Wednesday, April 27, 2011

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie

Update: Manual for the 1/60 DX VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom was translated to English, here.
Got this from HobbyLink Japan, a 1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom from the Macross Frontier anime. This 1/60 DX Chogokin version of the VF-25F Messiah was first released by Bandai in December of 2008 but still seems to be a popular toy with Macross fans.

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie

The first time I saw this I was pretty much impressed and now that I see it in the flesh my enthusiasm for the toy has not diminished. The major quality control issue that I found was some paint chipping on the head part which I observed even before I got it out of its plastic covering. One obvious eyesore are the rear wheels that are too short and unrealistic looking. Then there's the gunpod, whose detail aren't as well defined as the rest of the kit because of the quality of plastic that they used. There's also the one head cannon that doesn't straighten out real well because of the rubbery material that it is made out of. But being the huge Macross fan that I am, I am willing to overlook all this because overall I think that Bandai recreated the VF-25F real well from its actual design.

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie

Comparing it with the Yamato Toys line of 1/60 Macross kits, I have to say that its really neck and neck with Yamato toys having only a slight advantage in terms of details. Its hard not to compare the two Macross lines (Bandai & Yamato) because they are in the same scale (1/60) but competition wise, I think there really is no competition as both make dissimilar products owing to the licenses they own.

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie

Accessories wise, this toy comes with a gunpod, gunpod joint (to attach to the air frame), a knife and some spare hands. It also comes with a manual to help you transform the kit. This toy doesn't come with any decals or stickers so what you see is what you get when it comes to the toys details.

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie

Being a DX Chogokin its bound to have metal parts in it as that is what makes a DX Chogokin a "DX Chogokin". The metal parts in this toy can be found in the ankles, shoulders and hip joints. What I like about this toy is the heavy ankle and feet metal parts that make the toy easy to balance in Gerwalk and Battroid mode.


Fighter Mode


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Gerwalk Mode (Arms In)


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Review continued in the succeeding pages...



Gerwalk Mode (Arms Out)


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Battroid Mode


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Comparisson Shot of the VF-25F against the 1/60 YF-19 from Yamato Toys.
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie

Comparisson Shot of the VF-25F against the Yamato 1/60 VF-1S Valkyrie of Hikaru Ichijo from Macross: Do You Remember Love? Movie
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Head shots of the DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah
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Beautiful head of the VF-25F Messiah, something Kawamori-sama lifted from his Aibo ERS-220 design *snicker*
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Rear of the head, you can see the edges where the paint chipped off. Not my fault though, probably during the assembly process.
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For a more in-depth review, continue to the next pages.

Un-Boxing


This is one feature where Bandai definitely trumps Yamato Toys. For me, I like small boxes. Its because they take up less storage space and because I'm the type of guy who doesn't like throwing boxes away.

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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Box shots

Side of the box
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Shorter side of the box
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Back of the box
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The toy is nestled in a styrofoam box with corrugated box material as a cover. Taped over that is the instruction manual.
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Holding the cover in place is tape. I used a knife to cleanly cut it so as not to damage the styrofoam case.
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It doesn't stop stuff from spilling out however as the following shot will illustrate. Luckily no harm done as the parts were still found within the box.
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VF-25F is inside a plastic bag along with the other stuff. As for the writing on the plastic bag of the VF-25F and the manual. All it says there is that the plastic bag should be kept out of reach from children to prevent them from accidentally being choked.
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Comparisson shot of the box of the VF-25F with the 1/60 VF-1S of Yamato Toys.
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Box shots

Accessories



Gunpod
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

Lower part can be detached. This opens up during the "firing" position of the Gunpod
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

Gunpod in open firing position. Top gun cover can be slid forward to firing position to expose the ejector mechanism

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Knife and Gunpod Joint

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

Point of the under fuselage where the Gunpod joint will connect to
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Gunpod joint attached to the Gunpod. This joint allows for the gunpod to be attached at the undercarriage part of the VF-25F
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

Gunpod attached to the underside of the fuselage with the help of the Gunpod Joint
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

3 sets of spare hands available. They come in a sealed plastic container and aren't resealable.
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

Shooting hand, these are molded and cannot be opened or closed.
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories

Nub of the arm where the spare hands are attached
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Instruction Manual

Front part of the manual
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Back of the manual
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Shots of the inside of the manual
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom Accessories


Misc Pictures of the VF-25F


Shield in fighter mode with the protective plastic cover still attached
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom
Leg Thruster at Closed position in Fighter mode
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom


Leg thruster pulled out prior to opening for Gerwalk and Battroid mode
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Leg Thruster in the open position for Battroid and Gerwalk mode
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Legs down during Gerwalk Mode (arms out)
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie

Shield and hands inbetween the leg thrusters
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Shield Detached
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Hands exposed when the shield was detached
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Main leg air intakes taken from the underside of the plane
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Close up of the leg intake
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Head snuggled within the fuselage during fighter mode
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Alto Saotome in the opened cockpit, note the lack of detail in the cockpit dials.
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom
Tail Wing folded down
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Side Armor on top of intake
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Underwing joint adjacent to the leg
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Nose of the plane with landing carriage door closed
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Nose of the plane with landing carriage door open
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Front landing gear in the "down" position
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Rear Landing Bay
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Rear landing wheel in the "down" position
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

The "short legs" of the rear landing wheel
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1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Leg winglet in the stored position inside the leg during Gerwalk and Battroid mode
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Leg winglet during Fighter mode
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Inner leg detail
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Side Armor detached from the leg
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Reverse side of the Side Armor showing the inner detail
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Leg nub where the Side Armor attaches to
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Notch where the shield attaches to during Gerwalk (arms out) and Battroid Mode
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Shield attached to arm during Gerwalk Mode (arms out)
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Nose cone folded down during transformation to Battroid mode from Gerwalk mode (arms out)
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Nub raised at the nose part of the fuselage that will fold to form the hip part of the Battroid
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom

Nose part of the fuselage being folded in and the nub and notch attached together to form the hip
1/60 DX Chogokin VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom