Thanks to Cdisdope for this scoop. Ripped from the pages of Hyper Hobby magazine is an illustration of Arcadia’s first official venture into Macross toys territory.
Yamato’s long awaited toy version of the Lightning may have been one of the most anticipated toys in the Macross fans’ collections. Even before it was announced collectors have always asked what was the possibility of ever getting one. While most people insisted this was never going to be possible, Yamato Toys found a way to bring it to reality. And now, it’s reality has become more solid as the first shipments have started to hit home.
Yamato posted these test shots of their upcoming 1/60 VF-4G Lightning in gorgeous black on their website. I gotta say, that color makes it look absolutely kick ass. I’m a sucker for these test shot, I think all toys look great in all black or gray. But you know, since these are all test shots and seeing that you’re done with it. How about sending me this one? I bought the white gloves and everything. I know you’re reading this Mr.K. On your iPad… in your boxers. I know cuz I’m looking at you right now!
26,985¥ roughly translates to $340 at the time this article is being posted. Pre-Orders will begin on August 20, 2012 in Japan only.
As suspected before, it is due to licensing that Yamato will NOT be releasing the Flashback 2012 version of the VF-4 Lightning.
According to this statement posted on Yamato’s page: “We wanted to make it in the white version in FlashBack 2012 but due to licensing issues it wil be the gray version in VF-X”.
Hopefully Yamato does include stickers or even decals for those brave enough to paint their limited version web exclusive toy and re-deco it as the iconic skull squadron scheme from the Angel’s Paint video.
My suggestion to them would be a white non-paint version follow up with all the appropriate markings.
Yamato will start taking non binding preorders for the 1/60 VF-4G at 5% off. The scheduled release date is December 2012 but the price isn’t finalized as of writing. All orders are non binding and and you will need to confirm your order again once the price is official. Normal pre-ordering with no discount for the VF-4 is scheduled to start in August after the price is announced. Yamato Toys Fan Club Members will get an extra 5% off (10% total).
Thanks to Sketchley for posting this pic.
Judging from this scan, I should ask for the day off ahead of time if I want to transform this baby.