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    1/2000 scale valks and battroids

    I can't believe some of those are still floating around for sale. This video gives a sense of how unreasonably large it is: Looks a little floppy/unstable to me, but that might be due to the unfinished state it is in for the video. Would still make a great display piece if you have the cash (and the space) for it.
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    Hi-Metal R

    If you look at the boxes for the HMR releases, they either have the TV show branding for Macross , or the DYRL branding for the movie(or none for things like the Messer VF-1S), depending on the release. IIRC, the only release that has "dual" branding for both the show and movie is the VF-1A cannon fodder. Which makes sense because they give both a TV and DYRL style head for it, so it is a clear and deliberate move by Bandai to give us both versions. This pic from anymoon gives you a good idea of the difference in branding: The other obvious candidates for "dual branding" would be the destroids, imo, but they only have the TV style branding on the box. I don't know if any differences exist between TV and DYRL destroids, besides perhaps a slightly different coloring. The GBP release could possibly squeak by as a "dual release," but there are enough details that are DYRL-specific to land it squarely in the DYRL camp (most notably the pilot). All that is to say... I don't really know why Bandai does what it does. I think if they make a concerted effort to give you two distinct releases in one box, like the CF VF-1A, then they will dual brand it. There are plenty of toys that obviously fall into only one brand or the other, but they still give DYRL-style accessories to toys that only appeared in the TV show. For the rest of the in-between stuff... they just do whatever, I guess.
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    Whats next for Arcadia?

    They look optional/removable to my eye, so if space is an issue, maybe you can just leave them off. I do think it is a good idea in theory, though. I have the old yamato one, and at certain angles the base definitely becomes unstable.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    I'm guessing we get an announcement in May. VF-1S, DYRL version. Safe, easy money. I'd personally prefer something less predictable, but I think we know how this goes.
  5. I'm still firmly in the "please don't do this" camp. My fear is that whatever they do, it will be bad and somehow "taint" the original series. Mainly with stuff like ridiculous fan service involving Minmei, a continued shift away from mecha action, and just a general sense that they would make it contain the worst of modern anime tropes. How bad it could get really depends on what they decide to focus on. An all-original cast that has very little to do with what we already know could potentially be ok. But coming up with a reason to involve the SDF-1 and/or VF-1s, that would actually make sense in the timeline we know, could be difficult. But even if the worst happens, we would still probably get some decent sequences involving VF-1s that we could watch in isolation. I'm not much of a fan of Delta, but there is still some good mecha action to enjoy in there, if you can separate it from the rest of the content.
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    Hi-Metal R

    EDITED: DA The periods are... your thing I guess. You do you. What does bother me is this argument that you keep espousing that HMR should be Macross-only, and it is a worse/less-popular/less-successful line because of the non-Macross inclusions. It smacks of the juvenile Macross elitism that pervades these forums sometimes, and makes community seem petty and childish, in my opinion. Obviously this forum is going to be biased to Macross; that's why it exists. But we don't have to fall into the trap of crapping on other things because they aren't Macross. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and obviously you don't like that HMR has non-Macross releases. But to take that opinion and try to make factual claims about the line is going to get you called out (and rightfully so, imo). But to bring it back on topic, I am interested to see how many HMR releases we get this year, Macross or otherwise. I'm also interested in seeing how far forward (in real-time) they are willing to go with it, as it seems fairly rooted in the "nostalgia" era of the 80s and early 90s. I think anything from Macross Zero would be an interesting break away from that.
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    Hi-Metal R

    I've had virtually this same argument with JVMacross. Let me just tell you... you're wasting your time. He thinks the HMR line should be Macross only, and any non-Macross release is a Macross release that we didn't get (or was delayed). I have absolutely no clue why he believes this, as it has no basis whatsoever in fact, and has no evidence to support it. But he believes it, through and through, and will defend it with many periods! EDITED HERE: DA But all that is to say, yes, I agree with you (and the poster above). I don't think Bandai runs its operation like this; don't fall for the branding. It is all, at the most, Tamashii Nations releases, and they make what ever they think will sell best, and put it in the line that best fits the product. There is no schedule that says DX Chogokin gets X number of releases per year, HMR gets Y number of releases, SH Figuarts gets Z. I think if you look back through the product release history, you might see some patterns, but that is largely due to it being a toy manufacturer that of course follows some kind of production schedule; but that schedule isn't based on individual product lines, per se. EDIT: Decided to actually count the HMR releases (by year) based on this page: 2015: 2 (but it started late in the year, so we'll give it a pass) 2016: 7 (8 if you count the Fokker VF-1S release as 2) 2017: 11 (10 if you don't want to count the missile effects set) 2018: 7 (8 if you count the Technoid Blader regular and special release as different, I probably wouldn't) 2019: Currently 0, 4 announced Do you see a pattern or schedule here? Because I don't. 2016 and 2018 both have 7 or 8, depending on interpretation. Beyond that, unless you want to do some funny math, I don't know how you can get the sense that HMR follows a set release schedule.
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    Hi-Metal R

    If I had to guess, it is largely due to not many buyers in Japan not being "Macross collectors," as much as just toy or mecha collectors. I'm sure there is a Japanese version of Macross world, but I'm also assuming there are tons of buyers that only buy hero mecha from a variety of lines. They aren't really concerned with getting a complete Macross universe. Being on these forums warps our perspective, so we assume most buyers have the same wants and goals that we do. But the sales (and releases) suggest otherwise. But I agree. Bandai, please throw us bone. Give us at least ONE destroid or enemy mecha this year. Lower the production run and raise the price a bit, if necessary. We have plenty of valks.
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    Possibility of Arcadia VF-1 V3?

    They've said in one of their blog posts or interviews that it is more of a "hobby" for them. There are very few (if any) full time Arcadia employees; they basically come together when they are ready to make something. I think it is one of the posts here, but I can't remember exactly which one.
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    Macross Collection Display Thread

    Yeah... I'm trying to get more into this mentality. I still have nowhere near what your collection was at its height, but as mine grows the reality that either: A) I have to sell things or B) I have to stop collecting is setting in. This is more of a personal approach, because I could just keep getting things and storing them and what not. But I don't really like that; if I own it, I want to be able to display it. So I'm starting to think that you keep things for a while, then after you've enjoyed it, eventually sell it and move on. Maybe keep a few of your absolute favorites. I'm still a-ways away from having to sell things, but I'm getting more used to the idea. Or I might just sort of freeze my collection in time, and move on to something else.
  11. Best: DX Chogokin VF-1J. It's new, we're biased, but it really is the best VF-1 ever. This thing gave the rest of my collection an existential crisis. DX Chogokin VF-31S. I'm not a fan of the show, but the design of the valk, and the toy are just awesome. Nearly flawless execution. Arcadia PF SDF-1. Not the most fun toy, but still looks amazing. Makes a great centerpiece, and transformation is still pretty easy. Worst: I rarely buy anything that I don't like, but I'll try: HMR Defender. Might get some hate for this. It isn't that it is a bad Defender. It is that the Defender is a boring toy compared to basically every other mecha in the Macross world. Lill Draken accessory kit for SV-262. Ok, this isn't bad, I actually even like it, but it is simply overpriced. It was overpriced when it was released, and the aftermarket prices are stupid. The sword, shield and missile pods are great; the Lill Drakens themselves are where this goes wrong. They are the most expensive bit of the kit, and the least interesting. Evolution toy VF-2SS. The only thing on this list that I don't own, but my god, this thing looks terrible. I really wish people would stop buying anything from this company, so they would either get their act together, or go out of business. I genuinely wouldn't have this in my collection if someone gave it to me for free. It looks like actual garbage that just takes up precious space.
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    PS2 90001 and Super Dimension Fortress Macross game compatible?

    It doesn't really play like Virtua On. It is more like an Ace Combat game, just with Valks. You shouldn't need a translation, as most of the menu options are in English. If you know the plot of the show and movie, it will be easy to follow. And you can figure out what you need to do with only an absolutely minimal understanding of Japanese. There are a few English walk-throughs floating around out there, if you get stuck.
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    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    My 1/48 finally arrived from AmiAmi. I had read the reviews, seen the pictures, but I still wasn't quite prepared for how big it is... It's making the poor SDF-1 look small.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    A DYRL Hikaru 1A with super parts (probably sold separately) is a lot more appealing to me than another Roy VF-1S. But that is mainly due to the gaps in my personal collection, more than anything else. So, I'd be a buyer of the vf-1a over the vf-1s next. But I'm probably in the minority, and I'd still put money on either a TV or DYRL VF-1S being next.
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    Whats next for Arcadia?

    Eh... too little too late for me. Bandai already got my VE-1 money, as it were. 2 years ago I would have been all over this, though. I'd still be interested in a 1/60 VF-1A of some variety, if they ever get around to it.