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Hobby Link Japan has VF-1J 30th Anniversary Edition from Arcadia for Pre-Order

Just saw the 30th Anniversary Edition of the VF-1J from Arcadia on Hobby Link Japan’s site, available for pre-order, to be released in August:  http://www.hlj.com/product/ACA82001/Sci

The mold definitely looks like Yamato’s VF-1J mold.  However, I’m not getting it.  I would never paint my valkyries in a way that they don’t resemble something from the movie or TV series..

Yamato 1/60 VF4-G Lightning III Is Here!

After a long wait, I finally received Yamato’s 1/60th-scale VF4-G Lightning III!  After playing with it, I realize why it took so long to make.  There are so many intricate parts, and the transformation is quite complicated, too.


Front of the box


Back of the box

Now, opening the box…


The top is protected by two layers of plastic


The VF4-G, two stand parts, two articulated hands, and a pilot. Wait, where’s the gunpod??


Bottom of the inside of the box. Nice labeling..


Instruction manual and sticker sheet


Fighter mode. Ah, looks just like it does in Flashback 2012, except this is a gray color scheme, not the white color scheme..


Close-up of the pilot


Close-up of the left engine booster. Looks like the booster on the VF-1 Fast pack.


Close-up of cannon on the right engine

Onto gerwalk mode!


The VF-4 is slightly difficult to stand up in gerwalk mode, because of the long nose.


And finally, battroid mode.  It took a long time to transform from gerwalk mode!




Someone please tell me this is some booster/thruster, and not a speaker!

The build quality is superb:  the VF-4 is heavier than the VF-1’s because there’s more die-cast metal.  The shoulders, elbows, neck, and leg joints are all made of metal.  A must for Macross fans!

The Fashion of DYRL

One of the things I really appreciate more in DYRL than the TV series is that in general, people are better dressed in DYRL, and the clothes fashion reflected the 1980’s, when the TV series and the movie were released.

The most notable example of being better dressed is of course, Minmay.

In Minmay’s first appearance, she wears an elegant pink/white/purple dress. Her puffy shoulders make her look like a fairy.

We are then treated to Minmay’s many outfits throughout the movie.

On their date, Hikaru and Minmay are dressed in nice, casual clothes.

When Hikaru and Minmay go into the clothing-hologram room on their date, we get our only glimpse of Minmay in Princess Leia-like hair buns and a Chinese dress.

In contrast, in the TV series, we often see Minmay in her hair buns and a Chinese dress. For example, here is her outfit for her 16th birthday party.

Also in the clothing-hologram room, we see Hikaru and Minmay in white wedding clothes.

In the TV series, in their imaginary wedding, Hikaru and Minmay are also dressed in white wedding clothes.

Back to DYRL, here’s Minmay in a simple, but elegant yellow dress.

This is the scene in DYRL where Hikaru asks Minmay to sing for everyone. Minmay wears a red/white ensemble that looks very warm!

In the TV series, in the similar scene where Hikaru asks Minmay to sing for everyone, Minmay also wears a red/white outfit: coincidental or intentional?

Here’s Minmay in her famous, elegant final concert dress.

In contrast, in the TV series, Minmay begins her singing during the final battle with Bodolzaa’s forces, and she’s wearing a skirt with polka-dots. A little casual, don’t you think?

Minmay changes into an orange and white dress during the final battle. Although this dress is nice, it’s not as flashy as her DYRL dress.

Let’s switch gears to clothes worn by other characters.

After returning from Zentradi captivity, Hikaru and Misa relax in casual clothes. Hikaru is wearing a vest, and Misa is wearing a dress with a pleated skirt.

In a throwback to the 1980’s, here are some clothing styles made famous by Madonna.  For example, look at the mannequin sporting fishnet pants, wildly hairsprayed hair, and a bandanna.

Another 80’s bandanna on Kim.

Do you have any opinions on character costumes in DYRL or the TV series?


Tenjin Hidetaka Art Works of Macross: Valkyries Second Sortie

Today, we’re taking a peek at Tenjin Hidetaka’s latest book, Art Works of Macross:  Valkyries Second Sortie, which is the second book of this wonderful artist’s drawings of Macross valkyries.

Front cover

Table of Contents

Table of contents, cont'd

This book contains artwork from the covers of various Hasegawa model kits, Macross Chronicle magazines, and Bandai plastic model kits.

VF-0A/S with Ghost Boosters!

Klan Klan's Queadluun Rhea from Macross Frontier

VF-25F book cover, without the title text

VF-25F with Alto

Finally, here's the artist, Tenjin Hidetaka

Macross Flashback 2012

Macross Flashback 2012 is a 30-minute video which includes 7 minutes of new footage that describes the events after DYRL ends.  The new footage is also consistent with the ending to the TV series.  Essentially, Misa and Hikaru embark on a mission to colonize space, and they bring Minmay along, too, because Minmay wants to go.

Flashback 2012 starts with a blank screen, and we hear Minmay counting "1, 2, 3...", just like we did at the end of DYRL. We then see the same concert that appeared when the DYRL credits rolled.

Like Misa said at the end of the final TV episode, Minmay is a bigger star than ever. She has fancier clothes, a bigger audience, and she's performing at a huge concert hall.

Behind the concert hall is the Macross

The Macross is in the same state as it was at the end of DYRL...

... with its main gun stubs. Here's where DYRL ended.

We now see some music videos:  Sunset Beach, 0-G Love, Shao Pai Long, Silver Moon/Red Moon, Love Passes Away, Cinderella, and Do You Remember Love? (the movie final battle song).  The videos have footage from both the TV series and DYRL.

Hikaru and Minmay in a VF-1D in DYRL

We also see some artwork, like this sketch of Minmay.

Minmay in DYRL when she was trapped in the Macross with Hikaru

Scene from the TV series where Roy saves Minmay's life.

I like this close-up of a playful Minmay in concert.

Close-up of Misa when she was with Hikaru on the old Protoculture city. This close-up totally reminds me of Kira from the movie, "The Dark Crystal", especially since Misa has big ears, just like Kira's.

I'm so glad Yamato made their Macross display stands by using the design of the DYRL valkyrie launch arms!

The music videos sometimes show footage from real wars in the background.

And here's a close-up of the needle of a vinyl record player! Kids these days have never seen one of these!

Another record player needle, a really old one.

After 23 minutes of music videos, we finally get to see the new footage. Here's the concert hall, empty, only with Minmay there.

Minmay is wearing a fancy outfit that makes her look quite mature

Minmay fiddles with the keyboard

Minmay imagines Hikaru giving her a microphone

Minmay also imagines seeing Misa, too

We see Minmay dressed casually and she packs her belongings into a big bag

Minmay slams her hand on the table. This scene is just like the one in the TV series where she argues with her parents. But we never saw her parents on the Macross in DYRL. Are these people her parents?

Ah, now there's a beauty! The VF-4 Lightning III, the successor to the VF-1 valkyrie, which we saw Hikaru playing with in Episode 36.

I wish Yamato would make a toy of it!

Minmay in her make-up room.

Minmay stands next to a big poster of the SDF-1 Macross. See the line at the bottom? "A long time ago ... in a galaxy far, far away..." Hey wait a minute! That's Star Wars!

We learn that Misa's new ship is called the Megaroad-01.

Great scene with Misa wearing a captain's uniform.

Minmay aboard the Megaroad-01.

I was confused by the Megaroad take-off. That's Minmay in the lower-left-hand corner, but she's aboard the ship, right?

Great depiction of Minmay looking up at the stars.

The Megaroad-01 is HUGE compared with the Macross, unless in this shot, the Megaroad is in the foreground and the Macross is in the background.

This shot tells us that Minmay is definitely aboard the Megaroad.

Hikaru's VF-4 alongside the Megaroad's multi-level bridge, which looks similar to the Macross' bridge.

Misa and Hikaru, this time from Misa's viewpoint.

Hikaru gives a thumbs-up to Misa, then turns to look straight ahead.

We see Zentradi cruisers in the background

Minmay bows

Credits roll, and we get a nice closing shot.

Some other info on Flashback 2012:

Macross TV Episode 36: Farewell to Tenderness

This is the final episode of the series.  Robotech calls this episode, “To The Stars”.

Misa looks at the ocean, and thinks about her situation.

In Robotech, Lisa says to herself, "Face it, you've lost him."

In Robotech, Rick thinks to himself, "Boy, Roy was right--once you get this Robotech stuff in your blood, it's there to stay."

Minmay wants to settle down!

In Robotech, Rick explains that so many people are counting on the both of them.

Hikaru and Minmay remember the time when they were trapped in a section of the Macross.

Now this is interesting: after all that Minmay has been through with her successful career, she wants to go back to the days before she was a singer, and before Hikaru was in the military. In Robotech, Minmay says she wants to get married!

It's tough to go back to the way things were, especially if a long time has passed...

Nice transition here. We see Hikaru's street number is 251, and then some snow falls and reveals Kamjin's ship in the jungle.

Kamjin restores power in his battle ship!

Kamjin wants to destroy the Macross. In Robotech, he wants to rejoin the Robotech Masters, but first, he wants to destroy the SDF-1.

Misa is still moping.

Claudia tries to console Misa.

Misa compares herself with Minmay

Now this is a fact that wasn't explained in Robotech: Misa is older than Hikaru!

Yep, you're not a singer, Misa.

In Robotech, Lisa says something similar--that she couldn't stand working with Rick and watching him go home every day to Minmay.

Global gives Misa her next assignment, and it's a big one.

Misa hesitates

I like this camera viewpoint; it's low near the ground, looking up at Misa. Macross has some very interesting camera-work, indeed!

The promotion Misa's been always wanting?

In Robotech, Lisa is surprised that Gloval knew about her romance with Rick. But in Macross, she's shocked about an opportunity to command her own ship.

In this scene in Robotech, Lisa is more open to a new assignment.

Global is very perceptive!

This stereotyping wouldn't go over well with American audiences..

Misa blushes at Global's statement. In Robotech, she is shocked that she's getting her first command. Gloval explains she's the most experienced officer that's most appropriate for the assignment.

Global explains more about Misa's assignment.

Global doesn't like the odds of surviving another attack from the Zentradi or the Supervision Army.

In Robotech, Gloval wants to find the Zentradi's home planet and he wants to destroy their ability to make war. In Macross, he wants to colonize other planets so that Earth's culture is preserved. Now that's some forward thinking!

We can tell Hikaru would miss flying. In Robotech, Rick thinks to himself that he couldn't quit now, not when every available pilot is needed. By the way, Hikaru's playing with a VF-4 Lightning III, the successor to the VF-1.

Misa visits Hikaru to tell him the news about her assignment.

Misa is mature in that she realizes her limitations, and she applies herself where her strengths are.

Here comes the truth, Hikaru.

But you knew that already, Hikaru.

Hikaru's priceless reaction. Wouldn't it be better if he looked at Misa with both eyes?

Even Misa encourages Minmay to keep singing.

Great camera-work here, too.

Hikaru runs after Misa, but Minmay stops him

Suddenly, missiles rain down on the city. Hikaru goes after Misa.

Hikaru finds Misa, and holds her head in his hands. What a great close-up.

In Robotech, Rick says he'll take care of Lisa because he loves her.

Minmay catches up with Hikaru and Misa

Minmay is too naive to understand

In Robotech, Lisa challenges Minmay to let Rick go if she loves him, because Rick's a pilot and "that's his life".

In Robotech, Lisa goes on to explain that she and Rick are working to put an end to all the fighting, but Minmay in desperation, says there is no future.

I like the explanation in Macross better because Misa challenges Minmay that their purposes are similar: they need to protect other people.

Hikaru sends Minmay away

Minmay wants Hikaru to come with her

Minmay wants things to be the way they were before Hikaru joined the military, but Hikaru doesn't.

Minmay doesn't want to be left alone

In Robotech, Rick explains that he wants a normal life, too, but he can't, not when the whole future of the human race is at stake. Hikaru is being self-less, whereas Minmay is being selfish.

Hm, I don't buy the argument that Minmay is not alone because she has her songs...

Such a powerful, dramatic scene. Emphasis on Hikaru letting go of Minmay with the bright light in the background.

Very effective facial expression, especially with Minmay's large pupils.

Misa makes it to the command center, and Vanessa informs her of Kamjin's single battle cruiser.

Doesn't Kamjin look a little like Kaifun?

Kamjin fires his main cannon at the Macross...

...and scores a direct hit on the Macross!

There's a big explosion outside, and we see engines inside the Macross explode, too.

Inside the command center, there's a blast of air from the explosions.

View from Hikaru's valkyrie. In Robotech, some announcer says that the "SDF-2" has been hit. That's the SDF-1!

There's extensive damage inside the command center. Interesting how the big screens look like torn pieces of paper.

Misa, Vanessa, Kim, and Shammy run to the old bridge.

There, they find...

Claudia and...

Global! Apparently, there's enough energy to take off!


People inside a shelter hear that the Macross is taking off!

Among them is Minmay

Hikaru does some massive damage all by himself on the surface of Kamjin's ship.

Hikaru learns that Misa is still alive!

Kamjin's ship looks like a mean fish

The VF-1S's head's lasers look a little short

We see Milia and Max are also in the fighting

Max is so calm during battle

The Macross' main cannon hits Kamjin's ship

But it's not a completely direct hit

The Macross' main cannons start disintegrating

Kamjin is injured pretty badly. He calls out to Oigul...

...who doesn't respond. In Robotech, Khyron doesn't call out to Grell.

Laplamiz, you do realize that ramming a ship head-on is suicidal, right? In Robotech, Khyron and Azonia agree to gloriously die together.

There's no such line in Robotech!

Kamjin holds Laplamiz's hand.

The Macross has no power.

There's that Orguss battroid again

... and it gets destroyed

In Robotech, both Khyron and Azonia exclaim, "Victory!"

Kamjin's ship explodes behind the Macross, which lost its right arm.

Hikaru and Misa meet once again. How'd Misa get down to the ground so fast?

Of course, Minmay has to find them...

Close-up on Minmay

Before this scene, in Robotech, Lisa explains to Rick that Captain Gloval pushed her into an escape module. There's no such explanation in Macross.

Minmay finally appreciates what Hikaru does.

Minmay decides to continue singing

Hikaru is glad. In Robotech, Minmay says she wasn't all that eager to get married, and that she isn't ready to get married because of her singing career!

Did someone write all of Minmay's songs for her?

Now there's a mature question! Now Flashback 2012 makes a whole lot more sense to me!

Misa cheerfully accepts

In Robotech, Lisa tells Minmay good luck with her career and that she'll take care of Rick for her. Minmay wishes them good luck on their mission. Lisa says, "I'm sure you'll be a bigger star when we return."

Such a sweet farewell... In Robotech, Minmay makes Rick promise her that he won't forget her.

It starts snowing as Minmay leaves.

Interesting camera viewpoint

Misa tests Hikaru's commitment

Hikaru re-assures Misa.

Misa acknowledges

Hikaru and Misa hear Minmay singing. In Robotech, Rick mentions that they'll build the SDF-3 and will go to the stars and beyond.


In Robotech, Minmay's song, "To Be in Love" plays in the background

The final episode ends with a book closing the back cover on the scene

"So long"

So there you have it!  The next episode preview in Robotech shows the scenes from “Dana’s Story”, the first episode in the Southern Cross series, where Dana is Max and Miriya’s child.  The narrator also mentions that the Robotech Masters have made a 15-year journey to the Earth to retrieve the “protoculture factory”.

So do you like Robotech better or Macross better?  Do you prefer Protoculture as our ancestors, or as an energy source?  Did you find any of the scenes/dialogue that Robotech changed/omitted bothersome?  Do you like Macross’ episode titles, or Robotech’s?

Finally, for those of you who like credits, here are the Japanese voice actors:

Macross TV Episode 35: Romanesque

This episode is one of my favorites because it takes place during Christmas-time.  Robotech calls this episode, “Season’s Greetings”.  I don’t understand why Macross calls it Romanesque:  I don’t see any Romanesque architecture in this episode!

The episode opens with a scene from a jungle somewhere. Robotech's narrator says it's the Amazon rainforest.

Kamjin needs a power condenser to run his ship's main engine. In Robotech, he needs more protoculture.

Kamjin always against the Earth's people.

A detail explained only in Macross: Humans taught Zentradi how to repair things!

The obligatory long laugh from the villain

Kamjin's ship

We learn that in an industrial part of town, there are the power condensers that Kamjin needs.

Loli, Warera, and Conda are trying to make money by selling plastic model kits. Here, we see Loli holding a "harakiry" model kit. Why didn't the animators just say "valkyrie"?

I always wondered why they were selling model kits instead of doing their dry cleaning business. Now we know why!

Minmay mopes on a swing in a park.

Loli, Conda, and Warera call out to Minmay, who runs away. In Robotech, they're also discussing how they just got kicked out of the mall.

Hikaru listens to the news. I wonder where he got his apron!

Minmay needed some alone time

Minmay knocks on Hikaru's door

Minmay got caught up in her career

Hikaru is wise indeed. I can totally relate to his statement--things change as the years go by. Some things become more important, and other things become less important/irrelevant.

Minmay realizes Hikaru is the only person who really cares for her well-being. Unfortunately, that's Misa's hand on the door.

Minmay asks Hikaru if she can stay at his place. Misa's facial reaction is priceless.

Misa runs off, and leans against a light pole. A man asks if she is ok, and she shakes her head. The man then concludes she's drunk. In Robotech, Lisa asks the man to leave her alone, and the man says, "Some people!"

After seeing a young couple walk by, Claudia remembers when she and Roy were together.

Roy sure likes to drink!

Claudia returns to the pub she just exited. In Robotech, she says she knows just the place to go.

Claudia sees Misa at the bar

Misa is singing the Minmay song, "Sunset Beach"

Minmay wakes up in the middle of the night, and covers Hikaru with a blanket, and thanks him.

Vanessa invites Misa to a party, and asks her to bring Hikaru along, but Misa lies and says Hikaru is sick

Kamjin starts attacking the industrial part of town, and Misa scrambles Max and Milia's squad.

Global and Exsedol realize what Kamjin is trying to do

Kamjin shoots down a valkyrie

Laplamiz, in a Quaedluun-Rau, sees Milia

Minmay shops for groceries, and when she hears the news about Kamjin's attack, gets worried and drops a pineapple. Pineapples are a special symbol in Macross. Luckily, Minmay didn't buy the pineapple!

Milia in her valkyrie

Milia and Max in battroid mode

Kamjin finally finds a reaction engine (in Robotech, it's a protoculture matrix), and escapes in a ship. Hikaru fires at the ship, but the bullets just bounce off.

Kamjin radios a miclonized Zentradi dressed as Santa, who detonates bombs throughout the city. Hikaru, Max, and Milia stop pursuing Kamjin and instead put out the fires using special bombs.

Milia rescues civilians

Minmay watches the news, which causes her to worry more, since there are many casualties from Kamjin's attack

Civilians start singing "Silent Night", one of my favorite Christmas songs. We also see a statue of Jesus.

We also see a pastor making a cross-sign across his chest

That woman with the scarf looks like Minmay, doesn't she?

Minmay waits for Hikaru. It looks like she's praying.

Hikaru questions Misa why she lied to Vanessa

Misa knows all about Minmay, Hikaru.

Not only does Misa know about Minmay's visit, but she also cares for Hikaru's well-being.

The lights throughout Macross City come on, including a lot on the Macross itself

Triple dating again! I like this sequence of people being together at Christmas-time. Reminds me of the movie, "Love Actually"

Max, Milia, and Maria look at the lights. Reminds me of the scene in "Nine Months" when Hugh Grant holds his kid in his apartment.

Hikaru returns home to find that Minmay prepared Christmas dinner!

Minmay hugs Hikaru from behind--just like she did in DYRL!

Minmay wants new careers for both her and Hikaru.

Hikaru likes the thought of Minmay caring, but he doesn't answer that he's going to give up the military

In Robotech, Rick says, "May we have a million more like it"

Doesn't this scene remind you of a similar scene in "Sixteen Candles"?

From the movie, "Sixteen Candles"

Next and final episode:  “Farewell to Tenderness”!