2003 was the year Yamato toys starts to ramp up production of their Macross line with a large volume of new product releases. 2003 was also the year where the 1/72 line of Macross Plus toys was coming to an end as after this year they didn’t release anymore products of this scale. The good news is that the perfect transformation 1/48 opened up the way for the 1/60 perfect transformation VF’s. List of Macross Toys created in 2000-2002 by Yamato can be found here.
The cheapest online store to buy a 1/72 VF-27 Lucifer seems to be at HWJapan, thanks in part to an ongoing sale. Compared to other sites, HWJapan is selling their’s for only Y3,849 yen, or roughly 30% off from the sticker price. And that is considering that Macross Frontier is such a hot anime franchise right now because of the recent release of the movie, Macross Frontier merchandise shouldn’t be going on sale right now.
But I wouldn’t go right away to buying the Lucifer from them without checking the other online sellers. That’s because the difference in handling fees and shipping could still spell the difference.
Its hard to believe that Yamato Toys has been producing for almost 10 years already toys from the Macross Franchise. What started it all was the 1/72 YF-19 of Isamu Dyson from the Macross Plus series that was initially released in July of 2000 then followed in December by the 1/72 YF-22 of Guld Goa Bowman. Both of which were capable of transforming to the 3 states of Fighter, Gerwalk and Battroid. And I have to say that building a real life miniature replica toy from its line art that is capable of transforming to three different states is no simple feat and speaks greatly of the skill employed by the folks at Yamato Toys.
From there they expanded their line to 1/60 and 1/48 scale. Then they added the Valkyries of the original Macross and the Macross Zero VF’s. They also made the small scale, non transforming GNU line up. More recently also they branched out by including the non-VF Destroids from the original Macross series then this year they started producing VF’s from the Macross Seven series.