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  1. Lolicon

    Macross figures

    So many Frontier figures in the pipeline and nothing for Delta? Oh my.
  2. I got mine from CD Japan when they opened a second round of preorders. Sure thing, noel. I have a bunch of MBs that I haven't opened, but I'll open the Aile Strike next just for you!
  3. Lolicon

    Hi-Metal R

    Opened up my Super flightless birds and I can finally say I've picked up an HMR VF-1 that wasn't a disappointment. It's a fantastic rendition of one of my favorite valkyrie designs in a smaller scale. Including four different pilot figures was a good choice by Bandai and prompted me to get two. One for space flight, the other for when they're stranded on charred Earth (spoiler alert for a 34 year old movie, I guess). It's far from perfect, though. The differences in the molded orange and painted orange parts is really noticeable in person; it's not just a camera thing. And the orange that Bandai chose looks really bland and washed out. My pics make it look more orange-y than it actually appears IRL. Although I like the deeper orange used on the Yamato VT-1, neither of them have the orange just right. That honor goes to the Yamato VF-1D. All the usual HMR quality issues are present. Both have some spots of sloppy oversprays and the UN Spacy kite was once again noticeably scratched on one of my copies. I took the "damaged" parts and used them for the copy representing the "stranded on Earth" part of the story. I like it and enjoy having a Super Ostrich that I can whoosh around without worrying I might drop it and damage a really expensive toy. Hmmm suddenly have an urge to go pick up some orange dream bars...
  4. Lolicon

    Hi-Metal R

    Open & used VT-1 already sold on Mandarake. Not too bad a price, but has some discoloration on the shoulder. Man that better not be the kind of quality control we're getting on this. https://order.mandarake.co.jp/order/detailPage/item?itemCode=1094598374&ref=list
  5. Lolicon

    Hi-Metal R

    Why is that? I have yet to be impressed by any HMR VF-1 and was hoping the VT-1 might change that.
  6. Lolicon

    Hi-Metal R

    A 1/100 scale Saturn would be about 722 miles across. I don't think it will fit in most display cases. Definitely not a Detolf.
  7. Lolicon

    Hi-Metal R

    I use a pencil.
  8. Lolicon

    Hi-Metal R

    Neither toy matches that illustration perfectly, but I prefer the rich orange of the Yamato over the washed out Bandai orange.
  9. Lolicon

    Hi-Metal R

    Got my shipping notice from CDJ too. 2x VT-1 and MB Aile Strike shipping together. The Yamato version is far superior to the HMR version, but good luck finding one for a reasonable price!
  10. Lolicon

    Bandai DX VF-31

    I'm not terribly concerned if the box gets a little dinged up, as long as the toy arrives undamaged. What's unacceptable is taking weeks to ship an item out, especially if I paid for for EMS shipping. Putting something in a box and sending it out should not take more time than traveling halfway around the world.
  11. Lolicon

    Hi-Metal R

    Man I was actually looking forward to the HMR VT-1, as I really love the design. The color difference between the paint and plastic will probably be much less pronounced in person, but we'll see. However, I can tell the difference between the Kakizaki painted legs and molded intakes, but they have the benefit of not being right next to each other, so that example does not inspire confidence. Of more concern to me is the seemingly dull orange Bandai went with compared to the rich orange of the Yamato. Here's hoping it's just a lighting issue and the actual product is deliciously orange.
  12. Sadly, that kind of customer service is par for the course for the majority Japan based shops. Shipping via SAL is crap shoot. Most of the time packages will make it to their destination, but every now and then a package will get lost, and it'll be your package. I use SAL most of the time, but for expensive items I use EMS or some other more reliable shipping. That 6000 yen insurance on SAL doesn't cut it sometimes.
  13. Got around to opening up my 1/1 scale Excalibur. Looks pretty cool and it satisfies any desire I might have had to pick up a lightsaber replica. Now to figure out where to put something of this size...
  14. Lolicon

    Bandai Sv-262 DX valk

    I fear Bandai will never get around to the white 262.
  15. Lolicon

    DX VF-25 Renewal Series (Part III)

    The VF-25 armor parts price at release was about the same as the VF-31 super parts. Anyone think that the 31 armor parts will reach 15k?
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    Arcadia Premium Finish Max and Miria 1/60 Super VF-1J

    Miria PF on sale at NY. https://www.nippon-yasan.com/22376-macross-1-60-kanzen-henkei-vf-1j-super-valkyrie-milia-f-jenius-custom-premium-finish-limited-edition.html
  17. Lolicon

    1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    Hey, they look pretty damn good to me! And as long as you're enjoying them, whether it's detailing or just posing or transforming them, it's all great. Some additional pics as I set up my TV hero squadron on their permanent Yeti stands.
  18. Lolicon

    1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    Had some time to fix up another TV valk. Vermillion Squadron!
  19. Lolicon

    Whats next for Arcadia?

    Might as well PF all the Zero valks with fixed legs. Easy bit of money for Arcadia, since they're web exclusives.
  20. Lolicon

    1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    Awesome setup! I especially love the work you did on the Zero valks and that custom low viz 31!
  21. Lolicon

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Good for you. Just because you never had the issue doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
  22. Lolicon

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Wow that looks terrible. Like the VF-2SS. I hope that's just a bad transformation or just a sample issue. Crap like that is why I dislike the HMR VF-1.
  23. Nice ride! But the steering wheel is on the wrong side.
  24. Lolicon

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    It would be incredibly lame if Bandai couldn't make an integrated heat shield at this scale.