In Macross DYRL, Hikaru Ichijo is the leader of the Vermilion Squadron, which also includes Max Jenius and Hayao Kakizaki. Vermilion, a deep scarlet red, is the color of the accents on Hikaru’s valkyrie. We first see Hikaru, Max, and Hayao as part of Roy’s Skull Squadron at the beginning of the movie. After Roy dies, we see the three again when Milia/Miriya’s team of Queadluun-Rau’s launches an attack on Earth.
Yamato has 1/60-scale replicas of each VF-1A valkryie!
In Hobby Link Japan’s photos of Hayao and Max’s VF-1A’s, there aren’t skulls on the cockpits’ heat shields. But these toys come with them!
- HLJ’s product page for 1/60 VF-1A Hikaru Ichijo with Super and Strike Parts
- HLJ’s product page for 1/60 VF-1A Hayao Kakizaki (currently on sale!)
- HLJ’s product page for 1/60 VF-1A Max Transformable
- HLJ’s product page for 1/60 Super and Strike Parts for VF-1 (comes with both strike cannon and missile launcher, which are interchangeable on the backpack booster)
Now for a bit of trivia: Hikaru’s VF-1A is marked 011, Hayao’s is marked with 012, and Max’s is marked with 013.
I wonder why Hayao got “012”, whereas Max got “013”. Hayao has the bad luck of being killed by Milia’s squadron–he should’ve been 013.
Finally, for another bit of trivia, notice the hands on the DYRL valkyries. I like those hands–the fingertips are straight and the joints are pronounced. In contrast, the hands on the valkyries from the TV series have round fingertips and the joints are not as pronounced. Yamato also has the valkyries of Vermilion Squadron from the TV series. More on that later!