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! 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