Yamato’s SDF-1 Macross DYRL 1/3000 scale

The latest addition to my Macross collection is Yamato’s recently released 1/3000th scale SDF-1 Macross, DYRL style.

Box, front view

Box, rear view

Compared to a 1/60 valkryie box, the SDF-1 is a little taller and wider.

The SDF-1 comes packed tightly in a styrofoam container, with a styrofoam lid (not shown). The screw covers, seen at the top of the tray, need to be glued onto the toy. Gee, I haven't done that in ages, since I used Revell glue! The display stand is beneath the main gun, and the display stand pieces are at the bottom of the tray. On the top right and lower right are the ARMD's.

Since I haven’t bought model glue yet, the pictures below do not show all the little pieces glued onto the toy.

Here's a top view of the SDF-1, with only one of the ARMD's attached. You have to use quite a bit of force to attach the ARMD's!

Front view of the SDF-1 in cruiser mode. The toy is amazingly detailed with lots of gun turrets and surface detail.

Front view reminds me of the opening sequence of DYRL

Speaking of detail, one nice touch is you can see the multiple levels of the bridge inside the plastic covering.

Look at that red circle thingy. Is it a big vernier thruster?

SDF-1's engines

Lots of detail on the surface of the ARMD.

Close-up of the top of the SDF-1: nice detail

Lots of screws in the arm

Nice Features (“Gimmicks”)

Yamato did a good job with giving this toy some cool features.

The tips of the main guns extend and retract. You simply pull on the tips to extend them. I like having the option of deciding when I want to avoid potentially damaging these tips.

On the left leg are two portals: the left one rotates to reveal clear plastic, thereby simulating opening and closing protective covers.

Close-up of the left window (2/3rds open).

Maybe those two windows are these two windows that we see in DYRL?

To take off the left leg cover, pop off the thinner side first, then on the thicker side, slide it away from the foot. We see a copyright notice on in the inside of the panel, as well as screws that hold in the U-shape piece that locks down the rotatable window.

With the cover removed, the left leg reveals Macross City.

Size Comparisons

Here’s the SDF-1 compared to Wave Corporation’s 1/5000th scale SDF-1

Here’s the SDF-1 next to a 1/60 VF-1S valkryie.

Attaching the ARMD’s Is Tricky

You have to use quite a bit of force to attach the ARMD’s to the SDF-1’s arms.

The SDF-1 arms have a small connector with a square magnet on the end.

Each ARMD attaches to the SDF-1 body's arm connector by using two ridges.

To attach an ARMD, attach the one ARMD ridge to the arm connector ridge first, then push the other ARMD/arm connector ridges together. In this picture, I attached the upper ridges, and am about to push together the bottom ridges.

Note on Transformation from Cruiser to Attack Mode

Graham from Macrossworld has great YouTube videos on how to transform the SDF-1 from cruiser to attack mode.  However, there was one issue with rotating the main body:  I couldn’t rotate it far enough to lock it with the legs.  The cause was that the main body locking tab was already in the lock position!  So please be sure this tab is unlocked when you’re transforming from cruiser to attack mode.

There's the main body locking tab, in the unlocked position. The tab slides in to the locked position, but you do that after rotating the main body and before pushing the bridge back.

Attack Mode

Attack mode, front view

Attack mode, rear/side view

Attack mode, straight rear view. I like those small thrusters on the SDF-1's back.

Just a closing comment, because of the thin, long shoulder guns(?) and the bridge’s radar antennas, I’m a little hesitant when handling this toy.  But overall, I’m impressed with the detail of the toy, its gimmicks, and its large size.

Update 2/18/11:  Anyone have suggestions for a display case, besides the Ikea Detolf?  The SDF-1 is too tall and long to fit in the Container Store doll display case.

6 responses to “Yamato’s SDF-1 Macross DYRL 1/3000 scale

  1. Man, this post fills me with the ‘wants’. My toy buying has come to a stop since the birth of my daughter, but, I have to ask… how much did the SDF-1 cost you? I’ve seen them before and they are not cheap.
    (Side note, the family and I made it to SF yesterday, what beautiful weather! The plan was to take pictures at the Palace of Fine Arts then hit Japan Town. However, a late start and cranky baby had us leaving early with no visit to J-Town. Rats.)

    • I got the SDF-1 from HLJ, and it came out to $390.33 with EMS shipping. Yeah, keeping these toys (and especially the small parts) away from my kids is somewhat of a challenge. I bought some hobby containers from Container Store to help with this.

      About your side note, did you order the Variable Fighter Master File book at Kinokuniya?

      • The Fighter book was THE reason I wanted to make J-Town! I also like to look at tthe other magazines and books they have. I suppose I could just call but I would rather go in person.
        Have you ever ordered from a company called Angolzs? I think they are out of Hong Kong and their prices seem to be quite a bit less than HLJ. I’ve ordered a few Valks from them in the past and was always satisfied with the service.

      • Yep, I bought the VF-1S Hikaru from Angolz because HLJ was out of stock at the time. I had to send them an e-mail to check on my order because it didn’t ship after a few days within placing my order. I’ve never had to do that with HLJ.

  2. The SDF-1 should have more vibrant color details like in the movie. Or at least include decals. I’m disappointed with the plain color…

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