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So, I've been away from the forum and from Macross collecting for a while now, but I managed to luck out on a Roy. Being away means I was largely oblivious to the TV Super set until after I had secured a pre-order for the 1S. It looks like NY is pretty much the only game in town left and I'm mostly curious what the 11k yen price looks like compared to what it actually retails for. I know NY is kind of a mixed bag, but I might roll the dice for the supers.

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10 minutes ago, kaiotheforsaken said:

So, I've been away from the forum and from Macross collecting for a while now, but I managed to luck out on a Roy. Being away means I was largely oblivious to the TV Super set until after I had secured a pre-order for the 1S. It looks like NY is pretty much the only game in town left and I'm mostly curious what the 11k yen price looks like compared to what it actually retails for. I know NY is kind of a mixed bag, but I might roll the dice for the supers.

Lol.  Roy is bringing a lot of us old-timers out of retirement.   

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12 minutes ago, kaiotheforsaken said:

So, I've been away from the forum and from Macross collecting for a while now, but I managed to luck out on a Roy. Being away means I was largely oblivious to the TV Super set until after I had secured a pre-order for the 1S. It looks like NY is pretty much the only game in town left and I'm mostly curious what the 11k yen price looks like compared to what it actually retails for. I know NY is kind of a mixed bag, but I might roll the dice for the supers.

The original MSRP for the TV Supers (with tax) was 8800JPY.

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7 minutes ago, myk said:

Lol.  Roy is bringing a lot of us old-timers out of retirement.   

For real lol. I mean, it's Roy, there's basically nothing in all of Macross that forces my wallet open like something related to Roy. The PO was dumb luck too. I happened to just check a thread minutes after he went back up on HLJ. I'm a little skeptical, but still reasonably sure they'll come through.

 

6 minutes ago, technoblue said:

The original MSRP for the TV Supers (with tax) was 8800JPY.

Perfect, thanks. So a markup, but not one so egregious that it completely rules out the option.

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1 hour ago, kaiotheforsaken said:

So, I've been away from the forum and from Macross collecting for a while now, but I managed to luck out on a Roy. Being away means I was largely oblivious to the TV Super set until after I had secured a pre-order for the 1S. It looks like NY is pretty much the only game in town left and I'm mostly curious what the 11k yen price looks like compared to what it actually retails for. I know NY is kind of a mixed bag, but I might roll the dice for the supers.

Honestly, as someone whose December-order DYRL Super Strike Parts finally shipped from Nippon-Yasan today, I'd just wait until the parts are released rather than pre-order through NY. The SSP were not hard to find on the secondary market and the mark-up was not that much - certainly less than the extra I had to pay to ship during COVID. Just my recommendation!

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1 minute ago, Rhubarbarian said:

Honestly, as someone whose December-order DYRL Super Strike Parts finally shipped from Nippon-Yasan today, I'd just wait until the parts are released rather than pre-order through NY. The SSP were not hard to find on the secondary market and the mark-up was not that much - certainly less than the extra I had to pay to ship during COVID. Just my recommendation!

I concur!

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If you guys want, you could try your luck with the proxy buyer White Rabbit for TV Super Parts. It’s a simple process and isn’t TOO bad price wise. Haven’t tried it myself, but the reviews look good.

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6 minutes ago, Rhubarbarian said:

Honestly, as someone whose December-order DYRL Super Strike Parts finally shipped from Nippon-Yasan today, I'd just wait until the parts are released rather than pre-order through NY. The SSP were not hard to find on the secondary market and the mark-up was not that much - certainly less than the extra I had to pay to ship during COVID. Just my recommendation!

+1

 

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27 minutes ago, Rhubarbarian said:

Honestly, as someone whose December-order DYRL Super Strike Parts finally shipped from Nippon-Yasan today, I'd just wait until the parts are released rather than pre-order through NY. The SSP were not hard to find on the secondary market and the mark-up was not that much - certainly less than the extra I had to pay to ship during COVID. Just my recommendation!

 

26 minutes ago, DYRL VF-1S said:

I concur!

 

19 minutes ago, kkx said:

+1

 

Cheers all, I'll take the wait and see approach.

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38 minutes ago, Rhubarbarian said:

Honestly, as someone whose December-order DYRL Super Strike Parts finally shipped from Nippon-Yasan today, I'd just wait until the parts are released rather than pre-order through NY. The SSP were not hard to find on the secondary market and the mark-up was not that much - certainly less than the extra I had to pay to ship during COVID. Just my recommendation!

Problem is with surging Covid cases in the US the shipping situation could be even worse by release.  We haven't been handling Covid well and I don't see it changing until there's a vaccine. Praying for a miracle.

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37 minutes ago, fry said:

Problem is with surging Covid cases in the US the shipping situation could be even worse by release.  We haven't been handling Covid well and I don't see it changing until there's a vaccine. Praying for a miracle.

The Covid situation is worrying for many reasons, including shipping of our toys from Japan.

Still, the wait till release day and see strategy is still better. For example PO at NY with a selected shipping method does not work when item is released. The buyer end up have to go through a lot of trouble and pay extra to get their item shipped.

If you are shopping after release, at least you select a seller/shop that provide a shipping method/cost that you think you can accept at the point of commitment.

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I reached out to Okini and to NinNin to see what shipping options I can get, if any, once the toys are available for shipping.  I was betting on the US getting their act somewhat together enough, to where other countries will start shipping here using the usual post/SAL/etc.  Okini was more, we'll let you know if it's available and you can change.  NinNin told me nope.  It is set in stone basically.  

Not sure why they would not allow me to change shipping since this is just preorder for now.  I was thinking about cancelling to save some money, but if they won't let me change shipping, I doubt they will let me cancel an order.

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56 minutes ago, dragontype said:

I reached out to Okini and to NinNin to see what shipping options I can get, if any, once the toys are available for shipping.  I was betting on the US getting their act somewhat together enough, to where other countries will start shipping here using the usual post/SAL/etc.  Okini was more, we'll let you know if it's available and you can change.  NinNin told me nope.  It is set in stone basically.  

Not sure why they would not allow me to change shipping since this is just preorder for now.  I was thinking about cancelling to save some money, but if they won't let me change shipping, I doubt they will let me cancel an order.

Who, Nin nin?  They charge a cancellation fee of like....98% of the preorder price...

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58 minutes ago, dragontype said:

I reached out to Okini and to NinNin to see what shipping options I can get, if any, once the toys are available for shipping.  I was betting on the US getting their act somewhat together enough, to where other countries will start shipping here using the usual post/SAL/etc.  Okini was more, we'll let you know if it's available and you can change.  NinNin told me nope.  It is set in stone basically.  

Not sure why they would not allow me to change shipping since this is just preorder for now.  I was thinking about cancelling to save some money, but if they won't let me change shipping, I doubt they will let me cancel an order.

That sucks. I know that with 2 of my orders that I placed with NinNin they automatically upgraded my shipment to DHL and didn't charge me anything extra. I guess they changed that policy now that the Covid is lasting longer than expected.

 

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10 hours ago, borgified said:

Since we're discussing packaging from Amazon.jp, I got a second hand Arcadia 1J Max that I bought from a 3rd party seller and it was packaged in the Kleenex type box. 

Got dents on the outside box, however the box was not opened like @Slave IV's DX VF-1j upon getting it.

Will see how the boxes are this time when my re-release Arcadia VF-1J with GBP gets in. If I'm not mistaken, the boxes are better constructed this time round. 


Lol, this?

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Gotta love the Kleenex boxes they used to use! Thankfully the shrink wrap helped keep the box inside safe. 
For packing, Mandarake and AmiAmi are the best. Followed by CDJ and NY. HLJ can be iffy because they will sometimes shrink wrap like AJ, sometimes there will be items just bouncing around in the shipper with one air bag with it that is doing next to nothing. 

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44 minutes ago, Slave IV said:


Lol, this?

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Gotta love the Kleenex boxes they used to use! Thankfully the shrink wrap helped keep the box inside safe. 
For packing, Mandarake and AmiAmi are the best. Followed by CDJ and NY. HLJ can be iffy because they will sometimes shrink wrap like AJ, sometimes there will be items just bouncing around in the shipper with one air bag with it that is doing next to nothing. 

At least you got a box. Amazon US shipped my DX SOC Combattler in the buff. There was no shipping box, just the actual packaging with a huge shipping label stuck to the front plus about another 10 stickers with barcodes. I returned it today. I mean, I am easy going and will overlook some box damage, but not when I am spending $500+ for a collectible. 

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2 minutes ago, Kenny G said:

At least you got a box. Amazon US shipped my DX SOC Combattler in the buff. There was no shipping box, just the actual packaging with a huge shipping label stuck to the front plus about another 10 stickers with barcodes. I returned it today. I mean, I am easy going and will overlook some box damage, but not when I am spending $500+ for a collectible. 

Did you take pictures of that mess?

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1 hour ago, Kenny G said:

At least you got a box. Amazon US shipped my DX SOC Combattler in the buff. There was no shipping box, just the actual packaging with a huge shipping label stuck to the front plus about another 10 stickers with barcodes. I returned it today. I mean, I am easy going and will overlook some box damage, but not when I am spending $500+ for a collectible. 

Amazon US did that with my SOC GX-88 as well. I returned it and went with BBTS.  It cost an extra $70, but it was worth it for MIMB condition.

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Ugh... finally got my shipping quote from Mandarake for the Hikaru VF-1S I ordered.

¥7810 for DHL shipping. Wow, what the heck? I thought it would be around $40-44 for DHL as I've had in the past for similar sized/weight packages. Did they up their rates dramatically?

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4 minutes ago, MacrossJunkie said:

Ugh... finally got my shipping quote from Mandarake for the Hikaru VF-1S I ordered.

¥7810 for DHL shipping. Wow, what the heck? I thought it would be around $40-44 for DHL as I've had in the past for similar sized/weight packages. Did they up their rates dramatically?

not only DHL, it happened during this pandemic.

 

edit: Finally got my Super Strike parts from NY, preordered during the first batch window (though after a few weeks it opened). Had to upgrade to Airmail to have it shipped. If I knew earlier that I can downgrade to Ferry, I would have done so.

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1 hour ago, Kenny G said:

At least you got a box. Amazon US shipped my DX SOC Combattler in the buff. There was no shipping box, just the actual packaging with a huge shipping label stuck to the front plus about another 10 stickers with barcodes. I returned it today. I mean, I am easy going and will overlook some box damage, but not when I am spending $500+ for a collectible. 

Haha, that’s ridiculous! Glad you got your money back. I complained to them when some Amazon exclusive figures came to me in a crushed padded envelope. I don’t seem to have any problem since. They sent a replacement in a nicely packed box and even though I have still received items in bags, they are surprisingly still in good condition. I’ve never received anything just in the plain box the item comes in though. Sorry that’s hilarious that they did that and thought it would be ok. 

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Just now, Milk Krispy said:

Anyone have any speculation on future releases?

Only baseless speculation at this point. A DYRL VF-1A Max and a TV Hayao are curiously staggered. Seems a TWE TV Hayao is in order. That would probably be followed by a DYRL VF-1A Hikaru...

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13 minutes ago, Milk Krispy said:

Anyone have any speculation on future releases?

They will announce a TV Hikaru 1S a day before the Roy November release, just to punish all the scalpers :p

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2 minutes ago, RedComet said:

They will announce a TV Hikaru 1S a day before the Roy November release, just to punish all the scalpers :p

It will be a TWE TV 1S Hikaru with Supers just to piss off everyone who has POed TWE Super to go with their TV 1S Fockers, which is completely non canon... :rolleyes:

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A VF1-D would be kick-ass but I think it will be something more mundane like a VF1-J Hikaru re-issue (with some improvements) followed almost immediately after by GBP Armor

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1 hour ago, Milk Krispy said:

Anyone have any speculation on future releases?

I'm out after I get a Roy...

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1 minute ago, orbitalharvest said:

 

pure speculation, but anyone think we'll see ostrich and elintseeker?

F**K.  Lol.  I don't know why but I always liked the Ostrich and never got one.  I could do without the 'Seeker...

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On 7/14/2020 at 8:10 PM, Agent-GHQ said:

I don’t suppose I can get some kinda compensation for this unacceptable packing from AJ. Shipped in a padded envelope, cmon man!!!

 

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I thought I am the unlucky one who got hit by their poor packaging......I bought the 40th anniv GFFMC Gundam from Amazon Japan in May, when I received the package , I was more than appalled , the toy box was damaged due to their lousy packaging ( A large padded envelope  with a piece of cardboard :shok: )  ....they only offer refund if I return the item which I didn't  do so  due to high return shipping cost.   From now on,  I will refrain myself from purchasing pricey item from AJ...:angry:

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3 hours ago, jenius said:

Only baseless speculation at this point. A DYRL VF-1A Max and a TV Hayao are curiously staggered. Seems a TWE TV Hayao is in order. That would probably be followed by a DYRL VF-1A Hikaru...

Seems like they're only interested in the most iconic versions of the VF-1, but that's just my speculation. If that's the case, then we should be seeing a TV VF1-S Hikaru, Hikaru's VF-1A from DYRL, Max and Millia's VF-1J's (With supers at some point), and CF VF-1A. They will also most likely do Hayao Kakizaki's at some point, probably soon. 

As to the 2 seat variants, that's going to greatly depend on whether or not this was engineered from the get go for two seaters, but I'd frankly be shocked if they didn't plan too, it would be like printing money for them, but I've seen stranger things.

One thing's for sure, I highly doubt they're going to issue anywhere near as many variants as Yamato/Arcadia did. 

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