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  1. It doesn't need it. But I used them because I plan to leave it like that long term (like years) and I don't want to stress the joints any more than necessary during that entire time.
  2. Oh sorry, I was only referring to how they looked on the outside when I said they were pretty much identical aside from the gatling panel. I didn't try switching the armored sets around. But the winglet armor of the 31AX might not fit securely of the smaller winglet of the 31 since the clip that holds on to the wing is a pretty precise fit. I assume that it'll be loose if you tried placing it on the old 31.
  3. Has anyone gotten their Hayate 31AX Armored set yet? I got mine today and put them on. They fit well enough, although I've only kept it in gerwalk mode so far. The parts are identical to Arad's armored set as far as I can tell, except that the gatling guns on the arms no longer have that extra flip out panel on Hayate's version. One thing I wanted to ask though is if anyone tried inserting the support piece for gerwalk/battroid that goes at the base of the weapons pod. It seems like it might scratch the decal off, so I didn't try pushing it in. Has anyone had experience with it?
  4. I think I got the last one at AE. It was weird though because just adding it to my cart made it show up as "Not in Stock" immediately afterwards, even though I hadn't completed the checkout process yet. I guess it's their way to prevent cart snatching.
  5. I received my YF-29 yesterday. Not sure if it's just my copy, but both of the wing hinges were super duper tight. They wouldn't budge even after applying enough force to make the plastic flex a lot. I was actually scared that the wings would snap before the hinges would move. But after several tries, I was able to move them enough to just barely swing the shoulders out. But the hinges still remain super tight and moving them around takes a lot of force and still flexes the plastic. Therefore I haven't tried to transform it. I also have the warped gunpod like some people have reported. Otherwise, I really like the color scheme.
  6. Hmm, my fighter mode has no gap. Maybe you need to adjust something with the hip bar?
  7. Premium Finish version coming soon? Oh wait, that's an Arcadia only thing... Still it's amazing how much detail can be brought out with just panel lining. I didn't even notice most of these grooves when I was handling my copy.
  8. It really does look nice in gerwalk. I am starting to think this is the best mode for it.
  9. Just got mine today. It honestly feels like a scaled down Arcadia, with some optional parts swapping for better accuracy. Nails the look in all modes. Now just hoping we can get the reactive armor for it too. Not sure if they can make an Sv-51 at this scale, but would also like that
  10. If you offered a service to turn yellowed plastic toys back to white again, I'd pay you to work on mine!
  11. It can stand without a display stand even with the left legs issue. It's not that noticeable in fighter mode. If you're not OC and won't be bothered with the knowledge that you own a copy with a manufacturing issue, or don't plan on reselling it, then you should go for the cheaper Arcadia you found IMO. EDIT: I forgot to mention that the joints were tighter on the Arcadia vs the Yamato, especially on the wings.
  12. On my copy, the nose is flush. I just need to make sure that the double hinge is positioned properly. If it's not exactly at the right position, it can prevent the nose from aligning perfectly when you fold it up.
  13. ArchieNov

    Hi-Metal R

    Holy Moly. I just preordered the HMR VF-0S from AE. Then I noticed that there was 1 item in my "In Stock Ready to Ship" category. I thought this was a glitch as I don't recall having any outstanding preorders with them. I checked what it was and lo and behold, it was the DX Chogokin VF-1 TV version Super Parts set I preordered back in 2020. I probably used AE as a backup back then. I don't think I ever received a notification from them about the item being ready to ship. I wonder if they had been holding it for me these past 2 years. Anyway, I clicked on the option to go ahead and ship it to me. It's now in the "Packing Now" status and am awaiting the invoice for the shipping. Let's see if this actually pushes through.
  14. THANK YOU! I used 3M Magic tape, but it did the trick! 😀
  15. Is there a place where I can grab it at the back? Can't seem to find any notches. I don't want to use a tool as I fear scratching the canopy or the paint.
  16. I have to commend Luna Park on their after sales Customer Service. The first VF-31AX I received from them had one of the elbow joints stuck in place and couldn't be moved. It almost seemed like it was accidentally glued into place at the factory. I also didn't want to try disassembling it because the joint uses one of those pins that aren't meant to be pulled out. I tried applying the most force as I was comfortable with knowing how thin the elbow is, and it wouldn't budge even in the slightest. And because this joint wouldn't move, the arm couldn't be put in the exact position needed to have it sit flush in fighter mode. Anyways, I informed Luna Park about the issue via their chat and asked if I could send it back and get a replacement. I am happy to say that they agreed. So after sending it back (I had to shoulder the shipping cost back to them), they were able to send me a replacement after a week. And I'm glad to say the new one I got no longer has the elbow joint issue. My only gripe now is I can't seem to get the canopy to open. It's difficult to get a grip on it to pull it up from the sides. The only part where I'm able to squeeze my nail in is at the very front tip, but I don't want to pull it up from there at the risk of snapping the canopy. I've tried wiggling the canopy side to side to see if that loosens the hinge and allows me to pull it up, but it won't budge either. Anyone here experience difficulty with the canopy too? If so, any tips you can share to get it open?
  17. Why would the first release stand alone be worth more? Just because it came out first and is no longer being sold?
  18. Anyone know how to disassemble the thigh piece for the Riobot Legioss? I think my copy has one of the rotation joints in the thighs stuck. It's the part at the very point where the gray hip joint piece connects to the white thigh. It allows you to swing the legs out for an A stance. Not sure if they accidentally glued it in the factory but it won't budge. I've tried applying force but it just flexes the plastic and I'm worried it will twist the peg off. I've tried removing the single screw in the inner thigh, but it still won't come apart. I also can't see the seam in front of the thigh, so not sure if there's an extra part that was glued on top of it that's holding it together. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  19. So this is a Tamashii Exclusive right? Not general release?
  20. Just to clarify, the preorders aren't going live yet on 4/22 right?
  21. Man, if I was Hikaru in the Bandai fan racer, I would've had a raging boner the entire time Minmay was sitting on my lap with how cramped that cockpit looks and the way she'd have to position herself to sit lol.
  22. You don't stick the stand into that hole when in soldier mode. There's another hole at the bottom of the hip section where the stand goes in. You have to use the included stand adapter (the small one).
  23. Actually what I don't understand is why the other companies weren't able to compress the legs more. I only own the Sentinel version, but I didn't notice anything particularly new or amazing in the mechanism to collapse the legs. It's all been done before. What was the limitation in the other toys?
  24. What's the purpose of the kneecaps being able to fold out upwards?
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