A scale modeler’s trip to Tokyo is never complete without visiting at least one of the Yodobashi Camera stores. On my trip in December, I stayed in Shinjuku and happily, Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku was only a 5 minutes walk away. Very dangerous indeed for this modeler.
It turns out that this particular Yodobashi Camera is the first ever opened and it’s huge: it takes up space in 12 separate buildings (!!) and multiple floors in each building. Quite amazing. I went to the hobby and games building and I was greeted with 5 complete floors of products to ogle at. The hobby section alone took up 2 floors.
So I definitely felt like I was a kid in a candy shop. Alas, the missus was on this trip with me and the fact is that my stash is unrealistically big (this is the subject for another post) so I just bought what I felt won’t be easily bought back in Jakarta including a new 0.2mm airbrush for when my cheap China-made 0.2mm eventually breaks down.
I also managed to visit BIC Camera in Shinjuku and Yurakucho but the selections are a lot smaller. Given a choice and a time limitation, Yodobashi Camera is the way to go although I managed to score a Fists of War kit in BIC Camera that Yodobashi didn’t carry.
In any case, any Yodobashi Camera in Japan is a must visit if only to marvel at the amount of products (be it model kits or other stuff) on display. Did I mention the building for watches in the Shinjuku branch takes up 3 floors?
The book is chock full of pop culture references. Looks like they managed to pull it off with the movie. Don’t quite remember the RX-78 even making an appearance in the book but it’s always cool to see a giant robot on screen.
I just hope we’re getting pre-Schindler’s List Spielberg here.
Adam West has passed away at the age of 88 from cancer.
Besides the one from the Super Friends cartoon, Adam West was THE Batman of my childhood. The show was campy as heck with the BAM! BIFF! POW! onscreen visual effects, the ‘Bat’ prefix in front of every gadget and the general silliness of the plots, but I was mesmerized nonetheless. It’s made more interesting since Adam West is pretty much the only straight man in the whole thing. I didn’t really see Batman as a serious character until I saw Batman: The Animated Series.
Good night ol’ chum. Thanks for the memories. Rest well.
Sir Roger Moore died today at the ripe old age of 89. He was the first James Bond to me. My first memory of James Bond was The Spy Who Loved Me with the rather cheesy Moonraker being the most memorable (not necessarily best) entry. In fact, The Spy Who Loved Me remains one of my three favorite Bond movies ever.
He was suave, funny with his quips and mostly, always cool. Even when a 6’5 steel-toothed giant was trying to bite his throat off.
Good Night Sir Roger Moore, thanks for being a part of my childhood. Rest well. Oh and f**k cancer.