/ Yamato : 1/72 YF-21 Omega One
Current Collectibility Rating:
Max price we'd pay:
One flown by Guld in the Macross Plus OVA Series
Instructions and Decals
An early edition of the toy
Here is Final Version 1.0
here for an excellent guide (in English too!) from the "Valkyries On Tatami"
Graham Richard Parkes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2000
Subject: I have purchased the YF-21
wing span from tip to tip is just a fraction under 9 inches (22.5cm).
The length of the toy in fighter mode is slightly less than 11 inches (27.5cm)
The height of the toy in battroid mode is 8 1/4 inches (21cm)
The toy weighs just over 14oz (405g). Many of the screws holes especially
on the inner leg surface, underside of the nose and on the leg bay panels
are covered by light blue color plastic caps to hide the screws.
The three small windows on the canopy are transparent plastic.
of detail on the toy is very high. All the panel lines are painted and the toy
looks good in all three modes, that is it accurately resembles the YF-21 the
way it appears in the anime. The paint job is clean. The landing gear slightly
more detailed on the 21 than the 19 and each landing gear has it's own cover
unlike the YF-19 where the front landing partially sticks out in the closed
YF-21 has much less die-cast metal content than the YF-19. Basically, only the
legs (thigh and calf sections) are metal. The central part of the body
to which the engine intakes and hips join is also metal, but that's it for metal
content. I think the reason for the deceased metal content is basically due
to balance. My SHE YF-21, which is all resin is so incredibly top heavy that
it is a real feat to get it to stand up for more than a few seconds. Luckily
the Yamato toy does not suffer from any balance problems and stands very well.
comes with the same stickers that were issued with the YF-19, however, they
are now all pre-cut!!!! there is also an additional smaller sticker sheet containing
8 UN Spacy emblems in 4 different sizes (2 per size).
IMO, the transformation
is more difficult than that of the YF-19 toy. As more parts of this toy are
plastic, I was much more concerned with using force and overstressing the plastic.
The transformation sequence is nearly identical to that of the SHE YF-21. This
is not surprising considering that SHE had input on the design of the toy. Even
though I own a SHE YF-21 and am familiar with the transformation, it still took
me nearly 10 minutes to get the toy transformed from battroid to fighter the
first time. Nothing has broken yet, but there are a few areas such as where
the arms attach to the engine intakes that look quite fragile.
sheet is very similar in style to that issued with the YF-19, but If anything,
I found it more unclear.
Richard Parkes (email@example.com)
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2000
Subject: More YF-21 comments
I've had the Yamato YF-21 for a few days, I thought I'd post a few extra
comments in addition to my original review(below).
the release of the YF-21, Yamato definitely seems to have cleared up the
quality control problems that plagued the YF-19. Quality of the 21 is superb
in my opinion. The paint job is clean, the toy fits together great
and the level of detail is very high. To be honest, there is nothing that
I can really fault about this toy. My one and only concern is that the
plastic part on the side of the intakes that the arms connect to seems a
bit fragile. However, they are holding up fine so far after about 20 transformations
so only time will tell if they are strong enough in the long run.
original review of the 21, I commented that I found the transformation more
difficult than the 19. As this is highly subjective, I feel that I should
clarify this point. I have years of experience with most of the transforming YF/VF-19
toys and models by Bandai and SHE, so right from the start I found the transformation
of the Yamato YF-19 very easy. In fact I could never understand why so my
people found it difficult. As I have less experience transforming my SHE
YF-21, I naturally found it took me longer to transform my Yamato YF-21.
With the Yamato YF-21, there are probably a few more steps involved in the
transformation compared with the 19, but on the positive side there are
no real tricky parts like there are with the 19, such as when forcing the
YF-19's wings into the chest slots when transforming to fighter mode.
feel free to contact me with any questions concerning the 21.
I highly recommend the YF-21.
These are Graham and my personal evaluations of the item's collectibility and
availability. By no means should they be considered as 'Officially Researched'
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
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