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About ScrambledValkyrie

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  1. Retro Gaming

    Has anyone else here played through Dracula X Rondo of Blood for the PC Engine (aka Turbo Duo)? I've been a Castlevania fan for a long time. I own copies of all the non-mobile 2D console Castlevania titles, and I'm on a gradual quest of replaying through them from oldest to newest. After the NES games and Super Castlevania, I'm currently working through Dracula X again and remembering what a great game this is. It's got colorful visuals, a nice soundtrack, reasonable difficulty, multiple paths, and multiple playable characters. After this, it's on to Bloodlines for the Genesis, the inferior Dracula X for the SNES, then Symphony of the Night and Chronicles for PS1...
  2. Lord of the Rings TV series coming to Amazon

    Count me in as very interested to see where this goes. I'm a huge fan of the books (though never finished Silmarillion), a big fan of the LOTR movie trilogy, and somewhat a fan of the Hobbit movie trilogy. My concern would be how much liberty they take in relation to source material. If they invent stories that are Tolkien-esque but aren't as faithful to his actual writings, I'll lose interest pretty quickly.
  3. 1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    Very nice, @Saburo. I think it goes to show that composition and lighting matter more than what kind of camera you're using.
  4. Macross Cosplay

    That is a cool group shot. Took me a minute to figure out who everyone was. Is that Luca between Ishtar and Misa? Odd that he's not over with his Frontier teammates.
  5. Hi-Metal R

    Generally I agree. I mainly wish they would just go ahead and release everything from SDFM or DYRL that's already been teased (VT-1, Tomahawk, etc). I don't know that they have to totally wrap up everything from the original series first, as long as they keep expanding it. Like they have with the VF-2 (and the Messer VF-1 to an extent) I could see them starting to sprinkle in valks from Plus and Frontier here and there, while still working to complete the SDFM lineup. It would fit their apparent goal of attracting fans of newer Macross series to the HMR line, as they continue to build out the "classics." But yeah, I really would like to see a VF-1D, VF-1A TV Max, etc. Not all of us have @sh9000 custom skills...
  6. Hi-Metal R

    I tend to think that the release of HMR in general is pretty slow. But I'm realizing that's how it goes in this hobby. And it certainly does help with the problem of overloading the wallet. Given that it's already November, and all we've heard about for 2018 so far is the VE-1, I wonder if it's going to be a slow year in general for HMR. Though the upcoming reissue Dougram makes me wonder if Bandai might not also reissue one of the early Macross pieces. I would love another shot at the armored valkyrie...
  7. Retro Gaming

    Pretty low. In my experience over the last couple of years, the bootleg cart situation on EBay really isn't too bad. The operative word in this hobby is "repro" (as in reproduction) and it's mainly the rare and super expensive games that get repro'd. Some legit sellers will even show you a pic of the board inside as proof. Just read the descriptions, and if the price looks too good to be true, it probably is. And if it's got natural wear in the label from years of use, that can be reassuring.
  8. Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    Wow -- isn't that more than the entire SDF-1 had? I keep thinking about getting one, but I don't really have the space to display it.
  9. Hi-Metal R

    Agreed, both that @sh9000 did a nice job, and that stand-alone parts would be cool. I think I'm set on FAST packs at this point, but would love the GBP. I can't bring myself to get the armored VF-1J, given current prices and the fact that I already have Hikaru's 1J. I'm still hoping they eventually release that dark-colored armored VF-1A they teased a while back.
  10. Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    A few things that came in today, to help finally expand my Macross collection beyond just valkyries -- plus a curious Hikaru.
  11. This was bound to happen...gray market VF's?

    Well, since it's a wireless speaker, you could always play Mari Ijima through it instead. I'm intrigued by the VF-1S prototype, and will also be interested to see how it comes out in production, especially with the FAST packs.
  12. Hi-Metal R

    Even though it's technically the wrong adapter, it can fit and be made to work; as long as the gunpod is there to give it stability. It just won't tab in towards the back.
  13. Hi-Metal R

    Cool. What's your plan for the two Max valks? Did you end up grabbing the super parts from Mandarake? I was eying those but figured I had enough at this point.
  14. Retro Gaming

    I tend to think that this is exactly what Nintendo wants people to do. One reason for the timing and short supply of their recent "classic" consoles may be to drive additional sales of the Switch. Get attention from retro buyers, hoping that when they can't get their hands on it, they'll just buy a Switch instead.
  15. Hi-Metal R

    Exactly. It even already includes TV missiles, TV hands, and a TV pilot figure.