What’s this? Nina actually enjoyed Reggie fawning over her a little bit maybe?
Sometimes, when I’m feeling shitty, I will order stuff that I wouldn’t normally because dying with a lot of money in the bank you never enjoyed bums me out. It’s not like I’m in mortal peril all the time, but I don’t feel well yet, so I’m always uneasy. That’s not to say that one shouldn’t save up for medical expenses, or what have you, but at the same time you should enjoy the fruits of your labors. Anyway, it gives me something to look forward to and helps me ignore the soul crushing emptiness of my life. Recently the item that filled this role was a knock off masterpiece Bluestreak figure. The real deal is between 60 to 80 dollars depending on which version and what seller you choose. The knock off versions are about 30. I’ve never seen a real masterpiece figure from the new series. Years ago, when I was working retail, I got the first version of Optimus Prime And later on Megatron. After that I could never afford any more. I’ve been really curious about them for a long time, even imagining being able to get Soundwave, or maybe Ultra Magnus, but once the prices were revealed that was out of the question. One of my friends has some of them, but he lives far away, so I’ve never even seen someone else’s up close. Oh wait, I got the US release of Starscream somehow, but not any of the car guys. I only had Jazz as a kid, but I always wanted prowl, bluestreak, or smokescreen. They are basically the same toy. Jazz is actually different from them, more fragile in some ways. Strangely they didn’t make him as a masterpiece figure. Not yet anyway, but they made the three others. Bluestreak is one of my favorite characters in the lore. I identified with his personality as a kid. He’s a nervous talker and has anxiety problems. The other day I was just looking over amazon listings for mp figures, because you can preorder the blue diaclone version of Bluestreak now, and the site offered up a listing for KO versions of some of the others. KO is collector talk for knock off. They are usually Chinese replicas made poorly, or cheap versions made with molds that Hasbro, or Takara sold off at some point. I have a couple of KO G1 Devastators I got off ebay ages and ages ago. If you just want something to fill a hole on a shelf they can get the job done on the cheap. Anyway, I read some reviews that were verified sales and decided to get one, just to get a rough idea of what I am missing out on.
It showed up yesterday. I have to say, for a KO this thing is really nice. It looks like its a legit factory reject rather than being made as a copy. It had excessive flashing on a lot of parts, which I removed easily, and some of the joints are a little limber. Apart from that, if I didn’t know where it came from, I would just assume it was a legit Takara toy. It’s as well made as my real MP Megatron, which came with a broken part, and started rusting in the insanely dry air of this state. Honestly, I’m pretty pleased with it. I’d be surprised if the real deal was actually 50$ better than this. Makes me think they’re just jacking up the price to gouge manboys, like myself. In fairness that’s probably about what we deserve in most cases…
At any rate I might take a chance on these again. I’d really like Smokescreen. Its one of those things where you never know what you’re getting till its in your hand though. Since these aren’t legit the quality could vary wildly and I just happened to get lucky once. I guess we’ll just wait and see how things go.
The One Punch Man anime is on Hulu and it’s fucking awesome. I enjoyed the manga, but the animated version is amazing. Its so good it might be the first anime series I’ll buy since I don’t know when. I would love to see Saitama lay out Superman. By the rules of that universe it seems like he could do it easily, which would bum him out endlessly. XD.