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Bandai VF-31AX Kairos Plus - Hayate Type


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I specially avoided this thread until @wm cheng made a post about "The Best Girl" not having her valk... NOW you made me join in.  <_<

There was a tease of Mirage having her 31ax in the Delta Live trailers if you didn't catch it. As for the noggin, it might be the 31a like Chucky and the Karios unless she requested the change to be done. 

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Still don't like that Itasha on Hayate's 31ax. Should have gone with a Mercat one to pay tribute to the one that gave him a slap in the face in Episode 3/4. 

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1 hour ago, borgified said:

Still don't like that Itasha on Hayate's 31ax. Should have gone with a Mercat one to pay tribute to the one that gave him a slap in the face in Episode 3/4. 

Seconded because scarred mercat was the only interesting character on the show.

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I might skip the Hayate and just shoot for a Mirage later. 

Agreed about the clunky pod though.  I'm actually thinking I would just swap parts around and replace it with one of the stock VF-31 pods from the other releases (will give me something to do with the one removed from Arad's to install the armor pack).  Doesn't look like the design has changed enough to prevent that.

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2 hours ago, borgified said:

Still don't like that Itasha on Hayate's 31ax. Should have gone with a Mercat one to pay tribute to the one that gave him a slap in the face in Episode 3/4. 

The question now is, would you get a Hayate 31AX with a Mercat itasha on it? :rolleyes:

2 hours ago, Miles_Wolf said:

So "regular release" means it will be available on webs like Hobbylink Japan, etc. or I am wrong?

Yes, that is correct.

 

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That might be a "maybe" @no3Ljm as it looks better that the Unicorn reaper one as I don't like Haya Haya personally, however I do like the colour scheme on it. 

It's down to either Arad's or Mirage's 31ax for me. 

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Why can’t Kawamori make good use of his own design?  At this point he should be grifting Pod ideas from the Master File books.  Their alternate designs are far superior.  

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9 hours ago, Mommar said:

Why can’t Kawamori make good use of his own design?  At this point he should be grifting Pod ideas from the Master File books.  Their alternate designs are far superior.  

Can you post some examples for the ones who don't own the Master files, please?

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6 hours ago, Miles_Wolf said:

Can you post some examples for the ones who don't own the Master files, please?

This is one of the example featured in the VF-31 Master File:

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24 minutes ago, derex3592 said:

The two on the right are straight baller! 

3 on the right actually, there's two missile pods.

Btw, I put up STL files for the pod on the left (of the two top-right missile pods) if anyone wants to 3D print it. Can also grab from shapeways, but way cheaper to print yourself or locally.

Edit: Later on in the thread, @Xigfrid made up the double-cannon pod on the lower-right, it's up on his Shapeways store.

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/xigfrid3dshop?section=Missiles+and+Pylons+DX+compatible&s=0

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Even though I've already got a Hayate 31J, I'm probably in for his 31AX too.

 

I had a thought regarding some of the design differences.

The Siegfrieds seem to be custom urban combat support/escort units, with the decision to go with forward swept wings for maneuverability at lower speeds, and the rather neutered offensive systems, with the railguns being listed as primary weapons with the gunpod and missiles as backup when needed. Then there's all the systems installed to support Walkure, with the charger unit and drone launching bays.

 

Perhaps the Kairos Plus is more of a customized frontline combat fighter. Delta wings presumably would allow a much more stable flight profile, with a probable bump in airspeed. The gunpod is rather beefed up compared to the Siefried's, and looks to be somewhat based on the 262's, as well as similarly beefed up railguns. They did away with the charger for what looks like some sort of small cannon, makes it a bit less encouraging to chase after one, plus still allows for some flexibility while the gunpod is hand-held. With the lack of the charger, it might be safe to presume that the dorsal leg bays are fitted with missile launchers.

 

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I am linking this 31AX design update, the new wing profile looks nicer instead of the previous forward swept ones. Will try my luck at pre-ordering.

Do we know if the Battroid head designs have been changed or tweaked for the AX in any way?

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Has Big West released the VF-31AX paint schemes for the entire Delta wing yet? If yes, could someone please post pics? I'm in for maybe 1 or 2, but not the entire squad. My toy budget can't handle it. I was leaning towards the "green" 06 paint scheme.

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7 hours ago, lechuck said:

Do we know if the Battroid head designs have been changed or tweaked for the AX in any way?

Yes. New tweaked head designs.

Series
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New 2021 Movie (Official released images)
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From 2021 Movie Trailer Screenshots

Arad

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Mirage
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Chuck
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Hayate (From Bandai DX Promo Photo)
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What we know so far is that we don't know if there will be a new Delta 02 (Or they leave it blank in respect for their deceased comrade-in-arms). Delta 06 is the new teal colored one which we haven't seen the head design yet. However, from the teaser trailer we can tell that it has one head laser attached to it like Chuck's and Hayate's.

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1 hour ago, ValkAddict said:

Thank you @no3Ljm for collecting and posting the pics!! Great work and very appreciated!!

You're welcome. Glad to be of help. :hi:

I think this time around with DX toys, I will just go with Arad's neutral colored 31AX. If Super Parts will become available down the line without the modex number for it, I'll go with Hayate's Blue or Mirage's Magenta. ;) 

 

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20 hours ago, no3Ljm said:

Yes. New tweaked head designs.

*snips* 

Delta 06 is the new teal colored one which we haven't seen the head design yet. However, from the teaser trailer we can tell that it has one head laser attached to it like Chuck's and Hayate's.

Hard to tell  06's head unit from this key visual pic:

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Also, Mirages head unit has a pink horn like Messer's

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Key visual, not movie cover
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1 hour ago, wmkjr said:

Hard to tell  06's head unit from this key visual pic:

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Also, Mirages head unit has a pink horn like Messer's

Face kind of resembles Kairos. However, there's another orange dot on the side of the head. Yes, it's hard to tell whether that's part of the head (side) or it's just a space that we're seeing a portion of the background.

9 hours ago, lechuck said:

Thanks for that @no3Ljm!

It looks like the Battroid head for Arad's AX is wearing a red headband that is pulled down along the eyebrows. :)

5 hours ago, seti88 said:

Dammit now look what u made me think of...C536F597-8CDF-41F8-B499-76E9AD4B15DD.jpeg.6562d47986e55893d50f9d1b87c430c9.jpeg

Hahaha! :lol: 

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On 7/24/2021 at 12:58 PM, ValkAddict said:

Yes. I am leaning towards the "green" 06 version.

The teal Delta 06 is really Luca, who left SMS so he could fly with pilots closer to his skill level. :rolleyes:

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Does that mean Kaname is now being escorted by the Teal Delta 06, right? Does moving numbers meaning she's being demoted? 

But then, Kaname's the group leader and she was being escorted by Delta 02 instead of 01. I know it's not DX-related. Just asking. :rolleyes:

 

Back to DX. Not sure if this is going to be a regular trend for the rest of the VF-31AX in case all of the other colors will get produced to have a special limited edition 'Walkure' stand.

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On 7/24/2021 at 7:25 PM, borgified said:

I'll be most likely getting Mirage's 31ax. Arad's noggin on the 31ax still bugs the crap out of me. 

That is my leaning too even though I have her old 31 already. At least if the up-gunning is the same on them all. I just like the colour.

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