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  1. When I preordered, I wasn’t aware this was based off that cover art. I just assumed Sentinel was putting a slight, yet tasteful, creative spin on the classic design, as they tend to do with their toys (my Gurren Lagann is far from screen accurate). But the helmet detail was so muted that it was barely noticeable. In these recent pics, however, it now looks like an eyesore. Snark all you want, but I’m not alone in this opinion, clearly.
  2. I don't want to pay $200 for a figure just to have to customize it. Very disappointed in this visor. I've wanted 1/12 scale Ride Armor for decades, and wasn't bothered by the subtle detailing in the promo pics, but these very pronounced lines on the final product photography look absolutely awful to me. This looks like some DESTINY or HALO helmet, rather than MOSPEADA. I get adding some extra flair to make the thing feel more "real world" or mechanical, but the helmet is one of the most iconic features of the design. In the show, you could even see the pilot's face through the tinted, smooth surface. I'm debating hitting that "cancel" button, and I can't believe that's the case.
  3. I'll be there for sure! I would love to see this in person, as well as any other Transformers 3rd Party prototypes you have on display. You shocked me last year with the Unique Toys Mania King. I turned the corner and suddenly ran into Galvatron. That was a hell of a surprise! I also preordered this SDF-1 from your site, just in case. So excited for this!
  4. Holy cow! These are fantastic. You're not taking commissions, are you?
  5. Same boat here. HKC has been disturbingly silent since I placed/paid for a sizable order on Sunday morning. According to their site, a lot of valks are still listed as "Available," which seems to contradict the insane number of orders that have been reported on this board and elsewhere. Panic is high and valks are nearly sold out everywhere. I'm biting my nails thinking I'll get a cancellation email soon enough. I wish I just knew what was going on, so I can try to find these valks elsewhere (if it comes to that -- HOPEFULLY not!).
  6. I continue to be fascinated by Bandai's approach in handling the Macross franchise. I suppose I should thank them - I've been saving so much money this year that I would have thrown their way otherwise.
  7. So, against my better judgment, I opted for the YesAsia preorder. At least they are taking orders. And I figured EMS shipping at any of the other sites would be close to a chunk of the markup I'm paying here. I guess. But this is my favorite film of all time, so there's no way I'm missing out on the full blu-ray box. Why is being a non-Japanese resident Macross fan so difficult these days? We deserve a medal or something for the punishment we go through for this franchise we adore, I swear.
  8. Chances are, yes. Because anything "limited edition" and "Macross" in Japan these days is produced in such low numbers as to completely punish the potential buying audience...thus increasing demand significantly. $70 is just the minimum of the markups we will see moving forward. It's complete bullshit. Scalpers must be loving these recent trends in the anime/collectibles industry. No, I didn't get one, either. And this boxset is everything I could ever want. The only way to get Flashback is to buy this uber set? GEE, THANKS.
  9. So, ishop2go.com is the ONLY place left with this available. But they are already charging scalper prices. Anyone have any experience with them? This is easily the most frustration I've ever had trying to acquire a collectible. And I've been through Sideshow PPO fires.
  10. Anime-export is being HAMMERED right now. I can't get through. >_< EDIT: SOLD frakkING OUT.
  11. Retailers can only sell what they are allotted. The record sellout indicates Bandai limited production on this piece to a very small number, as has been a growing trend in the Japanese collectibles industry in recent months. I can absolutely be pissed at Bandai.
  12. This whole "limiting the numbers" game is utterly frustrating. Bandai DX valks never sold out within SECONDS before the VF-171EX and the reissue YF-29. And not on nearly EVERY import site. A few contacts from Japan have been explaining this disturbing trend in the collectibles market recently to me. Takara, Bandai, etc. have been DRASTICALLY cutting back their production numbers to avoid any potential shelf warming in this economy... but, more importantly, to also DRIVE UP DEMAND. This way, the reissue versions are released at a higher markup and still sell out in minutes--perhaps seconds--because consumers are so desperate. The thing I don't get in all this: it seems to be primarily helping scalpers make profit, and ultimately blocks consumers from purchasing the products from Bandai. Wouldn't THEY rather get the money than have some dude on ebay make hundreds of dollars reselling?
  13. I... I... am truly facepalming right now. I was down the hall from the Robotech panel at NYCC and had a brief moment where I wondered "should I bother?"...but ultimately decided visiting the Bluefin Tamashii booth for the 10th time was far more important.
  14. Stop it, eriku. You're making me start to get sentimental. And when I do that, I do stupid things like completing my cart at amiami and throwing reason (And $340) out the window...
  15. Man, I feel like Yamato just keeps on pricing me out of the Macross 7 line. Even IF the current yen conversion wasn't so mind-bogglingly awful, 24,800 (MSRB) - 21,800JPY (amiami) is still ABSURD. And this is one of my "grail" valks. If this was the ONLY line I collected, I could maybe justify it (after a few stiff drinks), but as of right now, I may have to pass on one of my favorite valks of all time.
  16. EP03 is LIVE! PREORDER 66 - EP03 "FLOCKED" i.e. The Power of Beardskull! Recorded 06.11.2011 Deefuzz joins the crew for a lively discussion of BotCon 2011, Yoda's new pad, 1/6 Cuban gangsters, Star Wars spoiler statues, blue cat chicks, addictive threeA figures, morally questionable transforming robits...and beards! We also answer listener questions from Sean Mulkerin, Barricade64, RiderStrike and... Deefuzz?? Wait, what? It's gonna be a long and crazy ride! EP03 on iTunes! Subscribe today! RSS feed Direct link to Enhanced Version (m4a - preferred) Direct link to audio-only version (mp3 - not as fancy) Do you want your words to be heard on Episode 04? Please send listener questions, comments, constructive criticism and more to: preorder66@gmail.com Follow us on twitter: @Preorder66 Preorder 66 Podcast | Facebook Thanks for listening! _____
  17. EP02 is LIVE! PREORDER 66 - EP02 "WEATHERED" i.e. Jarodimo! Recorded 05.25.2011 Crasis, Empir3 and Jarodimus welcome new cast member, The Jack Sack! Our fearless foursome tackle 1/6 giant space lizards and a Man of Steel, drop their jaws at a $2K Dark Lord of the Sith statue and fight enemies in transforming planes fueled by the power of J-Rock! We also tackle some listener questions from Internet Personality Vangelus, The_Secretcode and mrhillz. Oh, and Jarodimus may or may not survive the episode... EP02 on iTunes! Subscribe today! RSS feed Direct link to Enhanced Version (m4a - preferred) Direct link to audio-only version (mp3 - not as fancy) MW members may find our RO-BITS section interesting this week, as we take a look at Yamato's VF-19 Kai Fire Valkyrie. As always, thank you for giving us a listen! We'd love to hear your feedback. Please send comments, listener questions, constructive criticism and more to: preorder66@gmail.com Follow us on twitter: @Preorder66 "LIKE" us on facebook! Search "Preorder 66"
  18. Thanks, man! You do the Fwooshcast, right? I'll be sure to subscribe to your show and catch up! Producing, hosting and editing a podcast is all very new to me, so it was a bit of a crazy crash course. We're still ironing out the wrinkles and such, and the "approval" process with iTunes has taken longer than expected, but so far the buzz has been very positive from those who went with the direct downloads. I plan on diving into some Yamato Macross news for Episode 2, so hopefully that will be more relevant to MW fans.
  19. Hey, fellow Macross Worlders! I'm proud to announce the maiden voyage of PREORDER 66 – High-end Toy Podcast! This is a lighthearted audio program covering recent news in 1/6 collectibles, action figures, statues, busts and import robots in a roundtable setting. Hosted by yours truly. This is what happens when demented people play with toys. PREORDER 66 - EP01 "EXECUTE!" i.e. Crasis, Empir3 and Jarodimus' Excellent Adventure Begins! Recorded 05.11.2011 EP01 takes a look at the latest figures and arrivals from Sideshow Collectibles, Hot Toys, TakaraTomy, Bandai, Perfect Effect and more! After a brief introduction to our hosts, we dish on Sideshow's upcoming Star Wars Cantina Band collectibles, G.I. Joe 1/6 scale ninja releases and Thor statues. Big robot news comes from TakaraTomy's shocking recent Masterpiece Transformer announcement and a Brave super robot from Bandai bursts onto the scene, wielding a massive hammer of courage! Download episodes and subscribe on iTunes! RSS feed Direct link to Enhanced Version (m4a - preferred) Direct link to audio-only version (mp3 - not as fancy) Do you want your words to be heard on Episode 04? Please send listener questions, comments, constructive criticism and more to: preorder66@gmail.com Follow us on twitter: @Preorder66 Preorder 66 Podcast | Facebook Thanks for listening! _____
  20. I don't care if it's basically a statue - I've wanted a good 1/60 scale Britai in my collection for YEARS now. Will get!
  21. Hrrm. My most priceless Macross possession has to be my 1983 Minmay art cards that I had autographed in person by Mari Iijima and the memories/photos of that night. I had quite an evening hanging out with her after a rare NYC concert. We talked for a long time, hugged, took some photos, and she even asked if I'd be willing to wait for her to finish up with other folks at her merch table so we could continue talking outside ("we'll get a better picture out there," she said with a big smile). At one point her manager/friend teased her about finding a "new boyfriend!" She blushed and said "he's getting married!!" That's what I get for mentioning my wife and I were planning on playing "Ai Oboete Imasu Ka" at our wedding. Toy-wise? My faves are my 1/48 VF-1A Low Viz and my Max and Milia focused shelf.
  22. Hrrm. That Bastila was one of my most-wanted figs from Hasbro this year. Now...I dunno. That headsculpt seems off somehow. Oh, who am I kidding? Anything and everything KOTOR shall end up in my collection.
  23. I'm loving the MP Rodimus pics in this thread! Keep it up, guys! Got this guy in today, and I can't stop taking pics of him. He may not be for everybody, but for this Rodimus fanboy he's tops! ...then again, I haven't attempted vehicle modes yet... "I am sick and tired of being responsible for the welfare of the entire universe and its outlying suburbs!" "What's that darn fool doing?" "Why do I keep seeing you in my dreams, Optimus? Are you trying to tell me I'm not the leader you were? I already know that." "NOBODY is innocent!"
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