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Yamato Macross Display Stand Deep Blue Version

The deep blue version of the Yamato Macross Display Stand for Valkyries just came out!

One improvement in the packaging is that the stand pieces are not held to the plastic containers by twistie ties!  As a result, the display stand pieces are easier to remove from the plastic containers.

Like the gray display stand, this deep blue display stand has the same glossy finish.  It’s also the same exact mold as all the other Yamato display stands.

Gray display stand base on the left, deep blue base on the right

In order to put the VF-1S TV Version on the display stand (and as with any Yamato VF-1), I had to separate the leg/air intake from the body of the fighter.  I noticed it’s a lot easier to separate the legs than previous VF-1’s.

VF-1J Max on gray display stand on the left, VF-1S TV Version on deep blue display stand on the right

I got the deep blue display stand from HobbyLink Japan:  http://www.hlj.com/product/YMT00193

Gray Macross Display Stand’s Joints Bend Under Heavy Weight

Putting a vanilla Yamato veritech on the gray display stand is fine, but when I put a veritech with Super Parts on the stand, the support arm sometimes bends under the weight.  Since the black display stand with the matte finish offers more friction in the support arm joints, it holds heavier veritechs much better.  I recommend that you get the black display stand instead of the gray one, unless you really, really want the black and yellow stripes, and the color of the stand to match the color of the connectors!

Yamato’s Gray Macross Display Stand for Valkyrie

All right, so I caved in and bought a gray Macross display stand!  The mold is the same as the black and silver versions, but this gray stand is more similar to the black stand, in regards to weight and overall feel.  And it has the yellow and black stripes!

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Box for gray display stand on the left, black display stand box on the right

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Rear view of boxes for gray display stand (left) and black display stand (right)

The major difference between the gray and black stands is that the gray one has a glossy finish, whereas the black one has a matte finish.  As a result, the gray stand looks shinier, and it’s also easier to detach and re-attach the four support arms.

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Top views of the display stand bases

Now here’s a bottom view of the bases.  Note that the “filler” base is the same plastic, and this filler gives the base the majority of its weight.

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Bottom view of gray stand base (left) and black stand base (right)

Here’s how the stands look with the arms inserted into the bases:

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Gray and black display stands, arms attached to bases

See the little square peg in the lower right-hand corner of the base?  You can remove the four support arms and attach them to the peg:

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Gray and black display stands, four support arms detached

The same shade of gray is used for the connectors to the valkyries (please see previous post).

I know I could’ve painted over the gray and white stripes on the black display stand, but oh well!

 

Yamato’s Macross Display Stands for Valkyries

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.

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Box for black display stand

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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:

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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.

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Connector for the four smaller support arms

The top of the support arm is where you drop in the connector on your valkyrie.

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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:

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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:

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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?

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See the four support arms/hinges?

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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!

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See the black and yellow stripes?

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The black display stand has gray and white stripes!

The display stand has several points of articulation:

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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

Bottom view of display stand base

And here’s a top view of the base:

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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.