Today we’re going to have a close look at Yamato’s “Macross Display Stand for Valkyrie.” These stands were originally made for the 1/48 scale valkyries, but they work just as well for the second generation 1/60 scale valkyries. There are three versions: a black one, a silver one, and a gray one. I have only the black and silver ones.
Box for black display stand
Box for silver display stand
Each stand also comes with a set of connectors. The black stand comes with gray connectors, and the silver stand comes with white connectors. However, if you have the newer 1/60 second generation valkyries, you won’t need the connectors because the second generation 1/60 scale valkyries already come with the connectors.
Here’s a side-by-side view of both stands:
Silver and black display stands side by side
Each stand consists of three parts: the base, the main support arm, and four smaller support arms. The four smaller support arms, which are screwed together in one piece, are for displaying valkyries in fighter mode. For Gerwalk and Battloid modes, you remove these smaller support arms.
Connector for the four smaller support arms
The top of the support arm is where you drop in the connector on your valkyrie.
Top of display stand arm, with hole for valkyrie connector
Here’s the gray connector that comes with the 1/60 VF-1J Mass Production TV Type:
Connector for VF-1J Mass Production TV Type (fighter and gerwalk modes)
The bottom of this connector fits into the top of the display stand arm, and is held by gravity:
Valkyrie connected to the display stand arm
At the very beginning of Macross the movie, we see some valkyries launch from a similar support arm. See the black and yellow stripes?
See the four support arms/hinges?
Close-up of the four support arms/hinges in the movie
The black and yellow stripes are on the silver display stand, not on the black one! Doh!
See the black and yellow stripes?
The black display stand has gray and white stripes!
The display stand has several points of articulation:
With all these articulation points, you can put your valkyries in some very striking poses. All the joints are very clicky and hold a particular position well.
Here’s the bottom of the base!
Bottom view of display stand base
And here’s a top view of the base:
Top view of display stand base
Search for “Macross display stand” on Google, and you’ll get some product matches. From Japan Toys, http://www.japan-toys.com/cgi-bin/us-goods.cgi?id=CHO-408 it seems Yamato released another gray version with the black and yellow stripes!
One final note: the silver display stand feels lighter than the black one, and I think it has thinner plastic. As a result, the black stand feels more durable. Also, when inserting the arm into the base for the silver display stand, I sometimes see some paint falling out of the bottom.