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  2. Offhand, the Playmates '84 and the Toynami Ultimate EX for transforming Voltrons, the Titan Power King of Beasts if you don't mind one that doesn't turn into lions. There's also the Toynami Masterpiece 30th anniversary and the Mad Toys/Icarus Voltrons, but AFAIK they're about the same size as the SoC. Of all of those, all I personally own are the SoC and Playmates.
  3. OK, that's the sense I've got from reviews so far. Thanks! It has about the same desireability to me as the 1/60 KO figures which means a sub $100 buy point for a VF-1 w/ SS Parts.
  4. Slave IV

    Hi-Metal R

    I think the HMR GBP is to date, the finest implemetation of the armor out of all the different releases inluding the 1/48 and 1/60 Yamato designs (although the valk itself, I prefer the big boys). Everything fits together like butter and it is nice and solid when finished.
  5. Looks like you got your answers but to reiterate, regular preorders will go up at shops starting around or right at 4 pm JST on the day of opening preorders. A few sites like amiami and Hobby Search will have the listings show up shortly before they open and they usually open right on the dot. Other shops will trickle in and it is usually in the order of CDJ, HLJ within a few minutes from 4 pm and then Nippon Yasan and Anime Export will usually come up around an hour or two later. You need to have tabs open for all your options and frefresh constantly if you want to have a chance at getting an order in. If the release is a Tamashii Web Exclusive, no worries...only NY and AE will have it available and there is no rush because the orders stay open for some time. AE usually closes before Bandai's announced dtae, NY will stay open sometimes even to release day but usually around a month before release. Other option for TWE items is to use a proxy service like FRomJapan who will purchase the item for you direct from Bandai, and also charge for their service. It's pretty reasonable but I find using NY is usually chaeper and easier. TWE items are all pay up front. Normal releases are pay around release date except at AE where everything is pay up front.
  6. Demi-chan can really pull on your heartstrings. Hikari is my favorite.
  7. Spoke too soon my amazon orders are preparing for shipment, woot!!! They separated them into two orders for some reason. I’ll take it
  8. sqidd

    Hi-Metal R

    I was stoked to see they had one.....and at the same location. Jackpot right there! I love me some GBP!
  9. The feel of the HMR's is better (I don't have a Roy specifically to compare too though yet). It's "plastic'y". But it looks pretty good. It has more size to it than a HMR. They're woth it for the right deal.
  10. Slave IV

    Hi-Metal R

    Excellent move! The HMR GBP is a fantastic piece! So well done. I hope they make more variants of it.
  11. sqidd

    Hi-Metal R

    I got four more things. You know, to save on shipping. I got the VF-1J GBP and a VF-1S Focker with S&S parts (from the HMR line) too.
  12. Thanks for all the info guys, much appreciated.
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  14. This PO day for the VF-1S Hikaru has already passed (it was early June). We don't know when the next one is yet. If you're trying to secure one at release, we don't know the date yet (it will just be later November). Like you're seeing with the Max, though, they kind of trickle out at various times at different vendors; there is no set time for that. Also, the "official" release date for the Max is/was Sept.21 (in Japan). But as you can see, several places will sell it early, even by Japanese time. So basically a few days before the official release date, you'll want to be checking vendor sites.
  15. I went and saw the Promare Screening last night. I expected over the top, Mecha, Aliens, and Jiggly. Got everything buy the jiggly. Definate nods to every trigger title before it, from Inferno Cop to Franxx. I am half surprised that no Gurren Lagann one liners weren't used. All in all good movie.. My 81 year old Aunt even approves.. but she admits she has no idea what she just watched. (neither did I might I add)
  16. As far as I remember in Robotech, Battloid is a mix term from Battle and their Bioroids. But to be honest, Macross or Robotech, the term Battroid really had more sense. Love the details even though they're tiny.
  17. Kinda wish if there are other users online who has 2R ankles so some of us can trade with our 2L ankle parts (technically its the entire feet assembly from the ankle below)
  18. Bandai has declared a specific time/day at which pre-orders open. Usually at midnight PST/3am EST.
  19. I'm new to this craze and the general chaotic ordering surrounding it so have to ask, how do you guys know when to camp out at your computers? I assume extra PO stock probably goes on sale a day or two before (or on) the release date. I've got the VF-1S added to my wishlist on various sites but don't know if I'll get a timely notification or whether I should plan to stay up late one day in November.
  20. If you are lucky enough to grab the 1S off a preorder cancellation from HLJ, CDJ, HS or maybe amiami, it won't be overpriced. Most of them will offer the initial preorder price. The reason I say maybe for amiami is I think they already raised the price on their listing for it compared to what the initial preorder price was. Still, it's just listed at MSRP, which can't be considered "overpriced". I still need to secure a 1S for myself.
  21. You can see it here, but it is listed as discontinued. It might come back up, but I doubt it.
  22. Haha, you're probably right. But with that said, I'm sure there will be some (likely overpriced) stock available if I can't get in on left-over/cancellation PO stock. I must admit, I almost passed on the Max at first because it seemed a bit drab compared to the VF-1J - e.g. the chest is pretty bare; I understand why that is but it's also the reason I'm going to get the VF-1S as well ... more detail and well, it's generally just bad*ss looking (my favourite head of the VF-1 series) In the end though, I think the VF-1A will compliment the VF-1S nicely on my shelf - assuming I can pry the Max away from my daughter haha.
  23. Slave IV

    Hi-Metal R

    Wise move. Expect the cheapest shipping to be around $50 though. Either way, worth it!
  24. Cool! Are you saying it doesn't even come close to HMR quality in your opinion? I still haven't brought myself to buying one of these and if that's what you are saying, I may never buy one. Either way, I'm hoping the price drops before I make any decision. Nice Ed!
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