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Biggles2
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Posted: Monday, January 06, 2014 - 05:48 AM UTC
I asked this question on Historica Forma, but it didn't generate much response: Has anyone here ever ordered large scale animé figs, or Royo character figs, from Thailand via eBay? I suspect these are recasts and require much cutting, filling, sanding, and finishing to achieve the advertised appearance. Any comments?
vonHengest
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 05:32 PM UTC
DON'T!!!! I have had plenty of them, and they are usually poor castings using low-quality yellow resin. They are NOT fun to work with.

The resin is usually very brittle, brakes easily, sometimes shatters, normally has shrinkage issues that cause the parts not to fit together well, have odd little extra bits of resin in the WORST possible places to remove them from, the thin parts are often broken/missing delicate pieces that are extremely difficult to reform, and they often cast the figures in as few parts as possible which exponentially compounds all of these problems.

You will need a lot of filler and sculpting material, a source of heat (such as a candle flame) to reform parts to fit/conform properly, small metal picks and files to get at the random junk in the small areas of the castings, many grades of sandpaper, and an extreme amount of patience.

I'm sure that sometimes you will get lucky and have a decent and relatively easy build, but this is in no way the norm.

There are some companies from that region that make ok castings using higher-qaulity white resins, but they still aren't as good as the authentic ones. Even the garage kit castings from Wonderfest are worlds ahead (in general). E2046 makes decent enough castings, and I'd buy from them any day before I'd consider those cheap recasts from Thailand that you find on ebay.

Now the larger kits will be a little more forgiving, especially 1/5 and 1/4, but I'd still hold unless you were extremely determined to have a hard to find kit of a certain character. Don't waist your time on 1/8 and 1/7, they are the worst.
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 08:14 PM UTC
I echo what Jeremy has stated.
I bought a large scale figure from Thailand before, horrible yellow resin which stinks to high heaven, flakes and cracks, poor fitting and generally not good all round.
I have bought from e2046 several times and I am very pleased with the castings and fit of these figures. A couple of things to watch out for are, pre-orders, basically these are not in stock. I believe once they get enough orders for this kit, it is then cast and sent out. The other thing is make sure you don't order the pre painted version, they normally tell you if it is.
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Biggles2
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 04:27 AM UTC
Thanks for your input, but I took a chance and already ordered a 1/6 scale fig from a seller named 'dekdoi' in Thailand. He had a 99.3 % positive feedback, so I'm hoping for the best! Not really an Animé fig, but a character from Royo's Malefecant Apocolypse. Interesting looking figure and looks good finished and painted - now if I can only achieve the same results...
vonHengest
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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 02:14 PM UTC
Good luck!
Biggles2
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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 03:59 AM UTC
Preparing my: saws, cutters, knives, files, sandpaper, putty, CA, etc. Sounds like a major surgery . Hope not.
Biggles2
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Posted: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - 05:35 AM UTC
I just received my figure. It's certainly not a 'shake and bake' kit like mainstream companies, but at least it is buildable. It's a white resin, hard, and on the brittle side, almost like a plastic. The main body components are cast OK - needs some clean-up and trimming to fit, and then some putty work. At least the head and face (the most important parts) is well cast. Some parts will have to be heated and either straightened, or shaped to body contours. It's the small parts that are really unusable being broken and poorly cast to the point of being unrecognizable lumps of resin, and are so fragile that they break when trying to clean them up. Some scratch-building will be in order, but that's just a part of modelling. It will be an interesting build, and probably the last of this type.