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Is this yf-19 release a one time deal like the vf-4, or will we see repaints and re-releases. I'm considering getting a payday loan to secure my 2nd unit.

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Hard to imagine that Arcadia won't milk the mold - but it's 50/50 on whether they will or not. My hope is that they will since there are a lot of schemes that fans have been asking for and it'd be a good way for Arcadia to keep sales going (provided they shore up some of the issues outlined in this thread).

Good luck with getting your 2nd copy.

-b.

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Is this yf-19 release a one time deal like the vf-4, or will we see repaints and re-releases. I'm considering getting a payday loan to secure my 2nd unit.

Fatherly advice: Do not get a payday loan. Ever.

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They're worse on mine than on the VF-19, but at least they're easier to take apart. the feet come apart with one screw without having to break apart any glued pieces and the entire ankle assembly can be pulled out of the leg without breaking anything or doing anything to take apart the leg.

Can they be tightened up somehow?

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Mine cleared SF customs and made it to Sacramento in a day. Gotta' love San Francisco customs, they are always FAAAST!!! I'll be seein' this tomorrow.!

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Can they be tightened up somehow?

yeah, they're otherwise identical to the VF-19's ankles so the same process of loosening up the ankle enough to pop the foot off the ball joint, re-gluing the plastic part of the ball joint, coating the inside of the socket in something to add friction and then putting the whole thing back together. it's a pain in the ass to do though.

basically, the VF/YF-19 ankle is a conceptually good idea that is executed in the single most obnoxiously bad way possible.

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yeah, they're otherwise identical to the VF-19's ankles so the same process of loosening up the ankle enough to pop the foot off the ball joint, re-gluing the plastic part of the ball joint, coating the inside of the socket in something to add friction and then putting the whole thing back together. it's a pain in the ass to do though.

basically, the VF/YF-19 ankle is a conceptually good idea that is executed in the single most obnoxiously bad way possible.

If only I could speak Japanese, I'd directly address the issues with those ankles on their twitter/facebook/whatever without any surreptitious nonsense.

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yeah, they're otherwise identical to the VF-19's ankles so the same process of loosening up the ankle enough to pop the foot off the ball joint, re-gluing the plastic part of the ball joint, coating the inside of the socket in something to add friction and then putting the whole thing back together. it's a pain in the ass to do though.

basically, the VF/YF-19 ankle is a conceptually good idea that is executed in the single most obnoxiously bad way possible.I

I have tried to take it apart, but no luck. Can someone please post a picture of how to take the ankle apart?

many thanks

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I have tried to take it apart, but no luck. Can someone please post a picture of how to take the ankle apart?

many thanks

He has a good point, if you've already done it could you take a few pics for everyone else so we all know what to do to fix our $300+ ankles...

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If only I could speak Japanese, I'd directly address the issues with those ankles on their twitter/facebook/whatever without any surreptitious nonsense.

Some japan customer already post this to his twitter few days ago, his answer is that he did overlooked the ankle's underlying structure, but he still had no better idea on how to improve it....

Actually it is very common for toys having loosen joints after wearing...

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but he still had no better idea on how to improve it....

Actually it is very common for toys having loosen joints after wearing...

umm....ratchet joints? like in the VF-1 :wacko:

Arcadia was just lazy there.

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Never like ratchet joints, too limited motion :p

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While I also wanted ratchet joints, I'm also thinking how would that affect the leg bay doors feature (with the missile inside). It seems like it was a trade-off.

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VF-25 ankles are awesome. Something similar could have been implemented. I am disappointed that the ankles are pretty much the same as the VF-19's.

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Great pics!

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VF-25 ankles are awesome. Something similar could have been implemented. I am disappointed that the ankles are pretty much the same as the VF-19's.

This.

the VF-25 has conceptually the same ankles as the VF-19. they're both ball joints with an extra hing in the leg to give greater range of motion on one axis. but the VF-25 puts the hing in a direction that actually benifits gerwalk poses so you don't have to over-stress the ball joint itself.

bandai also put the screws that hold together the two halves of the metal ball socket that makes up the core of the foot much higher up so they actually apply some pressure around the ball itself which keeps the cup from splitting open if you push the joint too far. (the VF-19 has the screws way down on the extension that the feet halves attach to, nowhere near the ball socket).

Further, on the VF/YF-19 ankle, friction in the ball joint is provided by a plastic hemisphere glued to the metal ball stem. the VF-25 uses an all metal ball with symmetrical plastic inserts in either socket half which provides much more consistent friction.

finally, if and when the VF-25 ankles get loose it's an easy fix because the screws that hold the ankles together are easily accessible and not entrapped by pinned in foot pieces that are basically impossible to remove without properly sized center punches.

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Are the VF-25 ankles really easy to tighten up? My VF-25G has an awfully loose ankle, it came out the box that way. I have not messed with it since release lol.

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all the joints that people tend to complain about getting loose on the VF-25 (shoulders, ankles, hips) are super easy to get to and fix.

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In addition the VF-25 angles do look pretty beefy. Something that I would've liked to see on my VF-19.

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Just picked up mine from a local fan. Left it at home and now obeying my master (wife) to follow her for sunday shopping.... T_T

Cant wait to get back home to open the box!!

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all the joints that people tend to complain about getting loose on the VF-25 (shoulders, ankles, hips) are super easy to get to and fix.

The right hip on my 25G is practically useless now and all of the things I've been told to do to tighten it up haven't worked. As a matter of fact I can't get the screw on it to budge.

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Still can't get the fast packs on right. First time transforming back to fighter. Not an issue.

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Some photos to share. :p

I'm impressed you got such decent poses in Gerwalk but it can still stand in Battroid afterward. After posing Gerwalk the same way the ankles are impossible to pose upright in Battroid now on mine.

Still can't get the fast packs on right. First time transforming back to fighter. Not an issue.

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Which part of the Fast Pack are you having trouble getting on?

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I'm impressed you got such decent poses in Gerwalk but it can still stand in Battroid afterward. After posing Gerwalk the same way the ankles are impossible to pose upright in Battroid now on mine.

Which part of the Fast Pack are you having trouble getting on?

The connection from the FP to the shoulder. The tab does not fit in the slot. And the leg FP's don't fit well either. I can get them on, but the slightest breeze could dislodge them. Also, I noticed the high speed hinge on my right wing is noticeably loose. If I tilt the valk forward or backward, it will swivel on its own. I know I have the hard points full, as in the pictures, but my left wing does not swivel on its own.

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The connection from the FP to the shoulder. The tab does not fit in the slot. And the leg FP's don't fit well either. I can get them on, but the slightest breeze could dislodge them. Also, I noticed the high speed hinge on my right wing is noticeably loose. If I tilt the valk forward or backward, it will swivel on its own. I know I have the hard points full, as in the pictures, but my left wing does not swivel on its own.

For the shoulder you have to take the right angle and just push really hard. The leg packs, I fit the back part of the fast pack first where the largest slot it, press firmly, then move to the smaller middle fin, the the small forward fin. If you press hard it'll hold okay. Still feels flimsy but holds.

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For the shoulder you have to take the right angle and just push really hard. The leg packs, I fit the back part of the fast pack first where the largest slot it, press firmly, then move to the smaller middle fin, the the small forward fin. If you press hard it'll hold okay. Still feels flimsy but holds.

I have yet to use an uncomfortable amount of force on the shoulders. Maybe I'll what till I see a vid of someone else doing it.

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First transformation from fighter to battroid today. nice transformation... very solid feeling. No scary moments really. Almost completely identical to the yamato VF-19's. Fastpacks fit on without a problem in this mode. I'm liking it.

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I have yet to use an uncomfortable amount of force on the shoulders. Maybe I'll what till I see a vid of someone else doing it.

It's pretty easy. Just place your thumb on top of the fast pack and a finger underneath the shoulder and pinch.

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The right hip on my 25G is practically useless now and all of the things I've been told to do to tighten it up haven't worked. As a matter of fact I can't get the screw on it to budge.

I honestly can't think of a reason why you wouldn't be able to get that screw out.

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Hi friends, I'm a long time lurker first time posting. I have this coming to me from HLJ, what's the general consensus on this figure? It would be my first valk i've never owned Yamato or Bandai I am pretty pumped for this but it seems the reviews are mixed.

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I think it's a good toy.

that said, does anyone else find the wing mechanism kind of floppy when you start putting weapons on?

I really think they should have put a tab or detent of some kind in the wing glove to hold the wing in the proper swept forward position.

:edit:

also, I they needed another intermediate click in the knee extension mechanism. Right now you either have it fully collapsed or massive gaping hole in the leg. I swear the VF-19's had an extra click that let you make it a little taller without making the knee too ugly.

Edited by anime52k8

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While I'm not a fan of the YF-19, I can definitely admit that is some pretty amazing engineering. I've been thinking of picking up a VF-19 myself, the F looks pretty nice.

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