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Online store sales don't necessarily reflect the popularity of the item in Japan. You're talking about the rest of the freaking world competing over the stock of just a handful of shops, while nearly all the macross fans in Japan have access to loads and loads of brick and mortars in Japan.

When I was in Japan after the Hikaru 1J release they were as scarce as the DX Chogokins.

A few weeks after the Regular release I come again and I find stacks of regults at:

Yodabashi Camera

Softmap

Laox

Volks

Yellow Submarine

Even some tiny figure stores like robot robot and others in the Akiba Radiokan building.

This is just in Tokyo. I find quite a few more in Chiba just 30 min away on the sobu-line. (I was visiting hobby shops like hell to track down older OOP hasegawa limited VF-1's..i even scored a Max / Milia VF-1 twin-set circa 2003 at retail :D)

Japanese Macross fans just have different collecting habits I guess. They don't have the disposable income nor space to go apesh*t like many of us do here on Macrossworld

I'm not in Japan but my Japanese friends here don't seem to army build fodder troops. I think it's possibly a north American hobby habit?

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It's a good idea, but I like staying up to date in one thread on HM-R.

Lets say someone only wants info on HMR Monster, they could "Search This Topic" for Monster pretty easily, right?

I think it's easier to keep up to date with one thread too. I do notice we discuss related topics like hobby collecting habits of Japanese versus international, and I also participate in these discussions:) but we could limit the discussion to actual product announcements and release dates and order frenzied and shipping issues for this thread. We can start a thread for the other parts like fantasy additions to the hmr line. I admit though that I like reading all the posts.

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I kinda like the one thread, there is usually only one item for preorder about every 2 months. Between the preorders there's time to discuss what's next speculations and awkward Japanese marketing discussions and who makes the best vf1 or regult or whatever hilarious arguments fun. All in all I feel like if it relates to hmr it's just fun all around. The toys are simple fun and so are the comments.

I'm probably just lazy and don't want to search another thread every time a new item comes up or gets teased. We probably would have 30 different threads including repaints or exclusives include.

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I kinda like the one thread, there is usually only one item for preorder about every 2 months. Between the preorders there's time to discuss what's next speculations and awkward Japanese marketing discussions and who makes the best vf1 or regult or whatever hilarious arguments fun. All in all I feel like if it relates to hmr it's just fun all around. The toys are simple fun and so are the comments.

I'm probably just lazy and don't want to search another thread every time a new item comes up or gets teased. We probably would have 30 different threads including repaints or exclusives include.

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I'm watching the Robotech series again and get all giddy every time I see one of those mechs represented by the Hi-Metal Range. Don't think I ever had access to the original Macross, is there much difference (maybe I should watch this online instead - I just chuck DVD's on in the background when at home)? I have the first three Legacy collections (I think there were like seven).

Having watched Frontier last year (and before that it was ages since seeing Robotech so couldn't remember much), didn't realise the parallels were so similar. Yet that still felt like it's own thing. One thing I can't remember, what's the relationship of the SDF1 to the Zentraedi before Earth fixed it up?

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I'm watching the Robotech series again and get all giddy every time I see one of those mechs represented by the Hi-Metal Range. Don't think I ever had access to the original Macross, is there much difference (maybe I should watch this online instead - I just chuck DVD's on in the background when at home)? I have the first three Legacy collections (I think there were like seven).

Having watched Frontier last year (and before that it was ages since seeing Robotech so couldn't remember much), didn't realise the parallels were so similar. Yet that still felt like it's own thing. One thing I can't remember, what's the relationship of the SDF1 to the Zentraedi before Earth fixed it up?

Macross/Robotech wikia?

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This is just in Tokyo. I find quite a few more in Chiba just 30 min away on the sobu-line. (I was visiting hobby shops like hell to track down older OOP hasegawa limited VF-1's..i even scored a Max / Milia VF-1 twin-set circa 2003 at retail :D)

Japanese Macross fans just have different collecting habits I guess. They don't have the disposable income nor space to go apesh*t like many of us do here on Macrossworld

Hey Duymon, where and which hobby shops in Chiba? I only go to Yodobashi Camera and the Yellow Submarine on the upper floor whenever I visit Chiba (Chiba JR Station). Are there anymore in Chiba? Thanks.

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What I need is a new box for my Regult... My step-son wanted to see inside the box and tore a good 2 inches into it before I saw what he was up to... any army builders here plan on chucking one of your boxes?

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Haha, just got to this bit. I want this version:

vf-1a-max-disguise.gif

Max in disguise!

At HMR scale, I wouldn't be surprised if Bandai released a VF-1A TV Max with the Zentradi uniform to go with it. I'd definitely buy it.

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My Regult arrived arrived today but I don't have it because they needed a signature.

Where was I? I was at the Post Office shipping collectables that I sold to people. I might be able to get it Monday after work. I should be able to reach the post office 20 minutes before they close.

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I haven't checked if any online stores still have the Armored VF-1J but the VF-1S Strike Hikaru and Roy are at least still available at Nippon-Yasan with Hikaru marked up. Either the VF-1J or VF-1S would be good.

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sorry for repeating this from the other thread but everytime i see a regult i keep thinking.

Robotech to the rescue! the jingle is stuck in my head.

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Yeah. You need a shrink. And a good one at that.

This...robo-twerk-thing...theyre all imaginary. It never happened.

I'd suggest going to the shrink Guld went to...you know, to block those painful memories

:p:D

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