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    Bandai DX VF-31

    I think the Arad version of the 31A is also a missed opportunity. Based on current market prices on the CF version, any kind of 31A/Kairos should do pretty well (I know I would buy it). Maybe they are just waiting for the next movie, like you said. We could be getting different variants there. But the only thing that I've seen teased is a completely different design (not a VF-31).
  2. Got around to transforming the 1S. Luckily, nothing fell off, or any other QC issues. But Hikaru did get jealous of Senpai's strike parts: Sorry Hikaru-chan, you'll have to wait until Christmas...
  3. I believe you are correct. It looks like two halves that you'll have to assemble to make a single fighter mode adapter. Hope it doesn't result in some kind of stability issue.
  4. Whelp, now I'm going to transform mine tonight. I hope nothing falls off. Sorry that happened. HLJ is probably one of the best when it comes to customer service. They might be able to help you out, or at least give you some store credit or something.
  5. Yeah, I really don't care either way. If they want to claim it makes Battroid look better to them... whatever. I'm not defending Bandai, I just don't care enough about such a minor detail to be mad about it. If they want to "fix" it in later releases, I wouldn't mind. Also Bandai right now:
  6. To be fair to Bandai, I don't believe you ever see the modex number on the rear stabilizer in the animation, at least not for the Hikaru VF-1S. So they can kind of do what they want. You could argue they should know better based on real aircraft, but we've seen time and again that Bandai doesn't really care about what real aircraft do when it comes to their valks. It will be interesting to see how they handle those numbers on future releases. They'll probably stick to their guns, now.
  7. I feel like I'm approaching this myself. The Hikaru 1S has maxed out my current display space, barring some serious cramming. I plan on getting one more larger display sometime next year (I have the empty space for it right next to my current detolfs), and probably calling it after that. The strike packs are also my only pre-order currently open I realized today that I spend less and less every year, as my list of wants shrinks. If it weren't for this DX VF-1 line, I might be down to like 1-2 purchases per year (I only buy basically Macross stuff and the odd Gunpla). Which isn't a bad thing; I'm just realizing my collection is getting closer to where I want it. I'm still interested in a few more DX VF-1s, and I'll definitely get the DX yf-21 if/when it is released. I still have my eye on HMR stuff, but that line has slowed down, and I'm not interested in their VF-4 repaints. Then there is a few Arcadia releases I could be interested in, but they've put me off buying their stuff lately.
  8. My landing gear bay doors were stiff, but not overly so. I would say the rear landing gear doors were harder to open than the front ones, on my copy. I didn't need to do anything special on any of them, though.
  9. Got a chance to open mine today. Haven't transformed it yet, but so far it is as solid as the Max 1A release, maybe even better in terms of production quality (at least on my copy). There is one exception: I noticed that the HUD/console isn't glued in or anything. Mine just slide right out when I took the pilot out. It seems liked it should be glued or something, but maybe not? Either way, a very minor gripe; it stays put when doing anything other than removing the pilot. And a spot of glue would solve the problem very easily (I probably won't even bother). Anyone else have this issue with the console? Is it even a "problem," or is it supposed to be that way? I checked my TV valks, and the console stays put for them.
  10. Can't know for sure, but it sounds like you got a QC reject to me. We always wonder where NY gets its extra stock, and maybe QC rejects are a part of that pool. You can always contact NY and see what they say. It might be well past the time where they would offer any kind of refund, and they aren't known for their customer service to begin with. But it couldn't hurt to ask (nicely). You might have a fighter mode/replacement part valk, though. Did you pay a mark-up for it? Or was it discounted?
  11. I won't pretend to know the inner workings of Bandai's release schedule, but DYRL Hikaru, Max, and Kakizaki (VF-1A variants) were teased at the last tamashii nations. I figure one of them has to be next, right? I don't think it will be all 3 in a row, but maybe DYRL Kakizaki next? I'm just saying Roy (of any flavor) and TV Kakizaki aren't super likely to be next, imo. Anything could happen, of course.
  12. I've been considering whether or not I should open mine based on this question. To answer your question directly: I think Mandarake will probably have something cheaper than that in the next few months, if you're ok with gently used, and maybe taking a minor hit on box condition. So you might want to hold out for that, if you're ok waiting a while. Remember, you're going to have to pay a proxy fee of some sort going through YJA (unless you have a friend or something in Japan). But then there is this whole situation with the messed up tampo on the rear stabilizer. Personally, it barely bothers me, but it could maybe, possibly (but probably not) open the door for Bandai to do some kind of reissue, with the correct tampo printing. If that does happen (again, unlikely), then another release could bring the price down further. It could also make the "error" version more valuable. But I think that scenario is unlikely.
  13. Also got shipping notice from HLJ. Seems like they are delivering on every 1S order they made on PO night. I might not even open it until the Strike parts arrive. We'll see how long NY takes on those.
  14. FedEX was cheaper than EMS for me, so I went with that. FedEX was faster, too.
  15. Looks like HLJ has fixed their private warehouse issue, for those that have orders with them. I was able to complete my shipping on the order. The slowest shipping option was also the most expensive so... I should be seeing it in a week or so (depending on what Thanksgiving does to shipping locally).
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