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Ax2 Smith Baker Mini Review

Although I actually received this figure some time ago, I never posted anything about him!

Packed very securely, I always appreciate when a company covers the figure in plastic to protect from weather!

Gorgeous artwork on a very well made box, extremely sturdy. If anything had happened to the outer box, you can bet zero damage would have happened the figure.

Inside the box are instructions on the gun’s assembly as well as instructions on removing or attaching the hands. There is also a small issue of a comic with the backstory of the Smith Baker character which is gorgeous and a really good read! I flipped through the entire thing and would love to read more on this character!

The figure itself. Instead of the foam being more contured to the body like other figures, they took a little more general shape approach. Nonetheless, the figure arrived safe and sound with zero damage whatsoever.

Out of the box he is an impressive figure. The coat is amazingly well detailed with minor weathering, nothing like 3A’s unmatched weathering, but much more subtle. The pants and shirt are weathered as well. 
There is a wire in the seams of the coat and the tie for really cool dramatic posing, although it looks a little awkward in a basic stance as far as the tie is concerned, never really seems to want to lay naturally.
He stands perfectly solid without a stand and the detailed in the robot hand and gloved hands are amazing, the boots as well have gorgeous amounts of detailing. His headsculpt is AMAZING and for the most part the paint job is well done. I personally think the hair could be a bit better, it tends to look a little helmetty at times, and his eyes come off bit fish-eyed and plastic-y rather than focused on a single point or alive like some other companies. However, the details are still really gorgeous and well done 

Other than the hands, this is probably my favorite part of the whole figure! The gun can be assembled, but personally I love it in the case. The case is foam lined and even has the little lock parts to keep it sturdy. Its impeccably well made and super super cool.

The hat is also soooo coool on, but its a little so-so in its making with bled over colors and flocked for some reason. However as far as overall look goes its absolutely killer! Ax2 is definitely a company to watch if you aren’t watching already, I look forward to adding more of their figures to my collections!


Imagine Jane and Thor decide to share an apartment; Thor volunteers a reluctant Loki to help with the move. 

On move in day, all their belongings arrive at the new place, including the new furniture from Ikea.  Thor didn’t realize that the furniture didn’t come assembled, but says “How hard could it be?“  From flying in the Dark Elves ship, Loki already knows this won’t go well.  He volunteers to paint the living room instead.

For the next hour he hears groans and grunts coming from the room where Thor is assembling furniture.  When that turns into shouting and tool throwing, Jane runs to investigate.  The ground is littered in bolts and metal brackets which Thor couldn’t make fit.  He and Jane discuss hiring someone to build the furniture for them.  As they go back to the bedroom, Loki is sliding the last drawer into the second nightstand while sitting on the finished bed frame.  He grins as Thor’s jaw drops.

"I read the instructions.  You should try it sometime.”

Block of the Month: Bright Hopes

The Stash Builder Box Block of the Month for February is Bright Hopes. If you have never sewn a partial block seam before, this is a great block to start with to learn the technique. The construction of this block is fairly simple as long as you sew the pieces together in the right order.

This finished block will be 9” square so that you can use it with your other #BOTMSBB blocks.

All seam allowances are ¼”.

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oasis of light

A late night’s work before the war.

(Instead of a family, Robert House has a city.)

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On Robert House’s terminal, Las Vegas dies again and again.

He has never hated numbers — always found comfort in their objectivity, their crystalline certainty — but as he reads the results on the screen, he might have to start. His program for brute-forcing disarm codes isn’t fast enough. At this rate, incoming missiles will be disarmed a half-second after impact.

For weeks, he’s combed through the program, fine-tuning the assembly code instruction by instruction, eking out every cycle of performance he can. The time has gone down from ten seconds after impact to five to a half, but it might as well be ten years for all the difference it makes. Too late is too late is too late. The end result is still the same: failure. His city in ashes.

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