK's I would sometimes get rare ones valued ~200 euros and then hiring someone to paint them and doing all the back and forth shipping could easily make them 700+ euros in total to have a completed kit. That's one of the reasons why I also nowadays have as a goal to paint them myself. :)
No, the biggest ones I currently have is 1/6, but I am interested in some 1/4's. I don't know if I will ever get them as shelf space is limited and they of course take more space.
Yeah because of the nowadays prices I barely pre-order anymore unless it's a Kotobukiya piece or otherwise one of a 'cheaper price'. :( Luckily the aftermarket is kind for most figures and for the ones that are not...I just tell myself it wasn't meant to be. ^^''


Oh how I wish it was haha! I just had a chapter of my thesis due to send to my Prof. Since I cannot run my final experiments, I decided to work on writing the thesis and polishing what I have so far. So hopefully, if all goes well, then I can finish the experiments as soon as things fully open again, and complete the rest of the thesis quickly and defend.

If you use Steam, you might be able to find an editor that works for you these days because the Steam sale is on. They have Sony Vegas 14 Pro Edit for 49.99 CAD. I used to use Vegas a lot back in the day when I had a craze for video editing and sharing on Youtube. It is quiet good and reasonably powerful.

Yes, I have very much had that experience. Usually when I buy a figure secondhand from ebay, I will take it immediately for a photoshoot lol. I find that I end up discovering any imperfections when I do that. I will usually then send the photos directly to the seller, and quiet often, they agree to some small discount and we are both happy :D

Oh, yea, I can understand the weather issue. Here in Ontario, we do get a few months of good weather usually from late April till around September before the fall weather kicks in. Things have been reopening quiet steadily for us here though, and the cases for the most part are on the decline. We also heard that Europe is now accepting Canadians flying over. So I think you will definitely be ok for your sisters' wedding.

Makes sense. I think a government job is reasonable if the pay is decent and the benefits are excellent. If the particular job has low pay with good benefits, I think that is a tough one. I suppose in a family, you can use the good benefits job to cover the family while the other person goes for a very high pay without no benefits or something of that sort haha. I know a few friends of mine who do that. One of them has a job with benefits and his wife deliberately goes for contract jobs that have super good pay, but no benefits. In their case, it is a bit risky because the contract jobs can be unstable though.

Yea, with 1/4, the immediate issue is the space. My figures are mainly Detolf displayed. With 1/4, that is difficult. I could remove one shelf, but that still feels like a lot. Plus, the boxes are usually super big to protect the resin. Which 1/4 are you considering by the way? These are some of the ones I am considering at the moment:-

www.sideshow.co...

www.sideshow.co...

The Ventress one is 1/5, but the issue there is that it is a bit more expensive than the standard 1/4 lol. So I've been reluctant.

I know what you mean. I recently had Wonder Woman 1/6 by Koto on pre-order. BUT, ended up cancelling it last minute (like just before they shipped it lol). I ended up going with Poison Ivy Bishoujo that dropped to 5650 JPY from 11820 JPY :D I am hoping it arrives without any issue now lol.

Looking forward to seeing your new GK article with the new techniques :) I am sure it will be awesome!


Today is Canada day here. We usually get fireworks, carnivals and stuff. But, it has been pretty quiet today. What a 2020 haha.
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ddarkohace 9 días#79557246So sorry about the late reply again. I had a due date this week, so didn’t get much time to spend on MFC. But now, it is done :D
Thank you so much, I am glad you liked the photos. I am far from a master at Photoshop, and I actually use this cheaper version called Affinity Photo. It’s just $50 and you own it, and get free updates for two years. So no subscription fees, which was the main draw. For someone like me that goes for weeks and months without photo editing, the subscription model isn’t that great.
Yea, I think that under the lens, I start to see all the little dust or lint and I get the idea that the figure needs cleaning lol. I decided against dunking this figure again because I figured if I don’t see it when it’s in the Detolf, it doesn’t matter.
Woah, everyone must have been dying to go out on vacation in your area. I think your prediction of a second wave might be on point. People just seem so carefree where I live as well. I recently went out and wore my mask, to my surprise 90% of people I met weren’t wearing one, and they were just chatting away in large groups with no social distancing. I swear, some of them were looking at me like “why is this guy wearing a mask? The pandemic is over” lol. Oh well. lol, the squidward scene is pretty funny. I get what you mean. If people want things to get better quick, it helps if they do follow the guidelines. I suppose there is only so much people can take after they have been locked down.
Yea, exactly. If asymptomatic ones can be ruled out, it makes the tracing and isolation much easier. They could even have a symptom check test with proper instruments, rather than the actual test with swabs and stuff.
Actually, in Ontario, you don’t need to learn French. So I have zero French knowledge :D It is a similar situation in Quebec where most tend to not know English as well. But, for government positions, you are expected to be bilingual or at least learn a bit of the other language. If it’s a top position, I think reasonable fluency is expected. The thing in Canada is that most people are already bilingual, but not necessarily in English and French. Most would know the language of their home country from which they or their parents immigrated + English or French depending on where they live in Canada. So there is an interesting dynamic.
Ontario does have a significant number of jobs. A large chunk of them are from startups. Most students in University tend to dream about having their own company, so they will have startups. Of course, the risk is that many of them don’t pan out. But, some people are ok with that because then they will just move on to another startup and so forth. The hope is that they will find themselves in a company that actually goes big, and they will take a large share in the company by that time since they were there from the start. Then they will cash their stock, and move to another company or retire if it’s big enough lol. One of my friends was really crazy about it, though he eventually settled down into one company and has not retired yet :D Oh, and since the students who start these companies tend to have different backgrounds, the companies tend to have their own interesting work culture, sometimes, which can be terrible too. There are also a portion of jobs from US companies that have branches in Canada. They do this because it can be relatively cheap to hire a Canadian due to the lower Canadian dollar compared to the US. There are also government jobs, but those are hard to get because the folks in them hardly leave haha. Don’t know if it’s the same in Finland, but the government jobs tend to only have decent pay, BUT, excellent benefits and work life balance (maybe more skewed toward life actually with less work lol).
I do have to say, that new GK was wonderfully done, and your detailed descriptions had me wanting to try a simple kit out. One of these days, I might give it a shot with something simple, though I do think it might be a disaster still lol. I could get that Kanu and have someone paint it. The thing is, I don’t know if want it that much you know haha. My typical figure range has been 1/12, 1/10, 1/8, 1/7, and recently 1/6. So I am looking at around 300 CAD usually. So to go for 1K CAD is a milestone in itself for me. Do you collect large figures, like 1/5, 1/4 scale and higher? Speaking of prices, I was keeping an eye on Crymaria from GSC which was supposed to be 1/6. But the price came out to be around 560 CAD. If the world goes into recession and Canada ends up with even a lower dollar, that could be even higher by the time the release date rolls around. Can’t believe how much the pricing has jumped in the past few years.


Hello! So that means you now did the last things for the school year? :)

Ah, I see! I always think it's the easiest to refer to Photoshop, although half a year ago I also moved from Photoshop to using GIMP myself. :) I'm also not fan of subscription models for that same reason and currently have the issue that I can't find a good video and gif editor after my main one decided to go to subscription state. :(

The camera catches everything...I have been thinking about completely quitting reviewing already opened figures because there will always be tiny specs of dust or a tiny hair somewhere that can't be seen with the normal eyes, but does show on camera. I once had a figure that I bought second hand and looked decent, but when I started making pictures for the review I only saw afterwards on the computer a lot of dust hidden in smaller crooks and the figure suddenly felt dirty to me...

It is now super weird in my social groups and at work as well...positive and negative messages and pictures are alternating eachother a lot. Unfortunately I am also seeing a lot of pictures of people meeting up and I have also been invited (and declined) multiple invitations for BBQ, beach party, cooking meetup and more. What makes it extra worse here is that we only have good weather for about 3 months a year, so people just simply don't want to spend it inside.

Yes, that sounds good. Then it could also be easier to decide who is allowed to travel and who is not. Man, I really hope that I am still able to go to my sisters' wedding... :(

Oh I see~ Then it's a bit similar to Belgium, don't know how much you know about their situation. :)

I have no clue how it is with Finnish government jobs, but when I lived in NL, I had two times a government job. With one of them I had great pay, but shitty benefits. So the great pay made up for the lack of benefits. With the second one I had bad pay, but basically was 'set for life' if I wanted to. The job was low-effort and because I was trained in a very specific skill, they rather not let people go. That was the job I quit to move to Finland, first and only time in my life I quit a job by myself. Sometimes I think back that I could have been set for life, but life wouldn't have been fun for sure, and the low pay really stinged as well.

Good to hear that, I am curious to your result if you ever get to that first kit! :) I am now typing on the blog for the next kit, which doesn't have that good of a result, but some interesting new techniques going on.

Yeah, I understand those prices. When I started buying GK's I would sometimes get rare ones valued ~200 euros and then hiring someone to paint them and doing all the back and forth shipping could easily make them 700+ euros in total to have a completed kit. That's one of the reasons why I also nowadays have as a goal to paint them myself. :)

No, the biggest ones I currently have is 1/6, but I am interested in some 1/4's. I don't know if I will ever get them as shelf space is limited and they of course take more space.

Yeah because of the nowadays prices I barely pre-order anymore unless it's a Kotobukiya piece or otherwise one of a 'cheaper price'. :( Luckily the aftermarket is kind for most figures and for the ones that are not...I just tell myself it wasn't meant to be. ^^''
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Maakiehace 18 días#79166570Very neat edits on those pictures! I was never much of a Photoshop master (I tried though haha), so it's very cool to see that. :)
She looks very clean in your pictures! But you might also have a similar issue as I have: My camera is better at catching dust than my eyes are... Sometimes I think I cleaned a figure properly and then I make pictures and look at it like...wow. :/
Good for me is that since last weekend, my neighborhood is completely deserted. I could do groceries in an almost empty supermarket and it was very nice. However, the reason why it is deserted is because people are either going to popular vacation areas or the capital city and staying there instead. Second wave, here we come... *sigh*
All the Corona news has been confusing me from the beginning...if it is true about asymptomatic people not being potential carriers of the viru, then that means only a very small percentage of people are spreading it. If there would be a way to test people on that, we might be able to return to normal life soon. I would really want to...getting pretty tired of the lockdown...
It is very different with every country in Europe, similar to how some states in America are faring well (or not). The country that seems to have done it the best here in Europe is Germany. Unfortunately my home country has not done so well, most of the people I know there didn't have any work from home options available to them or only a couple of days a week. I would say Finland is somewhere in the middle. The numbers here are pretty low, but people are not careful at all. They really think everything is over and there won't be a second wave... It's basically this (Squidward is me watching the people outside):
So yeah even if the Netherlands allows me to go there, I don't know if I want to go with a country with worse measures myself, and then return to a country that was faring better.
Hehe, I can imagine that! Probably a bit in a similar way as a Dutch person going to Belgium (although Belgium is it's own country), the northern half speak Dutch and the lower half speaks French. So the deeper you drive into Belgium, the less Dutch and more French it becomes. :) I imagine that for you it's also an important school subject to learn French as it's also actually spoken within your own country?
I'll be honest, I don't know much about Ontario, so that was an interesting read! Are there also a lot of jobs in Ontario? I would guess so with the more varied inhabitants?
Yes, Friesland is very proud of their language and really wants to preserve it. But speaking Fries and not (or minimal) Dutch really sets you back as you are now sort-of tied to a tiny part of the already tiny country. Most people there keep to themselves and as there are a lot of farmers, a lot of them are self sustaining as well and families keep the company or farm alive for generations. As two other provinces are directly next to Friesland, that is seen as an issue if Friesland would ever get independent. Some people would probably flee to the neighboring areas and those are #2 and #3 of the countries their poorest provinces...
Ah I see, now it makes more sense. :) And yeah a friend of mine that moved to the US always says it's a great place for work, but not to settle or retire.
Well, just today I uploaded another GK blog BLOG #45773 ! It's also an older one, so nowadays my quality is better. However, I like having a complete overview of them here! :)
It is very different with each GK, as the one from the blog of today is quite simple: Not much parts and a lot of things in one even color. The one you earlier linked me however, is very complicated. :P
Well, another option is hiring someone that can paint the GK for you. It would depend on who you choose, but you might find someone willing to paint for <500, which then in the end would be cheaper than buying those prepainted eBay listings. :)
Hehe, yeah it was good and bad for the fame of lemurs. xD I have this lemur outfit that I would wear to conventions sometimes and once that movie got out, people started asking me if it was a 'King Julien cosplay', uhm. :P


So sorry about the late reply again. I had a due date this week, so didn’t get much time to spend on MFC. But now, it is done :D

Thank you so much, I am glad you liked the photos. I am far from a master at Photoshop, and I actually use this cheaper version called Affinity Photo. It’s just $50 and you own it, and get free updates for two years. So no subscription fees, which was the main draw. For someone like me that goes for weeks and months without photo editing, the subscription model isn’t that great.

Yea, I think that under the lens, I start to see all the little dust or lint and I get the idea that the figure needs cleaning lol. I decided against dunking this figure again because I figured if I don’t see it when it’s in the Detolf, it doesn’t matter.

Woah, everyone must have been dying to go out on vacation in your area. I think your prediction of a second wave might be on point. People just seem so carefree where I live as well. I recently went out and wore my mask, to my surprise 90% of people I met weren’t wearing one, and they were just chatting away in large groups with no social distancing. I swear, some of them were looking at me like “why is this guy wearing a mask? The pandemic is over” lol. Oh well. lol, the squidward scene is pretty funny. I get what you mean. If people want things to get better quick, it helps if they do follow the guidelines. I suppose there is only so much people can take after they have been locked down.

Yea, exactly. If asymptomatic ones can be ruled out, it makes the tracing and isolation much easier. They could even have a symptom check test with proper instruments, rather than the actual test with swabs and stuff.

Actually, in Ontario, you don’t need to learn French. So I have zero French knowledge :D It is a similar situation in Quebec where most tend to not know English as well. But, for government positions, you are expected to be bilingual or at least learn a bit of the other language. If it’s a top position, I think reasonable fluency is expected. The thing in Canada is that most people are already bilingual, but not necessarily in English and French. Most would know the language of their home country from which they or their parents immigrated + English or French depending on where they live in Canada. So there is an interesting dynamic.

Ontario does have a significant number of jobs. A large chunk of them are from startups. Most students in University tend to dream about having their own company, so they will have startups. Of course, the risk is that many of them don’t pan out. But, some people are ok with that because then they will just move on to another startup and so forth. The hope is that they will find themselves in a company that actually goes big, and they will take a large share in the company by that time since they were there from the start. Then they will cash their stock, and move to another company or retire if it’s big enough lol. One of my friends was really crazy about it, though he eventually settled down into one company and has not retired yet :D Oh, and since the students who start these companies tend to have different backgrounds, the companies tend to have their own interesting work culture, sometimes, which can be terrible too. There are also a portion of jobs from US companies that have branches in Canada. They do this because it can be relatively cheap to hire a Canadian due to the lower Canadian dollar compared to the US. There are also government jobs, but those are hard to get because the folks in them hardly leave haha. Don’t know if it’s the same in Finland, but the government jobs tend to only have decent pay, BUT, excellent benefits and work life balance (maybe more skewed toward life actually with less work lol).

I do have to say, that new GK was wonderfully done, and your detailed descriptions had me wanting to try a simple kit out. One of these days, I might give it a shot with something simple, though I do think it might be a disaster still lol. I could get that Kanu and have someone paint it. The thing is, I don’t know if want it that much you know haha. My typical figure range has been 1/12, 1/10, 1/8, 1/7, and recently 1/6. So I am looking at around 300 CAD usually. So to go for 1K CAD is a milestone in itself for me. Do you collect large figures, like 1/5, 1/4 scale and higher? Speaking of prices, I was keeping an eye on Crymaria from GSC which was supposed to be 1/6. But the price came out to be around 560 CAD. If the world goes into recession and Canada ends up with even a lower dollar, that could be even higher by the time the release date rolls around. Can’t believe how much the pricing has jumped in the past few years.
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ddarkohace 21 días#79088063I am happy to report that I did the dunking on the Yoko figure, and finally got around to taking some photo :D Here they are :):-
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PICTURE #2452614
PICTURE #2453921
I might have to dunk her again, because I think I may have not quiet done enough due to fear that it might get damaged after reading your last reply about the one figure that may have gotten damaged haha. But, as you say, it might be that you never noticed it before the dunk too.
Things are rapidly reopening here. I think it is now a mixture of fear and confusion on the parts of the politicians here. I think they are afraid because of the economic impact and it has become difficult to use the police to enforce any social distancing and so forth due to the current situation. At the same time, things have become confusing with the latest WHO report on the asymptomatic not being potential carriers of the virus. That announcement has actually caused a lot of uproar here because the asymptomatic carrier possibility was what lead to the lock-downs in the first place.
If the reopening rate in Canada is any indication, I do think that it will likely happen fast in Europe too. We seem pretty much on course to a full reopening by around mid July or end of it (might even be earlier than that). Reopening of flights to Europe are already available for August too. That is why I am thinking that things might work out for your trip and your sisters wedding too. That being said, the number of deaths in South America are certainly climbing. So it does feel risky that they are reopening so rapidly. There could easily be a second wave.
Quebec is pretty popular among Canadians as a vacation spot too. Going to Quebec is kind of like going to France. As you drive across the border from Ontario to Quebec, everything starts to feel different. The architecture, the style of roads (they have a lot more tunnels), and of course the language, is pretty much French. Of course, their hockey team is pretty good as well :D
You could say Alberta is the best place to live, given the wealth. However (maybe I am biased toward my own province), I think Ontario is an overall better option. The "wealth" aspect of Alberta has become a bit shaky with the crude oil crisis. There is also a special Canadian version of the crisis where a pipeline in Alberta is in a state of deadlock. So things may not remain financially the same in a few years. In terms of positives, Ontario has this unique aspect in that you have communities from almost every part of the world living together. So besides not running out of food options to try lol, everyone from Ontario tends to be a bit more friendly and understanding.
Woah, never thought there would be a part of Netherlands that wanted to be independent. It is such a small country to begin with! I suppose the language barrier probably exacerbates things like with Quebec.
I should clarify, I would want to move to the US temporarily. The main reason is that they do have a lot more tech companies. Canada's largest tech company was Research in Motion (or Blackberry). But, they went under as the iPhone at the time, pretty much single handedly destroyed them. So most of the tech companies now in Canada are like startups. There are only few big ones, and even then, they are usually based in the US. The other thing is the pay. The pay is much higher in the US. A job that pays 80K CAD in Canada would be around 100K USD in the US. When you consider the fact that the CAD is 0.75 USD, that difference becomes even larger. Of course, the downside is that if one goes to a tech company in the California Bay region, then it really isn't worth it. The living costs are just through the roof. But, if one goes for an area like Texas where the taxes are decent and the living costs are much lower, you can save up. So the plan would be (or was) to work a bit there after undergrad, and then move back to Canada. In my cases, I ended up going straight to gradschool after undergrad lol, so that option isn't really that great anymore. Now, I'd rather find a decent job I like, and then settle down to raise a family in Canada. I do feel that Canada is the better place to raise a family when compared to the US.

Thank you so much for sharing your GK articles. Your work is amazing and I have to say, seems to be at pro level! Especially when you decided to improvise on one of them by replacing a whip with magic staff if I remember right. That is also the point where I realized that I should not be getting into this because I can see me scratching my head trying to complete one of these lol. You are right, there is a pre-painted version of her. Only thing is, it is very hard to know from these ebay listings which one I am getting. Sometimes when I ask, the replies aren't that clear too. They also tend to be 1000 CAD+, which is a bit too much. The GK version is up again on Volks USA for ~500. The shipping is very reasonable too, and that is why I was considering it. But yea, from what I learned while reading your blog articles, I don't think I will survive the challenge lol.

Oooh, I never realized King Julien was a Lemur :D. He was one of my favorite characters, but I guess I never thought about what species he was.


Very neat edits on those pictures! I was never much of a Photoshop master (I tried though haha), so it's very cool to see that. :)

She looks very clean in your pictures! But you might also have a similar issue as I have: My camera is better at catching dust than my eyes are... Sometimes I think I cleaned a figure properly and then I make pictures and look at it like...wow. :/

Good for me is that since last weekend, my neighborhood is completely deserted. I could do groceries in an almost empty supermarket and it was very nice. However, the reason why it is deserted is because people are either going to popular vacation areas or the capital city and staying there instead. Second wave, here we come... *sigh*

All the Corona news has been confusing me from the beginning...if it is true about asymptomatic people not being potential carriers of the viru, then that means only a very small percentage of people are spreading it. If there would be a way to test people on that, we might be able to return to normal life soon. I would really want to...getting pretty tired of the lockdown...

It is very different with every country in Europe, similar to how some states in America are faring well (or not). The country that seems to have done it the best here in Europe is Germany. Unfortunately my home country has not done so well, most of the people I know there didn't have any work from home options available to them or only a couple of days a week. I would say Finland is somewhere in the middle. The numbers here are pretty low, but people are not careful at all. They really think everything is over and there won't be a second wave... It's basically this (Squidward is me watching the people outside):

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So yeah even if the Netherlands allows me to go there, I don't know if I want to go with a country with worse measures myself, and then return to a country that was faring better.

Hehe, I can imagine that! Probably a bit in a similar way as a Dutch person going to Belgium (although Belgium is it's own country), the northern half speak Dutch and the lower half speaks French. So the deeper you drive into Belgium, the less Dutch and more French it becomes. :) I imagine that for you it's also an important school subject to learn French as it's also actually spoken within your own country?

I'll be honest, I don't know much about Ontario, so that was an interesting read! Are there also a lot of jobs in Ontario? I would guess so with the more varied inhabitants?

Yes, Friesland is very proud of their language and really wants to preserve it. But speaking Fries and not (or minimal) Dutch really sets you back as you are now sort-of tied to a tiny part of the already tiny country. Most people there keep to themselves and as there are a lot of farmers, a lot of them are self sustaining as well and families keep the company or farm alive for generations. As two other provinces are directly next to Friesland, that is seen as an issue if Friesland would ever get independent. Some people would probably flee to the neighboring areas and those are #2 and #3 of the countries their poorest provinces...

Ah I see, now it makes more sense. :) And yeah a friend of mine that moved to the US always says it's a great place for work, but not to settle or retire.

Well, just today I uploaded another GK blog BLOG #45773 ! It's also an older one, so nowadays my quality is better. However, I like having a complete overview of them here! :)

It is very different with each GK, as the one from the blog of today is quite simple: Not much parts and a lot of things in one even color. The one you earlier linked me however, is very complicated. :P

Well, another option is hiring someone that can paint the GK for you. It would depend on who you choose, but you might find someone willing to paint for <500, which then in the end would be cheaper than buying those prepainted eBay listings. :)

Hehe, yeah it was good and bad for the fame of lemurs. xD I have this lemur outfit that I would wear to conventions sometimes and once that movie got out, people started asking me if it was a 'King Julien cosplay', uhm. :P
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Maakiehace 25 días#78921748Hello!
You never need to apologize if you take a while to reply. :)
I have been doing the 'dunking method' quite a bit while unboxing figures and all except for one turned out fine. But actually with that one I started doubting myself if she already had that damage before I dunked her and I forgot about it. ^^''
Yes, that is something that horribly bothers me as well. So many people are posting pictures of our full market square and 'how proud' they are...and while the message is good, I can only think about "second wave here we come"... :/ Everybody seemed to have completely forgotten about the virus.
I don't really know why you are so positive, unfortunately it's not like that over here in Europe. :( My sister had to cancel her main party and the side-parties must have social distancing. Furthermore, last Monday it was announced there is a big chance that re-opening the airport goes from 1 September to 1 October, which means...no flights at all possible. We're waiting it out some more, but everything seems very dire...even if we can go, it is social distancing happening.
Hrmm, interesting, at least for me, Quebec seems to be the most famous part of Canada. It's the one most talked about when it comes to Canadian sports and cuisine (over here at least). :) The way you describe it...it sounds like Alberta is the best and wealthiest place to live in Canada?
Anyway your story sounds very similar to Friesland, a tiny province of the Netherlands that also wants to be independent of the rest. Friesland has its own very heavy dialect that is registered as it's own language. Friesland has the lowest number of people living in it compared to every other province in the country. Most of the people in Friesland are farmers and don't have much money. You understand where this story is going. :P
If you don't mind me asking, what is the reason you would prefer working/living in USA over Canada?
And yeah I understand the issue with the guns...a friend of mine that has emigrated from Europe to Florida keeps on being shocked as well. People just wear them on their belts while grocery shopping. She says it's even scarier now that the whole pandemic is happening.
We are right here hitting close to 20 degrees for a while and later this week we should get 20! :) Which are 'high' temperatures for Finland.
Yeah you can check them out on my blog if you want: users.v4.php?mo... :) I have some new ones in the making as well! But uh that kit you linked, it has a prepainted version ITEM #22867 though?
Colored resin still needs some paint and shading, but it's a lot easier than unpainted resin. And yeah the sanding and fitting and pinning...that mostly takes longer than the actual painting of the kit. :P
The movie Madagascar made lemurs very popular for a while, but I guess everybody has forgotten that move again now. xD And yeah my birth name is complicated for native speakers as well, but anyway I live in a country now where every variation of my name can't be understand by people.
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And yeah that happened to me as well even with my new name! A common name in my home country is Maaike, so a lot of people thought I was called that... >.< Had many people saying it wrong as well, but was getting too tired of correcting it so I just shrugged along. :P


I am happy to report that I did the dunking on the Yoko figure, and finally got around to taking some photo :D Here they are :):-

PICTURE #2453354
PICTURE #2452614
PICTURE #2453921

I might have to dunk her again, because I think I may have not quiet done enough due to fear that it might get damaged after reading your last reply about the one figure that may have gotten damaged haha. But, as you say, it might be that you never noticed it before the dunk too.

Things are rapidly reopening here. I think it is now a mixture of fear and confusion on the parts of the politicians here. I think they are afraid because of the economic impact and it has become difficult to use the police to enforce any social distancing and so forth due to the current situation. At the same time, things have become confusing with the latest WHO report on the asymptomatic not being potential carriers of the virus. That announcement has actually caused a lot of uproar here because the asymptomatic carrier possibility was what lead to the lock-downs in the first place.

If the reopening rate in Canada is any indication, I do think that it will likely happen fast in Europe too. We seem pretty much on course to a full reopening by around mid July or end of it (might even be earlier than that). Reopening of flights to Europe are already available for August too. That is why I am thinking that things might work out for your trip and your sisters wedding too. That being said, the number of deaths in South America are certainly climbing. So it does feel risky that they are reopening so rapidly. There could easily be a second wave.

Quebec is pretty popular among Canadians as a vacation spot too. Going to Quebec is kind of like going to France. As you drive across the border from Ontario to Quebec, everything starts to feel different. The architecture, the style of roads (they have a lot more tunnels), and of course the language, is pretty much French. Of course, their hockey team is pretty good as well :D

You could say Alberta is the best place to live, given the wealth. However (maybe I am biased toward my own province), I think Ontario is an overall better option. The "wealth" aspect of Alberta has become a bit shaky with the crude oil crisis. There is also a special Canadian version of the crisis where a pipeline in Alberta is in a state of deadlock. So things may not remain financially the same in a few years. In terms of positives, Ontario has this unique aspect in that you have communities from almost every part of the world living together. So besides not running out of food options to try lol, everyone from Ontario tends to be a bit more friendly and understanding.

Woah, never thought there would be a part of Netherlands that wanted to be independent. It is such a small country to begin with! I suppose the language barrier probably exacerbates things like with Quebec.

I should clarify, I would want to move to the US temporarily. The main reason is that they do have a lot more tech companies. Canada's largest tech company was Research in Motion (or Blackberry). But, they went under as the iPhone at the time, pretty much single handedly destroyed them. So most of the tech companies now in Canada are like startups. There are only few big ones, and even then, they are usually based in the US. The other thing is the pay. The pay is much higher in the US. A job that pays 80K CAD in Canada would be around 100K USD in the US. When you consider the fact that the CAD is 0.75 USD, that difference becomes even larger. Of course, the downside is that if one goes to a tech company in the California Bay region, then it really isn't worth it. The living costs are just through the roof. But, if one goes for an area like Texas where the taxes are decent and the living costs are much lower, you can save up. So the plan would be (or was) to work a bit there after undergrad, and then move back to Canada. In my cases, I ended up going straight to gradschool after undergrad lol, so that option isn't really that great anymore. Now, I'd rather find a decent job I like, and then settle down to raise a family in Canada. I do feel that Canada is the better place to raise a family when compared to the US.

Thank you so much for sharing your GK articles. Your work is amazing and I have to say, seems to be at pro level! Especially when you decided to improvise on one of them by replacing a whip with magic staff if I remember right. That is also the point where I realized that I should not be getting into this because I can see me scratching my head trying to complete one of these lol. You are right, there is a pre-painted version of her. Only thing is, it is very hard to know from these ebay listings which one I am getting. Sometimes when I ask, the replies aren't that clear too. They also tend to be 1000 CAD+, which is a bit too much. The GK version is up again on Volks USA for ~500. The shipping is very reasonable too, and that is why I was considering it. But yea, from what I learned while reading your blog articles, I don't think I will survive the challenge lol.

Oooh, I never realized King Julien was a Lemur :D. He was one of my favorite characters, but I guess I never thought about what species he was.
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ddarkohace 27 días#78820789Hello,
Sorry for taking a longer time to reply. I wanted to report back on the dunking method to clean the Yoko figure, but never got around to it lol. So, I decided to report back next time.
It has been a crazy couple of weeks with the protests in the US, and in Canada too. One thing that is quiet fascinating and crazy in a way is that none of the social distancing or other measures seem to be followed in these protests. Even our prime minister participated in one and there certainly wasn’t any social distancing. Honestly makes me wonder if the virus is actually considered a threat.
Judging by the current trend, I think your sister should be safe to have the wedding with guests I think, unless there is a large outbreak all of a sudden. You guys will likely be good to go on your trip too :)! Things seem to be under control now.
Quebec is quiet an interesting province, and one over which Alberta folks sometimes feel like going for independence and leaving Canada. Quebec State is actually below in financial income, so Alberta gives them a percentage of their own provincial income annually. The problem from Alberta’s perspective is that Quebec tends to misuse the money from their perspective, putting it into social welfare programs that don’t actually help people. Also, Quebec tends to badmouth the other provinces, bragging about how they have a lot more holidays and stuff, which tends to cause a lot of anger in other parts of Canada because Quebec is essentially dependent on them. So Alberta tends to have a lot of hatred toward Quebec as a result. There was a time when Quebec wanted to separate from Canada, and some still do want to separate. Canadians in other provinces joke about it today saying if they separate, they are going to be out of money :D
From my understanding, it is much easier to work in the US if you are Canadian (and perhaps even Mexico). There is an agreement between the countries that allows one to easily get approved for a work visa. It is also my understanding that most people around the Windsor area, actually work in Detroit, US. They drive over the border daily to work, and there were some problems because of the border closing for the corona issue. I would honestly have moved to the US long time ago too, but the main reason I am reluctant is their love of guns. They have way too many guns on their streets.
Yea, I dislike the colder weather too. I am ok if it hovers around -10 C during the winter, but when it drops to the -20s, that makes me long for Spring lol. Speaking of Spring, it already feels like summer here. We had 30s last week, and this week is more of the same.
Woahhh, you build GKs?! That is so cool! It is something I always wanted to get into, but I am always afraid that it will be too much for me. I have zero talent I think when it comes to painting haha. I was considering getting this kit from Volks of Kanu ITEM #209538 (I have no idea about the characters, but she has a design I love), but decided against it for fear of making a mess and losing all that money. Is it very difficult to assemble? The Kanu one said it was coloured resin, so I was thinking it might be like a Lego project. But, then I saw some GK videos on YouTube where you had to sand thing before assembly and all of that. That made me realize it probably isn’t as easy as Lego xD
Oh, that is an interesting origin for your name haha. I never knew about that particular animal. It does look adorable, and I can imagine it must have made quiet an impression on you as a kid. Is your real name complex from a native speaker perspective too, or for someone foreign? My real name is one that was uncommon when I was growing up, while there was a more common name that was close to mine in spelling, but different in pronunciation. Almost all of my teachers would call me by the common name, and there were times in school where I would be wondering if they were speaking to me haha.


Hello!

You never need to apologize if you take a while to reply. :)

I have been doing the 'dunking method' quite a bit while unboxing figures and all except for one turned out fine. But actually with that one I started doubting myself if she already had that damage before I dunked her and I forgot about it. ^^''

Yes, that is something that horribly bothers me as well. So many people are posting pictures of our full market square and 'how proud' they are...and while the message is good, I can only think about "second wave here we come"... :/ Everybody seemed to have completely forgotten about the virus.

I don't really know why you are so positive, unfortunately it's not like that over here in Europe. :( My sister had to cancel her main party and the side-parties must have social distancing. Furthermore, last Monday it was announced there is a big chance that re-opening the airport goes from 1 September to 1 October, which means...no flights at all possible. We're waiting it out some more, but everything seems very dire...even if we can go, it is social distancing happening.

Hrmm, interesting, at least for me, Quebec seems to be the most famous part of Canada. It's the one most talked about when it comes to Canadian sports and cuisine (over here at least). :) The way you describe it...it sounds like Alberta is the best and wealthiest place to live in Canada?

Anyway your story sounds very similar to Friesland, a tiny province of the Netherlands that also wants to be independent of the rest. Friesland has its own very heavy dialect that is registered as it's own language. Friesland has the lowest number of people living in it compared to every other province in the country. Most of the people in Friesland are farmers and don't have much money. You understand where this story is going. :P

If you don't mind me asking, what is the reason you would prefer working/living in USA over Canada?

And yeah I understand the issue with the guns...a friend of mine that has emigrated from Europe to Florida keeps on being shocked as well. People just wear them on their belts while grocery shopping. She says it's even scarier now that the whole pandemic is happening.

We are right here hitting close to 20 degrees for a while and later this week we should get 20! :) Which are 'high' temperatures for Finland.

Yeah you can check them out on my blog if you want: users.v4.php?mo... :) I have some new ones in the making as well! But uh that kit you linked, it has a prepainted version ITEM #22867 though?

Colored resin still needs some paint and shading, but it's a lot easier than unpainted resin. And yeah the sanding and fitting and pinning...that mostly takes longer than the actual painting of the kit. :P

The movie Madagascar made lemurs very popular for a while, but I guess everybody has forgotten that move again now. xD And yeah my birth name is complicated for native speakers as well, but anyway I live in a country now where every variation of my name can't be understand by people.

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And yeah that happened to me as well even with my new name! A common name in my home country is Maaike, so a lot of people thought I was called that... >.< Had many people saying it wrong as well, but was getting too tired of correcting it so I just shrugged along. :P
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MaakieHace 1 mes#78342268I seriously have no clue what to expect. Some people think it will partially solve itself, other people say nothing is safe until there is a vaccine... If the last group is right, there is no vaccine expected until 2021.
Ugh those kind of people are the reason I am probably not able to go on vacation on the end of the year and also not visit my sister her wedding in the autumn. >:( The people pushing for re-opening and/or going out without a care really only think about the 'now' and not about the future.
Well, right now she still has everything booked, hoping that the celebrations can still take place. It's only been a short while since the re-opening, so there are no clear numbers there yet.
Sounds good, looking forward to those pictures! :)
It is? For some reason I always thought it was Quebec area instead. Do you know of it is easier from someone from Canada to (temporarily) work in the USA than if you were from Europe/Asia?
Yes, the northern part of Europe is known for being the coldest parts. On the average day, the temperature here is 5-15 degrees lower than where I'm from. It was actually one of the reasons why I held back to moving here when we had an earlier chance ~6 years ago.
Well, making clothing is quite tedious. I've made some pieces for personal wear, but I find working on clothes alone a lot less fun than all the work on fake weapons, armor, wig styling and other things I can do when working on a full cosplay project. :) If I would retire from cosplaying, I would stick to mainly painting Garage and Model Kits from then on, I think.
Okay, long story. :P So, my parents gave me a hard-to-pronounce name which has basically haunted me since a young age. When I was about 10 years old I visited a zoo and they had a new animal type: ringed tail lemurs! I've never heard of them, and they were described to me as 'some kind of monkey'. As most of my monkey-related reference was chimpanzees and the like, I wasn't expecting to see these ADORABLE FURRY ANIMALS WITH LONG AND ELEGANT TAILS. It was love at first sight. I had never seen an animal like it before. Then in Dutch, lemur = maki. 'Maki' is a way my complicated name can be shortened to as well, so boom! From that day on I started demanding people to call me 'maki', haha! And it actually caught on as my real name is so complicated, everyone started preferring this (including family). Now, the reason for the misspelling...I was young and didn't realize I was spelling it wrong for 2 years! When I finally found out, I had been using 'Maakie' so much, that I just stuck to it, it also makes the name more unique while keeping the pronunciation the same. Nowadays I only use my real name if it's for some kind of official document and I really use Maakie as my first name.


Hello,

Sorry for taking a longer time to reply. I wanted to report back on the dunking method to clean the Yoko figure, but never got around to it lol. So, I decided to report back next time.

It has been a crazy couple of weeks with the protests in the US, and in Canada too. One thing that is quiet fascinating and crazy in a way is that none of the social distancing or other measures seem to be followed in these protests. Even our prime minister participated in one and there certainly wasn’t any social distancing. Honestly makes me wonder if the virus is actually considered a threat.

Judging by the current trend, I think your sister should be safe to have the wedding with guests I think, unless there is a large outbreak all of a sudden. You guys will likely be good to go on your trip too :)! Things seem to be under control now.

Quebec is quiet an interesting province, and one over which Alberta folks sometimes feel like going for independence and leaving Canada. Quebec State is actually below in financial income, so Alberta gives them a percentage of their own provincial income annually. The problem from Alberta’s perspective is that Quebec tends to misuse the money from their perspective, putting it into social welfare programs that don’t actually help people. Also, Quebec tends to badmouth the other provinces, bragging about how they have a lot more holidays and stuff, which tends to cause a lot of anger in other parts of Canada because Quebec is essentially dependent on them. So Alberta tends to have a lot of hatred toward Quebec as a result. There was a time when Quebec wanted to separate from Canada, and some still do want to separate. Canadians in other provinces joke about it today saying if they separate, they are going to be out of money :D

From my understanding, it is much easier to work in the US if you are Canadian (and perhaps even Mexico). There is an agreement between the countries that allows one to easily get approved for a work visa. It is also my understanding that most people around the Windsor area, actually work in Detroit, US. They drive over the border daily to work, and there were some problems because of the border closing for the corona issue. I would honestly have moved to the US long time ago too, but the main reason I am reluctant is their love of guns. They have way too many guns on their streets.

Yea, I dislike the colder weather too. I am ok if it hovers around -10 C during the winter, but when it drops to the -20s, that makes me long for Spring lol. Speaking of Spring, it already feels like summer here. We had 30s last week, and this week is more of the same.

Woahhh, you build GKs?! That is so cool! It is something I always wanted to get into, but I am always afraid that it will be too much for me. I have zero talent I think when it comes to painting haha. I was considering getting this kit from Volks of Kanu ITEM #209538 (I have no idea about the characters, but she has a design I love), but decided against it for fear of making a mess and losing all that money. Is it very difficult to assemble? The Kanu one said it was coloured resin, so I was thinking it might be like a Lego project. But, then I saw some GK videos on YouTube where you had to sand thing before assembly and all of that. That made me realize it probably isn’t as easy as Lego xD

Oh, that is an interesting origin for your name haha. I never knew about that particular animal. It does look adorable, and I can imagine it must have made quiet an impression on you as a kid. Is your real name complex from a native speaker perspective too, or for someone foreign? My real name is one that was uncommon when I was growing up, while there was a more common name that was close to mine in spelling, but different in pronunciation. Almost all of my teachers would call me by the common name, and there were times in school where I would be wondering if they were speaking to me haha.
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ddarkoHace 1 mes#78220380I do feel that Air Canada should likely change that policy. It does feel quiet drastic to think of no international travel till December. Then again, these are unprecedented times.
The EMS option is still available to Canada. However, I think Amazon JP usually has a price much less than the regular EMS to ship here. They probably have a standard supply chain that allows them to do that. I presume that it got disrupted due to the shutting of regular air travel between countries. So now they probably use DHL. Although, there was this one time about a year ago that I had an order come in from Amazon JP using DHL for the regular AJP shipping price (arrived next day after I placed order too, which was quiet amazing). So there probably is a little bit of DHL jacking up their prices knowing they are in high demand now.
Yea, no kidding! Our parks are overflowing here. The mayor had to step in to stop people from being so reckless with the soft reopening. We even had a couple of spikes in our Covid cases, but people just don't seem to care anymore. I have heard some people say stuff like they would rather die than miss the summer events. But when you think about it, if they die now, they miss all the summer events in the upcoming years lol.
It makes sense about your sisters choice. I am sure it is not easy to reschedule a wedding. Your sister must be really sad about it for sure. Still, she can have a celebration later when things calm down. Was she refunded by the venues she booked to celebrate the wedding?
In regards to the job hunting, I did save up a bit when I worked before I started my doctorate to sort of use for some traveling and relaxing after I complete the degree. However, given the situation, it is very unlikely that we will be doing any travelling anyway haha. So I should be OK, hopefully, for a little while until I find a job. That is why I would ideally like to finish in December now, so that the economy would have had sometime to recover by then. Thank you for your kind wishes as well. I am sure whatever happens, it will work out for the best.
I still didn't get a chance to try the "quick dunk" because things were a bit busy over the weekend. I will hopefully get sometime this week to to do it. Thank you so much, yea, I have been hunting for the figure for quiet awhile. It is always around 35K-45K on Madarake, and the shipping is high because of the larger size. So I was super happy when I found her for that price. I will share some pics when I finally get her all cleaned up :)!
Oh, Alberta is one of the richest provinces in Canada. They are having bit of a tough time now because of the pipeline issue in Canada. There were even talks that Alberta might separate from Canada after the last election because of the tensions with the federal government. Definitely true about working in the US from what I hear. The visas can be a troublesome issue. The funny thing is, almost 80% of my undergraduate class moved to the US for work. The pay is very good, and the taxes are much less compared to what we pay in Canada. Still, Canada does feel like a better place to raise a family. Things can be quiet problematic in the US when things go wrong like a health emergency.
Now that you mention it, moving to Finland is indeed quiet far though within the EU. Is Finland colder than Netherlands, being up north?
Well, I presume you can easily transition the skills from cosplay to something like making clothing if you wanted to. Then you can avoid the glues and paints haha. Still, I must admit that the level of dedication, planing and skill required to complete these projects are quiet impressive.
Oh, haha yes it is a reference to the movie Donnie Darko! I liked the movie back in high school when I first saw it on TV, and the name stuck with me :) Where is the name Maakie from?


I seriously have no clue what to expect. Some people think it will partially solve itself, other people say nothing is safe until there is a vaccine... If the last group is right, there is no vaccine expected until 2021.

Ugh those kind of people are the reason I am probably not able to go on vacation on the end of the year and also not visit my sister her wedding in the autumn. >:( The people pushing for re-opening and/or going out without a care really only think about the 'now' and not about the future.

Well, right now she still has everything booked, hoping that the celebrations can still take place. It's only been a short while since the re-opening, so there are no clear numbers there yet.

Sounds good, looking forward to those pictures! :)

It is? For some reason I always thought it was Quebec area instead. Do you know of it is easier from someone from Canada to (temporarily) work in the USA than if you were from Europe/Asia?

Yes, the northern part of Europe is known for being the coldest parts. On the average day, the temperature here is 5-15 degrees lower than where I'm from. It was actually one of the reasons why I held back to moving here when we had an earlier chance ~6 years ago.

Well, making clothing is quite tedious. I've made some pieces for personal wear, but I find working on clothes alone a lot less fun than all the work on fake weapons, armor, wig styling and other things I can do when working on a full cosplay project. :) If I would retire from cosplaying, I would stick to mainly painting Garage and Model Kits from then on, I think.

Okay, long story. :P So, my parents gave me a hard-to-pronounce name which has basically haunted me since a young age. When I was about 10 years old I visited a zoo and they had a new animal type: ringed tail lemurs! I've never heard of them, and they were described to me as 'some kind of monkey'. As most of my monkey-related reference was chimpanzees and the like, I wasn't expecting to see these ADORABLE FURRY ANIMALS WITH LONG AND ELEGANT TAILS. It was love at first sight. I had never seen an animal like it before. Then in Dutch, lemur = maki. 'Maki' is a way my complicated name can be shortened to as well, so boom! From that day on I started demanding people to call me 'maki', haha! And it actually caught on as my real name is so complicated, everyone started preferring this (including family). Now, the reason for the misspelling...I was young and didn't realize I was spelling it wrong for 2 years! When I finally found out, I had been using 'Maakie' so much, that I just stuck to it, it also makes the name more unique while keeping the pronunciation the same. Nowadays I only use my real name if it's for some kind of official document and I really use Maakie as my first name.
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MaakieHace 1 mes#78136252Oh wow, then Air Canada is even more extreme than what is planned for Finland! Although they are also expecting our opening of September to get delayed...
About your change in shipping costs: A lot of countries don't accept SAL or EMS anymore, so now your shipping will be FedEx, DHL or some other private carrier.
Yeah that's why even a forced summer quarantine is probably going to go bad, because people just want to be outside in the short good weather period we have in this country. :(
Well, even if no family can come, my sister is going to get married, she is not changing the date. So the difference will be if there will be any party/festivities or that it will only be a wedding at the city hall with social distancing between the 5 people there... My sister really looked forward to her dream wedding, so she is very sad about it.
Rules have been getting more lenient here too and I think they should be stricter again, because people in my area really don't care. I had to go to the pharmacy this week, which is in the middle of a busy shopping center, and people were leisurely clothes shopping again, sales people were back in the hallways... It's like people think that less restrictions means that everything is safe now.
Yeah the job market everywhere is a mess now, wouldn't want to be jobhunting. X_X If you don't mind me asking, if it takes longer for you to get a job, will you still be OK financially? Anyway, good luck in hopefully finishing in a decent time!
Well, that wasn't the case for us, we still had to be fast, because it was near impossible to sell the house while living in another country. We did the temporary place, because we needed time for the mortgage to get approved after me entering Finland. :)
I have started with the 'quick dunk in water' yesterday and the results are pretty good! But as you still make the dust wet, you need to use a towel to properly get everything off. At least it should improve your situation with the dust being stuck in the crease! Also, nice buy on ITEM #7900 ! She is super rare nowadays!
If he did get that job back then, it would have been in Alberta! :) And yes Canada or other options in the USA would have been a way bigger thing than what we did now, we would also make our lives a lot harder if we have moved anywhere outside of Europe, because at least now when we stay within Europe we have it easier by not requiring work VISA's, being able to open a bank account almost anywhere within EU and so on. Although it has also been pretty extreme for us, going from one side of Europe to the complete opposite one, it's still a bit weird to me we're in a neighboring country to Russia now!
And thank you for the kind words! :) Cosplay is definitely a very rewarding hobby and I'm looking forward to work on my next cosplay again. Although I do think of retiring in a while. The huge projects always take up so much space in my house, and combine that with using smelly glues and paints and so on! I also have a lot of other rewarding crafts hobbies, so I might focus on those instead in the future. :)
By the way, is your nickname a reference to the movie Donnie Darko?


I do feel that Air Canada should likely change that policy. It does feel quiet drastic to think of no international travel till December. Then again, these are unprecedented times.

The EMS option is still available to Canada. However, I think Amazon JP usually has a price much less than the regular EMS to ship here. They probably have a standard supply chain that allows them to do that. I presume that it got disrupted due to the shutting of regular air travel between countries. So now they probably use DHL. Although, there was this one time about a year ago that I had an order come in from Amazon JP using DHL for the regular AJP shipping price (arrived next day after I placed order too, which was quiet amazing). So there probably is a little bit of DHL jacking up their prices knowing they are in high demand now.

Yea, no kidding! Our parks are overflowing here. The mayor had to step in to stop people from being so reckless with the soft reopening. We even had a couple of spikes in our Covid cases, but people just don't seem to care anymore. I have heard some people say stuff like they would rather die than miss the summer events. But when you think about it, if they die now, they miss all the summer events in the upcoming years lol.

It makes sense about your sisters choice. I am sure it is not easy to reschedule a wedding. Your sister must be really sad about it for sure. Still, she can have a celebration later when things calm down. Was she refunded by the venues she booked to celebrate the wedding?

In regards to the job hunting, I did save up a bit when I worked before I started my doctorate to sort of use for some traveling and relaxing after I complete the degree. However, given the situation, it is very unlikely that we will be doing any travelling anyway haha. So I should be OK, hopefully, for a little while until I find a job. That is why I would ideally like to finish in December now, so that the economy would have had sometime to recover by then. Thank you for your kind wishes as well. I am sure whatever happens, it will work out for the best.

I still didn't get a chance to try the "quick dunk" because things were a bit busy over the weekend. I will hopefully get sometime this week to to do it. Thank you so much, yea, I have been hunting for the figure for quiet awhile. It is always around 35K-45K on Madarake, and the shipping is high because of the larger size. So I was super happy when I found her for that price. I will share some pics when I finally get her all cleaned up :)!

Oh, Alberta is one of the richest provinces in Canada. They are having bit of a tough time now because of the pipeline issue in Canada. There were even talks that Alberta might separate from Canada after the last election because of the tensions with the federal government. Definitely true about working in the US from what I hear. The visas can be a troublesome issue. The funny thing is, almost 80% of my undergraduate class moved to the US for work. The pay is very good, and the taxes are much less compared to what we pay in Canada. Still, Canada does feel like a better place to raise a family. Things can be quiet problematic in the US when things go wrong like a health emergency.

Now that you mention it, moving to Finland is indeed quiet far though within the EU. Is Finland colder than Netherlands, being up north?

Well, I presume you can easily transition the skills from cosplay to something like making clothing if you wanted to. Then you can avoid the glues and paints haha. Still, I must admit that the level of dedication, planing and skill required to complete these projects are quiet impressive.

Oh, haha yes it is a reference to the movie Donnie Darko! I liked the movie back in high school when I first saw it on TV, and the name stuck with me :) Where is the name Maakie from?
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