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  1. 18 hours ago, Ikaros3 said:

    So after Nora sv 51. Is it safe to say the next Zero valk will be the vf-0A? Crossing my fingers 🤞🏽

    Do you mean like a Premium Finish VF-0A?  They made a regular VF-0A (shin version) back in 2015.  

    Personally, I'm still holding out hope for a ghost booster bundle of the 0A or 0S (they do have those adapters, after all).  But I've been waiting for... a long time.

  2. Kinda indifferent on this.  The vf-25 is middle of the road for me in terms of designs I like, but it would be nice to get one I'm less worried about handling (my alto is really showing its age).  I might end up getting it just for the "significance" of DX stuff no longer being locked down in Japan, if that in fact happens.

    It would be great if they re-released super and/or armor parts with this.  That would certainly raise my interest.

  3. Filled it out,  I'm not super optimistic this will lead to a flood of new Macross products hitting the states, but maybe we'll get some re-releases of stuff (like the three they were pushing for w/e reason).

    I kept my "what else would you want to see" response to stuff we've seen in some form (HMR detroids and enemy mecha, DX YF-21).  Maybe if we keep it more focused and realistic, we'll actually see some of these products released.

  4. 18 minutes ago, Shawn said:

    The crotch front/back connector felt dangerously fragile when mounting it for me, thought it was just me.
    Also my arm outer armor REALLY took some pressure to mount on my orig release vf-1j..like REALLY hard to make it fit.

    Yeah, had the same experience, so it's probably an issue with the design.  The little center peg on my crotch armor was too big fit in the hole (that's what she said?), and I had to sand it down a little to actually fit.  Had the same arm armor issue, as well.

    Even the legs took some fiddling to get lined up.  This honestly feels like a late-stage pre-production sample that needed another round or two of refinement.  Oh well, it looks really good, especially with all the tampo.

  5. Got mine from Okini Land today, couple of group shots.  Overall, I like the look, and even the oversized fists are growing on me.  To my eye, it looks closer to the actual in-anime look, but maybe that's just me.  

    Biggest negative so far is that just feels... kind of cheap.  I was hoping for something more "premium" feeling, like the Yamcadia armor parts.  These are thin to borderline flimsy (at least my copy), and putting them on wasn't the smooth experience the yamcadia GBP is.  Some parts took more pressure than I thought they should, others felt too thin.  If I'm being generous to Bandai, they maybe had to go a little thin to keep overall weight down, but really, I think they could have just used better quality plastic.

    Still, nothing too bad, and I'm happy with the purchase.  It's been a while since I've gotten any new Macross stuff, and I kind of missed it.

     

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  6. 14 minutes ago, eggy99 said:

    What was the last HM-R released & showcased?

    Do we fear that the line has been retired by Bandai?

    They’re still pumping out RS/RD line and pretty consistent with DX VF line.

     For all the HM-R they teased last time it’s been awfully quiet.

    It depends what you're asking.  If you're asking about HM-R macross-specific product, the last release was February 2020.  We know they have unreleased Macross designs, but beyond that, we have no real clue whether or not they intend to start making Macross stuff again.

    Overall, the line is still very much active.  There was a release in late May this year, with another slated for November, and one early next year.

  7. 54 minutes ago, Roy Focker said:

    This just happened.  When to move the arm out towards the side. First touch in that direction and it came right off.  :(

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    I believe @jenius had a very similar break on one of the early HMRs.  I don't think it's very common, but unfortunately, not unheard of, and just a by-product of X% going to have a flaw in the material.

    You could try drilling it and pinning it, or maybe even cold weld if you don't plan on handing it much.

    I know this advice comes too late, but it's generally a good idea to loosen up the shoulders on the HMRs by grabbing them directly at the top of the joint and moving them around a bit first.  For whatever reason, the VF-1D seemed to be made especially stiff. 

  8. The Tamashii nations site has a complete list of all their DX Chogokin and Hi-Metal R releases.  It is kind of weird to use, but once you get used to it, you can see all releases, including release dates, and original MSRP.

    DX Chogokin

    Hi-Metal R

  9. I might try to snag the stand-alone set on the secondary market, after some of the hype has died down.

    This looks good, but not "must have" level good to me.  I like that it has 2 sizes of tv-style hands.  Completely swappable head seems like overkill to me, but whatever, I guess it works.

  10. This has to be nothing but good news for Macross fans in the US, right?  That said, I'm with others that are cautious about what this really means.  Legal Macross Blue Ray and licensing deals released in the US?  Sure.  But the internet made that kind of thing trivial to get around already.  Heck Amazon has had SDF Macross streaming for years now (still not sure how that worked, legally).  

    Are we going to see a flood of Macross toys hit the (virtual) shelves in the US now?  I doubt it, personally.  Sure, maybe some kits from Bandai, but I doubt we'll have US distributors stocking DX valks anytime soon (lack of supply from Bandai, lack of demand (or perceived demand) stateside).  Only time will tell there, but I'm not expecting any big changes in that department any time soon.

    It would be nice to get stuff like Macross 30 and the like on Steam, though.  That seems a lot easier to make happen, even if we only get english subs.

  11. The chat service is worthless, as many have noted.  They (the chat) told me they do not have the authority to give me store credit, only the "support team" can.  They basically can't do anything of value; just point you back to the ticketing system.

    From the outside looking in, it seems like NY is a Ponzi scheme that has reached its end-game.  Maybe we'll all get something from them, but I don't have high hopes at this point.  Those of us that ordered movie super parts will never see them from NY; we'll just be lucky to get store credit and some kind of product in hand at this point.

  12. Yep, never got my 3 orders of movie SSP from them.  I did manage to get $100 back from the CC company (on a $300 order), so in the unlikely event I actually get something from NY, I could technically come out ahead.

    I bug them every couple weeks and just get the same run around BS.  From the sound of it, they probably have well over $10k of just MWF members' money, without any product to show for it.  Maybe the whole "take orders you can't actually fulfill" way of business finally collapsed for them during COVID.

    The whole thing kinda soured me on Macross collecting for a while (combined with Bandai's usual shenanigans and COVID supply issues).  At this point I don't have any real hope of ever getting anything, but I'll keep bothering them as long as they are around.

  13. 24 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

     

    Because those are the default hands the comes with the DX Valk. It what fits during transformation. I'm pretty sure these Valks will have optional hands like in the last Hikaru VF-1J release and upcoming Roy VF-1S.

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    Sure, but all the valks we've gotten don't have TV style fists (only gun gripping and open hand).  The VF-1D they are showing are the first official TV style fists for the DX 1/48 line.

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  14. 59 minutes ago, Sanity is Optional said:

    Given that the YF-19 was released with all the missiles, FAST packs, effect parts, arm-gun, and fold booster:

    I'm guessing that the YF-21 will just be a full set pack as well.

    This is where I'm at.  Bandai loves to nickel and dime, but I think they know their limits.  I'm pretty sure this will have everything as a "full set pack."

  15. 11 hours ago, borgified said:

    Where is Alto's 171EX?? You got to have that one otherwise your shelf is not complete... :mellow: 

     

    8 hours ago, jemC said:

    agree. You need the 171EX to complete the shelf

    Ehh... I'm not a big enough fan of Alto or Frontier (or the 171 for that matter) to suffer that toy.  Maybe if Bandai ever decides to completely redesign it, I'd take a look at it.  A straight reissue would be an easy pass, for me.

  16. Little Alto shelf.  Overall, I'm happy with this release, but I can't help but feel like the 9 year old mold really shows its age in handling.  I'm not sure if I'd really be in for a matte-reissue of all the Frontier valks, as I don't really feel like they are the same value the other "modern" DX releases are.  I might be in for an Ozma 25S, and maybe some armor parts, but I'd probably stop there.

    They still look good on a shelf, though.

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  17. So, I might be stating the obvious here, but I think the 盛り (mori) is just a typo, and it's supposed to say ゼントラーディ (and there was some autocorrect/autocomplete shenanigans that changed ディ to 盛り).  "Prime" or whatever is not a part of this announcement.

    As to what a Zentradi special could mean, my best guesses are either:

    A) It's just Guld's YF-21, but that would be extra cruel of Bandai, as there is nothing really Zentran about it (beside the pilot, who iirc, isn't even 100% Zentran).

    B) The scout regult HMR we saw teased a while ago. 

    C) Some new enemy mecha (probably HMR), that we haven't seen yet.

    I'm hoping it's at least B, but C would be awesome.

  18. The line itself is still doing pretty well, it's just they aren't making Macross stuff right now.  Hopefully, that will change in the future, but I'm glad the line still exists, even if they are making other franchise products atm.  Can't get more Macross HMR if the line is completely dead.

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