Saturday, December 2, 2017

Evidence #34 - Early 2000's American Gunpla Brochures

So it's the start of the Christmas season of 2017, and what better way to make a post about Gundam model kits that were sold in the early 2000's to us Gundam hungry anime nerds at the time.

To give a brief lowdown on what and how Gundam was like and marketed in America roughly two decades ago, it was a slow trinkling affect that took a couple of years to gain momentum. Before Gundam Wing got Gundam noticed and marketed in early 2000 at major retail chains, it's only existence before was Kazuhisa Kondo Mobile Suit Gundam manga published by VIZ in 1999, and before that any publication of Gundam was mentioned in either ANIMAG or Animerica off and on. The first step to officially publishing Gundam came in 1990 from translator Fredrick Schoot. Schoot translated the original Gundam novel that Tomino wrote after the television series, which to him was going to be the ultimate Gundam story that never got made. Through all of these hard efforts, Gundam finally got some recognition from the popularity of Gundam Wing, and what lead to that would be a large amount of Gundam models to be sold at major retailers.

Bandai best idea to help promote these model kits would be to make it competitive where the more kits you buy and build, the greater chance to get recognized by becoming the ultimate Gundam Master or something. In this case, you earn ranks by going to the Gundam Official Website in order to register yourself and get your desired rank based on the model kits you've built. For its time, it was probably the best thing that Bandai could come up with in order to make Gunpla appealing in America. From what I can gather, you just submit your work towards your skill level for Bandai to send you a pin to reward your accomplishments in Gunpla building. These of course were promoted by the most lamest BADASS COMMERCIALS to get kids to buy these model kits, because you wanted to be cool in getting one!

What I have to show today is some of these little promos in model kits they put out. I've kept most of my booklets from my older kits as far as I know, but I think a lot of kids just threw them away and thought nothing of them. This one in particular comes from my Gelgoog Marine High Grade I got from Target (chances are it came from there) that 15 or so years later, I still have in my model kit box. 

It's funny how two (and soon to be three) of these retailers are out of business since this promotion event came out. My how the times have changed.

I have a few of these toys and model kits scattered around in boxes in my storage closet, which based on how much the figures go for new its best to hold onto them while you can. I also don't remember the Wing Zero Custom wings looking kinda reddish when I watched Endless Watlz so many years ago, but I guess when I do a rewatch of it, it should come back to me. Yes, you had the MS War card set, which I've got a few sets of those in a box with no one to play them with. My biggest regret is not getting that Zeon battleship set, which I saw that sucker complete at AWA 2017 for a whopping $100+!! Makes me wish I could've got all these figures from the discount bin of the already fading KB Toys at the time. Well, you live and learn I guess.

 Although this is a small post it's at least something. To sum up life events since my last post, I'm going to be done with college in a couple of weeks in getting my BS in Communication, I ended my engagement to my fiancee for reasons, and I've become more involved in a local Gundam club in South Carolina (which helped in the break up). I plan on doing a magazine scan by the new year while on Christmas break and figuring out job opportunities. So have a Merry Christmas to all the viewers of this site!!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Evidence #33 - You Can Still Rock in Animerica (Vol.3 No.8, 1995)

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It's been like what, March since I uploaded something on this site? Yea that sounds about right. Things have been going on and I had a little time to upload another issue from my collection, something i've had for a number of years now.

This issue of Animerica includes information about Yamato/Star Blazers from Rob Fenelon, who is still around and is still a huge Yamato fan to date last I heard. This is another issue signed by Trish at some year at Animazement in the past couple of years, so I can't really remember when. This includes an interview with Noboru Ishiguro and talking about Yamato in great length (including info on Yamato that didn't make it to television, like naked Nova). Also included are some reviews of Gundam Wing when it was first airing on television in Japan, an official ballot to enter what you think the best anime is for 1995 for the Tezuka Awards, some fan art, the winner of the Fatal Fury "Make my Video" contest story, cool ads and much more. I'll try and get another issue out before the end of the year, as long as school and work don't get in the way too much. So that's all for now so enjoy, im off to enjoy the rest of the Toonami block on Saturday nights, later.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Evidence #32 - Bubblegum Crisis Artbook (1988)

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So I'm a little late to celebrate the 6th year this sites been active, and also a little late to celebrate Bubblegum Crisis 30th Anniversary back in February. Well needless to say, stuff has been going on this semester at school and I've been busy, but at least its better to be late than never. So this little treat is another one of my many Bubblegum Crisis artbooks that I've been able to collect over the years. This was something that I purchased on ebay in 2010 for a fistful of dollars, and I gotta say it ain't bad at all. This is a book that took what studio ARTMIC worked on for the first OVA and made something nice for the fans. There is also interviews in the back and a few images of what studio ARTMIC looked like, even a glass case full of G1 Transformer toys! It's neat stuff like that is what adds to owning artbooks like this to know more about the studio behind your favorite anime. So give it a read and enjoy! 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Evidence #31 - Animage 26th Anniversary Poker Cards

Smaller cons can sometimes grant you access to things that you wouldn't find at most popular cons. I was recently at a con held in a little town in South Carolina, and one dealer in particular that sold comics had my interest while I was there. I came across this artifact that I know for sure came from a previous owners collection that I used to buy from before he passed away a few years back. So now that it's in my collection, what better way to use it than to scan it and show it off to the world.

There's no need for this to be a .pdf this time, since its only a few photos. It seems that every mini card has an issue of Animage going back as early as the 80's, so this is something that I can assume was added into an issue for its 26th anniversary release. There is even a section made to punch out to hold all of these little cards in. The thing is, I wont do that, since this is too darn unique to disassemble. So it will remain in my collection for a while, or if someone out there really wants it I might be willing to part with it. But I figured this little mini-post is a good way to reign in the new year of 2017, until a post comes out for the 6th anniversary in a couple of months (if I remember to do something by then at least). So take care everyone and enjoy what 2017 has to offer.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Evidence #30: Thanksgiving Chirashi Special

I know its been months since there was any activity on this site, that's in part of me being busy with school and work stuff since my last post. I do have something special to show up on Thanksgiving, and that is some Chirashi posters from a contributor. Doug Orlowski from forums was cool enough to scan some of these posters to use on this blog, which I have had on my hard drive for a few months now. He even did a post about them on the OSO forums for you guys to check out. So I figured I will finally make good use of them on the blog and scan them up for you guys to see. Doug has been telling me hes got more stuff to contribute to the site, which means you might see more from him in the future than me, but we'll see about that. In the meantime, enjoy what I have to offer, and give thanks to those around you.

Download .pdf HERE! (Total size: 76.4mb)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Evidence #29 - Animage Vol. 54 (December 1982)

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When it comes to anime magazine collecting, Animage seems to be the top tier in any anime fans collection when it comes to print media. Well, i'm here to present one of the handful of Animage issues I own from the lot of magazines I purchased from Tim Eldred last summer, and I figured with a catchy sub-title like "How to Enjoy T.V-Anime," I figured this might pertain to some anime fans out there.

This is a pretty cool issue, and set up in the same format like My Anime, with smaller booklet style pages to see fan art, manga, and interviews and articles within them. From what I saw, this has a nice write up on mecha shows from 1982 that you can enjoy with stuff on Yamato, Macross, Space Adventure Cobra, Baxinger, Dougram and many more.There is also some cool stuff on Crusher Joe, God Mars, and Urusei Yatsura. Also at the end of the issue, there is a Nausicaa manga in the back which came out 2 years before the film did, so that's a treat for any Miyazaki fan to see. So, get the file for yourself and enjoy.

In terms of a life update, i'm on summer break from school and looking forward to my final year at university (funny right, seems that as long as this blog has been going on, i've been in school the entire time). I should also mention that yours truly has an official IMDB credit, since I have been working on the Otaku no Video Kickstarter Blu-ray release starting from last summer, and I have kept my lips (mostly) sealed on that to be a surprise. I am credited for video editing, since I made a few music videos that can be seen when you try and enter in your SMOO code on the heart icon on the blu-ray menu. This post from Walk of Darkness has some of the codes listed to see mine and another video editors work in that menu, so check it out if you happen to have that blu-ray and didn't know what it was for! Things are well for the girlfriend and I, my car still runs, its stupid hot in South Carolina this time of year, and this is where things get even hotter for this election year in America. So I will part by telling you guys that I will always "give it to you" with more artifacts from the past, so see you next time!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Evidence #28 - Snatcher Sega CD Booklet (1994)

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This post is basically here to be as something to fill in some content before my next magazine scan comes out in due time. So for this time, I decided to post up my Snatcher booklet (and game) from the US Sega CD release.

Aside from collecting video game magazines and other anime merch, I also have amassed a collection of video games and console systems, most notably Sega systems and games. The one game in particular I decided to focus on for this post is my own copy of Snatcher on the Sega CD. Even when I first bought this game second hand at a local game store, it was already worth money at the time, which was roughly about $100 bucks. As of now, this game is fetching for over $500 bucks on ebay, and I am not sure if it's gonna go any higher than that or not in the next couple of years. The reason why I decided to do a blog post on this game, is the fact that I want to archive for myself and those that follow this site a very prized possession for me that i'm now ready to part with. 

I'll get to my reason for parting with this game in a minute, but I want to add in the brief history of how I got this game, which goes back to the end of February 2008 when I was getting out of one of my programming class at Wake Technical College near Raleigh N.C. I had a buddy of mine Mitch who worked at the local Play n' Trade game store, which was a franchise business that were coming about across the country for anyone wanting to "live the dream" in owning their very own gaming store. It was in a conversation while I was headed to my car that he told me the store got a huge trade in on Sega CD games, and he rambled some titles off to me. Within him talking about games I was already interested in, the world seemed to stop for a moment when he muttered from his lips "... Snatcher... ," which prompted me to lose my mind at that moment.

I had always wanted to own a copy of Snatcher since I got into collecting console gaming after I got out of high school in 2005, and especially starting to collect rare games on a Sega Saturn I bought back in 2006 from a local ma and pa game store near my house. Snatcher was starting to become a game that collectors were starting to go out and hunt around for, which for me I wouldn't know where to begin finding a good copy in the wild, other than flea market gamers that sold everything at ebay prices, before that seemed to be the common trend among independently owned games stores a few years later. 

At that moment, Mitch gave me the phone number to the store, and I hopped in my junker of a Mercury Sable to head over to the Garner N.C. Play n' Trade store. Upon calling the store, I asked what games they had left on Sega CD, and the store clerk (which I believed was one of the owner sons who worked there, the manager Joe, or some other employee) started to tell me the titles. As soon as the word "Snatcher" rang through the earpiece of my phone, I told the clerk to hold that game till I got there, which was about 10 minutes later. I was also told the price of the game, which probably made the luckiest guy in the world with a steal that no one to this day is gonna get, a price of $4.99. 

So, long story short, I got there, got my game in amazement, picked up a couple of others (which you will find on the last page of the .pdf file) and rubbed it in their faces on what a steal I got something like this for. Of course both the employee and the owner never bothered to check ebay and price the game off the site before I got there, which I realized that I probably shouldn't have done that in order to not get them any ideas down the road. But hey who cares, people picked up on that later. This was a store that I worked for for about a month a couple of months later, and got fired for some stupid BS reasons. All in all, that was years ago, and once in a blue moon I might stop by and say hi whenever im up in Raleigh.

So a little over 8 years since I first threw down the cash to get this piece of gaming history, I have decided that I would like to go ahead and cash in on my investment coming up at Animazement. What lead me to my decision is the fact that I don't feel the same way about holding onto the game as I used too. It took me a couple of years after buying Snatcher to sit down and play the game over a weekend through my first play through. As of a few hours ago, it was my second time beating the game, which took me about a week or so playing an hour or so at a time. The time gap between my first play through and my second might have been 5 or so years. I can say that by playing this game a second time, i'm good with my experiences with Snatcher, and I feel that it's time to let someone else have it.

The thing is, games are meant to be played, and to be played as long as possible till something happens where they cannot be played anymore. I feel that having a game like this on myself just sitting there collecting dust takes away the joy of the game from someone who would be dying to play it and to have it in their own collection. Snatcher isn't the first rare game I have sold from my collection, because I have been gradually selling games from my shelf that don't mean that much to me anymore, and I wan't someone else to to try it out. Snatcher is a great collectors item for any gamer to have, and I feel that i'm not worthy to hold onto it anymore, when someone out there will probably get more joy putting it in their collection. What lead me to this mindset of letting go was an ANNCast episode back last year, that had guest talking about giving away the things they collect that don't mean much to them the more, as they have aged and grown up as people over the years. 

There are certain things in my collection that I want to hold onto, and others I will eventually get around to letting go. The thing with collecting is that you hold onto an item that has a personal meaning for you at one point, then once you feel that you can let go of it (and make back more money than what you paid for it), that's where someone else can come in and own it for their collection. Collecting games for me was a passion at one point in my life, and it might still be there, but for now i'm ready to part with some of the things in my room. I also feel that if something happened to them, there is a loss that is too much to keep up with in case something happened to them. The more you collect to collect, the more the uniqueness and passion of collecting starts to leave you, and you are stuck with items filling to the brim and no space to put them. 

This post might come off as personal, because it does. Other than using this blog as a way to share my collection of printed anime medium, I can also use it as a means to express how I feel about the things I scan and my history behind them. In this .pdf, there are scans of the booklet with nice character illustrations, a manga that tells the beginning of the game story, and some other unique information about the game. I think by scanning it, its a documented memory of an item i'm letting go, while still keeping the details to what I owned as a record for public access for those who want to see it for themselves. To me, that means more than physically owning it, and I can be content with that. I don't write on this site much, so I figured I can do some good writing now and then to put something up on here. 

Also to add, I will put in links for the Youtube videos for people reading this site can watch my game play of the game, and my stupid commentary in it as well. Which hey, if you don't like that, go watch one of the 1000 other Snatcher Let's Play videos out there that may suit your fancy. But with that being said, I think I have written what I wanted to say about the game and what I meant to me before passing it down, in exchange for cash. I will get a anime mag post up in due time, so catcha round!