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3 hours ago, peter said:

Lol, the prices.  I'm actually clinging onto some hope that I can find one in store for MSRP tomorrow before I fly out.

The VF-1S releases tomorrow?

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10 hours ago, davidwhangchoi said:

!s seems to be a lower print run.

i hope so:unsure:

Exactly, it's like someone charging $15 for a pint of water, scalpers charge $30. then being glad it's back to $15 for a pint of water.

Bandai's typical maneuver. 

Metal Build line is even worse on how they nickel and dime you. I'm so used to it but will hold off on missiles. 50 bucks for missiles. geez

next: Bandai will put a premium edition on TV hands. 

all then need now is a white landing gear edition and i'm in.  

Of all things, these be the easiest to KO. After all the missile sets are the most basic of shapes, and don't even have any gimmicks or anything..

Only thing is whether any KO's come in weird sizing lol...

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1 hour ago, gerwookie said:

I think Amazon says the 11-23 and so mykombini is charging a couple days before?

I'm banned from MyKombini because they couldn't get their act together on fixing my HMR VF-1A that had incorrect parts.  Good luck if you ever have anything go wrong with your order, they aren't very kind there when that happens.  They lost a lot of sales due to that.

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6 hours ago, gerwookie said:

I think Amazon says the 11-23 and so mykombini is charging a couple days before?

Yes . Some stores request payment earlier , so if you do not pay , they will cancel your preorder and relist it for people that are still looking to get one .   N-Y does the same too .

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Yeah I thought so. Just didn’t know what the official street date was, as mykombini seemed earlier than everyone else. Hope it works out! Came to about the same price as getting it from HLJ. Nothing compared to AJ though... still waiting on the one from Nin-nin. 

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5 minutes ago, gerwookie said:

Yeah I thought so. Just didn’t know what the official street date was, as mykombini seemed earlier than everyone else. Hope it works out! Came to about the same price as getting it from HLJ. Nothing compared to AJ though... still waiting on the one from Nin-nin. 

The official street date from Bandai is 11-23-19.   
 

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I'm probably weird about the missiles.  I only had one 1/48 yammie, and only put the missiles on once.  I just display them on the tarmac under the wings because it's a hassle to take them on and off when transforming; it's like a partsformer, which I don't like.  

I have multiples of the v2 yammies, one plain, one strike, one GBP, but I don't install the missiles.  The strike parts (other than the missiles) transforms without partsforming.  The GBP doesn't transform so whatever.  

So I don't think the missiles are worth the price.  Unless Bandai does the HMR missile special effects parts for DX.  The HMR are so nice they are an exception.

Those who regularly install and uninstall the missiles, do they ever crack on the connector?  does the weight make the wings droop over time?

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11 hours ago, sqidd said:

The VF-1S releases tomorrow?

I heard some places might have it early

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2 hours ago, peter said:

I heard some places might have it early

Mine are coming from NY.....so it will be January before I see mine.:p

 

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13 hours ago, sqidd said:

Mine are coming from NY.....so it will be January before I see mine.:p

 

Oh, I see you paid for the white gloves rush shipping from NY!

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On 11/17/2019 at 12:30 AM, Darth Mingus said:

As others have said, MyKombini has started asking for payment meaning the release of the VF-1S Hikaru will be soon.  I thought I'd post links to the stores that may start getting pre-orders cancelled (that also don't scalp):

HLJ: https://www.hlj.com/dx-chogokin-the-movie-vf-1s-valkyrie-hikaru-ichijo-use-bans55800

AmiAmi: https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?gcode=FIGURE-049315

HobbySearch: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10616645

Amazon (General Product Listing): https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/offer-listing/B07SH712YR/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new  

Stores that do "scalp" (by this I mean list pre-order above retail after an initial batch):

MyKombini: https://mykombini.com/en/november-2019/14762-dx-chogokin-movie-vf-1s-valkyrie-hikaru-ichijyou-custom-macross-do-you-remember-love-bandai-spirits-4573102558008.html - 28,990 Yen

Nippon-Yasan: https://www.nippon-yasan.com/figures/28337-super-dimension-fortress-macross-dx-chogokin-movie-vf-1s-valkyrie-ichijou-hikaru-custom.html - 32,250 Yen

Hopefully these links will help people who were not able to score a pre-order.  Good luck!

thanks!!!

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Well, no luck.  Back in Canada empty handed.....well, apart from the Max 1A.

Will skip the 1S Hikaru I guess and wait out for Roy as originally planned.

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Sorry if this is more of a N-Y question than a 1/48 DX VF-1 question, but I know I'm not going to be at the address where my VF-1S and the duplicate order are being sent. Assuming N-Y never responds to my ticket about changing the address, has anyone had any luck re-routing an EMS package? Would a temporary change of address accomplish this?

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2 minutes ago, MikeRoz said:

Sorry if this is more of a N-Y question than a 1/48 DX VF-1 question, but I know I'm not going to be at the address where my VF-1S and the duplicate order are being sent. Assuming N-Y never responds to my ticket about changing the address, has anyone had any luck re-routing an EMS package? Would a temporary change of address accomplish this?

If you can pin down a rough estimate of when the package will arrive, you could arrange for a mail hold during that time, so it just gets held at the office.  That can be a little unpredictable, but if you aren't expecting any other important mail, you could potentially just set your mail to be held for a month once you receive the shipping notice, and then cancel the hold once it arrives.

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4 minutes ago, Chronocidal said:

If you can pin down a rough estimate of when the package will arrive, you could arrange for a mail hold during that time, so it just gets held at the office.  That can be a little unpredictable, but if you aren't expecting any other important mail, you could potentially just set your mail to be held for a month once you receive the shipping notice, and then cancel the hold once it arrives.

Fortunately, I'm not in a situation where I'm in danger of the package being lost/stolen, just one where I might not being able to see it until next year. 

Does anyone know if the "Premium Forwarding Service Residential" applies to EMS packages in the US?

Edited by MikeRoz

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21 minutes ago, MikeRoz said:

Fortunately, I'm not in a situation where I'm in danger of the package being lost/stolen, just one where I might not being able to see it until next year. 

Does anyone know if the "Premium Forwarding Service Residential" applies to EMS packages in the US?

Not to be toooo snarky, but if you ordered from NY, you might not see it until next year anyway. :lol: 

I can't say anything about package forwarding service, but I'm guessing this is just a temporary change for travel/vacation time?  You might be able to set up a temporary forwarding address with the USPS that'll do that, but I don't know what kind of minimum amount of lead time or duration those sorts of setups might require.

Edited by Chronocidal

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1 hour ago, peter said:

Well, no luck.  Back in Canada empty handed.....well, apart from the Max 1A.

Will skip the 1S Hikaru I guess and wait out for Roy as originally planned.

That's my plan. I mean I don't want to knock anyone for buying this obviously beautiful VF-1S with the red paint, but I overall want the Roy Focker one more.

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Just found this little vid. May have already been posted if so, sorry. I want to put a background screen like that. Constantly playing some cool loops.

Edited by Alphahorizon

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12 hours ago, MikeRoz said:

Sorry if this is more of a N-Y question than a 1/48 DX VF-1 question, but I know I'm not going to be at the address where my VF-1S and the duplicate order are being sent. Assuming N-Y never responds to my ticket about changing the address, has anyone had any luck re-routing an EMS package? Would a temporary change of address accomplish this?

EMS comes from usps, so if you do a forwarded address at your post office, usps will deliver it to your new address

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5 hours ago, theraiden said:

SolarisJapan now has the VF-1S listed. I have ordered from them a couple of times. Excellent packaging and speedy service.

https://solarisjapan.com/products/choujikuu-yousai-macross-ai-oboete-imasu-ka-vf-1s-valkyrie-hikaru-ichijou-use-dx-chogokin-bandai-spirits

Sheesh, talk about mark up. Thanks for the link tho, never hurts to have options. I'm hoping to score one on release day...

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12 hours ago, rocketblast said:

That's my plan. I mean I don't want to knock anyone for buying this obviously beautiful VF-1S with the red paint, but I overall want the Roy Focker one more.

Oh, without a doubt the Hikki 1S with black and red markings looks amazing.  The thing is, I already have a Yammie Hikki 1S and I can't afford to collect doubles. 

I figured since I would be in the area though, if I could grab one at MSRP, I would.  Then come back and trade my Yammie Hikiki for a Roy or sell it and pick up a Roy later on.

Anyway, on my way out, I saw a 1A Max selling for 21,000 yen, so there is hope for folks to grab these things at non-absurd prices. 

One of the guys working at one of the local shops told me that historically in other toy lines, the Hikki 1S have been able to fetch higher prices over the Roy 1S, so there is hope that when the Roy comes out, prices won't get too crazy.  Who knows how true this is on the open market outside of Japan, it was just his observation at the local shop level.

 

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6 minutes ago, canklebreaker said:

Sheesh, talk about mark up. Thanks for the link tho, never hurts to have options. I'm hoping to score one on release day...

Lol I saw that too, pass.  I feel sorry for whoever buys it for that price on release day.

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1 hour ago, rocketblast said:

Lol I saw that too, pass.  I feel sorry for whoever buys it for that price on release day.

When is release day?

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1 hour ago, moose said:

When is release day?

Last day of this month. Last Macross present for the year until the second round of the SSP packs and missile set gets sent out next year.

Edit: I know that most of everyone here will get Roy when listed, however Hikaru's paint scheme gets sold out very quickly (and demands more $$) since he gets more screen time.

When the M&M's DX VF-1J gets released, they won't be flying off the shelves that quick as they're seconday characters in Japan (unless your overseas) 

Edited by borgified

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33 minutes ago, borgified said:

Last day of this month. Last Macross present for the year until the second round of the SSP packs and missile set gets sent out next year.

Edit: I know that most of everyone here will get Roy when listed, however Hikaru's paint scheme gets sold out very quickly (and demands more $$) since he gets more screen time.

When the M&M's DX VF-1J gets released, they won't be flying off the shelves that quick as they're seconday characters in Japan (unless your overseas) 

I suppose I have to be thankful for those cultural differences in favorite characters.  Hikaru's the main character that pulls all the fandom along with him in Japan, and Roy gets to be the war-hardened drunken badass popular in the west. ^_^  I'm pretty okay with that making Roy easier to acquire.

M&Ms are also an oddball from a merchandising perspective, because their custom super packs generally have been bundled, making their base price higher.  Given Bandai's complete abandonment of the concept of bundling anything, I wouldn't expect it with their packs either, since they have a long and colorful history of selling individualized packs as exclusives.  That might wind up making the M&Ms more popular, since they'll be the same price to start, but I also wouldn't be surprised if one or both wind up only available as webshop exclusives like the HMR Milia did.

Just so long as they don't stick with the HMR colors, I'll probably wind up grabbing both of them eventually.

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58 minutes ago, borgified said:

Last day of this month. Last Macross present for the year until the second round of the SSP packs and missile set gets sent out next year.

 

The first round of S&S parts have been released already? Or are those on a December release?

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8 minutes ago, sqidd said:

The first round of S&S parts have been released already? Or are those on a December release?

According to Tamashii Japan's webpage, the first round of the SSP should be released next month (if you haven't missed the pre-orders for the first round). The second round is to be out in April.

https://tamashii.jp/item_character/macross_series/

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2 minutes ago, borgified said:

According to Tamashii Japan's webpage, the first round of the SSP should be released next month (if you haven't missed the pre-orders for the first round). The second round is to be out in April.

https://tamashii.jp/item_character/macross_series/

I'm on the cusp of the cutoff between round one and two. If I'm round two I'm hoping I can pick a few sets of S&S parts on round one release day. I don't wan't naked Valks from December to April.:p

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I purchased 4 Super Strike sets in the first round but may pickup a couple more. 
 

How many sets does one need to ensure the main squad is decked out?

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13 minutes ago, spacemanoeuvres said:

I purchased 4 Super Strike sets in the first round but may pickup a couple more. 
 

How many sets does one need to ensure the main squad is decked out?

Well, I have three VF-1S's inbound. One to display in each mode. So I need three. Then there is the Roy to consider, so another three. And I'm sending one to LEK for a custom paint job. So another set there. That's seven for me. I have that many on order (and three more just in case). I probably won't see them until April though. I'll be looking to pick some up before then if I can get my hands on some.

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I'm good with just the 4, especially as given the differences between TV and DYRL releases so far they might be coming out with TV supers separately.

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