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  1. 8 hours ago, no3Ljm said:

    You want people to get tired of buying VF-1's and at the same time you also wonder why they're buying Delta VF's? Ever thought that maybe they're tired of VF-1's that's why they're buying Delta Valks instead? Or maybe they just want to have every Valk from the franchise?

    Also, it doesn't stop me from getting VF-2SS and VF-11C even though I'm not a big fan of Macross II and Macross 7. Or maybe some of us here just like planes that transforms even though the show they featured on is crap.

    But then, I only buy Valks that I only like. ;) 

    I would like  people to wake up and stop giving rewards to shows that don't deserve it. And that goes for a lot of recent anime, especially the classics that have been reboot/revisited in the last few years. It's really hard for me to understand why collectors buy toys/model kits from shows they don't like or they never watched. I always felt the need to have some kind of connection to the shows i buy toys from.Otherwise to me they are just a piece of plastic/metal. You watched the show, you liked it and then you want the toys. That's how it always worked for me. I respect the choices of everyone but it does surprise me how many people don't care about the actual animation production and just buy the toys. And this goes, as i said before, for many classic japanese animation franchise, that in the last couple of decades, in my opinion, have been ruined also by this kind of marketing strategy. 

  2. 4 hours ago, jvmacross said:

    If you have been collecting since the 80's, then you should have given up all hope of "variety" when it comes to Macross....for the toys...it is all about the original VF-1 (the only time it is not is when Bandai is releasing VFs to cash in on a new Macross series...and even then, it will be mostly the "VF's" from the new series that will get produced)...The original VF-1 gets a reboot/update every decade or so...it's been more or less consistent....the only time that things veered from this formula was during the Yamato days (1/60 Destroids and a few oddball releases) and more recently with the Bandai HMR line (Destroids and some enemy mechs)......the biggest hope now would be for Bandai to follow up on what they have teased in terms of enemy Macross mecha....time will tell, but, unfortunately, it also tells us that the odds are against it...

    Honestly i just hope that sooner or later people will get tired of buying VF-1 and the market is going to become oversaturated. It's tough for me to understand how collectors will just buy the same piece over and over again, even if it has some minor adjustements it's somewhat absurd..  I also wonder how come people are so eager to buy VF from crappy shows like delta. After the release of the new 1/48 line from Bandai i decided to stop buying VF-1 unless it has some new, unseen color scheme. Otherwise i am done.

  3. I have been buying macross toys since the first yamato macross plus 1/72 and VF-1 1/60. Actually, even before that, when i was a child in the 80s, i remember buying several takatoku/bandai toys. I arrived at a point where it's really hard for me to get excited for any new macross toy release. I really wish Bandai or some other companies would focus more on zentran/meltran models or, why not, customized valkyrie(i'd love a Minmai guard for example). That would give me the chance to me to recreate some diorama from the most iconic scenes from ova, movies, tv shows etc.,which it's what i have been focusing with my other toys addictions lately. I know may other feel the same way but, at this point, i am honestly giving up on seeing other kind of toys besides old or new variable fighters. Anyway i really hope Bandai or some other companies will prove me wrong.

  4. 8 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

    You're welcome. But do remember that this one is the most anticipated one so try not to miss to PO on Monday (JPN Time). :good: 

     

    I won't sir ;) i feel lucky because tomorrow i am off from work so i will have plenty of time to refresh my browser :) 

     

  5. 9 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

    No, it's not going to be like Bandai's. But I advise to put your PO the moment it goes up (on the PO day) rather than wait the next day or two. ;) 

    Thank you! That's a  relief. I would have been really sorry to have missed this one since i already own the other three and really want to complete my team. It was on my bucket list since i saw Mospeada for the first time when i was a kid.

  6. I really like the color but i am not a big fan of the sculpt of the face. That's ok though, i am sure in the end it will be a great product and finally i will complete my mospeada team...one question though, i can't remember anymore how do pre-orders with sentinel work? Am i going to have more than 5 seconds to get my order in or is it going to be like a Bandai DX kind of thing?

  7. 7 hours ago, seti88 said:

    I agree with you!!

    Btw, i hope there would be a chance to see this with japanese voiceovers! The JP trailer has a certain vibe when they speak in japanese....

    I don't know, maybe it might give you a different vibe, but to me it looks like a parody, especially the actors and their acting.

  8. 1 minute ago, VF-1A Cannon Fodder said:

    Wait - how were you able to watch it already?

    Oh, well, you know i have friends in high places...

    There's no need to watch it. Just looking at these trailers make me wanna gouge my eyes out. Very disrepctful toward the original material. They tried to copy it but at the same time they changed everything. 

  9. Hello everyone,

    This is my first time selling macross items here but i am an experienced seller on ebay (username ryoma-01, 100% positive feedback, here’s a link of one of my latest auction not macross related https://www.ebay.com/itm/194442966285) and sold several items on Macross/Robotech FB groups.

    All the items are new, MIB, complete and in perfect conditions.

    I am located in Italy, express shipping to the U.S.A. (around 5 days) will be around 45 to 55 US dollars. Economy shipping (2 to 3

    weeks) will be around 30 US dollars.

    Please PM me for further questions or for more pictures(payment via paypal or bank transfer).

    Thank you for watching.

    Yamato 1/60 25Th anniversary YF-19(some minor wear on the box): 220 US dollars

    Yamato 1/48 25Th anniversary VF-1S(some minor wear on the box, small tear on the right side): 200 US dollars(SOLD)

    Yamato 1/48 Super parts for VF-1: 100 US dollars(SOLD)

    Yamato 1/48 Weathering super parts for VF-1: 200 US dollars(SOLD)

    Bandai missile set for DX VF-1 1/48: 100 US dollars

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  10. 34 minutes ago, sqidd said:

    That makes sense. I guess that means that his "power" to re-set the timeline and bring on impacts, etc is just a coincidence then. Not that he was "ordained" to play that role.

    That said, I get his role/ability to bring on impacts (his relationship with his mother/Unit 01). What is still foggy to me is where does his ability to re-set or loop the timeline come in then? Is it all the same thing?

     

    And I just thought of something else. At the beginning of 3.33 Unit 01/Shinji are imprisoned in that cross shaped box in orbit. Did NERV/Gendo put him/them there? Why? Doesn't it assume that they stopped the Third Impact to get them in there? Isn't the Third Impact what they wanted? And how did they get an awakened Unit 01 in there in the first place? Ask nicely?:p

    Well, your questions are more than reasonable. My general thoughts on evangelion and its endings are:

    TV ending: Beautiful message to all the Otaku. Shinji's journey was all internal and in the end he was able to open up to others and to the world. Maybe an happy accident (they ended the budget too soon) but i really enjoyed the fact that the author tried to convey a positive message to all the people watching the show. At that point i did not care very much about unanswered questions because i understood that the show was not about that.

    TOE ending: Complete destruction. Anno gets mad because fans did not get the previous final and they wanted something with more action. You do get some questions answered but also a complete pessimistic ending with total destruction of the material and spiritual world.

    At this point the fans get to choose: do you want a positive ending but without the usual action sequences and without all the narratives holes filled or do you want a more usual ending, with a lot of action, some questions answered but very dark and pessimistic? I think which one you choose tells a lot about your personality.

    Then we get the manga ending. Probably the most balanced. You get most of the questions answered and some sort of uplifting final sequence. 

    And last you get the rebuild movies. I really did not feel the need for them and i think Anno sacrificied too much of the coherence of the plot for...everything else. 

    Anyway to answer your last question, i think they were not ready for start the fourth impact yet since they couldn't extract the two spears without the new Evangelion model. Although i think the 15 years between the second and third movie will be covered by some additional material which should be released in the next few months. 

  11. 2 hours ago, sqidd said:

    This is where I get lost a little in the "reality" of Evangelion. Most of Evangelion is explained with technology ( way more advanced than humans). But Shinji's place seems to occupy something more like magic.

    Well, I always thought it was because his mother's soul was absorbed by Unit-01 and therefore he was the only one to be able to pilot it/her. And the whole Berserker thing makes the 01 the strongest Evangelion ever(the rage of a mom and his will to defend her son...i guess nothing in this world can be stronger than that). Or maybe that's not what you meant. Sorry if i misunderstood your words 😅

  12. 8 hours ago, General Rasp said:

    Both of the figures aren't out yet, but should release this month. The Kayodo build quality can be very bad at times with their EVA figures. And their articulation system can be very frustrating if you aren't used to it. I would recommend going with robot spirits by Bandai. See my post on the previous page, I go over the robot spirit line for Sqidd. 

    Thank you both but it seems like HLJ has the kayodo ready to ship... 

    https://www.hlj.com/evangelion-evolution-ev-021-evangelion-unit02a-kyd10328

    Anyway, at this point i might even wait for a HG  release from Bandai so it will be perfectly scaled with all my others old (very old)eva kits.

  13. I need a suggestion about the new Eva toys. I wanted to buy the new version of the Eva 02 as it appears in the 3.0 + 1.0 movie(the green armored one, as it is shown in the final battle just to be clear). I noticed that there are two versions of it, one from Bandai and the other from Kayodo. The kayodo seems taller but with weird proportions while the bandai looks a bit shorter but with better proportions and more details. Does anyone own any of them? What are your thoughts about these two toys?

    Thank you in advance!

  14. 2 hours ago, tekering said:

    If I may make a suggestion:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Robo:_The_Day_the_Earth_Stood_Still

    It's a '90s OAV series in a deliberately '70s style, with animation so exquisite it took nearly a year for each episode to be produced.  It shares a lot of Evangelion's angst, but it's also twice the fun. :D

    Mecha fans will throw recommendations at you left, right and center, but nothing comes close to Giant Robo. 🔒

    Blu ray set has been announceed almost ten years ago for a release here in Italy. So far nothing yet but i keep on crossing my fingers because it is definitely a great series!

  15. I had the chance to meet him during some lectures at my university while i was living in the U.S. 

    He had a great sense of humor and seemed like a very humble person. Although he did promise us that (it was 2007-2008) a Goonies sequel was very close to be done :( Very sorry for his death, when i was a kid i loved all of his movies and having the chance to meet him was like a dream coming true. I think it's really sad that my generation (at least here in Italy) grew up with his works and nobody has the slightest idea of who he was.

    R.I.P., you were a great director Mister Donner.

  16. 2 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

    Awesome! Can I ask how long usually does it take before you get it from the Japanese Online Stores (e.g. Amiami, HLJ, AmzJP, etc.)?

     

    Sure! That's not an easy question to answer though. Usually i have all my orders shipped via ems or airmail. Before covid it was 5-7 days for ems and two weeks for airmail. Now it might take up to one month for EMS and even 6 weeks for airmail. Luckily enough the last two parcels i received in june arrived pretty fast, one week, maybe 8 days(both of them were shipped via ems). It seems like things are slowly getting back to normal for shipping to Italy but i m crossing my fingers we don't get hit by another mutation of the virus.

    And i always tend to avoid Fedex or any other private carrier otherwise i know that, through them, i always have to pay custom(which in Italy is around 30% of the total price, item + shipping).

  17. 10 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

    If AmazonJP is 100% accurate then it's on the 17th of July.

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    Thank you! I really hope it is! That would mean i would probably get it before the august break, which in Italy it's always a bummer for getting parcels and mails.

  18. They are in very good conditions. Transformed them few times and they still look pretty solid. Some of them yellowed of course, mostly the ones that were exposed to direct sunlight. Anyway the majority still looks great, especially the low vis ones and the three GBP armors. I guess my only complain is that many stickers are peeling off. But that's a good excuse to take them off completely and put waterslide decals instead.

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