Sunday, March 29, 2015

Monster Hunter Tigrex Plush Cap

I bring to you today a quick post about a fabulous Monster Hunter Tigrex Plush Cap!
 Let's go!

First off, I got it as a gift from Jäätynyt Enkeli and well, I hadn't seen it coming at all!
This soft Tiggy Tigrex is just absolutely glorious, for lack of better words. xD My first reaction to it was a "what the fuck?!" followed shortly by "OMG IT'S AWESOME". Go figure!

Yes, it's exactly this thing the Tigrex that gives your poor hunter shit-strokes and buttrapes us all at some point in the game but oh lord... this thing. Sure that Tigrex is scary and you just don't want to fight it because it damages like hell and has the speed of a demon when raging (at least in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, that is) but you must admit that this plush cap is some sort of cute...

Blah blah blah...
I'll just get right to the photos and then you can try to figure out how it's worn!

Inside a plastic bag.

Detail photos!

Close-up on the eye.
Jaw feat. teeth!
Nose close-up.
Ear close-up.
Yep, it's some kind of plush cap thingy that you wear on your head. It seems to be a "one size fits most" but it does have some adjustment option in the back so that it's sure to fit. I do have a rather big-ish head and well, it feels pretty roomy on the default setting, so I assume that it would fit most people if you just adjust it if needed.

Size adjustment thingies!
Oh and of course I took some photos of the tags!
This thing is authentic Monster Hunter merchandise!

Tush tag.
Paper tag, front.
Paper tag, back.
Okay, so it's definitely some kind of funny headwear and guess what? You don't wear it in the usual fashion! You see, the jaw actually goes around your own jaw so it looks like your head is inside its mouth, yummy. You better have your Poisoned Meats ready or your weapon or this Tigrex's gonna close the drooling gap...

So you wonder how clever you look while wearing this? 
I'll sacrifice myself and demonstrate!

Raaargh! ... or something.
Notice the cushioned upper mouth.

This is definitely a geeky and goofy addition to any Monster Hunter fan's collection! It's super soft, well-made and guarantees a laugh or two! Great fun to wear when hunting with friends too!
The next time you go on a hunt you put it on, activate rage mode and then you shall feel the power of the Tigrex within, rawr!

See you at the base camp!
Shiro Samurai waves bye!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Latias & Latios Petit Plush Mascot Keychains from Pokémon Center!

Hello peeps!

For some time ago I got my hands on a cute pair of Pokémon Petit series mascot keychains! They were ordered from Asakura-Japan's eBay store. Since my first order from their store I've grown addicted and well, it was just a question of time when the need to buy more would hit me. x) The store has such a wide array of goods and merchandise from the Pokémon Center stores in Japan and the seller is flawless and has super quick and safe shipping; I warmly recommend to check out Asakura-Japan if you ever feel the need to add any Pokémon or Studio Ghibli items to your collection!

Okay so, let's get back to what I was going to talk about. Sooo... I adore the Latias & Latios duo and when I saw these cute little plush keychains I just had to have them!

Just look at them! Ain't they adorbs?
This post will work as some kind of item review, I guess. I have photos ahead and I'll talk a bit about the plush keychains too, like quality and such.

Let's get started!

Both of them arrived in a cardboard box and inside a Pokémon Center plastic bag. The package itself was obviously shipped from Japan, so there goes any fears that I would have received counterfeit goods which I really don't want.
Inside the plastic bag the mascot keychains were wrapped safely in bubble wrap, as on the photo above.
They are both approximately 12 cm long and 5 cm wide.

I took both of them out of the bubble wrap - and now it's time for the photos!
First up is Latios.

Fullbody, above.
Fullbody, below.
Fullbody, underside.
Latios has his usually light gray body color, as it's supposed to be. The wings are fairly thick for its size and they stand up by themselves just fine; same goes for the tail things and the ears. As per usual his mouth is pointed downwards so that Latios looks serious. The eyes are a nice bright red.

Head close-up.
Head seen from the front.
Back detail.
I think it's really well-made for its size. It seems sturdy and of high quality. The material is some fabric that isn't super soft but it's not rough either; actually quite pleasant to the touch. It's not very squishy either in terms of filling, actually a bit hard but not in a bad way at all. :)

And lastly there's the tag photos!

Tush tag, front.
Tush tag, back.
Paper tag, front.
Paper tag, back.
Paper tag, opened.
As for attachment Latios has the usual metallic ball chain. The ball chain is attached to a small white loop sewn in on his neck. When held by the chain Latios tilts upwards a fair amount, as if he just took off.

Ball chain attachment.
And then of course we have Latias left!

Fullbody, above.
Fullbody, below.
Fullbody, underside.
Latias has her body in this very light mint-ish shade which I think is just right, she's not supposed to be white and neither is Latios! The wings, tail ends and ears are thick just like on Latios. But what differs on them is that Latias has a cute little smiling mouth and her bigger eyes are an amber color.

Head close-up.
Head seen from the front.
Back detail.
Latias is of course equally well-made as Latios. The touch of the fabric is the same and so is the amount of filling. But if anything then the Latias we got seems to have a crooked wing, but it's a minor issue seeing how it happens and it's not really a defect. By crooked I mean that one of the wings seems to naturally be turned so that it faces the same direction as the wing on the opposite side, when it actually should be facing the other way.

And of course there's the tag photos!

Tush tag, front.
Tush tag, back.
Paper tag, front.
Paper tag, back.
Paper tag, back.
Attachment is by a metallic ball chain as well. The ball chain is attached to a small white loop sewn on the neck. When you hold it by the chain Latias tilts far less upwards than what Latios does she stays almost horizontal.

Ball chain attachment.
All in all I'm very pleased with these two! They are super cute and a great accessory to hang from your geeky bag, pouch or what-have-you!

That's all I have for this time! See ya!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Solar eclipse!

Hello hello!

Today, on 20th March 2015, was a solar eclipse. It was visible from Sweden, Finland and the rest of Europe along with a bit of Africa and so. It passed over the northern Atlantic, which means that living in Sweden and watching it made the sun "disappear" to about 90% at most.. or something like that.
It was total in Svalbard (Norway) and in the Faroe Islands.

Actually, I only got to know about this on the evening the day before, thanks to Jäätynyt Enkeli. I called mom and asked her if she could ask my stepdad what I could use to watch it sunglasses weren't an option and watching it with your naked eye would damage it very quickly and thus be a huge no-no. Stepdad had planned to watch it through a welding helmet or a bit of welding glass.. which gave me the thought that my school might have something similar...
So yeah, on the morning of 20th March I sent a text message to my main teacher seeing how I'm in a school focusing on creativity, music and crafts I thought it likely that there would be something that I could use to watch the solar eclipse with. The eclipse would start approximately at 10:00 Swedish time and it would be at most during 11:05. Of course I didn't want to miss it because it would be the best one Sweden would see in several decades!

When I got to school on the morning I went to look for the teacher; I found him quickly in one of the classrooms and he said that there was a pair of these special solar eclipse watching glasses on the table they had come with the school's prenumeration on the Illustrerad Vetenskap magazine - it's a science magazine. Yes!

Okay, so I had two options if I wanted to watch the solar eclipse without destroying my eyes:

Option 1 Special glasses.
Option 2 welding helmet.

When the clock struck 10 students started checking the sun taking turns using the glasses and as soon as I told my teacher that I had a camera with me he showed me where to get the best view of the sun in the school building; we went downstairs to the passage corridor thingy. He also fetched me a welding helmet from somewhere (the glasses were upstairs in the classroom) and told me that I could go ask for a tripod from this one guy called Ismo, if needed. I got the tripod, put it up and noticed quickly that closing your eyes and snapping a pic normally just didn't show a shit the sun looked just as round and ordinary as ever. To get the sun to show that a part of it was hidden I needed to cover the camera's lens with either the glasses' filter or the welding glass. This was a bit tricky to get to work because the focus kept changing itself before my camera would cooperate enough to take the photo but hey, at least it worked, even though I didn't have the best lens for this shit; I have no zoom lens or anything so I just used the default one and cropped the photos...
Because of the slow shutter speed it was hard to get photos that were clear and even more so because duh, the sun is shit far away. :'D 

But I put together a collage of the photos I took during the different phases!

View at full-size.
Sorry about the graininess and all but hey, better photos than no photos. Oh, and the photos on which the sun is yellow/red-ish are taken through my camera with the special glasses and the photos with the sun in green are taken through the welding helmet's glass.

Flash photo of the sun when the eclipse was at its most.
I went outside with the helmet and snapped this with it on.
Photo taken at the end of the eclipse.
This was a lucky flash shot taken with no filter/glass over the
lens. The sun somehow cast reflections on the window that
showed the eclipsed shape.
It was a really cool phenomenon to watch I hadn't seen a solar eclipse in years! It's somehow so mystical, almost scary when a short moment it's dark during daytime!

I'm happy that my school didn't mind letting all the students watch the eclipse during school time, we even stopped class for it. Jäätynyt Enkeli also showed up in my school, I was a bit surprised. xD Then again, he has studied in here too a few years ago...

Oh well, I have nothing else to say really, see ya!
I hope you who could watched it too! ;)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Northern lights and things happening!


During the last few days I've had a lot of exciting stuff happening and I'm just really happy right now. <3 Today I finally got to start a new chapter in my life one I've been longing for so long! Yes, I finally got this far on my journey and I couldn't be more excited about what changes the future will bring! Looking forward to this new beginning!

Oh, and yesterday night I saw northern lights! I haven't seen them in a few years which is a big disappointment because hey, they aren't supposed to be rare where I live. :/ It's just that I've magically managed to miss out on them every time...
Oh well, yesterday on 17th March, a couple hours before midnight, they finally showed up! I took my camera with me but I had major problems getting even a decent photo. Either I just didn't find the right camera setting (I never photographed a dark sky before..) or I was lacking equipment but, whatever the case, I still got at least some photo proof. I apologize in advance about the blurriness and photo quality.

Photo time!
(all photos are unedited)

Most of the northern lights were faint in color, thin and disappeared quite fast; a few lingered on for a while leaving a light green area in the sky. There were a few brighter ones and some that did cool shapes but most were these thin moving lines that came one at a time or had the shape of some kind of arrow light burst. It was a bit disappointing because the whole display didn't last very long (maybe 30 minutes?) and just when you thought that now the real show would begin then it ended. :C Oh well, I'm still happy I got to see northern lights again because last time feels like forever ago!
They are so pretty. <3

Bye bye!