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This could be another thread…”If you HAD to only keep or buy only one SDFM valk, who or why would you choose?”

I like all the characters and virtually all of the mecha, enemy included. My issues are for only wanting one or two likely are shared by many you guys first starting out. But for the most part, my issues are pretty complicated, aside of considering the practical issues. I have collected another franchise to it’s hilt and as such I can’t reembark on this crusade as I’d like. But in the instance of say Mospeada or “The New Generation,” it was pretty simple. I easily chose the Scott/Stig Legioss by Sentinel and am very pleased. I also have a Yammy Nora Valk from Macross Zero coming very soon, which I am extremely excited about. These choices were pretty simple because of the few characters and a favorite stood out for which I would elect to get, but with SDF Macross, not easy at all given the number of characters and their variants painted across films (SDFM, DYRL, and Flashback) whom I collectively like. Not to mention that the mecha parts are scattered around in different kits costing a lot. I have my favorite picks but a couple have not yet been released. I’m holding out, but will likely wind up like our friend the dead Zentraedi soldier holding the Minmay doll in the desert from the series.

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12 hours ago, lavinrac said:

Same.. i intended to be very selective. But max is arriving tomorrow which means I’ll have all but kakizaki dyrl

 

it does help the wallet that the releases seem like 6 months apart   

If you are referring to 1/48 vf-1 releases, that gap might be wider now that delta valks are coming out. 

So it is a bit of a breather yes, but will see if bandai teases the TV kaki or even the rest of the SDFM squad too in next month's TN event...

 

11 hours ago, levzloi said:

or 30?....    I might have a problem......

WELCOME TO VALKAHOLICS ANONYMOUS!

4 hours ago, Kakizaki2021 said:

This could be another thread…”If you HAD to only keep or buy only one SDFM valk, who or why would you choose?”

I like all the characters and virtually all of the mecha, enemy included. My issues are for only wanting one or two likely are shared by many you guys first starting out. But for the most part, my issues are pretty complicated, aside of considering the practical issues. I have collected another franchise to it’s hilt and as such I can’t reembark on this crusade as I’d like. But in the instance of say Mospeada or “The New Generation,” it was pretty simple. I easily chose the Scott/Stig Legioss by Sentinel and am very pleased. I also have a Yammy Nora Valk from Macross Zero coming very soon, which I am extremely excited about. These choices were pretty simple because of the few characters and a favorite stood out for which I would elect to get, but with SDF Macross, not easy at all given the number of characters and their variants painted across films (SDFM, DYRL, and Flashback) whom I collectively like. Not to mention that the mecha parts are scattered around in different kits costing a lot. I have my favorite picks but a couple have not yet been released. I’m holding out, but will likely wind up like our friend the dead Zentraedi soldier holding the Minmay doll in the desert from the series.

I think that question has been covered in what is your fav valk? or If you could only get one valk threads somewhere....

Doesn't matter... if you cant decide, let the pics do the talking....courtesy of one Super enabler... 

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consider yourself saburo'ed! (in a stars in your eyes way)😁

 

 

 

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On 10/12/2021 at 9:00 PM, tekering said:

No, you'd never get an exact color match to the original fists.  I think repair is your best (if not your only) option here...

Drill a hole through the center of the ball-joint, at least far enough in to provide the leverage you need to pop it out of the forearm.  Drill a matching hole through the fist; there's a clear circle there where the joint snapped off, so you can center your hole in that circle to assure a proper alignment.  The holes should be identical in circumference to whatever metal pin you use to secure them together, and a decent CA glue should help weld everything together.

The part is made of ABS; I would recommend the use of liquid model cement/plastic weld (Tenex, Ambroid, Tamiya, even Testors), a solvent, made to bond styrene family of plastics by chemically melting the two pieces together into a single - as good as new - piece.  The resulting repair, for this particular application, will be far stronger, cleaner, and seamless, then CA.

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I'm actually hoping we get a bit of a break for the VF-1s because it's been an expensive year. But I would still like TV Max & Miria VF-1Js and a TV Kaki.....pretty soonish.... I originally planned to get the movie Skull squad, but after getting the TV Roy and 1D I'm hooked on the TV versions now. I like the variety of colours.

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On 10/11/2021 at 8:34 PM, rsvictor1976 said:

I broke one of the hands on my VF-1J Trainer. The ball joint was too tight and when I tried to twist it, it ripped off. Is there anyone selling replacements? Maybe 3D printed replicas?

 

 

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I'm a little late to the game here.. but it looks like that fist has a removeable rectangular part with the connector on (now broken off) it. Do any of the fists you like less have the same part and you could carefully cut it out and swap in a non broken one? I'd answer myself but i don't have a set of non-tv sets handy they are all in the storage room in box

 

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1 minute ago, lavinrac said:

I'm a little late to the game here.. but it looks like that fist has a removeable rectangular part with the connector on (now broken off) it. Do any of the fists you like less have the same part and you could carefully cut it out and swap in a non broken one? I'd answer myself but i don't have a set of non-tv sets handy they are all in the storage room in box

 

Update.. I dragged it out of storage.. The hands do all have an insert piece. but they are slightly different sizes. If you don't mind a little shimming with some plastic sheet styrene sheets, (pla plate for gundam'ers out there) and you dont mind using one of your other many valk hands as a donor... this might be the best way to get a truly 'sturdy' solution.  see pic...

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1 minute ago, lavinrac said:

Update.. I dragged it out of storage.. The hands do all have an insert piece. but they are slightly different sizes. If you don't mind a little shimming with some plastic sheet styrene sheets, (pla plate for gundam'ers out there) and you dont mind using one of your other many valk hands as a donor... this might be the best way to get a truly 'sturdy' solution.  see pic...

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I'd second this, soak that movie hand in googone for a day or so, pull it apart, and dremmel out an area on the TV hand to fit the Movie hand block, then glue it using plastic welding superglue.  Alternately you could try as has been suggested before, and us a VERY small screw to remove the ball from the arm socket,  then use plastic welding superglue to glue the ball back on the broken hand, once it's thoroughly set, drill a VERY small hole through the ball into the hand and place a screw or rod joining the two pieces. 

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In the beginning I had laid out the DX VF-1s that I planned to collect, but I know once Bandai show off the 1J Max and Milia promo pics desire will kick in and they’ll be added to the want list.

I can imagine promo shots from Bandai like this:

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On 10/20/2021 at 8:32 PM, ValkAddict said:

^ Famous last words. LOL. Once you get one, you'll get sucked into the valkyrie collecting vortex ....

No kidding, 2 years ago I was valk less, except for a few chunky monkeys I picked up 20 years ago, now I think I'm just short a few DX releases.

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14 hours ago, Paco Grande said:

I'm actually hoping we get a bit of a break for the VF-1s because it's been an expensive year. But I would still like TV Max & Miria VF-1Js and a TV Kaki.....pretty soonish.... I originally planned to get the movie Skull squad, but after getting the TV Roy and 1D I'm hooked on the TV versions now. I like the variety of colours.

You hit the nail on the head, on the variety of valk (or even every mecha) colors in SDFM. That had a big impression on me.

On the wait, i wouldnt mind a brownie release next.

If Bandai could turn the 1/48 VF-1 into a christmas release valk only, I thk that would be a nice change....sort of having that special VF-1 expectation every year end..

that would be setting up a whole new generation of christmas valks under the tree....

......or the same christmas picture but now with grown women/men opening presents...🤣😂

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2 hours ago, seti88 said:

You hit the nail on the head, on the variety of valk (or even every mecha) colors in SDFM. That had a big impression on me.

On the wait, i wouldnt mind a brownie release next.

If Bandai could turn the 1/48 VF-1 into a christmas release valk only, I thk that would be a nice change....sort of having that special VF-1 expectation every year end..

that would be setting up a whole new generation of christmas valks under the tree....

......or the same christmas picture but now with grown women/men opening presents...🤣😂

Valentines Day Valk?

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34 minutes ago, sqidd said:

Valentines Day Valk?

haha...giving or receiving? :rolleyes: can only think of 1 valk that has a romantic theme..😁

but to that special someone, who gifts valentines day valks........remember to tell her/him abt your b'day and anniversary day's too.🤣

🥰🥰 

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I was browsing Kijiji for any good local finds and came across probably “the LEK custom Jetfire” featured on Youtube a few weeks back for $2k :ohmy:

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-toys-games/mississauga-peel-region/macross-chogokin-vf-1s-custom-cell-shaded-transformers-jetfire/1592542920

 

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13 hours ago, Angesdad said:

I was browsing Kijiji for any good local finds and came across probably “the LEK custom Jetfire” featured on Youtube a few weeks back for $2k :ohmy:

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-toys-games/mississauga-peel-region/macross-chogokin-vf-1s-custom-cell-shaded-transformers-jetfire/1592542920

 

That's a beautiful custom.  Wish I could spare that kind of cash but it's too rich for me.

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1 hour ago, Special Sauce said:

That's a beautiful custom.  Wish I could spare that kind of cash but it's too rich for me.

I think LEK charges $750 so that $2K is pretty optimistic. 

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14 hours ago, Sanity is Optional said:

$750 including the base figure, or $750+base figure?

$750 plus the figure. So still optimistic.........................by about $750.:p

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18 minutes ago, sqidd said:

$750 plus the figure. So still optimistic.........................by about $750.:p

Yeah I'd consider paying about $650-$700 altogether figure included because I can respect the amount of time the artist spent painting it but that's where my limit would be and that's only if I was totally in love with it.  

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It's in CAD so around 1.6K USD. $750 for the work plus cost of purchasing the Valk and strike pack plus shipping and duties to Canada. If for argument's sake everything cost at retail and Canadian duties/taxes were assessed which seems to be unavoidable for the most part in that country: $240 for the VF-1S shipped + $110 for the SSP shipped + Canadian duties/taxes which I don't know how much would that be but I'll put it down to $40 total + shipping cost to LEK + shipping cost going back. Not sure if the final product going back to Canada is assessed again for duties/tax. It's 1.1K USD without any of the duties/tax and shipping cost to and from LEK. It might be 300-400 USD additional. You don't have to wait 2 years as well.

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5 hours ago, crackpot said:

It's in CAD so around 1.6K USD. $750 for the work plus cost of purchasing the Valk and strike pack plus shipping and duties to Canada. If for argument's sake everything cost at retail and Canadian duties/taxes were assessed which seems to be unavoidable for the most part in that country: $240 for the VF-1S shipped + $110 for the SSP shipped + Canadian duties/taxes which I don't know how much would that be but I'll put it down to $40 total + shipping cost to LEK + shipping cost going back. Not sure if the final product going back to Canada is assessed again for duties/tax. It's 1.1K USD without any of the duties/tax and shipping cost to and from LEK. It might be 300-400 USD additional. You don't have to wait 2 years as well.

I didn't notice it was in Canadian. That's different math for sure.

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43 minutes ago, Angesdad said:

That makes it even more optimistic for you eh @sqidd:drinks:

Not exactly optimistic. But "in the realm of possibility".

I messaged him. He won't ship it, so it's a non starter.

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I’ll give you a hint @sqidd as I’m also a Canuckle Head.. 

Usually any listings that is on kijiji/Craigslist or any web listing that has a .ca on the end, it’s most likely that it’s from Canada. 
 

On a side note, I had a hunch that you will be possibly interested in it. 

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48 minutes ago, sqidd said:

Not exactly optimistic. But "in the realm of possibility".

I messaged him. He won't ship it, so it's a non starter.

I think he better ship it to your door 'cause not everyone can cough up 2k, LEK or LED, not in this economy. The inflation has hit us up here in Canuckland like a b@#$%.

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1 minute ago, Angesdad said:

I think he better ship it to your door 'cause not everyone can cough up 2k, LEK or LED, not in this economy. The inflation has hit us up here in Canuckland like a b@#$%.

I was thinking the same thing. There probably isn't a big demand for a $2K CAD Jetfire locally. Heck, there probably isn't a big demand if you include the whole world. There are only a few dummies like me.:fool:

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8 hours ago, That one dude said:

What do you guys think, Official overseas sales announcement?
https://www.instagram.com/p/CV4lBftL1N6/
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If 'special guests' means people from HG and Bandai announcing stuff together, why not?

I really do want to be positive about the current situation of the dealings. But still at this point, I'm not putting my hopes up. I'm taking it as it goes.

 

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37 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

If 'special guests' means people from HG and Bandai announcing stuff together, why not?

I really do want to be positive about the current situation of the dealings. But still at this point, I'm not putting my hopes up. I'm taking it as it goes.

 

I don't see it changing much for those of us in North America. Even if Bandai starts selling directly to us it will still be PO madness.

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10 minutes ago, sqidd said:

I don't see it changing much for those of us in North America. Even if Bandai starts selling directly to us it will still be PO madness.

At least nobody is staying up late at night which is getting tiresome. 

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1 hour ago, crackpot said:

At least nobody is staying up late at night which is getting tiresome. 

I'm sure everyone's bosses will appreciate them trying to secure a PO while on the company dime.

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On 10/21/2021 at 6:56 AM, lavinrac said:

Same.. i intended to be very selective. But max is arriving tomorrow which means I’ll have all but kakizaki dyrl

 

it does help the wallet that the releases seem like 6 months apart   

I just bought a 2nd Roy. Six month releases didn't stop the buying. 

 

 

Help.  Where's the stop buying button.  🥺

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