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Berserk Merchandise / Re: Medicom RAH Guts the Black Swordsman
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:51:48 PM »
What's a good retailer to pre order this from

I've also noticed that Medicom sells their RAH on for pretty cheap if the figure doesn't sell out.  For example their first Guts RAH is still available on amazon for quite cheap (cheaper than for what I paid for initially) with prime shipping too.  So you could take your chances if you don't want to order through any of the Japanese sites.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Max Factory Femto
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:30:36 PM »
Here you go. A better picture of his face. :femto:

Hahah, thanks!  Well in this picture the face looks good!!!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Max Factory Femto
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:51:46 PM »
Just that face....hrmmm. It's not the 'helmet' portion. Its definitely the inner face that's a bit off.

I agree.  I gave it a A++++ before the 2nd picture was added.  I have to say the inner face (the eyes) are a tad awkward.  I need to see more pics to really say for sure!  Either way, I'm still very excited for this piece.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Max Factory Femto
« on: February 08, 2015, 03:44:51 AM »
Painted version. Looks amazing.

I completely agree.  A++++!!!!!  Can't wait!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Guts 1/6 Max Factory release on 2016
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:50:53 AM »
Wow, I have to say the price is more than I thought.  I remember asking the booth when I saw them at SDCC and NYCC and they projected around $800.  But I guess those staff members working the cons don't really make the calls, now do they, lol.  Anyhow, still... a part of me feels like they priced it so high because AOW prices their statues so high, and then based their range on that thinking Berserk fans are used to seeing such high price tags.  I mean, the statue is 1/6 and monstrous but the positioning of the sword has a lot to do with the height.  So even though the statue is pretty awesome, I think it's overpriced.

Now for the FEMTO... THAT one has got me excited!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Upcoming: threezero 1/6 articulated figure
« on: February 02, 2015, 05:47:33 PM »
I was just about to post this!  THIS IS AMAZING NEWS.  Threezero is one of the best!!!  THE BEST!  And their prices are very reasonable.  Their Game of Thrones Tyrion was only $130, and their Ned was $160.  I have their Tyrion figure, and look at the likeness of this bad boy:

Also, here are more pictures of that Tyrion figure:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Upcoming Gecco Berserk statue - 2015
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:13:36 PM »
Headlong is one of the best!!!  Totally awesome news.  Thanks for sharing rayhato!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Medicom RAH Guts the Black Swordsman
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:12:34 PM »
I loved the Hawk Soldier one.  This is a definite buy!  FYI, reservations start Jan 24th, for 30,000 yen, for release in September 2015.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Guts statue - Max Factory
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:30:40 PM »
WOW, Takeya sculpted that Colossal Titan statue?!?!  It would be an absolute dream come true if Takeya sculpted for Berserk.  Makes me wonder who is sculpting these Guts & Femto statues at Max Factory.  Takeya is a legend!!!

And though the price for the Titan may be up there, it's still cheaper than AOW.  Good to hear it has a higher chance of being polystone since this Titan one is.  Although, looking at their "Wonderful Hobby Selection" which is what I assume the Berserk figures will be labeled as, the other figure listed, the "Yamato: Heavy Armament Ver." is a PVC figure.  So I guess it's still up for debate!

Welcome to the boards, GORPAUL87!!!  Great kit!  I LOVE the fact that you installed the lighting system for the eyes!!!  Man, when I get mine done, it's a necessity now!  Can't have it any other way after yours and Joa's!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Displaying Berserk Art & Merchandise
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:55:39 PM »
Japanese member, uraken, asked me to post pictures of his collection on his behalf.  His English isn't very good, but he would like to share with you his Berserk display.  He has some pretty cool painted kits.  I see a 1/7 Griffith Dotou no Tono kit, the Getsurou Irvine, and a finished 1/10 Griffith on Horse!  Nice!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Max Factory Femto
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:49:05 PM »
All I gotta say is,  :void::ubik::femto::slan:-DAMN Max Factory!  I will be buying!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Void Bust
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:31:25 PM »
Welcome to the forums, Kruge.  I am most definitely interested!  Keep us posted! :void:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Guts statue - Max Factory
« on: July 06, 2014, 07:38:25 PM »
Thanks for posting this Sankari!  First impression is that the pose is really superhero-esque, but I don't mind it.  I like the fact that it's dynamic and unique to the Guts statues we've seen before.  I'm diggin the details on the base too.  The face is okay, but still better than AOW!  Any comment on the scale, Sankari?

Maybe its not even worth the effort, but I was thinking of sending AoW an email , expressing ( with all due respect) my opinion about this piece and their current practices.

Maybe if everyone did that. Their items are so limited , that if a reasonable number of people said something, they might notice that they're failing hard and change course.

We've done that before, lots of us sending them a whole barrage of emails, but it doesn't seem to have helped any.  I still encourage you to write them though, because perhaps they THINK they've improved somehow... some way...  and they need another reality check.

Special Discount:

1,000 JPY Off for Pre-orders and The First Payment Before May 31st!

HAHAHAHAH, yeah that was pretty funny.

BTW, about the likeness... they are really just being lazy.  That or they are completely incompetent without enlisting outside help.  For their Gantz line, their Katou statue had the most horrible face ever.  No likeness whatsoever.  And that statue bombed completely.  3-4 years later they still have statues in stock.  Then their next one, their Kurono statue, they enlisted the help of the manga author and the face actually looks respectable.  Doesn't seem like they'll be able to enlist Miura for his help, but my god, how hard is it for a professional sculptor to study a face and tweak it as much as possible to match?  Pathetic.

PS I have actually emailed them before that I know sculptors that could help aid them in improving the likeness of their faces... I don't quite remember their response (I'll have to look it up), but they weren't interested.

I'm still holding out to see more detailed shots, but I agree with most of the sentiments here, that this piece didn't turn out as well as we had hoped.  The face, from what it seems, only looks like a SLIGHT improvement from the previous 1/6 Guts, but it's not nearly good enough.  AOW just doesn't get it.  LIKENESS LIKENESS LIKENESS.  It shouldn't be that much to ask...

As for the pose, I like the idea of it, but the execution looks a little off from certain angles.  Again, I'll wait to see more pics...

Overall... all I have to say is... le sigh~~~

Berserk Merchandise / Re: [AOW] Berserk - The Tentacle Ship 2013
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:33:49 PM »
krzykoop/directdk, thanks for sharing.  It looks like it came out very well.  None of you got the exclusive?  Didn't see the Berserk wolf.   :guts:

Hahaha, yeah I got the exclusive.  Here are pictures of it:

The wolf is super tiny.  I can post a few comparison shots of it next to older AOW statues.  It looks like a puppy next to most of the 1/10 AOW statues.  And as you can see by the texture of my desk, the wolf is super small.

As for Guts, he is smaller than you guys might expect.  I would say he's 1/8 scale.  The base is pretty much half the height.  The statue looks FANTASTIC from the side.  But I'm not crazy about the front view.  The base just looks a bit too random/bulky from the front cuz you have no context of what Guts is standing on.  But 45 degrees / profile shot, it looks stellar.  Maybe one day, I'll have it customized and have him rotated so the pirate face is also showing forward (although it'll make it difficult since Guts's hand won't have anything to rest on.

The paint job is as good as all the recent Berserker statues.  The cape is awesome.  The eyes are painted a much brighter / solid red than before, so it pops.

Overall, I think the statue is good, but I'm still not entirely thrilled about the base.  Also, it's needlessly tall so it can't fit in most display cases (which is always troublesome).

Berserk Merchandise / Re: [AOW] Berserk - The Tentacle Ship 2013
« on: April 06, 2014, 06:21:34 AM »
Here are some quick pics of mine too!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: 1/6 Medicom Berserk RAH GUTS
« on: March 06, 2014, 04:06:03 AM »
Got mine and I LOVE IT!!!

BAHAHAH my favorite pose. :casca:

Or! Blacksmith Goodo forging the dragonslayer! OOOOO  :guts:

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!!!  I second this!!! :ubik:

As for the OP, thanks Sankari for putting together something like this.  I'm happy to be a part of it, and if it looks good, you can count me in for a preorder.

Like Incantation, I would prefer a non-Berserker statue... but I hear what you are saying when there is no reason to stop only after 1 commission.  I'd have to flip through the manga to find a particular Guts pose, but nothing really inspirational comes to mind right now.  Maybe a statue mid-transformation?  That could be pretty cool (and bloody!)

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW Berserk Statues
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:32:12 PM »
Definitely sounding like this guy is a bad egg.  Sorry, Sankari, that you had to go through this, but at least you were on top of it and you'll be getting your money refunded by PayPal.  I'll sticky this thread accordingly after a few more days, and blacklist this guy like the others.  Keep us posted with all the updates!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: [AOW] Berserk - The Tentacle Ship 2013
« on: November 12, 2013, 03:37:18 PM »
I'm disappointed with this piece, personally.  The face sculpt doesn't look ANY BETTER than previous sculpts.  Totally disappointed with the face.  Ugh.

But the rest of Guts (and with the helmet) looks fantastic.

However... hm the base... I don't know.  I know it wouldn't be accurate to have the skull facing frontwards, but I gotta say it looks a bit odd the way it is now.  The base looks so random to me.

The size is also a little off putting.  I can't really tell what scale this statue is closest to.  Even that iphone pictures is tough to gauge cuz of the angle.

And finally, the "Berserker Wolf".  This is something I've been asking AOW to do for years.  I wish they would have just make a 1/6 wolf instead.  This one looks so tiny.  I hope it is at least 1/10...  But looking at the details on it, I'm not even sure if it's even that big...

Berserk Merchandise / Re: AOW - new statue coming out in Nov
« on: October 31, 2013, 02:02:39 PM »
I've been gone for a bit, but I had to comment on this one!

Yeah, it's another Guts statue, but the thing that is SUPER EXCITING about this one is this:

Coming Soon in November!
Size: H54cmxW32cmxL34cm (Non Scale)

The model is under supervision of Hakusensha now.
This time Mr. Miura has supervised the face and helmet expression himself!
We ourselves cannot wait to see the finished one.
The pictures of the uncolored model will be opened on our Facebook page soon.
This will be the most exciting item in ART OF WAR, 2013.

*Pre-order will start around the third week of November.

That right there is reason enough for me to buy it.  I've sent many emails to AOW about how we are all so disappointed with the faces on their statues, and that they should try and work with Miura on the face, just like how they got Oku's approval on the latest Gantz statue (which is ten times better than their first Gantz statue).  So, I'm really thrilled they decided to do it, and I'm happy Miura agreed to help too.  Can't wait for this.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 23, 2013, 09:01:25 PM »
Skylar doesn't love Walt anymore imo, I'm a romantic and all but that ship has sailed.

Oh come on man, you did ask people up front to call you a sap. My tone was in jest. I figured I could joke with you about such things without raising a stink... If Griff had made the same statements, I'd call him on it just the same, and vice versa.

That being said, I do think you are reading too much meaning into their exchange in that scene. "Love" certainly wasn't what came to mind to me in those moments. Fondness, obligation, habit maybe. I certainly wouldn't qualify anything in that scene as "love."

In an interview with Anna Gunn (Skylar):

Earlier in the episode, in an overwhelming diner conversation with Hank, Skylar chose to stand by her meth-making man and not disclose any incriminating details. Gunn says that she thinks Skylar's solidarity was out of love. "I've always felt that there was a deeply buried love that stayed behind the whole thing," the actress says. "I think that if she hadn't felt that, my feeling is that she would've turned him."

So y'all can call me a sap.  But call me a sap who's also right on the money. :griffnotevil:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 20, 2013, 02:36:36 PM »
You are a sap. Since she accepted Walt's ways, Skylar has been taking into consideration the long-term implications of having a criminal for a husband. She's trying to make things as right as they can be for the sake of their kids, not out of love for Walt. Admittedly, tucking him in a blanket was pretty powerful and unexpected in this episode, but their relationship is so beyond ruined it's cute that you'd even think there's still a chance for happiness between them. As Skylar said this ep: I can't remember the last time I was happy (it's true love!).

Being happy and still loving someone are two entirely different things.  Don't simplify the matter just because Skylar said she can't remember the last time she was happy therefore all the love is gone.  And really is there a need to mock me by saying "it's cute to even think that" or saying "it's true love!" when I didn't say that?

Just like you admitted, tucking him in the blanket was powerful.  She's trying her hardest.  And of course, it's for the sake of her kids, and for own sake as she doesn't want to go to prison either and leave her kids abandoned.  But to absolutely 100% deny that she has no love for Walt whatsoever is a very jaded way of thinking about things.  And unrealistic.  Yes their relationship is broken, beyond repair.  I'm not denying that.  And I'm not saying oh they are going to live happily ever after fairy tale ending.  But I'm saying, deep down inside, Skylar is holding onto Walt and their family.  That she still is painfully aware of Walt's walking down this dangerous road, on top of the cancer.  That she was concerned when he fell flat on his face on the bathroom floor and brought him a pillow and blanket and waited by his side to wake up.  That she still ultimately has love for him, in some way or another.  That's how I see it.  Take it for what it is, debate as you like, but don't belittle my statements.

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