Sunday, February 1, 2015

How to make a ghetto spotlight

(photo taken under spotlight)

The best feature of any bishoujo figure is the face. Adding lights to your figure can really make your idol shine. The problem is there really is no affordable solution that is easily manageable, at least none that I have found. I have looked at various spot lights and most have been rather bulky. LED lighting in the past has always looked pretty cheap to me, although that has changed in the past four years. Regardless of what method you choose, one thing does not change: What the light should be illuminating. 

Most people place a light at the top of their case pointing downwards. This is easy to install, cheap and manageable. It also illuminates the whole case. The problem with this is, it creates many shadows such as seen in the figure photo below. Half of her face is covered by a black shadow. 

By using a properly adjusted spotlight, you can illuminate the whole front of the figure, such as in the photo above. The problem with that is it can be bulky and finding a cheap light that is adjustable is almost impossible. 

(photo taken with light directly above)
(causing shadows)

So I have decided to let you know about the ghetto spotlight system. You will need a 50 cent wood brace found in any home improvement shop or something similar that is bendable and bend it into a V shape. Then you will need some mounting tape. That's it. 

Keep in mind, halogen lights get very hot and may cause the mounting tape to lose it's grip, so don't put anything valuable directly under the lights. I recommend you switch to LED G4 lights when you have the chance. Just bend the metal as much as you want and mount in in a corner, one side to the top of the case and one side to the light as in the figure below. You may be amazed at how much more brilliant your figures look and wonder at all the extra light no longer going to waste.

Time to upgrade your IKEA cabinet halogen lights for your anime figures

Alot of people have IKEA glass cases to store their anime figures. They are a great value. But the lighting, is a different issue. many people use LED light strips, which in the past, although functional, looked like a pocket pen light bulb and gave off a white/blue hue. 

Personally, I always preferred the brightness and color intensity of Halogen lights. But the two huge flaws have always been the large power draw and the dangerous amount of heat produced. Touching a Halogen light, even these little bulbs can seriously burn you and it only takes a minute or two for them to fully heat up. Three of the biggest dangers I would say to anime figures are HEAT, UV light and moisture. In an enclosed glass case with the lights left on frequently, we definitely want to get rid of as much heat as possible. 

The good news, is over the last 5 years, LED technology has improved vastly and is very affordable, now. If you are still using Halogen G4 light bulbs you should consider upgrading to these little LED discs. The light intensisty is almost exactly the same and they use less wattage. They do still get rather warm, but they won't scald you like a halogen. 

Left is LED disc, Right is Halogen G4

*IMPORTANT Safety Information*

if your new lights are making a small buzzing sound
it could be because your light box transformer is inadequate
this is common on the IKEA grundtal if you have the white plastic box
Try leaving one halogen in a light and the others LED and see if the buzzing stops
the LED buzzing sound is the capacitors being overworked
and they can fail and make smoke or maybe even start a fire
PLEASE check your LED lights if they can be used with A/C current if your lights plug into the wall. 
Some are made specifically to run off a car battery like in a mobile camper.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Love Live! Solo Live! collection Memorial Box II 2

Side A

 Side B



Includes a small book with character profiles
and all the song lyrics

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

μ's Best Album Best Live! collection Limited will be re-released this summer

now available for pre-order

Originally released in January 2013, over a year ago, the highly coveted limited edition box is scheduled for a reprinting during the next few months.

The pre-order deadline will be 7/9/2014.

Expect your favorite importer to start taking reservations towards the end of April.

 image by

The limited edition includes the μ's Best Album greatest hits release but is stored in a large display box includes a tote and can badge and space to store your other audio CDs.

image by maplestorm

The limited edition will cost around 80$.
However, if you do not want the shiny box, you can get the regular release for about 50$.

The μ's Best Album Best Live! collection is a 3 DISC set.
It includes 2 Audio CDs of the greatest hits and one Blu-ray which includes the FIRST FIVE animation releases.


[Disc 3] 僕らのLIVE 君とのLIFE (アニメーションショートフィルム)
[Disc 3] Snow halation (アニメーションショートフィルム)
[Disc 3] 夏色えがおで1,2,Jump! (アニメーションショートフィルム)
[Disc 3] もぎゅっと“love”で接近中! (アニメーションショートフィルム)
[Disc 3] Wonderful Rush (アニメーションショートフィルム)

There is one SIXTH animation not included that was released this past winter: Music S.T.A.R.T!!


Below, only the Best Album is included 
but there is space to hold the rest of your collection
13 other discs in total
Official Site in Japanese
ミューズベストアルバム ベストライブコレクション

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Senran kagura Ikaruga griffon enterprises

This figure has quite a few quality issues.
Why is there a hair mold right down the middle of her head?

The bikini top is castoff-able.
however, it literally is a little plastic notch holding it together and will break easily.
Once you take it off, it is almost impossible to get back on.
Here is a tip, flip the front of the bikini top over and you will see two small holes.
I'm sure you can figure out what goes in there, after that the rear can be snapped together much easier.

Griffon Enterprises uses these black stands and chrome name plates for elegance.
However, they are made from the cheapest plastic crap and are disgraceful. 
Just give us a clear plastic stand that doesn't break.
This one literally broke the very first time I tried to get the figure off by 'pulling up'.

Overall, I cannot recommend this figure. 
As of now, there are quite a few different versions of Ikaruga to choose from.
You may want to check out Chara-ani's version or Vertex.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Love Live! School Idol Project

Love Live! is not over yet! Brand new season 2 starting in April 2014.
The anime will be released in America by NIS America. In case you do not know, Love Live! has been releasing music singles for some time now that include video footage not shown in the anime. Here are the previews released by Lantis on their official youtube channel. I also included some unofficial links, don't miss out!

If you are wondering where the recent bathing suit figures are coming from, it's from the 3rd single.

love live! μ's 6th single

love live! μ's 5th

unofficial full link

love live! μ's 4th single

unofficial full link

love live! μ's 3rd single

unofficial full link

love live! μ's 2nd single

unofficial full link

love live! μ's 1st single

unofficial full link

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Railgun S

shoop da woop
I'm a chargin' mah lazer