(The great irony here is that she's terrified of our actual chickens.)
Long time no update! I don't post here anywhere near as much as I should, but I don't get too much in the way of non-TCG merch these days (and I have a whole site for TCG stuff so it all gets posted there when it comes in) so there hasn't been much to report on here at the hawknest.
With ORAS and Mega Blaziken though one of my big favourites has gotten some amazing figures and plush lately (1:1 Torchic aaaaaa!)
Two big favourites are the very recently released S.H. Figure Arts M-Blaziken, and the Plamo M-Blaziken, so I figured it's about time I posted my ones here. Especially since my Plamo is very different to most...
First off, the Mega Blaziken Plamo. It came out a while ago, but I kind of... took a long time to build it for personal reasons. See also: I custom painted nearly the entire thing. I’d had this like 3/4 of the way done for something close to over a month now and I just hadn’t found the energy or the want to do model work, but I had a spark last week so I finally got the last details finished so I could assemble him completely.
The Plamo models are a very inexpensive kit, most of them only costing just shy of $10 off the shelf in Japan, and it shows that they’re a ‘baby’s first model kit’ kind of thing for their simplified instructions and cheap plastic. They do have their own kit frustrations, i.e. some parts can be a pain in the butt to put together, but most of them are quite simplified.
The big downside to Plamo is that all their detailing — and I mean literally all of the details — are left to stickers. Stickers. Low quality ones at that. I only used the eye sticks and the back of crest stickers on this one, as the head crest actually isn’t filled in, and painted everything else. Eventually when I have more will and I’m less broken I’ll epoxy the back of the head and properly paint it in afterward, but that’s way down the track.
Here are some more shots in normal lighting.
I used some new shellac paints on this with super metallic properties and I love the way they turned out, and because of how they dry and harden it gives the plastic some more stability and protection overall; the rest was done with standard enamels. Flames detailed with a gundam ラメ sparkle gold enamel pen, and panel lines for some areas in grey and black. Pretty happy with how he turned out! And when I had the S.H. Figure Arts turn up with all it's gorgeous details as well? It made the effort in customising it much more worth it overall.
They look gorgeous together! I love the subtle differences in the sculpts too that the two companies have -- despite the Plamo being more 'simplified' for large snap-together parts it holds up details wise, even if you used just the stickers on their own with careful application, to the figure arts. It was well worth putting in the customisation effort though last week in time for the arrival of his big brother though.
(And sadly no gorgeous outdoor shots from here-on; I use a rollator walker due to an injury and had hydrotherapy today, so I'm mostly bed-bound right now recovering today so I can't fathom wheeling into the garden right now.)
The Figure Arts Blaziken has a pretty gorgeous box, and is pretty different to other figure arts for me since I'm more used to the multi-part holder boxes of things like the Sailor Moon ones. A lot of the box size is actually dedicated to the huge, huge base stand. The upside of the base is that it has a very solid armature for posing and holding Mega Blaziken up. You can completely hold him in the air with it, without tipping it or having the joint give and sink.
Like, not even kidding! I've been guilty of posing Blaziken in a lot of lóng xíng mó qiáo movements atop my desk thanks to the strong armature. Practically EVERYTHING on this model is posable; the fingers are completely articulated, his torso has amazing articulation for an ab-joint and isn't loose at all, and even the toes --
Even. The. Toes. Can. Be. Posed.
Like wow how awesome is that?!?
Broody-movie-poster-from-behind-shot.jpg -- we all need one of these haha.
Put 'em up!
Also I really love his face sculpt. It's so different to a lot of other Mega Blazis, a little thicker around the beak I think? Makes for quite a different and unique addition in the kung-fu chickens. And it I think makes it shine even more in a huge sea of merchandise for M-Blazi; makes it stand out even more for selective collectors such as myself.
Thank you all for looking~