Friday, 19 August 2011

New boxed pictures of HK recast of the Buildup Kerberos kit



I've previously only seen the grey plastic recast kit (re-casted from the Buildup Stray Dog 1/6 soft vinyl kit)packaged in plastic baggies (as previously posted here)but it appears the Hong Kong recasters actually re-created the box from the original kit (minus the company brand name and info).
This kit was spotted on E-bay member mountbatten5 's listings. He didn't know the origin of this kit but saw it was very cool looking had purchased it at an IPMS model show in Houston, Texas in the late 1990's. As i have previously pointed out, these grey plastic recasts are actually quite nice (and not under-scaled shrunken copies like the white hard vinyl kit usually sold on Ebay from Thailand.
The pictures below have the original Buildup kit on the left and the recast on the right.





Thanks to mountbatten5 for letting me use the images and for the info. He has a 1/6 Nitto 25122 9800 SF3D Super Armored Fighting Suit that he will be selling at some point among other things so check his items out, the link to his listings is here.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

new models spotted!


http://necosaba.com/ has a picture of 3 models based on The Red Spectacles movie. Necosaba (cat mackerel?) is a shop selling garage kits, and so these are obviously unlicensed fan-made models. still very nice though! I'm guessing these are 1/35 scale (I could be wrong) but I cannot confirm as I do not yet have any other information on these.
I'll keep you all posted

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The Jin Roh Lookalikes Association meeting...



While in games and movies characters with body armor are very common, characters with glowing eye goggles are common, characters dressed all in black are common and characters based off German military designs are common, the Kerberos Panzer Cops were the first to blend them all into one very cool looking character design. The image of the hard shell mask, breathing tubes, helmet and red glowing eyes has become very iconic, and some franchises (in particular Killzone) have downright copied the look, and with the success of such franchises many more have appeared (particularly in the gaming industry) with similar looking designs. Of course, there are also many designs that are unintentionally similar, and some characters that bear some resemblance such as Darth Vader pre-date the Kerberos design.
So why are there so many similar looking characters out there????? Because 'the look' is just so darn awesome, and I love it all! So I thought I'd dedicate this post to the top 20 (imo) Jin Roh lookalikes of the world (real and fictional) for your viewing pleasure...

1: Bad dudes from: Final Fantasy VIII (game). Likely designed with killzone in mind, the resemblance is uncanny!

2: Kainan from: Outlander (movie). I totally dig those four eye helmets!



3: AD police (manga/anime series)


4: Zombie German soldier from: Sucker Punch (movie). Wait a second, he looks familiar...




5: Helghast from: Killzone (game series). Almost a direct copy of the Kerberos mask. And everyone thought it was so original in the west. If only they knew the truth...


6: Waffen SS Panzer Daemon from: Operation Darkness (game). What is it with Xbox and Jin Roh rip-offs?!



7: Russian Spetsnaz from: Hitman (movie). A lot of folks actually thought these were Kerberos Protect Gears. Seriously, about 5 people said that they saw the Kerberos turn up in Hitman. It's easy to see why...





8: Deep Eyes from: Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within (movie). OK, so they aren't that similar, but those glowing eyes just bring Jin Roh to mind every time I see them


9: Bad dude from: Turok (game series). Hang on, didn't we do him already? No? Oh, OK then...


10: Phantom Soldiers from: Phantom Soldiers (movie). hard shell mask? Check. Black uniform? Check. German styling? Check. Machine gun and bullet belts? Check f***ing check! Time to blow stuff up and chew bubblegum!



11: Ubersoldat from: Wolfenstein (game series). Erm, wasn't he number 6 in the list? No? Gah! They all look the same! If you see a guy wearing armor and glowing goggles in a game just shoot him, he is obviously a generic bad guy...




12: Firespectre from: a comic (I think). Never read into the background, I just call him Kerberos fireman....


13: Orc armor from: Appleseed (anime/manga series). Hang on, wasn't this in Turok?


14: Last battalion soldiers from: Images of the Last Battalion (short film). No surprise these look like Kerberos, the guy who made the short film was inspired by Kerberos Saga and the short film got Mamoru Oshii's approval.


15: Major Maxim from: Danger Girl (comic or something, I dunno). Need a bad guy but you have no idea how to design him? Just take a German officer and give him a gas mask with glowing red eyes and breathing tubes. voila!


16: Tokyo Police from: Tokyo Gore Police (movie). OK, not that similar, but they look cool and have red eye lens goggles. And armor. And they are dressed in black. And they are violent police. OK, so they are similar.


17: Main hero from: Dark Lurking (movie). lame B movie, lazy design. Yawn.


18: Riot Police from: Peru (the nation. Really). The real life Kerberos! Just give them gas masks with glowing red eyes! That'll scare rioters into conformity!


19: Darth Vader from: Star Wars (movie, novel, game and comic series). Probably the most obvious influence on the Kerberos design, Vader's iconic mask is embedded in pop culture the world over.


20: The main character from: Fallout: New Vegas (game). Because video games must now include glowing eyed, gas masked, helmeted, gun toting characters for their posters, coz, you know, they look awesome and stuff.


And of course all these are based on german soldiers from: wwi and wwii (history).

So there is my list. Do you disagree with any of my choices? Or do you have suggestions for additions to the list? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Jin Roh in other cartoons..


There is an anime i stumbled upon while searching for Jin Roh online called Xxxholic (yeah i never heard of it before)and episode 19 includes a snowball fight involving snowmen that come to life, one of which looks very very very familiar....

watch it online

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Kerberos Panzer Cop manga English translation online!

Ever wanted to read the Kerberos Panzer Cops manga comic but couldnt as it wasnt in English???? Now you can on mangareader.net where a very helpful translator has translated from Japanese to English and uploaded the entire volume 1 (thats over 200 pages) for everyone to read. Have fun! and let me know what you thought of the comic below. J

Read Kerberos Panzer Cop online in English!


Friday, 22 July 2011

Stray Dog light gear on Yahoo Japan




Want a screen accurate light gear? There's one on Yahoo Japan auctions right now! Not sure if it's screen used or not, but it does look like it has seen many years of use...
The auction

Monday, 9 May 2011

Madefuns Jin Roh costume now on Ebay


Just saw this item (the one I covered in an earlier post from Taobao.com)listed on Ebay. Its the same costume but now it seems that the costume is on offer for international buyers. Its pretty pricey though at almost $2,000 US dollars, and the seller (apparrently its the actual maker Madefuns) is new, so don't jump on this straight away, the seller is new and has zero feedback so give them a chance to build up a reputation before dropping 20 big ones on it.
just a heads up!

j

Thursday, 3 March 2011

red spectacles mask prop



A seller on Yahoo Japan auctions (ambforcesseraph) is selling an unofficial reproduction of the 'Red Spectacles' mask apparently made from a mold that was pulled from the original movie prop. Its expensive at 189,000 yen (way out of my price range) but if you have been looking for this version mask here it is!
http://page7.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/g94747564

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Platz Hobby 1/6 Kerberos Panzer Jager articulated figure





So, what can we expect from the upcoming Platz Hobby 101st battalion Panzer Jager??
Here’s the facts and rumours I have gathered so far on this new protect gear figure:
1: It is based on the German WWII version protect gear, which was featured in the Kerberos Panzer Jager radio drama’s and depicted in the Kerberos Panzer Cops: Tokyo War book.
2: the figure will feature removable armour parts, consisting of feet, shin/knee, upper leg, hip, groin, belly, chest, back, shoulder, upper arm, elbow, wrist, hand, face and head armour plates, as well as a backpack. The helmet looks like it’s the older m35 as opposed to the m42 used on the Panzer Cops.
3: The figure will include an MG34. Whether or not it will be a new sculpt remains to be seen, though some prototype images show metal bullets included. There is no word yet on whether a sidearm will be included, but expect any possible sidearm to be a P38 or similar as the Mauser ‘broomhandle’ C96 was rarely used by German forces in WWII. If a Mauser C96 was to be included, it would need to be the 9mm variant which includes a red “9” on the grip. The only other likely possible weapon for this figure would be the STG44/MP44
4: This figure is apparently designed by 末弥純 (Jun Suemi) and I am told it is sculpted by 竹谷隆之 (Takayuki Takeya) though I have to confirm this (updates to follow as I get info on that).
5: The figure will likely be based on the Neo 3 body by Dragon. Since Platz and DML are more or less the same company (different brand for Japan market it seems) the figure will be released using the best current body DML has to offer (the Neo 3) just as the recent 20th anniversary Panzer Cops were. There is not yet any indication that a new body will be developed (I hope they do develop a new body though, as the Neo 3 is behind what the competition are currently offering).
6: The figure will be either black or metallic bronze (or both!). The colour is (as of last communication with the producer) still undecided. The prototypes shown so far were in dirty bronze and gloss black, so there is the small possibility of multiple releases (which makes sense given the huge investment in top artists, sculptors and the years of development work that has gone into the figure) so don’t be surprised if there end up 2 versions in the end to make up for the investment costs.
7: This figure will cost a lot. Really. Given the 2-3 years (so far) of development and the large amount of sculpting/refining/etc, and the fact the figure includes many plastic/metal sculpted parts, and given that it will likely be a limited high end release for collectors (not to mention the license fees) expect this figure to be $150-$200 USD. The Panzer Cop by Platz was listed on their site for 13,440 yen ($162 USD) despite being mostly a re-release (almost no newly sculpted parts), but it retailed for $90 USD average in the end, so expect it to be cheaper than the initial announced price by the time dealers pick it up, but don’t expect it to be as cheap as the Panzer Cop though.
I will update as more info/images are made available.
Images from: oscf.net, moeyo.com, platz-hobby.com and Kaz’s blog (via OSW)