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3 minutes ago, vf1 said:

Thanks a lot.  This is helpful.  Will definitely keep an eye out around the release date.  Hopefully will find one for a reasonable price.

Base on the previous releases ,if you miss the extra openings then  you should plan for $300 Shipped price .  Plan around that budget.

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11 minutes ago, F360 said:

No no , I also have no experience with Rakuma either so it’s new to me too .  
:p.    

Now I'm super confused.:unknw:

Same? Different? If same why two different buttons on the search bar.:bigshok:

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11 minutes ago, F360 said:

Base on the previous releases ,if you miss the extra openings then  you should plan for $300 Shipped price .  Plan around that budget.

My guess is $325-350.;)

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19 minutes ago, sqidd said:

Now I'm super confused.:unknw:

Same? Different? If same why two different buttons on the search bar.:bigshok:

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It’s different , Rakuma is a app base marketplace for casual individual sellers or buyers .   Think of it like a simple take a pic and post it. 

while Rakuten have big stores and shops.

That’s the main noticeable difference to me.

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7 hours ago, F360 said:

It’s different , Rakuma is a app base marketplace for casual individual sellers or buyers .   Think of it like a simple take a pic and post it. 

while Rakuten have big stores and shops.

That’s the main noticeable difference to me.

Roget that, thanks!:good:

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9 hours ago, sqidd said:

My guess is $325-350.;)

 

9 hours ago, F360 said:

Base on the previous releases ,if you miss the extra openings then  you should plan for $300 Shipped price .  Plan around that budget.

Thanks to both for your input.  It does seem like it will be harder to get or more expensive compared to the Kakizaki.  When getting the Yamato 1/48 Valkrries about 15 years ago, I was lucky enough to be living in Japan and the demand wasn't as great.  Would be so much easier if I still lived there as there are lots of stores I could think of that I would try going to during release week.  At least now that I'm monitoring again I'll be sure to make the pre-order window for future releases and will pay over retail for this one if I have to.  Good luck to people still looking for one. 

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23 minutes ago, vf1 said:

 

 At least now that I'm monitoring again I'll be sure to make the pre-order window for future releases 

Good luck with that!:p PO's have turned into blood baths. Sold out in minutes. It appears that not very many people on this board were able to score Roy PO's this time around. And most of these guys are seasoned PO pro's.

I'm resigned to paying whatever mark up is on release day and just dealing with it. I buy multiples (at least three) of just about everything though. And with shipping in the state that it is in I don't do too bad having my release day purchases shipped to my Tenso account the consolidated into one shipment. With most PO's being limited to one unit you're looking at three separate shipping charges to get three to home base. Of course PO's will always end up being less expensive. But not by a lot. I picked up three Kakazaki's on release day and ended up paying $10-15 more than people who PO'd once you took shipping into account.

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2 hours ago, weiser21 said:

Sometimes the page doesn't load, and when it finally does it's over.

And then we have HLJ whose website takes 15 minutes (a bit of hyperbole, yes I know) to load on the best of times when it's not getting beat on, especially when getting search results (in which case, it actually isn't hyperbole).

Whatever was done to their website is awful and I wish they'd get someone to optimize/fix it.

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So I was out walking my dogs and saw this tag on an old concrete road barrier and my first thought was “Oh cool, someone is representing Skull Squadron” but then I got closer and realized that it was just some idiot who thinks high speed wireless internet gives people a virus :blink:

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3 minutes ago, RedComet said:

So I was out walking my dogs and saw this tag on an old concrete road barrier and my first thought was “Oh cool, someone is representing Skull Squadron” but then I got closer and realized that it was just some idiot who thinks high speed wireless internet gives people a virus :blink:

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No no, that person is saying if you go over 5G's (the skull is over the 5G) of sustained acceleration, you'll die.

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11 minutes ago, MacrossJunkie said:

No no, that person is saying if you go over 5G's (the skull is over the 5G) of sustained acceleration, you'll die.

Hahaha, well at least THAT makes sense! And that's true unless you are accustomed to it like Roy and Max :D

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5 hours ago, sqidd said:

Good luck with that!:p PO's have turned into blood baths. Sold out in minutes. It appears that not very many people on this board were able to score Roy PO's this time around. And most of these guys are seasoned PO pro's.

I'm resigned to paying whatever mark up is on release day and just dealing with it. I buy multiples (at least three) of just about everything though. And with shipping in the state that it is in I don't do too bad having my release day purchases shipped to my Tenso account the consolidated into one shipment. With most PO's being limited to one unit you're looking at three separate shipping charges to get three to home base. Of course PO's will always end up being less expensive. But not by a lot. I picked up three Kakazaki's on release day and ended up paying $10-15 more than people who PO'd once you took shipping into account.

That's smart to group together for shipping.  I'm curious, do you get 3 so you can display one in each mode?  I've considered that but am holding off because I'm still hanging onto the old Yamato 1/48 versions.  I've decided to panel line and weather the old Yamatos and leave the Bandai ones as is for now.  In fighter mode I prefer the thinner thigh/intake for a sleeker fighter profile when viewing at a slightly elevated angle for the Yamatos.  I generally leave the Bandai ones in battroid mode although I'm displaying the Bandai Strike valkyrie with fast packs in fighter mode as I love the darker color of the Bandai fast packs compared to the Yamatos.

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31 minutes ago, MacrossJunkie said:

And then we have HLJ whose website takes 15 minutes (a bit of hyperbole, yes I know) to load on the best of times when it's not getting beat on, especially when getting search results (in which case, it actually isn't hyperbole).

Whatever was done to their website is awful and I wish they'd get someone to optimize/fix it.

Thanks everyone.  Pre-orders can also be extremely difficult is noted : )

About HLJ I find it funny on their page they let you order like 20 of the same toy if you make it in while AmiAmi limits you to one per lifetime.

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1 hour ago, vf1 said:

That's smart to group together for shipping.  I'm curious, do you get 3 so you can display one in each mode?  I've considered that but am holding off because I'm still hanging onto the old Yamato 1/48 versions.  I've decided to panel line and weather the old Yamatos and leave the Bandai ones as is for now.  In fighter mode I prefer the thinner thigh/intake for a sleeker fighter profile when viewing at a slightly elevated angle for the Yamatos.  I generally leave the Bandai ones in battroid mode although I'm displaying the Bandai Strike valkyrie with fast packs in fighter mode as I love the darker color of the Bandai fast packs compared to the Yamatos.

Most of the time for all three mods. Ride or die!:p

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35 minutes ago, weiser21 said:

Are the chunkies Takatoku or Bandai?

Both. The Hikaru 1S and GBP are Takatoku. The rest are Bandai re-sissues. I don't care enough about "heritage" to do them in all Takatoku. Not that you can do the Super 1A's in Takatoku. They were never available unless you wanted to do some custom stuff.

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6 minutes ago, Shizuka the Cat said:

So..... the Kakizaki VF-1A is available on Amazon Japan with shipping to the United States.

Is this a good price? 

I never got around to ordering this one before.

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That's a pretty good price. I'm not seeing that listing though. This s the only one I can find.

https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B089WGZJDG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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3 minutes ago, Shizuka the Cat said:

Nevermind.... I decided to go ahead and order it.  

Shop around for the best price?  What's that?  When did that ever stop me before?

(laughs and cries at the same time)

Do you have a link?

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8 minutes ago, sqidd said:

That's a pretty good price. I'm not seeing that listing though. This s the only one I can find.

https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B089WGZJDG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Glad the price sounds good.

I ended up getting the last one from yosukaru that uses Amazon Global Shipping. (DHL most probably).

Listings that use Amazon Global Shipping pop up every now and then.... like the one I just ordered.  I did not see this listing around yesterday, so I got pretty lucky, thanks to my obsessive daily window shopping habit.

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20 minutes ago, Shizuka the Cat said:

Glad the price sounds good.

I ended up getting the last one from yosukaru that uses Amazon Global Shipping. (DHL most probably).

Listings that use Amazon Global Shipping pop up every now and then.... like the one I just ordered.  I did not see this listing around yesterday, so I got pretty lucky, thanks to my obsessive daily window shopping habit.

Congrats on scoring a Kakizaki for a good price!

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4 hours ago, sqidd said:

Most of the time for all three mods. Ride or die!:p

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That is quite a jaw dropping display.  My 7 year old also thinks it looks amazing.  I love how you also have the wide cabinets so you can display a variety of figures in on level.  Why transform when you can just display one in each mode : P

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33 minutes ago, Saburo said:

AMAZING!

 

Coming from you that means an extra special something. That's what I say when I see your beautiful pics.:good:

There are going to be some pretty cool additions/changes happening over the next few weeks. I've been planning them and collecting the stuff to pull them off for a while now. Also one very large box coming from JP. I'll post pics when it's completed.

I love the challenge of pulling of a well laid out, attractive displays that also have an order to them almost as much as I love the toys. I'm new to this so I'm constantly learning and honing the craft. I'm constantly changing them around looking for just the right balance. I'm nowhere near what I would consider done. But I'm starting to get a feel for what works and what doesn't.

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16 hours ago, vf1 said:

Thanks everyone.  Pre-orders can also be extremely difficult is noted : )

About HLJ I find it funny on their page they let you order like 20 of the same toy if you make it in while AmiAmi limits you to one per lifetime.

That's just HLJ's default setting. If you make it in, you are still limited to 1. After it sells out, it switches back to the default of 20.

 

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57 minutes ago, vladykins said:

That's just HLJ's default setting. If you make it in, you are still limited to 1. After it sells out, it switches back to the default of 20.

 

Thanks!  That's good to know. 

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It's one of those things that catches folks all the time. I'm not even sure why they have that as their default but then I guess I only ever chase things there that are always limited to 1 per customer.

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On 8/31/2020 at 2:59 AM, mamboeidos said:

This is the reply i got when i ask about y is not stuff still not shipped when my country is not under the restricted countries affect due this covid for the strike parts....

 

Thank you for your message

Sir , i regret to inform you even if you change the shipping method( we cannot ship by SAL) we won't be able to honor your order.

Our supplier cancelled our stock for this product. We tried to find with another supplier this product, but it takes a lot of time (months) and even that we are able to tell you if at the end we will be able to ship your order.

We are terrible sorry for the inconvenience, here the option we can offer you:
- refund your order by store credit (time to make a proper refund has been expired)
- if there are something on the website, make an exception and switch the product (prices have to be equivalent)
- keep the order but we do not know when it will be ship , change now or after the shipping method.

Come back to us, new ticket: Super parts. We will answer you faster.

 

Another VF-31A Karios in the making?

I'd been kind of tuning out on this thread for a while (not interested in Kaki, no big announcements) but this is really disappointing to hear. I'll admit I've been remiss in pressing my ticket tag game with N-Y - they initially got back to me advising me of the cost to upgrade my order to UPS or downgrade to SAL, but no response since to my two replies. Submitted a new ticket just now.

If they fall through, what's a good price for these? Is the $174 I'm seeing at Amazon a decent option? A 100% markup leaves a sour taste in my mouth but I might have to deal. Torn between giving up on N-Y or continuing to play it by ear, hoping they come through like they did for the Kairos.

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