You have a GREAT collections FTF.
Are Yamato's very hard to come by in France? Where do you order most of your stuff from?
Is there a large fan base in Europe?
In France, you have two solutions :
1 : you buy valks in Paris and pay two or three times the price.
2 : You have the internet and buy on Ebay or HLJ. Even if costs for shipping in France are a bit expensive, it's less than if you buy in Paris.
For example, the first 1/48 Yamato Vf 1 A was aviable in Paris for 370 € (about 400$)
I bought mine on HLJ and paid about 200 € including the shipping cost.
That's the same for all my japanes toys.
About sideswipe, sure, I made a custom of this one. I thought it was better looking like this.
About my YF 19 (a first edition, moreover) I bought it here in France on Ebay. and i "only" paid 150 € for it (about 180 bucks)
And, yes, there is a large fan base in Europe, especially in France where , excuse me "Robotech" was on TV in the late 80's.