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  1. @davidwhangchoi I know, I even have one of the Yamato sets on my desk for a custom project. my point is that the Bandai figures are not cheaper than Arcadia’s, especially if you factor in secondary market pricing (which may as well be SRP for most of us). So to say it’s better priced when it’s nearly double the cost all-in is a bit disingenuous.
  2. I would have to disagree with the Bandai being priced better than an Arcadia. You've got to pay 18k yen for the VF, plus another 13k for the missiles and SSP. Assuming you can find all of the parts for retail price that's still 31k. An Arcadia PF VF-1S with SSP set retailed for just under 28k. It was under 22k for the regular version (if you don't mind doing decals yourself). Even the standalone release is more expensive - the VF with missiles is going to be around 22k, but Arcadia's two VF-1S releases that didn't include SSP were just under 17k (and included missiles). I'm not counting the ridiculous secondary market prices for the figures - a $300 VF-1S, $90 missile set and $130 SSP, in three separate boxes, with shipping, will probably set you back double an Arcadia VF-1S set (roughly $230 before shipping). The DX figure is nice, but I don't see how anyone could think it's worth double an Arcadia.
  3. correct, the blurring out is only on the hybrid blu-ray release from 2012 - the later 2016 release does not "censor" those scenes. I don't recall if the hybrid disc included a commentary track. if it didn't then I guess that counts as a special feature. I seem to recall most of the documentary type stuff included with the full special edition DYRL hybrid set was on a separate disc with Flashback 2012 and other special features on it. Also of note - there are no English subtitles on the 2016 release (nor were there subtitles on the 2012 hybrid disc). DYRL has never had an official release with English subtitles, nor has there ever been an official English dub (unless you count the heavily edited and hilariously dubbed "Clash of the Bionoids" version that came out on VHS here in the US in the 80s).
  4. Yeah. Some of the BGM from it is used in the radio drama played through M7 Dynamite too. MII was my first "Macross" outside of Robotech, so it will always have a special early 90s cheese anime place in my heart.
  5. @shindromeI just checked and there's only one cut of the film on the disc. If you look at it in a tool like makemkv there's three different tracks shown - one has a runtime of 1:55:37 and the other two are 1:55:24. The only difference in runtime is that the longer one has a 13 second copyright notice / IP notice after the credits finish running. Of the two 1:55:24, it's the same video stream for both; one is with the commentary track and the other with regular audio (this is sometimes an artifact of how makemkv parses the table of contents on the disc). The blurring is not on the standalone release. The version on the hybrid disc is 1:55:03. The extra missing 21 seconds happens right at the beginning, at 00:30 seconds into the film - just after the introductory text fades from the screen, on the hybrid disc, it goes right to the conversation between Britai and Exedol. On the standalone release there's 21 seconds of empty screen before their conversation starts. So to answer your question: if the second or so of blurry footage on the one you have bothers you enough to spend $60 or so, I guess it's worth it? But IMO it's not worth it at all - it's about 1 second total of typical mid-80s anime gore that holds no relevance to the movie at all.
  6. I have both. As far as the video quality goes, I couldn’t discern a difference. The two scenes you mention were, I think, restored for the later standalone release, although to be honest it’s barely a second of footage so I wasn’t really paying attention. i don’t recall there being two versions of the film on the disc when I ripped mine to add subs to it, but I can check later on today. imo it’s not really worth owning two copies unless the second or so of slightly blurred gore really bothers you that much. I’d bought it because I’d read it was a new restoration of the film and wanted to compare image quality, but I did a lot of side-by-sides with staxrip, and aside from some very slightly different color saturation only noticeable in some stills of particularly dark scenes, I couldn’t tell.
  7. Ha! I hadn't picked up on that, but it makes the Windermereans, their eerie songs and the glowy tattoo outfit that Mikumo wears in a few scenes towards the end of the show (that looks an awful lot like Ishtar's emulator garb) even more of an MII reference than I'd initially thought. I bet they're having fun with all that.
  8. I thought The Mardook were the protoculture In that continuity? i like all of the various references to Macross II that have shown up recently. I’m actually just waiting for the next movie to have a guy named Feff in it or an idol named Ishtar.
  9. Maybe, but if we could avoid another 20 pages of discussion about NY I’d be happy.
  10. Kakizaki was a Tamashii Web Exclusive so it won't be available at the usual shops like Amazon and HLJ at all. If you didn't snag a preorder when it was open your best bet is going to be watching stores for secondary market listings - Mandarake, etc - for people who got theirs and then immediately sold them - or places like Yahoo Japan Auctions, ebay, etc.
  11. Going by the pictures shown so far, I think - yes? Looks like it to me. The matte finish helps there.
  12. Only question about ordering direct from them right now is shipping - make sure you’re shipping speedpost / EMS, DHL or similar. Haven’t checked their rates recently but that may offset any potential savings. Slower methods may not be available or may end up in a ship’s cargo hold for three months.
  13. I would be really surprised to see any of the other yf-29 color schemes they did get a new release. I can’t imagine any of them are popular enough to warrant it. I could see them doing a new one though. Maybe something for the 40th anniversary of the show and 10th of the mold.
  14. I assume because they recognize it has been heavily modified from the specifications they would otherwise be familiar with. The Zentradi did not have the skills to modify or repair their equipment themselves but they would have clearly noticed it was different from the ship they had been following originally.
  15. jeniusornome

    Macross figures

    @Podtastic How do you even get that out of anything that I said? Here, let me just reiterate my UNPOPULAR opinion in as clear and concise a manner as possible: it would be nice to have an option for figures that didn’t involve skimpy clothes and/or underwear flashing. no agenda, and no politics. If you see anything more than that in this statement, that’s all on you and whatever you’re bringing into the conversation.
  16. The VF-1 is about the same size as an F-16. I think the legioss is supposed to be around 30’ long in fighter mode, hence the small size of the toy even in a “big” scale like 1:48.
  17. You mean, you think they made a lot of noise this time and had something in mind other than the comic? Small group of a real estate company with minimal staff, shrinking revenue and dwindling relevance of IP with a smaller and smaller fanbase, grasping at straws to make a big deal out of anything they can to try and generate some revenue? Given HG's failed attempts over the years to do anything with the property, I think it's unlikely it was anything other than talk to try and drum up interest/funding. Like HG is doing the equivalent of saying "hey remember Robotech? Wasn't that great? How about some money for old time's sake?" We still don't know what actually happened with Robotech Remix, but HG obviously didn't care enough about it to try and keep it going. Speaking of Mospeada, how's the licensing for that handled? It's a Tatsunoko property so I assume HG has some license with them for it, but when Sentinel, Evolution Toy, whhoever, makes a Mospeada product, does HG get a cut when it's sold in the US? Maybe they'll hang their hat on a new Mospeada and call it a day.
  18. I thought "in universe", since DYRL was filmed in like 2030, all the VFs in it were supposedly later-built VF-1s. So if you want an in-universe explanation for the differences in the design between the TV and movie, assume that over the ~8 years they were being built they made a few tweaks to them for the same reasons that tweaks get made to real life production aircraft - suppliers change, someone upgrades some avionics, they ran out of material towards the end of the war so they had to make the head a little thinner, etc. Alternately, maybe the production crew of DYRL had to restore a bunch of old busted VF-1s for the movie and they didn't get it quite right. Far as real life is concerned, I read that as it being the same reason there are TV-style hands and DYRL style hands. One looks a little softer and rounded and more cartoony, the other is more edgy and detailed because it had a better animation budget. And Bandai did it to sell more.
  19. That’s every year though. They make a lot of noise, nothing happens, repeat next year. Even when they get something done they mess it up - shadow chronicles apparently could have gotten a follow-up, but HG has “creative differences” with funimation and scrapped it, thus alienating one of the few companies left still willing to work with them. (not that shadow chronicles was especially good, but it was at least something, and the first production something they’d done since the attempt to do “The Sentinels”). since then I think the only other media they had was a release of the at-the-time 30-year old Mospeada recap episode / Yellow Dancer concert. i am curious if any of this licensing would affect future Mospeada media, assuming anything is actually coming. It doesn’t seem to affect distribution of the toys at least.
  20. jeniusornome

    Macross figures

    Oh please. Don’t go around spouting nonsense about respecting people who have a different opinion about things when you are literally dismissing my different opinion as “moralizing and phony outrage”. Hypocrite. i had no idea saying “it sure would be nice if there were figures that weren’t all underwear flashing existed” was going to push buttons like this.
  21. jeniusornome

    Macross figures

    I’m rolling my eyes so hard @Lolicon you might even be able to hear it. I'm just saying it would be nice if girls in anime weren’t overwhelmingly objectified, and if characters presented as strong, independent women actually had merchandise available that reflected that. You want to take it to some political place, go right ahead.
  22. jeniusornome

    Macross figures

    I would call it pretty tame by Macross standards. for a series with a lot of strong female characters pushing an idol band whose latest single is “the future exists for women” there’s an awful lot of cheesecake. Sometimes canonically underage cheesecake. A lot of the Ranka statues are pretty f’d up IMO. I know it’s just part of anime culture, it’s a part I don’t especially like, but the characters aren’t flashing their underwear every episode of the show, or having their boobs nearly falling out of their clothes, Sheryl’s concerts aside, so I don’t see why every statue of them has to do it. years from now if my daughter says she wants a Sheryl figure or statue because she likes the character, I will remember there’s at least one where she isn’t just an object for weebs to ogle.
  23. @Jesper77 don't bother. Assume if you want this one it will cost you $300 after the fact. Although reading the thread the day after a PO is usually entertaining.
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