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  1. I'm going to have to watch the entirety of both CW and Rebels at some point, if only for the never-ending onslaught of audio-cue chills they give me.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Figures they would go and release the single 1/48 Yammie I ever got Eh, I'm game, pre-order madness notwithstanding. Basically looks like a scaled-up HMR, really, which isn't all bad, but I hope they manage to get the gunpod level. Also, I'm seeing folding leg fins, and hardpoints included, and maybe a working airbrake. On the down side, looks like it's got shades of the old Yammie 1/48 bulbous canopy as well, but it's hard to judge just from the single angle they give. Will have to see how it pans out.
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    Arcadia VF-0S Broken Metal Hinge

    Having disassembled that structure to flip around one that was assembled backwards on an old Yamato, the final segment with the actual hip bar should come free relatively easily (though they may have switched to those annoying spring-pins to hold it). Also, the metal isn't painted, so nothing to really lose there. I think what might be the most solid repair for this would be to actually cut off the opposite hip shaft as well, then drill out the hip bar and replace both hips with a solid metal rod. You'd have to replace the ball joints on both hips as well, but that might be an improvement over the original Arcadia hip joints. Sadly, that kind of operation might require some decent metal shop hardware, maybe a drill press, and you'll need a properly sized rod to fit in the nose correctly (though it might be easier to modify the inside of the nose to fit an available rod than to make a rod fit the nose). If Shapeways can print a metal part with the required strength, I think that'd be a much simpler option than trying to remake the part. Replacing the rod itself would be pretty easy I think, but getting it to attach to the existing ball joints might take a lot of fine machining. I'm thinking you would have to find or make a hip bar with threads on the ends, and then drill into and make matching threads in the existing ball joints to attach them.
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    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    I was just about to ask which EVA unit this one was... that's some kind of crazy power armor. Also, @Shizuka the Cat, congrats on a great pickup, I'm amazed to see the VF-19F for anything less than the original retail price, let alone through Amazon. The S-model got multiple runs, and was really easy to find on clearance, but the both the F and P versions got comparatively shortchanged on production runs before Yamato went under, and were much harder to come by. That one and the P are probably my favorite Yamato molds, hands down.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Has anyone gotten any multiple orders from NY yet? I feel like I saw at least one get through a while back, but no luck yet on mine, and it was ordered on the 7th.
  6. Yeah, like I was saying earlier, Disney buying Fox and Comcast buying them are two entirely different sorts of mergers. Fox and Disney are two companies that do (mostly) the same thing: make content for people to consume. Media companies and film studios pop up and die out all the time. It's a volatile market that will always have room for competition. (Whether it's good enough to be competitive is a separate issue. ) Comcast is a company that sells access to the content that companies like Fox and Disney make. They own infrastructure. That's an entirely different sort of organization that depends on stability to even function, and Comcast owns enough of the infrastructure across the country to ensure that certain areas have no other option when it comes to things like internet and cable access. Comcast owning Fox could potentially cause all sorts of other ugly effects across the country, in terms of cable and internet rates. For instance, say Comcast just decides that all Fox-owned content will now be exclusively available on Comcast service. Sucks to be all those other cable companies that won't get any. Or maybe they'll play nice and offer other cable companies a deal to purchase Fox content for their customers? You know that cost will get passed along to the consumers, and then cable rates for everyone but Comcast will go up, and suddenly Comcast looks like a better deal than every other cable provider. Not saying it would necessarily play out like that, and I'm no market expert, so that might just be tinfoil hat-level speculation. It just sounds like that kind of situation would open the door for all kinds of unpleasant shenanigans.
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    Whats next for Arcadia?

    On the other hand, this also doesn't excuse how lazy they've been with the tampo on the normal releases. I can kind of understand not putting the intake warnings on the YF-19, because they weren't in the animation, but leaving so many standard markings (that were included on the original Yamato releases, even) off of the VF-0 standard releases was pretty darn cheap.
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    Wave 1/72 VF-4 lightning

    Why would they even put the VF-22 as an option? It's been done, and I don't think Wave is going to improve on the Hasegawa mold. 171 I'd be happy to see though.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Could be improved and better designed by not using diecast metal in painted transformation joints. For the stresses exerted on those types of pieces, color-molded plastics are generally plenty strong. I know people like metal parts for the weight, but I don't understand the obsession with it, and it's probably the worst possible option to use in joints on transforming toys.
  10. Digital downloads work great, until you're that guy out in the boonies who would eat through 3 months worth of data to download a single game. Games aren't getting any smaller. Sucks to not live close enough to a city to get cable, huh?
  11. That's kind of the bottom line for "which is worse" here.. people can ignore Disney all they want. Disney buying Fox is like Ford buying out Pontiac. Comcast? That'd be more like Exxon-Mobil buying them, and producing their own cars that only run on their brand of gasoline. On the other hand, with the deal blown up, watch as Comcast begins actively restricting access to Disney content out of spite.
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    Wouldn't that turret have been really useful in ST:III?
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    Wave 1/72 VF-4 lightning

    Huh, yep, that page makes me think Wave just went directly from the Master File for the kit. Not the worst they could have done, but they didn't get the ventral fin angles right either. I don't think I quite mind the higher canard angle so much as I mind the main wings looking too flat. That was the first thing I noticed about the kit from the earliest CAD teaser images.
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    I'd be really interested to see a visual internal/external breakdown of what each of those individual refits addressed. One thing that does strike me about the CG model is that the exhaust venting on the rear of the nacelles is getting closer to the multi-ported look of the model from "The Cage." But yes, they might be refitting themselves into a weird corner, because the overall trend of those refits would mean the ship is going back and forth between styles multiple times, in no particularly timeline-relevant order. Now, maybe they'll attempt some story treatment to why the look changed back and forth.. I could see them trying to explain that the original launch spec was untested and unreliable, so they reverted to an older structural spec that looks like the NX-01, before going back to the original design once the technology was proven. I'm not saying it's a good explanation, because a refit of that magnitude may as well be a different ship, but it wouldn't surprise me if they go with it. On the other hand, maybe it is an entirely different ship somehow? Trek has always had a love of parallel universes intersecting at the most convenient times.
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    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    I had the same thought a while back, and wondered if you could actually use those conformal packs to hide the arms on a masterpiece-styled G1 Dreadwind. The F-2 is a nice mod to the general F-16 shape, looks really good! Funny thing about the F-5 though.. the YF-17 was an evolution of the F-5, before it turned into the F-18.