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  1. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Personally, I didn’t loosen it on the first one because I wanted to validate if there really is an issue with the hip joints. There’s also a part of me that doesn’t want to modify or alter stuff out of the box if it can be avoided. After confirming that it is indeed possible to move it safely without loosening the screws, I did it on the second one.
  2. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    I didn't loosen them on the first one, I just grabbed it at the rotation point and slowly wiggled it around to ease the tension. However on the second one, I decided to just loosen it a bit because I was too lazy to do the same thing as the first time. In the end, whether you loosen the screws or not is up to you. If you are experienced with how to handle such joints and/or patient enough, you can slowly and gently work it as it is. Just be aware of where you're handling it and how much pressure you are applying. But if you're not too confident or are just impatient, I recommend that you loosen it.
  3. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    So I guess I should consider myself lucky that both of my YF-19s don’t have any of the issues others are having? My head lasers are intact with no signs of stress, the arm cannon pegs in flush to the arm, the tailfins stay on secure and tight with no hint of it being loose. The only one that can probably say I experienced were the super tight hip joints. But I don’t really consider that a defect or issue. My only real complaint with this release is that I couldn’t preorder it at N-Y and had to go with Amiami and HLJ instead. That resulted in having to pay an extra $160 in import taxes...
  4. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    The irony is in my case is, that 30k yen price from NY is actually the better bargain than the 25k preorder I bought from HLJ. After shipping and import taxes, I would only spend 35k yen (30k yen + 5k yen UPS shipping) if I got that from NY. The one I got from HLJ cost me 39k yen (25k + 4k DHL shipping + 10k import tax).
  5. ArchieNov

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Thanks for sharing the video. It’s probably just me, but while I think it’s an improvement in all aspects from the Yamato v2 design, I was hoping the transformation was done more differently. It looks more like a Yamato v3 rather than Bandai’s own unique take on it. But I guess there are only so many ways to do the transformation with current tech and the v2 was already a pretty good design so they borrowed a lot from it.
  6. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Mine stays in really secure and lines up correctly, just like my Advance. I didn’t even know there was an issue with the tailfin until someone reported it.
  7. ArchieNov

    Riobots by Sentinel

    Odd that they went with a 7-legged spider...
  8. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Perhaps. But Bandai clearly has the more advanced engineering VS the Arcadia when it comes to the YF-19. To say otherwise would be foolish.
  9. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    @Saburo Love your pics as always, but I think you need to redo this one. The wings are mistransformed. It looks like you forgot to push them in.
  10. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    NY has never done that. I think you are referring to MyKombini.
  11. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Well based on this pic from jenius, the angle of the canards on the Bandai is more accurate (it’s the Advance, but it’s basically the same thing). On the other hand, the Arcadia version might be too “perky”. But I think neither got it right.
  12. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    The Advance packaging also has that plastic bubble insert over the styrofoam, so in that regard I think the plastic cover over the antenna is similar to that of the YF-19. However, I think is the major difference here is that in the Advance (and other Frontier valks), the plastic tray with the stand and other accessories are placed on top of the valk. That gives an extra layer of buffer in case pressure is placed on the top of the box since there’s a bit of additional space. For the YF-19, the order is reversed with the valk layer directly on top, with only the cardboard insert over it. I can imagine that if something was to place pressure at the center of the box, it has a greater chance of causing the plastic over the antenna to push down on it until it breaks.
  13. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Broken head lasers are not a QC issue. It’s a shipping & handling issue and maybe a box design issue. I’m almost positive that these head lasers were fine when they left the factory and just got broken somewhere along the way.
  14. ArchieNov


    I always thought the Crossbone gundam looks like it belongs in G Gundam with the pirate theme and all.
  15. ArchieNov

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    I feel that you’re doing something wrong here. There are clear positions for both high speed mode and battroid mode for the wings. The proper positions for the wing swing bars are all clearly detailed in the manual with diagrams. Checked your pic again and can see that you have the wings wrong in battroid. You didn’t push them in.