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  1. My guess is that these are new molds. It makes sense for Bandai to produce new molds for a potential VF-25 continuation through the WWM banner. Lolicon, thanks for sharing your intial impressions with us. I just wish they could've been better.
  2. TheLoneWolf

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    I noticed that same thing last year when I bought a VF-1D DX from LP. Their eBay listing was around $50 more expensive than their direct site. So I bought it from their direct site; aside from a dented box due to zero padding, no complaints here.
  3. TheLoneWolf

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    I'd honestly be shocked if the US got short-changed for these first couple of worldwide releases. Big West is making a big push for their worldwide campaign. If Bandai isn't making enough to meet global demand, it'll be an embarrassing homecoming for Big West. If these first couple of releases end up being shelfwarmers, then I can see Bandai lowering their production runs on subsequent releases, but that wouldn't be until next year at the earliest.
  4. My guess is that Bandai's not going to release anymore 1/48's until they have a better idea of when they'll be able to release them worldwide. And like Noel said, Delta's keeping them busy as is.
  5. I prefer the orange of the DX, but the white landing gears of the Yamato. But since the landing gears only affect 1 mode, the DX comes out on top. And yes, the lack of a sitting Minmay with the DX is annoying. Love your work on both!
  6. What really surprised me was the sophisitication of the scam. They could've gone all out and listed the PF VF-0D, PF VF-0S, 1/2000 SDF-1, etc. at good prices. Or they could've trawled random Macross stuff off eBay, like the v1 1/60 VF-1's, vintage 1/55's, Toynami stuff, etc. Instead it was a carefully curated assortment of desirable toys. When the scammer said it was strictly F&F only, I honestly suspected it could've been an inside job from someone here, due to their knowledge of the Macross marketplace. Perhaps they really are Russian, or were just spoofing a Russian IP. Either way, like jvmacross said, always pay the extra 4% Paypal fee to have a peace of mind.
  7. I tried Googling info on Paypal automatically re-classifying a personal account to business account, but couldn't find any evidence of this ever occurring?
  8. I don't know what the Friends & Family threshold is either, but since no one here has complained about their personal account being involuntarily classified as a business, it shouldn't be a problem for 99% of MW'ers.
  9. I don't deal with tax law, nor am I an accountant, but I don't think this provision applies to any of us here (except for possibly sqidd, since he's a business owner). According to the Technical Explanation, it only applies to people who registered a business account with Paypal, Venmo, etc., not a personal account.
  10. That's pretty much it. Studio Nue and Haruhiko Mikimoto (who was never part of Studio Nue) provided the story and designs. Tatsunoko Production and Artland provided the animation the series. Notably, Artland blessed the series with quality animation (eg: Booby Trap, Countdown). Meanwhile, Tatsunoko didn't even use their own in-house animators. Instead, they farmed out their work to subsidiaries, like Star Pro, who did inferior work (eg: Virgin Road). To be fair, Tatsunoko's inclusion appears to be a last-minute arrangement, so their own animation teams might've been committed to other projects at the time. And since SDF Macross wasn't even one of their creations, there's less incentive to assign good animators.
  11. TheLoneWolf

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    Absolutely. All of the past Destroids have sold poorly, Yamato's 1/60 Destroids included. Even with sales and discounts, they'd still sit on the shelves for a little while before finally selling out. IIRC, the HMR Monster could still be found on sale in 2020, several years after it was released. Don't get me wrong, I love the HMR Destroids and have bought every single release. But most Macross fans seem to (ironically) consider the Destroids as a luxury, not a priority.
  12. TheLoneWolf

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    Smart move on Bandai's part. Better to only have one SKU that sells like crap instead of two.
  13. Man, what I wouldn't give to review Big West and Harmony Gold's contract. My guess is that the "Macross" mark and UN Spacy kite design will be rolled up into a flat licensing fee, with royalties paid to HG on each item sold. Separating the "Macross" mark and kite design into individual fees could be problematic for HG, as Big West and Bandai could simply remove the kites from their toys in order to avoid paying HG. To which HG could object that the toys aren't faithful representations without the kites. It'd just makes things more complicated than necessary. I believe those logos were a direct response to Harmony Gold's claim of the UN Spacy kite. It's too much of a coincidence that Big West replaced the kite after all the lawsuits were concluded in Japan. If Big West had renamed the franchise to Megaroad or Macbeth in America, HG would've had no legal recourse. But that was probably a bridge too far.
  14. Good question. The short answer: most likely not. Harmony Gold claimed the UN Spacy kite as a trademark design, which prevented it from appearing on other toys in the US. But now that Harmony Gold is licensing their registered "Macross" mark to Big West, it follows that they're also letting Big West use the UN Spacy kite design as well. Forbidding Big West from using the UN Spacy kite would defeat the purpose of letting them the use "Macross" mark, since the two are intertwined.
  15. Amazing, you've done fantastic research into this! I completely agree with your assessment that there were multiple photo shoots for Jetfire taking place at different times. And thank you for providing sources to back up your theory; it's hard to argue with dated pictures. Have you ever considered doing a comprehensive write-up of all your findings? G1 Jetfire's history is one of the most complicated around and it'd be nice to find everything in one (long) article.
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