Macross Newsletter #30
By Graham Parkes 01/23/01

 

HASEGAWA VF-1S
 
Attached is a full page black & white advertisement of the box art of the upcoming Hasegawa 1/72 scale Focker type VF-1S Fighter mode plastic model kit. This absolutely gorgeous CG box art is again done by the incomparable Hidetaka Tenjin. I hope to have a color picture soon.
 
You know, I was thinking wouldn't it be great if Tenjin could release these box art pics as full size posters. I know I for one would definitely buy them. Perhaps someone who can write Japanese could email Tenjin with the suggestion (Matt Alt are you listening?)
 
For those of you who are not familiar with Tenjin's Macross CG artwork, you owe it to yourselves to check out his VF-1 Valkyrie Maniax website at: http://www.tky.3web.ne.jp/~tenzin/macross/index.html
 
As I'm sure you all know, this will be Hasegawa's third release in their Macross model kit line up, the first being the DYRL Hikaru type VF-1A Fighter and the second being the TV type Hikaru VF-1J fighter.
 
I've also attached a small article from the just published March 2001 issue of Hobby Japan Magazine. This article shows the four parts that comprise the VF-1S head. Basically the only differences with this new kit compared with the VF-1A & VF-1J kits are the Focker type decals and the VF-1S head.
 
Re-Release of Bandai Macross 7 Toys Confirmed
 
A short while ago (December 31st 2000 to be exact) the Toy Box DX website ( www.Toyboxdx.com ) ran an article on an unconfirmed rumor that Bandai would re-release their 1/65 scale transforming Macross 7 DX toys in Spring 2001.
 
Well, it looks as if the rumor is true. A black and white advertisement (copy attached) from the back pages of Hobby Japan magazine from Noda-Ya (a Japanese hobby shop) clearly shows the Bandai VF-19 Fire Valkyrie toy and the VF-17S Stealth Valkyrie toy (wrongly labeled as a VF-17D), selling for a price of 6,800 (the same price as the Yamato Valks).
 
While these are not great toys as they lack any die-cast metal content, they are still okay. I'm especially fond of the VF-17 Stealth Valks, although I don't really like the VF-19 toys as they are badly out of proportion. Anyway, this is a good second chance for any one who missed out on these toys when they were first released in the mid-1990's to pick them up.
 
Graham's Newsletters to go exclusive to Macross World
 
Please note that this will be the last of my Macross newsletters to be mailed out to individual subscribers. Although I will continue writing these letters, from now on they will be posted directly on the Macross World website ( www.macrossworld.com ).
 
That's all for now folks,
 
Graham