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  1. Also would be really difficult to do that as a DIY mod, considering the feet are solid metal. Could maybe paint the exhausts with fluorescent paint, but I don't think Bandai's construction is in any way conducive to adding internal lighting. They just love filling every nook and cranny with plastic inserts.
  2. Think we could get together a crowdfunded effort to have the original English voice cast do a fan-dub of it as well?
  3. The YF-21 is top of my list as well, just so long as they can fix the wonky proportions their display prototype had. I'm honestly not sure if I ever want anyone to attempt a VF-2SS though. Bandai did decently well with their HMR version, but that is by far the most fiddly and un-fun fighter mode of any valk, hands down. It may as well be an action figure with an incidental "folds up to look like it's flying" mode.. kind of like a lot of Gundams actually. I would love to see someone engineer one that's somehow solid in any mode, but I'm not even sure the design itself is capable of such a feat, because there just isn't any structure to it. You know, it didn't exactly occur to me.. but I think I would be perfectly accepting of some more Macross 30 schemes on existing toys. The game didn't go so far as to give us any actual VF-17s, but it did give us Gamlin and Milia schemes on some VF-171s. I'd buy those easily if they were released, not mention the single most wanted VF-17 variant I have, and never expect anyone to produce:
  4. Boy oh boy do I ever wish they would re-engineer those and discard the stupid "wing panels are spring loaded" gimmick.. or at the very least re-design it so it doesn't leave the wings drooping, and prone to unintentional ejection while on display.
  5. I thought PayPal wasn't even an option with them anymore? Maybe they got reinstated, but I believe PayPal actually blacklisted them for how many claims they were getting.
  6. Eh.. maybe we'll get lucky and they'll overstock on that one like they did with the WalMart-exclusive Tie Fighter. Think it retailed for $80, and I wound up getting one at Dorkside for $30 months later.
  7. Man does that ever bring back memories. My first Star Wars kit from the early 90s, and I remember all the fuss involved in making that cockpit something more recognizable. I did finally find out the reason for the ugly cockpit a few years back though. As bad as it was for what we saw in the movie, MPC designed that kit completely based on the filming miniatures. After seeing some photos of those once, the stock cockpit really isn't bad for what the filming models had, which was mostly kitbashed from ~1/24 scale car models. If you think about it, the wide-armed pose and full-head helmet really do have a pretty good resemblance to a NASCAR driver. Really though, considering the kit came out in 1978, it still holds up really well. Think it was one of my first kits with engraved panel lines.
  8. Youch.. The only one I ever saw close to that price was the first release electronic one for $75 (which I bought on clearance at $25). All of the non-electronic ones past that were in the $30-$50 range, I thought. That's a huge jump.
  9. To be fair to the animators, they're usually in the shadow of the plane. I think the only time we've ever seen any clearly non-white gear in Macross was the VF-19P hangar scene, where they're clearly a medium gray, with minty-green bays. Going to spoiler this part to avoid looking too ranty, because honestly, the metal gear itself bothers me less than Bandai's general attitude about things like this. Anywho, long story short, I wish Bandai would stop clinging to nostalgia (or any other misguided preference for oddball inaccuracies) as an argument against making something correctly. Remember how long they still put the incorrect 1/55-style chest stripes on all of their VF-1Js? Like, seriously, even Toynami got that right before they did. During the whole backwards number thing, I kept wishing someone would go and spray paint Bandai's corporate logo backwards on the back-facing side of their headquarters, just to exemplify how stupid their "symmetry" argument was.
  10. I will happily pick up as many VF-31As in any format as I can afford.
  11. I guess I get it, but nostalgia is a very confusing drug that way. Having bare metal landing gear on a high quality scale model feels like someone refusing to upscale a blocky 8-bit texture from an old video game when it gets an HD re-master. For the moment, I just want them to get around to a VT-1.
  12. Not a bad little survey, I was tempted to beg them to start painting landing gear white, but I don't really want them to start now and have to rebuy everything to match I did say I really wanted them to get the YF-21 done, and do a VT-1 though, and put a final note that they need to release a weapons/fold pod pack for the VF-31s, since none of them have anything to use, and asking people to buy another copy of Hayate's plane just to get the pod is silly.
  13. I'm usually just content to slice the seals to open the boxes, and leave them on. Too easy to tear the packaging trying to remove them.
  14. Definitely an impressive beast! DHL just dropped my combo pack at the door, and I gave it a once-over. Not going to open it up and fiddle just yet, but I have to say, that's probably the nicest packaging presentation Bandai has put together for any of their DX line so far. Really like the windows, and the black plastic tray layer to hide the rear trays is a nice touch. Only two minor downsides: 1. I hate the thought of wrecking the bending side of the box to peek inside the windows. 2. It probably shouldn't surprise me so much, but goofy Engrish for well-known words gets me. While I appreciate the effort in the window box, the labels weren't really necessary, and listing the armaments of the VF-1J as a "GUTTLING GUNPOD" and "RASER GUN" gave me a hard facepalm.
  15. They did this with the HMR release, so I think it's entirely possible, and hope they do it, but I would definitely rather skip the stickers personally. I think the only ones they would need would be ship names (Prometheus vs SDF-1/ARMD nameplates). Maybe a selection of pilot names, if they want to let people be creative. I know the escape system markings on the chest plate are different on the TV releases, but I'd just as soon stick with the simpler DYRL version since it looks less busy. The ejection seat markings should never be missing. Parts-wise, a TV/DYRL version would need two pilots, two heads, two sets of hands, and two cockpit console pieces, all of which are readily swappable on all of my DX VF-1s. The cockpit console sometimes gets held in by glue, but for the most part I've been able to wiggle them all loose with very little effort. A nice bonus would be including a couple sets of tampo-printed strike pack inserts with DYRL squadron markings to use on strike packs, since I know one or two were shown in the movie.
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