Gee... I hadn't checked here in a while, and there's been quite an accumulation of unanswered questions since August. Sorry! Thanks for writing y'all, and I hope that you don't mind if I answer all in one long message...
Randy Riker-- Howdy! Everything's going okay-- I'm still kickin' and haven't lost any limbs or organs. Lately, almost all my attention has been focused on the guitar modification & playing thing. (I've put up a few pages of that kind of stuff, but it's probably not of much interest to folks who visit looking for figure-related stuff.) It's also been really expensive! Consequently, I haven't kept up with the world of dolls & figures. I do recall word about Electra and the official Takara 2.0 revisions from a while back though-- I'm curious about what they've changed, how well it works, and whether they've retained the overall allure of the original Cy-body (BBI's PBs were -ahem- mildly disappointing for me). I'll probably check it out sooner or later.
Roberto Arias-- No habla Espanol...(sorry!) From a baffling online translation, I'm guessing this is about metal 1/6 swords. I think there's a compliment in there too... All I can think to say is "Gracias"! (?)
Charley-- No habla Ingles...wait... I DO speak English! Joanna Dark: It seems that I've written some snotty and sarcastic stuff in an article about JD when she first came out, but take that all with a grain of salt. It's completely up to you to decide whether you like the figure- judge her by how well she fits in with whatever you're planning on doing to, or with her (BTW, she is only 1:6 scale, ha ha). She's basically a "Perfect Body" figure (with squishy boobs) and for major slicing and dicing, there are a number of issues which make her a less-than-ideal choice.
The Movie: Uhh yeah, that went straight to video, didn't sell, and then went straight to the dumpster... (what movie???)
Chung-- What do I think of BBI's new PBs? Not being really up on this stuff, I hate to show my ignorance... aw, what the hell: If all they did was give the PBs some new heads, my previous comments about funky weird leg poseability and ratchety joints would still be relevant for me. If not, then nevermind! (Actually, I'm more curious about the revamped Cy 2.0 which Randy mentioned.)
Leslie-- Thanks. I think the Max Factory vinyl Guyver kits are available as reissues at Hobbylink Japan. They're pretty cool-looking and are fairly easy to assemble (if you're not dangerous with an Exacto blade and superglue).
John Argento-- The nickel-plating tarnishing effect is naturally produced by the process of nickel plating (at least, my amateur nickel plating process). My stuff usually comes out with a not-quite-sparkly sheen which is easy to polish out. The darker tarnish (or burn), which is tougher to get out, usually comes from running the electrical current too high, or by close proximity to an electrode (and the convection currents in the bath, I think). It's all very mysterious stuff and for me, not very controllable. I'm a firm believer in seeing unintentional stuff like that as a good thing.
Shay-- Thanks for the offer for pre-cut stainess steel rings for chainmail-- I'm sure that some readers would be very interested in that info!
Dirk-- Wow, a guitar question? Sorry-- even though I'm mainly using my Twin Reverb these days, I'm not quite ready to sell the Semour Duncan Convertible modules. Oddly enough, the modules are actually more valuable than the amp! To buy a Deluxe Reverb, I was thinking of selling the modules and throwing in the amp...
Lord Karza-- I'm not quite sure what to say about this... The guitar and junior electronics thing is awfully fun for me, but as you more or less implied-- practicing sucks. It would be great to get the results of practice without doing the actual practicing. I've been trying to train my picking hand's pinkie to pluck and dampen notes, but it's slow going and it's no fun to feel like a klutz. But I don't think there's any way around it. The only thing to sustain you through this kind of tedium and frustration is the expectation of long-range results.
I've certainly thought about making big-boobed dolls again, especially when I get that plateau'd-out feeling. The doll-making hobby gives tangible results that serve as milestones, whereas practicing guitar is an ongoing thing that prepares you for events-- the events may be recorded, but the recordings are never as accessible as something you can look at and touch. However, most guitarists enjoy the collecting side as well ("Gear Acquisition Syndrome"), and my interest in guitar --like with figures-- has the added dimension of customizing. So in some respects, the hobbies aren't all that different.
I do still think about figure-making though. After getting a maquette of the "Terminator 3" TX endoskeleton, I though about how cool it would be to invest a really full-blown effort in making a fembot inspired by the TX: Scratch-built with metal and plated parts, solder, bolts and epoxy, lots of articulation in weird places. Maybe even without boobs? (Hey, it could happen!) Cool thought though, huh?