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Everything posted by ScrambledValkyrie

  1. Hi-Metal R

    @sh9000 -- That is a whole lot of Macross! Very impressive. I bet it's even more impressive in person.
  2. Hi-Metal R

    The VF-2SS is looking cool. Almost making me wish I'd gotten one, but I'm OK sticking with SDFM (and some DYRL) right now. The Hikaru VF-1A is an unexpected announcement to me. Interesting they would bring out another re-release of an original Hi-Metal before the new pieces that everyone's been wanting for months. If they hadn't already produced the 1S version, I think the swappable parts would have made sense. I just wish Bandai hadn't gone with the gray they're using for DYRL releases. I think any future HMR announcements will be May or later, as it's likely too close to February already.
  3. Hi-Metal R

    Actually, MyKombini still has PO open for the VE-1 if anyone is still looking for it: https://mykombini.com/en/january-2018/8561-hi-metal-r-ve-1-elintseeker-macross-do-you-remember-love-bandai-4549660192923.html
  4. Hi-Metal R

    Awesome to see all of those together! Reminds of a similar shot I think you did of all your HMR VFs.
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Obscure valk drawing (VF-G1A?)

    Not sure if this is right place for this, but I ran across this line art image randomly online today. It seems to be a drawing of a variant of the VF-1, called the VF-G1A (or perhaps VF-GIA?). Has anyone seen this before, or know where it might be from? Looks a lot like a super VF-1, but there are differences. The Japanese makes me think it's not some kind of R-tech thing.
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Hi-Metal R

    Exactly. It even already includes TV missiles, TV hands, and a TV pilot figure.
  21. Hi-Metal R

    If they would just make that VF-1S in TV Roy livery and a TV Roy pilot...
  22. Hi-Metal R

    I'm noticing on the Tamashii website that there's a reissue Dougram for the HMR line coming in February. Does anyone else think that this means no new Macross in HMR for that month, meaning likely no new PO until later in October?
  23. Retro Gaming

    I really don't think the SNES mini will have much impact on sales of the original carts, especially CIB/MIB copies. It certainly could help to build general interest and awareness of the console. But what you have is going to appeal more to the collector (as you say) than to those who just want to play the games. I kinda straddle the fence between collector and player; most of my retro collection (and all my SNES collection) is loose carts, but I do still like to have carts that are in nice shape. Regarding timing, I have definitely seen a "correction" in the market over the last year or so. Prices of more common loose carts have been falling back down somewhat, while the rarer ones hold their ground or climb higher. It seems that this trend has not impacted CIB copies as much, if at all. It seems that if anything, prices of boxed copies continue to rise. So my opinion would be that now is a good time to sell. You could possibly get more if you wait another year, but you don't want that "correction" to potentially start affecting your boxed copies. Just my opinion, of course.
  24. Super Macross Mecha Fun Time Discussion Thread!

    Didn't the VF-1 also use beam cannons (Mauler RÖV-20) in varying quantities depending on the model? And the VF-1 strike configuration also had an additional set of beam cannons. Still, the question of why a projectile gun pod is interesting. I'm no expert, but different munitions would have different levels of effectiveness against different kinds of targets, and as they faced different kinds of enemies over time, their weapon selections were tweaked to suit? The situation of a gun pod running out of ammo is demonstrated in multiple series, so perhaps they wanted to get away from that problem with beam rifles?
  25. Macross Collection Display Thread

    Yeah, I started about a year ago as well, and first told myself just one HM-R; I'm now well over 10. So far I've kept it to just one 1/60 V2. We'll see how long that lasts. Anyway, nice collection @HardlyNever. Is that a Matchbox "Veritech" on the top?