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Everything posted by Jasonc

  1. MΔ - VF-9

    Geez, I want this terribly. If all goes well, it'll be an easy purchase when the new 2.0 version is examined.
  2. Bandai DX VF-31

    None of this sounds good. Doesn't Paypal have a rule against businesses preordering so far in advance? Basically, by the time the thing was released, it was already against the wire.
  3. Bandai DX VF-31

    Lately, almost every DX (yes, with some exceptions) have eventually gone up. Most Arcadia releases go up, except in case of a re-release. I remember selling an Alto YF-29 with armor for over $500, then literally without any notice, a second release was announced right after. Then I think there was a smaller 3rd, but I can't remember. your best bet is to always get in early if possible, which seems to be harder these days. Macross has made a bit of an increase in popularity for all series with every new series. Truly, a rising tide floats all boats. In regards to the news of a possible new stock of these coming in, I certainly hope so. I thought of backing out because I can use the money, but having one and being able to resell it later isn't a bad 2nd option if I get to that.
  4. Bandai DX VF-31

    All very valid points to take into consideration. Even if this was the main hero valk, these things pop up well after they're gone, and at that point, just becomes a matter of simple searching. If that becomes a majority of all of our tasks for this thing, I'll gladly wait it out. There's way too many other things in the list of wants that I would like first.
  5. From what I'm gathering, no, it isn't common. The movie got extended due to theaters selling out, and for an anime in theaters, that's pretty big news. I believe there was even a 4D type of viewing at a cinema just recently, and that sold out. While the release of the BD is now confirmed for August, it's also noteworthy to include the fact that the Walkure 3rd Live will be released on BD roughly around the same time (well, autumn). The fact that the concert was performed the 3rd week of the movie release is significant, as a big part of the Macross franchise is the music. Having both coincide during the same time, along with the event at the Skytree, and several independent fan events will help push one another.
  6. It seems in general, that most of us here are just older, and expect these to be shows about war and battle, which has never been the focus of Macross. Delta really isn't anything new or different than what has been shown before, and if you point a number of things out in the series, there's most likely a direct reference to it in a previous show. It feels different than previous ones, that's for certain, but it's successful no doubt. At this point, there's no point in being upset at it. There's a target audience, and you're not in it. Many of us aren't supposed to be in it, but trying to make it seem like this is something way out of left field and totally foreign to what the franchise has always been is not really true. Besides, I believe they did try to appeal to their older fan base with Zero, and that didn't turn out so well. That said, I'm totally OK with that. I don't like everything about Delta either, but I pick and choose what I like. Hell, there is stuff about every series they've done that I didn't like. SDF Macross wasn't my golden ship to sail on, but there was stuff I liked that kept me from jumping onto other things. I can make the same comparisons with Delta. In any case, I don't see a point in getting so seriously upset over it. If it isn't for you, it isn't. There's hundreds of thousands it is for, and by seeing the masses of fans myself in concerts, events, and the audience it commands overseas, they did something right.
  7. Bandai DX VF-31

    I've come to the conclusion that if I really want one, either my preorder will become available, or it won't and I'll get one down the line once this madness settles down. I may be pissed about NY and their handling, but I'm not about to fly off the handle and spend that much on a toy that is so overpriced due to panic. If it stays at that price for a long time after all this, then I guess I'll be taking sack lunches to work for awhile.
  8. Bandai DX VF-31

    There are several others that I'm aware of, but just never really used because I "had" my trusted few. Now that NY is out for me, I'll probably start using the others. I haven't heard any bad things with CD Japan, and use them regularly, HLJ is OK, Mandarake, and so on. It's sad for them though. I order a lot of stuff, so they'll be losing my money. Not sorry about that, though.
  9. Bandai DX VF-31

    I hate to say it, but this is probably going to be my last time ordering from NY ever again. I'm sure I can fight the "store credit" thing, but the fact that I even have to consider it, without them being proactive on their part is extremely shady business. If it ships, that's great, but this will still be my last order from them. I have one other thing that is already paid for on their site, and one that isn't paid for yet, but once I get my pre-bought stuff, they can sit on my remaining orders. I've already made those orders through other places recently, and therefore, I won't have to worry about their crap next time around.
  10. Hey all. So, I was able to start on converting a Bandai DX YF-25 Prophecy into the Paladin version. I have the set from the WF kit that was done by Frameout a few years ago, and with me now being done on a project, have begun taking the super and armor parts of extra sets, and being able to use them for the kit. As I was not completely happy with the Frameout kit (not the best resin for a heavy lance), and parts that seemed to fit a little loose, I started 3D printing my own parts. They look similar to the original parts, but have differences in measurements and fits that IMO, make it slightly better. I've also used a sturdier resin that can hold up to the lance being the largest and heaviest part. So I hope I can make a version of this kit. It shouldn't be too difficult, and hopefully as I work on my build here, if anyone is interested in a set, send me a message. I may put up an interest thread later, but I can at least start to see if it's worth it. Anyways, without further ado, the project has begun.
  11. Breetai_Sculpt

    What scale will this be in? If it's in 1/60, I'm in.
  12. YF-25 Prophecy Paladin project

    Much, much better. I'm going to try to see if I can make some directions with the new parts, but it's fairly easy to do them. I started work on this today, as I caught a bit of a nasty cold this week, and had to call in the last two days. I'm hoping to have this part done over the weekend, but I seriously doubt I'll get it done. Too many things to do, but here's the first stages with the newer designed parts...
  13. YF-25 Prophecy Paladin project

    OK, I will be putting these up for sale in another thread, but for those of you who have already purchased them, here are the origin instructions. The kit is put together the same way basically. Aside from slight aesthetic designs being redone, I did change the backpack hinge and there are steel metal pins that fit and need to be cut on the part of the lance that connects to the backpack. I have also added two 2mm magnets that can be added to the backpack connector. They are optional to help secure the lance in fighter a little better, but aren't necessary. The sect should stay secure quite well without it. As I've mentioned earlier, there is also an optional knee connector I created that IMO, works better than the one that was designed originally. The link is in one of my previous comments here, but I have also sent a version just like the original if you want to keep that original. In any case, here's the original instructions.
  14. Bandai DX VF-31

    Thanks. So, that kinda leaves me in a bad spot, being that I preordered mine on the 10/13/17.
  15. Bandai DX VF-31

    OK, back to the topic of NY for the Kairos. What was the last batch of these that have been shipped from them? Are they at least shipping any of them out as far as we know, or are we all just waiting for some type of miracle to drop?
  16. Bandai DX VF-31

    I'm on the bandwagon for asking for my refund from NY. I get uncomfortable waiting for a month after something has been released, and it's been paid for, for quite sometime now. I am worried about not getting a toy, and then them not giving a refund because they've had my payment for so long. If I really want this, which I really, really do, then I'll pay more elsewhere.
  17. YF-25 Prophecy Paladin project

    Boxes should be in this week to send them out. Hoping tomorrow. Got all your addresses. I was able to make more kits with some remaining trial size Task 2 resin I had, and was able to make about 10 kits total. It's more than I expected, but there are more available.
  18. Macross figures

    I'm already saving up for at least the Sheryl version. My guess, based on the cost of other lifesize statues, may be upwards of at least $5K. That's not including shipping, and then having it shipped to the U.S. That's going to be a small fortune in and of iteself.
  19. YF-25 Prophecy Paladin project

    Alright guys, a couple sets are done, and I'm testing some of the connectors to them, to make sure they work as I intended. I'll be sending out a few orders this week, as they are now ready to go. I will be attaching a copy of the Frameout directions, as they are exactly the same for putting it together, just with my designed version. I will have a short instruction here soon with the extra parts to put together, and will get a list of the armor and fast pack parts you'll need to make the kit complete.
  20. So, I've had a chance to finally come back from Japan, and had a chance to reflect on the movie. It does seem to fix a lot of the fight scene issues that I think a number of us had, where there is barely any battroid fighting. The fight scenes seem extended a bit, well, at least because it's a movie, they are filled within it. While there are some scenes that have scenery changes, they aren't so jarring when it comes across. Are there a few parts that seem a little dis-jointed, to a new viewer, it's probably a little more so, but there is a part where the concert is redoing Freyja's first performance with Walkure. The song that is sung is one of the new songs, and it is done in CG, similar to what was done in the Frontier movies with Sheryl Nome. The difference is that the girls in what is shown are also CG. I took it from the view as someone who was viewing the projection in the air, and it isn't as bad as one would think. There are some things missing, and a lot that is cut out, but the core of the story is there. It's actually a bit more solid of a movie, but there isn't much of any explanation as to why there is a war. That was probably the main thing I had to consolidate while watching it. In reflecting on most other Macross movies, there's always been a sense of needing to know the full story to fill in the missing gaps. If I were watching the movie as a first time Delta viewer, it would be hard to understand every single reference and why certain characters are doing what, but it wouldn't destroy the story of the movie. There is enough to understand as a new viewer I believe, but as all Macross movies have gone, this does feel like a complete extra for the fans that are already familiar with the characters and the story. I do feel that the review the article gave was pretty well written and portrays what a new viewer would feel. The movie is fun. It isn't the quality of DYRL by any means, and I think it falls just under the second Frontier movie. That said, I am happy with how the movie turned out. I will get the bluray and I hope (hint) that some people we know get to do the subtitles. I give it a B.
  21. YF-25 Prophecy Paladin project

    It's is Alumilite clear resin. It's a little difficult to get it super clear. The process starts by "baking" the mold in about 200 degree oven temp for an hour to heat the rubber so that the clear resin can run through the mold easy and get rid of bubbles. Then once the resin is mixed, it's slowly poured in the hot hold and then put in a pressure tank and cures for 2 eays.
  22. YF-25 Prophecy Paladin project

    Last batch of rubber for the molds has arrived today, and that means that the last couple parts to recast can begin this weekend, as long as the molds are up to par. The kits sold should be going out next week, and I hope to have a diagram or copy of instructions to put up soon after.
  23. YF-25 Prophecy Paladin project

    So, just a quick update. I have to order more rubber for the molds, and everything is taking slightly longer to set, now that it's been colder. I have placed the order for the extra rubber, and it will come in beginning of next week, which is perfect since I'll be in Japan. I have 5 sets done, and just need to recast the lance attachment pieces. I should have these out soon. I have 2 or 3 paid orders already, and as I said, I may only be making 5 of these. If you want one, but haven't inquired or paid, shoot me a pm.
  24. I had a chance to read the review, and it appears her grade of B- is not a bad review at all. Because of this thread, I actually (against what I planned) listened to the Speaker Podcast in which she is a guest on. Between that and her written review, her two views seem to be that it is a good film to watch. In not watching the series, it does seem to be that there were some aspects of it that she would have needed to know from the series that would've helped the movie make a lot more sense, but that one can still get the overall meaning of what is going on. Without it, some things do seem a bit jarring, but to fans who have seen the series, it should be a lot less. Overall, the reviews seem genuinely good from multiple sources. Now, I've also heard some of the criticisms, and they seem to be a little of what I expected. I wouldn't go as far as say the writing is pure crap, because it simply isn't. If that were the case, the overwhelming support of fans here in the U.S. (macrossworld is not a good indicator of the general anime fandom, mind you) would probably reflect that. In what I do with the convention, and in going to multiple conventions as part of being one of Super Dimension Con's "ambassadors" as we go to various conventions, I meet with a lot of fans of this series, Macross in general, and those that don't know much about it at all. There are different aspects of Delta that each like, but out of many of the newer fans, one criticism I haven't heard, is the writing, story, or anything in that realm. Even after bringing that up, it doesn't seem to be something that is a major issue at all. Every Macross Movie has had some pieces that seem a bit jarring to people not familiar with its previous counterpart. Of course, it may seem strange to hear amongst us fans who know these stories better than most, but I've come across this in showing past girlfriends DYRL, people I've shown the Plus movie to, and as of late, the last two Frontier movies. There always seems to be some explaining I have to do afterwards, or during, but when one takes into consideration the fact that this particular review was from someone who fits that type of viewer, some of those criticisms are in fact, par for the course. I'll be seeing the movie next week, so maybe I'll have more to add in this thread, and I do intend to view the movie from a more objective POV.
  25. YF-25 Prophecy Paladin project

    Just as I typed this, I came home today, to see the parts I designed sitting on my doorstep. I made an attempt to put the two pieces together to see how well the part that is attached to the lance would hold on the harness, and it is a perfect fit. I'm still going to put in magnets and the 2 2mm steel rods in both pieces for extra security, but they are not needed. I do need to adjust the ball that holds to the armor piece, as the ball is slightly too big and a little high. Other than that, the pieces are looking pretty good. The new lance connection pieces are already on a piece of clay for molds, so those will be done this weekend as well. I'm really happy with how the new pieces look.