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Macross Frontier Action Figures from Bandai

Bandai has a set of gashapon characters from Macross Frontier!

Left to right: Alto, Sheryl, Ranka, Sheryl, Alto, Michel, Klan Klang, and Sheryl

All the standing figures have their own base, which is a nice touch!

First, we have our male hero protagonist, Alto, with his pilot jacket, and then in his school uniform.

And then there’s Ranka in her red Chinese dress.

Now here’s fashionista Sheryl, in multiple outfits.

And now for our Michel, the sharpshooter, whose blue color theme is analogous to Max’s.

Lastly, we have Michel’s love interest, Klan Klang, who was a lot more interested in him at first..

As a closing note, these figures are up to 2 inches shorter than the figures in CM’s Corporation’s Macross Figure Collections.

Bandai’s VF-25F Super Messiah Alto Custom: Robot Spirits Series

In Bandai’s Robot Spirits series of toys, there’s the VF-25F Super Messiah Alto Custom!

Front view of box

Rear view of the box

This toy comes with Super parts, including two missile pods on the shoulders.

This toy is not transformable, and is only 5 1/8″ tall.  The armor parts clip/snap on to the base battloid.  The back section above with the wings snaps onto the body using only one small notch, which is right below the back of the neck.  The missile pods open up, and you can see some neat red missile tips.

Let’s look at how tall this toy is relative to the Yamato GNU Dou VF-1J and the Yamato 1/60 VF-1A Max TV Type.

Yamato GNU-Dou VF-1J, Yamato 1/60 VF-1A Max TV Type, and Bandai VF-25F Super Messiah Alto Custom

“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”  Heh.  I’m personally biased towards the 1/60 Yamato’s because they’re a good size, they’re extremely sturdy, and they have no nasty plastic odors.  In contrast, besides the VF-25F’s height, here’s what I don’t like about the toy:

  • It has a nasty plastic odor.
  • The armor parts aren’t very tightly attached.  Also, when I attached the shoulder missile pods, the back fell off.
  • The gunpod doesn’t open up like the one in the DX Chogokin 1/60 toy.
  • The laser antenna on the head do not pivot.

Something else just occurred to me:  because the head is wider than it is tall, and because the head is so flat, plus the fact that there are two antenna that point slightly outward, what type of insect does the head remind you of?

Bandai’s 1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Super Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

The first Macross Frontier movie is out in Japan, released 11/21/09!  Bandai is making the toys.  No Yamato’s yet, unfortunately.  Today, we’re going to have a look at the 1/60-scale  DX Chogokin VF-25F Super Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom!

CollectionDX and Wizartar have some great reviews on the 1/60 DX Chogokin line of Bandai Macross Frontier toys.  This one has the color scheme from the movie, Macross Frontier:  The False Songstress.  In my opinion, the toy looks great!  However, it does have some flaws.  First, it’s not as “tight” as the Yamato valkyries.  By “not tight”, I mean, the plastic pieces don’t quite fit as nicely as the pieces on the Yamato.  The plastic pieces hinges tend to be loose, especially the plastic pieces that allow you to fold the small fin on the leg into the calf.  The laser antenna on the head are also made of a soft plastic, and on my toy, one of the antenna is crooked (bends in an arc).

One difference between the VF-25F and the Yamato 1/60 valkyries is that the Alto pilot figure is not removable, whereas in all the Yamato valkyries, the pilot is removable.

Close-up of Alto pilot figure

The armor and boosters really make the valkyrie in fighter mode look great from the rear:

How does the VF-25F compare with a 1/60 Yamato valkyrie?  Well, the VF-25F is longer and wider:

VF-25F Alto compared with a VF-1J Hikaru

Also notice that the VF-25F’s gunpod is longer and skinnier than the VF-1J’s. In addition, the VF-25F’s gunpod is made of a softer plastic.  The Yamato gunpod definitely feels more solid.

I really wonder how much effort Yamato put into making the second-generation 1/60 valkyries “tight”.  Everything fits together close and tight on a Yamato–the landing gear doors, the legs, the arms, and the missiles.  Shake a 1/60 Yamato valkyrie, and you won’t hear anything rattling, except if you have the gunpod mounted to the arm(s).  Shake the VF-25F, and you’ll hear something rattling.