Out of the Box – Mid-March Surprise!! ^^/

Hey guys, this is the last of my spring pre-orders from amiami so I’ll be shopping around for new anime merchandise soon. I hope you guys enjoyed this cool unboxing ^^

– Cloudy

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Out of the Box: Nendoroid After Parts 01 Review + Mako Photography

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Good Smile Company recently released two additional accessory add-ons to bring out my playful sides of their Nendoroid figures. After Parts 01 features two types of looks for your Nendoroid- Angel and Devil while After Parts 02 features an animal theme with spare parts to turn your Nendoroid into a kitty or a bunny. I love the Angel and Devil concept and I think the packaging off the get-go was really clever. Right on your first impressions, the After Parts box features GSC’s beloved Hatsune Miku Nendoroid in the foreground and then uses two of the main characters from Wooser no Sono Higurashi Kakusei-hen to display a pair of girls (Rin, the blonde and Len, the black-haired girl) to show off the Angel/Devil look or the white or black animal furry look. Since Rin and Len are somewhat contrasting characters in the Wooser show, they go splendidly with the duel concept accessories of the After Parts series.

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Since everything is packaged so tightly with bubble wrap in the box. I had no doubt that the individual pieces would be very delicate. When you unroll the package, each accessory piece is sealed in its own individual slot and this precision is one of my favourite parts of the GSC packaging.  Initially I was really curious as to how exactly the parts would add on. There are tons of extra pieces to hold up the music notes for the daytime-angel scene or the stars for the nighttime-devil scene. There is an extra longer rectangular base piece that will fit everything perfect. The wings fit easily with an extra adapter piece for the Nendoroid’s back and my only issue is with the headpieces. The “item” in the After Parts set that holds/props up the halo or horns is actually just a folded piece of hard plastic. I wasn’t a big fan of this because 1) if you have a lot of Nendoroid parts, these pieces might get lost in the pile  and 2) if you fidget too long with the plastic, it can potentially bend and go crooked.

Where my frontal hair piece meets the back of the head on my Mako figure is where the head piece should be inserted. It actually first like a headband and the plastic is made thin enough to disappear between the Nendoroid parts with little to no gap after the insertion. Mako Nendoroid Angel_CuriousCloudy (5)Because Mako’s hairline is actually curved in a strange “S” shape, it was actually pretty hard to get the halo or horns fitted properly so they would sit perfectly or hover on top of Mako’s head. I have really small hands and it was difficult for me to manage with the parts so for those of you who have bigger hands or generally clumsy fingers, you might want to try tweezers or work slowly and carefully as to not warp the plastic piece. I can understand how the parts were designed to provide universally fitted pieces for all Nendoroids but I found myself having a little trouble managing the delicate plastic.

Overall though I love the design of the After Parts and how it utterly changes up the aura of the entire Nendoroid. Here are the rest of my photographs for Mako. I did a really quick photo shoot this time because this post came to mind last minute. The daytime-angel pictures are taken with a Nikon 1 and the original kit lens. With enough lighting, they turn out fairly decent. The nighttime-devil pictures however required a much more versatile camera so I turned to my Nikon D3100 with my 17-70mm Sigma macro lens to get all the nice lighting in the back. It was pretty fun playing around with the parts so I’m seriously considering getting the After Parts 02 set even with the slight headpiece troubles I had.

If you have a Nendoroid you should definitely consider getting a set. They were about $15 dollars at the GSC booth at the FanExpo Canada convention, $12 at a regular licensed vendor in the Dealer’s room and about 800-950 yen (plus some light shipping) at some online Japanese websites so it won’t make much of a dent in your wallet. Plus, it’s a great way to revamp your Nendoroid and give your old figures a little makeover.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this really long review and post. Hopefully some of you figure collectors found something interesting to check out. If you have any more questions about the After Parts don’t hesitate to comment or tweet me @CuriousCloudy and I will talk to you guys in my next post or video very soon =)

– Cloudy

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Out of the Box – Mako Mankanshoku Nendoroid

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I did an Out of the Box feature here on my blog mainly because I’m trying to juggling it all with my channel. Sometimes it’s really easier to film an unboxing rather than … Continue reading

Cloudy Says…

Heyhey how are you all? I hope you’re well. We haven’t really had an update for a while now so I thought this would be a good time to check in. If you’re a new follower on littlecloudcuriosity, welcome! Cloudy Says posts are basically updates from me to you so you can keep tabs on what I’m planning in the next few weeks. Tonight I’m headed to the Just Kidding Films talk at the University of Toronto and I’m super excited. I’ve been following JK Films on Youtube for years now and tonight’s is their first time visiting. YAY

Lately I have been super swamped with midterms and assignments and extra curricular club activities that I feel like I haven’t been too hyped about blog content. Plus Internet at my apartment in Kingston is just so bad I’m ready to bash the router. Stupid winter power outages…

Anyway, this week is my reading week/study week and I’m hoping I can up on some chillax photography to showcase my latest Out of the Box post. To be honest, there hasn’t been a lot of new merch out so I keep scouring the Internet for interesting things to show u guys. How do you guys feel about Asian Snack Features? Like strange new flavors of pocky or weird sorts of snacks that I just happen to come across. Think of it like Snacking with Cloudy and it’ll be a great way for me to share some of my favourite anime marathon noms with you guys.

Despite multitasking like a hundred things at once I’m still trying to keep up with the latest anime episodes every week. Kill La Kill and Tokyo Ravens seem to be heating up intensely alarm last season. As for this season, Nobunaga the Fool, Nisekoi and D-Frag! are going pretty strong.I have also been diligently following Hamatora cause it’s just so awesome and I will be posting a full review of the series when it finishes. The same goes for Pupa which I decided to keep on my watch list cause the episode wraps up in the time it takes for me to eat a piece of chocolate. A new Out of the Box feature will be out sometime this week so keep an eye out for that as well!!

Also, I recently got word of my international exchange application and I’ve been offered to go to Manchester, England in September for an entire year!! I am super excited to see what they have in store for me in Europe and I can’t wait to share some of my travel photography with you guys as well. That’s still a little ways down the road but if you guys have any travel tips for me for England, I’d appreciate it a ton!

I hope you guys liked this update and thank you guys so much for dropping in. I’m going to look around for new stuff to post but for now you can expect steady anime reviews coming out every week. Hopefully my blogger’s block goes away soon!!!

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-Cloudy

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