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  1. Kinzoku VF

    Hi-Metal R

    Would be such a shame.....Like many here, I love the playability of the HMR....Excellent fiddling about figures....'Piuuu Piuuu, Whoooshh"....
  2. As far as the Yammies are concerned they're pretty much exactly the same as any other 1/60. The VF-0D on the other hand does seem slightly smaller to me.
  3. Kinzoku VF

    Hi-Metal R

    That 2019 Tamashii Nations poster doesn't show any HMR though? The one on the poster is a 1/48. Are there truly more HMR releases planned? Feels like Bandai are now just starting all over with their 1/48 line,personally aside from the usual suspect Elint/Ostrich in 1/48....(.a 1/48 VF-4 would be amazing too...) it'll be a miss. Got the 1st one as I had preordered it, it's great and all, but not sure I need more VF-1s in my overcrowded Macross cabinets. Rambling...regarding the HMR, any official announcements regarding the line continuity? They teased us with so many unreleased pieces, shame really, great line to fiddle around with on you desk.
  4. Congrats to all. It will be a miss from my part though.Too many non-Macross stuff on my to-get lists , and Arcadia's prices are getting ridiculous (essentially for revised re-releases). Anyways, was tempted, but on display my 3 Yammies still look the part and holding on perfectly fine as I never or hardly ever transform my Valks (HMR being the exception...).
  5. Kinzoku VF

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Same about the orange....I really wanted it like the Frontier Prophecy VF-25 . At least they look different enough though. Rather than having yet another 2 Fighters in my collection with the exact same color scheme. Other than that, it's what I expected. The way the dish folds is perfectly fine too imo, not important if it's not completely flat (not even sure if it was flat in the original artwork/CG.) I think after so many VF-31 my enthusiasm as far as the the 31's are concerned is fading. Aside from the lovely Kairos, (still love that one...most definitely worth the 5 months wait or however long it took them to finally send the thing) . One thing though, even though I now own the entire squadron, I've yet to transform a single one in Battroid/Gerwalk....(aside from parts of the arms and legs in order to straighten and close up gaps from the factory assembly ). The only Delta that I transformed (once) was the SV-262. Utter pain in the backside, but truly loved the Battroid and Gerwalk mode on that one. Shame we'll most likely never get to see others (at the same time, not sure I would've wanted an entire squadron) Is it worth risking scratches, stress marks etc just to satisfy my curiosity for 10 minutes before putting back into Fighter mode. Are they truly that 'fun' to pose/fiddle about with? Lastly, I wanted to take a snapshot of all Elint VFs together, but the way some of them are crammed into my displays, I couldn't be bothered, so instead I took a crappy pic next to the other 'orange' one...
  6. Kinzoku VF

    Bandai DX VF-31

    As long as NY doesn't pull another Kairos, it'll be fine....And to be fair, even after a 5 months wait (or was it 6 I forgot), most of us eventually received our Kairos. So for a standard release like this, there shouldn't be any issues (although, once again, they did leave the preorder window opened since it was announced.....)
  7. Kinzoku VF

    Bandai DX VF-31

    They truly are taking the p**s with the gap behind the cockpit. It seems bigger than all other VF-31. Not too sure what to think about this, will have to see when I have it in my hands. At the beginning of the Delta lineup, I only planned to get the 31-J and this one. Typically, the 31-E ended up being the last one. And whilst waiting for it, I ended up with the entire line (and can't stand the actual Delta series). Hopefully Bandai will stop milking the Vf-31 and continue with what they started with Macross Plus....and more HMR.(like everyone is saying, it's looking bleak on that front ...). Personally I'd rather see less VF-1s and more Fighter variety rather than yet another entire squadron of 1/48 (especially as I still have all my 1/48 Yammies....sure an Elint and Ostrich would be cool but that's it)
  8. I personally have about 15 1/48 VFs left including a few armors, special parts sets etc....First thing I did when the 1/48 Bandai arrived at my door was to take pics of it in Fighter mode next to a few Yammies (the one I've attached)....I mean, sure, the panel lining on the Yammies is a bit deep/thick, but, on display , with loads of other VFs, they look very similar and just fine (obviously...same scale, same plane...). Took me a while to decide, but will be skipping on the next upcoming Bandai releases (unless they give us some truly interesting pieces). Selling off all the Yammies would be a pain in the backside. And value-wise (especially now that Bandai got into the game), it's not exactly worth the hassle of selling them off and having to add a lot of extra $$ to get hold of Bandai's versions (that sell out in 2 seconds on preorder, and triple in price in a week...). Man do I miss the old Yamato days....You could really get so much more for your $$.
  9. Kinzoku VF

    Hi-Metal R

    Lol. I've done exactly that...not to replace the glass shelving though but to add additional shelves to some of my Detolfs . Essentially splitting one Detolfs shelf into 2....Granted on the plexiglass shelves I only display light-ish Popy and co spaceships and smaller bots. so no issues here....But I truly need to lighten the weigh....I've seen pics of crashed Detolfs....Gives you shivers down your spine..... I've even built my own Detolf as I needed one with one less 'square/shelf'. It has glass shelves but no glass partitions on the sides nor back....It's a 'Ghettolf'. Rotating what's on display at any given time would be ideal....But with half of the boxes in storage, the others in the attic, some in a garage. I mostly only have easy access to the boxes from the most recent purchases . Did I mention my extensive collection of Japanese retro consoles and games....From the 80's until today....A lot of my VF's (those in Fighter mode from Macross, Macross Plus,7, Zero to Macross Frontier are actually displayed on top of those Ikea's old wooden CD shelves that I've turned horizontally in order to be able to use them as additional display space. That and I live in a flat.....Anyway.....I think the answer would be to stop hoarding stuff and getting rid of some pieces now and again. Don't you jinx my Detolfs ...The sound of breaking glass in that scene...Gonna have cold sweats for a month every time I'll hear some creaking coming from my shelves. Anyway, sorry I rambled so much....That's why I mostly tend to lurk. But thanks for the advice (and not telling me off for putting some 'non HMR related' blablas in the thread...It all started when I looked at my Hi Metal housing crisis...just got slightly sidetracked)
  10. Kinzoku VF

    Hi-Metal R

    Thanks for the advice. Actually, my Macross Detolfs are the least overcrowded of all my cabinets. It's my other Detolfs that are making worrying metallic creaking sounds most days (touch wood as they've been loaded like that forever...) Here's an example of a few of my non-Macross Gokins. Some weigh a lot. Wish I could find a more room to display my collections, but that's not going to happen anytime soon. Been thinking of selling some stuff as I just can't stand toys that just sit in boxes. Utterly pointless imo unless you only collect to invest (and scalpers). Problem is some pieces, especially vintage stuff I've had for decades and there's no way I could ever afford today's insane prices if I ever wanted to get them back. Like....never....
  11. Kinzoku VF

    Hi-Metal R

    Truly wish I had the luxury of only putting a few HMR per Detolf's shelf. Took that pic early May, that's the best I managed to do cramming-wise , (the VF-4,other Macross 7 Hi Metal and the non-VF stuff couldn't fit on the same shelf). The monster also had to be displayed outside with all the other stuff that are just too big. As for the new 1/48 line, as much as I loved the 1st release, decided to skip the upcoming releases (maybe when they get to the Elint etc). I still have all my old 1/48 Yammies and cannot be asked to sell everything (for peanuts...) in order to replace them with the latest Bandai 1/48 offerings. As much as I love the engineering weight and chunkiness of it, don't feel the need for yet more 1/48. Aside from my old 1/48 Yammies, the bulk of my 'modern' Macross collection are all 1/60. (Plus I need to keep cash for all non-Macross stuff). Rambling aside, I really hope we haven't reached the end of the HMR line, would've also loved to see a lot more. I mean Studio Half Eye have been doing them for years, don't see why Bandai couldn't give us more variety in that scale considering the progress made in toy engineering . Feels like Bandai plans to milk the 1/48 molds and in the process gradually slowing down (or dropping off ) the HMR in order be able to start working on the upcoming Macross series (after yet another Delta movie *sigh*)
  12. Looking closely, I did spot other slight differences whilst comparing the panel lining. Ex, the old Yammies have 3 'recessed' dots under the cockpit (just right at the end tip of the cross logo). They are recessed on the Yammies whilst they look almost flat on the Arcadia. Other panel lines also appear less deep. Another thing that was spotted a while back, it appears the 2 front canards are on rotating hinges this time around. Not on a rotating peg like it was shown in one of the really early prototype pics (notice you can already spot some stress marks on the Arcadia version, sure, it's a model that most likely got handled a lot, I get but still....). Other slight differences in parts here and there. Love it how with every rereleases/newer versions peeps on EvilBay think asking ¥30k for their 'old transformed many times Yammy' is a sure thing. . It's a free world, go for it, but 'the taking people for morons' part always gets to me. Getting side tracked...
  13. Again, looking at the pics of the revised version, and comparing closely to my old Yammies, they look nearly identical. (Gaps and all). The main differences will mostly be structural, with reinforced diecast hinges/joints to better carry the weight of those huge ass missiles. I've had 2 out of 3 displayed with all their missiles for years, one with the wings folded in 'high speed' mode, nothing has budged. The other just normal and flat. Only the the wings on the on in standard Fighter mode are drooping ever so slightly . (There are some ways to adjust those folding wing hinges so that they don't just drop and flop completely). Only downside...no 'whooshing' around....I could be wrong, but from a display standpoint the differences just aren't obvious enough to warrant ¥90+. If I didn't already own them, I'd be up for it no doubt. Also, maybe it's just me, but when getting a slightly revised version of a piece I already own (unless it's a complete redo, different scale etc) I never get the same kinda excitement having had the other version. Certainly not rolling on $$$ , and like many I collect other stuff aside Macross. Like that T-28 Action Toys, missed the preorder on that one ...utterly gutted
  14. ¥30K (or more with shipping etc) times 3......I'll stick with my old Yammies. I've only ever transformed one out of the 3 and as display pieces crammed between loads of other VFs, they look perfectly fine. Sure, they have gaps here and there, (but so do the Arcadia 'renewal' from what I could see from the pics)..Can't see myself justifying spending that kinda cash on something I already own. It'll be a pass for me....
  15. As much as I'm tempted, my 3 Yamato versions will have to do. Cannot justify shelling that much (times 3 for each upcoming versions). 90% of my VFs are displayed in Fighter mode. All my Zeros have been on shelves in Fighter mode forever. Last time I handled one was to change a display, whooshed it around for 2 minutes and it went back in. As much as I want to support Arcadia, I'm finding it hard to justify getting something that from a display standpoint looks pretty much the same (sure the colour is different....pray that it's not painted like the VF-0D ). Lastly, I don't find much pleasure transforming those pieces any longer (my age maybe?, who knows...) shelling out 100k for all 3, is too much. Last but not least, every time I get a re-release, I never seem to enjoy it as much as if it were a completely new VF. Feels like I've been there done that. Aesthetically, the differences (from what we've seen so far) are nothing to write home about, and still seems 'gappy'. Maybe ¥25k for the standard version I would've gone for it (prob just the Cannon fodder as it's my favourite of all 3). ¥35k should've been premium, not standard. Even better if Arcadia, would start releasing stuff in kit/unbuilt form with a substantial price drop, I'd get all their releases! Truly they are missing out on some good business opportunities . Rambling aside, as it stands, it's a skip. My Yammies will do just fine for my displays. Not discrediting anyone, it's just my 2 cents, nothing else.
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