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  • Mini and Maxi Robots

    I recently got this Maxi Robot in the mail. It's the same color as the blue Mini Robot, but has the Maxi Robot sticker as well as the arms slightly more outstretched. Note also that the stickers on the chest are on the opposite way. A minor variation, but I figured I might as well record it.

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    Nekrodave   14 years 41 weeks ago
  • Space Robot

    I've seen the Easter basket with this toy at Big Lots--at least five at the one in State College, PA. It might vary from state to state, but Big Lots/Odd Lots is a good bet.

    atom smasher   14 years 41 weeks ago
  • Space Robot

    Cool piece and an awesome review. I've spent some time looking around for one of these for myself down here in FL but no dice. oh well, Any chance of getting a shot of this guy along side last years gundam and the clover junior? Looking at this piece it looks like the majority of the design was taken off the original RX-78, with the shoulders and lower legs coming from the GP01 from 0083, though overall they did tweek the design a bit here and there, still an interesting piece.

    "I had a choice, buy a new car or buy a Jumbo Machinder Green Ghost C3...it really wasn't a hard choice to make."

    Jerilock   14 years 41 weeks ago
  • SDF-1 Battle Fortress

    *THIS* is was the Comment section is ALL about!! Thanks, Ginrai. Yousa rock star!

    Review updated...

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    Sanjeev   14 years 41 weeks ago
  • SDF-1 Battle Fortress

    The Macross toy is super awesome and I am totally jealous of you guys for having it. I really wish I did.

    Matsushiro released a gray market SDF-1 similar to their gray market release of the Hikaru VF-1J, but Matt Alt told me it apparently came out in Japan or (or maybe Asia in general) and not the UK like the VF-1J. This was actually the smaller (ST?) SDF-1, though, not the one you reviewed here.

    The Matchbox release IS the Bandai release of the SDF-1. This is similar to the other Takatoku toys that came out in the Robotech label in America, like the SD Joke Machine Valkyries. Bandai manufactured them for Matchbox and Matchbox sold them, similar to the Voltron arrangement. Obviously Matchbox also had their own original Robotech toys, but a decent portion of the line was imports from the original TT Macross toy line.

    According to Matt again, Bandai did not just buy the molds to Takatoku's stuff, they basically acquired the entire TT staff that was working on Macross, so it was the same people working on the later DYRL toys and presumably the modified versions of the Macross TV toys we got in America under the Robotech name.

    Matsushiro was the company that did the physical molding and casting of the toys that TT designed. While it's not certain, it seems that Matsushiro kept going after TT's collapse, so it's a fair bet that they were still working with Bandai on the Robotech releases.

    Considering the variation in copyrights on Jetfires (at least two different Matsushiro copyrights and IIRC at least four Bandai copyrights), I think if you were to buy up a bunch of Robotech SDF-1 toys, you would likely find that they had a bunch of different copyrights. Maybe there are some that say Matsushiro (I've never seen or heard of it), but if there are, the majority are still going to say Bandai.

    I don't believe there was ever a Bandai release of the SDF-1 Macross toy in Japan. When Bandai took over everything the movie was out, and the SDF-1 didn't look like that anymore in the movie, so no tie in there!

    Oh, and the TT version of the SDF-1 launches both Valkyries and a QF-3000E Ghost, an unmanned fighter seen briefly in the first episode of Macross (and probably a couple of other places) that was the predecessor of the Ghost X-9 from Macross Plus.

    P.S. The SDF-1 was designed by Miyatake, not Kawamori.

    Ginrai   14 years 41 weeks ago
  • Great Mazinger

    This is the only Jumbo I own, and I absolutely love it. I almost bought a Mattel Mazinga, but I saw this for sale at local comic shop and did not hesitate for long before dropping the $100 it cost. For people who do not have Jumbos, the box it comes in is like a small child's coffin. Jesus Christ is this thing huge. It dominates my room and it is just standing up on my bookshelf. Right next to Jumbo Mazinger is Unicron, looking like he has a serious Napoleon complex.

    Ginrai   14 years 41 weeks ago
  • SDF-1 Battle Fortress

    Yup--after looking at the pics gatchaman posted on robot-japan, the super carriers do have spring-loaded Valkyrie launchers. Man, those woulda rocked! Still...perhaps not worth paying the premium for an original TT. I also noticed the buttons for launching missiles from the Main Gun tips in gatchaman's pics: they're molded in yellow on either side of the white, forward section of each pylon. Oh, and good call about forgetting to flip the shoulders in Cruiser mode! Our readers will just have to live with my botched photography! ;)

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    Sanjeev   14 years 41 weeks ago
  • SDF-1 Battle Fortress

    Aagh-! Someone beat me too it! Well, at least now I know where the hell my Macross came from. I got a secondhand one over a decade ago, and it had no decals on it whatsoever. I, too, suspected that it had at one time had missile launchers in it, but all I ever got was just the ship and no accessories so I had no other proof. And mine had all the PVC antennae torn off before I got it. Well, at least the head was still painted!
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    I'm pretty sute, though, that the two supercarriers were modified, as I recal seeing a Japanese version with spring catapults for miniature Valkyries (aka Veritechs) on the Prometheus. Oh, BTW, the triggers for the launchers on the prow booms are located on either side, molded in blue. However, they are immobile since its redesign. Same with theimmobile 'twisting' turrets at the knees.
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    One thing I could never figure out is the die-cast metal joint in the middle of the torso. It provides a rotation point for the legs at the hips, and allows the center torso to twist around for transfomration to Attacker Mode. But what I couldn't figure out is why the chest could be split open to increase the arc of the main cannon! The vents between the center torso and those large thrusters are there on all models and the series, but they usually don't appear unless you twist the two halves of the chest backwards.
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    Oh, something you did wrong when you took photos of it, Sanjeev... Regardless of how those very-Americanized decals are applied, the shoulder armor should be slanting away from the front in a more "streamlined" fashion in Cruiser Mode; the opposite of how you have them shown. (You see those tiny immobile turrets on the shoulders? They're supposed to face forwards in Cruiser Mode, and the four larger poesable cannons twisted over them.)
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    Oh, BTW, would it have been more practical to employ die-cast metal/ABS landing gear, or the concrete blocks the Macross was rebuilt on before the series began...? ^_^
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    Is this, like, the only real transfomrable toy ever made of the Macross since the series began some 30 years ago!?

    EVA_Unit_4A   14 years 41 weeks ago
  • Looks great, and just in time for the barrage of Megatron toys hitting shelves. I'm really excited about MP-05, but his face/head still bothers me. You guys nailed it though!

    "Dinobots, destroy Devestator!"-Optimus Prime TFTM

    Goldenage   14 years 42 weeks ago
  • Sachiel (3rd Angel)

    Maybe it would have been better if the suit wasn't all one piece and there was a space at the shoulders to allow for better poseability. Other than that I'm not sure how you could do it better as a toy. I don't think I'd like it if it were made entirely out of plastic. I think the rubber suit is a good idea and I don't really blame Bandai for how this one came out. If anything, it's a nice try at reproducing a weird character design. Making this look good AND be functional would be a tall order, imo. (Keep in mind, I am by no means an expert on this series, this character or model kits, so someone smarter than I might have a much better idea!)

    I also have the Eva-05 LM-HG, but it doesn't have any rubber parts (besides the head). There is no articulation at the elbows on that one, which I find weird. And it can be a bit awkward when the rather large wings are on it. But otherwise, it poses fine. I've also got a little white glow paint on the wings of that, as well as red glow on the lips. I might paint the lance glow blue at some point.

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   14 years 42 weeks ago
  • Voltron

    How much do you want for the 1997 VOLTRON release action figure.

    Eric Gavino   14 years 42 weeks ago
  • Sachiel (3rd Angel)

    So in your opinion, Nekrodave, would the 3rd Angel- Sachiel have been more successful as a poesable model if it had used a complete exo-skeleton design (no internal frame/rubber skin) like any other robot figure, or could this have been designed better with what it is now? Did/can Sachiel only be made this way as an LM-HG, or could something different have been done for it?
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    Also, do you have any of the LM-HG series EVAs? They, too have a limited rubber skin on the elbows. Do they also resist posing like Sachiel's here does?
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    BTW, nice idea with the glowing paint! You're right- it does look more organic that way. I'll have to think about that when I [finally] put mine together.

    EVA_Unit_4A   14 years 42 weeks ago
  • AV-X0 Type Zero

    The first two Patlabor movies are pretty phenomenal. Not a much giant robot action as you'd get in a Gundam flick, but great plots and characters.

    I was AMAZINGLY disappointed in Patlabor III. Seriously I think the Patlabors had about 5 minutes of screen time at the very end.

    Shadow27   14 years 43 weeks ago
  • Zeus

    So...these are like US bootlegs!?

    MY MIND!!

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    Sanjeev   14 years 43 weeks ago
  • Dairugger XV

    I'll try to take some new shots, but essentially you take the blue and red caps off and they just plug into the bottom of the black waist unit. Just be careful as to not loose the caps!

    Josh

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    JoshB   14 years 44 weeks ago
  • Dairugger XV

    Nice Pickup! I really like that! It's really too bad one like this wasn't available in the states back in Voltrons heyday. You either had to settle for the $75 Matchbox version or the LJN rubber "assembler" if you wanted a vehicle Voltron that actually combined(I had both). I didn't see any pics of the 2 small submarines(Space Probers) detached from the robot, do you have any? I'm curious to see how they connected to the bottom half of the legs.

    iron maniac   14 years 44 weeks ago
  • Thanks for the review. I only wish I had read it before buying one off ebay. I never thought I’d need to check the reviews before buying a megazord. If you are looking to add a megazord to your collection this is not it! Honestly, I don’t get it. I bought this off ebay because I could only find the triple transforming megazord at my local target/wal-mart. I figured the TTM was the entry level megazord knock-off this year because you could clearly see that it was cheap and not well made through the box. I was beside myself when I saw that drivemax was of the same quality. My 4 year old son has difficulty putting together some megazords due to complexity but he is struggling with drivemax due to cheap design, poor fit and sloppy tolerance. I got hooked on Bandai’s innovative design, attention to detail and superior craftsmanship. My collection includes the main megazord from every PR season and I have started building the complete line (command centers, secondary megazords, etc.) and while I can’t say that I’ll stop with previous seasons I guess I need to go to Sentai from here on out. Bandai should be ashamed.


    I assume this is some MBA decision maker who doesn’t understand their customers (young and old). I say this because I have an MBA and I know how easy it is to loose sight of what is important in your product when you start chasing the finances. I also have advanced engineering degrees and I can say that I used to be genuinely impressed by the dedication to the megazord products (even Bandai USA’s redesigns for the most part). Note to product managers: Don’t abandon your high end products, people will pay for the quality!


    Does anyone know if there are Sentai episodes dubbed in English?

    engineeringgeek   14 years 44 weeks ago
  • Mike de Coninck sends this photo showing something I never realised was out there. It seems that some Combattler Jumbos come with the claw fist on the RIGHT hand instead of the left like mine! Everything else is the same.

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   14 years 44 weeks ago
  • Dairugger XV

    Hiya Josh and a big Congratulations on locating this legendary toy!

    I read Collection DX regularly and am from Australia. Upon reading your review I remembered way back in 1989 when I migrated to Australia, my cousin gave me this exact same toy as a present!

    Of course at that time I thought - this is a cheap copy of the bigger combining Dairugger XV that another friend gave me!

    Never did I realise that it would be so prized today as a collectors item!!

    Back then in Indonesia these toys were plentiful including all the legendary Bandai chogokin line of toys!

    primetimex   14 years 44 weeks ago
  • Return Of The Fly

    It seems that my box was not "destroyed and thrown away", it was only damaged and stored away. So I took some pics and added them to the gallery. You can see how the interior plastic gets torn off the cardboard back when you remove the figure.

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   14 years 45 weeks ago
  • I'm new to your site as well. :)

    My sons are 9 and 4 and love the show. I know my 9 year old is very excited about a Kitara figure. Although he would LOVE to see a Toph! :)

    My biggest problem is that these figures are hard to find.. Not ALL of them, but some. Right now, I can't find anything in the stores. Even online they're few and far between.... Some sites have some of the 6.99 figures listed for 20-30.00! Since we're new to the whole "Action Figure" thing, are there any good places for purchasing the figures?? I have managed to get my hands on just about all of them. I think he's missing like 3 of the figures now...

    My3SpoiledBoys   14 years 45 weeks ago
  • i was on youtube and i typed in the word avatar and it came up as your add. andi totally think this toy is cool! my niece loves it!

    kir13   14 years 45 weeks ago
  • ok i have a niece who watches the show and sometiems i even watch it with her and when the first two lines came out she was confused because there was no katara but yet there was a king bumi and admiral zhao. she wrote a letter to mattel asking when or, is katara going to be in anyline of actino figures.

    So are those action figures above coming out in the third line and is katara coming out in the third line too? well thank you. and may i say lovely essay. ,kir

    kir13   14 years 46 weeks ago
  • Sanda

    Can you believe that I have never seen this movie? I must rectify that!

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    JoshB   14 years 46 weeks ago
  • I own a Daibouken too, and first I thought I would wait for the PR version for those other Gougou vehicles (drill, shovel, etc.) Now I think I have to find them here in Asia since those PR toys wouldn't fit my Daibouken. Thank you for your review..

    ct2548   14 years 47 weeks ago