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Major Focker

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  1. i caved and finally got a 1J at a local store for $450 the store owner happened to be there while i was browsing so i tried to go for a discount. he countered saying it was a first release edition that comes with a stand. was there even a 2nd release sans stand? and cheaper? about to walk away, he mentioned buying online would entail $30-40 shipping and about $80 in import taxes. sounded about right. so the apples to apples price (vs. a web purchase) was now $330. still, there was a chance i could've avoided taxes; so back to $410 comparable price. seeing i was unconvinced, he threw in the missile set. quick check on webstores pegs it at $110-130. but i already have a missile set which i bought for $50, intended for the VF-1S. anyway, i took his offer. so in the best case, that VF-1J was effectively just $200, and in the worst case $360. still unsure whether it was a good deal or not. as you can tell, i'm still trying to rationalize my purchase...
  2. received my Black and Gold 1S from HK seller. haven't opened it yet though.
  3. lol! i used to visit my PO so often that now they just send me an SMS whenever i have more than 4 boxes or at least one of them is a month old, whichever comes first. you're spot on with the tax calculations. NY price for SV-51 + 3k yen shipping works out to around 17k Php shipped. Add ~4k Php for taxes and the 112 Php fixed postal handling fee, for a total of 21k php. there's a local PO for the SV-51 at 22k Php, less 10% if a member, so net 20k Php. as of late 2016, any importation less than 10k Php item value only (ie. excluding shipping) is exempt from taxes. hence i have since split my shipments into smaller chunks. and high value items ship individually. when i have a big order at NY (eg. to maximize a discount coupon), i then select the ship separate parcels option which only costs a little more. BOC occasionally makes errors by computing based on landed cost even if the item value alone is under 10k. i just point out the error to the local PO and they release the package tax free. this is really odd. sorry man, but it really looks like you were over taxed. i paid 3k Php tax for the same item, and my shipments from Amiami, HLJ, HS always had the shipping cost spelled out. in Amiami's case, it's not on the invoice but on the declaration sheet under "postage charges". both pieces of paper are inside a plastic bag pasted on the box.
  4. dang, i wanted that so badly but just saw it now. i should pay more attention to this thread.
  5. favor please, can you try the upgrade parts on the black getter and take a pic?
  6. Major Focker

    Hi-Metal R

    thanks. i''ll be on standby. if it comes in this wed-fri though, i may be delayed in responding as i will be travelling somewhere remote at that time.
  7. Major Focker

    Macross figures

    what's the approx scale for this? 1/8?
  8. cute=kawaii sugoi=awesome/amazing .. unless you meant she was cute for saying sugoi so many times?
  9. Major Focker

    Hi-Metal R

    may i take you up on that offer? missed out on the PO
  10. NY SAL Small Packet x 3. i actually got the postal notice a couple of weeks back, but was too busy to pick it up at the post office. as previously mentioned, now that i have 4 in hand, i will dispose of one. if anyone has the Arcadia Altira Island resin model or the VF-171 with Sheryl on the back, maybe we can work out a trade or something.
  11. i hope Appleseed gets some love too. 2020 can't come soon enough
  12. i like the box. hope they also make a plastic foldable container/crate down the line. NY also asked me for extra shipping. total 7300 yen shipped to Manila. it's been shipped but i probably won't see it until 2019. postal services grind to a crawl during December.
  13. Major Focker

    Hi-Metal R

    whew! just remembered this. and to think i was just lounging around at home this afternoon.
  14. had they done the MF valks, i think the line would've sold better
  15. were there any pics shown?
  16. agree with that. and while a number may disagree, i also consider her work in Frontier to be better and more varied than Plus
  17. yeah, i'm just relieved this ordeal was finally resolved. sorry it didn't quite work out for you. was sending them emails roughly every couple of months, then weekly last month when i read in this thread that other members were having their orders filled, and noting that the order numbers and dates were getting closer to mine. i also thought of reducing my order just to make sure i get one. instead, i told NY to send me the 31A's one by one as they become available, rather than waiting for all 3 before shipping. shortly after i got a shipping preparation notice so i thought at least one was being prepped. frankly, i was surprised when the shipped notice came a week later and all 3 were being sent, individually, as well as my Garland. so now i have 4 x 31A. contemplating selling the 4th (or 1st, since i had it in-hand sooner than NY's) i got as an insurance, albeit at a premium, to recover the $360 i spent on it. i guess i have a few weeks to think about it until the NY orders arrive.
  18. my 3 from NY are finally on their way, shipped 11/07/18, ordered and paid 10/27/17
  19. i'm still waiting for my 3 what was your order number?
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