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On 3/14/2019 at 10:47 PM, Blknblumark said:

Northern Virginia.  It was the UPS store. I agree it is crazy BS.  

There were/are several factors. First, I just walked in to a UPS store, who of course hikes up the price.  Second, Amazon required DHL Worldwide Express for the return, no other method was acceptable to them. Third, they required it be insured for 25,000 jpy.  Fourth, the package is ever so slightly big enough to be classified for a larger size, and the default weight went up to 44lbs. 

The UPS store's price was only slightly higher than DHL's website, which initially quoted me $279. I had the UPS store give me the weight and dimensions so I knew what to put in.

In the end, I used DHL's website to pre-pay for the shipment, along with a coupon for 25% off.  It still wasn't cheap and ran me just under $200, not including an automatic 20% upcharge in case I was lying to them on weight/size. This was the cheapest way I could find to send the package and still meet amazon's requirements, including asking a friend who works in logistics if he knew a different way, and calling DHL direct for some schmoozing.

I got an email from amazon saying they understood the shipping charge and would be refunding me the purchase price (including shipping it to me) along with a large portion of the return shipping. The rest of the return shipping would be on a amazon gift card, which will likely go to HMRs or Arcadia flight stands.

 

Just realized I did not provide an update. Amazon got the busted one back, and did refund the item, initial shipping, and 12k of return shipping. The remainder of the return shipping was applied to my account as a gift card, which I promptly spent on the HMR VF-4.  

I have another YF-19 coming that I got for ever so slightly more than the first one. After all of the stress of having so much money in limbo went away I realized that some of the sour feelings I experienced was related to knowing how good what I no longer had was. 

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12 hours ago, Blknblumark said:

Just realized I did not provide an update. Amazon got the busted one back, and did refund the item, initial shipping, and 12k of return shipping. The remainder of the return shipping was applied to my account as a gift card, which I promptly spent on the HMR VF-4.  

I have another YF-19 coming that I got for ever so slightly more than the first one. After all of the stress of having so much money in limbo went away I realized that some of the sour feelings I experienced was related to knowing how good what I no longer had was. 

Thanks for the update. I appreciate knowing what to expect if I ever need to deal with a return to amazon.jp.

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On 3/12/2019 at 9:14 AM, Foblander said:

Mine came with a little out the box. It was definitely not from mishandling. 

That actually looks like they cut the sprues to deep along the edge.  You’ll see that happen a lot along curved edges in folks new to Gunpla.

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1 minute ago, RedLion said:

Anyone know if there are any more available and what is the best price?

 

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One just came up in the for sale section for only $250.  Shipping is $50 from Australia, but that's about the same total that I paid from Japan.  I think there may be another for $280 iirc.  Might be sold though.

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46 minutes ago, RedLion said:

Anyone know if there are any more available and what is the best price?

 

Thanks

Mandarake has it from Y26000 to Y28000. Nippon-Yasan has it for Y31500. But those without shipping yet. So more or less you will play safe within the budget from $250 to $300.

 

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On 4/6/2019 at 4:00 PM, Pontus said:

One just came up in the for sale section for only $250.  Shipping is $50 from Australia, but that's about the same total that I paid from Japan.  I think there may be another for $280 iirc.  Might be sold though.

Thanks for the info. Where is the store?

 

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On 4/6/2019 at 4:41 PM, no3Ljm said:

Mandarake has it from Y26000 to Y28000. Nippon-Yasan has it for Y31500. But those without shipping yet. So more or less you will play safe within the budget from $250 to $300.

 

Thanks  I will check this out.

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On 4/6/2019 at 3:41 PM, no3Ljm said:

Mandarake has it from Y26000 to Y28000. Nippon-Yasan has it for Y31500. But those without shipping yet. So more or less you will play safe within the budget from $250 to $300.

 

Bit the bullet and ordered one off of Mandarake. After getting gouged on the DX VF-1A, I figured I may as well go for broke.

 

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6 hours ago, Phangry said:

Bit the bullet and ordered one off of Mandarake. After getting gouged on the DX VF-1A, I figured I may as well go for broke.

 

I did the same. Mandarake offers very good service.

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Just had a catastrophic failure on the one I bought for Christmas. The diecast folding joint that connects the torso to the waist at the back of the collapsing spine piece just completely split in half during transformation. I luckily can leave it in fighter mode, but yeah not happy. Gonna chalk it up to a fault in the metal as I've never seen this issue reported but be careful.

Guess I get to look for a new one to buy now. Yay.

 

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2 minutes ago, yami4ct said:

Just had a catastrophic failure on the one I bought for Christmas. The diecast folding joint that connects the torso to the waist at the back of the collapsing spine piece just completely split in half during transformation. I luckily can leave it in fighter mode, but yeah not happy. Gonna chalk it up to a fault in the metal as I've never seen this issue reported but be careful.

Guess I get to look for a new one to buy now. Yay.

 

Can you post pictures?  I would like to see the extent of the damage.

Also, how much pressure did you put on the spine during transformation?

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8 minutes ago, Shizuka the Cat said:

Can you post pictures?  I would like to see the extent of the damage.

Also, how much pressure did you put on the spine during transformation?

Here's the failure as seen coming out of fighter mode. The failure itself happened coming from battroid to fighter. I put basically no pressure on that piece as I've transformed it several times and all the joints had loosened up nicely. I had already collapsed the spine and I was lining up stuff at the top of the torso when it just kind of fell apart.

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That looks pretty rough.  There is definitely a lot of pressure there during transformation, but that looks like a manufacturer defect to me.  Sucks this particular model suffers from so many QC issues, as it is a great piece if you are lucky enough to get one with minimal problems.

That might be fixable, at least to hold together better in fighter mode.  That thing's transformation days look like they are over, though.

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17 hours ago, yami4ct said:

I wouldn't let this scare you that much. I honestly believe it was a fault in the metal and not a design fault as I've never seen this failure reported. Still thought it was best to let the community know just in case.

Thanks for sharing, hard luck mate. Sorry to see that happen.

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I cringed looking at that break. It's a high-stress area but you'd imagine die-cast would be able to handle it unless there were imperfections during the casting process.

Maybe we need to have machined or forged parts now for our DX valks O_o

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On 4/13/2019 at 2:38 PM, Phangry said:

Bit the bullet and ordered one off of Mandarake. After getting gouged on the DX VF-1A, I figured I may as well go for broke.

 

Mandarake actually canceled my order, as the YF-19 had already been sold. 

 

I'm actually slightly relieved, as that was kind of a lot of money to spend all at once, considering I payed the Nippon-Yasan markup for the DX VF-1A. Going to wait a little before re-ordering, I think...

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On 4/15/2019 at 9:24 PM, Phangry said:

Mandarake actually canceled my order, as the YF-19 had already been sold. 

 

I'm actually slightly relieved, as that was kind of a lot of money to spend all at once, considering I payed the Nippon-Yasan markup for the DX VF-1A. Going to wait a little before re-ordering, I think...

Mandrake cancelled mine as well. We will have to wait for the YF-19 YF-21 2 pack from Bandai!! Don't worry it will probably be less than $1000 US dollars!

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4 hours ago, Xigfrid said:

I just saw that and decided I could try the spare missile pylons. Although the antenna is looking great too. 

https://m.intl.taobao.com/detail/detail.html?id=581216915966

 

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That is great for members who have broken antenna. Here's the updated link just in case the mobile link one above doesn't work.

https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a21wu.241046-us.4691948847.7.41cab6cbkQVe6O&scm=1007.15423.84311.100200300000005&id=581216915966&pvid=16cda37b-2497-4954-a539-98add2d55c4e

Thanks for sharing @Xigfrid.  :good: ;)

 

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6 hours ago, Xigfrid said:

I just saw that and decided I could try the spare missile pylons. Although the antenna is looking great too. 

https://m.intl.taobao.com/detail/detail.html?id=581216915966

 

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Awesome!  Now, is there some way I can buy one of these without learning Japanese?  I take it that you're making these Xigfrid?  If so, could I purchase one from you directly?

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5 minutes ago, Pontus said:

Awesome!  Now, is there some way I can buy one of these without learning Japanese?  I take it that you're making these Xigfrid?  If so, could I purchase one from you directly?

I don't think this is made and sold by Xigfrid. I believe this is from some chinese company/seller who's selling this antenna and missile pylons.

 

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7 hours ago, Xigfrid said:

I just saw that and decided I could try the spare missile pylons. Although the antenna is looking great too. 

https://m.intl.taobao.com/detail/detail.html?id=581216915966

 

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Thanks Xigfrid!

The price of the replacement antenna at $17 USD seems a bit steep to me though, especially when we have to pay for overseas shipping as well.

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43 minutes ago, rdrunner said:

Thanks Xigfrid!

The price of the replacement antenna at $17 USD seems a bit steep to me though, especially when we have to pay for overseas shipping as well.

It says about 100yen.  Isn't that only about $1USD?

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