Tuesday, August 2, 2011

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production Version by Yamato Toys

VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

Update: English Translation of the manual can be found here, took a while to finish for me *snicker*

I'm starting August on a good note with this, a 1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production version by Yamato Toys. Got this from from HobbyLink Japan. This is the workhorse Variable Fighter of the UN Spacy that was produced in massive numbers as seen in the SDF Macross Anime that came out in the 80's.

VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

The VF-1A Valkyrie can transform to 3 states, Fighter, Gerwalk and Battroid mode. This is what makes it unique and allowed it to set its mark in the mecha anime genre. This VF-1A Valkyrie was designed by Macross Co-Creator, Shoji Kawamori and was based on the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. It however lacks the rear horizontal stabilizers that the Tomcat has.

VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

Aside from the toy, that can transform into Fighter, Gerwalk and Battroid mode, it also comes with the following accessories: 2 Yamato stand attachments; a front fuselage attachment; Gunpod; 1/60 scale pilot figure; 2 varieties of missile racks (4x each type) that can be attached to the wings; 4 spare hands; manual and marking stickers.

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production by Yamato Toys

In starting with this review I'll start with the bad news. First, as I've experienced with my 1/60 VF-1S, this VF-1A is not a toy, its flimsy and could easily break if you transform it often or in a rough manner. Its a display toy to be exact, Yamato Toys sacrificed sturdiness in order to stay true to the design of the VF-1 Valkyrie. If you want something that you can "play" with and transform often, this toy is not for you. This is something that should sit on a display case and be savored by one's eyes like a fine wine.

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production by Yamato Toys

Another thing is that the paint can be easily removed on this if you scratch or rub it with force. An easy way to fix this is to apply some clear or matte top coat on this to protect the finish, I'd recommend masking the canopy first before doing this. The only quality problem I've found with this particular kit is the presence of this yellowish paint smudge on one of the legs along with a slight smudge on the red markings.

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Negatives aside, I still love how Yamato Toys was able to bring the VF-1A to life in 1/60th scale. Craftsmanship of Yamato Toys is really superb with the attention to detail given in the shape, lines and markings of this toy in order to recreate the original design. As long as you don't treat it roughly or play with it, then I'm assuming that you really won't have any problems with this toy.

Fighter Mode

Some shots taken of the VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production version in Fighter Mode
1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

I love this "Prometheus" marking that was placed on the VF-1A that designates from which launch platform it operates at. Prometheus is a character from Greek Mythology. He was responsible for stealing fire from the Greek gods and giving it to the mortals. Similar to how the overtechnology of the Protoculture race was given to the humans when the Macross ship crash landed on the planet earth.
1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

Missile racks attached to the underside of the Fighter wing. With the F-14 Tomcat, missiles weren't attached to the wing, but rather to the wing roots. Doing otherwise would compromise the capability of the Tomcat to "swing" its wings and alter its angle of attack.
1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

2nd type of missile racks that are included with the kit are attached this time to the wing pylons.
1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

Close up of this type of missile rack
1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

Rear shot of the missile rack
1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

Side view of the missile rack
1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Fighter Mode

Gunpod can be attached to the underside of the fuselage inbetween both arms.

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Gunpod

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Gunpod

Gerwalk Mode
Gerwalk mode with the hands in the stored position.

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

Gerwalk with hands out
1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

1/60 VF-1A Mass Production Gerwalk Mode

Battroid Mode

Swapped out that standard hands for one of the optional hands that Yamato Toys included with the kit.

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Battroid Mode

VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Battroid Mode

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Battroid Mode

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Battroid Mode

VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

Unboxing

Front of the box

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Unboxing

Back of the box
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Unboxing

Side of the box

VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

Vacuum plastic container inside an inner box
VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

Inner box underside is where the plastic bag with the manual and stickers are located at
VF-1A Mass Production Ver by Yamato Toys

Wings of the VF-1A is enclosed in plastic
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Unboxing

Ruler placed for perspective
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Unboxing

Wing tips have plastic cover
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Unboxing

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Unboxing

Front wheel cover is taped shut
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Unboxing

Front wheel also has a plastic bag over it
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Unboxing

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Unboxing

Accessories

Option parts that came with the VF-1A Valkyrie

User manual
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Sticker set
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

2 stand attachments that allow it to be connected to a Yamato Stand. Another is an attachment for the front fuselage that can be detached from the body and stored under the arm of another VF-1 Valkyrie.

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Missile Unit x 4
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Missile Unit x 4
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 Pilot figure, with control stick molded in
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Spare hands, closed fist type
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Spare hands, gun hand and open hand usually used to hold the barrel part of the gunpod
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Default hands attached to the VF-1A, hands can open, close and can hold the gunpod. Gunpod however can easily fall off, even if you connect the notch to the nub in the hand. This hand type can also be stored inside the fore arm during transformation to Fighter mode.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production by Yamato Toys

Swapping of the hands is easily done by just pulling it out.

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Main weapon of the VF-1A Valkyrie, the Gunpod. This gunpod is in storage form, wherein it is folded and the pistol grip tucked in. In this form you can store the gunpod in the underfuselage of the VF-1A Valkyrie by tucking it inbetween the arms and attaching the notch to the nub of the arm.

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

This is the Gunpod in extended form. Stock is pulled out exposing the ejector port and the pistol grip is lowered allowing it to be gripped by the Battroid hand.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

As experienced with my 1/60 VF-1S Valkyrie, the UN Spacy marking can be easily rubbed off. So I'd also recommend spraying a layer of clear or matte coat on the gunpod to preserve the markings.

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Gatling gun type barrel of the Gunpod
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Pistol grip and trigger detail
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Stock part of the gunpod
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Top rear of the stock
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Spent casing ejector ports of the Gunpod.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Accessories

Misc Pics

Just some other pics of the VF-1A incase you are interested

Showing the intricate mechanism designed by Yamato Toys that facilitate transformation into Battroid mode.
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The cockpit side can be detached from the fuselage then stored underneath the arm of another Valkyrie. As seen in episode 2 of the SDF Macross anime when Roy Fokker rescued Hikaru Ichijo and Lynn Minmay from their damaged VF-1D
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys


The numb at the forearm is where the gunpod can be attached and slung. This however doesn't really work as intended as the gunpod can easily slide off. Aside from being an attachment for the gunpod, it also works as an attachment nub for the optional 1/60 Super Parts that can be bought separately for this kit.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

Vector trust like movement for the rear exhaust nozzles of the VF-1A
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

Front nose wheel, sway bar can be moved up and down to recreate carrier like take-offs
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

Only found out recently that those dark circles with the halfmoons that litter the surface of the Valkyrie are actually vernier thrusters that allow it to manuever in outer space.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

These vent covers can be removed to reveal the intake fans. But I don't want to open them up least I wear out the nubs that hold it place that could result in the fan covers falling off easily.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

Arms tucked under the fuselage during fighter mode. The hands are folded into the forearms.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

These winglets in the legs can be folded, the paint however can be easily scratched
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

The minor scratch I found when I removed the toy from its casing.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

VF-1A head tucked underneath. I only realized now that in order to open up the front nose wheel doors you have to raise the turret of the head.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

Compared to the wheels of the 1/60 YF-19 by Yamato Toys, the wheels of the VF-1 line are perfectly crafted.
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys

Stubs at the wing where the missile accessories are attached
1/60 VF-1A Valkyrie Mass Production ver by Yamato Toys