A little Autumn Relaxation…

I've wanted to build this kit ever since I first saw it back when it was new. I'm a huge fan of PenPen and this is one of the best figure representations of him, in my opinion. The sculptor, Nakamura Manabu did a wonderful job in getting all the details from the original illustration spot on and evoking a warm feeling that while out of character for Rei is still a welcome change. There was just one problem: whoever designed Rei's outfit in the original illustration must have been color blind, because it was absolutely a hideous mixture of Salmon, Orange and Yellow. I decided straight away if I ever built this kit I would change that.

Humble Beginnings

Everyone starts somewhere in this hobby.  The most common way to start in on Garage Kits for most of the English speaking fans is the same way I began. You find a cool figure on eBay and think "wow, I need to own that! It's from my favourite series and looks amazing!" Only to find out that it's something called an unfinished, unpainted Garage Kit and not the action figures or PVC statues you're more familiar with. After a little more research you find out "oh wait I have to pay someone to paint this but I'm not independantly wealthy and there's a ton of these figures that look awesome!" Then from there, perhaps you do what I did.  You buy a couple figures that usually ship from Thailand, Hong Kong or some other exotic locale and panic when it arrives. "How am I going to DO this?" Never fear, brave adventurer! Many have come before you.