Takara Tomy Transformers Soundwave MP3 Player

Soundwave was originally a micro-cassette recorder in the Transformer series. He has little transforming spy cassette stored in the deck on his chest. However, this time around when Takara Tomy is releasing Soundwave, he got a technology upgrade: now Soundwave is a MP3 player. I wasn’t going to get Soundwave because as a MP3 player, you no longer have those transforming cassettes. However, I saw a deal with Soundwave being sold at ¥3,000 vs. the regular price of ¥10,500. At less than 1/3 of the original price, I caved in and ordered it. Soundwave comes in three different version: spark blue, blaster black and sonic white. Each has a different color scheme but are otherwise identical. I got the blaster black version.

Takara Tomy Soundwave Playing Audio Player (Blaster Black). Released on December 2007 with a MSRP of ¥10,500.

So here’s the box that Soundwave came in, front and back.

Soundwave Soundwave

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Nendoroid Mini Skit Series Episode 01 Mung Bean Monogatari

We all have been told as kids that we are not supposed to play with our food… but I say why not? Especially when there are important life lessons to be learned from it… Today we shall have Konata from Lucky Star, Saber Lion from Fate/tiger colosseum and Tsuruya-san from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu teach us creativity and the ability to improvise can save the day in a time of crisis…

So let the show begin~~~~

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Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

In the transformers series another set of toys I always wanted is the Dinobots. Out of the five Dinobots, Grimlock the T-Rex is one of the coolest. I’ve played with the Generation 1 Grimlock toy back in my earlier years but never managed to own one. Seeing Takara Tomy is re-relasing the the MP-8 Masterpiece Grimlock, I ordered it together with the MP-4 Masterpiece Optimus Prime. Weight in at 1.6kg for the entire package, Grimlock is much lighter than Optimus Prime and cost a lot less in shipping.

Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-8 Grimlock (タカラトミー トランスフォーマー マスターピース MP-8 グリムロック). Released on March 2009 with a MSRP of ¥13,650.

Picture of the box, front and back.

Grimlock Grimlock

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Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime

I have always wanted an Transformers Optimus Prime toys ever since I watched the Transformers animated series when I was little. However, I never got my hand on one, until now. When I say Takara Tomy’s Masterpiece MP-4 Optimus Prime is being re-released complete with the trailer, I was excited. Placed the order on amazon.co.jp and just arrived from Japan recently. Yes this is the Japanese version, a lot of die-cast metal parts are used in this and way better than any version released in the North America in terms of built quality. The package is really heavy, nearly 4kg, the shipping itself from Japan was a whopping ¥6,800.

Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-4 Optimus Prime (タカラトミー トランスフォーマー マスターピース MP-4 コンボイ 完全版). Released on October 2009 with a MSRP of ¥18,000.

Here’s the box, front and back.

Optimus Prime Optimus Prime

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Curry Potato

Wanted to test out the new curry powder I bought recently and  after looking around the kitchen, found some long-neglected mini potatoes lying around… curry potato it is then… Typically curry potatoes are made as a stew but I happened to be baking a quiche today so I thought why not maximize the oven use and roast the potatoes as well? And if I may say so myself, the finished product is not bad at all… XD

Curry potato 1

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