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A magnificent bird.  And the comparison pics really show the shortcomings of the Yamato 1/48.  Although it is near and dear to my heart as the one that kicked off this toy collecting madness back in 2003 (the Low Viz, which I got back graded an AFA 90 after it traveled in a tattered box all the way from Japan with the corners missing, lol, one of only two at that grade), developments in toy engineering and design over the last two decades are obvious.  Bandai really knocked it out of the park.  Credits to "Macross Ross" from FB.

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1 minute ago, jenius said:

The finish is so premium.

I really like the tampo printing and paint.  SOOOO many valks botch the paint job.  Slathered on too thick or too thin, too toy-like like a Yammie with no paint, or too model-like with overdone tampo prints.  I don't know if this is just the original Kawamori design, but the balance is perfect on this one.  It really shines through.  The goldilocks of paint jobs.

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Just saw this on FB, and I'm sorry if it's been posted before. Pictures attached for those who don't agree with Mark Zuckerberg.

 

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23 minutes ago, davidwhangchoi said:

 

damn... looks pretty.

 

12 minutes ago, jenius said:

The finish is so premium.

Bandai has returned to the VF-1....

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NEXT EPISODE...RETURN OF THE ARCADIA?? :lol:

 

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It's looking great; I'm not going to nitpick something that does so many things right.  I like the fatter feet (compared to the v2) and the Gerwalk antenna.  I stand by the idea that you can't make a flawless (in all modes) perfect or near-perfect transformation vf-1.

Still no notification from AmiAmi, unfortunately.  But I'm excited to get this next year.  I think it will be worth the wait.

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1 minute ago, seti88 said:

 

Bandai has returned to the VF-1....

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NEXT EPISODE...RETURN OF THE ARCADIA?? :lol:

 

If it is a T-REX design (at least I suspect it is), why not!

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Looks great! Waiting for the Amiami payment request to show up in my inbox. :angry:

Gotta find some big ejection seat triangles and gonna need to paint those landing gear...

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@treatment said Ami isn't going to be processing any shipping or payment requests until Jan 3, when they return from break.

Kind of good news for me. Gives more time for the AUD to climb against the JPY.  It's slowly jumping climbing back.

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This thing is such a slap in the face to Arcadia ridiculously overpriced "Premium Finish" stuff..Can't wait to get mine in the new year! 

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6 minutes ago, davidwhangchoi said:

holy! more pics

 

soooooo glad no frosted canopy

^This!

Tho bandai left the pilot control panels blank, but opportunity for folks to come out with 1/48 cockpit decals!

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I was also thinking, which MWF member will be supplying everyone with cockpit decals? :p

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HLJ just shipped mine FedEx. Woo!

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19 minutes ago, eggy99 said:

@treatment said Ami isn't going to be processing any shipping or payment requests until Jan 3, when they return from break.

Kind of good news for me. Gives more time for the AUD to climb against the JPY.  It's slowly jumping climbing back.

I still think we may get a payment request between today and tomorrow from AmiAmi, even I think we could have a shipping notice between these days as well if you choose DHL  of course, cause most of the time DHL ships from Japan in fridays or the beginning of the week, let's see what happens :)   

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Update:

The stock Item status just changed just now! 

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Edited by Alex GS

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54 minutes ago, MacrossMania said:
 

Looks fantastic (both of them)! Obviously, we’re all looking forward to having this new one in hand though. 

There is something funny about the white one bent over with the black one behind it in that pic. 

Edited by Slave IV

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Can't wait to get mine from NY. Unfortunately, 2019 already looks like an expensive year with Metal Build stuff and now this. No doubt more Tamashii exclusives will come out for the VF-1J. I can see Super Parts by Spring and Armor by Summer. 

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I've never PO from HLJ but was able to snag one this time. I see that some of you are getting emails from HLJ to pay. Do I just wait for them to send me an email or am I supposed to request for payment from them?

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29 minutes ago, seti88 said:

Hmmmm...i forgot.....there are 1/48th scale photoetched parts for hase's kit.....

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haha...who wants to try?? i dont have them skillz to custom...

https://hlj.com/1-48-scale-vf-1-valkyrie-photo-etched-parts-hsg65793

It'd be pretty cool to have photo-etched parts for the DX, but even though they're the same scale the Hasegawa probably has a very different sculpt from the DX, so they won't fit right. Maybe some enterprising individual out there wants to give it a try anyway and prove me wrong. :)

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6 minutes ago, Lolicon said:

Hmmm do I really want a 4th one??

Yes, yes you do! :lol:

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Hey, if anyone is willing to back out of any preorder, let me know. Just as long as it's below $200 lol.

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14 minutes ago, canklebreaker said:

Yes! Got one finally! Thanks! My first figure!

Congrats, can't go wrong with a VF-1J! 

12 minutes ago, spanner said:

I just ordered a second one with HLJ just in case CDJ stuff me around..

Nice, now you just need to wait for the Fast Packs to eventually come out. B))

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So I got my confirmation email from HLJ saying they’re processing the order and that I chose “private warehouse” as shipping (stormed thru the check out process). Is there a way for me to change that status to have it shipped immediately? Also, do I need to wait for a payment request? I didn’t see my PayPal payment process yet.

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1 minute ago, canklebreaker said:

So I got my confirmation email from HLJ saying they’re processing the order and that I chose “private warehouse” as shipping (stormed thru the check out process). Is there a way for me to change that status to have it shipped immediately? Also, do I need to wait for a payment request? I didn’t see my PayPal payment process yet.

You can go into your account and add/update your PayPal info and agree to their billing agreement.  Then Hlj will be able to charge the order quicker .  Once it’s paid , you will see it in your private warehouse , which you can then choose  what shipping service you want and then request to have it shipped out. 

There’s no immediately processing and shipping new orders anyways .  It’s all the same wait since your order is new . 

 

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