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Sorry-not to derail the thread, but what size pictures are uploading that give an error? I've tried 4.2MB and no problems.

Let me know the size so I can adjust the server! (We prefer the pics on the server if at all possible because image hosts tend to come and go, and when going back 15 years in the forums like we do, its nice to see the pictures that were in the post at the time)
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It's when I try and upload directly from the phone. Looks like under that size, but its 4k x 3k resolution.

Looks like it works when I crop the image, so might be a resolution limit.

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1 hour ago, eyesonme78 said:

Anyone knows when will the super/strike packs be released ? For the first wave ?

Bandai made it auto direct to the 2nd batch, so it's hard to see the release date for the 1st batch.

But most if not all of the TWE items in december have a release date of 12-23-19.   So I would day it's on the 23rd too.

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Haha to be honest I must admit the DX is a better figure/toy, especially in battroid. But considering the roughly 15 years between the two. Yamato really did do an amazing job. 

The Bandai was an evolution not a revolution. 

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The yammies were revolutionary for its time. Looking back, it still holds the test of time (in regard to the engineering and design). Bandai improved and made the engineering and design even better through the DX. If at all, my two cents says the DX modernized the engineering and design of the Valk, whilst paying homage to the Yammies.

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50 minutes ago, Kanzaki said:

The yammies were revolutionary for its time. Looking back, it still holds the test of time (in regard to the engineering and design). Bandai improved and made the engineering and design even better through the DX. If at all, my two cents says the DX modernized the engineering and design of the Valk, whilst paying homage to the Yammies.

I’d even add that the DX pays homage to chunky monkeys as well. Intended with it’s weight etc. Modernizing both the Yamato engineering and Takatoku materials/heft.

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Got my S today, really enjoy taking time when transforming it an noticing all the little details how things move and pivot and lock.

Can't wait for the Fast Packs later this month!

Oh, and this is my first S with a beak :)

 

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Put a tube in the slot and you can have an anti-smoking commercial.

I originally read this as "Got my '5' today" and thought someone had bought 5 VF-1S Hikaru toys... 

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13 minutes ago, jenius said:

Put a tube in the slot and you can have an anti-smoking commercial.

I originally read this as "Got my '5' today" and thought someone had bought 5 VF-1S Hikaru toys... 

@sqidd or is it 6? Lol!

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2 hours ago, Shawn said:

Got my S today, really enjoy taking time when transforming it an noticing all the little details how things move and pivot and lock.

Can't wait for the Fast Packs later this month!

Oh, and this is my first S with a beak :)

 

beak.jpg

Lol! I’ll never unsee this. 

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7 hours ago, jenius said:

Put a tube in the slot and you can have an anti-smoking commercial.

I originally read this as "Got my '5' today" and thought someone had bought 5 VF-1S Hikaru toys... 

 

7 hours ago, crackpot said:

@sqidd or is it 6? Lol!

Only five. I'm not a madman!:D

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6 hours ago, Slave IV said:

Lol! I’ll never unsee this. 

In my head I hear "Um, oooookay George" when I see that.

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7 hours ago, jenius said:

I originally read this as "Got my '5' today" and thought someone had bought 5 VF-1S Hikaru toys... 

Same here. I’d have been lucky just to get one!

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I don’t mind that I haven’t been able to find one. I really like the head sculpt on it though. 
 

I think if they did Max’ DYRL 1S I’d be really tempted.

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53 minutes ago, ScrambledValkyrie said:

Same here. I’d have been lucky just to get one!

Well... you could still get a many as you’d like... for a premium. Ha :bigshok:

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18 hours ago, F360 said:

Bandai made it auto direct to the 2nd batch, so it's hard to see the release date for the 1st batch.

But most if not all of the TWE items in december have a release date of 12-23-19.   So I would day it's on the 23rd too.

Thanks, my from japan orders  shows 31st dec.

Thus I will be more tgen happy if I can get it before new year.

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One just got sold for 18810yen at Ami. I guess they were preparing the placeholder for this damaged box listing last week.

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Can someone pls fill me in on the process of getting a new 1/48 valk when PO becomes available and chances of getting one. My guess is I will never be able to, but would have loved to give it a try when one day another 1S becomes available.

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Got around to opening my pair of VF-1S this weekend.  Gorgeous.  Bring on the Roy and brownie by next summer!

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1 hour ago, Arthurius said:

Can someone pls fill me in on the process of getting a new 1/48 valk when PO becomes available and chances of getting one. My guess is I will never be able to, but would have loved to give it a try when one day another 1S becomes available.

Keep an eye on this thread for PO announcements. There will be tons of info and links as we approach a given Pre-Order date/time. 

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What is the general lead time between when we know a PO is coming to when it happens?  I know I've not checked the site for a week or two and missed preorders.  My guess is that sometimes it is days of notice.

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9 minutes ago, SpaceCowboy said:

What is the general lead time between when we know a PO is coming to when it happens?  I know I've not checked the site for a week or two and missed preorders.  My guess is that sometimes it is days of notice.

Yeah.  The SSP people thought they had lots of time, because it's a TWE but it sold out within hours.  That's better than the valks, which sold out in seconds.

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22 minutes ago, SpaceCowboy said:

What is the general lead time between when we know a PO is coming to when it happens?  I know I've not checked the site for a week or two and missed preorders.  My guess is that sometimes it is days of notice.

Subscribe to this thread with email. its the only way I can keep up. ;)

 

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How much did the VF-1S or 1J cost you shipped to North America (USA or Canada) for those that preordered?  I just want to see if price is even feasible at all for me, or where i need to be at.  Thanks

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I didn't get either but I got a Max at preorder.  it was 18000 Yen plus shipping converted at the current exchange rate.  The rate changes so I try not to pay up front if I think the exchange will be better closer to release date.  Some pay for faster shipping and insurance so about 4000 Yen, but others pay for cheapest shipping that takes month or more and no insurance.  For such an expensive toy that is hard to replace, I'd suggest the extra shipping.  Around $200 USD or $260 Cdn.  Some stores only accept pay first, and also expensive shipping only or jack up the shipping.   

The 1J is really expensive now and rare, and the 1S there's stock but is also expensive.  Dunno if Bandai will reissue it.  1S in yellow is possible later but we haven't seen one displayed.  They showed off the squadron from the movie so the next few releases are probably from the movie.  They might be easier to buy since Max was scalped but at a small premium.  

You check out the Arcadia/Yammie threads?  Some of the 1/60 v2 go on sale and good deals for a similar product ( the dx takes a lot of the same design) for cheaper including the SSP, or even the HMR line.  But most think the DX is the best.  

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16 minutes ago, beatsing said:

I didn't get either but I got a Max at preorder.  it was 18000 Yen plus shipping converted at the current exchange rate.  The rate changes so I try not to pay up front if I think the exchange will be better closer to release date.  Some pay for faster shipping and insurance so about 4000 Yen, but others pay for cheapest shipping that takes month or more and no insurance.  For such an expensive toy that is hard to replace, I'd suggest the extra shipping.  Around $200 USD or $260 Cdn.  Some stores only accept pay first, and also expensive shipping only or jack up the shipping.   

The 1J is really expensive now and rare, and the 1S there's stock but is also expensive.  Dunno if Bandai will reissue it.  1S in yellow is possible later but we haven't seen one displayed.  They showed off the squadron from the movie so the next few releases are probably from the movie.  They might be easier to buy since Max was scalped but at a small premium.  

You check out the Arcadia/Yammie threads?  Some of the 1/60 v2 go on sale and good deals for a similar product ( the dx takes a lot of the same design) for cheaper including the SSP, or even the HMR line.  But most think the DX is the best.  

 

 

Thank you for sharing.  Where did you end up getting yours from, or where do you recommend getting it from?  Will only be interested in the 1S of any color, and once we actually move away, so i got time.  Space will probably be not much, so will get 1 only for the VF-1 if i can swing it at that time.

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18 minutes ago, Arthurius said:

 

 

Thank you for sharing.  Where did you end up getting yours from, or where do you recommend getting it from?  Will only be interested in the 1S of any color, and once we actually move away, so i got time.  Space will probably be not much, so will get 1 only for the VF-1 if i can swing it at that time.

https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/x660977178

This is a pretty decent buyout price of 23800Yen  if you are keen. You can get the shipping cost at the checkout page.

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1 hour ago, Arthurius said:

How much did the VF-1S or 1J cost you shipped to North America (USA or Canada) for those that preordered?  I just want to see if price is even feasible at all for me, or where i need to be at.  Thanks

I got the 1J and 1S for just under $200 shipped, but I pre-ordered.  I think the 1A Max is still in a "reasonable" price range.  I didn't pre-order the Max, and I paid like $220 shipped with 3 day shipping.  I feel like these DX vf-1s are worth that, personally.

If you're just looking to buy in to the line, the Max 1A is definitely the way to go.  If you must have one the Hikaru valks you're going to be paying a mark-up at this point.  You could be patient and watch Mandarake for one that is gently used with some minor box damage, though.

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Theres a few on MW site. @Shawnlisted a few about a month back. All those proceeds go to fuel the admin costs for this site. A double win for sure!

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2 hours ago, Tenbatsu said:

https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/x660977178

This is a pretty decent buyout price of 23800Yen  if you are keen. You can get the shipping cost at the checkout page.

Looks like it doesn't ship overseas :(

Might look into it, see how much it would be to have it shipped to the in-laws, pick it up next time I'm there.

Thanks for the post!

 

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4 minutes ago, peter said:

Looks like it doesn't ship overseas :(

Might look into it, see how much it would be to have it shipped to the in-laws, pick it up next time I'm there.

Thanks for the post!

 

Buyee is a proxy buying service, they will receive and trans-ship overseas for additional fee.

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3 minutes ago, Sanity is Optional said:

Buyee is a proxy buying service, they will receive and trans-ship overseas for additional fee.

I see....probably an arm and a leg to ship to Canada. 

Will check it out on Yahoo Auctions, maybe get the wife to have it sent to her parent's place.

 

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58 minutes ago, peter said:

I see....probably an arm and a leg to ship to Canada. 

Will check it out on Yahoo Auctions, maybe get the wife to have it sent to her parent's place.

 

When I ran it, the shipping cost to California, US was around 54.00 USD.  Hope that helps you ball-park the cost.  

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