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  1. I know it's not personal. You're correct in that it is almost impossible to "really" tell if someone is being truthful, but there is also an implied truth in community consensus. I'd have to look way back in the 31a thread, but I was pretty sure the blemishes common to Weiser21 and my 31a were relatively common across the entire release.
  2. This doesn't make much sense. How would the pics from his second 31a be any better/worse than another user's pics of the same toy? In fact, if multiple users can show pics with issues in the same areas, it pretty much confirms that those issues are probably from the factory.
  3. True that! Is is early in day though. The seller may not even be aware of this post yet.
  4. Can't say, though it does suggest more than what was lead to believe. I just think everything needs to be vetted before adding someone to the blacklist. That's a big step.
  5. I too have a 31A Kairos, never transformed, bought new. I checked mine, and I have similar issues as you have shown in your pics, other than the last two (the ding on the front fin). It seems like these may just be factory issues, rather than proof it has been transformed.
  6. Props to @funkymonkeyjavajunky: great service, great packaging! Thanks!
  7. Yamato VF-1D v2. $199 shipped. https://www.ebay.com/itm/VF-1D-Version-2-Seater-Trainer-Valkyrie-Yamato-1-60-Macross-Robotech/163979994261?hash=item262df82495:g:I4cAAOSwvW9d7WH7
  8. As far as I can tell, that's only if you order off Mercari. Still a great deal if you can find what you're looking for there at a price comparable to YJA.
  9. Amiami has pre-orders still up for ~$226. After shipping it'll be right around BBTS price, but no tax.
  10. Yeah, there were a lot to choose from on Buyee, I went looking for one where the shipping cost was pretty much spelled out. A lot of the listing (with the lowest buyout prices) seemed kinda "off" to me. For instance, I found 3-4 different sellers that had the exact same sell numbers, and many other listings didn't specify shipping cost or shipping method (so I could determine cost range myself). Since I don't read Japanese and Google translate is iffy, I just assume these to be red flags, just to be safe. I know Buyee says I'm covered if they never get the package, but I'd rather not deal with all that just to save a few hundred Yen. As for Play-Asia, I'm glad to hear things seem to be working out for you. From what I had read on some other sites, I had heard that they can sometimes be very difficult to get a refund from, so I was just happy to get my money back with no hassle. It was a late pre-order, so I wasn't too surprised when it bombed.
  11. I may be wrong on this, but I think now's the time to grab one off Buyee. If Mandarake is selling an opened version at 23,000JPY, and from Syro's report NY is still trying to source stock, I don't see the price dropping much, if at all. Even if it does, it probably won't be more than a few thousand Yen. Not a big enough swing in price to wait around for, especially since there's just as much chance that the price could go up from here. If I already had one, and this was my extra, then waiting may be the better option - but I gotta have my 1S! All that said, damn Play-Asia for cancelling my pre-order!
  12. I noticed that also. Fingers crossed!
  13. Yeah, I've been keeping an eye on Manda to see how they're going to price it. I'm not betting on a re-release, so I'm expecting to pay some amount of markup. I just don't want to get bit on the rear like I did with Max where I paid 27500 from NY, now they're everywhere for ~22000.
  14. Soliciting educated guesses... Looks like the cheapest VF-1S purchase option is currently ~25000JPY off YJA. Do you think it will drop over the next week or so like Max's did,, or are we just going up from here? I'm not sure if Max dropped due to popularity of the pilot/paint scheme, or if there were enough to go around that the market couldn't sustain the higher price point.
  15. I think you're looking at the arrival date. My amazon.jp order shows a release date of 11/30, arrival 12/3-12/6.
  16. No, not yet. I'm just waiting it out though, as it's my understanding that to be listed as "fulfilled by Amazon", the stock had to be in had at a distribution center. At least, that's what Amazon's website says.
  17. An A condition set is up on Mandarake for 22,000Y. https://order.mandarake.co.jp/order/detailPage/item?itemCode=1120009773&ref=list&keyword=マクロス&lang=en
  18. The VF-31A was a Tamashii Web Exclusive release that ran into some production run issues (quantity, not quality - it's a wonderful bird) and a number of pre-orders went unfulfilled. So, it's become a hard to find grail piece to some collectors.
  19. Ipsquitch


    I saw that it sold. Were you able to get it?
  20. Ipsquitch


    There's one up on the Facebook page "Macross Fan Central", brand new, $420. The seller goes by Macross Ross. Good luck!
  21. My radome was a big floppy mess. I got pretty close to a clean look, but only from the right angle. If I touch it, it pops out out place again. I kinda wish they would have made the radome not collapsible. Maybe just a solid open version and a collapsed version that you could switch out.
  22. I think I'll be happy with this line if I can get these first three... you get each head variant, you can put each in a different mode, and, with the strike parts, you can have the iconic DYRL pose of Hikaru's 1S before he unloads on Badolza (sp?) .
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