Monday, August 8, 2011

1/60 GBP-1S Armor Parts for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Update: Translated the manual already of the 1/60 GBP-1S to English, you can find it here.

Got this from HobbyLink Japan, the 1/60 GBP-1S Armor Parts for VF-1 Valkyrie Transformable by Yamato Toys. This is just the GBP-1S armor parts and does not include a 1/60 VF-1 Valkyrie ver 2 from Yamato Toys. I used my 1/60 VF-1S Valkyrie (DYRL version) to serve as a model for this armor unit. This armor unit can be installed on any 1/60 VF-1 Valkyrie ver 2 that was made by Yamato Toys.

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys


This armor unit first appeared in Episode 9 of the original SDF Macross Anime that came out in the early 80's. The original wearer of this armor unit in the anime was Hikaru Ichijo in his VF-1J Valkyrie. This armor unit can only be worn in Battroid mode and cannot allow the wearer to transform his Variable Fighter to either Fighter or Gerwalk mode. It has however a quick release function that allows it to be ditched quickly when the need arises.

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys


The GBP-1S Armor unit offers added protection to the wearer and is armed to the teeth with micro missiles that are stored in the shoulders, arms, waist and various compartments in the lower legs. This version of the GBP-1S by Yamato Toys faithfully recreates the one that is found in the anime.

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

As with my previous reviews, I will put the negatives in first. So the first quality issue I found in this kit is a slight smudge on the painting of the vernier in one of the lower leg armor pieces. No biggie.

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Second problem found is a design issue. The lower leg's inner armor unhinges easily allowing the armor to break apart. Nothing that strip of paper won't easily fix. The leg armor breaks up into four parts in order to allow the toy to recreate the scene where Hikaru Ichijo ditches his GBP-1S armor

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

But like I said before in previous reviews of Yamato Toys products, the Macross toys produced by Yamato Toys try to be as true to the original design in the anime series so certain compromises had to be made in exchange for accuracy. And the compromise of course has been durability. If Yamato Toys decided to design this to be durable its price would probably be astronomical also.

In a nutshell, Macross Toys by Yamato have to be treated as display units that shouldn't be played with. The attention to detail by Yamato and the superb craftmanship that stays true to the design of the toy to the anime is what makes this a great toy for me.

More of the review continued on the next page.


Completed Shots

GPB-1S with all missile hatches closed

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

GPB-1S with missile hatches open

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys


1/60 VF-1S w/ GPB-1S meets older relative: 1/55 VF-1S w/ GPB-1S

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys


Box Shots

Some box shots of the GBP-1S. No flip to cover on this one, just your garden variety box. Here's a picture of the front of the box, a ruler was added for reference
1/60 GBp-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Side of the box
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

A picture of the shorter side of the box
1/60 GBp-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Back of the box
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Close-up of the back of the box

1/60 GBp-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Inner box removed to show the vacuum formed package.
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

At the underside of the Inner box is where a small plastic bag is taped which houses the sticker, the manual and some slip of paper with some piece of instruction that I have yet to translate *snicker*

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Incase you are wondering whats printed on the bottom of the inner box
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Accessories

Plastic bag with manual & sticker

1/60 GPB-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Back of the plastic bag
1/60 GPB-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S installation manual

1/60 GPB-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Stickers for the 1/60 GBP-1S

1/60 GPB-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Stand attachment

1/60 GPB-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Yamato calls this a Hatch Cover. Its purpose is to fill the gap on the back of the neck that is clearly visible after transformation to Battroid mode

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 by Yamato Toys

Here's the reverse side of the Hatch Cover
1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 by Yamato Toys

Like the Hatch Covers, these covers are used to cover up the gaps at the side of the chest

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S Armor for VF-1 by Yamato Toys

GPB-1S Armor Components

This part might get boring as it is long as I breakdown the different components that make up the GPB-1S

Leg Armor

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

Chest Armor

Unlike the previous Chest Armor design found in the 1/55 GBP-1S that covered the front, back and encompassed the hips, the 1/60 version by Yamato Toys is a single piece covering the front chest only with a separate part to cover the waist.

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

Waist Armor

Waist armor breaks up into 7 separate pieces

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

Rear Back Pack Booster Unit

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys


Shoulder Armor

The shoulder armor acts also as a receptacle for a nest of micro missiles.

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

Forearm Armor

The Forearm armor breaks up into 3 separate pieces. The toy comes with its own set of hands. You'd think that its the same as the spare set of hands that come with any 1/60 VF-1 Valkyrie but it isn't. Instead of a positive nub, it has a hole where the post from the forearm armor is connected.
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

Spare Hands

As mentioned above, the spare hands of the GBP-1S are different from that included in the box of the ordinary VF-1 Valkyrie's. It has a hole instead of a post which is used to connect it to the forearm armor.

1/60 GPB-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GPB-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Foot Armor

Always liked this gimmick done by Yamato for the foot of the VF-1. The GBP-1S comes with 2 sets of foot armors

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1S by Yamato Toys

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Putting the GBP-1S Together

I started by pulling the head off of the 1/60 VF-1S Valkyrie to make snapping of the hatch cover easier.
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Hatch cover snaps into place and covers the gap snugly

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Next step was to snap on the side covers of the chest. Took me a minute to figure it out but found out that it snaps into place at the same part where the bar snaps into place during Fighter mode. Yamato thought of everything, cool!

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Just had to pause and admire this awesome option part covers from Yamato Toys
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

For the next part, I broke up the waist armor in order to fit it into the VF-1S
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Steel underwear!
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Next snapped on the foot armors
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Then the Leg armors go in

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Afterwards is the lone chest armor

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Forearm armor comes next

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Silly me, forgot to tuck in the hands first inside its compartment at the forearm.

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Shoulder armor easily snaps on the shoulder part
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

1st to last step is to slide in the rear back pack booster unit

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Last step is to install the hands, I chose the gun hand on the right and closed fist type on the left
1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys

Then of course attached the gunpod that came with the 1/60 VF-1S Valkyrie DYRL version

1/60 GBP-1S for VF-1 Valkyrie by Yamato Toys