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  1. On 7/16/2021 at 12:32 PM, borgified said:

    You haven't reserved a copy of the DX 1J + GBP yet @Special Sauce? You can get one during release week from Manda while Amiami and Jungle will possibly have their copies out for sale a few weeks later. 

    Or you could try looking at the "For Sales" thread if others are willing to sell their back up orders. 

    On a side note: I'm still keeping an eye out on those "Grails" that your looking for. ;)

    I tried on pre-order night but came up empty.  I figured I'd just wait until it's close to the actual release and try to pick one up then.  There were pre-orders available from some sites but you had to pre-pay.  I wouldn't care about putting a small deposit but I didn't want to fully pay for it months before it's available.  

    Thanks @borgified still looking as well. ;)

  2. 9 hours ago, Alex GS said:

    This thing is beautiful, still got to mention is a bit on the light side, but overall is beautiful it feels solid , great quality, the plastic right away feels almost identical if not the same to the material found in the DX Bandai 1/60 & 1/48 Macross figures, I think that's a good thing right? :D 

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    Those Masterpiece Transformers are really nice.  I've had a few in the past.  The Optimus is awesome.  Every version they've made.

  3. On 7/7/2021 at 1:10 PM, F360 said:

    The Metal Build Gundam line would be a good example comparing what similar price it would be compare to buying from BBTS vs buying directly from Japan

    First it will depends on if they can get it from local distribution.. (over the counter / general releases) .. if so it will have a similar msrp.

    If it's a TWE/P-Bandai or a event item then BBTS will need to use their proxy or something to get it so it will have a high extra charge,, at that point you might as well just get it from Japan or if P-bandai USA.

     

    BBTS does offer excellent customer service, so you are picky on your toys or normally happens to have toys that falls apart on you, or need that extra sharp corner on the box then BBTS will be a good option.     

     

    There's no way I'd or order from Japan if it was available from BBTS as an American customer.  Even if the price was more I'd still order from BBTS.  At most all I'd have to pay is a small deposit or nothing at all to pre-order.  Then you have the good customer service and reliability of an established company.  

  4. 3 hours ago, M'Kyuun said:

    It's lower on my list of favorite valks to be sure, but hailing from Macross Plus,  probably my favorite of the Macross series, and with its YF-23 inspiration, I definitely have a soft spot for it. Too, with the integration of Zentaedi Quaedluun Rau elements, it's unique amongst the library of valks for so prominently incorporating them, as the YF-21 complements its half-Zentraedi pilot.

    The YF-21 relies , more than most, on a lot of animation magic to change the proportions of various elements to present a more ideal look depending on mode. It's one of the most challenging valks for toy/model makers due to this fact. That and the stupid belly plates are the things I most dislike about it.  So, I was pretty impressed with how well the battroid and fighter modes looked on that proto- far more balanced than the Yamato, which absolutely favored the fighter mode. To its credit, Yamato made a beautiful fighter, but at great expense to the battroid. I'm a battroid guy, so it didn't sit well with me, although I bought a copy b/c it was the best version of the YF-21 to exist at the time. Kinda still is, unfortunately. But the unstable and disproportionally skinny legs bugged me so much that I finally took it off display and put it back in its box years ago. So now there's a hole that needs to be filled, and since I display my valks in battroid, I want a nice looking 21 to round out the M+ crew.

    I'll also mention that along with giving their B-mode well proportioned legs, Bandai also foreshortened the belly plates in B-mode so that they're more flattering and less in the way. Hope that stays if Bandai intends to release a 1/60 YF-21. Seems they've already done a fair bit of work, with a full on transforming proto, so it'd be a shame to throw away all that investment.

    It definitely has a unique look overall.  I think I like fighter mode the best.  Seeing the proto photos from Bandai, I would agree that it's probably the best Battroid version I've seen yet.  It's starting to grow on me.  

  5. 3 hours ago, Seto Kaiba said:

    'bout a year?

    They turned off the upvotes and downvotes entirely, leaving only the "Like" button, and removed the display of the upvotes/downvotes on posts that had them.

    You still get notified if someone likes your post, but you can only see it on your profile page.

    Ok.  I could still see the amount of likes, as it pertains to the reputation in green text above the post count as recently as about a week ago.  Now I no longer see them.  I wasn't sure if something had changed but it sounds like it has from what you're saying.  

  6. 1 hour ago, M'Kyuun said:

    It's a bit deflating that the last post here, by me, was back in February, with Bandai a no-show with progress on this thing at Wonderfest.  Said lack of progress, or news of any kind does little to inspire hope.:(

    Man, I really want a transforming YF-21 with a well-proportioned battroid. They could have just released the proto as shown, and it still would have looked miles better to me than the old Yamato.

    I know there have been different iterations of that particular Valk design but is it that popular?  I kinda like it but not enough to purchase one.

  7. On 6/24/2021 at 1:02 PM, Chronocidal said:

    I'll be in for more 31As, but the armor is just a heavy mess of too much junk.

    Random goofy question by the way.. how many super pack releases do we even have?  I know I've got Hayate, Mirage and Messer.. did we ever get Arad's set?  I'm pretty sure we never got Chuck's, but I honestly can't remember Arad's, since at that point they started including the reaction missiles with the base valks.

    You're correct, there are only super sets for the (3) Valk's you mentioned.  Nothing for Chuck.  I'm hoping they do one for Arad.  I bet that Messer super pack would look good on the Kairos.

  8. 3 minutes ago, seti88 said:

    Still not completely sold on the armour set design, but these colours do seem more suitable for it.

    I'm not usually an armor guy, more of a super/fast pack kind of guy but I do like this one.  I have that armor set for my Arad and I haven't used it yet, mostly because I worry about the stress it can potentially put on the joints.

  9. On 6/21/2021 at 3:19 PM, Skull005 said:

    I think Kawamori was on acid when he designed the SV-262.  That thing is the most complicated Valk I've ever tried to transform.  Ingenious design but insanely hard to transform.  

    I can attest to Bandai making this thing pretty damn sturdy.  I rarely transform my valks so when I do, I do it extremely carefully.  After hour 2 of trying to transform this thing, I was banging on it like a rubics cube due to frustration.  Even managed to slip out of my hands and fall 4 feet onto my hardwood floor and still didn't break a thing.  Pretty solid build.

    I would probably just leave it in fighter mode and never transform it :lol:

    I like that mode the best anyway.

  10. 39 minutes ago, SoLoBoY said:

    I will not be shopping at Solaris Japan ever again.....This was advertised as a 5 star pre owned item......

     

     

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    Dude, that sucks.  I'm sorry that happened to you.  Hopefully the toy is fine otherwise.  You might be able to whiten those parts up.  I bought a still sealed one recently and it was good.  No discoloring at all.  Sunlight seems like the most likely culprit. 

  11. On 6/20/2021 at 1:14 AM, Lolicon said:

    Spring cleaning time! Dusted off the old VF-2SS.

    Honk if you love Macross II :rolleyes:

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    Honk!  I need to get a display cabinet so I can set mine up.  Love playing around with it though.

  12. On 6/18/2021 at 3:30 PM, Slave IV said:

    You’re going to need to swap shipping or wait since I don’t think SAL is available yet. 

    I had a package shipped from Jungle and they offered SAL so I tried it and it seems to be working.  I know it'll take a while but I'm in no rush

  13. 53 minutes ago, 505thAirborne said:

    While I'm not a Delta fan, Mirage's 31C and Kairos 31A are the ones worth owning in my book. Sad that Bandai doesn't do reissues. 

    I like Arad's as well.  Head sculpt does it for me as does the colors.  Hopefully they make that other color scheme, I'll probably try and get that too.

  14. 2 hours ago, no3Ljm said:

    The actual news is the PO for the DX VF-31J Hayate with Fold Projection Unit (aka Speaker Pod) is already closed. However it will NOT support Bluetooth. Arad's Valk in Messer's colors on the other hand has just been revealed in some Japanese hobby magazine scan. But no toy form announcement yet. :rolleyes:

    And yes, I think everyone's still craving for 31A Kairos reissue. ;)

     

    Ever since I got my Kairos I just rub the box like it's "my precious" (It's still sealed).

    I'll open it at some point.  I just haven't gotten the nerve to do it yet. :D

  15. 14 hours ago, sh9000 said:

    Boba Fett is right here.  I didn't need to get another one.  Also, screw the time period for the Bounty Hunters.  I'm putting this group with a bunch of other Star Wars Bounty Hunters.

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    Cool.  I figured you had him already.  He's the most important after all ;)

    7 hours ago, sh9000 said:

    My Bounty Hunters so far will consist of 4-LOM, Aurra Sing, Boba Fett, Bossk, Cad Bane, Dengar, Din Djarin, Fennec Shand (when she gets released), Greedo, IG-11, IG-88, Jango Fett, Q-90, and Zuckuss.

     

    Nice displays @Slave IV.

    I hope HotToys does a 1/6 scale Q-90.  I really like the design of that droid.

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