Finally finished putting together the SDF-1 (which BTW is not all that bad just time consuming) and I'm pretty happy with this piece. IMO it's Yamato's most solid Macross release to date, which unlike some of Yamato's other releases, as far as I can tell the SDF-1 is pretty much flawless. Only other Yamato Macross toy I own that's this solid and perfect is the VF-11. For something that could have ended up being a real disaster Yamato really pulled out all the stops on this one. What I like about this toy is it really feels like something you can manhandle without the worry of anything breaking or flopping around. Detailing and articulation are excellent as well, legs in attacker mode could have a little more range of motion for my tastes but all things considered this is a minor quibble.
My only real complaint is the price as for $350-400 you feel like your overpaying for a toy that in all honestly kinda feels like a brick. Now I know people will argue over the whole "brick" thing and in many ways calling it a brick is not doing this toy justice as it's not a brick in the same way, as let's say Star Convoy's a brick, but compared to other toys the SDF-1 is more of a display piece then other Macross toys. This is not by any means a bad thing as the SDF-1 itself was intended to be a lumbering ship in space that transformed into a robot. But it's something people have to be aware of considering the price point of this figure and is really only intended for the super-hardcore Macross fans, especially the fans of DYRL.
For the price the only thing I would have really liked to have seen included with this release was similar to what Bandai did with the Quarter and include miniature versions of various other craft from Macross such as a few VF-1's, Destroid's, and or course the Konig Monster. This IMO is the only thing that I really feel is missing as I would have loved to have some mini Destroid's and some Monsters to put on the hull in cruiser mode. While I am not the biggest fan of the Macross Quarter the one aspect of that release I really appreciated was the inclusion of those mini VF-25's and the Monster which was pretty awesome. If Yamato ever does the TV version of the SDF-1 I really hope this is something they would include, or even as a separate add-on pack.
Anyway just my 2 cents. At the end of the day I would say if your a fan of DYRL and have been waiting for a high quality SDF-1 this toy is a must, though if you meet this criteria you probably own this toy already. For those still on the fence I still think it's worth picking up, though if you haven't pulled the trigger already my advice is to probably wait for a sale of some sort. By the looks of it shops like HLJ have been getting consistent restocks of this toy so it does not look like the supply is going to dry up anytime soon despite shops having a hard time keeping it in stock initially due to the high demand. So hopefully all the fans currently on the fence can eventually get this guy for less as wile I feel it's over-priced at $350-400 I would say this toy is a no-doubter if it ever dips down to the $250-300 mark (or less).