Yamato has a line of smaller scale but more highly articulated robot action figures called “GN-U Dou”, “GN-U” meaning “brave band of warriors” and “Dou” meaning “movement”. Whereas Kaiyodo’s Revoltech line of highly articulated robots are designed with ball joints, Yamato’s GN-U Dou robots have hinge joints held together with a metal pin:
These pictures are close-ups of the elbow joints from the Kaiyodo Revoltech VF-1J and the Yamato GN-U Dou VF-1J.
In my opinion, the proportional sizes of parts on the Yamato look better than those of the Revoltech. The Revoltech’s parts look a little squished. In the picture above, notice that the Revoltech VF-1J has a smooth texture and pudgy parts from what looks like a thick coat of paint. I wonder if this thick coat of paint or PVC is what causes the Revoltech to have a nasty odor? In contrast, the Yamato VF-1J has no odor.
The Revoltech is slightly shorter than the Yamato in overall height. In addition, the Revoltech’s gunpod also looks a little short, whereas the Yamato’s gunpod looks slightly long.
The backpack is another comparison point.
Finally, let’s put these two VF-1J’s next to the Yamato 1/60 Macross VF-1J with Super Parts.
In closing, although the Revoltech VF-1J comes with Super parts, its proportions and odor make it, in my opinion, less desirable than the Yamato GN-U Dou VF-1J. What do you think?