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  1. Save!! Where've you been hiding all this time, we've missed you! Thanks for clarifying the Wonderfest licensing process. Just curious, but since the licensing goes through WF, how closely does Big West scrutinize the product? I've heard the same thing too. Apparently Big West does that to ensure that their suitors are serious about the franchise and aren't simply trying to peddle rubbish.
  2. Calibre Wings has actually done business before with Big West. Their 1/72 F-14 S and J Types were originally sold at Wonderfest in Japan, albeit on a limited basis, so they already have an existing business relationship with Big West to build upon. As for Harmony Gold, their involvement would be stricly limited to trademark licensing, since Macross Zero designs are Big West's IP. Considering that Macross Zero is easily one of the least popular shows in the Macross franchise, it makes for a good test subject in this type of business venture. Moreover, all of Calibre Wings' models are supposedly "one-shot" releases, further minimizing Big West's exposure should things turn sour. Also, Calibre Wings' owner, Noel Lee, has been in the merchandising and licensing business for over a decade. I'd be shocked if he began marketing a Macross Zero product before receiving tentative approval from Big West.
  3. I admit I don't know much about Sega's mini consoles, but since they weren't designed to play Mega/Sega CD ISO's, patching them doesn't seem like an great solution. Have you thought about getting a Mega SG and MegaSD? I hear that's the best (albeit expensive) way to play classic Sega games on modern TV's.
  4. Nothing changed when Takara Tomy purchased a majority ownership stake in Tatsunoko Production. Likewise, this will change nothing.
  5. Thanks for the photos! I have a soft spot for the character and mecha designs from the Macross II universe and it's great to see detailed photos of the only Macross 2036 kit out there. If only Experten could hold their own against that quilt!
  6. Honestly, it probably depends on who you ask. Older gamers will say it's Cody, Guy, etc., but to younger gamers (and most likely future gamers too), it's going to be her.
  7. When the palette swap of a minor enemy character becomes the game's most recognizable character.
  8. Whoah, those Experten Option Parts for the VF-1AR/JR/SR are quite the find! I believe that may be the only official kit ever made for Macross 2036. Could you post a close-up photo of it?
  9. I stand corrected, you've got a great battroid pose going on there! Even with mixed rods, I was only able to do basic battroid poses, and even then it took an ungodly amount of time.
  10. FlightPose stands are the closest you'll get to Yetistands. The advantages FlightPose has over Yetistands are that they're stupidly easy to setup and can be used with practically any plane or ship, even a dinner plate, since they don't require toy-specific adapters. Speaking of adapters, most of Yeti's adapters are opaque plastic, which look pretty unsightly, at least to me. The disadvantages are that FlightPose stands can't achieve the extreme poses that you can do with Yetistands and battroid poses are nearly impossible since FlightPose is designed for planes and ships. There's also inconsistent reports of the stand's rubber tips melting the paint on some toys. Anecdotally, I've never had that happen to any of mine, but it may be due to specific combinations of paints/plastic used and/or room temperature.
  11. That's an interesting find! Did your family buy this brand new from a retailer back in the 80's or was it second-hand from something like a yard sale? My first reaction when I saw it was to say that someone lost or kept the original gray strike armor and replaced it with Jetfire's red armor (which was released the same year as the Strike Valkyrie). But then I noticed that it's missing the Big West copyright sticker on the box. It's also got a 50th Nissan Anniversary sticker, which I've never seen before on any 1/55 Strike Valkyries (1984 is indeed the 50th anniversary of the Nissan Motor Co.). Inexplicably, it also includes the green instruction booklet from Takatoku's 1/55 VF-1S. My guess is that this is a (unlicensed?) variant that Bandai produced for Nissan near the end of the Strike Valkyrie's 1984 production run, in which they Frankensteined leftovers from Jetfire and Takatoku booklets, figuring Japanese kids and Nissan wouldn't notice or care. Or, whoever you bought this from, Frankensteined the Jetfire armor and booklet themselves and slapped an age-approriate Nissan 50th Anniversary sticker on it to boot. edit: Just to add some context, there's an urban myth that Bandai ran out of FAST Packs during production of the 1/55 Elintseeker and Super Ostrich toys and just shoved Jetfire armor inside to save money. Some fans swear that they bought brand new Elintseekers and Ostriches back in the 1980's only to find Jetfire armor instead of the correct ones. Maybe the same thing happened with the Strike Valkyrie? While these are all clearly unsubstantiated stories, we do know for a fact that Jetfire had multiple production runs due to its popularity in America, so it's possible that Bandai had a glut of leftover Jetfire armor.
  12. Great job with that Quamzin kit! I think the weathering came out nicely, especially on his boots.
  13. The Focker Strike Valkyrie in the upper-right corner is a custom model kit found in Hobby Japan (January 1998). I don't know where the rest are from. Btw, where did you find that carded bootleg?
  14. Good catches, I never noticed those before!
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