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Yamato’s 1/60 VF-0A and QF-2200D-B Ghost Booster

For Macross Zero fans out there, here’s the re-issued 1/60th scale VF-0A.  I really like the look of this fighter because it reminds me so much of the F-14A Tomcat, both in color and style.

The box has no flip-top lid.

This toy comes with a display stand connector piece that holds the gunpod. The connector is so tall you won't be able to use the "claw" part of the Macross display stand.

There’s also the optional QF-2200D-B Ghost Booster, which increases the VF-0A’s firepower and speed.

The VF-0A looks really beefed up with the Ghost Booster attached.

The Ghost Booster attaches to the VF-0A’s top via two small pieces right below the missile launchers.  When you prepare to attach the Ghost Booster, you first remove the two pieces that come with the VF-0A and replace them with two that come with the Ghost Booster and have notches in them.  The Ghost Booster also works with the VF-0S, and has matching white connecting pieces.

How big is the VF-0A?  It’s just as big as the 1/48th-scale VF-1S!

VF-0A on the left, 1/48 VF-1S on the right

Macross Chronicle featured the VF-0A, VF-0S, and the QF-2200D-B Ghost Booster.

Macross Chronicle Issue 9 has a VF-0S with Ghost Booster on its cover!

Fold-out tech sheet of VF-0S

Issue 15 has a mechanical sheet for the VF-0S that shows the Ghost Booster and GBP armor.

Issue 28 has a mechanical sheet for the VF-0A.

Issue 31 has a mechnical sheet for the Ghost Booster.

Finally, Issue 34 showcases the VF-0A.

Fold-out of VF-0A in battloid mode with Ghost Booster

The Ghost Booster makes several appearances in the last episode of Macross Zero.

I like how the artists made the backgrounds really nice with the clouds!

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Yamato’s Macross Zero VF-0S 1/60 Scale

Yamato recently re-released the Macross Zero VF-0S 1/60 scale valkyrie!

The box is bigger than the newer generation VF-1’s in 1/60 scale.

The box has a nice inner flap that shows the VF-0s in its 3 modes.  When I first saw the toy, I thought it looks more like Yamato’s 1/48 valkyries than the 1/60’s, primarily because of its larger size and also because the line identations are thicker.

The toy comes with the VF-0S, two display stand attachments, four 3-missile packs, two pieces of calf armor, a gunpod, and a Roy Focker pilot figure.  There’s also an instruction book and stickers.

The fighter looks very nice.  I like the big wings and tall tailfins.  There’s also an antenna (radar?) sticking out from the nosecose.

The fighter is very close to the line art.

Nice, big engines.

Let’s get an idea of the VF-0S’s size relative to the VF-1S 1/60 scale.

The VF-0S is quite bigger than the VF-1S 1/60 scale!  Holding the VF-0S, I noticed that parts are more loose-fitting than the 1/60 VF-1S.  For example, the engines are a little wobbly.

The gunpod is bigger, too.

You’ll also notice a bar connecting the back of the gunpod with the front.  The 1/60 gunpod doesn’t have the bar, but the VF-0S gunpod bar is accurate with the line art.

The Roy Focker pilot figure is made of a softer plastic than the pilot figures in the newest 1/60 valkyries.

On to gerwalk mode!

See the backpack boosters?  They actually slide out, and don’t hold in place that well when you tilt the toy.  Another difference from the 1/60’s is that the hands are recessed into the forearm, and you have to pull the hands out.  In contrast, in the newest 1/60 scale valkyries, you rotate the hand outward from the forearm.

Missiles and leg armor!

Similar to the VF-11C, the leg armor is held to the calf by a magnet.

Each missile pack comes with 3 missiles, and uses the same mount as in the 1/60 scale valkyries.  However, the VF-0S’s missiles have pointy tips and triangular fins, whereas the VF-1S 1/60 scale’s missiles have barrel-like tips and smaller, rectangular fins.

On to battloid mode!

See the compartments that house the leg landing gear?  Those doors have more space between them and the legs than the doors on the VF-1S 1/60 scale.  In general, I feel that the newer 1/60 scale valkyries don’t rattle as much because their small movable parts fit tighter.

The toy’s battloid mode is pretty close to the line art.

One really neat gimmick when transforming to battloid mode is that the pilot seat actually reclines!

See the instrumentation panel?  It also tilts back.  You don’t find this gimmick with the 1/60’s.

The nosecone radar antenna comes off pretty easily–it’s held in place by only a round peg.

On my VF-0s, the right laser on the head was quite floppy.

In battloid mode, the wings fold down and meet in the back, but unlike the 1/60’s where the wings do not overlap, in the VF-0s, they overlap!

Overall, a very nice toy.  I got it from AmiAmi, because it was cheaper there (13720 yen, excluding shipping) than on HobbyLink Japan (16800 yen)!

http://www.amiami.jp/shop/?set=english&vgForm=ProductInfo&sku=GDS-3588&template=default/product/e_display.html

CM’s Corporation’s Macross Figure Collection: Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of CM’s Corporation’s Macross Figure Collection!

First, we have Misa (Lisa in Robotech) in uniform.

Misa Hayase (Lisa Hayes in Robotech)

Then there’s Roy in a DYRL space suit.

Roy’s hair is detachable, so you can attach his helmet.

Here’s Minmay sitting at a desk.  This one is the same as the one in the Minmay Special, but Minmay’s hair is blue instead of black.

There are several items on her desk–nice touch!

Here’s Roy in his VF-1S cockpit.

From Macross Zero, here’s Sara Nome.

Finally, from Macross 7, here’s Basara with his guitar.

CM’s Corporation’s Macross Figure Collection: Part 1

CM’s Corporation has a 3-part gashapon Macross Figure Collection.  Here’s Part 1.

Hikaru Ichijo in DYRL Pilot Suit

Close-up of Hikaru Ichijo

Ishtar from Macross II

Macross II wasn’t as popular as the original Macross.  In my opinion, the characters and storyline were weak:  a reporter helps out an alien songstress.

Minmay in her final concert. Unlike the figure from the Minmay Special collection which has black hair, this one has blue hair

Mao Nome from Macross Zero

Mylene Jenius from Macross 7. She's holding a guitar.

Minmay doll with red dress. There's a switch on her back, too, just like the doll from the Minmay Special collection

These figures look great, but if you get them, I recommend getting a sealed display case because these figures have a nasty plastic odor.