Thanks to the kind people at Yamato I was today I was able to examine and photograph a production version of the long awaited VF-11B about a week before it goes on sale in Japan.
Graham's Impressions
Wow, what can I say. I love this toy! It is well articulated, relatively easy to transform and very poseable.  
Although it is still early days so far the toy seem to be very sturdy as well.  They only thing I can think of that might break is the head laser if the toy were dropped onto a hard surface. The answer? careful with your toys and don't drop them!
However, less you think I'm being paid to sing the praises of the Yamato, let me say that all is not perfect! There is one disappointing part, but more about that later.
In my opinion Yamato has perfectly captured the look of the VF-11 in all three modes. The battroid and Gerwalk modes look great and can adopt spread leg stances with ease. The fighter mode is just so streamlined. My chunky YF-19 fighters are embarrassed to be seen sitting next to the sleek and slim VF-11B :-)
The only negative points to the appearance are the big hinges under the wing roots in fighter mode and the vertical metal slider bars on the shoulders in battroid mode. However to be fair to Yamato because of the complicated nature of the VF-11's shoulder/backpack  transformation  there was really no other way that Yamato  could have designed this toy and still made it durable enough. Personally I can live with these small inaccuracies in appearance.
Improvements from the Pre-Production Sample
The toy I examined was one of the first off the production line. So, how does it compare to the pre-production sample I reviewed  on April 8th?
Well on the earlier pre-production sample, some of the joints were quite loose. I'm happy to report that on the production version this has been fixed and all the joints are nice and tight.
The production version's paint job has also been improved with the black and orange trim being much tidier with no paint over-runs. Overall I was very impressed with the quality of the paint job.
The VF-11B comes with the same precut sticker sheet as was sold with the YF-19 second version and the YF-21. A small supplementary sticker sheet containing 8 UN Spacy signs in low-profile blue and gray colors is also included (see picture).
Cockpit Covers
The VF-11B actually comes with two cockpit covers made of a very thin vacuumed formed plastic. The black outline and white 'wing' symbol are neatly spray painted on the covers.
The covers come on a single on a single sheet of plastic and must be cut from the sheet by hand. To do this I recommend using a small pair of nail scissors. I also tried it with a craft knife, but found it easier to follow the curving outline with the scissors.
So, why does the VF-11B come with two covers? Well, I guess Yamato thought it was safer to give customers a spare cover in case the customer screwed up cutting the first one.  Also the plastic used is very thin could possible crack or split if not handled with reasonable care so having a spare is a good idea.
So how does the cockpit cover attach to the toy? Well, it's like this, you are supposed to stick a piece of double sided sticky tape onto the inside of the cover so that it can stick to the cockpit canopy in battroid mode. Oh, and the sticky tape is not included with the toy!
To be honest I'm a little disappointed with these cockpit covers and they are not entirely what I was expecting. When I first examined a hand made sculpture of the VF-11B back in January 2001, the cockpit cover was made of a slightly thicker plastic and fitted firmly onto the canopy without need of any sticky tape. Why the change? I don't know, but I will find out.
This toy gets a 9 out of 10 from me. I would have given it a 10 if not for the cockpit cover which is a bit of a let down in my opinion, but maybe I'm being a bit too harsh.
Since 1994 I've wanted a toy of the VF-11 and now thanks to Yamato I finally have one.