|Toycom / Yamato : 1/72 YF-19 Alpha One|
|Manufactured :||2000||Original Yen Price:||6800|
|MW's Current Collectibility Rating:||Fair to Very Difficult|
|MW's Max price we'd pay:||$70-120|
One flown by Isamu in the Macross Plus OVA Series
(as of January 2001) at least 3 variations of this toy. Yamato is proving
they are listening to fan feedback and constantly improving the toy.
pictures below are an early prototype (I wonder where this is now-can
I buy it PLEASE?!)
You can see much more development in this version
Here is Final Version 1.0
Click here for an excellent guide (in English too!) from the "Valkyries On Tatami" homepage
Graham's Transformation Warning!
I highly recommend you read this before transforming your YF-19 version 1.0 for the first time.
When you receive
your version #1 YF-19 toy, there are a few points you need to be careful of
when transforming it:
1) Do not force the gun pod into the optional hand (the one with the extended trigger finger). If you do, you will find it nearly impossible to remove the gun pod without breaking the hand. Just take a small round needle file and carefully enlarge the hole in the hand until the gun pod slides in and out easily.
2) Be careful of the small plastic tab on the folding part of the fuselage (see ABOVE picture for explanation). If this tab breaks, you will end up with a gap between the forward fuselage and the folding part "B" section. Also, the forward fuselage will sit slightly lower that it is supposed to. If however you do break the tab, the gap can be minimised by filing about 1mm to 2mm from the two internal cross supports in the "B" part (these supports are not shown in the attached picture but you can see what I mean once you have the toy.)
3) The lower slots in the left and right sides of the torso that the wings lock into in GERWALK mode will probably be too small to accept the wing tabs (see ABOVE picture for further details). If you try to force the wing tabs into the slots you will just end up rubbing paint off the die-cast wing tabs. Carefully file these slots with a flat needle file until they are large enough to accept the wing tabs. The slots are in a plastic part of the chest so they are easy to file. Be careful to file just enough so that the wing tabs fit firmly. Do not over-file as you do not want a loose fit!
These are Graham and my personal evaluations of the item's collectibility and availability. By no means should they be considered as 'Officially Researched' data.
You are more than welcome to disagree with them.
EASY : These items
are consistently on auction sites or at local anime shops at very good prices
FAIR : These items appear frequently on auction sites or at local anime shops at relatively good prices
DIFFICULT : These items rarely appear on auction sites or at local anime shops at good prices
VERY DIFFICULT : Pop up every few months. Depending on demand can far exceed expected value. Usually hard-core collectors battle it out over weird stuff like this
BEND OVER : When these appear(sometimes frequently like the 1/55 valkyries) on auction sites or at anime shops be prepared to take out a small loan