Schleich Batman vs The Joker

I always love the 3.75 inch figures. Don’t know why but there’s something good in that scale that makes the figure small enough to enter the pocket and brought anywhere probably. But at the recent state, 3.75 figures is a dying breed. Most manufacturers left this scale and moving to 6 inch figures. Even if they still manufactured 3.75 figures, most of them are sucks (in term of articulation, paint job, design, molds and even the highest offender is the soaring high prize).
Thank God that Japan manufacturers sometimes provide us with awesome alternative for 3.75 figures in the form of Gashapon or trading figure. They usually have great mold and paint job but with zero articulation (with the exception of Micro Man line from Takara). So, basically Japanese figures is a static figure or mini statue, but a great addition for 3.75 figures collector like me.
Recently, a German manufacture Schleich gain a rights to produce DC (and Marvel) statue and this makes me very happy because Schleich is known for a quality figure, even though most of what they do is animal or medieval figures. I already purchased some of them and review one (The armored Batman) and shows my Flash Figure in one my review (Batman Beyond 3.75 figure review). Basically Shcleich is a hit or miss sometimes because the paint job in the facial area is either…ugly he he.
But since a decent 3.75 Joker figure is nowhere to be sighted, I decided to buy Schleich Batman vs Joker figure, even if my concern regarding facial paint job is worrying me. Batman is probably OK since his mask hides the facial expression, but what about Joker? Well, since his image on the product catalogue is good (compared to the God awful Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot and comic figure on the catalogue), I just go with it.
Then the figure came and I’m…quite happy with it. Let’s proceed with the review.

Kinda dull package

Out of the box. Front shot

Back shot

Look at those smile

The facial is…suck on Batman

Constipated face. He needs to go the bat(h)room

To sum it all, I’m quite happy with this figure(s), especially The Joker. The grin menacing smile is intact and looks devilish in the prince clown of Gotham. The Batman is what makes me kinda…not disappointed, just “whelmed” (not under or overwhelmed) if I could quoted Robin from Young Justice. But all in all, this is a good figure(s) that completed your 3.75 inch figure collection.

With my Wonder Woman KFC figure

Another Bootleg (Sort Of) Watch Experience

So, just when I thought that I was done with bootleg watch, suddenly I found something interesting, a weird looking watch. An Omega Seamasters look-a-like. And the curiosity lit within me like Christmas tree set on fire 😅.

Courtesy of Vintagenoid Instagram

So, looking at the fact that I still has extra cash to burn. I decision to give it a shot and bought it. Regardless the warning within me about my last experience with bootleg product, I can’t help to try ha ha.

Seriously, this thing is like a genius attempt at the so-called bootleg. The watch is borderline homage rather than a bootleg. The body is a copy of the beloved Omega Seamasters but the cheap looks (especially the dial is different with Chinese words in it). There’s little info about it. Even the seller only said Chinese diver style watch.

There’s something interesting about something that doesn’t shy away from being copycat. It’s like looking at the abyss and when the abyss look back at you. You smile and embrace it he he. No wonder this watch intrigued me. So I can’t wait for it.

The watch came and the strap already aged and decayed he he. So I immediately changed it.

Clasp strap though

With my Seiko’s nato strap

The bar already dented though

Honestly, the watch is bad in every possible way. The dial is bland, uninspired and looks cheap (kinda like sterile dial with stickers). The hands looks OK, the lume died long ago sadly. The back case revealed the watch brand (probably) Chang Cheng…which is suck. The name doesn’t have any charisma or magic in it he he.

Oh, it’s a big watch. 45mm diameter and with body that resembling Seamasters, this is a showstopper for watch aficionado. Until they realized the strange details he he.

Kinda lame

Well, I’ve been wearing it for days and gladly the power reserve still good, approximately 40 hours. The machine probably Asian or Chinese movements but it serves it purpose. Water resistant is…I haven’t tested it with swimming but for ablution, washing hand or bath still works, probably 3ATM. At least as a watch it’s good (kinda).

So, will I recommend this watch to someone else? It depends on the individual. If you use this watch for its novelty and have a good laugh when people thought that what you wear is Seamasters, this is for you. A one of a kind watch that probably others won’t have (or willing to have).

But if people came at you and you ashamed, this isn’t for you. The watch ain’t a spitting image of its inspiration, the Seamasters. It’s more like you spit at someone and they evaded then beat the crap out of you then spit at you ha ha. That’s how “cheap” this watch is.

I guess “the price did not lie” is true. But for the novelty and the fact it’s one of a kind watch, this watch fit the bill.

Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name), An Almost Perfect Movie IMHO


So yeah, it’s been late but I finally watch Kimi No Nawa or Your Name in english translation, a 2016 surprise hit of Japanese animation that created such a fuzz in the otaku world and even gain positive reviews by westerner reviewer such as Rotten Tomatoes and even Chris Stuckman, a YouTuber that gain my respect and approval for reviewing movies. This movie even also aired in Indonesia in CGV Blitz (a cinema franchise that usually more “indie” than 21 cineplex, another franchise that focused on Hollywood blockbuster). Seeing all the hype, this movie should be good right?
Well, to make it short. YES!!!! This is a movie that I would call almost perfect or flawless IMHO. It’s been a while since I saw a movie that makes me appreciate the details. I love the animation, the soundtrack, the background music, the pace, the simple yet convoluted plot, the bittersweet story and the very generic Japanese themes that somehow manage to stay interested from the beginning to the end. Damn this movie is really something and even if someone read this stupid review, it will be just like preaching to the choir, you’ll agree with how great this movie is he he.
If this is a review, where would I begin? Well the story started kind of familiar if you love Japanese animation, especially romantic love story. The plot, to make it simple is the story about a boy & a girl that somehow gets their body swapped for some period of time, hence they learn about each other, their life, their town and finally falls in love with each other. Sounds simple and so Japanese right? Well there’s a plot twist that makes me wondering how this movie should end he he.
Seriously, Japanese story is well-known for the “consequences” in their story. Their so called happy ending usually had the protagonist sacrifice something, or in order to gain means to an end, usually there is a high price they should pay. That’s why I mentioned the bittersweet story but man oh man you have to see this movie to appreciate the simple things in life, the coming of age, stupid youth story that you’re going to tell your offspring. This movie plot made me shed my manly tears and appreciates the simple things ha ha.


The story itself is already good (based on novel that Makoto Shinkai wrote before the movie & released before the movie), but the animation is so good but not topnotch. The graphic is a combination of traditional hand drawn and (probably) cell-shaded background that seamlessly makes the animation so beautiful. You can appreciate the beauty of nature when the story takes place in the girl hometown but also wowed by the ambience of modern Tokyo. And they say this movie is kind of low budget indie movie? Seriously?! The graphic is AWESOME!!!!!!

Beautiful graphic

The music also worthy of praised. The soundtrack by the band RADWIMPS created specifically for the movie, which makes the soundtrack itself worth to buy (even if the music that contains lyric is only 4 song, there’s actually 5 songs but another 1 is another version of one of the 4 song). The music blend beautifully with the dialogue, not as annoying like some movies where the soundtrack kicks in and the dialogue doesn’t seem important (even when the music contains lyric). I’ll guarantee you’ll be humming the song even if you don’t know the lyric he he. This movie ignites my old love to Japanese band after a long hiatus and no new J-rock band catch my attention.
The voice acting is good, just like any other Japanese animation you’d expect. Japanese had their own level regarding the voice acting, even if someone not accustomed to Japanese animation might find the voice or how they reacts is too cute or comical sometimes. But I guess no complains here. 
Well (I use many “well” in this review somehow), what can I say? Just watch it. It’s a good movie that you’ll remember for years to come. I have a blast watching it, even if I watch it in my office while work and using earphones and small screen to avoid suspicions. I’ll watch it again & again & again that’s for sure & that’s how I love this movie so much. I hope when I watch it again with my wife she’ll appreciate it as much as I do. This movie is almost perfect IMHO. I love everything about it. Give it a chance & I’ll bet even if you swore you hate Japanese animation, you’ll either smile a little or even shed a little tear watching this movie.

Sausage Party, Filled With Hidden Agenda?

 Recently, I just watched Sausage Party, a 3D animation movie that, if you’re unaware, you might think that this is a kid movie. But seeing who voiced the character (Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Edward Norton! Etc) also the cover mentioned “from the guy who brought you “This The End” and “Pineapple Express”, I guess this is going to be one hell of a ride ^_^. Oh, forgot to mention that I watch it on bootleg DVD since this type of movie will probably never officially released in Indonesia. Oh, spoiler alert, some of the story or even ending will be told, so in advance I urged you to watch this movie he he.

All the movies that were mentioned on the cover of that DVD never really hits cinema in Indonesia, or made a big splash in the box office. But if you lucky enough to see it, you’ll understand why it was considered as cult movie or something he he. Those movies tells a theme that rather sensitive, especially in Indonesia, drugs, sex and religion. Seeing the pattern of this, you’ll probably somehow guessed where this movie will led to.

The plot of the movie is rather innocent, about the life of unanimated object in Supermarket such as fruits, jams, or even non-biological object like, and dust bin or liquid container. This objects believe that their goal is to serve God(s) which is us, human that walk in the supermarket hallway and pick the lucky object to (purchased) sent them to a better place (they thought we take them to heaven or something). Everyday they sang and praise us human so that they can be chose to be taken to the “better place” until some item realized the horror or cruel reality that God(s) isn’t take them to a better place, but rather to “kill” them, consume them and throw them away. That’s the main plot idea of this wacky, rather genius movie.

Either this movie had hidden agenda to promote atheism / humanitarian or probably just a joke about religions, God(s) or any sort of believes that meant to create a conversation or debate or something, but this movie will trigger a question that most people try to hide or deny, what if what we “believes” or dogmatic teaching is wrong? This movie hits major religion such as Abraham religions (Islam, Christianity) as the main area of jokes he he. So, if you’re type of people that offended easily, this movie isn’t for you.

Those supermarket products actually worship the same God(s) but they worshipped it differently, according to their culture and background (in this movie, according to the type of product they are, ready to eat, packaged, liquor, produced from, etc). The difference between them makes them hates each other, such as Germany Bratwurst hates juice (this is an analogy of NAZI hates Jews, clever ^_^) or Kebab bread hates hotdog/bacon (an analogy of Middle East country hates western culture). Even the Kebab bread believes that after they died, God will grant them 77 virgin oils (jabs of Islamic believe that if a person who died in Allah’s way/jihad will be granted with 77 angles/virgins in the afterlife). Or how men & women shouldn’t get “physical” before marriage (in the movie, the bun and hotdog shouldn’t get together before God(s) take them and put them together.

Besides religion, they also take a jab on social value, such as cannibalism (the product gain more strength after they consume other product) or social class (the product that don’t have expired date such as liquor or honey get the top class, even held the responsible to create the teaching to worship human). This movie is really something.

The movie is one hell of a ride, but if you watch it you knew that this won’t end well. And it is ended abruptly insane. The supermarket product, In This Case a sausage, guided by the immortal chewing gum that stuck on Stephen Hawking’s desk thus makes him super intelligent, found a way to communicate with God (human). The sausage was bought by a junkie & when the junkie gets, high, he somehow accessing the ability to see through 4th dimension and see that the sausage and other object is an intelligent sentient being (just like the scene in “Interstellar” where the dad can see the daughter but can’ contact or interact with her). The junkie freaked out and submits to the will of the sausage & gave them the upper hand, until the junkie sober and thought that it’s all just a dream and thinking to eat the sausage. The sausage is freaked out and somehow by chance or the grace of God (the real god probably ^_^) the junkie is fell by accident and get beheaded by sharp object and dead. Thus they know that the God can be killed, they aren’t immortal, and they are just like “us”.

With this knowledge and the disappointment that what they worship and doing all this time is wrong, the products is rebelling against human by making them high (inject a needles consist of the drugs the junkie used) so they can move freely and kills God. Suffice to say the mission was a success, they manage to make the supermarket as their own, and then came the WTF part.

What would you do if you realized that what you worship is false, your believe is a lie and etc? In this movie the products did the most cliché things, they “rebel” against what they once believed with the act of orgy, homosexual, interspecies sex (if there are such things in supermarket product) and everything that once condemn or forbid. A Hollywood cliché or something. Either this is a hidden agenda to promote free sex or something, but there other things to rebel if you disappointed, you could kill, steal, or do any other 7 deadly sins but it’s always sex.


Also they try to promote the idea that man can do anything if they acknowledged there is/are no God(s). Like in this movie, after manage to “conquer” God(s), they try to conquer another dimension on which their alter ego exists (the protagonist sausage try to meet or kill his voice actor Seth Rogen, etc). Well it depends on how we see it honestly.

IMHO, this is a weird movie that somehow triggers me to over-thinking it. Maybe they just do this movie for fun (like “This is The End” or their other movies) or just for the novelty of it. But I wonder what kind of studio willing to funding this crazy story without an agenda ha ha. But I guess if you manage to just not over-thinking things, this is a fun, crazy, wacky and silly movie that worth to watch if you looking for an unconventional theme movie. Hey, even if you over-thinking this movie, it could grow an interesting debate or thoughts.

Trying Fake @$$ Rolex

Following my previous blog about how I really enjoy my built your own Vostok amphibian zissou. I always wonder if Vostok its cheap price tag can stand toe to toe with giants like Rolex, Omega, SEIKO, etc. What if cheap automatic watch from China is actually good and could also held their ground compares to the giants?
Sure people already try to compare it and the verdict is always the same; don’t wasting your time and money for fake watch, save some money buy the real one. It’s cheaper on long term and it is an investment, unless you probably just need the fake watch for parts or something.
But the itch to taste those cheap watches is so tempting because of the prize. I mean, my Vostok is only 289 K (approximately $24) but it was made in the 90’s. The cost to face lift it into Zissou amphibian cost me (plus the price of the watch) 459 K (approximately $43). The most famous Chinese watch is Parnis, and their dive style (5 bar water resistant, 50m) it cost just like my face lift Vostok. And there are other Chinese watches that even way cheaper like SOKI, Winner or Sewor with $15-$20 price tag.
I manage to make my friend buy a fake Rolex for 169 K ($14), that’s even cheaper than SOKI, Sewor, etc! Could you believe it? Well, the watch came and we unbox it (yes it came with a box, Rolex box, cheap though) and IMHO, this watch has the same quality as cheap SOKI, Sewor, etc. How did they manage to sell it cheaper than those brands? Because it is actually slapped Rolex on it? That’s actually makes people more interested though.

Cheap box
Well, the watch feels cheap, has water resistant though (probably 3 ATM or something), has functioned bezel (unidirectional), has awful steel strap (even Seiko SKX stainless steel strap is cheap though). 

The transparent back case reveals the cheapness 😅
Compared to my old Seiko, the shining chrome on the fake only makes it worse

All in all, I think you should spend more time with affordable but original stuff rather than this cheap fake one. Honestly, it might be better if you even buy SOKI, Sewor, etc rather than this one. At least it has the dignity to be themselves rather than claiming as other brands he he.

As cool as it may looks. I won’t wearing it ha ha

If It’s Makes You Happy, It Can’t Be That Bad? The Vostok love story

I already wrote my love for Vostok on my previous blog, but somehow I just can’t get enough of it ha ha. So, I sell my old Komanderskie for Rp. 300.000,- (approximately $25) and bought another Vostok, this time the well-known amphibian for Rp. 321.000,- (approximately $25), but somehow some Komanderskie also look just like this, the Vostok Men’s Komandirskie Automatic Wristwatch Russia Watch Submarine # 921163. But yeah, the back case on this watch showing amphibia logo though, and it’s a Vostok anyway. So I guess this is a win-win bargain.

The watch is “good condition” with minor defect such as dirty spot on the glass, scratch here & there, also the water resistant is “weird” or inconsistent sometimes it seal tight but the other time leaked. But compared to my previous watch, this watch is waaaaay better.

 

Amphibia writing on the back case
Amphibia writing on the back case

I decided to fix the watch, clean the glass & tighten the seal. But somehow I stumble on the net about “legendary” amphibian that wore by Steve Zissou in the movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”. The movie is weird & not for everyone, but it’s a cult classic, also the watch wore by him is very nice.

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The sighting of the famous watch he he

So I bought a new dial that exactly looks like Zissou’s, and I can’t be more happy he he. I buy it on a great seller on ebay that you can find here.

 

Just like my previous blog, Vostok basically is “just” a watch, a mediocre or budget friendly watch to be blunt. But it’s a good watch, a great beater watch with a distinctive style of its own. Many people love this watch for what it is. A watch that tells time, reliable, tough, quirky and cheap.And you can modified it any way you want it, because its cheap. I already saw custom bezel, custom dial, or even put the machine into other watch body. Go crazy, surprise yourself.

Switch strap. Makes it bad @$$

If you can find a new one with good quality, I urge you to buy it, you won’t be disappointed if you’re a watch aficionado, or just wondering what diver watch you should buy for the sake of curiosity. This ain’t Rolex, or even Seiko, but if its makes you happy (and its not a bad thing), it can’t be that bad he he.

Awesome little watch

Gundam Barbatos Lupus 1/144. Worth Every Penny of it!!!

So, I always have a soft spot for Gundam. But those figures are damn expensive and takes time to built. So all of my Gundam is their cheapest one, the 1/144 scale. And I lost interest in modern Gundam. I stopped watching Gundam after Gundam Wing (too many pretty boys with lame story). I tried Gundam SeeD but that series is kinda…not my cup of tea to be polite. And Turn A Gundam is…a blasphemy or insult IMHO.

My last Gundam figure that I bought is Gundam Astray Red frame, the first one with that big Samurai sword. I love it, even paid someone to painted it ha ha. After that, I have a long hiatus of buying Gundam figures (and also the favt that Zeta Gundam is nowhere to be seen, I don’t have any bucket list left).

 But, last week I stumbled a Gundam is bargain bin, this Gundam, Barbatos Lupus. For Rp 200k. Very cheap for a Gundam figure. And it has a big damn sword. So I just bought it ha ha

Damn cheap!!?

And it’s even got further reductions. So the price is actually Rp 150k. WOW!!! I honestly don’t have any expectations but even if the figure turned out disappointing, I won’t have any regrets ha ha.

So yesterday I just built it. And see how it goes.

Standard features so far

But as the figures reached it final form. I just realized how long I was  away from Gundam figures that I just shocked to see how detailed they’ve become. Even in 1/144 figures.

Wow, no paint or glued required but the details…

The finished figure is so awesome, it didn’t looked like an assembled figure if you don’t look at it closely. A damn good manufactured figure.

Look at this beauty!!!
And that humongous sword

Damn. Even if the foot is looked weak and wobbly. It managed to stay stable, even posing it with its humongous sword.

Don’t a need a posing stand

Wow. This figure makes me want to buy more Gundam figures ha ha. Just to see how far they’ve come in assembling plastic into such a great figures. And this Barbatos is also a great figure. Buy it just to taste how great and satisfying to build and play with Gundam figures he he.

Oh, sorry for the $hitty image. I just so excited that I posted this immediately he he