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Arcadia 1/60 Perfect Transformation VF-0D for 2015


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15 hours ago, spanner said:

I wish I had seen this earlier!! 

 

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Haha, thanks, good to know there are other Family Guy fans here!

I think my repeated postings about NY may have caught their attention on MWF, and they finally sent instructions on how to submit (yet another) ticket to request a change in shipping method.  Finally received my 0D PF by UPS yesterday. 

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18 minutes ago, ErikElvis said:

Good ol NY.  Hope it ships soon. 

Please let us know. I wonder, for item in stock (assuming that is indeed that case, you never really know with NY) and no "switching shipping" shenanigan, how long does NY ship things out.

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2 hours ago, kkx said:

Please let us know. I wonder, for item in stock (assuming that is indeed that case, you never really know with NY) and no "switching shipping" shenanigan, how long does NY ship things out.

For what it's worth, I ordered a PF VF-0D on 6/29 and paid for UPS shipping. It arrived on 7/2.

edit: And to confirm, it was from NY.

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9 hours ago, rdrunner said:

Haha, thanks, good to know there are other Family Guy fans here!

I think my repeated postings about NY may have caught their attention on MWF, and they finally sent instructions on how to submit (yet another) ticket to request a change in shipping method.  Finally received my 0D PF by UPS yesterday. 

Mine left Japan but has now been stuck in Shenzhen for two days.. the UPS tracking info says the shipment has been "delayed" ffs..

 

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6 hours ago, kkx said:

Please let us know. I wonder, for item in stock (assuming that is indeed that case, you never really know with NY) and no "switching shipping" shenanigan, how long does NY ship things out.

Notified that it was apparently shipped. I mean for $90 shipping it better get shipped quick. 

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5 hours ago, TheLoneWolf said:

For what it's worth, I ordered a PF VF-0D on 6/29 and paid for UPS shipping. It arrived on 7/2.

edit: And to confirm, it was from NY.

 

9 minutes ago, ErikElvis said:

Notified that it was apparently shipped. I mean for $90 shipping it better get shipped quick. 

Nice. They do have stock at hand. Thanks for letting us know.

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8 hours ago, MacrossJunkie said:

Got my 0D from NY on Monday. Just opened it up. I'm not sure how I feel about the weathering as the official pictures and what they had displayed at shows looked a lot better, but I guess it's about what one should expect from a mass produced toy. 

Even though they were mass produced, they were still hand-custom on the weathering and detail.  So each one, in theory, should look a little different.

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47 minutes ago, DYRL VF-1S said:

Even though they were mass produced, they were still hand-custom on the weathering and detail.  So each one, in theory, should look a little different.

Which actually makes it worse, but they probably didn't/couldn't spend a whole lot of time on each one. We're probably talking about factory workers just being told what to do and not having people who have skill in custom weathering handle this.  There are some areas that look particularly bad like the near solid black "streaks" on the air brake that are actually nearly non-existent at the point of origin and ending in a black pointed blob at the end away from the hole. They didn't even bother to wipe the touch points where they touched the brush to the panel lines to let the fluid flow through the panel lines so there's these round little touch points all over.  You could probably argue that some of it is part of the weathering, but the way it looks, it seems less intentional and more like lack of care. Oh well, perhaps I'll just end up trying to fix it myself if I have the time and inclination to, though that can quickly turn into a nightmare trying to fix mistakes on already weathered toys.

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43 minutes ago, MacrossJunkie said:

Which actually makes it worse, but they probably didn't/couldn't spend a whole lot of time on each one. We're probably talking about factory workers just being told what to do and not having people who have skill in custom weathering handle this.  There are some areas that look particularly bad like the near solid black "streaks" on the air brake that are actually nearly non-existent at the point of origin and ending in a black pointed blob at the end away from the hole. They didn't even bother to wipe the touch points where they touched the brush to the panel lines to let the fluid flow through the panel lines so there's these round little touch points all over.  You could probably argue that some of it is part of the weathering, but the way it looks, it seems less intentional and more like lack of care. Oh well, perhaps I'll just end up trying to fix it myself if I have the time and inclination to, though that can quickly turn into a nightmare trying to fix mistakes on already weathered toys.

I share you feeling after looking at online review and photos. If the price is not so high, this might not be such a big deal. But I am not that forgiving of the "mass production issue" if I have to pay near to half a grand.

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24 minutes ago, easnoddy said:

0D arrived.  How TF do you guys open the rear landing gear doors?  There are no gaps...why? 

I usually use a toothpick. I push one door down which gives me enough space to fit a toothpick in there to fish the other door open.

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11 minutes ago, easnoddy said:

0D arrived.  How TF do you guys open the rear landing gear doors?  There are no gaps...why? 

The way I do it is I push down on the larger of the two doors a bit. Enough for me to pick at the smaller door with a fingernail and lift it up. After that, the big door is no problem.

4 minutes ago, Chronocidal said:

Yeah, I'll wait for one molded in the proper color without "custom" weathering.  Not that I expected much more than what was described there, but that just reinforces the idea that the price point was incredibly overblown.

I too liked it initially for the better color than the ridiculous choice they went with for the first release. I naively thought that they could achieve what they showed in the official pics and the ones on display in the toy shows, but that was just wishful thinking. I'd have preferred if they just did the tampo printing (that's where most of the extra price went anyway if we're going by past PF releases that just had tampo prints added and no weathering).  I hate straining my eyes and trying to cut out stickers perfectly and also try to perfectly align and place them so having it all done ahead of time like the Bandai releases would have been a godsend. I'm not going to complain that the price for a more complete tampo printed toy from Arcadia costs more than a Bandai DX release which all come fully tampo printed out of the box. The size of the two companies just can't be compared after all. It is what it is and I was willing to pay the premium for the tampo printing done on the premium finish. After receiving it and seeing for myself how it looks, I just wish they left out the half arsed weathering which wasn't really needed if they couldn't do it properly. I didn't pay attention to their past weathered releases, but now that I look at pics of them, they were comically bad too. Either far too heavy or looked like it was done by someone who had 40 cups of coffee in the span of two hours.

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7 minutes ago, Grey728 said:

I usually use a toothpick. I push one door down which gives me enough space to fit a toothpick in there to fish the other door open.

Pushing down one door did the trick, thanks!  Such a PITA on all modern valkyries.  I like the SV-51 where there is a piece to remove giving you access to the doors.

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2 hours ago, Chronocidal said:

Yeah, I'll wait for one molded in the proper color without "custom" weathering.  Not that I expected much more than what was described there, but that just reinforces the idea that the price point was incredibly overblown.

Too early to tell. If they come down in price at some point you're correct. If the price stays the same or goes up, you're incorrect. Economics 101.;)

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3 hours ago, Chronocidal said:

Yeah, I'll wait for one molded in the proper color without "custom" weathering.  Not that I expected much more than what was described there, but that just reinforces the idea that the price point was incredibly overblown.

The original MSRP for the VF-OD normal version without "custom" weathering or tampo was 40480 yen in 2015.  

3 hours ago, kkx said:

I share you feeling after looking at online review and photos. If the price is not so high, this might not be such a big deal. But I am not that forgiving of the "mass production issue" if I have to pay near to half a grand.

The original MSRP for the VF-OD  is already 40480 yen.   This PF ver is 44990 yen.   The price is not that much higher.  For me, just the printed on tampo in enough for me to get the Premium ver.  ( I hate their stickers) 

 

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15 minutes ago, F360 said:

The original MSRP for the VF-OD normal version without "custom" weathering or tampo was 40480 yen in 2015.  

The original MSRP for the VF-OD  is already 40480 yen.   This PF ver is 44990 yen.   The price is not that much higher.  For me, just the printed on tampo in enough for me to get the Premium ver.  ( I hate their stickers) 

 

It was a lot less than ¥40,480. I looked at my order receipt for the VF-0D from HLJ from back in 2014 and it showed ¥33,120, not including shipping.

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46 minutes ago, MacrossJunkie said:

It was a lot less than ¥40,480. I looked at my order receipt for the VF-0D from HLJ from back in 2014 and it showed ¥33,120, not including shipping.

ah. you are right.   I was just looking from Arcadia website for the msrp.   https://arcadia.ac/products/detail.php?product_id=201

But yeah. it around 33000 yen from the regular stores at the time sounds about right..  Preorder discount? :lol:

correction about 10,000 yen difference :lol:

 

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You guys know I keep the release schedule right? BOOM:

VF-0D Shin Kudo Custom, February 25, 2015 36,800 YEN
VF-0A Shin Kudo Custom, August 28, 2015, 34,800 YEN
VF-0S Roy Focker Custom, December 25, 2015, 34,800 YEN
VF-0S Roy Focker Custom “Premium Finish”, 41,904 Yen (tax included)

Anybody know the shortcut for the symbol "after tax yen"? I know alt0165 for ¥

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People always compare tampo printing as the deciding factor on price point. What about the fact that proper Arcadia Valks line up and tab together almost perfectly. Bandai had over 30 years of VF-1 toy development to study and they still can’t get the wings to line up straight. I like both but to me, Arcadia is still on a higher level of materials fit and finish.

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The frustration continues.. 5th day stuck in Shenzhen China and UPS cannot give me any information and when I asked to speak to a supervisor I got hung up on.. 

They claim they are overwhelmed with freight and there are limited flights going from China to Australia which I find curious as how come DHL can deliver from Japan to Australia in 3 days and not experience the same issues.

I swear this Valkyrie is cursed.. delayed release date, jump through hoops to get NY to actually ship the bloody thing and now this!

It's gonna have to be the best Valkyrie ever released for it to be worth it.. :fool:

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On 7/15/2020 at 10:38 PM, Sanity is Optional said:

Wings line up fine on all 6 of my DX VF-1s...

The wings might line up, but all of mine have sloppy arm/backpack/leg alignment, and nothing locks together anywhere as well as the old Yamato molds, especially with the goofy vertical pegs that seem completely incapable of holding up the legs and arms.  Bandai couldn't get this right on the HMR either, with the arms being too tall, or the backpack being slightly oversized, or the legs having to twist to meet the locking tabs.  They just cannot seem to make a VF-1 that lines up and snaps together solidly.

They're -pretty-.. but they just aren't incredibly solid, not in comparison to the Yamatos, and I find myself picking the old 1/60s up to swoosh around far more often, because I don't have to push something back into alignment every time I look at them funny.  I really do think the Bandai ones are more display models than toys.  That's not really a -bad- thing, it's just reality.

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