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About Lord_Of_Tetris

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  1. Bandai 1/72 Scale Transformable Macross Δ Kits

    The paper stickers aren't good quality either. The art is too low resolution, certainly lower than the typical HG Gundam kit.
  2. I am enough of a Macross whore to buy this?

    At minimum, it looks like a compact-size VF-31 figure that can at least transform into Gerwalk mode!
  3. Hi-Metal R

    Random request: Can someone pose the VF-2 next to a few Deluxe-class Transformers? Mine has been shipping since FOREVER, and I NEED more photos. Most of my collection is Transformers, and so seeing the VF-2 next to some Deluxe figures will be a clear visual indicator, to me, of the size. Thanks!
  4. Bandai DX VF-31

    I wouldn't put too much stock in the eyedrop comparisons of the blue color. In the photo with the VF-31J on top of the Kai, it's simply higher and thus closer to the light source. The photo of the 2 jets together seems more fair, but even then, they're inches apart. The differences in blue are quite small in that photo, and it could just as likely be chalked up to lighting. For a true comparison, we should have the 2 jets right next to each other with lighting above both jets. It looks to me, though, that the two jets have the same blue. I mean, think about it. It's Bandai. BANDAI. Does it SOUND like a Bandai thing to do to give a minor repaint a subtly DIFFERENT shade of blue? Or does it sound more like Bandai to release a minor repaint, keep 99% of the production line the same, and add some black stripes and a knight logo?
  5. BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Heh. I think the arrow is just pointing to the wrong thing at "Air intake."
  6. Hi-Metal R

    Aaaaah freeeeeeeeeeaking hell. I preordered my 2 VF-2SS in July, and they haven't shipped yet. I got impatient of waiting and sent a message to the vendor. The response stated that 1 of my 2 VF-2SS has a "paint issue," they "contacted supplier to get a new one, but no more stock." The vendor refunded me the cost of 1 of the VF-2SS and stated it will ship one VF-2SS to me "this week." Sigh. No damage done. I'm glad the vendor noticed a defect, I'm glad they won't be shipping me a defective item, and I'm glad I received a refund. I wish the vendor was proactive in telling me this, but in the end, no damage done. First world problems, I guess. I had my heart set on getting TWO of these, and much sooner than this.
  7. BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    The YF/VF-19 is one of my favorite hero mecha of any anime. Maybe it's a nostalgia thing. I have 2 VF-31 toys, which are superior to my Bandai VF-19 Advance in every conceivable way, yet there's always the appeal of the YF-19. I have one VF-19 Advance, I LOVE the mold, flaws and all, and I would LOVE to get another one but it's so expensive. I happily welcome a YF-19 repaint of the VF-19 so I can get another of this mold at a less-than-$400 price. I don't really NEED too many mold changes. All I ask for is a cockpit that opens like the YF-19; 2 halves, rear half opening with the hinge at the back, front half with the hinge at the front. The Arcadia YF-19 opens like this, but the nose cone droops!
  8. Bandai 1/72 Scale Transformable Macross Δ Kits

    Not only does it not match the plastic, it's too translucent! Unless you're putting the decal onto a white surface, the color of the plastic will show through the Decal!
  9. Bandai 1/72 Scale Transformable Macross Δ Kits

    Let's also mention that the decals are LOW-RESOLUTION! Like an older comic book, from the Jack Kirby era! Okay, fine, not THAT bad, but you can clearly see that the labels are low resolution.
  10. Hi-Metal R

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but we've seen many promo pictures. However, it's just the same promo pictures from....June? July? I'm pretty sure those were actual physical prototypes, not CG renders. However, they seemed to be hand-painted prototypes that were HEAVILY Photoshopped. For example, some photos show some rather distracting black metal hip joints, while other photos seem to have Photoshopped these joints out and replaced them with shadow. The Photoshop is so strong, it surely looks like CGI renders.
  11. Bandai DX VF-31

    I guess the VF-31F is a VERY acquired taste! When I first saw photos of the VF-31F toy, I thought the colors were terribly boring. And then I watched ~13 episodes of the show and bought the toy, and now Messer's VF-31F has my favorite colors of the Delta squad jets. Something I dislike is overly busy designs with too many colors and too many details, and I kept thinking to myself, "Man, Hayate/Chuck/Arad's Valkyries really do not look like machines created to wage war." Yes, I know they're a support team for pop idols, but I still think the other Delta squad members are too colorful. I'm not saying I need it to be like SDF Macross where the jets only differ by the stripe on their chest, but I guess I need my transforming mecha to look like they'd be taken seriously by allies and enemies alike. And so, now that I've seen some episodes and I have a VF-31F Messer figure, it's my favorite color scheme. No, it doesn't as functional or aggressive as, say, a desert-camo real-life F-22, or even the YF-19 in Isamu's colors, but it's something that I can visualize as convincing-enough as a weapon of war.
  12. Bandai DX VF-31

    Hahahahahaha. Although I do think the YF-30 Chronos is more insectoid than most 1980s mecha, my opinion is that it's a happy medium between the elegant 80s look and the overly-skinny insectoid look of the newer Macross figures. I always thought the YF-30 head looked like a mix between the VF-1J and Beast Machines Jetstorm (Google the CGI model, not the toy). I didn't see anything insectoid about it, and I never thought to associate the YF-30's head with any type of bug. Now that you mention it, I can totally see how the YF-30 head could be construed to look cockroach-y.
  13. Bandai DX VF-31

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the toy is an accurate portrayal of how it looked in the cartoon. I must confess, my first reaction upon seeing the VF-31F head was, "Wow, that is hideous, I wouldn't be caught dead buying that toy." However, now that I've bought the toy (heh), I've completely changed my mind. It's an acquired taste, in my opinion. The VFs have been trending away from the bulky but elegant "straight lines" 1980s look and more towards a highly-detailed but very-slender insectoid look, which (in my opinion) was also an acquired taste. But I've now embraced the slender insectoid look, and I think the VF-31F head perfectly matches that look. Whereas the 1980s designs had a lot of straight lines, the VF-31 is better known for its curves. And, the VF-31F head is the curviest of them all. It doesn't have a single flat surface on it. The eyes are curved. The shape is an oval, instead of a straight-angled visor (like the VF-31S or the 2 visors on Mirage's VF-31C). Yes, it looks insectoid, but (in my opinion) the VF-31 looks insectoid anyway, with its Insecticon wings, very-long legs, and slender arms. The Messer head reminds me of a praying mantis, Kamen Rider, or even Michael Bay's Bumblebee design (with the battle mask on), all of which also had insectoid designs. I'm also a fan of elegance. Frankly, I'm not a huge fan of overly-detailed, overly-colorful mechas. For example, because of its overwhelming use of different colors, I think Arad's jet is hideous. What I like about the Messer head is that it gets the job done using minimal details. The Messer head has the least greebly bits, bumps, panel lines, markings, and colors out of all the VF-31 models, and there's something to be said for simplicity. My head-canon is that Messer is a very serious pilot, and he picked the VF-31 model with the biggest eyes so (again, just my head-canon) its optics are the clearest and most detailed so he can be maximally effective in combat. My 2 cents.
  14. What's next for Bandai? (Wish List)

    HUH. Neato. In hand-drawn form, it looks like one of those "only possible with anime magic" type things. Now that I see it in a physical form, I could totally imagine a transformation scheme similar to Lugnut from Transformers: Animated.
  15. Arcadia Premium Finish Max and Miria 1/60 Super VF-1J

    What are the arrows supposed to be pointing at?