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  1. Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    Well I'm definitely in the minority here. I love the old MP's and still have a fondness for them that stretches over the years. I am not a fan at all of the new cartoon aesthetic. To me the MP line was originally envisioned as the ultimate expression of a real-life, working version of a masterpiece transformer. Not an authentic representation of a cartoon. They were supposed to be expertly engineered, impeccably wrought real-life versions of the toy, not an overwrought version of the cartoon. The only company that I've even seen recently be able to touch the exalted heights of cartoonish exaggerated poses while at the same time maintaining a sleek design to the alt mode is Bandai with the Macross Frontier series, specifically the VF-19. And that's after years of many misses and tinkering with the design, utilizing a designer, Kawamori, who is essentially the brain child of all modern Japanese anime to me, and certainly the major exporter of the very idea of a transformer to the United States. After all that, did they only finally manage to get it right, blending uncanny organic poses in the robot mode without sacrificing the real-life, menacing aesthetic of the alt mode. So I am not surprised at all, at least how I see things, that other, lesser toy companies like Takara (alas, the Takatoku days are over!) could only conceive of the idea in the womb so to speak, but end up with a dead, limp, lifeless stillborn child as a result. Only a toy company at the top of their game can conceive and execute such a thing, not just your average toy company. Another example is the Soul of Chogokin series. After years of making the perfect toy versions - simple die cast, solid feet, hands, face, nothing ornate - did they even bother with the more organic poses in a new twists on the series emphasizing the cartoonish aspects of the characters. It took them years to fine tune the design of their toys to accomplish this, and probably with the same workshop of toy designers, not a hastily arranged rotation of designers selected to meet market demand or the exigencies of the moment. I think at the end of the day their design work has been poor with the new MP cartoon series, and it only points up Bandai's supremacy in the field. Hate to say it, but it's true. As to the original aesthetic, I'm sad to see it so readily forgotten and discarded by the newer generation of toy collectors, but perhaps we are all either ruled by the heady moment of toy collecting, when fetish and trends and the sheer joy of panicking over a purchase take over, or else the prevailing fashion of the day. I guess it is not for me to determine the bend of history, but merely to bear witness. Alas! Methinks though that cooler heads (and designs) will prevail. When the dust settles, the great design work that was put into those toys, which were truly revolutionary for their day, will come out, and they will be seen for the landmarks in toymaking that they were. It's funny how lesser toy companies like Yamato and Takara will end up putting up scions of the industry, all the while pushing collecting forward, like the 1/48's or the early MP's, while at the same time never holding a candle to their progenitors.
  2. Macross Collection Display Thread

    This is sickening. I'm gonna start a rescue squad for stray runaway valkyries who've wandered into a puppy mill for valkyries. Then I'll roll up to your house and "rescue" these VF-11B's. "The wonderful thing is that these [valkyries] won't have to live like this anymore." God, I have a demented mind.
  3. Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    I have three pairs of reading glasses from CVS. One to read with, another to read with when I forget where I put the first one, and another at the office when I forget to bring the first two. That way I can be sure that I'm never without my reading glasses and I always make the most of my income to splurge on the things that matter. Valkyries.
  4. Hi-Metal R

  5. Bandai DX VF-31

    It does. I guess at the end of the day I knew all this. Again, I'm just looking for that promise land that will never come. As to the buying multiples, I have a hard enough time as it is buying singles, I can't imagine what a slog this hobby would be if I took to buying multiples and selling the rest off after I cherrypicked the best. Even for me that's over the top. Not saying it isn't done, just saying that's a rabbit hole I shouldn't go down. I will fall way, way down. I guess at the end of the day hunting down these little treasures is half the fun. The stories of our collecting almost have as much currency as the collections themselves, and it's nice to be able to share them on these forums.
  6. Bandai DX VF-31

    This would of course require me to visit Japan myself, take myself on a plane, buy the other "plane" I'm after, pack it up, and babysit it halfway across the world as I return to my home in the States. But seeing as I cannot possibly do that without giving up all my hard-earned cash for otherwise earmarked toys I plan on buying - hell, I might even give up coffin insurance for this hobby if I get a chance to own just one more toy before I croak - that won't be happening anytime soon. But it's a nice thought though.
  7. Bandai DX VF-31

    So I hate to ask, given how popular it's been lately, but what about Nippon Yisan? Are the boxes generally delivered mint?
  8. Bandai DX VF-31

    Good to know, thanks. I can get it guaranteed mint elsewhere, but I'll end up paying for it, which is something I don't want to do. Here I can get it for a decent price, but I figured just what you're saying. It'll probably end up on my doorstep dinged in some form or fashion, which is just unacceptable to my obsessive tastes...Somewhere in the back of my mind I keep thinking I'll discover the promise land where toys are for the taking, gradually enveloped by a Japanese fan of sun rays. Then I wake up and search my empty wallet, wondering what the hell happened.
  9. Bandai DX VF-31

    What's your experience with Mandarake been? I'm an MISB guy and getting anything in other than tip top shape is the stuff of nightmares for me. Will the box be in C-9 condition or better when it arrives? Is it a crap shoot? I'd seen other people opining on this subject, and everybody seemed to really love Mandarake.
  10. Bandai DX VF-31

    It'll make this one a legend, no doubt. And the stories that abound in the collecting community will add to its mystique. Anyone who got this "first wave" (assuming there's a second), will hold gold in their hands.
  11. Bandai DX VF-31

    NY has to be up on these forums and they have to know that their business lives and dies by their reputation, so I wouldn't put it past them to be sourcing to outside sellers if they really wanted to maintain their legitimacy in the eyes of an overweening audience (a hem, Macross fans). That's especially true if they are diehard anime fans, which it seems to me they are. And in that vein I imagine that a lot of online toy stores are labors of love and nothing more. But with that said, who knows? You might be right. I just think it's odd that they are sending one offs like this with the obvious postal stamping. If they were getting it from Bandai directly, they'd be getting it in bulk.
  12. Bandai DX VF-31

    I guess I don't see the issue with sourcing to outside dealers and sellers, even if they are one offs or individual buyers. The reality is that you are still getting an MISB and that's all that matters from a quality standpoint. Of course it does raise the question of why they have to do this in the first place, and all the speculation that has flown around - QC issues at the factory, market manipulation etc. I guess the reality is that we'll never know. It just adds to the misery and excitement of collecting.
  13. Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    This is the kind of bad ass gangster sh#$ I love.
  14. Bandai DX VF-31

    Dude, this is a toy store.
  15. Hi-Metal R

    Couldn't agree more with this.