Attached is a full page black & white advertisement of
the box art of the upcoming Hasegawa 1/72 scale Focker type VF-1S Fighter
mode plastic model kit. This absolutely gorgeous CG box art is again
done by the incomparable Hidetaka Tenjin. I hope to have a color picture
You know, I was thinking wouldn't it be great
if Tenjin could release these box art pics as full size posters. I know
I for one would definitely buy them. Perhaps someone who can write Japanese
could email Tenjin with the suggestion (Matt Alt are you listening?)
As I'm sure you all know, this will be Hasegawa's
third release in their Macross model kit line up, the first being the
DYRL Hikaru type VF-1A Fighter and the second being the TV type Hikaru
I've also attached a small article from the
just published March 2001 issue of Hobby Japan Magazine. This article shows the four parts that comprise the VF-1S head. Basically
the only differences with this new kit compared with the VF-1A & VF-1J
kits are the Focker type decals and the VF-1S head.
Re-Release of Bandai Macross 7 Toys
A short while ago (December 31st 2000 to be
exact) the Toy Box DX website ( www.Toyboxdx.com ) ran
an article on an unconfirmed rumor that Bandai would re-release their
1/65 scale transforming Macross 7 DX toys in Spring 2001.
Well, it looks as if the rumor is true. A black
and white advertisement (copy attached) from the back pages of Hobby
Japan magazine from Noda-Ya (a Japanese hobby shop) clearly shows the
Bandai VF-19 Fire Valkyrie toy and the VF-17S Stealth Valkyrie toy (wrongly
labeled as a VF-17D), selling for a price of ¥6,800 (the same price as
the Yamato Valks).
While these are not great toys as they lack
any die-cast metal content, they are still okay. I'm especially fond
of the VF-17 Stealth Valks, although I don't really like the VF-19 toys
as they are badly out of proportion. Anyway, this is a good second chance
for any one who missed out on these toys when they were first released
in the mid-1990's to pick them up.
Graham's Newsletters to go exclusive
to Macross World
Please note that this will be the last of my
Macross newsletters to be mailed out to individual subscribers. Although
I will continue writing these letters, from now on they will be posted
directly on the Macross World website ( www.macrossworld.com ).
That's all for now folks,