because we haven't had one of these in a while
>Bandai Hi Metal Regult
>Arcadia VF-4G Lightning III 1/60
>BandaiHi Metal Roy Fokker VF-1S
>Bandai Hi Metal Glaug
>Bandai DX Chogokin DRAKEN III
>Bandai DX Chogokin VF-31 Siegfried
So, can someone explain to me what the difference in brands is? Like, there's Arcadia, which used to be Yamato, right? And then Bandai does some stuff too.
Is one usually considered to be better than the other, or is it more a question of what VF you're looking for?
let me break it down for you
used to be Yamato. Basically a garage kit manufacturer with a nice factory. Makes a small amount of hella expensive Valkyries from once neglected properties by bandai (Macross Zero, Macross Plus, VFX series and until recently SDF Macross) their toys are very very expensive but very high quality and have a lot of neat features. though they lack a lot of the tampo printed detail bandai toys have. dont compare hi metals with them as arcadia toys are really huge. they are more inline with DX chogokins. Sometimes QC can be hit and miss on certain toys
Makes Hi metal and DX chogokin. Until recently only made frontier toys but is now returning to other franchises with Hi metal R and 1/35 stuff. Thier valks are very very good with lots of tampo printed details and some pretty nifty features. they have stepped up their game a lot in response to Arcadia. Hi metal R is the most affordable macross toy line right now and is super high quality. DX chogokins have a lot of nice frontier stuff but can be pricey on the aftermarket. They still focus on the newer macross series but that is changing now.
Expensive super high quality old and obscure macross stuff. if you want big perfect transform toys of SDF and Zero or VFX this is the only way right now
A lof of new macross stuff but some older stuff soming in too if you want frontier this is it but they have some new SDF stuff in hi metal
really neither is better they both make great toys and its nice to have a bit of both. but both companies will run hihg on the aftermarket depending on what you want and arcadia tends to be pricier due to limited production and no reissues
Arcadia YF-19 is getting a re-release for anyone interested. I just got the Bandai DX Chokogin myself last month. It was my holy grail.
After watching a few comparison videos, I think the DX is much nicer than the Arcadia, but this re-release will make the Arcadia easier to obtain.
yeah i own the arcadia and the bandai *just* outstrips it IMO but the arcadia one has a lot of good points to it like a shit ton of missiles a two piece cockpit with an extra seat and an extra figure to sit in it. not to mention it is a little more anime accurate and is the plus not the frontier version. as well as some other little stuff. But the ankles and floopy wings are kinda crap. still a great toy tho
Anon, what's your technique for getting the 0S' rear landing gear bay doors open? They're so super tight, and there's so little space to get in there and get leverage. I'm worried I'm gonna break or chip something!
Also up on HLJ! Only 120JPY more expensive, and considering HLJ's better EMS rates, I'd suggest ordering with HLJ over AmiAmi here:
Yes, I do like the shape of the nose a tad more on the Arcadia, and the missiles are a huge plus.
I have my DX vf-19 currently displayed in battroid mode, but I'd like to get a model kit for the plane mode. What's the best one available currently? Preferably one in the same (or close to) scale as the DX.
i found a gap big enough to wedge my fingernail in and then i just wiggled it til it popped free. Its in there tight but it will come free if you're patient. and if it sort of springs back or feels lie it wont budge don't get discouraged you wont break it, it just takes a lot of time and patience. be careful not to squeeze the support axles for the landing gear too hard they are die cast but the paint cracked on mine a tiny bit. Its a pretty sexy bird overall though innit? also really really big, like seriously this thing is fukken huge and feels super solid
Hasegawa is the only one i know of and they require some serious modeling knowhow to make them look good.
pretty sure its a yes. mine has very solid legs even after extending them a few times and rotating them
How fast do DX Chogokins sell out from the time they're up for preorder?
Thankfully, the VF-31 isn't subject to the nostalgia hammer.
So what's the fucking deal with the hi metal R line, they're always pre-ordered out, are people that hard on for these?
I'm both saddened and glad the roy fokker is an exclusive as I can get him from nippon yasan at an ok price but I never used them before, but I did want the first release of the line with all that glorious armor.
It ain't happening though, never seen one on mandarke yet
Finally a Macross thread, I've been considering picking up a Yamato/Arcadia Valk for a while now, how is the VF-19? Looking at one on Mandarake right now for 19,000 (~£110 for me in the UK) Is that a good price?
The Kai version, there's also a sound booster for 6,000 to go with it.
>Just bought it, thanks anon!
E-Enjoy it anon, not like I was planning on ordering it when I got home or anything.
What's a BIG DOG to a non-believer?
Any chance Arcadia or Bandai takes a stab at a VF-17 again? I would've gotten the DX VF-171 but I read that thing is a nightmare for cracked joints.
Ugh, I have a Bandai VF-19A, but that Arcadia is just so...voluptuous, in a way the Bandai isn't. April is sort of jam packed with orders, though. So I'm waffling
I really love Macross designs, but it's hard to balance them out with my shitton of other interests. They're fantastic, though. How is the Arcadia VF-0S? I've been thinking about getting a VF-0, but the breakage issues make me worry.
>How is the Arcadia VF-0S?
its fucking fantastic. Tight joints, great transformation, areas that scratch easily are unpainted but nice looking plastic. The off white looks great and might be the best color they have used. The whole thing feels super solid and really well balanced and they fixed the hips. IMO Arcadia knocked it out of the park on this one. Grab it before it disappears and i mean it.
I love my YF-19 but its an altogether different beast from the bandai toy its worth owning is what i would say for the ridiculous accessories alone.
Hey guys, do any of you have experience with the revoltech of this guy? If so, how is it? I finished up SDF about a week ago and was pretty attached to it by the end of the series.
Looks like the VF-31's going to have another gunpod where the missile pod is on the VF-30.
What is a good display stand for larger Macross figures ?
Kids around pricy figures like this makes me cringe. There's one guy on Macrossworld ho buys these for his 7 year old and it just makes me cringe thinking what hell they'll go through in the next few years.
The worst part is that it's not even kids - he was 18 or so at the time, it's just that he and his friends were a bunch of weeb stoners that would get high as fuck and start messing around with stuff.
I had a ton of stuff trashed that way, all of my airsoft guns and Gundam models too. I moved up to my new city, came back a month later to pack up the rest of my stuff, and found pretty much all of my cool toys in my brother's room disassembled, broken, and/or missing parts.
Oh damn, thanks for the heads up. I've been kicking myself for over a year about missing their first release. I have the 06 Yamato release, but the Arcadia is so much more attractive.
Really digging the VF-0 molds too. I wish they would reissue some of the VF-1s. I have a few 1/48s, but would love to have at least Hikaru in 1/60.
I pulled the trigger and preordered my first 1/60 valk, the Arcadia VF-4G. I vaguely remember the flight stands the come with are crap. So what stands do anon's recommend to hold up these expensive birds?
This. Same reason my 25F has 25A Super Parts. I don't always care about colours when the difference is hundreds of dollars on the same mold. I like cool toys, but I've got fucking kids to feed too.
A better one I think, is how did this?
Just bought a used YF-30. Hope it'll be alright.
Help me guys. What is THE very best, most durable, perfect transformation Valk in the 1:100 scale? I've always been interested in owning one but outside of maybe the Hi Metal R line they all seem like fragile partsforming pieces of shit.
Nah, as someone who collects all things macross. The frontier stuff is also great. It's all very pricey but the quality on both bandai and Arcadias toys are worth the price. I would suggest starting with hi metal though as it's the most accesable
The Bandai DX Chogokin are worth having too, the most recent is the VF-19 advance. Pretty much anything with the word "RENEWAL" and after releases are good except for the Nightmare VF-171 with the cracking triangle defect.
at 1:100 scale your only choice is the Hi-metal R line.
But if you are will to go up to 1/60 then the Arcadia or the older yamato v2 is where it's at.
Or you can always go even bigger for cheaper.
the Yamato 1/48 VF-1 are still pretty good and you can get them for a cheaper price than the 1/60.