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Paper Theater Mask Star Wars TIE Fighter Pilot

Getting bored with the same kit on my workbench for so many months now, so I’ve tried building this. It’s set of paper cards with highly detailed designs laser cut into it. Similar to gunpla building, you remove laser cut parts from the card.

Comes with a one-page manual:
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It’s got three red cards.
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Five black cards.
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And one small white card.
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These are the locking strips you’ll use on the sides to keep the cut-outs in place.
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All cards are numbered and you have to line them up in front of one another so that the spaces between them will create layers and depth.
Some parts are small and quite delicate that you should use a knife or a cutter to cut it out from its card.
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Following the instructions, you’ll have to glue some of the parts onto the bigger cards before layering them up.
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Start by fixing one side.
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Then fix the other side, after doing this, the rest of the sides will be a lot easier to slot into the locking strips.
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Make sure to insert the side locking strips until it aligned with the cut-outs.
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And voila! Here’s the completed kit:
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It’s a bit smaller than I expected it to be, I thought it’ll be the same size as its box.
Here it is beside RG Rx-78.2.
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For those who don’t know how big or small an RG kit is, here a photo beside a highlighter pen.
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It took me about half an hour to finish the kit, but most of that time was spent looking for my glue (that’s how organised my workbench is).
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Loot Crate – Star Wars

Jumping into the Star Wars hype train, this month Loot Crate has released a Star Wars themed box, and it’s huge. Close to the size of the MG ver KA Sazabi’s box, it’s heavy and full of goodies. IMG_4067 IMG_4068

First is this AT-AT Walker beanie hat. One of two items fit for cold weather. We’ll it’s already summer now so I’ll have to stash this for later use. I don’t like the fluffy ball on top though, I wish they just made a simple beanie. Thanks to Ted for happily wearing it for this post.IMG_4082
2nd winter item is this gorgeous knit scarf emblazoned with Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance emblems.IMG_4080
Raglan tee with minimalistic BB-8 logo. I really like the subtle design and the colour combination,IMG_4088
So Loot Crate hired a toddler, gave him a silver marker and let him scribble over mugs. And the result is this Kylo Ren 10oz sculpted ceramic mug. The set comes in three designs, Kylo, Vader and BB-8. IMG_4077 IMG_4076 IMG_4075
Mr Potato Head – Darth Vader. Nothing much to say about this guy except that I might sell it later on TradeMe.IMG_4084 IMG_4085
Loot Crate Exclusive Comic Book – Vader Down, 1st issue.IMG_4089
Aha! Now something for my daughter, she loves reading books (or looking at pictures/drawings) and also something I’ll enjoy reading to her. Little Golden Books set, episodes 4 to 6 and episodes 1 to 3.IMG_4090IMG_4091
Rebel Alliance mini bag, or gadget pouch or whatever you want to call it. Looks very sharp and neat, I’d definitely find something to use it for.IMG_4071 IMG_4070 IMG_4074
And finally, Kylo Ren shuttle 3D metal model kit. If this is any good then I’ll display it in my office desk.IMG_4078 IMG_4079
I’m very pleased with the contents of this bag even though I didn’t got the bonus Funko Hikari Limited Edition figure. My favourite loots are the scarf, raglan tee and the book set. I’m hoping Loot Crate will do this again next year, or perhaps a Gundam-themed box.
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Loot Crate – Combat

Loot Crate’s November theme is Combat. My crate arrived a bit late this month and with the holiday season approaching, I almost forgot about this. Nevertheless the box is still brimming with items from Hunger Games, Fallout, Blizzard, etc.

So to begin with, here’s a mocking jay pin from Hunger Games. IMG_4052
I’m not so sure about this one, I just can’t picture my self wearing this. Maybe my daughter would like to wear it while wrecking havoc in my office (gunpla workbench). At least Ted willingly volunteered to wear it for this post.
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Cute But Deadly fridge magnet stickers.
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Street Fighter Comics. I’m not familiar with the story behind Street Fighter, all I know is they all fight each other from the game.
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Cute But Deadly mini figures. It’s a blind box and 3 of the figures are rare, I could have got one of those 3 but instead I got a normal Diablo figure, like I always do.
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Vault Boy Bobblehead.
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And finally, the pin and magazine that no one really cares about.
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Star Wars BB-8 Droid by Sphero

I first saw this as a prize on one of Loot Crate’s competitions. Knowing that I have no chance in winning that I started shopping around. You can get it from Mighty Ape or JB Hi-Fi for $279.00.

On the new Star Wars trailer, BB-8 was shown in a brief moment but enough to capture the imagination of most Star Wars fans. The design and movement of BB-8 is perfect for Sphero’s products, making their combination a perfect match.

The box art is equally wonderful as the quality of the packaging.

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The droid is tightly held in this very dense foam.IMG_3908

The instructions are so simple as well. IMG_3909

It comes in 2 parts, the body and the head. IMG_3910

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The head connects to the body through the use of magnets. It has rollers to keep the head in place while the body is rolling.IMG_3914

Also comes with a nicely detailed charging base, and a USB cable for charging. IMG_3915

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Then you’ll have to download the BB-8 app to control your BB-8. Once you’ve downloaded the app, just place your phone close to BB-8 to connect.

Using the app, you can do things like driving BB-8, set it in patrol mode and send augmented reality messages. When viewing the message through your phone, it will look like BB-8 is projecting it.

One thing I don’t like about this version of BB-8 is that it doesn’t talk or make the droid sound we love from R2-D2. Instead, the app will make that sound for you. And also since this is my first Sphero, I still haven’t get accustomed on driving the thing, it’s very easy to lose your orientation because of its shape.

It moves very fast on solid surfaces such as tiles so it’s easier to drive it on carpets.

I thought my daughter will love this but it seems like she’s afraid of getting near it. But I don’t think that will last, once she knew that it’s not going to harm her, I might have to stash this away to keep it safe from her.