Last update. Transformed back to fighter. Arms were the worst part, getting them into the fighter-mode “broken” form was a pain, but I figured out what went where eventually. I discovered that you can push in the arms too far into the fighter body, so that the legs won’t tuck up into a notch the arms provide for that purpose. Also, the bicep armor is difficult to keep at the angle it should be kept at.
With patience, and much massaging of Mirage, I was able to get most everything snugged down into place. I can report that after about a dozen connections, the wing tabs on my copy attach to the leg holes and generally don’t pop out with normal handling. As you can see, the arm panels conform to the underside of the wing - mostly - with the cannons pointing dead ahead so long as you’re happy with the panels the cannons are attached to being out of alignment a couple millimeters. The door still won’t shut, but it’s not quite as bad as before. Perhaps if I close it 100 times it’ll wear in.
I discovered the cannon has a blade “sight” on the muzzle that’s supposed to fit into a shallow groove on the crotch piece to keep it pointed straight ahead. Well, with the cannon completely folded up, it’s ever so slightly out and won’t work. If you slide out the muzzle, then slide it back in just before it clicks into place, then attach the cannon to the mission pod, that blade sight will happily slot into the slit provided. It’s possible that with handling, the cannon handle will wear into its slot on the mission pod, and then the blade sight will fit into its slit whilst the muzzle is completely closed. But that brings me to the main issue I have with this model.
It’s not fun to mess about with. Many sharp pointy, uh, points, parts that don’t quite fit, and a lack of QC just make this something I’m not going to handle much. I’ll leave it in fighter, buy its Super Parts for completion’s sake, and that’s it for me. I just don’t think it’s worth the money I paid, and I suspect this will be the case for Chogokin Valkyries going forward. More cost for less quality. And Bandai will get away with it, because they’re the only player in this particular game. After the Super Parts and the WWM VF-25 I’ve PO’d, I’m out. The return on investment just isn’t there anymore.
By the way, what happened to that VF-14 looking VF that was in the movie? No announcement of that being made, correct?