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2 minutes ago, HardlyNever said:

If you're not that picky about pilot/color, the TV Max VF-1A is due out Sept 21.  Based on current secondary market (pre-order) prices, this should be the easiest/cheapest one to get.

Other than that, yeah it's just a waiting game.  And try to score a pre-order on the next announcement (we don't know what/when yet).

Thanks for the input, might do that. I was really following up earlier in the year for any upcoming Vf-1. My first trip to japan in February took me to Mandarake and to a rekindling of my love for all things mecha. Then after some months I sort of lost hope, and that's when I missed the VF-1S pre-release. I will pay penance for that. :sad:

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1 hour ago, RojoV3r said:

Hi guys, long time lurker, first message. I'm in the process of assembling a collection of all the cool things I couldn't afford as a kid, and a nice 1/48 DX VF-1 is probably the icing of the cake. I was late for the vf-1J, and seems I've also lost the presale for the VF-1s. I know one option is to wait until the release in November and hope I can get my hands on one. Any other ideas (which do not involve paying 300$ or more?).

Thanks!!!

 

Most of us can barely afford and barely secure a preorder nowadays.

You either just camp and wait the DX valks out on release-day, or pay the scalpers' ransomware pricing.

Or just give up altogether and find another hobby to afford.

It is what it is.

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2 hours ago, RojoV3r said:

Hi guys, long time lurker, first message. I'm in the process of assembling a collection of all the cool things I couldn't afford as a kid, and a nice 1/48 DX VF-1 is probably the icing of the cake. I was late for the vf-1J, and seems I've also lost the presale for the VF-1s. I know one option is to wait until the release in November and hope I can get my hands on one. Any other ideas (which do not involve paying 300$ or more?).

Thanks!!!

You can try your luck on release days for the DX’s ....else  the old 1/48 yammies might scratch an itch or two...

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On 8/26/2019 at 6:32 AM, RojoV3r said:

Thanks for the input, might do that. I was really following up earlier in the year for any upcoming Vf-1. My first trip to japan in February took me to Mandarake and to a rekindling of my love for all things mecha. Then after some months I sort of lost hope, and that's when I missed the VF-1S pre-release. I will pay penance for that. :sad:

DX VF-1 is the creme de la creme

On 8/26/2019 at 7:32 AM, treatment said:

 

Most of us can barely afford and barely secure a preorder nowadays.

You either just camp and wait the DX valks out on release-day, or pay the scalpers' ransomware pricing.

Or just give up altogether and find another hobby to afford.

It is what it is.

I feel ya

On 8/26/2019 at 8:56 AM, seti88 said:

You can try your luck on release days for the DX’s ....else  the old 1/48 yammies might scratch an itch or two...

the arcadia 1/60 are very similar detail and have improvements over the 1/48 yammies.  the 1/60 are much cheaper and easy available than dx, and some of them come with the super/fast packs and missiles and often cost less than the DX without the packs and missiles.  You can also collect hmr which are inexpensive, but much smaller (less detailed) but also have enemy mecha and destroids.  the arcadia 1/60 is probably the best value because it is very similar to the dx (dx seems based on the yammie/arcadia design) and the yammie 1/48, but much better than the hmr.  Other brands available are kitzconcept, and Toynami, but I don't recommend Toynami.  

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47 minutes ago, sh9000 said:

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Awesome.

Did you do that?

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1 hour ago, sh9000 said:

Awesome.

oh my Land. please share the details on this!

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1 hour ago, Slave IV said:

That LEK guy is THE MAN!

Yeah, I think he did a "cel-shaded" SDF-1 with the Arcadia re-release as well.  I think this looks better, though.  Looks more like the source.

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5 hours ago, sh9000 said:

No it’s from LEK Custom Toys.

Just saw the FP page. Wow.

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On 8/27/2019 at 9:12 AM, DYRL VF-1S said:

Max has an updated release for 9/21 now.

https://sp.tamashii.jp/item/12912/

3 weeks until VF-1A!! Can't wait, now I hope Amazon JP doesn't take forever to get it to me.

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3 hours ago, nathans82 said:

3 weeks until VF-1A!! Can't wait, now I hope Amazon JP doesn't take forever to get it to me.

You're lucky you got it through AJ!  I landed with NY on PO night, so the price is sweet but their trend seems to be more and more delayed in  shipping stuff out lately haha.  On the plus side, I accidentally had VF-1 missiles in my cart when  I landed the PO and didn't have time to remove, so I'll have those being shipped as well. haha.  Works out well because I'll have three sets of missiles to spread between 1J, 1A, and DYRL 1S for now.  I should be able to get mileage out of them with three more Valks in theory if I spread them right.

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I bit the bullet and bought the VF-1A at the inflated price at NY, let's see how quickly this gets shipped out now...

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17 minutes ago, Dobber said:

I love those paintups! 

Chris

No kidding right! I contacted LEK Customs. I think I'm going to have him do on of my DX VF-1S Hikaru w/ S&S parts when they ship.

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I remember seeing a Superman statuette painted in this style too....so cool. Do these look good from all angles or are they meant to be viewed only from certain angles?

Chris

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10 hours ago, Dobber said:

I remember seeing a Superman statuette painted in this style too....so cool. Do these look good from all angles or are they meant to be viewed only from certain angles?

Chris

From all angles.  There are Gundams that were painted like straight out of the anime and don't even look like 3d kits by a Korean guy for Gundam contests in recent years.  Mafex is cell shading Spiderman like in the comics.  

Bandai could sell these as premium finishes.  

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2 hours ago, beatsing said:

Bandai could sell these as premium finishes.  

Yeah, no kidding! I would fork over a premium for that sort of finish without a second thought.

I really, really like how the LEK stuff looks. I contacted him a few days ago. As a consumer it's a pretty big chunk of change to justify. But, it's actually very reasonable for what he is doing, the time it takes and the mastery involved. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on getting a DX VF-1S with S&S parts done when they're released.

 

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7 hours ago, beatsing said:

From all angles.  There are Gundams that were painted like straight out of the anime and don't even look like 3d kits by a Korean guy for Gundam contests in recent years.  Mafex is cell shading Spiderman like in the comics.  

Bandai could sell these as premium finishes.  

When I first saw LEK’s work on MP Transformers a few years ago, I predicted that the future would bring us figures painted that way from the factory. Really glad to see it finally happening. So far, the only good one I’ve seen is the Mafex Spidey. There are some 3P KO Transformers available now too but they look like crap...definitely not LEK quality paint designs. 

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4 hours ago, Slave IV said:

There are some 3P KO Transformers available now too but they look like crap...definitely not LEK quality paint designs. 

I disagree. This OS Grimlock has one of the best cel shading I've ever seen on a toy. It doesn't even look 3D anymore IMO. And it's not that expensive and is mass-produced.

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10 minutes ago, ArchieNov said:

I disagree. This OS Grimlock has one of the best cel shading I've ever seen on a toy. It doesn't even look 3D anymore IMO. And it's not that expensive and is mass-produced.

Image result for os cel shaded grimlock

Ok, I didn’t see that version before...there are so many. That does look excellent. Gonna have to look into getting one, lol. 

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18 hours ago, sqidd said:

Yeah, no kidding! I would fork over a premium for that sort of finish without a second thought.

I really, really like how the LEK stuff looks. I contacted him a few days ago. As a consumer it's a pretty big chunk of change to justify. But, it's actually very reasonable for what he is doing, the time it takes and the mastery involved. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on getting a DX VF-1S with S&S parts done when they're released.

 

We'd be interested to see the final product.  

13 hours ago, Slave IV said:

When I first saw LEK’s work on MP Transformers a few years ago, I predicted that the future would bring us figures painted that way from the factory. Really glad to see it finally happening. So far, the only good one I’ve seen is the Mafex Spidey. There are some 3P KO Transformers available now too but they look like crap...definitely not LEK quality paint designs. 

I think it's because they overdo the cel shading, and the shadows on the parts aren't consistent with each other.  I've seen some Gundam Exia etc that the lighting looks like it comes from one source, so the "shiny" parts are all on one side, the shadow parts are on on the other (mostly).  

9 hours ago, ArchieNov said:

I disagree. This OS Grimlock has one of the best cel shading I've ever seen on a toy. It doesn't even look 3D anymore IMO. And it's not that expensive and is mass-produced.

Image result for os cel shaded grimlock

This Grimlock is ok though I didn't play the video game so I don't know if it's video game accurate.  The shading seems a little aggressive.  I prefer the lighter touch of the guy who won a contest with his Gundam that really looks like a 2D photo or picture from the cartoon.  The pencil work looks like it came straight out of the comic/anime.  First pic is from hwadam7788, who does commission work.  The lower photos are another artist who won a contest.  

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I love how clean and subtle that VF-1J is.

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