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My favorite figures at XM Studio

Selected from over 300 figures

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XM Studio opened the doors to its first flagship store in Singapore on March 23, 2022. The award-winning global design studio is home to 300 prized statue collectibles conceptualized and designed in-house. 

They are a licensee for major brands including Disney, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Hasbro, Godzilla, Ultraman, Sanrio and more. As such, the 19,000 square feet studio is filled with statues inspired by Marvel, DC, Hasbro, and so much more. 

I was present at the store’s official launch and was completely overwhelmed by all of the figures available. I took hundreds of photos that I can’t possibly fit in one article. To make things easy for myself, I narrowed things down to my absolute favorites.

War Machine (XM ‘War Tank’ Exclusive)

This is one of the first figures you’ll see as you enter the store. It’s so massive that it’s impossible to miss. And it’s a statue that can be configured in many ways. You can have War Machine inside the War Tank. But you can also move him and connect his upper body to a separate lower body and have him pose outside of a War Tank.

It’s huge, it’s detailed, and it is an absolute scene stealer. There are two versions and they are prized as follows: 

Ver A – SG$ 4,199
Ver B – SG$ 4,499

The Batman Who Laughs 

I was surprised to see this figure because Dark Knight: Metal, the comic book it comes from, is fairly recent. But it was such a huge hit that I guess, naturally, it merited getting its own figures right away. Of course, it helps that the designs look so badass. It’s one hell of a Batman story that I encourage everyone to read. 

This one retails for SG$ 1,499. 

As a bonus, I’m slotting in here as well the Version B of The Merciless. Also from the Dark Knight: Metal, this is an alternate version of Bruce Wayne Batman who obtained the power of God of War Ares. In the comics, he dons blue armor. But his initial design came in this red one which, in my opinion, looks more fearsome.

This one also retails for SG$ 1,499. 

Cyclops Version A 

Scott Summers AKA Cyclops is my favorite character from the X-Men franchise. He hasn’t had any good representation in the live action films so far and I’m hoping that changes in the future. He is steadfast, decisive, and is often described as the happy medium between the ideologies of Professor X and Magneto. 

This particular version retails for SG$ 1,099. 

Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker Set

Sold as a set, this shows how the seemingly innocent Anakin Skywalker transitioned into being the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Vader is easily one of the most iconic villains of all time and is nearly synonymous with the Star Wars franchise. 

It retails for SG$ 2,200

Saitama (One Punch Man)

Saitama is easily one of my favorite animé characters because I personally want to be as OP (overpowered) as he is. The figure is simple but captures the main character of One Punch Man perfectly. Plus the anime’s first opening song is an absolute banger and it played in my head as I typed this. 

It retails for SG$ 1,099.

Nightwing Samurai Series (Batman Ninja

Nightwing is my favorite member of the Bat Family. He is suave, smart, and good-looking – which is everything I am not. This is one of the character’s more unique versions as Batman Ninja is about as bonkers as it gets when it comes to Batman stories. The design is fresh, unique, and is just plain cool. 

It retails for SG$ 1,290.

The Flash and Reverse Flash (JLC Classic Series)

These two are sold separately but almost feels like they have to be bought together. The Flash’s nemesis is The Reverse Flash and is the primary reason why The Flash even became a hero in the first place. This hero-villain pair is just an absolute classic. 

The Flash retails for SG$ 1,399
Reverse Flash retails for SG$ 1,399 

Spider-Man 2099 

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t read a single comic related to Spider-Man 2099. I only know the basics – his name is Miguel O’hara and is a Spider-Man in an alternate future reality. The character and his suit has appeared in many Spidey video games and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse animated flick.

It retails for SG$ 1,299

Iron Spider

This is Peter Parker donning the Iron Spider suit made for him by Tony Stark (Iron Man) in the Civil War storyline. Not sure if many share the same opinion, but this looks 100 times better than the Iron Spider suit in the MCU. If I had to purchase one figure right now, it would be this one. 

It retails for SG$ 1,299

Megatron

I don’t even like this character at all. But the figure is so detailed and really gives off a sinister look, capturing the villain that is Megatron. 

It retails for SG$ 2,199. 

Sneaking in Megatron’s second-in-command Starscream here only because I remember having a Starscream toy as a child. 

This one retails for SG$ 2,099

X-Men vs Sentinel Diorama

This one just looks absolutely epic. It features select members of the X-Men battle against a sentinel. Present in the figure are Colossus, Jubilee, Psylocke, Archangel, Bishop, and The Beast. It’s colossal, it looks epic, and the poses have so much energy it always looks like the battle is ongoing. 

 

It retails for SG$ 6,000.

Justice League vs Dark Seid Diorama

Another absolute classic, this one showcases classic version of the Justice League going toe-to-toe against one of their most iconic villains, Darkseid. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aqua Man, and the Martian Manhunter gang-up on the galactic baddie in this kinetic-feeling statue. 

It retails for SG$ 3,299. 

XM Studio

There are absolutely more figures that I like but just couldn’t fit here. If you have the time, feel free to drop by the XM Studio located at Kitchener Complex, 809 French Rd, Singapore 200809, Level 3. They’re open 11AM-8PM, Monday to Friday and 10AM-8PM, Saturday and Sunday.

If you can’t drop by yet, just follow XM Studio on Facebook or Instagram.

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Apple M2 MacBook Pro Unboxing and Review

More Important Than You Think!

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During WWDC 2022, Apple announced the newest 2022 M2 MacBook Air with a major redesign — making it the instant star of the show.

But for others, the M2 MacBook Pro is what they’re aiming for.

It might still be the same with its classic aluminum unibody design, 13.3″ Retina Display, and a Touch Bar from 2016 — but inside it’s even more powerful.

Also equipped with the new generation of Apple’s Silicon Chip dubbed ‘M2’, it surely knows how to make professionals drool.

But is it worth the money? Or should you just get the M2 MacBook Air instead?

Or what about getting the more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro chip?

Watch our unboxing and full review on the M2 MacBook Pro now to find out more!

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The best gifts for any father figure in your life

Celebrate those who became a ‘daddy’ to you

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Father’s Day can be quite celebratory if your family’s complete. For those struggling with an absent or problematic father, the holiday can be gloomy, most especially if you didn’t have any father growing up.

But the holiday wasn’t meant for fathers alone. Surely, there are father figures around you while you were growing up. Whether it’s your uncle, a mentor, or simply anyone who you look up to.

For the times they have guided you in this world, it’s only right to celebrate them in any way you can. Father’s Day or not, here are timeless gifts your father figures deserve to have, most of which are stuff they didn’t know they needed.

Hand tools

For when things break at home, our father figures are always there to the rescue. Give them a gift that will make their hands happy as they do the work for the people they love.

Take a trusted brand like the Bosch GSB 13 RE. Shop here.

Dash camera

Give the gift of peace of mind while on the road. A dash camera can be helpful to review incidents happening on the road, especially against corrupt road officers.

Shop a reliable camera like the Xiaomi Mi Dashcam 1S for their vehicles!

Blue-light blocking glasses

Help them maintain a clear vision through these stylish, blue-light-blocking eyeglasses from Shigetsu. They’re cheap, yet they’re effective in blocking radiation and UV rays.

Protect the eyes and get blue-light blocking glasses like the CHIBA RadPro Eyewear.

Set of underwear

Comfort is key when it’s something related to our bodies. Forget the usual cotton underwear, keep them cool with a quick-drying fabric that’s perfect for their on-the-go lifestyle. Trust us, they probably haven’t bought any set of underwear ever since they got one a few Christmases ago.

Get Huga’s Tech Series underwear.

Flashlight

We still don’t know the reason, but every dad seems to love and own a flashlight. Perhaps, it’s a boy scout thing. We’ll probably know when we become dads someday.

Pick this Forclaz Torch from Decathlon!

Massage gun

Forget massage parlors and spas. Break up those muscle knots and help them relax through an accessible massager that they can bring and store anywhere.

The Xiaomi Fascia Mini Gun Massager may be small, but it packs in power. Shop here.

Vape

For those trying to stop buying a pack of cigarettes, vaping might be the next best alternative. Get them a subtle, plug-and-play stick like the RELX Infinity.

Shop here.

Key holder

Say goodbye to those bulky keychains! The KeySmart Flex can hold up to eight keys so your father figures can easily organize their essentials.

It’s the perfect present for any occasion: Father’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, or just whenever you feel like it! Shop here.

Footwear

Oh, you can never go wrong with Birkenstock. That timeless design? Its cult-lovin’ comfort factor? And a super skin-friendly material? Your father figures will love wearing the Birkenstock Arizona Birko, for sure!

Get it here.

Belt

Ah, belts. An essential to any man’s wardrobe. If you haven’t noticed, some of your father figure’s belts have shown their wear and tear. Some needed replacing, but it’s not their priority.

Give them a sturdy, versatile belt like the Pierre Cardin Cow Leather Belt that they can wear for any occasion with its timeless yet modern design. Shop here.

RFID wallet

Give the gift of protection with a wallet that’s not just stylish, but also keeps their cards safe and secure.

Get the Herschel Andy RFID here.

Electric shaver

Help them put their best self forward and give them an electric shaver to help them trim or shave their facial hair. Here in GadgetMatch, we believe that men should be as invested in grooming themselves just as much as women religiously do their beauty regimens.

Get the Philips Electric Shaver PQ206/18.

Wireless earbuds

For when they want to listen to music without being held back, give them the gift of liberty through a pair of wireless earbuds.

The UGREEN HiTune X6 has active-noise cancellation features that will certainly help them block off the noise so they can enjoy a bit of alone time in their little world. Shop here.

Bluetooth speaker

Let them bring the party wherever they go. The Soundcore Mini 3 by Anker is so compact, that it can be tugged along into the bathroom, hanging by the bags, or just basically everywhere you want it to be.

It’s small, but it’s loud — kind of like a chihuahua. Shop here.

In-Ear headphones — JBL C50HI in-Ear Headphones with Mic

Yes, we know. There are the old-school types who clearly don’t want to let go of wired earphones. And even if they prefer what’s familiar, they deserve something that allows them to enjoy their preference and the music they want to listen to.

Get reliable in-ear headphones like the JBL C50HI.

Smartwatch — Huawei Watch GT 3  Pro

Move over, analog watches. It’s time for stylish, smart timepieces to take over. With a smartwatch, your father figures can get a glimpse of their health.

Hopefully, they can move and change their lifestyle to make sure they live longer to see you grow into the person you want to be. Get the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro here.

Gaming accessory

For gamer dads, a wired controller and cooler in one can deliver a console-like experience. Let them get serious in their mobile gaming.

Get the GameSir X3.

Computer accessory

Sometimes, all we need is space. Either from people or through storage. For our dads, it’s the latter. Give them the space they need, so they can always be cool and chill.

Shop the Seagate FireCuda 530 SSD.

Water Bottle — Klean Kanteen 320z TKWide

Drink your water, babes! And urge your daddies to do so. Klean Kanteen’s vacuum insulated water bottle is perfect for sports, hydration, and for the outdoors. Shop here.

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Lenovo Yoga 9i: Luxe entertainment notebook

Is this the best entertainment notebook so far?

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Lenovo Yoga 9i

Laptops aren’t made for work alone. Nowadays, these portable machines allow us to pursue what we want in life.

For the most part, most people just want to relax in their bed, watching films on their notebooks. But not all laptops are made equal, and some of them don’t bring an exquisite experience when it comes to entertainment.

The exception? The Lenovo Yoga 9i.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Coated in champagne-like luxury

The Lenovo Yoga 9i carries its lineup’s signature design — a versatile 360-degree form factor.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

With the oatmeal colorway, the machine looks like it’s painted in champagne giving that luxe, polished vibe with its new Comfort Edge design with rounded and smooth edges. It speaks premium in the way it was finished.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Despite being light and thin, the Yoga 9i didn’t forsake ports. On the left, you can find a USB-A port and two (2) Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

On the right, there’s an extra Type-C port situated between a 3.5mm audio jack and the power button.

Convenient functions designed for you

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The way the Yoga 9i was designed, it was meant to make the user experience convenient. The space’s bigger with its edge-to-edge keyboard and larger trackpad.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

One-click function keys are put in place to make the experience seamless and smooth. And with Windows 11, you can bring balance to your device. Organize windows, optimize screen space, and maximize your productivity with just a snap.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It has a Full-HD IR camera supported by Lenovo’s AI Engine+ that lets the user enhance camera effects to improve personal appearance, as well as to detect the presence so the face is easily recognized.

There’s also full control when it comes to privacy and security. With the TrueBlock privacy shutter, you can cover the webcam lens directly by sliding the tab to the left.

An exquisite portable cinema

The Yoga 9i prides itself on having a PureSight OLED touchscreen. The display delivers vibrant imagery that lets you enjoy a cinematic appeal even when watching on a laptop.

It also supports Dolby Vision, making films such as Don’t Look Up look fantastic when played on the screen.

Lay it flat

With a rotating soundbar hinge, you can lay the Yoga 9i flat on a surface.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It’s an ideal form factor when presenting or sharing your screen with anyone, without having to move your laptop all the time.

That familiar, rotating soundbar

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Yoga lineup is prominently known for its rotating hinge, but this time around, Lenovo revamped it. The Yoga 9i carries the world’s first Bowers & Wilkins rotating soundbar, with quad speakers and Dolby Atmos.

Since its speakers face outwards, no matter what form factor you choose — the sound is always clear and immersive.

Tent or tablet?

For an enveloping experience, the tent mode lets the tablet stand on its own while giving you uninterrupted playback.

But if Tent mode isn’t your thing, you can fold the laptop and turn it into a tablet. There’s a stylus for simpler navigation, and its lightweight design makes it easy for you to carry the device.

An exquisite performance

The Lenovo Yoga 9i, despite having a thin and light design, delivers when it comes to performance. With an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, Windows 11, a 16GB DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD, you can ensure seamless everyday use.

It also lasts up to 14 hours — enough to do a full shift at work and a few hours for leisure.

Is the Lenovo Yoga 9i your GadgetMatch?

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Lenovo Yoga 9i delivers what you expect out of a premium, versatile notebook. It performs whether you use it as a regular laptop, in tent mode, or as a tablet.

It provides average performance for everyday users, but when it comes to entertainment experience — it’s gold-class. Combine the vivid, exquisite display together with its immersive and impressive sound quality, along with its convertible form factor and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind entertainment machine.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i retails for PhP 109,999.


Experience the latest generation of Yoga devices powered by 12th Generation Intel Core processors and Windows 11. Get it from Yoga Stores at SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia or at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Follow Legion Philippines on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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