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ShowaPop! Macross 1/72 VF-4 Lightning III Limited Resin Kit

ShowaPop! Macross 1/72 VF-4 Lightning III Limited Resin Kit
©2011 Leonardo Flores

Step Back VF-19! Hold Tight VF-11's! Take Notice VF-2's!

Hobby World depot has reissued their 1/72 Resin VF-4 Lightning III model kit from Flashback 2012. Based off the ultra rare Musasiya kit, HWD correct many of the flaws and updated the kit. 65 finely molded resin, a vacu-form clear canopy and decals are included.
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And why not the VF-4? Less than 5 glorious seconds on the screen at the tale end of Flashback 2012, it has to be one of Kawamori's most beautiful fighter designs ever. Other than a few resin and soft vinyl kits, the VF-4 has been sadly and criminally neglected in kit or toy form for far to long.
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Unfortunately this will be on the back burner until next year as I have so many projects on the bench right now.
Look for a CDX review sometime next year.

Posted 12 September, 2011 - 16:05 by Showapop

Comments

14 comments posted
Wasn't there a pre-assembled

Wasn't there a pre-assembled toy of this way-back-when that was fully transformable?

I consider the VF-4 less as a direct successor to the VF-1 and more of a cousin; developed by a different company shortly after Space War I but not as flexible combat-wise as the VF-1 was.
It'd be awesome to get a 1/60 transformable toy from Yamato of this.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 12 September, 2011 - 21:09
There's been a few

There's been a few transformable resin kits of the VF-4. One from Studio Half-Eye, one from Experten, and another mysterious one I have little information about.

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Posted by VF5SS on 13 September, 2011 - 13:32
Also don't forget the VF-4

Also don't forget the VF-4 has appeared in several Macross video games like Macross M3, Macross Triangle Frontier, and Macross Digital Mission VF-X. It was actually a selling point for VF-X as this was the first time it appeared with a canonical transformation. It got to be front and center on all the ads and posters for VF-X.

There's also a weird variant from the game Macross Eternal Love Song that is a part of the alternate universe along with Macross II.

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Posted by VF5SS on 13 September, 2011 - 13:39
Yeah, I knew it was an

Yeah, I knew it was an official design even if it wasn't considered canon because it only appeared in video games (strange as that sounds). I don't really care- so long as it's officially-licensed and -approved like any other physically-built Valkyrie model and toy, I'd go for this one.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 13 September, 2011 - 13:47
Hey hey, Musasiya also did the VF-2 kit...

Maybe this means we'll get a new one of those?

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Posted by RobotBastard on 13 September, 2011 - 13:43
In my heart the VF-4 will

In my heart the VF-4 will always be the original legit followup to the VF-1 as it was the first non-VF-1 fighter piloted by a main cast character that flew something besides a VF-1. That's the way I saw it since I first saw Flashback when it was originally released. In 1992 there was only too choices: VF-1 or VF-4. Couldn't care less about canon or not.

There has been other releases of VF-4 but they have always been expensive and hard to find resin kits,. I actually hate resin kits, this kit is the only exception because it is so difficult to find any representation of the VF-4 at a reasonable price. And the kit looked well made.

The article about the VF-4 in the Model Graphix pictured goes into detail about the transforming resin kit.

It's a great little kit and worth picking up. I would love to see the VF-4 in toy form!

LF

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Posted by Showapop on 13 September, 2011 - 15:49
There was a vinyl VF-4 kit by

There was a vinyl VF-4 kit by Hobby Base Retppu. See here

Yeah the VF-4 is totally the VF-1 successor. It's what you unlock after playing as the VF-1 :3

As far as a toy goes, Lord Graham at Macrossworld was suspiciously asking for pictures of transforming VF-4 kits. He did ask for some rare lineart of the VF-17 at one point too. Not trying to start rumors but next year is the actual 2012 and the 30th anniversary for Macross.

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Posted by VF5SS on 13 September, 2011 - 16:53
Sorry, I don't know who Lord

Sorry, I don't know who Lord Graham is. Is he connected to a pro manufacturer?

EVA_Unit_4A's picture
Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 13 September, 2011 - 19:14
Lord Graham watches over us.

Lord Graham watches over us.

VF5SS's picture
Posted by VF5SS on 13 September, 2011 - 19:40
So does Big Brother. Spare

So does Big Brother. Spare me the philosophy and get to the point.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 13 September, 2011 - 20:47
Kant.

Kant.

VF5SS's picture
Posted by VF5SS on 13 September, 2011 - 21:22
Oh, me too!

*ahem*
I'm a Freud you'll have to find the answer on your own.

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Posted by SpaceRunaway on 14 September, 2011 - 13:00
The Philosophy Of Puns

Godel deleted God? No, God deleted Godel.

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Posted by RobotBastard on 14 September, 2011 - 15:05
I'll be keeping my fingers crossed...

...that Yamato surprises us in 2012.

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Posted by pinoy78 on 13 September, 2011 - 17:04