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Author: Ashlotte

Vocaloid Corner: Vocaloid 101 pt.1


Greetings boys and girls, and welcome to the next step in my bid to completely take over Chag’s blog, MWAHAHAHA!!

…Ok no, not really. Simply put, this started as a one-off figure-related article that sort of mutated into what you see now. As to whether this will continue on or not, I guess we will just have to wait and see, but for now this will be a little slice of the internet where I try to introduce a few little Vocaloid songs and PVs to y’all.

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Review: 1/10 Makinami Mari Illustrious

P1000931 copyAlright then boys and girls, this was SUPPOSED to be a review of Ami’s Menace figure, but sadly the weather apparently has no love for me or half naked desert princess’s, so I’m going with something that could be shot on a cloudy overcast day that we’ve been having around here lately…

So with that said lets take a look a Mari from Wave.

Weekly Highlights: May 23

Greetings all and welcome to the innagural Weekly highlights here at Hobby Hovel!

Basically like the title suggests, this will be an on-going weekly thing to round-up the weeks figure announcements be it static figures, toys, and plamo kits. Chag and I will weigh in on these new preorders and leave behind our rusty two cents. In the coming weeks we’ll try and refine this to make it a bit more stimulating and fun, but for now we hope you’ll enjoy it!


1/8 Kurisu Makise [Kotobukiya]

Ashlotte: Koto pulled a fast one on us with this one by giving us barely any hype about her, which is a shame since she’s one of their most compelling figures yet. The intricate base, spot-on face, and excellent sculpting job in the promo shots are definitely a step-up from their usual fare. But as always with Koto, the question of whether they can get it right with the final product still remains. But if the recently released Shining Wind figures are a sign of where Koto is headed, I’m all for it!

Chag: Looks like Kotobukiya has learned that in order to stay competitive in the eyes of figure collectors, they’ve got to spice up their figures — and a spicy figure this is. Judging from the promo shots, the painting on this figure looks fabulous. The coat has a palpably soft feel, while the rust on the fancy gear-shaped display base looks very convincing as well. At last but not least, those hypnotic eyes (which reminds me of GSC’s Black Rock Shooter) complete the haunting look of the figure. This 1/8 scale figure is priced at 7800 yen, which is higher than what Kotobukiya usually asks… Can this be interpreted as a commitment to quality? Time will tell…

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Review: 1/7 Claudette "Lord of Thundercloud"

“Listen to some appropriately Epic Music for full effect”

Hola one and all from the tourist trap of the Americas!

Ah in any case it appears that while Chags is searching for my souvenir (No bootlegs though…Well if its a nice bootleg…) I’ve been left behind to entertain yall…Oh what a poor decision maker you are Chags. Me being the perv that I am of course the first thing I shall review on this fine upstanding site is a lovely half-naked warrior goddess who most easily becomes a topless warrior goddess!

“Dem Abs!”

Well then in any case he’s already gotten my intro out of the way earlier thankfully so hopefully you’ll enjoy reading this fluff piece as much as I enjoyed writing it eh!

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