Yamato just released their 1/60 VF-1J Hikaru Ichijo with Armor Parts!
The box comes with two plastic encasings that fit one on top of the other. Because there’s some overlap, the depth of the box is not quite twice the height of each plastic encasing. For comparison, here’s the side view of the box next to the box for a VF-1A.
At 8 minutes and 57 seconds into DYRL, we see this armored beast for the first and only time!
So how does the 1/60 stack up to the 1/48?
- Perhaps the largest difference is that the missiles in the 1/48 toy are removable, whereas in the 1/60, they are not.
- The boosters on the shoulders are gray on the 1/48, and are gold on the 1/60.
- The gunpod in the 1/48 comes with a strap, whereas the 1/60 does not (although we know that none of the 1/60 valkyries have a gun strap).
- The armor on the 1/60 is a darker purple than that on the 1/48.
- The 1/48 comes with DYRL hands (the ones with the black joints and flat fingertips), whereas the 1/60’s hands are all white with round fingertips, as in the TV series. In addition, the 1/60’s hands are slightly larger than the normal hands that come with a 1/60 valkyrie.
- The 1/60’s head’s eye is a darker green than the 1/48’s. Update 4/7/10: Also, the eye has a gray covering (matches what you see in the line art), whereas the 1/48’s eye covering is white. You’ll also notice that the older 1/60 VF-1J Hikaru’s also have the white eye covering.
- The 1/48’s backback has an antenna, whereas the 1/60’s does not (although this is also true for all 1/48 vs. 1/60 valkyries).
- The chest armor on the 1/48 fits better because the top hinges go over the metal hinges in the valkyrie’s shoulders. In contrast, the 1/60’s chest armor merely rests against the shoulder metal hinges.
- The red missile doors on the chest armor on the 1/48 pull out a certain distance to make seeing the chest missiles easier. In contrast, the 1/60’s missile doors do not pull out at all, but just open on hinges like a normal door.
- The white paint on the 1/60 is brighter than the white paint on the 1/48. The 1/48’s white is almost an off-white.
- The 1/60 comes with feet covers, whereas the 1/48 does not.
- Because of its bulk, the 1/60 is easier to handle and play with than the 1/48.
Finally, the 1/60’s instruction book shows additional missile attachments that make the missiles look like they’re taking off. However, these missile attachments do not come with this toy. They’re separate!