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Nani?!

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  1. Guys, it's all good if you're going to talk about what you think looks off on the prototype or not, but wtf is "Bandaide" & "Yamaturds?" Don't turn this into some "Sony : Microsoft :: Yamato : Bandai" war because honestly, it's gay. Shin isn't a "bandaide"... I know this for sure. I had a couple heated discourses with him regarding the business decisions of yamato (in the "silent-treatment-Macrossworld" era) and their quality (which was shotty then) of their products and he's defended them vigorously... And Eugimon is clearly no "Yamaturd".... He's had a retarded shoulder vf-0 for an avatar for a good while. (Although, he seems to have a shorter leash for bandai ) Stop the fanboy labeling. It's retarded. It's good competition, indirect as it may be... and unless bandai f's it up totally, we can only benefit (however minute) from the slight drop of sweat that will go down yamato exec's brow. As for the prototype: That hinge is... disgusting... It needs to go. I understand it might be because of the breaking point right there but c'mon... yamato solved that problem in the yf-19. With everything else however, (ie the big crotch, the head shape, antennae length, loose limbs) is still early to tell. The crotch needs to lock up, knees need to be set in place and the head is looking up, with the antennae a little forward. posting a pic of battroid comparison for reference: IMO, apart from the ghastly cockpit hinge, the sculpt is not all that bad. We've (well not me , but Mwer's ) cut more slack to yamato with the slight deformities that come from materializing kawamori's anime magic. ...... but the hinge has to go.... sorry...
  2. Opinions are like A$$holes... some good for lovin, some just full of sh*t. Life... oh well.
  3. Complaints are a part of life as much as water is. Everyone partakes in it to some extent and unfortunately many fill theirs with blind bitchy rage rather than logical arguments, and some do so at a higher frequency than others. Everyone has tipped that balance between logic and emotion in favor of the latter and again... some more often than others. The thing is, just as some people here are blindly opinionated against Yamato, likewise, there are some people here that are blindly opinionated just the same against an opposing opinion. Since everything is written and saved in forums, passing complaints that would in the real world only last as long as the breath of air that was used to utter them, linger longer and are heard by more people. The choice is always there and far easier to take to completely ignore posts that you discern is going in a direction that to some, is beating a dead friggin horse. The funny thing is... so many of us choose not to.
  4. $65 difference then $65 difference now. Good point! And yea, after you laying everything across the table, it doesn't look half as bad as it did intially... I think the big question for myself personally now is that are these things worth it ($$)? They dont seem to look like they're going to go down in price... I guess the whole experience with toys from japan have gone the way I feel about their food (sushi)... Bloody expensive for what you get, overrated and in the end leaves me unsatisfied... huh.... ... I'm gonna go think about this....
  5. Good ol' way to see things clearer, put it all out on the table! Softens the blow a bit relative to prices now... but.... it's still slightly misleading. The 1/48 Supers have inflated in price for a good two years now. When they were first out I bought a vf-1j for $165.99 before shipping costs were applied. 135 to 165 difference is like the BMW 1 series to the 3 series. I still believe if yamato wants to make this series a success like that of the 1/48's or somewhat close to it, they'll have to come down a bit. Here's to hoping there are more stores selling for the 112.99 price point. I'll buy them at that price. No way in Hell for 135+. Yea obviously, and that's why no matter how good they (yamato) get, they'll have a thorn jaming into my side. It seems nowadays they raise price with each new release.... They increase the temperature just enough as we frogs sit in the water wondering if "is it just me or is it getting hot in here?" They might just end up killing the whole hobby in the end. I mean, we're bound to wake up one day and realize how much we can buy with 135-235 dollars... and that we're spending that much for something that'll sit on some display for most of us... Huh...
  6. Stand or no stand, fast pack or not it still doesnt justify almost a 100% price increase. (and the prices I'm mentioning are not the dirt cheap prices everyone is selling their old 1/60's now but the prices they were before. I bought my fast pack 1/60 vf-1j's for $75 + shipping back in the day.) Risen prices of oil (for plastic), inflation (and whatever people list as factors yamato has no control over) still doesn't justify it... and I'm surprised they're raising prices even though they know they'd have to convince many people who bought their whole line of 1/48's already to buy another vf-1 series... I'm sorely disappointed.
  7. I... *long pause* agree... 'bout time the source got blamed and not just the online retailers. If prices are not in the sub-$100 USD for these I'm not getting any. Yamato is out of their mind. Ridiculous.
  8. I agree. It's the same with the YF-19 legs and..... YF 19 doesnt have a delimiter mode.
  9. !!! You mean to say it's ok to like both gundam and macross together?!?! Really though, who started this war against Gundam anyway??
  10. Kawamori expression saying "ma...cross...." was classic~ What would have made it even better is if you put "Gun...damu" instead of "Gundam", But yea, I imagined it like that anyway... freakin hilarious, haha
  11. I agree... Toy-wave needs to up the ante. Definitely. and since you bring the BBQ shop up, Toy-wave's BBQ ribs are their prices. It's what people go there for. Yeah, their shipping pricing needs a revamp... yea, they need to consistently deliver.... But if people like their ribs enough, they'll be willing to go to it's location in the hood, wipe-off the residue on their silverware and deal with the ghetto-ness of the service. Your decision too, proves the point... You'd return for their ribs... So will I.
  12. Always a riot with the humor, EXO. Laughed my butt off.
  13. Macrossman, Thanks for the post. I'm an accounts manager so I'm familiar with business principals. I also have experience enough to know that crap happens more than 0.01% of the time. Especially when it's importing overseas products... Yeah, Toywave isn't perfect. First off, I'd revamp the whole website if you ask me. Shipping calculator with destination input is a must and yea, they need to hammer out a lot of the oddities. The yellow strip named "offer" should simply be labeled On-Sale or Clearance, etc, and yea, the 4% charge on paypal payments kinda bites considering they are a full fledged online store and not some ebay e-store. To put it into perspective, we all wish every business was a Best Buy or a Target. Streamlined and virtually flawless, dependability and millions of satisfied customers, but the problem with reality is that there are many stores that fall well behind the standards you outlined... I agree, they should strive to meet them and it's practice all business should aspire to achieve but all businesses (so far) are run by human beings and I'll be damned if more than a handful of them run 99.9% efficiently. Shopping in Toy-wave can be equivalent to shopping in a family owned corner store in the neighborhood. You go in knowing full well it's no Best buy. But you go there because you like the guy and know him by his first name, they were around here in the community for a while, and yea, you can get your stuff cheaper there. The guy might have an abacus for a calculator and may be hand writing his receipts but people go there because he does something right.... As our respectable resident valkaholic Kensei chimed in, Ken's been good to members here. IMO He's one of the best communicating e-hobby stores. What happened to him after the whole DnD situation was equivalent to being dragged out in the open, beat up and have store windows trashed all for a mistake... I'm just simply extending a hand to help him back on his feet. As far as what you seem to have gone through in your order, you also played a part in the delay asking him to add to the order... remember... this guy uses an abacus (figuratively)... But you got your stuff in good order and you're happy with the price.... D+?? That's a failing mark. A bit steep, No?
  14. They'll always be those several hundreds of people with cash for toilet paper lying around that'd rather pay more than wait. It's definitely not reflective of the majority of the market in general and I think yamato has learned that in the past... People will ignore a release if it's unreasonable. Yamato's little light bulbs are flickering on though. They actually started raising the price before they did "more"... even including the first 1/60 yf-19 release. That thing came with nothing. Now it seems all releases come with a stand and the kitchen sink. (VERY GOOD, BTW) I think they want to justify the rising price point and they're easing it in a bit by rounding out the package...all the while making more profit. We all know that a simple weathering paint job doesn't cost that much... But they'll probably charge $20 bucks more for it... Even if they keep the price the same as any other 1/48, just the fact they found a way to sell another frackin 1/48 VF-1S, is $$$ cha-ching for them.
  15. Well rubbing alcohol is hardly what i'd have laying around my valks anyway... I don't touch my stuff unless I'm dusting my stuff with a dust blower so... maybe the occasional monthly transform when I'm bored of a mode... Actually, the low vis looks the best in fighter IMO so I haven't transformed that in ages....
  16. If the Low vis 1 is any indication, the weathering should hold up fine.
  17. Big props to Ken TOY WAVE Yes, TOY-WAVE. I just picked up my second sv-51 ivanov and my first nora today. Their shipping quotes scared me off a couple times before so I've always been on the fence with them. However, I just got my tax return and I had some cash to either confirm or redeem a long time seller here. I didnt identify my MW name until after the shipping confirmation was received so I can get a fair review. Ordering: B This is one area of his store that I find most perplexing... it's set-up almost as if it's hiding the shipping price until the very end keeping the customer on edge till the very end... I'd recommend he invest in implementing a shipping calculator, with customer location input. Shipping time: A+ Let's see, I used speed post, and it I ordered it on Wednesday the 28th (paid same day) Got Shipping confirmation on the 29th and checked that it was picked up for shipping that day. I got a missed delivery notice yesterday on march 3rd when I came back from work and I picked it up today the 4th. 5 days till it came to my door step. Taking out the weekend 3 days. Packaging: A It was just like Mr. DnD described except the exclamation points, and ummm... the anger... the boxes came in minty shape. Boxes coming over halfway around the world from Hong Kong is a luck of the draw anyway... That's why I purchased insurance. To be fair I did mention and emphasize that I'm a box guy and I wanted my stuff minty. DND's mention of the bubble wrap not being long enough to wrap around the boxes is true but who are we kidding? Unless it's the massive bubble, bubble wrapping variety, foam peanuts are a much better option... Ken provided both... A layer of bubble wrapping below, above, between, and just long enough for the sides... supplemented by foam peanuts under, over, between, and on the sides of the package. He also put a cardboard plate over and under for good measure. Service: A+ Ken has to be up there with Tam at TMP as far as service goes... Nice guy, and in tandem with York Chan (prolly his relative or bro) they have great communication. Everything was done within the advertised time frame. Full documentation of the transaction is below. Warning, 6 images It's so easy to burn a seller down for a mistake... but everyone makes mistakes... I really don't get the mentality of the saying "you can get 99.9% of the orders right but if you screw one customer, your store should burn in flames." I don't know if any one of you ran a business but it's not easy... sh*t happens. I hope others who had good transactions with Ken voice their satisfaction so we can get this guy back on the SS list.
  18. but you are taking sides... Which is fine... but why proclaim that you won't and then do it right after?
  19. Save Robotech, I usually make sure that I thank who ever posts pictures first before any comment and your post just indirectly reminded me that I havent this time. I apologize and I sincerely thank you for your service. I always look forward to these upcoming "fests" but I realize they're pretty much meaningless if we didnt have people like you consistently attending and being our eyes and ears. Hurin, Haterist made valid a point, he had an opinion... it's his right. If it offended anyone... let the offended express the resentment. You have an uncanny ability to layout effectively your point and all the evidences needed to back them... but you know and should know by now... with haterist, it doesn't matter. You can point that stuff out to a T, and it wont matter. He'll squiggle his way out, rally his backers and sanctify himself a maytr. So why?? Let him be... His screen names perfectly serves as instruction. Haterist.... Do Not Disturb... Haterist, Dude... whoosaaa~~~
  20. yea, I dont see why this doesn't at least become available like the original low vis was.... It's freakin awesome and it'd be a missed opportunity to artfully extend a product thats been reproduced SO MANY times now. I for one never thought I'd buy a frakin 1/48 after the announcement of the new 1/60 line... I'm wrong again. Sooner or later detailed valks like these should be a more frequent thing especially if bandai brings their A game with their future macross products. Yamato needs to make it's own statement (making it right now with it's recent releases)... The biggest statement I reckon is when they start rolling out with releases free from QC issues right from the get go.
  21. Nani?!

    Macross Revoltech

    I think that's the best and simplest way to put it. Graham correct in saying they're a bit exaggerated but that's how he drew the battroid versions of the yf-19 and 21. If these are going to transform, I want them to look like how kawamori drew them as B-mode.
  22. !! nice... simplest of answers shut me up... it'd be sad indeed...
  23. Right, Gundam has been Bandai's schtick for all eternity... but there are other properties that bandai had a hand in that other companies have shared and continued to share.... One biggie being the Evangelion franchise. And it's not up to bandai nor yamato to drive this franchise into the mainstream... that's only accomplished by the japanese and hopefully in the future the international people's tastes and choices in anime. As much as bandai wouldn't care to use it's muscle to push macross into the forefront, neither does yamato even possess the muscle to do so as well. It's likely that 95%+ of the whole MW community here got into macross because of macross, not because of yamato. About competition... yea.... I hear ya. There is a chance (ever so slight) that bandai can push yamato out of macross entirely... Mind you... I said yamato will face good competition from Bandai~ I did not say that this competition will continue on for an indefinite amount of time... But for how ever long that time will be... we'll be seeing some awesome shiet come out of both. And who ever is left king of macross toys in the end... no matter what bandai's monetary advantage, they wont do it making sh*t toys... They'll have to earn it... and to that, you have to make stuff that knocks yamato's stuff out of the water... Anyway, we're really getting ahead of ourselves if we think yamato is going to crash and burn out of macross because of bandai. Yamato has good relations with Kawamori and I'm sure they will always have a major share in Macross products. Heck, its even likely that the people at bandai will get frustrated that macross toys actually require perfect transformation, and in turn scare them off after their stint with MF... Who knows?
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