Yamato recently re-released the Macross Zero VF-0S 1/60 scale valkyrie!
The box is bigger than the newer generation VF-1’s in 1/60 scale.
The box has a nice inner flap that shows the VF-0s in its 3 modes. When I first saw the toy, I thought it looks more like Yamato’s 1/48 valkyries than the 1/60’s, primarily because of its larger size and also because the line identations are thicker.
Let’s get an idea of the VF-0S’s size relative to the VF-1S 1/60 scale.
The gunpod is bigger, too.
The Roy Focker pilot figure is made of a softer plastic than the pilot figures in the newest 1/60 valkyries.
On to gerwalk mode!
See the backpack boosters? They actually slide out, and don’t hold in place that well when you tilt the toy. Another difference from the 1/60’s is that the hands are recessed into the forearm, and you have to pull the hands out. In contrast, in the newest 1/60 scale valkyries, you rotate the hand outward from the forearm.
Missiles and leg armor!
Similar to the VF-11C, the leg armor is held to the calf by a magnet.
Each missile pack comes with 3 missiles, and uses the same mount as in the 1/60 scale valkyries. However, the VF-0S’s missiles have pointy tips and triangular fins, whereas the VF-1S 1/60 scale’s missiles have barrel-like tips and smaller, rectangular fins.
On to battloid mode!
See the compartments that house the leg landing gear? Those doors have more space between them and the legs than the doors on the VF-1S 1/60 scale. In general, I feel that the newer 1/60 scale valkyries don’t rattle as much because their small movable parts fit tighter.
The toy’s battloid mode is pretty close to the line art.
One really neat gimmick when transforming to battloid mode is that the pilot seat actually reclines!
The nosecone radar antenna comes off pretty easily–it’s held in place by only a round peg.
On my VF-0s, the right laser on the head was quite floppy.
In battloid mode, the wings fold down and meet in the back, but unlike the 1/60’s where the wings do not overlap, in the VF-0s, they overlap!
Overall, a very nice toy. I got it from AmiAmi, because it was cheaper there (13720 yen, excluding shipping) than on HobbyLink Japan (16800 yen)!