The History of the Takatoku 1/55 VF-1 Valkyrie Toy

A couple of weeks ago, VF5SS and I got together to discuss the 1/55 VF-1 Valkyrie toy, a highly influential, internationally bestselling and memorable toy from 1982, with a highly complex background to match.

For your listening pleasure, we hereby present the story of Takatoku’s masterpiece, the 1/55 VF-1, from prototype to toy, to bootleg, to reissue.

I believe a great deal of this information is new to English-speakers, since a lot of it is taken from the following Japanese sources: Figure Oh #130, #77 and #134; Model Graphix #318, and Shoji Kawamori Macross Design Works.

LISTEN HERE: Streaming version on Youtube.

MP3 version direct download

More links & info after the jump.

Original blog post on Collection DX (as “The Veef Show Episode 38”)

A nearly complete collection of Takatoku’s major Macross toys.

Bandai’s range of Takatoku re-issues with assorted original toys.

Advertisements showing Takatoku promoting the toy as a customizable piece:

Sit back with some Yoshinol and enjoy!

 

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