Observations & Critique: Next in my continuing series on burning money
As with Yamato’s 1/48 Clear Accessories that were available through Dengeki Magazine once upon a time, these clear parts consist of clear replacement covers for the legs, missile booms, and main thrusters. There is nothing else in the box except the clear replacement covers, you are not purchasing actual super parts. The box for the 1/60 version have even less glitz to them than the 1/48 ones did, as there’s nary a word of print to be found.
These parts were sold in July 2009 exclusive to Yamato’s website which ships only to Japanese addresses. The MSRP was 1,500 Yen plus the cost of domestic shipping. Outside of Japan you’d have to add a likely a finder’s fee and shipping abroad. It’s hard to believe, but at the time that price was considered expensive for what you were getting as people have since spent over $100 to track a set down.
There really isn’t anything special to these parts beyond the fact they’re molded in clear plastic. These are simply the exact same plastic parts already on your super parts but simply made without pigment.
As I mentioned when I reviewed the 1/48 versions of these clear parts; if you really want to show off the internals of the super parts the best way to do it is to simply remove the covers. The opaque clear parts look nice but they do obscure the details beneath. When using the strike cannon the overall effect can be muddled.
How much are these gimmicky parts worth to you? If they’re worth much you’re probably best off finding a set sooner than later as they’ll probably only get harder to obtain. I bought one set and that was definitely enough for me.
Original Post December 22, 2009
Updated December 27, 2016 – Add additional pictures, release information, and increased resolution of existing photos to HD.
Updated January 15, 2017 – Added HD Video Review