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  1. Hey @Gunnar I'm not sure, actually. I'm in the same boat. They've got a "guaranteed shipping within 5-7 days" that has completely lapsed on mine, so I'm going to see what I can do to cancel the order and get it refunded. We'll see what happens and I'll update the thread accordingly.
  2. Looking for a TAV33 Optimus Prime from the "Robots in Disguise" or "Transformers Adventure" series. Don't care about box condition as long as the toy is in good shape and has all the accessories. I'm in Australia so shipping will be pricey and hoping to pay as close to original retail as possible.
  3. I've temporarily blocked my card. Just in case. I've done some reading and I'm definitely covered if this turns out to be the bait and switch that a few others have reported from this email address. Really surprising there aren't far more reports from this vinayotap group. I really only found a handful. Stay tuned...
  4. I noticed that email. Didn't think to look it up for some silly reason. I already placed an order yesterday, though it's smallish. I'll look into what I can do to cancel but also what options I've got if I leave it and it goes badly. The CC I used has a very low limit and should be protected by Visa if it turns out nasty. Thanks for the feedback so far.
  5. I'm taking one for the team... Can't find any warning flags other than how briefly they've been in business and the fact they don't take Paypal. I recall days when some Japanese online shops didn't either. Those things can take time/experience to set up. And then again, this may all be a massive scam.... So I've ordered a few thing things totaling less than $100 and will update this thread if they come through. Will also warn everyone if they don't and put an entry in the black list thread, too.
  6. It's that time of year where kids start asking for things that are long since gone from store shelves. Unsurprisingly, my son decided he just had to have a TAV33 Optimus Prime - something that's been gone for years now. I told him I'd look into it. To my surprise I found a site that looks to be Canada based that stocks this. https://www.ltvxyonline.com Not only that, they've got a pretty healthy amount of Macross goodies too! But, is it too good to be true? The site has been up for less than a year. The Security certificate appears to be valid though. Has anyone bought from here and can advise?
  7. Is the YF-29 Alto version an officially verified reissue? I thought it was just being shown at all the usual events as a "see what we did?" sort of marketing thing.
  8. I'll say! Man, at 25 years in the making, this is even more impressive to have followed. Really love your work, your attention to detail and all the time you put into journalling your build here with us Macross folks. Inspires me to get back to a lot of my unfinished projects and keep up with the threads I started but never finished.
  9. Pshhh! Speak for yourself man - all my skills are top secret! I keed, I keed. I can't think of a single thing I know how to do with my own modelling experience, that I haven't learned by reading a tutorial, watching a video, or chatting with someone else. A lot of that has come from this site, alone, too. Of course you've got to then try it, but the point is that Ted's spot on. It's never too late to start learning some new skills and modelling is one of those things I hope I never stop doing. @tekering Lovely work on that figure! Got any poses on the Monster, now that you've reached the finish line? I know scale probably won't be kind but your previous pics looked great and certainly didn't make me think "that monster is way too small!" in the slightest.
  10. Love the outcome on this one! The panel shading on the heatshield/"canopy" is a very nice touch, too!
  11. I like them so much, I'd happily be the Australian distributor for all his stuff. Just don't have enough folks down my way to order the quantities to make it worthwhile, unfortunately. I'm sure your pics would help his stands reach some other audiences too. I'd try to segue to get us back on topic but this thread is long since gone anyway. You're probably one of the last folks to get an original Yamato variant of this thing! I love that it's still about as good as it gets, even being an almost exact template for the much newer Bandai High Metal R version. They certainly did this one nicely. Of course it being MacrossWorld and all, I'd be remiss to not complain about all the "Should haves" that we didn't get: missiles that don't like to stay put very limited arm posing options no "official" gunpod mounting option (though that's pretty easy to do anyway) Some paint scratching issues on die-cast parts wings and control surfaces that aren't at the "correct" angles and/or don't have any way to tell you they're properly aligned I'm still in agreement with you though, it's a greatly done toy and as others often say, surprising that it manages to hide a robot in there in fighter mode.
  12. Not a problem! Happy to help a fellow member out (you and Yeti both!). Yeah, until you have these in hand, they really are difficult to visualise.
  13. ^^^ Bingo! See, I knew it'd been too long since I'd browsed the site. That set is exactly like the Bandai bundle, but requires you to already have an Arcadia stand for it to work. Still, those two adapters it comes with and wmkjr's pic should help this make a lot more sense now. The one thing to remember with these stands is that there's no right or wrong adapter. Well unless you buy a Bandai adapter for a non-Bandai toy, of course. Using a combination of parts and elbows means there are a huge number of possible mounting options to experiment with.
  14. Seconded. @pengbuzzthat is amazing!
  15. Yep, been getting reports from friends back in the Santa Rosa area for the last few days. You guys all stay safe! Bolt, that looks awesome, by the way.
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