FG9789 Chibi Usa & Helios In Stock (1)
Had bought this with the matching Princess Serenity figure. This figure was plagued by many of the same issues as that one, however due to more detail being on the base these issues were amplified. To make things short: 1) Heavy warping of the ring around the base. 2) the crystals of the base do not fit properly in the base as is and require some modifications to get them to be placed 3) after warping was fixed, ring does not fit around the base and requires just as much work to get it to fit as the Princess Serenity figure did. Detail was still really good, this GK had no yellowing on the clear parts, and the part fit for everything that wasn't the base is great. The Chibi-Usa and Helios portion of the GK I easily give a 7/10. The base of the figure, however, I give a 5/10. So I will be giving it a 6 for its overall quality, just know that it may require quite a bit of work to get everything to fit properly.
FG9693 Princess Serenity In Stock (1)
This figure is a nightmare. While the casting quality and the part fit for the actual figure are really good, there are a few cons in regards to the cast received. 1) The biggest con is part fit. The primary model, that of Princess Serenity, is quite near perfect. The parts that go into the base, are nearly just as good. However, the base itself is terrible. The outer ring is too small for the center piece to go into without both shaving down a good portion of the center and the lip of the ring. While no one buying GKs should be alarmed to have to do extra work for part fit, this was quite a bit more work than expected. 2) There was a mix of perfectly clear resin parts and heavily yellowed resin parts. I am fully aware that resin yellowing does occur over time with exposure to UV rays, if untreated, and that is fine. However with casts being so yellowed it is difficult to paint them and take full advantage of translucency. 3) the guides for the moon to slot into the base do not correctly fit and requires some modification of either the base (recommended) or the connection piece on the moon (not recommended). All that aside, the cast in non-problem areas was good. Detail is fantastic and shows through beautifully, however there were a few places where some sanding was done that did dull the details and there was quite a bit of (minor) warping on the silver ring around the base as well as on her arms. Not the worst GK I've handled, but could have been better. Based on my experience with it, this isn't something I would suggest unless you're quite comfortable with fixing issues common with casting and working around potentially yellowed parts.
FG10184 Snow with Motorcycle In Stock
Solid cast, was my first purchase here, however there were a few issues. The cons I noticed with the cast I received: 1) the two halves of the bike do need to be tacked together and clamped in order to fit, sanding them doesn't work and will cause the bike to be too narrow to hold the tire in place. Due to the shape and importance of the bike, as well as the fact that there aren't any pieces that the bike fits into, heating and reshaping ends up being a slower process. 2) due to the way the body and tire fit together it may be better to paint the tire first, mask it off, place it within the body, and then do the paint job on the main body of the bike. This way you can remove the masking of the tire and keep its paint pristine while avoiding overspray difficulties from the body, as there is a very small gap between the rear of the bike and the tire. 3) (not a con in itself, but only so if you're used to figured that are solid all the way through) Pinning is only possible on the base and the main figure. Due to the body being 2 halves, and hollow to reduce material cost, none of the other pieces can be pinned in place. The pros that I noticed: 1) The cast is well done; details are crisp, no oversanding, parts fit as expected (aside from the main body as mentioned above). 2) Balance of the overall figure, once built, is good enough that the figure is stable without having to run a pin through the entire supporting leg into the base and actually only requires minimal pinning for stabilization. 3) Parts came in well packaged, none were broken, most parts had little to no warping. Overall a great cast and, despite its size and detail level, would actually suggest this for a beginner as they can learn pinning, how to fix warping on a minor level, and how to adjust part fitment where needed. While not a perfect recast, it is still one of the best I've handled. Because I have handled near-perfect casts, I am giving this a 9/10.
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