Pretty big megapost today! It’s time for Chinese New Year (with some Taiga!), Valentine’s Day, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics! I thought about doing separate posts for each, but they’re all pretty important! Let’s get started!
Originally, I was hoping that my Taiga would arrive during Christmas, as it seemed like such a suitable themed figure. But, as it nears Chinese New Year, this Year of the Taiga seems to make good sense too! The box is quite well designed. The two extra faces aren’t even visible unless you looked really hard!
Upon opening the package and taking her out, I noticed a problem: The jewel in her crown was missing!
Fortunately, I found it inside the box. It could have fallen out, and I’d be SOL! The jewel couldn’t be placed back in the crown either. It would just fall out. So I had to use superglue and needle-nose pliers to set it in. I don’t know what sort of plastic it’s made out of (probably ABS) but it melted a little bit under the glue.
Full-length shot. The only real complaint I have is that she’s wearing brown shoes and not some nice glittery high heels. This may be true to the anime, but it looks a little too out of place.
Crown looks good! The head can be rotated and tilted. I tried switching faces, but it was near impossible, it was frustrating. There are some flaws in the design, I think. But no matter, I’m not fond of the other faces anyway.
The sculpt is beautiful, and the lines are clean and simple. It’s a very well done figure. Unfortunately, she has a couple of dirty spots on her skin and dress. Normally, this isn’t a problem for me, but with something so pure and innocent, the dirty spots are really noticeable.
The wings are very well made.
Absolutely beautifully sculpted hair!
The dress is very simple, yet very pretty.
This is the original image that I decided to use for the photoshop image proceeding.
Here’s a 1280 wallpaper! Originally I wanted a real crowd of beauty pageant participants, but decided it would look better as a classy backdrop on a high school stage. You may recall what Taiga actually looked like in the anime.
Seeing her happy is an interesting contrast to what could have been, if the circumstances were right.
Here’s a youtube video of the process in making this photoshop!
Chinese New Year – The Year of the Taiga!
This year is also the Year of the Tiger for Chinese New Year! I took the occasion to unpack my Taiga figure. This was sold to me by Shino. An absolutely fantastic figure that I am so happy to own now!
Originally when she was first available for preorder, I had no intention of buying her. I had no idea who she was, and frankly didn’t care too much for the figure. Things changed after I saw the series, and desperately wanted to get a hold of , so I’m really thankful I was able to get this from his own personal collection.
Happy Chinese New Year!
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
The opening ceremony begins in only a couple more hours! Support your country, and tune into your local stations and watch the live broadcasts!
This is Miga, one of the 2010 mascots. This particular figure comes with the McDonald’s Happy Meals. She’s a “seabear”, and she’s my favorite mascot out of well… every Olympic mascot I’ve ever seen! :3
To show my Canadian pride, I’ve attached a flag to my car. Oh Canada!
I was able to catch the torch relay too! It’s such an emotional sight. The red mittens are a very popular symbol in the torch relay. The cool thing is that they’re easily affordable. A lot of people (including myself) own a pair of these mittens. And they’re comfortable and warm too!
Each torch bearer gets about three minutes of fame and glory as they run 300 meters along the designated path, surrounded by police officers, and cheering crowds.
Each torchbearer is chosen based on their contribution to their community. It’s definitely an emotionally overwhelming moment for the torchbearers, and the supporters cheering them on.
The team of bodyguards have been running with the torch across Canada for 3 months straight! 12000 torchbearers across 45000 kilometers!
Here is a youtube video of some of the best moments during the torch relay. The theme song is called “I Believe”, which is the theme of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Official Olympic Vehicle.
This is a small street in a small neighborhood, yet everyone came out to welcome the torch. Seeing Canadians come together to celebrate the event “with glowing hearts”, is very touching.
Some Canadians are smart. This is how Vancouverites fight the rain!
This kid is holding a Quatchi plushy!
My favorite mascot!
Adorable mascots are adorable.
My wife and I decided to hit the town and check out the sights too. This is the count down clock. As you can see, only 19 hours left until the opening ceremonies!
A mega huge poster by Samsung.
One of the olympic venues, a beautiful public ice skating rink.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is lit up too!
There are a lot of lights everywhere. It was definitely a very awesome sight.
A collection of Mascot plushies!
From left to right, is Miga, Quatchi, and Sumi. The top right one is the mascot sidekick Muk Muk.
HUGE postal box!
This is how wet my camera got when I was outside taking photos of the torch relay.
The olympic rings floating in the harbor, with Canada Place in view. When a Canadian wins gold, the rings will light up in a celebratory light show!
In addition, lights were setup around town that arrange in designs that can be seen around the city. These designs can be made by anyone who wants, on a website. This is a photo of my design! I designed it so that it could be viewed at virtually any angle and look amazing. I had to do some heavy photoshopping because their live web-cam is of poor quality.
Finally, this Sunday is Valentine’s Day. My wife and I have sort of begun treating it as “any other day”. Commercialism has gotten so out of hand for V-day, it’s impossible to book a restaurant for dinner during V-Day, and it seems to get harder and harder to come up with good gift ideas. Nevertheless, it’s still an important day to remind each other how much your significant other matters to you. It’s also a good day for single people to lay on the hate. How do you celebrate V-day?
Well, that’s it for now. I’m gonna go enjoy the Olympics now!