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    Whats next for Arcadia?

    Because, it probably wouldn't sell well. As you pointed out, DYRL is the more popular version of Macross in Japan, and even that version doesn't sell too well. The Arcadia reissue is still available at multiple online retailers. And that is the popular one, that goes on to be (essentially) the representation of the Macross going forward. We already have to subsidize the low production run of the DYRL SDF-1 with pretty high prices. I'd hate to see what a TV version would cost to be economically viable. It could easily reach into the $800 USD (shipped) range. And to be frank, while there is definitely a lot of nostalgia for the TV SDF-1, I think it is objectively kind of ugly. The design has not aged nearly as well as some of the other 80s Macross designs. Would I buy one? Maybe, depending on the price (but even the Arcadia reissue was a bit hard to justify, price-wise). I know a lot of people on these forums would buy one, but we all know we're not the target audience. Edit: For whatever it is worth, I know Mr. K briefly mentioned that he would like to do one, and he brought up having to get a license for it. So it could be a matter of the cost of the license being too high relative to the potential demand. But that's getting pretty far off into the realm of speculation
  2. Is it safe to say we're not going to get an announcement about a new series this year? Or is there still some reasonable hope that we'll get some news? Is there a cut-off date, or is there a chance this is still going to happen until it turns 1/1/2019?
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    Hi-Metal R

    This is my current fear with the line. As much as we enjoy the non-valks, they just haven't done well, so we are clearly in the minority (when compared to the greater macross/toy-buying market). So Bandai has basically zero incentive to give us the non-valk mechs we want. I personally wouldn't mind subsidizing a lower run of the destroids and enemy mechas by paying a bit more for them, and I'm sure several others here feel the same, but there isn't really a way to communicate that to Bandai. And I don't know if us paying an extra 10-15% more would be enough.
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    Hi-Metal R

    The Focker scheme looks pretty cool. If I were to get one of these, it would probably be that. But as someone who is (more than likely) passing on this entire mold, this just means it will be even longer before we get destroids or enemy mecha. I know the valks sell a lot better Bandai, but throw us a bone. I'm really starting to worry that we won't get the Tomahawk and Phalanx, not because HMR dies or something, but Bandai simply won't ever make them because they don't make enough money.
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    Hi-Metal R

    Regardless of what the line started as, or what it should or shouldn't be, I view it as a kind of "nostalgia mech" line now. I do hope we'll get more SDF Macross releases, but I'm also wondering how far forward (time-wise) they are willing to take this line. I think the farthest they've gone is the early 90s with Macross II. I wonder if we'll ever see something from the 2000s or beyond in this line, or they want to keep with the nostalgia theme.
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    Bandai's TN2018 26th to 28th Oct - Macross Poll

    MW forums: Hey Bandai, the HMR valks are nice and all, but we really like the non-valks in the line. Could we maybe finish the destroid line? Get some more enemy mecha? Bandai: More valks, coming right up.
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    1/60 Perfect Transform VF-4G Lightning reissue.

    I'm kind of thinking the same thing. Anytime I have the vf-4 in battroid, thats how I have the arms (with the cannons on the outside). I haven't modded mine at all. Maybe there is a larger range of movement at the elbows? Once you have them in that position, there isn't really much more you can do with them, at least without modded them.
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    Hi-Metal R

    If I had to guess, it is entirely related to reducing production costs. They decided on the chocolate color for the feet, because of the animation color, so that is what every part of that type of plastic is going to be. It's not necessarily design-accurate, but it is cheaper for Bandai to do it like that on a larger scale.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Yeah, the more I think about it, the less I hate it. I don't want to judge too early, because we are still in the realm of pure speculation, but this could end up being mostly ok. The price for a base valk is pretty low (sub $200 including shipping). Do you really need all the accessories for every release? I have an Arcadia GBP release that has tv and dyrl missiles I've never taken out of the box. I haven't used all of the fixed posed hands. I think if you are smart about it, you can dial in the exact amount of accessories you need, and actually save some cash if you end of buying most of the line. The extra shipping is going to hurt those of us that are outside of Japan, though. And anyone who misses an accessory release could be royally screwed, if they don't reissue them. Ofc this may not be Bandai's plan at all. Or the accessories could have ridiculous MSRPs. Then I'll get my pitchfork again. If Bandai does end up going this route, I think they REALLY need to reassure customers that there will be multiple reissues of accessories. Like a released schedule with expected release dates and multiple runs of each release. Otherwise, we'll see pre-order madness taken to completely new levels on some of these accessories, even if they are TWEs.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Not gonna lie, now that I see it in fully finished form, I don't like it as much as I thought I would. I don't think Bandai really nailed it; it looks way more menacing and beefy in the drawn/animation versions I've seen. But turning a design that is that over the top into plastic isn't an easy task. I'm still definitely going to buy it, but I'm a little disappointed in how it turned out. Maybe it will look a little better with all the missile ports closed up.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    It looks like the missile set includes reaction missiles, DYRL missile pods, and TV style missiles. Will they actually change the color on the tips of the reaction missiles for TV and DYRL? Who knows, but at least we're getting TV arm armors. Based on what I'm seeing Bandai's marketing strategy for this 1/48 line seems to be that you buy a base valk, and all the accessories and add-ons are separate purchases (probably TWE). So the likelihood that we'll see a GBP or super/strike bundle any time soon is very low. I think they want you to buy everything separately. Kind of lame imo, and I'll probably only end up getting a few valks in this line. If that is how they end up doing it, the secondary market prices for those accessories are going to be ridiculous, especially on the first run.
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    Bandai's TN2018 26th to 28th Oct - Macross Poll

    I really hope the vf-4 isn't the only thing shown from HMR... Enemy mecha? Destroids? I know it's still early, but it looks like almost everything is set up.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Looks pretty cool. I wonder how necessary the support arms are, even for short term posing. With as big as it is, and all those extra supports, that thing is going to be a space hog.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    You can see it here (more in the reflection on the sky scrapers than anywhere else). I agree that it was probably more function of transformation than an actual "feature" the toy makers wanted to implement. But if they could excuse the floppiness of the wings as a "feature" it helps them.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Yeah, that is complete BS. We have multiple people saying their leg fin attachment point is damaged right out of the box (myself included). There is no way that kind of damage was caused by putting the leg fin back on dozens of times, much less once (which is the first time I noticed it). If they are going to address it, at least be honest about it. Otherwise, just pretend it isn't a real problem. But as you said, they are probably just covering their asses, because they are getting complaints and returns.
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