Graham's Review of
Yamato's 1/60 Scale VF-0S
(4th May 2006)


This review will be a little short on photos first of all as I don't have my good camera with me today. I'll replace these photos with better ones soon.


Released in Japan on 28th April 2006, Yamato's 1/60 scale VF-0S perfect transformation toy is finally a reality, 4 years after the first episode of the Macross Zero OVA was released.


First of all, let's get the bad news out of the way, before we move on to the good stuff. I received a production VF-0S yesterday. It was in near-perfect condition, except for one small problem, which was that one of the yellow tail spikes was bent right in the box. One other person has reported this problem so far. Personally, I don't think this a QC issue with the toy. To clarify, I think it is more of a problem due to Yamato's flimsy card box, and the way the toy is packed in the box. Basically, if the side of the box where the tail fins are is pushed in while handling or shipping, then the tail spikes can get bent. I was lucky enough to be able to straighten out the bent spike on mine by hand, without snapping it.

Fin Spike as found when I opened the box

As I have suggested to Yamato already, the easiest and most cost-effective solution to prevent this problem with future production runs is to simply pack the toy with the tail fins folded down, as in this position, the spikes do not extend past the feet, and so are protected by the feet from getting bent.

The only other minor issues I had with the toy, was that the gunpod pistol grip was a bit loose and kept wanting to collapse into the gunpod and also the hole in the gunpod grip for attaching to fighter mode was ever so slightly undersize making it a bit difficult (although still possible) to attach the gunpod in fighter mode.

Some other members have reported receiving toys with loose shoulder joints and getting a toy with two right arms, or getting a toy with the FAST Pack magnets installed with the incorrect polarity, but I'm happy to report I did not encounter any of these issues. My toy had nice tight joints, no large unsightly seems, a great paint job and perfectly straight Tampo printing. All in all, I'm extremely happy with it.

Tampo Printing

Yamato have really gone all out on the Tampo printing for this toy and have greatly increased the number of Tampo printed markings, compared to the 1/48 VF-1 series. The Tampo printed markings on the VF-0S include:-

Nose Markings
Intake & Gunpod Markings
Tail Markings
FAST Pack & Fin Markings
Heatshield markings
Leg & Fin Markings

I was really impressed by this Tampo Printing and let's hope it's a trend that continues for future releases. What this means is that basically, you only need to add the stickers for the Kite emblems on the sides on the nose and the sticker for the instrument panel., unless you are one of those people who likes to add all the little 'No Step' and 'Beware of Blast' stickers, which I personally don't.

Paint Applications

Paint application on this toy was among the best I've seen on any Yamato release. There were no over sprays, smudges, smears or other paint defects visible.

One of the things that really impressed me about this toy was that the 12 x AIM-200A AMRAAM 2 missiles come pre-painted, with red nose sensors, black, grey and red bands around the main body of the missiles and a black painted end cap.

Paint application on the head was also very well done and a nice touch was the yellow and red bands around the head lasers.

The insides of the foot thruster are painted a pale gold color, which looks great in my opinion.

The little Roy Focker pilot figure is also very nicely painted and even has a miniature Skull squadron emblem painted on his flight helmet.


FAST Packs
FAST Packs

The toy comes with the following accessories: -

Sticker Sheet
Instructions Cover
Instructions Pages 1-20

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20


Box Front
Box Rear
Box Inner
The box artwork consists of three vertical stripes in grey, black and yellow, with some subdued images of the toy shown on 4 of the 6 sides. The box is constructed of Yamato's usual flimsy card stock, which bends, tears and creases very easily. This is one thing I really hate, although I understand that using lighter and thinner card does keep costs down somewhat.

As with the 1/48 toys, the box for the 1/60 VF-0S is a flap-top window box. No Velcro is used to secure the top flap. The inner side of the flap features photos of the toy in it's three different modes.

The toy itself is stored in Fighter mode in a clear plastic two-piece inner tray, surrounded by it's accessories. The inner plastic tray has an extra layer of thicker card around the sides and bottom to provide some extra protection for the toy. The instruction manual and sticker sheet are stored in a clear plastic bag, which is taped to the underside of the inner card stiffener

Not really much else to say about the box.

Toy Dimensions

Compared with the 1/48 scale VF-1 series, the 1/60 VF-0S is slightly longer in Fighter mode, but a tad shorter in Battroid mode.

Many people can't seem to grasp how the 1/60 VF-0S toy can be longer than the 1/48 VF-1, when it is in a smaller scale. The simple answer is that the anime VF-0S is a much bigger plane than the anime VF-1, which is a comparitively tiny design. If the two toys were the same scale, then theVF-0 would absolutely dwarf the VF-1.


Now for some pictures of the toy in all three modes (better pictures to come later): -

Battroid Mode Photos
GERWALK Mode Photos
Fighter Mode Photos

In my opinion, the VF-0S, which was CAD designed just like the 1/48 VF-1 definitely has extremely accurate proportions in all three modes and doesn't really seem to favour one mode over the other, unlike the older 1/48, which looks best and has most accurate proportions in fighter mode. In fact I'd go as far as to say that out of all of Yamato's transforming Macross toys to date, the VF-0S looks is closest to how it appears in the lineart and anime.


Transformation of the 1/60 scale VF-0S is quite straight forward, as long as you are familiar with the 1/48 scale VF-1 series. If not, the 20 pages instruction manual features clear step-by-step photos to lead you through the transformation. Although the text of the instruction manual is in Japanese, it is still possible to easily follow the photos.

A few areas where transformation differs from the 1/48 VF-1 are as follows: -

I've had an early preproduction sample VF-0S since late-February, so have quite a lot of transformations under my belt already. There is nothing really difficult about transforming the toy, with the trickiest part probably being getting the hands tucked into the backpack and getting the arms, legs and backpack tabs/holes locked together in fighter mode.


The toy is constructed mostly of a matte finished white and grey ABS plastic. The only diecast metal parts being the left and right LERX, back swing-bar and the front and rear landing gear struts. The tires on the rotating wheels are rubber. The pilot is made of some sort of gummy rubber-like material, probably PVC.

Translucent color plastic is used for the green eyepiece, left and right red nose-mounted Hybrid Sensors, red gunpod sensor, orange shoulder lights and red sensor on the top of the head.

Features & Improvements

The 1/60 VF-0S features a whole host of gimmicks and improvements over the 1/48 series: -

  1. Articulation has been much improved overall, especially with a greater range of movement being given to the shoulder joints, which allows more clearance past the sides of the chest plate. Also, the addition of a two independently ratcheted knee joints, the first being at the bottom of the thigh section and the second at the top of the lower leg, allows the knee to bend forward more in GERWALK mode compared to the 1/48.
  2. Detailed non-splitting turbine section now featured inside the foot thruster.
  3. Clear plastic Heads Up Display (HUD) featured inside the cockpit.
  4. Rotating cockpit seat with attached instrument panel, which rotates approximately 70 to 80 degrees, allowing the pilot to face forward in Battroid mode (as shown in episode # 1 of the Macross Zero OVA). The seat must be pushed manually, using a fingertip to rotate it. Note, care must be taken when doing this, not to push down on the instrument panel, as it is only attached to the seat at two small points by glue and can be broken off if not careful. I did this once on my pre-production sample, when transforming it for the first time in a dark restaurant. Luckily it was easily glued back on and I now always push on the pilot instead to rotate the seat.
  5. Addition of a moving (hinged) arrestor hook fixed to the backpack is a nice touch.
  6. The backpack thrusters now slide in and out of the backpack using a button which is cleverly concealed under the arrestor hook. Also, the three backpack thrusters can independently pivot. Note, for GERWALK & Battroid. mode, the backpack thrusters should be in the out position. For Fighter mode, they should be in the in position.
  7. Another great touch is the improved design of hip-joint hatch on the underside of the nosecone. If you recall, the hatch on the 1/48 VF-1 featured two hinged pins used to block up the hip bar holes in Fighter & GERWALK mode. These hinged pins on the 1/48 were a pain in the butt to get out once you had already pushed them inside and usually required the use of a paperclip. Yamato have improved the design by making this part a single bar, attached directly to the inside of the hatch, which slides up and down on a metal pin and can be easily moved using your fingertip.
  8. Increased use of Tampo printing (as mentioned above).
  9. The rear landing gear struts actually angle outwards when opened, instead of going down straight vertically.
  10. Although skeletal type articulated hands are used for the toy, they seem to grip the gunpod better than the 1/48's hands in my opinion.
  11. Magnetically attached leg FAST Packs.
  12. Overlapping wings in Battroid mode (anime accurate).
  13. Painted missiles (as mentioned above).
  14. The innovative folding panel/sliding LERX design (mentioned above), which allows a shorter torso in Battroid mode. If you compare the 1/60 VF-0S to the 1/48 VF-1, you can see that the nosecone on the VF-0S does not hang as low as that on the VF-1, due to this neat feature.
  15. Very importantly, the toy features an improved backpack hinge design, which should be more durable than the infamous BP-8 hinge on the 1/48 VF-1.
  16. The backplate hatch hinge has also been changed to what I consider an improved design.
Canopy Open
Seat Rotated
Inside Foot Thrusters
Foot Thrusters Open
Intake Details
Front Doors Open
Rear Doors Open
Front Gear Extended
Rear Gear Extended
Arrestor Hook Down

Other areas where the two toys differ, are that the 1/60 VF-0S lacks the 1/48's moving wing flaps and removeable nosecone, although it keeps the opening air-brake feature and removeable engine intake covers. Personally, I'm glad the moving flaps and removeable nosecone were not included on the VF-os design. While nice features in theory, they were actually quite troublesome, both being easily knocked off during handling of the 1/48 VF-1.

Like the 1/48, the VF-0S's feet can also angle up or down in Fighter mode, to simulate thrust vectoring.


The VF-0S is an extremely well articulated toy, featuring ratcheted hip, knee, ankle and elbow joints as well as points of rotation at the neck, upper arm, wrist & knee and ball jointed hips and shoulders.


While it's a little too early to comment on the long term durability of this toy, my experience with it over the last couple of months has lead me to believe that the 1/60 VF-0S will be even more durable than the 1/48 VF-1, especially due to the improved backpack hinge design. My pre-production VF-0S has survived a 4 foot drop (thanks to my wife) from the top of my bedroom TV to a hard wooden floor in GERWALK mode, with the canopy open and came through completely undamaged. It's also survived 30 minutes with my 23 month old son, before I discovered he had it and took it away.

I've already transformed the toy numerous times and have deliberately been quite rough, but so have not noticed any stress marks or cracks.

Possible Future Improvements?

The only thing I'd really like to see improved about this toy is the addition of a locking latch or hinged locking arm for the top of the backpack in Battroid mode. At the moment, there is no separate locking arm, unlike on the 1/48 VF-1. The 1/60 VF-0S simply relies on the stiffness of the bottom backpack hinge in Battroid mode to keep the backpack vertical. As it stands, this is insufficient and the backpack juts out a few millimeters from the backplate. I'm a little worried that if the bottom hinge loosens over time, then the backpack may just flop down. In my opinion, this is the only weak point of the toy.


Despite some initial unconfirmed (i.e. no photo evidence yet) teething problems with the 1st production run, I think that Yamato have a real winner on their hands and this toy in my opinion is definitely the best Macross toy they have produced so far in terms of aesthetics, anime accuracy, design features and (hopefully) durability.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend picking up this toy, even with the bent tail spike issue. I've got 3 x VF-0S so far and may get at least 1 more.

I'm looking forward to buying multiples of any variants that Yamato may produce.