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The Fashion of DYRL

One of the things I really appreciate more in DYRL than the TV series is that in general, people are better dressed in DYRL, and the clothes fashion reflected the 1980’s, when the TV series and the movie were released.

The most notable example of being better dressed is of course, Minmay.

In Minmay’s first appearance, she wears an elegant pink/white/purple dress. Her puffy shoulders make her look like a fairy.

We are then treated to Minmay’s many outfits throughout the movie.

On their date, Hikaru and Minmay are dressed in nice, casual clothes.

When Hikaru and Minmay go into the clothing-hologram room on their date, we get our only glimpse of Minmay in Princess Leia-like hair buns and a Chinese dress.

In contrast, in the TV series, we often see Minmay in her hair buns and a Chinese dress. For example, here is her outfit for her 16th birthday party.

Also in the clothing-hologram room, we see Hikaru and Minmay in white wedding clothes.

In the TV series, in their imaginary wedding, Hikaru and Minmay are also dressed in white wedding clothes.

Back to DYRL, here’s Minmay in a simple, but elegant yellow dress.

This is the scene in DYRL where Hikaru asks Minmay to sing for everyone. Minmay wears a red/white ensemble that looks very warm!

In the TV series, in the similar scene where Hikaru asks Minmay to sing for everyone, Minmay also wears a red/white outfit: coincidental or intentional?

Here’s Minmay in her famous, elegant final concert dress.

In contrast, in the TV series, Minmay begins her singing during the final battle with Bodolzaa’s forces, and she’s wearing a skirt with polka-dots. A little casual, don’t you think?

Minmay changes into an orange and white dress during the final battle. Although this dress is nice, it’s not as flashy as her DYRL dress.

Let’s switch gears to clothes worn by other characters.

After returning from Zentradi captivity, Hikaru and Misa relax in casual clothes. Hikaru is wearing a vest, and Misa is wearing a dress with a pleated skirt.

In a throwback to the 1980’s, here are some clothing styles made famous by Madonna.  For example, look at the mannequin sporting fishnet pants, wildly hairsprayed hair, and a bandanna.

Another 80’s bandanna on Kim.

Do you have any opinions on character costumes in DYRL or the TV series?

 

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Yamato VF-1S Max and Roy Have Same Off-White Color

One of our readers asked if the VF-1S Max DYRL and VF-1S Roy DYRL have the same white color.  Yep, they do!

VF-1S Max DYRL on the left, VF-1S Roy on the right

Side view

Yamato’s 1/48 scale VF-1S Transformable Valkyrie Roy Focker

Yamato just re-issued the 1/48 scale VF-1S, both Roy Focker’s and Hikaru’s! Since I like Roy’s black/yellow paint scheme more than Hikaru’s black/red paint scheme, I got Roy’s VF-1S.

Today, we’re all about comparisons with the 1/60 scale VF-1S.

The 1/48 box is of course slightly taller than a 1/60

And it's wider

Here’s what the 1/48 comes with:

Valkryie, two missile sets, gun pod, Roy Focker pilot figure. Not pictured: decal sheet and instruction book

But no display stand mounts, like you’ll find with every 1/60 scale valkyrie!

1/48 on the left, 1/60 VF-1S TV Type on the right

See the missiles? The 1/48's are all white, no black tips like on the 1/60

Better tampo printing on the 1/60. The "001" and RDF logo on the side of the nosecone are not pre-painted on the 1/48, but are decals

Okay, okay.  I’m biased towards the 1/60, even though the 1/48 has a few more gimmicks, like the antenna on the backpack and the radar in the nosecone.  The 1/60 just feels and looks tighter (especially between adjacent parts), and is pre-painted with more emblems.

But if bigger is what you like, the 1/48 is for you!

 

Macross: Do You Remember Love? A Believable, Well-Illustrated Space Epic!

Why is Macross: DYRL, which came out in 1984, still popular today?  It’s because it is a believable, well-illustrated space epic:  we can relate to both the good guys (humans) and the bad guys (Zentradi and Meltrandi) because both share the same human DNA!  That’s why I, and probably a lot of other people, like it more than Macross Frontier, in which the bad guys are a bunch of insects, the Vajra.  We just can’t sympathize with the Vajra because they don’t have any human resemblance.

Not only can we relate to the humans and the Zentradi/Meltrandi, but we can also relate to their mecha.  The SDF-1 looks like an aircraft carrier, and the valkyrie fighters look like modern fighter jets.  In the valkyrie’s battloid mode, we see our humanoid image not only in the arms and legs that have human joints, but also in the head:  the VF-1S and VF-1J’s heads look like a human mask.  The only exception is the VF-1A’s head, which looks like a cyclops.  The Zentradi have the the Nousjadeul-Ger, and the Meltrandi have the Queadluun-Rau, both having humanoid form.

VF-1S, VF-1J, VF-1A

Nousjadeul-Ger's

Miria's Queadluun-Rau

In addition, we relate to the human cultural elements:  the importance of music and songs in moving people’s emotions, and the dramatic love triangle among Hikaru, Misa, and Minmay.  In Macross 7, music becomes more about being a weapon, which we find hard to relate to because that’s not the case in real life.  I think this is why Macross 7 is not appealing.

Macross is well-illustrated in its artwork and sound effects.  There is amazing detail, more than you’d find in normal cartoons.  For example, when the SDF-1 momentarily loses its internal gravity system, each of the chairs and tables individually tumble.

Everyone is well-dressed in costumes and uniforms.  Each weapon has its unique sound:  the valkyrie gunpods emit a rapid-fire sound, and the Zentradi/Meltrandi lasers echo a high-pitched sound.  The movie also intrigues us with advanced technology, like holograms, the vakyries’ nuclear-powered engines, hyperspace fold, and robots that clean garbage from the street (like the Roomba that was released in 2007)!

Did this garbage-collecting robot from 1984 seed the idea for the Roomba in 2007?

Finally, Macross has a great epic story:  humans are returning to their homeland, Earth, and are fighting against a formidable enemy, the Zentradi, who are at war with the Meltrandi.  We have captivating protagonists:  Hikaru, our humble hero who chooses between two women; Roy, the mentor figure and experienced soldier; Max, an expert fighter pilot who falls in love with a beautiful enemy ace pilot; Misa, a high-ranking military officer; and Minmay, the cute performer who charms everyone with her songs.  We have worthy adversaries, the Zentradi and Meltrandi:  Miria, the Meltrandi’s ace pilot; Bodolza, the Zentradi leader; Quamzin/Kamjin/Khyron, the aggressive Zentradi commander; Britai, and Exedor.  I think that having such worthy adversaries makes a good spectacle because we see the intense struggle between good and evil:  it’s the same reason that when there’s a worthy villain in a James Bond film, like Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, we are drawn closer to the characters’ struggle.

Le Chiffre from Casino Royale

What do you like most about Macross?

Vermilion Squadron in Macross DYRL

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.

Our first look at Skull Squadron. Roy's VF-1S is the only one with the strike cannon

Hikaru's Vermilion VF-1A in Gerwalk Mode

Hikaru's Vermilion VF-1A in Battloid Mode

Max's Blue VF-1A

We don't see Hayao's valkyrie engage in close combat. Instead, we get to see his enthusiasm! His helmet has green accents.

Yamato has 1/60-scale replicas of each VF-1A valkryie!

Left to right, VF-1A's flown by Hayao, Hikaru, and Max

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!

I put the Super Parts on Max’s VF-1A to mimic what we see in the opening battle.  The Super Parts do not come with Yamato’s VF-1A, and must be purchased separately.

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.

See the "011" on the side of the cockpit?

See the "012" on the side of the cockpit?

See the "013" on the side of the cockpit?

Vermilion Squadron about to engage with Queadluun-Rau's

See the "012" on the side of Hayao's cockpit?

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!