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  1. @Special Sauce was easy to work with, patient, and extremely prompt with payment. Great transaction! Thanks!
  2. @jzwolen Great guy! Super understanding and was fast and easy to communicate with. Thanks!!!
  3. Huge thanks and highest props to @RedComet for hooking a brother up!!! He generously passed over his order for a popular item that I've been searching for but kept missing. A true gentleman and scholar!
  4. Looks like the premium is available now at Anime Export for a much more reasonable price of 42680 yen. https://anime-export.com/index.php?product=51291
  5. Aaaggh!!... I can't believe I missed it AGAIN!
  6. Another great transaction with @Rogueload! A true scholar and gentleman
  7. @sqidd couldn't have been easier to work with. Fast payment and was very understanding when I lagged in getting it out right away. Thanks, man!
  8. Big thanks and shout out to both @jeniusornome and @Rogueload ! They are patient and understanding fellow collectors that I would gladly work with again.
  9. Thanks @Corrinald for the smooth transaction. I'm happy to have helped with your addictio... I mean collection!
  10. Nah, just in general. Just feel like Mandarake were less likely to have a large mark-up (the recent VF-31A at 48K yen is an extreme example) before Macross Delta aired. But yeah, like you said it's a reflection of the market. With the interest in Macross rekindled, prices on collectibles are on the rise.
  11. Is it just me or has prices on Mandarake seemed to have climbed higher these days?
  12. You won't find a more understanding and upstanding collector to deal with than @dafob! Wonderful transaction - he made prompt payments as promised, and he never even so much as complained when it took me a couple of days to get the valks shipped out. I would definitely work with him again if I get the chance!
  13. Agreed! I know no3L was joking for most part, but everyone talks about how great The Chosen Prime is... yet, the very first time I ordered from them, I never received any of my items, and they kept my money without so much as lifting a finger to help. And now of course, the whole NY debacle with the 31A pretty much confirms that buying directly from the creator/producer/manufacturer isn't a bad idea at all. Cuts out the middle man!
  14. You can never have too much decals! Great job, no3L! Looking forward to when it's all coated and panel lined.
  15. That looks awesome, no3L! If the premium edition from Arcadia looks half as good, it might even be worth the cost. Looking forward to your panel lining!
  16. *shrug* All I know is that I'm out 2 bills and I've been back and forth with them via their customer service email for the better part of a month and they basically said, "Tough luck, buddy. You're on your own." If I had to venture a guess, TheChosenPrime (again much like a lot of other stores and businesses out there) provide "great customer service" as long as it doesn't impact too heavily into their profits. So, your order came with a damaged part? No prob! (The replacement part probably only costs a couple dollars max assuming the manufacturer didn't send it over for free). Oh, you want to return your order? You got it! (At least they get the item back, and they might get return shipping cost or even a restocking fee outta ya.) But if your package gets lost? Er... Sorry. Good luck. Lost packages suck cuz the store's options for "good" customer service is basically to either send you a replacement on their dime, or refund you your money since you didn't get your order. That's a big hit. And, sure, they might be able to recoup some of that hit via shipping insurance, but that's assuming they even paid for it (which they might not have in this day and age of free shipping). Some of the Japanese stores are smart at least and often force EMS shipping on you since EMS covers up to 20,000 yen.
  17. Another vote for filing a claim with either PayPal or your credit card in situations like this. You have to remember most of these businesses basically sees their job as done the minute the order leaves their hands. They already have your money and, in their eyes, they upheld their end of the deal of shipping out your item(s), so they really have minimal motivation to help beyond that. I've been fortunate enough to not lose any international orders, but my very first time trying out TheChosenPrime recently, my order was lost and they wouldn't even so much as contact the postal service for me. And this is from a company that by all accounts have amazing customer service!
  18. Offswitch

    Hi-Metal R

    I too got the Anime-Export notice for the HMR VF-2SS. Plus it looks like they got more in stock ready to ship if you missed out on the pre-order. It doesn't have the pre-order discount price now however. http://www.anime-export.com/product/38068
  19. Not only is he a straight shooter, but I'd like to nominate @technoblue for Macross World sainthood! He hooked me up with some great VF-1S spare parts including a replacement cockpit that I needed for my poor old peeling/cracking rainbow canopy.
  20. Hey BluprinT, so you received the VF-22S Milia okay? If I come across any other 22S valks, I'll let you know. But like what spacemanoeuvres posted, the best place to look right now seems to be jp auctions. I was also trying to get the Max & Milia pair for a long while until I basically lost interest. It didn't help that finding an affordable Max 22S was even harder than the Milia. Just gotta be patient I guess. Good luck on the hunt! (Maybe Bandai will take a stab at the DX version of the YF-21/VF-22S soon as others have suggested.)
  21. Thanks for the quick overview and insight on the figure, eriku! There's certainly a lack of modern SD valkerie figures... especially those with features like LED lighting! It's just sad and unfortunate that this had to be a Robotech (and therefore HG) licensed. Like a few others here, I may pick this up when it goes on sale/clearance later. Otherwise, I'm hoping Bandai considers doing a few SD figures again soon. I too really liked their SDi VF-25.
  22. Love the subtle shading! Great job, mojacko!
  23. I can't help but feel like this should've been the starting price to begin with. :/ Is it just me?
  24. VF-2SS for Y12,800 (52% off) Not as good of a deal as the VF-4G considering the reputation this valk toy has, but at least it's in stock for anyone that still wants to pick one up. http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-012829&page=top%2Fsearch%2Flist%3Fs_keywords%3DMacross%24pagemax%3D40%24getcnt%3D0%24pagecnt%3D4
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