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About MacrossJunkie

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  1. Bandai DX VF-31

    Man, I'm really late to the game here. I'm glad the 31A is a web exclusive so I didn't miss out on it, but wtf is the deal with the 31J Kai? That makes no sense whatsoever...
  2. Arcadia SDF-1 Movie version 1/3000 reissue

    That's a whopping 20x10-4% savings! What a deal!
  3. Arcadia SDF-1 Movie version 1/3000 reissue

    Yes, the Yamato version came with a stand. Without one, it would be especially hard to display properly in cruiser mode.
  4. This was bound to happen...gray market VF's?

    Thanks. I got it ordered with my mom's help, although some of it didn't even make sense to her. So we had to guess what the intent. Like there was a part that gave the options to either "find someone to pay for you" or "anonymous purchase". Neither made any sense so I just tried anonymous purchase. *shrug*
  5. This was bound to happen...gray market VF's?

    I've only gotten as far as getting it into the cart. I can't check out yet because I think it needs the address and I can't get half of the page to translate. I've had to resort to calling up my mom and seeing if she can help me with it since I can't read Chinese...
  6. This was bound to happen...gray market VF's?

    The FlightPose stands may look nice and are inexpensive, but I and other people have had issues with the silicone tips dissolving or marring the paint at the points of contact. Just a warning.
  7. Arcadia SDF-1 Movie version 1/3000 reissue

    Would be nice if they included stuff that was only in the kit version before like the decals, glow stickers, and the etched metal parts.
  8. This was bound to happen...gray market VF's?

    I wouldn't get the KO VF-1's as it's a copy of Arcadia's stuff which they are still selling. I'm interested in and okay with the Regult as it looks to be an original mold and also the fact that Arcadia seems to have no interest in making 1/60 toy versions of the Regult and the Yamato HDP kit was a very limited run and is hard to find, much less at a reasonable price. So I see this as filling a niche that no one else is willing to fill. +1 for Yetistand. The Yamato launch arm is clunky and the one I got was a piece of junk. With hardly any use, the ratcheting mechanism on one of the joints stopped working. Maybe the KO would actually be better quality compared to the real thing? Possibly, but the design overall is still chunky and lacks versatility. The Yetistands are simply designed, durable, very versatile (customizable to suit your needs, interchangeable parts and tons of available adapters) and look sooooo much better.
  9. Report: New Arcadia VF-1 white is still purple/pink

    Interesting. I never thought to compare something like that. So I took the new Hikaru 1S and compared to a VT-1 and a DYRL Kakizaki VF-1A from some years back. Somehow I feel like the plastic is a bit lighter or at least more flexible on the Hikaru. When I tap the end of the fully extended wings on the new Hikaru 1S, it seems to have more vibration or spring to it. Whereas tapping the VT-1 or Kakizaki, it's more of a muted thud. The thickness and the dimensions of the wings look identical. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing. Maybe the added flexibility will make it less prone to breakage? It's by no means floppy or squishy, just less... rigid? Maybe lighter? I'd have to put them on a scale to know for sure, but I don't have one handy to make a quantifiable assessment.
  10. Bandai DX VF-31

    In some cases, it helps to shave down the rectangular pegs and even out any surfaces that might be sticking out further, preventing the wing from folding up properly. I had to do that with a 31J. I was super happy when they got rid of the foreign transaction fees on my Amazon Prime Chase card.
  11. Report: New Arcadia VF-1 white is still purple/pink

    When I got my copy of the recently released Hikaru VF-1S, it instantly hit me how pink it looked without needing to compare it to anything. I guess I'm particularly sensitive to color gradations. It makes it easier to do color matching when mixing paints, but it's curse when things like this bother me. I was fairly disappointed and probably won't be getting anymore Arcadia VF-1 releases. People may think I'm overreacting, but I can't help that it bothers me, especially when put next to the other ones. They should have made it like the VF-0S white which didn't look pink at all.
  12. Whats next for Arcadia?

    I half expect Milia's VF-1J to come out sort of orange-ish and Max's to be a purple hued blue while the visor frames are black because they maybe might have looked that way in one frame of animation error during an explosion while squinting your eyes really hard.
  13. Bandai Sv-262 DX valk

    That was my thought as well when I transformed mine to GERWALK mode. I thought to myself, "Paint this black and this would be a valk that Batman would be proud to fly."
  14. Question: How do you guys acquire your collections?

    Yeah. Not to discourage anyone starting their collections now, but I personally wouldn't be able to afford having a collection like mine (and I don't even have a huge collection compared to many others) trying to get the same things years down the road with the aftermarket prices. It would just be too daunting to me. I've only paid high aftermarket prices on one thing which was the super parts for Alto's 29, and I felt like I paid far too much, especially since I found it was missing a piece. I regret not buying Alto's VF-25 Armored parts when I had the chance to and now it's just far too much out of the range of what I would be willing to pay for them, being priced at several hundred dollars. I only had the benefit of starting early and keeping up with the releases which made things possible for me.
  15. Question: How do you guys acquire your collections?

    I buy them as they come. Back when Yamato was in business, stuff would often come up on sale later, so I got some of my Yamato stuff on sale months after release. Those were the good ole days where I didn't have to wake up at 3 AM just to secure a pre-order... The non-VF-1 Arcadia and Bandai 1/60 valks rarely stay in stores for too long after release and don't drop in price except for a few less popular items so it is generally better to pre-order at a discount as they come up. Once you start looking at ebay or Amazon afterwards, you're generally paying scalper prices.