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  1. tl;dr of that article: Production costs (especially in China) have gone up, and they haven't cut costs anywhere else. They can't easily move to a new manufacturer with lower costs, as the skill needed to manufacture the toys is fairly high, as far as plastic toy manufacturing goes. The way he goes into detail about the production process implies that there is a lot of QA involved, as well. But the topic about whether Arcadia has the appropriate QA level for their prices has been argued to death elsewhere on these forums, so I'm not going to get into that. Most of the things he details seem like things that would be done at any high-end toy manufacturer. I think people also forget that inflation is a thing, and different countries have different rates of inflation. So while the cost increase has out-paced inflation for most of us in the West, that isn't necessarily true for places like China in the last 10 years. I'm not saying it is entirely inflation, but it is a factor. And last, let your wallet do the talking. If you think Arcadia's prices are too high, then don't buy their products (or try to get them at a big discount). That is your only real option.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Probably just something the artist made up. It sort of looks like a loose interpretation of the Star Goose.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    I'm personally not expecting Bandai to do a full and complete run of vf-1s in 1/48. That is what HMR is for, and even that probably won't get all the canon variants. I'm expecting the 1/48 line to be basically "greatest hits," with maybe a mass production thrown in. I don't think we'll see the vt-1, ve-1, or even vf-1d in this scale. But I could be very wrong. I know I personally won't collect a complete line in this scale, but I could be in the minority.
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    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    Isn't there something funky going on with the branding here? It has the SDF Macross logo (not Robotech: The Macross Saga), and yet all the Harmony Gold/ Tatsunoko licensing stuff. I thought HG only had the rights to Robotech (including the "macross saga"), not SDF Macross? Is this some sort of "dual licensed product" or something? Is it time to sue HG?
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    Hi-Metal R

    Sigh... also got a shipping notice from CDJapan. Despite changing my address with them weeks ago, and sending them 2 emails after I noticed they were STILL shipping the vt-1 to my old address... they sent it out to my old address... I think USPS has a rerouting option, but I know that costs money. And I'm sure CDJapan won't cover that cost. This is my first (and probably last) time using them. If your system can't automatically update the shipping address of pre-ordered items, then you need to update your system. Edit: Just checked and it looks like that is only available for domestic shipments... so... I'm not sure what to do. I might try a change of address, but I'm not sure if this package will be redirected by that. Anyone else ever run into a situation like this?
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    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    I did end up getting my vf-31s from AmiAmi. Overall I'm impressed with the engineering and build quality (this is my first vf-31), and I'm excited to see what Bandai can do with their new vf-1 now.
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    Hi-Metal R

    Anyone have experience with CDjapan support? I recently changed my shipping address, but they have my VT-1 set to "shipping in process" to my old address (I dunno why they are using that address, you think they would use the updated one). The only contact I could find was info@cdjapan.co.jp. I suppose I can re-route it after they ship it if necessary, but I'm pretty sure that isn't cheap. Anyone know a better way to contact cdjapan customer support? I emailed info, but I don't know if that will do anything.
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    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    Maybe I'll go with EMS for the rest of the chogokin releases, for a little more peace of mind. But the ones I have pre-order I'm pretty sure will be hard to replace, even if I get a full refund, if they end up getting lost in transit. But really, this could be USPS's fault more than AmiAmi. I wanted the shipping on this item to be slower as I was mid-move, but I didn't expect it to be quite this slow. Sorry about your lost package, I'll update here if/when I get mine in (it is the vf-31S Arad).
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    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    Yeah, I used SAL small packet registered for this. The tracking just now updated (while I type this), so maybe it is ok. But it took 4 days to go from New York to New Jersey.
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    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    Uh oh... I have something from them sitting at a USPS facility right now (and it has been there for 4 days). Do you mind if I ask what kind of you shipping you used for the HMR item that got lost (perhaps SAL small package...)? I also have several of the upcoming DX Chogokin releases pre-ordered with them. I hope they turn out to be ok.
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    TOYS FAQ - The New Noobie questions thread

    Yeah, but I'm only going to be in my currently place for about a year. So I don't want to use film on a rental place. I went ahead and moved the detolfs out of any direct sunlight (I just moved in, they were empty), so I'm not 100% sure I even need the UV film now. But it is on the way already. Maybe I'll just keep it and use it for the next place I move to (which we should be buying). I do like the idea of having it on the detolfs, though.
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    TOYS FAQ - The New Noobie questions thread

    For those of you that have put UV film on their display cases (specifically detolfs, if you have them) did you put it on the inside of the glass or outside? It seems like if I'm going to do it "right" I should put it on the inside, but I really don't feel like taking everything out and partially disassembling the defolfs. Would putting it on the outside be reasonable? I've never worked with the UV film before.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Yup, I'm the same. I don't really care about perfect transformation for any kind of "purist" sake; I'll take whatever works. But when I want to repose something, and think "Well I have to go get those other parts..." that's when I start to care about how much parts swapping needs to happen. I accept the HMR valks for what they are, but for something this size I want to be able to go through modes and different poses without having to get any parts out of the box; and I would like for it to look good without any part swapping.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Ok, I'm less worried now. I'll just be patient, thanks guys.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    So my VF-31S exists somewhere between Japan and my house, but I have no idea where. I had it sent SAL small package and it has been "Dispatch from outward office of exchange" since 7/27. Has this happened to anyone else before? I've had a day lapse, maybe two, between leaving Japan and showing up in the USPS tracking system, but never this long.
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