REJAS DE ALUMINIO Y REJAS DE BALLESTA

  En este caso unas rejas de aluminio y rejas de ballesta, son un elemento de seguridad a considerar, dentro de los elementos de seguridad que podemos adquirir para nuestro hogar. Nunca está de más en estos tiempos de crisis donde la delincuencia ha aumentado notablemente y especialmente los pequeños hurtos. Las rejas, están especialmente indicadas para segundas residencias donde no se vive habitualmente, en casas o chalets aisladas o en urbanizaciones y en plantas bajas, primer piso o patios donde es más fácil el acceso a los cacos. En este caso unas rejas de aluminio son un elemento de seguridad a considerar. Las ventajas en este caso del aluminio son que a pesar de que el aluminio es más liviano, es igual de fuerte y resistente que el hierro y al igual que en las barandas de aluminio, no se tendrá que realizar tareas de mantenimiento y además son más resistente a la corrosión y a los elementos climatológicos. Dentro de las rejas de aluminio las podemos encontrar de muchas formas (cuadradas, rectangulares, romboides…), estilos (clásicas, rústicas o modernas) y de diferentes colores. Están las fijas y las que se abren con cerradura por dentro.
     En los diferentes tipos de rejas, nos encontramos también con las rejas de ballesta. Son rejas de acero galvanizado, pero que a la hora de encontrarlas tendremos que acudir a un distribuidor oficial, que normalmente será una carpintería de aluminio. Son rejas que corren y plegan sobre dos guías y una vez plegada la hoja es abatible. Son las típicas rejas que se colocan en las entradas de tiendas, escaparates y bares como un elemento más de seguridad, pero que en los últimos años se ha incrementado su uso en particulares, sobretodo en patios y terrazas. Como en las rejas de aluminio, las rejas de ballesta las podemos encontrar en casi cualquier color y tono existente en la carta de colores ral. Son rejas ideales para grandes puertas ya que pueden ser de dos hojas y al correr y plegarse totalmente dejan todo el espacio libre de paso. Corren por la guía superior a través de unos rodamientos dobles con cojinetes de bola sellados para una mayor resistencia y suavidad en su desplazamiento y se guían con la inferior, las bisagras son también de acero para mayor seguridad y para soportar su peso y disponen de una cerradura de dos o tres puntos de cierre y con el bombín de seguridad. Su instalación es rápida y sencilla y es un elemento más de seguridad y de disuasión para el amante de lo ajeno, además en estos casos existen seguros que os harán un descuento por este elemento de seguridad añadido, por lo que su precio se rentabiliza a corto plazo. 
    Para una mayor información, venta de accesorios y presupuestos de rejas y ventanas de aluminio, contacte con nosotros a través del formulario adjunto al inicio del blog.

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Review 1: Hot Toys Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Babydoll (Emily Browning) 12" Collectible Figure

Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS157 Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Babydoll (approx 12-inch) Female Collectible Figure was released in May 2012 to much hype and fanfare. She was hot and all the reviews were good. I missed out on this figure due to other commitments and was glad to be able to get her again this year, at a much lower price then the original. In fact, I was able to get both Hot Toys Sucker Punch female figures for the price of one which just makes me one happy collector :) See my haul of September 2014 posted HERE

Sucker Punch is a 2011 action-fantasy thriller film about the fantasies of a young woman who is committed to a mental institution by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility. It was written by Zack Snyder and Steve Shibuya and directed by Snyder. The film features an ensemble cast starring Emily Browning as the central character (Babydoll), Abbie Cornish (as Sweet Pea) and Oscar Isaac (as Blue).

I liked how the movie drew inspiration from the Japanese anime / manga genre where the star of the film is usually a female (heroine) who kicks ass and take names, no quarter asked and none given (Ghost in the Shell Motoko Kusanagi – pictures HERE and Appleseed Deunan Knute – pictures HERE and HERE comes to mind). Plus in the film, Babydoll fights giant samurais in feudal Japan, then teams up with her fellow dancers to take on steampunk inspired World War I German soldiers, dragons, and killer robots on an alien world, all on their quest for freedom. And Babydoll does all these while dressed in a provocative schoolgirl costume, much like the gals in the Japanese shōjo manga series “Sailor Moon” but more closely associated with Seya in “Blood: The Last Vampire”, where she wears almost the exact same schoolgirl outfit whilst wielding a katana (check out preview pictures of Phicen Limited Artistic Interpretation 1:6 scale The Last Female Student Collector Figure HERE).

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I like the design of the box the Sucker Punch female figure comes in. The box is not as sturdy (thick) as I would like but the design appeals to me. And it’s held together by a elastic garter strap and a S hook, much like those you see in women’s undergarment. You have to unhook it to get to the goodies inside. Cheeky!
Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS157 Sucker Punch: 1/6th scale Babydoll Collectible Figure comes with: Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Emily Browning as Babydoll (Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted) in the Sucker Punch movie and stands approximately 28 cm tall with Newly developed body with over 30 points of articulations. She has Real-like long golden implanted curly hair, Three (3) pairs of inter-changeable palms with straps on right palms including: One (1) pair of relaxed palms, One (1) pair for holding guns, One (1) pair for holding Japanese Katana (samurai sword).
The Hot Toys Sucker Punch Babydoll instruction sheet tells you how to put on the hairband and scabbard (sheath) for her sword. Hot Toys also advises against scratching and damaging the pattern engraved on the blade of the katana.
Hot Toys Sucker Punch Babydoll 1/6th scale accessories include: One (1) magazine gun with silencer and sight, One (1) map holder with strap, One (1) Japanese-styled metal Katana with sheath and carrying strap (rope), One (1) black-colored hair band, One (1) headset, One (1) key with neck chain, One (1) pistol with accessories, and Two (2) extra pistol magazines
Baby Doll (Emily Browning) uses a suppressed Heckler & Koch MP7A1 with a tiny red dot sight, a flashlight, and two magazines taped together during the assault on the dragon’s lair. Hot Toys has replicated the MP7 in 1/6 scale with extendable stock, optic sight, suppressor and sling. 
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The 1/6th scale map holder can be opened (no map inside) and comes with carrying strap

Hot Toys Sucker Punch Babydoll (Emily Browning) 1/6 katana and sheath with rope. The katana is one of the two main weapons Baby Doll uses throughout the movie. This weapon is mostly used in the Japanese-esque universe where she battles giant demon samurai. The katana has a wheel tsuba with flowers and engraved images of frightened / happy bunnies and vines with berries on the blade. The brown sheath is decorated with golden snowflakes,
In the third-tier ‘dream world’, the Wiseman (Scott Glenn) presents Baby Doll with her weapons, one of which is a nickel plated engraved M1911A1 pistol with spare pistol magazines (and small jewelry attachments – trinkets attached by cord to the lanyard ring). There are engravings on the pistol slide.The engraving are of the same design as the Katana: bunny, vines, and berries but with one difference – there is a cartoon capital “B” at the start of the pattern which is the first initial of her name. The 4 charms attached to the Lanyard Ring are: a bunny head, an hour glass, a baby’s bottle and a skull.
Besides the black-colored hair band, headset, and key with neck chain (picture above), a figure display stand with Babydoll nameplate and movie logo is also included. Note the spare hands mentioned earlier.
Sucker Punch Babydoll (Emily Browning) costume / outfit consists of: One (1) set of sailor-styled dark-blue shirt with tie and belt, as well as skirt, One (1) pair of long black socks, One (1) pair of dark-blue high heels. She also has a shoulder holster for her pistol and spare pistol magazines. Her sword sheath is attached to a rope and slung over her right shoulder.
There’s always been a debate on “dolls versus action figures” and I’ve also weighed in on the topic (see my toy blog post “I collect Action Figures! And here are some of them” HERE). To me, Hot Toys Sucker Punch 1/6 scale Babydoll is an action figure even though she’s all dolled up (pun intended). Emily Browning herself said she was glad to show that a bunch of women absolutely can be the leads in a kick-ass action movie without sacrificing their femininity.
Scroll down to see the turnaround views of Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS157 Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Babydoll Female Collectible Figure. Nicely done, Hot Toys. Even after two years, the figure still looks just as good and even if you were to get it today, you won’t be disappointed as the standard was very high that even by today’s standards, she still looks stunning!
Check out the close-up pictures of the Hot Toys 1/6 scale Emily Browning as Babydoll head sculpt. Just as the actress said in an interview: I also loved the idea of physically looking like the stereotypical sweet school girl, I think Zack [Synder] totally flipped that on it’s head. [Babydoll's] personality is not what you would expect. Maybe that’s one of the sucker punches: you see this sweet little girl and then [with] her first line into the film she’s holding a knife up to some guy’s throat saying, “Let her go, pig.”

NEXT: More pictures of Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS157 Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Babydoll Female Collectible Figure – hey! one toy blog post isn’t enough to cover all there is about this gal.

Related posts:
September 25, 2013 – Comparison pictures of Hot Toys Catwoman with Batman Returns Catwoman, Black Widow & Bats posted in my toy blog HERE
July 1, 2013 – Hot Toys 1/6 scale Female Action Figures group shots with Scarlett Johansson (x 3) & others (pictures HERE)

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October is Here, Best Ad of the Month, Good and Bad Forecasts and more

It’s now October and it looks to be an extremely busy month on a few levels.  The business climate is very positive right now, and optimism may be at its highest level in several years.  So everyone is at varying levels of “hectic” right now.  Though I have to admit that I can’t get the thought of “don’t repeat the mistakes of the past” out of my mind.  Hopefully lessons were truly learned from years earlier.  Another feature this month is several trade shows- ironically all happening at the same time towards the end of the month.  The two main ones are Greenbuild in New Orleans and glasstec in Germany.  In my estimation, Greenbuild has not been a good show for a while.  The lack of floor traffic exacerbated by minimal quality of said traffic is a big issue.  But since there is a hope of an Architect sighting at Greenbuild, people will still exhibit and attend.  Given the way business is going right now, Greenbuild should have a good show, but we will see and I’ll wait to hear from those who will be attending…  Across the ocean in Germany is the largest glass show in the world- glasstec.  And for the first time ever, I am attending.  From everything I have heard and read this show is beyond belief.  I can’t wait to see it for myself and then report back to all of you.  If you are going to glasstec, let me know, would be great to run into friendly faces while navigating that monster of a multiple hall set up.

Elsewhere…

–  October also happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month and while I despise the NFL’s blatant “Pinkwashing” of this effort, I do believe in supporting it where I can and believe in its need.  So it was very cool to see what the folks at Dip-Tech are doing by creating a special breast cancer awareness sample for their customers’ sample kits.  It’s a tremendous idea to cross their product with a noble charitable effort.  Great idea to raise awareness in a truly creative way.

–  Time for my ad of the month in Glass Magazine.  The latest issue with focus on decorative, was tremendous by the way.  We have some seriously talented companies in this industry.  Anyway, the ad award for the month goes to the gang GLG Canada for their neat and informative piece on where their glass handling machines can fit into the glass and glazing world. Very eye catching and well done!

–  The Glass Magazine Award winners were announced in that issue as well and here’s a major congratulations to all of the winners. A special shout out to Dan Pompeo who took the title in what I’d have to assume to be a very competitive Best Salesperson category.  I have known Dan for years and he’s a terrific person all the way around.  So happy for him to get this award but also credit and props should go to his wife Stacey who happens to be pretty awesome in her own right!

–  Mixed results on the various monthly forecasting reports… 

The Architectural Billings Index (ABI) continues to be strong though down just a bit from the previous month.  So far the past indicators of the ABI have held true.  The biggest months in 2013 were the July/August/September combo and that forecast held in the 9-12 month window.  But I know many of you will say of this forecast that even a clock is right twice a day- did they just get lucky?  Possibly.  I can’t rule that out, but for now I’ll take it.  

On the flip side McGraw Hill’s latest report showed a sharp decline from the previous month though the analysts expected the decline given some of the projects that were incorporated into the previous months totals.  Still no one wants to see anything with the word “decline” in it.  Heading into the winter months it will be very interesting to see how this all continues to progress.

LINKS of the WEEK

–  Halloween is coming… have a costume yet?  This could give you some ideas.
–  Could this be the future of the business suit?  Maybe I’ll get one for my trip overseas. LOL
–  Hard to believe this suit has merit, but you never know.  Woman saying the whole Frozen story was her idea.
VIDEO of the WEEK

If you happened to miss Derek Jeter’s final at bat at Yankee Stadium, well you missed some serious goose bumps and an awesome moment.  So here it is… and even if you saw it once- very cool to see it again. 

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Comparison pictures of OE Killer Instinct Righter with Sam, Princess Jun, Vis Eris, Raiden & Boom

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Having done a two-part review of the recently released Original Effect OE Killer Instinct series 1/6 scale Righter 13.5″ tall female action figure HERE and HERE, I think it’s a good time to do comparison shots of OE Killer Instinct Righter with OE Killer Instinct Sam. After all, they are both supposed to be from the same series and yet they both look so different from each other in terms of uniform / outfit. Killer Instinct Sam looks rather rugged as if she lives in a post-apocalyptic world whereas Killer Instinct Righter looks like she came from a sci-fi futuristic world. Whatever it is, I like them both :) from their anime / manga looking stylized female head sculpts to their different outfits. I actually prefer this series to OE’s original Army Attractive series of which 1/6 scale Viola female action figure was the first. Check out my review HERE and HERE.

It’s funny how when I first started my toy collecting hobby which then transcended to 1/6 scale action figures, I never thought I would be collecting 12-inch female figures. Looks like I have quite a few of them in my collection now. And OE’s female figures are not even 12 inches tall but taller at 13 inches (without heels). With the heels added, they are 13.5 inches tall which makes them giants in the 1/6 scale world.

Scroll down to see the comparison pictures of OE Killer Instinct Righter with Sam, Princess Jun, Vis Eris, Raiden & Boom. Not sure who they are? Well, you just have to check them out. Click on them for bigger and better views.

As you can see from the pictures, OE Killer Instinct Righter is much taller than Sam because of her high heels. Sam stands at 13 inches whereas Righter is 13.5 inches tall, the same height as Viola (check out the comparison pictures of Sam and Viola HERE)
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Here’s Righter with her Uniform cloak which reminds me of another female character from a famous American adaptation of the Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972) called Battle of the Planets (1978)
So I couldn’t resist not posting pictures of 1/6 scale Battle of the Planets! G-Force! Princess Jun together with OE Killer Instinct Righter and Sam. You can see from the pictures just how much bigger OE’s female figures are compared with other 1/6 scale figures
This is the Takara Cool Girl 1/6th scale Gatchaman G3 Jun the Swan CyGirl 12-inch female action figure which was from sometime ago. You can view more pictures HERE and HERE
And here are pictures of OE Killer Instinct Righter with Takara’s CG-13 “Eris” from the Violent Interception Squad (VIS) – see my earlier post HERE for more pictures. They both look like they belong in the sci-fi world.
I just love the whole RoboCop look about her, including the ED209 inspired helmet with the black dome. Check out the recently released NECA Robocop 10-inch tall ED-209 Robot Action Figure (with Sound Effects & Dialogue) posted HERE and HERE as well as the Hot Toys 1/6 scale version of ED-209 HERE
Scroll down to see more pictures of this Takara CG-13 1/6 scale Violent Interception Squad (VIS) “Eris” 12-inch female figure
How does Medicom Toys 1/6 scale Metal Gear Solid 4: Raiden fit into all this? he doesn’t but I just felt that he could fit very well in the world where OE Killer Instinct Righter and Sam came from.
You can view more pictures of this Medicom Toys 1/6 scale Metal Gear Solid 4: Raiden in my 2008 post HERE
And here’s OE Killer Instinct Sam with AX2 “Boom!” Series Collection #2 1/6 scale Rei (prototype clone) 12-inch action figure. They both certainly look like they belong in the same world. Check out the review of AX2 “Boom!” Rei HERE, HERE and HERE

So that about covers it for now :)

Related post:
March 18, 2014 – Review of OE (Original Effect) 1/6 Reborn Body – alternative female body for 1/6 scale kitbashing posted HERE and HERE

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Check out these Kotobukiya Star Wars Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia ARTFX+ Statues

Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for portraying Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, voicing the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series (along with its spin-offs and the acclaimed video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City).

In celebration of Mark Hamill’s birthday this year, Kotobukiya posted this picture of their Star Wars Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia ARTFX+ Statues alongside Han Solo and Chewbacca. Lots of Star Wars announcements recently, with Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1/6th Scout Trooper Figure (previewed HERE) and the Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale Speeder Bike (pictures HERE) as well as the Hot Toys MMS261 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope 1/6th Han Solo 12-inch Collectible Figure (posted HERE) and Hot Toys MMS262 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 1/6th Chewbacca 14-inch Collectible Figure (pictures HERE)

George Lucas’ multi-film Star Wars saga has had a significant impact on modern American popular culture. Star Wars references are deeply embedded in popular culture; references to the main characters and themes of Star Wars are casually made in many English-speaking countries with the assumption that others will understand the reference. Darth Vader has become an iconic villain. Phrases like “evil empire” and “May the Force be with you” have become part of the popular lexicon. The first Star Wars film in 1977 was a cultural unifier, enjoyed by a wide spectrum of people.

And these four (Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia) have played a very big role in making Star Wars such a success. Scroll down to see more pictures of Kotobukiya Star Wars Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia ARTFX+ Statues. Click on them for bigger and better views.

Science fiction since the original 1977 Star Wars, particularly in film, has often been influenced by and compared to Star Wars. Sounds, visuals, and even the music from the films have become part of the tapestry of American society. The film also helped launch the science fiction boom of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and made science fiction films a blockbuster genre. It has also been parodied in films and short videos, such as Spaceballs.

Star Wars fundamentally changed the aesthetics and narratives of Hollywood films, switching the focus of Hollywood-made films from deep, meaningful stories based on dramatic conflict, themes and irony to sprawling special-effects-laden blockbusters, as well as changing the Hollywood film industry in fundamental ways. Before Star Wars, special effects in films had not appreciably advanced since the 1950s. Star Wars was also important in the movement towards the use of computer initiated imagery in films. The commercial success of Star Wars created a boom in state-of-the-art special effects in the late 1970s.

The 1977 Star Wars pioneered the genre pastiche, where several classic film genres are combined in one film. In Star Wars, the genres were science fiction, the Western, the war film, and the quasi-mystical epic.

Related posts:
April 8, 2014 – Check out Kotobukiya Star Wars 1/10 scale 7-inch Han Solo & 8-inch Chewbacca ARTFX+ Statues HERE
July 18, 2009 – Hasbro Star Wars Silver Anniversary (1977 – 2002) Han Solo and Chewbacca posted HERE
July 17, 2009 – Medicom Toys 1/6 scale Han Solo and Chewbacca (pictures HERE)
September 17, 2008 – Review of the Hasbro Millennium Falcon Legacy Collection posted in my toy blog HERE

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