kempffffffffffffffffffffffffffff said: I'm a modeler in the Bay Area and I was wondering if there is ever any kind of meetup where people just construct models. I'd love to turn this ridiculously solitary activity into something a bit more social.
There definitely are! Join the SF Bay Area Gundam Club on Facebook and follow their events. They host fairly regular events, but mostly in San Jose.
NOTE: Earlier today, I saw a post on MFC about how some entries end up in particularly heated arguments. The following is my response to that post. I think this is a deeper question about how we approach our hobby, so I decided to share my thoughts on this matter here.
I think there’s a simple process to this. Let’s say I buy a thing, and you remark that you don’t like the thing I bought. How you word your criticism doesn’t matter; it doesn’t even matter that it’s not directed at me. It just needs to come across clearly that, for some reason, you don’t personally like/approve of what I bought.
Most people have some sort of ego, and they want to feel good about the decisions they make, so they can be happy and fulfilled (for a bunch of reasons I won’t get into here). You criticising something I purchased, then, indirectly criticise my purchasing decision, and, through that, my ability to make good decisions in general. That infringes on my ability to (delusionally) feel good about my purchase, and thus feel good about my decisions and be happy.
This is the same reason why attacking—or, in some cases, even just commenting on—someone’s personal decisions has the capacity to kick up huge shitstorms. Most people want to be happy, and, to do that, they defend their egos. In general, you’re more likely to see bigger, more aggressive reactions from people with more fragile egos. This is especially true for people who particularly pride themselves in their hobby.
For our hobby like figure collecting, then, the matter of maturity doesn’t lie in the nature of the hobby itself. The maturity of a collector has more to do with which franchises s/he collects from than how much money s/he spends on actual purchases. There’s definitely some correlation between collectors’ personalities and the target demographics of the works they follow. I won’t name any names, but, given what I’ve seen on the internet, some followings definitely have a bigger share of man-children than others do.
Just keep in mind that the maturity of a work relates to the maturity of its audience and, therefore, the maturity of the people that buy its things. Use this rule to decide where you can be more liberal with your opinions and where you should keep to yourself—lest you hurt someone’s feelings.
Hey guys! I’ve been quiet again lately, but there’s a good reason for that. You see, my spring break was last week, so my girlfriend and I went to Japan! We didn’t have much time on our hands, so we just stayed in the Tokyo area, but we had a really great time seeing all the sights and sounds. This is a toy blog, however, so that’s what we’re all here for, right?
I’m huge fan of Line Friends, did you know? (All the characters are so adorable!) The Brown and Cony pillows on the left we found at the TV Tokyo booth at Anime Japan. The Cony on the right is actually a bag, and I spent something like ¥2400 trying to win it from a UFO catcher…
Here’s all the big stuff! I’m really glad to find the Valkyries and the Binaltechs, but, surprisingly, MG Turn A was the hardest one to catch; I didn’t see it anywhere until our very last day. The two Vocaloid totes are from the recent Family Mart lottery campaign. I was really tempted to buy tickets (¥800 each) and try pulling them, but I managed to find both of them at Nakano Mandarake!
And that’s pretty much it, aside from the gatchapons and accessories. I have some pictures of our trip in this album. My girlfriend took a lot more pictures, but she’s still in the process of uploading all of them, so I might post an update when that’s all done. She has all of our Anime Japan photos! (Because I was a huge idiot and left my camera at the hotel.)
If you have any questions about the stuff in the pictures or anything else, feel free to let me know!
It’s been a while, but I have some exciting updates: first new gunpla of the new year!
Yesterday, I met up with my friend, who picked up the Zaku F2000 for me while he was in Taiwan for the holidays! The big Tieren and GN-XIII arrived today from Mandarake. I’ve looked for all three of these kits for a very long time, and I’m really glad to have finally received them!
Of course, while I was out today, I picked up three of these! This just came out yesterday, and I’m really excited to see how it plays. The big thing, though, is this.
You may remember that I ordered this from Tatsu Hobby a good while ago. I finally got some time last weekend to pick up this up from their warehouse! I haven’t had a chance to pop it open yet, but I might do a video for this one?