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Yamato’s GN-U Dou VF-1S, VF-1A, VF-1A Max, VF-1J

Here we have Skull Leader and the Vermilion Squadron, whose valkyries are from Yamato’s GN-U Dou line of toys!

Left to right: VF-1S, VF-1J, VF-1A Mass Production, VF-1A Max

It’s not quite Vermilion Squadron, because Hayao/Ben’s valkyrie is really the mass production VF-1A, but I like the mass production VF-1A’s darker brown color more than the light tan color on Hayao/Ben’s valkyrie toys.  For a review of the GN-U Dou VF-1J and how its height compares with the 1/60-scale valkyries, please see my earlier post, https://eyeforthings.wordpress.com/2009/11/15/yamatos-gn-u-dou-macross-vf-1j/

Front view of box for GN-U Dou VF-1S

Front view of box for GN-U Dou VF-1A Mass Production

Front view of box for GN-U Dou VF-1A Maximilian Jenius

As you can see, each toy comes with four TV-show-based hands and four DYRL-based hands and a gunpod.  The display stand is in the back.

Beauties!  Each is very well painted, and highly articulated.  Both wings can also pivot, but the backpack is fixed.  The laser antenna(s) also pivot.

About the display stand, in order to mount the piece that the valkyrie rests on, take a Phillips screwdriver and loosen the screw so that you can fit the ball socket into the display stand arm.

See that small screw? Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the screw to put in the U-shaped piece

The only flaw that bothers me somewhat is that these toys have a nasty plastic odor, but the odor is definitely not as strong as the one you’ll find from the Revoltech valkyries.

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Yamato’s GN-U Dou Macross VF-1J

Yamato has a line of smaller scale but more highly articulated robot action figures called “GN-U Dou”, “GN-U” meaning “brave band of warriors” and “Dou” meaning “movement”.  Whereas Kaiyodo’s Revoltech line of highly articulated robots are designed with ball joints, Yamato’s GN-U Dou robots have hinge joints held together with a metal pin:

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Kaiyodo's Revoltech ball joint

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Yamato's hinge joints, held together with a metal pin

These pictures are close-ups of the elbow joints from the Kaiyodo Revoltech VF-1J and the Yamato GN-U Dou VF-1J.

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Revoltech VF-1J on the left, Yamato GN-U Dou VF-1J on the right

In my opinion, the proportional sizes of parts on the Yamato look better than those of the Revoltech.  The Revoltech’s parts look a little squished.  In the picture above, notice that the Revoltech VF-1J has a smooth texture and pudgy parts from what looks like a thick coat of paint.  I wonder if this thick coat of paint or PVC is what causes the Revoltech to have a nasty odor?  In contrast, the Yamato VF-1J has no odor.

The Revoltech is slightly shorter than the Yamato in overall height.  In addition, the Revoltech’s gunpod also looks a little short, whereas the Yamato’s gunpod looks slightly long.

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Gunpod comparison

The backpack is another comparison point.

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Revoltech VF-1J on left, Yamato VF-1J on the right. The Revoltech's backpack looks too squarish.

Finally, let’s put these two VF-1J’s next to the Yamato 1/60 Macross VF-1J with Super Parts.

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Left to right: Revoltech VF-1J, Yamato 1/60 VF-1J, Yamato GN-U Dou VF-1J

In closing, although the Revoltech VF-1J comes with Super parts, its proportions and odor make it, in my opinion, less desirable than the Yamato GN-U Dou VF-1J.  What do you think?