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So I am officially in freak-out mode, with only a few days left until I am off for the motherland.

This trip came together rather quickly, so I feel as though I am forgetting something, but man am I excited to go again. This will be my third trip to Tokyo. I'll be a big man in Japan once again.

Some cool things are going to be happening on this trip, only some of them I can tell you about now. For one, I'm going out to HobbyLink Japan for the day to check out the new warehouse and interview Scott Hards. Hmmm, i guess that means I need to write down some questions. Any questions for HLJ?

Then a few days later I will be covering the 2009 Tamashii Expo at UDX Akihabara... I can practically taste the metallic T-28. Of course, I'll have the HD camera on me, so I will do my best to make you feel as if you are there along with me.

I'll also be doing some insane toy shopping, hitting up all of the hot spots - some covered in Tokyo Underground, some that are super-secret and known only to the illuminati. I'm dying to check out the new 10-floor Mandarake in Akiba, and of course I will hit the usual haunts.

Posted 18 March, 2009 - 22:58 by JoshB

Up now is a guest appearance by Jeremy on the I Heart the 80's Podcast!

Jeremy and Eeper discuss the ridiculous, campy 80's fantasy non-classic Krull, starring Ken Marshall, winner of the 1985 Errol Flynn Look-A-Like Contest!

Click [HERE] to listen to Jeremy guest hosting I Heart the 80's or [HERE] to visit the I Heart the 80's homepage!

Hosts: Betty, Dylan, Jeremy

This is about synching Mamoru Oshii up with Pink Floyd, spaceship-egg-eyes, post-apocalyptic crazy Noah's ark, Yolk: By Calvin Klein, and Doug Funnie and his ugly green vests and his crush on Pattie.

Click [HERE] to hang out with a little girl with a giant egg under her dress.

I think it's important to try to be your own person, but sometimes it's best to follow those that have gone before. Back when I first got into the hobby, the Japanese Toy Database that was such a great part of the now-defunct Cool Japanese Toys website was a constant source of reference for me as I was starting out as a Jumbo Machinder collector. When I first started looking at it, each entry included a price estimate for a mint in box specimen of the listed toy. After awhile, these were taken down. At the time, I was a bit disappointed in this, but I've since come to understand why it had to happen. It's just become nearly impossible these days to predict what any toy should sell for, but the marketplace for Jumbo Machinders in particular seems to be particularly volatile. (A completed auction search for "Machinder" on Ebay right now will reveal some rather eye-popping final bids for some not that special jumbos.)

For this reason, I've recently gone back into all my Jumbo Machinder reviews on this website and removed all the mentions of the prices they typically sell for. Unfortunately, since those reviews were written, prices seem to have skyrocketed and I'm no longer comfortable giving advice on what someone may have to pay to get something. I know what I think each piece should sell for, but when a loose Jumbo Machinder Spazer sells for nearly $9000, well.... that's it. I give up. I never ever could have predicted such a thing.

Posted 14 March, 2009 - 14:45 by NekroDave

Been a while since I wrote one of these, figured I should do another one...

Posted 14 March, 2009 - 02:36 by EVA_Unit_4A

While some would tell you "don't sweat the small stuff", I prefer the pre-existing catchphrase "it's the little things in life that matter". As a Jumbo Machinder collector, it's likely that you may have heard me complain on occasion about a lack of space. But it's not just the jumbos that cause this problem. I've also got about 20 boxes of comic books. And after I stopped collecting comics and before I started in on toys, I had another brief obsession...dvds. For awhile there, I was buying them hand over fist. And while my collection now isn't that big, I do think it's larger than the average person's. I've got just north of 400 of them and as that number grew, it became harder and harder to find a place to display them all. I had a little bookshelf at first, then a bigger bookshelf and then both bookshelves together and finally both were overflowing. I'd tried to keep my eyes open for a better option, but never really made a point of it. But I recently had enough. Something had to be done.

Posted 7 March, 2009 - 22:31 by NekroDave

Today, I got an email from my good friend Juan Carlos Azpurua. You may remember him as the guy who sent us the report from Venezuela's first big anime convention, Convencion Avalancha in 2006. He also provided us with the translation of his friend Alvaro Carvajal's report from his Hasbro Office Tour in 2007. Juan Carlos collects mostly 1980s American toy lines, but also has an interest in Japanese robots and has been an invaluable source for learning about what was produced in Venezuela. Everything I know about Famosa Jumbos is because of him.

Well, a couple years back, he sent me the following picture.

This image was from a vintage Venezuelan toy catalog and shows a Mazinger Z Jumbo Machinder that I'd never heard of before. It's based on the Popy mold, but has yellow limbs. Strangely, although it adorns the cover of the catalog, there was no mention of it inside! So it's been unclear if this was a toy that was ever actually produced... until today.

Posted 3 March, 2009 - 12:46 by NekroDave

The old CDX office is getting full of junk and I need some cash to go to Tokyo, so out goes some stuff. Most items are priced to move at 0.99, many items have been reviewed here on CDX.

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/quibx_W0QQ_nkwZQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_mdoZQQ_sopZ14

Posted 1 March, 2009 - 12:27 by JoshB

Dead Space

A game about scary lighting, scary sounds, cutting off limbs, and when Scientology Goes Wild.

The cold draft of space silences the sounds of torment. The broken lights flicker and flash against the blood stained floor. The patter of inhuman feet strikes against the metal floor one step ahead of you around every dark corner. The lights suddenly fail and scraping blood curdling howls resonate through the bulkhead walls. Alone and afraid, you clench your weapon tightly watching as your ammunition counter approaches ‘0’ huddled in a corner. It is not safe. Welcome to the USG Ishimura. Welcome to Dead Space.

Posted 23 February, 2009 - 11:44 by Gunpla Rob

This is about nameless pilots, building robots, taking up missions to fight robots, and fighting even bigger robots.

Posted 20 February, 2009 - 14:12 by Gunpla Rob
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