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VF-31J Siegfried (Hayate Custom) and VF-171 Nightmare Plus

Both to be released in April. 540 yen each.

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I don't see scale but 10cm is mentioned. What's that, about 1/200?

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assuming VF-31 is roughly same length as YF-30, then that's 1:188

VF-171 is 1:193

aargh! i was hoping these would be closer to 1:144 :(

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From the Technology thread:

Mecha Colle is...? Google's giving me the impression of gashopon-esque model kits??? I'm seeing lots of Yamato 2199.

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Meha Colle means ”Mecha Collection Series” as the thread title says.

Non scale small kits.

Like this one.

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The news says the prototype models of the Mecha Colles will be exhibited at the next Wonder Festival.

Edited by antibiotictab

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Yes, which results in frustrations like destroyers the same size as battleships.

Meha Colle means ”Mecha Collection Series” as the thread title says.

Non scale small kits.

Like this one.

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The news says the prototype models of the Mecha Colles will be exhibited at the next Wonder Festival.

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Wonderful! I know that everyone is going to hate me for saying that, but I'd love Yamato to make VF-31's as gunpla's... transformable. Just like the VF025 and VF-27. I know they're unpopular here. But I just liked them.

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Well, I'm happy that we're getting a VF-171.

It's a shame that they're going to be out of scale for the VF-25/VF-29 non-transformable fighter kits.

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I think Bandai's being very smart here---this is a good way to squadron-build. Few people will both have the money, and be willing to spend it, on acquiring a half-dozen 1/60 DX's. But 540 yen each? You can easily have the whole squadron.

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I don't think the 171 was ever released in model kit form, yes? This'll be a nice way to get one or more of them, maybe even scratchbuild a battroid/Gerwalk mode. And maybe holding the 31 in hand will help me warm up to it a little more...

Edited by kajnrig

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I don't think the 171 was ever released in model kit form, yes? This'll be a nice way to get one or more of them, maybe even scratchbuild a battroid/Gerwalk mode. And maybe holding the 31 in hand will help me warm up to it a little more...

First time. The closest we ever got was the VF-17 Fighter/Battroid comb set for Macross 7 - which just isn't the same!

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The positive:

  1. Great quality molding with fantastic detail for the size... if 2199 kits and the 3D renders for the VFs being released are any indication.
  2. Bargain price that makes for an affordable opportunity for squadron building and all sorts of customization.
  3. The likelihood of a plethora of other Macross kits, from VFs to capital ships, in the future, and all for a pittance individually.

The negative:

  1. Non standardized "box" scale. Similarly sized VFs should look fine next to each other, but smaller craft will look over-sized, and forget about ships matching.

Overall, this announcement of Macross kits in the Mecha Collection line is, to me, most welcome. I'm all in.

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What's people's experience (if any) with the previous kits? Parts separation, detail, holes/spaces need puttying, snapfit vs. gluing?

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I have one of the Yamato Mecha Collection kits and it has all the detail you can possibly get into it at that scale, including super fine protruding fins and sharp edges. But 10 cm is really really small.

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At the very least, they could've scaled it to 1:144. orz

Perhaps they don't want to conflict with Tomytec's line...

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Bandai Macross Δ Mecha Collection Valks are up for PO.

VF-31

HLJ @ ¥425

http://www.hlj.com/product/bann06310

Ami Ami @ ¥400

http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=TOY-RBT-4039

Hobby Search @ ¥425

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10371718

VF-171

HLJ @ ¥425

http://www.hlj.com/product/bann06311

Ami Ami @ ¥400

http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=TOY-RBT-4040

Hobby Search @ ¥425

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10371770

Edited by Saburo

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Hmm..........I'm gonna wait to see if these are snap-fix and molded in the correct colors before ordering.

I'm crap at painting and model building in general, so if these require paint and glue, I'm out.

But at this price point, my expectations are not high.

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Shouldn't the J-type head have two head lasers?

Anyways...preorder...it'll look great on the work desk. :)

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Interesting.. but couldn't they just pick a scale and stick to it? It's not like the 1/100 kits were any fancier. I would have actually bought them at that scale. <_<

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The Cosmo Falcon & Zero from Yamato 2199 also were first released as Mecha Collection kits, before we got full 1/72 kits later. Maybe Bandai is just testing the water.

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You can see the undeployed radome for Chuck's VF-31E's.

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No cannon fodder 31? Dang. Everything else is looking sweet, though. All those panel line details...

EDIT:

Seems the release dates are...?

Apr 2016

- VF-171

- VF-31J (Hayate)

May 2016

- VF-31S

- SV-262

Jun 2016

- VF-31E

TBD

- VF-31C

- VF-31F

I dunno the pilot names. Feel free to correct any wrong guesses I've made.

Edited by kajnrig

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Thanks IXTL! The details do look great on those kits. - MT

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Yeah they do look cool! And seeing they are so cheap I certainly wouldn't mind grabbing them all!

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While the panel lines look great on these, at the 500 Yen price point I'm not expecting too much in the way of pre-colouring and I expect markings will probably be foil stickers if Bandai's track record with small, low-priced kits is anything to go by.

Graham

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