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1 hour ago, Pontus said:

Well, I guess it's time to make an introductory post now since it doesn't look like I'm getting the rest of my toys anytime soon (I was hoping to do them all at once).  Hello MWF! :hi:

I've been a Macross fan since being introduced to it by a fellow anime fan back in... '03.  And I loved Transformers in the 80's as a boy and had a Jetfire toy that I cherished. 

Anyway, I've seen the original Macross TV series several times, own it on DVD, and it's one of my all time favorite shows ever.  I also loved Macross Plus.  So, when Amazon put the original TV eps up on Prime video, I of course had to watch it again with my 4yr old daughter who also loved it.

And one day about a month ago, I randomly thought to myself, "I wonder if there were any vintage Macross toys in Japan..." :rofl:  Boy was I surprised to find currently manufactured toys for a 30yr old show.  So after a bit of research (thanks @jenius!!!) I bought one... then more... then a few more just to round out the collection.  But I did try to be economical and only got the bare essentials ;).  I started with a 1/60 Vf-1S Skull Leader with fast packs cuz Roy Focker is focking awesome and my favorite:

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I like the price, durability, and detail of the HMR line, so I picked up Max and Milia at first:

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You'll might notice a box in the background from Kitzconcepts.  I'm not into figurines, but if I was going to collect Macross toys, I had to have Lynn Minmei:

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I then noticed a distinct lack of Kakizaki's valk until I realized that he never had a custom valk in the TV show, just a bog standard brown VF-1A, so I picked up an HMR of that.  I also found out about FEXT which is so much better (and cheaper) than any of the other GBP armor out there (despite being non-cannon), so now Kakizaki is appropriately armed to the teeth:

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I quickly realized that I needed some organization of extra bits and bobs, so I picked up a Plano tackle box.  I didn't even realize it was in sortuva Macross Blue until I got it home:

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This was all expensive enough to get me in serious trouble with the wife, but after seeing reviews of Bandai's DX YF-19 full set (probably my favorite valk second to Roy's) I had to have one.  Unfortunately, the Japanese seller waited 3 weeks to ship it whereupon it has sat at their local post office for another week with no further updates.  I hope it gets here one day.  Anyway, if I have a YF-19, I had to get a 21 as well... but decent 1/60 21s are WAY too expensive.  So, despite bad reviews, I picked up a 1/72 Yamato V2 for a very decent price.  I see why the reviews are so bad, it is a major PITA to transform or do anything with!

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Is this post getting too long?  Sorry, I went a little crazy buying these things.  I also wanted to have at least 1 enemy, but I didn't wanna spend much on it, so I picked up a Revoltech Regult:

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I really wanted a large SDF-1 model, but was disappointed with my options,most of which were movie versions.  The only one I was interested in was the original Matchbox toy, but they were going for stupid money or broken, badly used, etc.  But after seeing some papercraft projects like @Nyankodevice's beautiful models I was inspired to pick up the book.  It's also stuck in Japan, so in the meantime, this little guy will have to suffice:

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I'm still waiting on an HMR VF-1J Hikaru, but I did get some FEXT OWL armor for him:

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I'm also waiting on a Robot Spirits Queadluun Rare (the gray one) to ship from Japan.  I wanted Miria's Q-Rau, but it's a bit hard to find and expensive when you do.  And the Q-Rare is better with the shoulder cannon and such, so I figured I'd just fudge it and paint it in the Miria scheme.  I'm not picky.

And, other than some misc display bases, that's about it for now.  I've got big plans for the papercraft project and I'd like to carefully attempt to add some lighting to my VF-1S skull, so look for my posts about those later.  Cheers all, and thanks for having me! :yahoo: Now let's see how the site handles this insanely large post...

Always great to hear about fellow Macross fans rediscover their love for one of the best anime series ever made. And it’s also nice and expensive to realize all the products made for it. 

Welcome and you have a great start at your collection already. Thanks for sharing!

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2 hours ago, Pontus said:

I then noticed a distinct lack of Kakizaki's valk until I realized that he never had a custom valk in the TV show, just a bog standard brown VF-1A, so I picked up an HMR of that.

Kakizaki's VF-1A was, technically, distinct from the "bog standard..."

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...albeit, only slightly.

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3 minutes ago, tekering said:

Kakizaki's VF-1A was, technically, distinct from the "bog standard..."

...albeit, only slightly.

 

Haha, I knew someone was going to call me out on that one.  I suppose I could paint it.  But there was no HMR Kakizaki, I didn't want to mix in Toynami with my HMR, and anything else was too expensive and didn't match scale.  I'm not picky.  It's Kakizaki enough for me.  I wish there were more Kakizaki valks, and they should each and every one come with a tiny, very large steak complete with cutting board, even if not to scale, just like an inch long.

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That's quiet humble collection to start off in this thread @Pontus.

I can't show you or anyone else in this thread on my collection as I still need a shelf to display it all (still in boxes and opened). :p

If you want a 1/60 Q-Rau in Milia's colours, proxies may have them for sale (as there are no guarantees that you will get one), just be ready to possibly pay a bit more for S&H to where you are .

Make sure that you have enough funds to cover your Macross collecting habits as us members do know too well, where all going down the rabbit hole deeper and deeper.. ^_^ 

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3 hours ago, tekering said:

Kakizaki's VF-1A was, technically, distinct from the "bog standard..."

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...albeit, only slightly.

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Wow I had forgotten just how similar they were, right down to the shade of brown. I'm so used to seeing the Yamato version, with the lighter beige/cream color for Kakizaki and a noticeably darker brown for the, er, brownies. They should've used the Alaska base green variant for Kakizaki. Whether he deserves it or not, he does get a hero unit. :rolleyes:

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6 hours ago, Pontus said:

Haha, I knew someone was going to call me out on that one.  I suppose I could paint it.  But there was no HMR Kakizaki, I didn't want to mix in Toynami with my HMR, and anything else was too expensive and didn't match scale.  I'm not picky.  It's Kakizaki enough for me.  I wish there were more Kakizaki valks, and they should each and every one come with a tiny, very large steak complete with cutting board, even if not to scale, just like an inch long.

That's the one we're all missing. I ended up building a custom one from a Wave kit. Not really into going the Toynami route 

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7 hours ago, Pontus said:

Haha, I knew someone was going to call me out on that one.  I suppose I could paint it.  But there was no HMR Kakizaki, I didn't want to mix in Toynami with my HMR, and anything else was too expensive and didn't match scale.  I'm not picky.  It's Kakizaki enough for me.  I wish there were more Kakizaki valks, and they should each and every one come with a tiny, very large steak complete with cutting board, even if not to scale, just like an inch long.

You can make a custom HMR VF-1A TV Kakizaki by using a VF-1A CF and VF-1J Hikaru.

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4 hours ago, Convectuoso said:

 Not really into going the Toynami route 

Yeah, I bought the recent Roy and Hikaru Rick releases because they were cheap and I was curious, but they both broke immediately with careful handling.  I had to fix one with a metal pin just to keep it together.  I don't know how they even assemble them without breaking them.  Cheap POS.  But, that said... I pose them everyday at work, and for $35 (ok, they're only really worth $20), they aren't totally horrible for a toy you don't care much about, don't mind other people handling (it's funny to watch them freak out when it falls apart on them) and can actually play with.  And you don't have to wait for them to ship internationally!

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Courtesy of 505thAirborne, I finally... FINALLY... got my grail!

By the way: what was so special about the two foam bits under the cockpit that they deserved their own big piece of paper in the box? Also the canopy has no rainbow effect; was there a second production run that didn’t have it?

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Not exactly a purchase, but this showed up today. Apparently I won it during one of the 2018 gunpla campaigns.

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Which is honestly weird, since I the prizes I signed up for were different ones. But I'm not complaining, this is still a free shiny kit.

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2 hours ago, Sildani said:

Courtesy of 505thAirborne, I finally... FINALLY... got my grail!

By the way: what was so special about the two foam bits under the cockpit that they deserved their own big piece of paper in the box? Also the canopy has no rainbow effect; was there a second production run that didn’t have it?

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Grats on the 11B! She's a fine bird.

Yeah there was more than one run of the 11B for sure. I have two of them and only one has a rainbow canopy.

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4 minutes ago, sh9000 said:

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HMR VF-2SS Nexx for Fighter, Gerwalk, and Battroid modes.

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Macross The First # 1.

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Marvel Legends suited figures that will be used as targets for Mafex John Wick to take down or extra suits for Marvel Legends Professor X.

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Some cool Hot Wheels.

Nice haul and especially nice cover!

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I came home last night to find my HMR Hikaru VF-1J came in the mail.  This completes my HMR collection - all that I desire anyway.  Now I have good, high quality toys of all the important characters from the TV show plus some excellent accessories... except Misa, but there doesn't seem to be a decent model of her that's poseable.  Maybe Kitzconcepts will come out with one.  And Global would be nice (although, I sort of see the SDF-1 as being his machine:spiteful:).  Someday I might get Kamjin's glaug, a regult, and a Monster but by the time my account recovers they'll probably be too expensive and/or rare.  I'm happy with what I got though.  I've already gone down the rabbit hole more than I wanted to.  Told myself I only wanted Roy's VF-1S 1/60, then added more than a few lengths of rope to my rappelling rig, but I haven't fallen in yet. :good:  It seems like I chose an excellent and very fortuitous time to discover and collect these things considering that most of what I bought came out in the last year or so.  It was meant to be! :angel:

And yes, I've had it open which is why it has the TV hands attached, but my wife has started complaining about edging out her stuff on the shelf, :rolleyes: so it's time to start making my own space.

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On 1/18/2019 at 4:39 PM, Sildani said:

Courtesy of 505thAirborne, I finally... FINALLY... got my grail!

By the way: what was so special about the two foam bits under the cockpit that they deserved their own big piece of paper in the box? Also the canopy has no rainbow effect; was there a second production run that didn’t have it?

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Mirage is thinking "Maybe I'll take this Thunderbolt for a ride?" 

Looks great! :D

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I recently got really into the board/tabletop game SCYTHE after playing several times at a friend's house, I even borrowed his base game for a weekend. Absolutely brilliant game, with beautiful art, it even has an automa deck for single player play. I got REALLY into too, base game, all three expansions, legendary box, game board extension, and the realistic metal coins and realistic resource tokens. Highly recommended, not overly complicated, and a full game can be enjoyed in under two hours, lots of interesting gameplay mechanics, it's all about posturing and strategy :). 

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Been a Macross fan over the years and had been building model kits. But have not been into toys. The Yamato lines seem attractive but the price kept me away all these time. Then I found out about the DX-1J.

Was really late so no luck with any PO. At the end when the review starts to coming in, I really wanted one. It looks so nice. So end up getting one from Mandrake. It arrived last week and it is fantastic. Since then I have these on the way: HMR max, 35th-Aniversary VF-1J

I have also just finishing a deal for Max+Millia super 1/60 Arcadia with a nice member here.

The flood gate seems to have been opened. :( Money and space will be a big concern. I am now officially a Macross toy collector.

Getting into toys is mainly due to me getting zero time to build model kit for the past decade. I need to get my Macross fix somewhere and the toy is one of the obvious routes.

Can't wait for all of my orders to arrive. :)

 

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17 minutes ago, kkx said:

Been a Macross fan over the years and had been building model kits. But have not been into toys. The Yamato lines seem attractive but the price kept me away all these time. Then I found out about the DX-1J.

Was really late so no luck with any PO. At the end when the review starts to coming in, I really wanted one. It looks so nice. So end up getting one from Mandrake. It arrived last week and it is fantastic. Since then I have these on the way: HMR max, 35th-Aniversary VF-1J

I have also just finishing a deal for Max+Millia super 1/60 Arcadia with a nice member here.

The flood gate seems to have been opened. :( Money and space will be a big concern. I am now officially a Macross toy collector.

Getting into toys is mainly due to me getting zero time to build model kit for the past decade. I need to get my Macross fix somewhere and the toy is one of the obvious routes.

Can't wait for all of my orders to arrive. :)

 

Welcome to the club @kkx

We shall celebrate being poor in money and cramped in storage space together with you!

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3 hours ago, kkx said:

Been a Macross fan over the years and had been building model kits. But have not been into toys. The Yamato lines seem attractive but the price kept me away all these time. Then I found out about the DX-1J.

Was really late so no luck with any PO. At the end when the review starts to coming in, I really wanted one. It looks so nice. So end up getting one from Mandrake. It arrived last week and it is fantastic. Since then I have these on the way: HMR max, 35th-Aniversary VF-1J

I have also just finishing a deal for Max+Millia super 1/60 Arcadia with a nice member here.

The flood gate seems to have been opened. :( Money and space will be a big concern. I am now officially a Macross toy collector.

Getting into toys is mainly due to me getting zero time to build model kit for the past decade. I need to get my Macross fix somewhere and the toy is one of the obvious routes.

Can't wait for all of my orders to arrive. :)

 

Welcome to the club. Macross toy collecting is the most satisfying toy collecting I do. All the pieces are uniquely charming. If you never had one or don’t currently, I recommend you also acquire a 1/55 VF-1. Any release or variation will do, you just need to experience that toy and always have one on hand. 

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7 hours ago, Shizuka the Cat said:

Welcome to the club @kkx

We shall celebrate being poor in money and cramped in storage space together with you!

At leasts, we are not alone! :)

4 hours ago, Slave IV said:

Welcome to the club. Macross toy collecting is the most satisfying toy collecting I do. All the pieces are uniquely charming. If you never had one or don’t currently, I recommend you also acquire a 1/55 VF-1. Any release or variation will do, you just need to experience that toy and always have one on hand. 

Will keep an eye out for one.

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22 hours ago, Tking22 said:

I recently got really into the board/tabletop game SCYTHE after playing several times at a friend's house, I even borrowed his base game for a weekend. Absolutely brilliant game, with beautiful art, it even has an automa deck for single player play. I got REALLY into too, base game, all three expansions, legendary box, game board extension, and the realistic metal coins and realistic resource tokens. Highly recommended, not overly complicated, and a full game can be enjoyed in under two hours, lots of interesting gameplay mechanics, it's all about posturing and strategy :).

 

I don't know anything about the game but I've been following the artist on artstation for a while. his stuff is really cool. https://www.artstation.com/jakubrozalski

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