Saturday, August 1, 2009

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker

The thing I can say about this toy is that for the shortest amount of air time in the Macross-Do You Remember Love movie, it sure is getting one of the most amount of fan noise for a production build. Yamato didn't fall short however in my expectation of the VE-1 Elint Seeker as looking from the specs you will notice that its totally different from the regular 1/60 VF-1 from Yamato. Scheduled to be released on September 2009, the 1/60 version of the VE-1 will retail for around Y17,640. The Elint Seeker will also come with its own special set of Super Parts.


1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Fighter mode

Most obvious difference lies in the fact that the VE-1 Elint Seeker is a two seater variant. Fans will be delighted with getting two pilot figures instead of just one. Then there is the bulbous radome that sits like one of those large racing hats worn by ladies watching horse races. And like a purse worn by the said ladies, it has a camera and communications antenna on its arms. Because of all this surveillance and communications gear, sadly the VE-1 does not come with any weapons. Also because of this, the Back pack boosters are also different because of the lack of micro missiles.

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker with parts breakdown

I'm thinking that there was a lot of leeway given to Yamato to make this type of Valkyrie because the actual unit was only shown in fighter mode for a few seconds in the movie. Bandai also came out with a 1/55 version of this in the early eighties as part of the merchandising when the DYRL movie first came out.

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Battroid Mode

Accessories that come along with VE-1 Valkyrie are: the radar radome, boosters, Propellant tanks, Back pack joint parts, antenna communications relay at the arm, arm camera part, 2 pilot figures, two types of Macross Stand attachments, Marking stickers and instruction manual

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Gerwalk

Check out more info about the Elint Seeker from Yamato's website

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Fighter back shot



1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Battroid back shot

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Fighter mode without super packs

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Fighter Mode



1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Open Cockpit

New locking mechanism for the hip was made after receiving numerous complaints from fans on the previous Valkyrie design
1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Locking mechanism

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Gerwalk



1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Gerwalk back shot

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker battloid mode

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker Booster shot



1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker booster shot with cover removed

Propellant tank design is different than of the regular Super and Strike parts design.

1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker propellant tanks

New locking mechanism design for the back thruster, lock actually connects to the wing of the tail fin.
1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker locking mechanism

Is that a giant eye on the insignia?
1/60 Yamato Toys VE-1 Elint Seeker looks like a giant eye on the side of the booster