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    Toynami 1/100 line

    People usually paint the starboard marker lights blue because they generally look blue when not illuminated. That varies by aircraft type though, because certain aircraft will use clear lenses with blue-green bulbs inside, rather than white/yellow filaments inside blue lenses.
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    STAR WARS Merchandise Episode - 2

    I don't have any actual numbers to back this up, but I'm under the distinct impression that the only SW merchandise that consistently sells worth a damn is OT stuff (and maybe the odd new design rehashing an OT one). Sadly, I think this is partly due to a pile of completely fugly designs coming out of the main franchise, and leaving toy makers with the impression that new SW stuff doesn't sell well, while the good designs from the offshoots languish on drawing boards. Edit: I hadn't actually watched the video before posting this, and it seems they do have the numbers to back it up. Bottom line here I think? They need to make something good enough that people actually want to buy it. Whether that's the movies themselves, the merchandise, or both (I'm voting both), I don't know, but the current situation really sucks. I know they have a history of oversaturating the market with crap no one really wants to buy, but now you're oversaturating the market with things that people actively dislike because of the source material, not just because they're boring products.
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    Ace Combat 7

    .... why in the hell would you ever remove something that fundamental? How does targeting even work then? What do they expect you to do, point with a mouse and click on them?
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    You have no idea how happy it makes me to see that Bandai actually made this thing reasonably possible to disassemble. Guess there's a first time for everything. Also yeah, those pilots look a great deal better, Xigfrid. The really obnoxiously bad part about the Bandai pilot isn't really the size itself, it's just the horrible mismatch between the pilot's microscopic hands and the monumental wad of plastic they molded in for the stick.. I'm tempted to cut it out and replace it, because it's just incredibly fugly. I'm wishing they'd gone with the DYRL cockpit in general, and wondering how hard it would be to replace the instrument panel and seats with a Hasegawa set. Could even paint it, for good measure, since Bandai couldn't be arsed to bother with that.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    You won't regret that Advance, it's a beautiful bird. I think my only recommendations for it would be to take the transformation slowly, since it's a quantum leap in complexity compared with the VF-1, and to act quickly if you want to acquire any sort of official under-wing weaponry for it, since sources for those are few and far between. If you want everything and the kitchen sink for add-ons, it might be worth tracking down the Macross Plus YF-19 version as well, since it comes with a boatload of extra missiles and weaponry to add. It's very much up to you and your interests though, because digging into the various lines of Macross merchandise can get complicated and expensive very quickly. I don't expect Bandai to overwhelm the 1/60 market with 1/48 releases, but I do expect them to release at least a few. It would take a significant effort to produce a line as extensive as Yamato/Arcadia though, since the current 1/60 VF-1 mold has been in near-constant production for over a decade now.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    I wasn't even planning on getting the whole group, but my inner completionist got to me (x2 even). If only the series was as good as the toys that came from it.
  7. I admit, I can't say I'm a fan of the series, and have never seen it, but the very idea of making that pile of transforming boxes "sleek" or "aesthetically pleasing" sounds like a losing battle from the start.
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    So, something to keep in mind when you talk about fitting modern avionics into old airframes. Modern stuff is ridiculously processor intensive. Not in the sense of how much hardware you need to fit, but in terms of how much heat all of that stuff generates, and how different digital systems are compared with older hardware. Old tube-powered hardware would run just fine at high temperatures, but without some extensive reworking of the airframe to evacuate all of that heat build-up, those systems are going to melt themselves. Another thing to keep in mind is the rapid response angle. Stories about the F-20 usually mention how it could be started, up and running, and in the air within something like 5 minutes. That was back when everything was just purpose-built hardware. By comparison today, a lot of hardware is generalized, and individual functionality is software defined. It's more flexible, but you pay for that flexibility in response time, and the more computerized you get, the longer and less predictable your startup sequence becomes. The comparison to Windows 10 is apt. The more software-intensive your systems become, the more complex the boot-up procedure becomes, the longer it will take, and the more likely you are to have minor failures that require a reboot.
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    Robotech by Titan Comics

    On the other hand, at least giving everyone identical bodies keeps the characters consistent from frame to frame. This comic looks like they keep rotating through an endless supply of stunt doubles, and forgetting to edit them out in post production. Seriously, some of the more recent covers are really not bad at all. They just can't seem to consistently make anything inside the comic look anything like them.
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    Bandai Sv-262 DX valk

    Ok seriously, I would buy all of those. I should really grab some more of the kits before they get hard to find. They've got some structural issues, but they're really fun to build, and more enjoyable to transform than the DX.
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    Whats next for Arcadia?

    Hey, just think, they could sell us unpainted VF-0D kits and solve half the complaints with the official release.
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    Robotech by Titan Comics

    Lynn Kyle as played by He Man in a wig? It's really hilarious, every time they put out a few good panels of mecha action, the characters turn into wax dummies. Far as the story goes.... you know what this reminds me of? As long as we're messing with stable time loops, I think they've decided to go the Sea Lab 2021 route, where every new iteration becomes further and further deformed. Maybe they'll send off the entire Robotech universe by having every generation imprisoned in a gym and playing volleyball for eternity, while He Man Hunter and Minmay the Hutt make out under the bleachers.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Except, did Bandai ever say anything to anyone? I don't remember anyone mentioning that they reduced multiple orders down to singles, or announced that they would. Wouldn't they have had to make some kind of public announcement about why a bunch of people's orders were cancelled? Or did they deal under the table and ensure that all of the faulty orders were allocated to the shops taking foreign orders, so they wouldn't have to make any excuse to their "actual" customers?
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    All this still begs the question, why didn't Bandai speak even a single word about this mess? I have a hard time believing they would outright cancel a boatload of their own webshop only orders, and offer no explanation.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    They really really can't. The funniest part to me is how insanely tiny his hands are, especially next to the redonkulous honking block of a joystick they have sticking out of the console. It's like seeing a 3 year old try to wrap his hand around a phone book. What I did notice is that a standard 1/48 Hasegawa pilot looks like it's the perfect size for the cockpit.. but Bandai didn't leave any room under the console for properly scaled legs, so I'd have to cut the pilot off at the knees to fit. I might do it anyway.. their Hikaru figure looks like a 12 year old.