Cute little mischievious vampire – Remilia Scarlet

I have indicated in my post on Nendorid Hakurei Reimu and Kirisame Marisa that I have ordered Nendoroid Remilia Scarlet. Remilia Scarlet like the other Touhou Project Nendorids are only available in a very limited number of shops. And like other Touhou Project Nendoroids, none of the shop will ship overseas. So the list of shops that one can order Remilia from is Niconico Chokuhan, Animate, Gamers, and Tora No Ana. I got mine ordered at Animate back in April 2010. And now it has arrived.

Nendoroid Remilia Scarlet by Good Smile Company. (ねんどろいど レミリア・スカーレット). Original sculptor JUN (E.V.). Released on September 2010 with MSRP of ¥3,000.

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Nendoroid Snow Miku

Snow Miku is basically a repaint of the Nendoroid Hatsune Miku with some transparent hair parts. It is created in commemoration of the Snow Miku in the 61st Sapporo Snow Festival. A Nendorid Puchi version was released earlier but this is the normal Nendoroid size. It was an event limited release in February 2010 during Wonder Festival 2010 Winter. It was then available to order on the Good Smile Company Online Shop. But being Good Smile Company Online Shop doesn’t take credit cards as the payment method and they don’t ship overseas, I had to get my hand on this by using Tokyo Hunter. The price from Tokyo Hunter was actually very reasonable that I didn’t want to spend more time to find other cheaper ways.

Nendoroid Snow Miku by Good Smile Company. (ねんどろいど 雪ミク). Original sculptor Ageta Yukiwo (あげたゆきを). Limited released on February 2010, general release on June 2010 with MSRP of ¥3,000.

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Nendoroid – Sebastian Michaelis & Ciel Phantomhive

It seems that I spoke too soon on the fact that I don’t own many male figures. Just two weeks after I made the comment of not owning many male figures on the Gintama Hijikata Toushirou post, two more male figure arrived. This time is two nendoroids from the Kuroshitsuji (or Black Butler) series — Sebastian Michaelis and Ciel Phantomhive. Sebastian has seen an earlier release from last year already, I didn’t purchase it then because I didn’t find the parts for Sebastian all that satisfying. This time with the release of Ciel, Good Smile Company included in Ciel’s package some extra parts for Sebastian that make him more fitting for his role as the butler. So with that, I purchased them both. Oh, you evil Good Smile Company, you know I wasn’t going to buy Ciel unless you package Sebastian’s part with it, I know you did that deliberately. 👿

Nendoroid Sebastian Michaelis by Good Smile Company (セバスチャン・ミカエリス) Original sculptor Plastic Arts(まるひげ). Released on July 2009 and re-released on September 2010 with MSRP of ¥3,500.

Here’s the box.

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Figure/doll photography 121 – How to produce white background

This is another one of my figure/doll photography 121 post. A few months ago, I’ve posted an article on how to produce a true black background without the use of any black background material and/or image editing software. I wrote about the black background because I find most people does not know how light works its magic in a photography sense. The people I talk to tends to instinctively come to the conclusion that if a photo’s background is black, then there must be something black behind it. If you have read my article, then you would see that a true black background actually resulted from a lack of light coming towards to your camera. Today I want to look at the opposite side of the gray scale — how to produce a white background?

Well again a lot of people instinctively think that a white background is the result of placing some kind of white material behind the subject. Below is a photo that I took in front of a white fabric backdrop. However, when compared to the white frame that borders the picture, you can clearly see that the actual background is not 100% white. In fact if you load it into an image editing software, you will see that the background is somewhere between 96% – 92% on the gray scale. On the gray scale there’s only one white point which is at the very end of the gray scale. Anything that’s not 100% on the gray scale, or 255, 255, 255 in RGB value is not pure white. And 255, 255, 255 RGB value is what the background must be if we were to call it a true white background. Anything less is just a different shades of gray.

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Nendoroid – Tohou Project’s Hakurei Reimu & Kirisame Marisa

The Touhou Project, for those who don’t know is a Japanese games series that’s primary danmaku (弾幕 which literally translates to bullet curtain) scrolling shooter. The game is developed by a single person: ZUN of Team Shanghai Alice (上海アリス幻樂団). It’s called danmaku because the screen is often filled up with bullets that you have to dodge in between. Even though I’m not all that good with these shooter games but I do love to play them. I find these games to be much more challenging and enjoyable than a lot of today’s games where graphics is everything while the game itself offers no challenge to the player in one form or another.

Good Smile Company started to make Touhou nendoroids in 2009. The first one is Hakurei Reimu, However, it was only offered during Comiket 76 (August 14-16, 2009) as well as on a few online shop that does not ship outside of Japan. It can also be ordered on a handful of Japanese online shops that also doesn’t ship outside of Japan. Because of that, I didn’t get my hand on it. Soon more Touhou nendorids were released. In January 2010, Good Smile Company released Hakurei Reimu’s friend Kirisame Marisa as a nendoroid. And with that, I finally geared up and bought both Hakurei Reimu and Kirisame Maris off Yahoo Japan Auction. Another Touhou character that I liked, Remilia Scarlet, will be released as a nendoroid in September 2010. I’ve got my order placed with one of the online shops she’s available in and had it shipped to a package forwarding service in Japan so that I can finally get my hand on it for a more nominal price.

Okay let’s start with Hakurei Reimu. Here’s her box shot. As you can see she’s pretty old. Nendoroid series #74.

Nendoroid Hakurei Reimu by Good Smile Company. (ねんどろいど 博麗霊夢). Original sculptor Nendoron (ねんどろん). Released on August 2009 with MSRP of ¥3,000.

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