Elegant, ominous, presiding. That’s what the VF-1J is! The most memorable one is Rick Hunter’s, which is shown in one of the Robotech-is-back-from-commercial-break transitions. The one pictured here is the same model, which has the head with the triangular window and the two laser-gun antennas, but this is the “Mass Production TV Type”, or in other words, the one that was just “support aircraft”. Yamato released this one in June 2009. The light tan/white color scheme certainly is eye catching!
This toy comes in the box in fighter mode. It also comes with two sets of different missiles, one set has 3 missiles per attachment, and the second set has 5 missiles in an encasing. However, the toy does not come with the pictured stand, which is sold separately.
This toy comes with a pilot!
The next step in transformation is from a fighter to gerwalk mode. In this mode, the pilot can use the arms, can fly slower, and can even hover.
The final step in transformation is to a battloid. The head tilts, the knees can rotate slightly, and the knees and the feet make a loud “click” sound to lock the part into place. You won’t lose a pose!
Look at the fine-looking head! In my opinion, it looks like a football helmet. Finally, Yamato put in some nice touches, such as the shield below the breastplate that covers up the canopy, or the two pieces of peninsular notches on the collarbone that hold the breastplate down.
We catch a brief glimpse of the VF-1J in Episode 2, “Countdown”: