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3 hours ago, Xigfrid said:

The whole pilot mess seems to come from a wrong seating position, the seat is too much forward and the pilot is cramped in a very small space compared to what we are used to. 

 

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The lineart also shows that the pilot's seat should be further back. The trend of pushing the seat further to the front began with Yamato's v2, ostensibly to save money instead of designing a completely separate cockpit for the two-seater VF's. I can understand making that compromise in budget to mid-range toys, but not in premium toys.

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NY is a bad joke, after almost a month without sending my 4 orders they are charging me an additional fee for the second time.
Did that happen to anyone else?

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No I got my order a week ago no added charge. Wonder why 

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28 minutes ago, Baedal said:

NY is a bad joke, after almost a month without sending my 4 orders they are charging me an additional fee for the second time.
Did that happen to anyone else?

They probably didn't sent out your order because you did not pay the additional shipping fee that they asked for in their previous email. 

Did you place 4 separate orders?  or 1 order with 4 valks?

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17 minutes ago, Rickifast said:

No I got my order a week ago no added charge. Wonder why 

probably because you order the item after they already adjusted the new shipping charge due to weight/size increase. 

 

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Just now, F360 said:

They probably didn't sent out your order because you did not pay the additional shipping fee that they asked for in their previous email. 

I paid the charges the first time, now they sent new charges.

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2 minutes ago, Baedal said:

I paid the charges the first time, now they sent new charges.

check your paypal summary to see if your previous payment was processed or not.,.(sometimes there's issues ) 

Check what was the total you really paid for the shipping of all 4 valks.  

From Nippon-Yasan to USA by ems.

ems for 1 = 5200 yen

ems for 4 = 14500 yen

 

If your payment is not close to those numbers by ems, then you are missing a payment somewhere.  If it's about right, then you can reply them back with your paypal processed, email. 

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3 minutes ago, F360 said:

check your paypal summary to see if your previous payment was processed or not.,.(sometimes there's issues ) 

Check what was the total you really paid for the shipping of all 4 valks.  

From Nippon-Yasan to USA by ems.

ems for 1 = 5200 yen

ems for 4 = 14500 yen

 

If your payment is not close to those numbers by ems, then you are missing a payment somewhere.  If it's about right, then you can reply them back with your paypal processed, email. 

Yes, this month these movements appeared on my credit card and I paid them. 3350¥ x2 the first time and now I must pay 2500¥ x2 again.

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34 minutes ago, Baedal said:

Yes, this month these movements appeared on my credit card and I paid them. 3350¥ x2 the first time and now I must pay 2500¥ x2 again.

with you putting in x2 , does that mean you place 2 orders of 2?  If so what was the TOTAL amount you paid for shipping? ems or sal shipping?  to USA?. 

because that' would cost different than 1 order of 4 or 4 orders of 1 piece.

either way, if you paid the extra for each order as requested, then you need to summit a ticket telling them you already paid for those along with your paypal payment email for those orders.  

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11 hours ago, valkfighter said:

Lol. yamie V2 cockpit! 

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Yeah V2 pilots have very strange short legs to fit into the cockpit, still my favorite pilots proportions are from Arcadia VF-0s or Arcadia Isamu. 

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Got the full breakdown article and gallery for the Bandai Tamashii DX Chogokin VF-1J is up: http://kumastyledesigns.com/bandai-dx-vf-1j-review/

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Pretty much had to give this one a 10/10. This thing just knocks it out from top-to-bottom and even without an attachment to Macross there's no way that you can't see how good of a piece this one is. The article breaks it down piece-by-piece per normal, but here are some pics from the gallery portion (Full galla approx 30 pics:)

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Thanks so much guys, and just wanted to say I appreciate you all answering my dumb questions and taking the time to point out things like transformation issues. Means a ton and again this community is just something else.

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31 minutes ago, derex3592 said:

That last shot is just epic!  Nice review! 

It certainly is!!! Simple but epic.

Great review Kuma!!!

Since you have a 1/100 HMR VF-1J, you should also experience a Yamato/Arcadia 1/60 ver2.

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Nice review and photos, @Kuma Style!  :good:^_^ 

 

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I have to say, @Kuma Style you made a fabulous job with posing the articulated hands. It seems I can't obtain such nice poses, no matter how hard I try ;)

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Nicely posed kuma!Cool shots this one in particular from ur blog :good:

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Stretching the articulation to the max...

 

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@Kuma Style very nice photos, make me appreciate this toy more. :)

More importantly, it is clear from the result that you seem to really enjoy playing with this and taking photos of it, which is the most important thing.

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Got my second one from Amazon Japan (3 day shipping again!). This specimen also has the uneven wings in battroid mode, and it looks to have a few minor paint blemishes here and there that my first one didn't have. It does have tighter tabs for the arms in fighter mode, so this one will stay that way mostly.

Don't try this with the included flight stand... 

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4 hours ago, kkx said:

@Kuma Style very nice photos, make me appreciate this toy more. :)

More importantly, it is clear from the result that you seem to really enjoy playing with this and taking photos of it, which is the most important thing.

You nailed it. I was extremely surprised and IMPRESSED being so new to this with just how easy it is to play and pose. In fact, I may be doing a second gallery within the week just because. 

And thank you guys, again. The encouragement is very much so appreciated.

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22 hours ago, tjdetweiler said:

Wow - just had a look at the prices - almost doubled now.....

So...ya'll think another release w/out flight stand will come at a lower price?

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8 minutes ago, canklebreaker said:

So...ya'll think another release w/out flight stand will come at a lower price?

It would make sense though, if I were Bandai, I don't see why I'd lower the price. I think they could easily just say "that was a freebie with the first release" and keep the price static or maybe drop the price only like 500¥. Seeing as it sold like gangbusters, not much pressure to drop the price.

Here's how I would do it:
Release Focker VF-1S next
Release Hikaru VF-1S after
Release super/strike parts (TWE)
Announce VF-1J Hikaru reissue concurrent with announcement of GBP accessory
Release VF-1J Hikaru
Release GBP (TWE)

Then they'd release a VF-1A Hikaru and who knows where it would go from there. It's possilbe the VF-1A Hikaru would also go before the super/strike TWE release.

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Bandai will release Hikaru 1S before Roy.  They will try to get the sales for Hikaru 1S knowing it is not as popular as 1S roy. 

 

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14 minutes ago, canklebreaker said:

So...ya'll think another release w/out flight stand will come at a lower price?

No.  The UPC code on the main box and the outer box are the same.  Re-issue will just have the main box at same MSRP.

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