Friday, May 12, 2006

Neo-G1 Prime

Saw this at the Transformers World forums, good golly that thing is sexy. In, um, a masculine robot kind of way. And it's designed by Don Figueroa, the fan favorite TF designer. Good to see that they have him on the design team at Hasbro, instead of just making Don-inspired designs, like GF Starscream and Primus.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I miss my Mac....

Ever since we got the Gateway compy downstairs, I've had less and less reason to go upstairs and use my Mom's eMac. Not because I prefer this computer, but it's just more convenient to use it here instead of bugging Mom or waking her up. And she'd just ask my why I don't use the one downstairs. I guess I'd have to say that her computer works better. If anyone asks me what kind of computer I recommend for them, I always first ask them what they are going to do on it, then I refer them to an Apple computer. From personal experience, I have found that Macs do everything PCs do, either just as good or better. Usually better. And, if, by some rare chance, there is some program you vitally need that cannot be run or analoged on a Mac, you can install and run Windows on any Intel Core Mac, and not only is it perfectly glitch free, it runs faster too! Check out this list of reasons.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Genesis of Aquarion

I've recently taken an intrest in the Genesis of Aquarion series, just by looking at the robots, really, which it how I get interested in a lot of anime series. This anime, not only the mecha but the story as well, was done by one of my favorite Japanese dudes, Shoji Kawamori. He is famous for his work in writing the Macross Series, including Macross Plus, Macross Zero, and Macross 7. He also wrote Escaflowne and as I said, Aquarion. He also did all of the mecha designs for those series, and others, such as Future GPX, Eureka Seven, the Armored Core series, Omega Boost, and served as an assistant mechanical designer for Patlabor: The Movie. He also did some other notable projects, such as the Transformers THS 02 G1 Convoy and the Masterpiece Starscream.

Anyhow, back to Aquarion, it's a science fiction series set in the future of Earth. Some great disaster happened that killed off most of the human race. It's okay, because they aren't needed for this show anyhow. Earth is being threatened by beings called Shadow Angels, and our only defense is the giant robot Aquarion, made up of three fighters called Vectors. They are pretty sweet robots. I got on TFW 2005 and had some guys help me find some pictures of the Chogokin figure that Bandai came out with a few months back. Found some Here and Here. Apparently, in the show, there is also a second version of the Aquarion, which Bandai also made figures of. At first I thought it was just a repaint, then I looked into it and found that they were actually extensive remolds. Most of the workings of the figure is the same as the regular version, but much of the outer panels, including the heads and weaponry, is new. Pretty kickin', I say. There's also a couple galleries for this version too, Here, and Here. Anyhow, this stuff looks pretty worthwhile to look into. Apparently this series is one of the definitive super robot series, right up there with Evangelion and RahXephon.