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  1. This is not unprecedented.  When the MB Strike Gundam was announced, the TWE add-on (the Mobius Zero thing, not sure what it was called) sold out in a matter of hours.  I think NY and other proxies screwed themselves by starting the pre-order window a day early.  I am guessing that unless you got your order in the first few hours, you will probably have to wait for the re-issue to get yours.  NY also seems to prioritize the single orders over the multiples, at least that was what the consensus was for the VF-31A.

    NY always charges up-front for TWE, but the way their site is designed makes it easy to miss, especially if you are ordering in a hurry.  "Pay Later Available" and "Pay Later Not Available" do not look all that different in the bright red box they put on their order page.

  2. 3 hours ago, hachi said:

    For those who do topcoats, I have a question. Are the topcoats affected by high temperatures? I would like to leave top coated gunplas in my room, but on really hot days the temp could go past 35 deg C (of course I would not stay in the room--usually happens at noon onwards). It could be higher if I lock my room when I go out. If they will peel off over time I'd rather not topcoat, or just put them in a cooler place and topcoat only a few chosen kits.

    I don't think it is so much heat as humidity and UV that are the main concerns with topcoat.  I live in a more moderate zone so I usually don't get more than a week of two of 35 degree weather and I have never had peeling issues with topcoat, especially once the topcoat has had adequate time to cure.  The quality of the topcoat makes a big difference.  I know some modelers use the ultra thick Krylon top coats, but I would recommend the ones formulated for plastic models, like Tamiya/Gunze.  The Japanese stuff is formulated for their climate so that would probably be your best bet.

  3. I decided to skip the Endgame Hulk as well.  The whole Endgame line did not do anything for me.  The Endgame Thanos is wearing the Gauntlet, which is wrong, Captain America was not "worthy", ect.  I love the line, but each release is pretty skimpy in terms of accessories.  I'd say the figures tend to hover around 80% perfect, just a few small tweaks and they would be definitive.

  4. 21 minutes ago, beatsing said:

    We should complain to shoji and Bandai.


     I understand that producing more high valks takes up factory but it’s like the iPhone.  It wasn’t Apple’s bread and butter.  But it sold.  Even though it was so expensive compared to the competition.  So Apple now gets 60% of its revenue from iPhone sales(I saw that on the news, don’t quote me).  

    How many full shelves  of Hg and Mg and rg and pg gundams have you seen at plenty of stores?  Is that stuff flying off the shelves?  And when they have a popular model kit or toy figure they reissue those quite often.  Even less popular robots get rereleased.


    it doesn’t make sense 

    There is a huge difference in manufacturing plastic model kits, which Bandai does themselves in Japan and the toys division that does the majority of the manufacturing in China.  Given the standards they hold the product to, there is probably a lot of rejected stock.  The profit margins on the toy division is probably a fraction of the profit on the model kits.

  5. 1 hour ago, kkx said:

    These look decent. Would love to get a set, did I missed the PO?

    You can get them here:



    It is a "re-release" of the items.  Previously, the different models were available separately, but they have a 3-in-1 package now.  They are decent little models, needs paint (especially this release), but comes with a base.

  6. 16 minutes ago, jetcollector said:

    hey all, first post here. great forum, been lurking for years but now I have a question that im hoping someone here can answer. 

    I own the first release of the DX VF-31F, I also have his super packs, and the lil draken set for him but im slightly annoyed that he never came with missiles. missiles that seemed to be included in most of the other delta squad releases. I really dislike all the flashy colors of the other delta valks and this recent massive armor set is really off putting...unless they make it in colors to match the VF-31F im staying away. 

    so id love for my VF-31F to have some missiles under the wing in fighter mode and on its arms in battroid mode. like the "Kai" version or the Delta releases that came after the first VF-31F.

    so my question is, could I buy the missile set for the DX VF-1 and use them on my DX VF-31F? would they connect to the existing hard points on my VF-31F wings and would I be able to put them on its arms as well? what about on my VF-31a? 


    EDIT: I just realized that the DX VF-1J is in 1/48 and not 1/60...so I guess the answer to my question is no?  

    You are correct, the DX VF-1 missiles will be too large for the VF-31.  Also, the connectors are complete different.  The closest compatible set of missiles come from the DX - YF-19 Full Set and those attachments are compatible with the VF-31.  Keep in mind that the Super Parts for the VF-31 covers the attachment points for the missiles so you will need the special shield adaptor in order to attach the missiles with the Super parts.

  7. 31 minutes ago, Tking22 said:

    Boy I've been having garbage luck when it comes to Figuarts pre-orders lately. I missed ALL the Endgame stuff, Star Wars Boba, which I think looks fantastic, and lastly that absolutely gorgeous PS4 Spiderman. I admit, the first few hours of the PS4 game I played with the repaired classic suit, but for the remaining 99% of the game I played with the Insomniac suit, it really grew on me, I love the white throughout. I guess I'll keep my eyes on BBTS for Boba and Spidey. Zero interest in the Far Frome Home suit, and the other Far From Home suit looks like it's just a re-release of Homecoming Spidey in new packaging, so pass on that as well. Damn, I'd still like an Endgame Widow, Ronin, and at least the MK85.

    The Spidey figure is available now at NY for 6,590 which is not too bad:


  8. 2 hours ago, seti88 said:

    Use buyee or fromJapan services to buy off amazon japan perhaps...

    Tried Buyee and they cancelled the order saying There is a purchase quantity limit.

    Amazon buys up the stock from Bandai, short changing the other sites unfortunately.  NY came back in stock so I was finally able to score the PS4 and the new suit from Homecoming in the end, pay upfront unfortunately.  Can't say I enjoy the hunt for these toys.

  9. Unfortunately, I only collect the MCU stuff and the Spider-Man figures.  I think the Dragonball and Naruto stuff also goes quickly.

    Mind you, the Ant-Man stuff was easy to get.  The annoying thing is Amazon.jp has the Spider-Men ones but won't ship outside of Japan and they have had stock for the last 2 days meanwhile the stores that do ship sold out instantly. 

  10. 5 hours ago, no3Ljm said:

    Lucky you. :good:

    You didn't like it?


    I thought about getting the sets, then looked at the price, then considered I would probably never display them so I did not bother.  I also did not bother with nano weapons sets since I have the Mk-50 standing in a "hall of armour" style pose.

    Seeing how hard the non-TWE releases are to get at retail is making me wish I did not start collecting this line.  Amazon JP has the spider-men but will not ship overseas so I ended up trying out Buyee on them.  With the free shipping within Japan and the 500Y fee, I don't think I am paying too much more than getting them at on online shop.  I'll have to see how much I end up paying in the end and whether they can actually deliver.

  11. 18 minutes ago, sh9000 said:


    That would be cool.

    Preordered 2 sets and chose cheapest shipping.  :rolleyes:

    Darn it, I was cart jacked...Bandai needs to make moar of dees...^_^

  12. The jungle in Osaka is awesome. They have a bunch of DXs at very reasonable prices plus if you show a passport, you get it tax free.  The whole area has some great shops (about a 15 minute walk from dotonburi.  PM me and i will send you google maps links to a bunch of cool shops.

  13. 23 minutes ago, slide said:

    So the question becomes: what's better for business?

    1) Driving demand Via Artificial Scarcity [scalpers + limited production run] then, potentially, your customers getting pissed at you and voting with their wallets AGAINST you. While, admittedly, succeeding in selling your set amount of units? [ie: assuming future risk for no potential extra gain]


    2) Netting some good PR, While Maximizing Profit + potentially moving more units than you thought, and Satisfying your Customers [including retailers]... all at once?


    As a Corporation, Maximization of Profit being the goal, nothing but option 2 makes sense... at least to me.

    Your theory works as long as it is a single line.  Bandai, even big as it is, has limits to what it can produce.  If they go ahead with a Macross product, they are sacrificing production line capacity for other lines.  My bet is they know exactly how many VF-1As they can produce and remain profitable and the negative PR be damned.  If they impact the other lines, they will probably face a bigger backlash than anything the meagre Macross fandom can produce.

  14. 8 minutes ago, rdrunner said:

    When I checked at around 05:41, it was still available, but was gone the next minute.  So I think the PO lasted for about 6 to 7 minutes on amazon JP, which is a miracle considering how the other vendors sold out in less than a minute.  The bots must have been caught off guard because there were many other amazon scalpers who put up their links there long before Amazon Japan GK went live.

    This is a big part of the problem.  When Amazon swoops in, they buy up all the stock from Bandai, which means less stock for the other, smaller players and this happens to everything that Amazon agrees to carry.  With their buying power, HLJ and Amiami can't compete.  If Walmart got into this as well, all the small vendors would be screwed.

  15. This was definitely PO hell and the worst it has ever been.  People like to complain about HLJ, Amiami, etc. selling out quickly, but you have to realize that these are really niche websites that sell toys and we are lucky to have them, otherwise, it would be like it was back in the eighties where we knew there were cool toys but could never get them.  Is it ridiculous that we cannot get these items, yes.  Can these sites do better?  Of course.  Ultimately, Bandai has released a wonderful product at an absurdly low price and the scalpers have realized that people will pay Arcadia prices for these things.

    I would love someone to figure out a way to make their shop scalper proof but that is not the reality of the world.  Greed always wins out.

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