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Engineering Nerd



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:53 pm Reply with quote
As a structural engineer, I am shocked at this figure’s internal construction, since this figure is life-sized (149 cm tall, yeah Rem is a bit...on the shorter side) and there are lots of weight from the upper half body, a hollow core (imitating bone structure) is not gonna be enough to withhold the entire body for too long, nor it can withstand any extreme external actions (so no excessive touching etc hence why most of times these life size figures stay inside a glass case). I don’t have a single anime figure to my collection so I won’t have know this myself, are all anime figures hollow inside or only has soft stuffings? Very curious about it.

Well, good thing the figure comes with life warranty Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:13 pm Reply with quote
Engineering Nerd wrote:
Well, good thing the figure comes with life warranty Cool

Life insurance for the mrs. basically, or as how I like to phrase it, raifu for the waifu Cool not the same thing but you get what I mean.
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What is wrong with sex dolls?
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Engineering Nerd wrote:
As a structural engineer, I am shocked at this figure’s internal construction, since this figure is life-sized (149 cm tall, yeah Rem is a bit...on the shorter side) and there are lots of weight from the upper half body, a hollow core (imitating bone structure) is not gonna be enough to withhold the entire body for too long, nor it can withstand any extreme external actions (so no excessive touching etc hence why most of times these life size figures stay inside a glass case). I don’t have a single anime figure to my collection so I won’t have know this myself, are all anime figures hollow inside or only has soft stuffings? Very curious about it.

Well, good thing the figure comes with life warranty Cool


Reminded me of that story of someone who bought the 1:1 Miyauchi Renge from Figurex.
http://animelyon.net/rengeprojectoEN.jpg
These are definitely not sturdy enough and getting the lifetime warranty to work from outside of Japan looks painful as you apparently need to pay for shipping back and forth to the manufacturer.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:54 pm Reply with quote
Engineering Nerd wrote:
As a structural engineer, I am shocked at this figure’s internal construction, since this figure is life-sized (149 cm tall, yeah Rem is a bit...on the shorter side) and there are lots of weight from the upper half body, a hollow core (imitating bone structure) is not gonna be enough to withhold the entire body for too long, nor it can withstand any extreme external actions (so no excessive touching etc hence why most of times these life size figures stay inside a glass case). I don’t have a single anime figure to my collection so I won’t have know this myself, are all anime figures hollow inside or only has soft stuffings? Very curious about it.

Well, good thing the figure comes with life warranty Cool

It depends on the material used. Soft vinyl (sofubi in japanese) figures are typically hollow but as far as I know, PVC scaled figures are built a bit more solidly. Some PVCs with elaborate poses come with metal support rods molded in at certain points. Resin figures, such as garage kits, tend to require support rods as a matter of course.

I haven't been able to any info about what this particular Rem is made of, but 1/1 scale figures tend to use more specialized materials, such as fiber-reinforced plastic. I don't own any figures this large (thank goodness), but given their size, they must be much harder to transport and take care of.

A well-made figure, regardless of its scale, should be built in such a way that the weight of the materials is evenly distributed, which could mean anything from adding exterior support rods, making some parts hollow and/or out of a lighter material, etc. Otherwise you'll end up with problems like leaning, instability, and/or excessive fragility, like what this Rem seems to have.
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yu_samson



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:56 pm Reply with quote
Engineering Nerd wrote:
As a structural engineer, I am shocked at this figure’s internal construction, since this figure is life-sized (149 cm tall, yeah Rem is a bit...on the shorter side) and there are lots of weight from the upper half body, a hollow core (imitating bone structure) is not gonna be enough to withhold the entire body for too long, nor it can withstand any extreme external actions (so no excessive touching etc hence why most of times these life size figures stay inside a glass case). I don’t have a single anime figure to my collection so I won’t have know this myself, are all anime figures hollow inside or only has soft stuffings?


Japanese 1/1 scale figures are not all manufactured in the same way. I discussed this topic with another one of these 1/1 figure manufacturers. They told me that simply finishing a 1/1 scale 3D Printed figure will not last, since the common material and method used for 3D printing these figures within a reasonable cost would be H-PLA thermo-plastic and printed using a Fused-Filament Fabrication technique (plastic wire melted by computer-controlled heated nozzle). H-PLA is biodegradable. It absorbs moisture from the air, which can cause the material to swell or warp over time. Also the seams and joints where the separate parts are joined together are weak points. Another concern was the internal structure. The technique of creating a criss-crossing grid of walls to strengthen the integrity of outer layer of the figure is not ideal for the reason mentioned earlier.

The ideal fabrication method is to first make the polished life-size 3D printed statue, use it to make a mold, and then finally cast it with fiberglass or a combination of polyresin reinforced with fiberglass. Fiberglass coated with resin is stronger and much lighter than sheet metal. It is also highly resistant to corrosion. Smaller sections could be casted in PVC (PVC injection gets really expensive with large parts). Fiberglass is much stronger and longer lasting as it is unaffected by moisture (fiberglass is used to make boats and airplane parts). This method is also ideal for casting multiple figures instead of having to print every individual part of the figure each time. Each FRP cast will be identical in shape with minimal polishing needed. On the other hand, the surface of a 3D printed object needs to be heavily sanded and polished every time, which is very labor-intensive. A metal pipe typically runs through the center of the torso, legs, arms, and neck (In this case, looks like a plastic pipe).The metal pipe usually extrudes from the base of the feet and fixed to a flat metal base. In addition, spray-painting the surface using urethane-based paint instead of acrylic or lacquer paints will further strengthen the surface. Acrylic paints can fade, chip, crack, or peel over time. Lacquer is also subject to discoloration and scratches over time. Whereas, urethane paint can last forever if properly cared for.

Previously, F:NEX took pre-orders for their 1/1 scale Rem and Ram busts (waist to head; no legs). They were designed by Design Coco. Although the original master was 3D printed, the reproductions are casted with polyresin and PVC.

F:NEX's Ram
https://fnex.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=36

F:NEX's Rem
https://fnex.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=21

Can't wait to receive mine next year = P

I hope this information was helpful.


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Juno016



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:15 pm Reply with quote
ANN: "Rem bites the dust."

Me: spoiler["Season 2 spoilers are NOT cool."]

=D
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consignia



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:39 pm Reply with quote
Who's Rem? I've seen all of Re:Zero, and don't remember such a character. Must feature later in the series, but it's pretty ballsy to make a figure of a character who hasn't been seen before and assume their popularity.
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Nordhmmer



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:41 pm Reply with quote
Really it looks staged,the owner disassembled his "Rem" for whatever reason -why are her feet backyards.

or was she in pcs when they opened the box?
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yu_samson



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:43 pm Reply with quote
consignia wrote:
Who's Rem? I've seen all of Re:Zero, and don't remember such a character. Must feature later in the series, but it's pretty ballsy to make a figure of a character who hasn't been seen before and assume their popularity.


If you don't remember Rem from Re: Zero, then you might have been hit by a wave of Amnesia by the White Whale! Rem is practically the most popular character of Re: Zero.
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yu_samson



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:04 pm Reply with quote
Nordhmmer wrote:
Really it looks staged,the owner disassembled his "Rem" for whatever reason -why are her feet backyards.

or was she in pcs when they opened the box?


Unfortunately, this wasn't explained by the person who posted the original image. However, there appears to be an impact scar on her chest.


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kotomikun



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:22 pm Reply with quote
Nordhmmer wrote:
or was she in pcs when they opened the box?


The implication is that it was broken on arrival, yes. Some figures do come partly disassembled, but having the feet detached at the ankles would be pretty weird, especially for something that size.

Still can't understand spending over 12 grand on a life-size waifu, but I guess this proves that no expense is sufficient to avoid clumsy shipping.
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yu_samson



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:29 pm Reply with quote
By the way, Rem is already getting a SECOND lifesize figure. This time, Rem will be draped in a beautiful Kimono. This 1/1 scale figure is made by Design Coco and is composed of sturdy and long-lasting fiberglass. Includes carefully handcrafted Japanese-style umbrella. She weighs about 60kg...that's about my weight!! She can be yours forever for only 3,5200,000 Japanese yen (or $32,500 USD).

1/1 Scale Rem in Kimono Figure pre-order at Kadokawa Store:
https://store.kadokawa.co.jp/shop/pages/rezero_figure.aspx

If that's too expensive for your tastes, you can buy this authentically handcrafted Japanese Kimono made of the same exquisite fabrics used for making actual traditional Japanese Kimonos. Transform your real-life wife or girlfriend into your dream anime waifu for a quarter of the price at 925,326 Japanese yen (or $8,500 USD). Overseas orders to be accepted at a later date.

Pre-order Real-Life Rem KIMONO from the Kadokawa Store:
https://store.kadokawa.co.jp/shop/pages/rezero_kimono.aspx
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Banjo



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:27 pm Reply with quote
when's the funeral? Laughing
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yu_samson



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:35 pm Reply with quote
Psajdak wrote:
What is wrong with sex dolls?


Sex Dolls or Love Dolls are usually composed of the standard silicon body (or TPE which is popular in China for its low cost) and a head with some variation to choose from. Sex dolls usually come unclothed with only a wig. Internally, they are made of a metal skeleton with joints overlaid with silicon. They are heavy. Over 60kg for an adult-sized one. You will have to cloth it yourself. Go online and find a matching character costume. Even if you put the costume on the body, it won't have the dramatic look that you'd typically see from the anime because anime characters and their clothing are highly exaggerated. Also, no Love Doll manufacturer on the consumer market mass-produces dolls that are accurately-shaped (anatomically) like the anime characters. They just simply look like a pose-able, human female mannequin wearing a costume and a wig. Paints don't stick well with silicon surfaces, so you cannot recreate the bright and beautiful colors or attach decals that you would normally see on a typical painted anime figure.

3D printed anime statues are initially created using 3D modeling software, so artists can create uniquely shaped bodies and facial expressions, recreate ridiculous poses, and dramatically recreate clothing in highly exaggerated shapes. There is no limit to the type of paint colors you can use or decals you can adhere to the polished surface. Since many people who enjoy anime may also purchase anime figures, they are likely to prefer a lifesize figure that is more accurate to the original character design than simply settling for a "cosplaying" luxury mannequin.

In the end, your imagination plays the biggest part of enjoying a life-size figure : )
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