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# Saturday, 14 February 2009

So there I was after picking up my Street Fighter IV I foolishly walked into a toy shop and saw this girl, she was carrying a sign.

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Asking people to join her club. And with a face like this.

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How could I possibly say no as I hurriedly picked her up. This is of course Revoltech's Haruhi figure. Not to be confused with the Figma Haruhi figure.

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First thing the wife ask is of course "Don't you already have one?" Well you see..

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Of course there are some difference between the 2 figures, most notably of course, this being the bunny suit version. The Revoltech Haruhi is from Revoltech's Fraulein line (I got no time to type an accented a in there) which touts.. and I quote is a figure system capable of producing beautiful body lines and motion as natural as real lives.

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The front lower body section (near the tummy) is not plastic but rather PVC so that it can twist and look realistic, heck it MUST be special since it gets it's own bullet point on the box! The legs also are much more normal looking compared to Figma's chicken leg style.

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But one thing that I have never been able to stand about Revoltech figures is the damn stand! (Hey.. saw what I did there?)

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As I mentioned before in my Ryu and Chun Li posts, the damn Revoltech stands SUCK! And this one isn't any better, it's just a straight pole up, an elbow at the top, followed by some thing that resembles a collar to hold your figure under the arm pits. I guess this is the ideal position to show off this stand.

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This is just wrong in SO MANY ways.. first of all it doesn't actually GRIP the figure, you just plop the figure on the thing and hope the hook catches the figure under the elbow. Well since the hook is slightly elastic you could just make it clamp down on the side of her breasts.

Another thing which I hate about Revoltech figures is that the darn Revoltech joints have click notches on them so they aren't really freely posable. Also for this figure specifically, I find it QUITE hard to pose without the stand cause.. she's wearing heels, so the surface contact isn't a lot. And also, the bunny ears makes her head top heavy!

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Gheez.. I wonder how hard it would have been for them to just make a longer segmented stand, and maybe come up with a better way of holding the figure up.. well the usual hole in the back works well! Not everyone wants to have a display case of figures standing straight up by being proped up under their elbows!

So let's have a comparison shot of the two figures.

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Revoltech Haruhi is taller and the joints look err.. less weird compared to Figma Haruhi. But both are nicely crafted figures. One plus side for Revoltech Haruhi is of course the fact that.

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She has some essential props included! And damn....

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She's got FRIENDS coming!

And I took a few shots in RAW and then converted them to JPG after tweaking the brightness a bit. I think I forgot my monitor wasn't displaying at full brightness though, that's why everything looked dark. So via Silverlight DeepZoom you can see how's the detail on the figure.


Saturday, 14 February 2009 17:13:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 02 November 2008

Finally!! The Silverlight Streaming Service is now ready and compatible with Silverlight 2.0 Release version! To celebrate.. let's have a quick deep zoom album…. hmmm.. maybe I should just throw images in without worrying about how well they look?

Hmmm.. maybe I should make one of the panoramas I made. So here they are.


Sunday, 02 November 2008 20:48:25 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [4]  | 
# Monday, 25 August 2008

I was over at my inlaws during the weekend, and my mother in law had a little garden at the house. So I snapped decided to snap off a few shots, I didn't bring along my macro lens though so I had to rely on the close up filter. Not to mention my tripod was broken so I had to take the shots by hand.

Then we managed to get some Jonker's Satay which is basically pork satay + pineapple sauce. Yuummm.


Monday, 25 August 2008 09:55:01 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 18 August 2008

Ever since Beta 2 of Silverlight was released all of my previous Deep Zoom albums stopped working because of the incompatibilities between Beta 1 and Beta 2. And of course for the past few weeks I was working on the YTBN video system.

But finally.. here it is.. the return of the DeepZoom Album Creator!

Why go through the trouble of uploading 45MBs of photos instead of just a plain slideshow? Because of the detail you can see in the pictures, zoom in on the right end of the tree in the field, and you can see some unexpected details!

It's mostly the same code as previously, with some upgrades to the system. Most notably is that if the source picture contains EXIF info it'll now be placed into the album for those who are interested in such information. The UI is a bit clutter because of the additional EXIF panel so I guess I'll need to fix it later.

Hopefully this time I'll be able to sort out the code to be uploaded to CodePlex properly this time.


Monday, 18 August 2008 01:36:04 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
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