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  1. Great stuff as always, JVM. Thanks for taking the time to document and share all of these booklets! I love and adore all of the wonderful Toshio Suzuki artwork which adorned many of the IMAI and ARII boxes. I used to collect the ARII 1/100 kit line, and it's interesting to note that what is labeled as a VF-1C head in the lineart in booklet #0 is what ARII actually molded and supplied in their early VF-1D fighter mode and two-mode kits, and bears a strong resemblance to Kawamori's pre-production VF-1D head. Not so surprising, that, but it is somewhat interesting to see it labeled as a "C"
  2. Disclaimer: I don't own a Sentinel Legioss, so this may not apply due to possible peculiarities in its transformation. From my ownership of the Toynami Legioii I learned to basically transform everything else (bicep/forearm collapse, tailfins, etc) prior to stowing the hands. When everything else is already in place it only became necessary to pose the fingers such that they could fit into the hand cavity in the forearm and be able to close the arm cover without resistance. Never had a broken hand on any of the Toynamis while following that procedure, even though those hands were notorious for
  3. No Way Dude! Face the Music was most excellent and I enjoyed it very much. I went in with low expectations but an open mind, and what I found was an unexpectedly funny film with great feel-good ambience, which recalls why I loved the original. No, it's probably not as good as the original, but if you find yourself making up reasons to be upset about a freaking Bill & Ted movie I suspect that you may have missed the point. It's all about irreverent, goofy fun. Don't try to look any deeper than that. Highlights for me were how awesomely Keanu and Alex played their d*ckwad future-us's (&
  4. WRT a Sentinal Tread, I think a partsforming boom coupled with a fold down panel that integrates into the gap at the back of the Legioss' calves could result in a pretty secure connection. Make the calve lock panel do double duty as part of the Tread's cockpit transformation. I'd love to see a functional origami connection boom, but agree that it's not very likely considering the space available in the Tread's undercarriage.
  5. Still have this if anybody is interested -- I'd guess there's probably not a lot of vintage interest around MW these days, but it is a neat piece of a bygone era.
  6. Hey Noel, the 1/60 Nikicks are only two-mode, so just Battroid/Gerwalk. The 1/40s are three mode though. @Convectuoso I do love me some bean gun action too.
  7. This is a vintage Takatoku/Matsushiro KO of the 1/60 Gerwalk Nikick from Orguss. It's a very cool piece with unusual packaging and is the last remnant of my former Takatoku collection. Box shows wear commensurate with age but the toy is in good, complete condition. Includes gun, missiles and hands. Paypal accepted, and I am on the SSL. $45.00 Shipped in the lower 48, Continental US.
  8. When I had my MPC Alphas I treated them very gingerly, knowing that they were fragile and not especially well built. I had a couple of the glued pieces on one or two of them come loose, but fortunately never broke anything. When I sold them (I had one of each of the original releases), the buyer of my green Legioss reported that one of the shoulders had arrived broken... the shoulder actually broke all by itself while in its packaging, double-boxed and heavily bubble wrapped, during shipment. The original construction materials just weren't very good, and became even less good as time went on.
  9. The same store that had my 1/100 VF-1S also had the VF-1Js, but I never saw any bootlegs of the 1As either. On the knockoffs the chest and feet were diecast, but as I recall the legs, arms and backplate were all plastic. The fragile parts on mine were the large plastic hinges between the back and chest which rapidly stressed and broke, but that might have had more to do with the zillions of transformations I put the thing through in short order.
  10. Yep, the good 'ol days indeed. I remember the first Macross toy I had was a knockoff Takatoku 1/100 VF-1S, the "Hawk Fighter" packaged in fighter mode that came with the Sausuraiger gun. That one was $10 at a giftshop across the street from my school. The only SDF-1 toy I had was a knockoff Takatoku Henkei with yellow booms, which came boxed instead of carded like the Converters version. I was also way into the model kits and always had a particular affinity for the ARII 1/100 fighters and two-mode kits, but also got deep into the Gunze-Sangyo Dorvack power armor kit line. The 1/72 Imai variab
  11. Once again, very cool stuff here @jvmacross! The SD (paro?) Orguss is definitely a new one on me. Anecdotally, my favorite local toy store here in Southern California in 1985-6 carried Matchbox and Excite RT-branded items right alongside Bandai and Takatoku 1/55s, Takatoku 1/40 Orguss mechs, Gakken Henshin Robos, Imai, Arii and Revell Macross and RT model kits. The 1/55 non-super VFs, 1/40 Orguss mechs, 1/8 Mospeadas and the large Legioss's were all sold for $39.99 (I remember that distinctly because I had saved up all summer of '86 to buy one of the above). I seem to remember the Matchbo
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