Yamato 1/60 Zentran Uniform

Posted in 1/60, Enemy Mecha, Macross/Robotech TMS, VF-1, VT, VE Valkyrie, Yamato at 7:13 am by micronian

Zentran Uniform 1

Observations & Critique: The Yamato website exclusive dress up clothes for your Valkyrie

Zentran Uniform 2

These web exclusive parts cost a pretty penny so I was rather surprised when my box of toys from Japan arrived and I looked inside to discover what looked like a baggy full of doll clothes.  Then again, I’ve always rallied for more efficient packaging and this is about as efficient as it gets.  Everything comes in a resealable plastic bag (with more resealable bags for each piece within the main bag).

Zentran Uniform 4

Sometimes I come across Robotech fans that are shocked that Macross gets so much more merchandise than Robotech does.  The reasoning generally goes that Robotech was a world-wide phenomenon whereas Macross was isolated to Japan (although that’s a great place to be isolated as it’s the world’s number 1 anime market).  This must mean that more people are fans of Robotech than Macross right?  It seems like potentially sound reasoning (and an argument I want no part of) but there’s no question that the Japanese buy WAY more merchandise for Macross than the international community buys Robotech wares.  Case in point?  Toynami didn’t even bother making a VF-1A Max MPC.  Yamato has made two premium versions of that toy and now even made doll clothes to go along with it.  Now, before anyone gets upset at the above paragraph, I am aware that a lot of people just avoid Robotech branded merchandise because it’s subpar.  The real question here is, even if just about anything with the Macross name seems to have a market in Japan, are people really going to go for a uniform that was featured in one episode and worn by a valk that generally isn’t considered very popular?  Are people really going to pay the full MSRP of a valk to own these doll clothes?  Time will tell.

Zentran Uniform 5

It’s a decent attempt at getting the uniform down.  Both pockets are present, the hat, the insignia, the stripes.  Overall, you can color me pretty impressed.  Go ahead to Youtube and watch Robotech’s “The Big Escape” and compare to my pics here.  My only nitpick would be that over-sized zipper but things might have been frustrating with a smaller one.

Zentran Uniform 3

You will find the clothes pretty restricting on your toy but that’s to be expected.  I could get some poses, and I could apply the uniform in either GERWALK or Battroid modes which is all I really asked for.


Do you want to buy clothes for your toy rather than getting yourself another VF-1?  It’s hard for me to believe many people will make that choice.  If you’re trying to make a Big Escape diorama than this is perfect for you.  I suspect most people will put this in the “I wouldn’t pay THAT much for it” category and never really pick one up.


  1. Froy said,

    January 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Looks great.

    If only Yamato ofered a set of the Hikaru, Kakizaki and Misa Hayase mini figs. to put in those pockets.

  2. fifbeat said,

    January 20, 2011 at 3:28 am

    “Trendy NY Photo shoot” lol Great one, man. =D

  3. ae_productions said,

    January 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I really want this…but for the asking price…I’m just not sure it’s worth it.

    Plus…try explaining to the wife what this is and why you want to add it to your collection.

    “So, it’s dress up cloths for your robots?”

  4. wewe said,

    January 31, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I like it. I want one.

    You go typo. :D

  5. Macross Junkie said,

    February 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Greetings. Any word if Hobby Link Japan (or anyone else) will be carrying these like the Yamato website exclusive 1:2000 Macross?

    I haven’t had any luck placing an order through the Yamato website (PC doesn’t translate properly).

    Just curious.

  6. micronian said,

    February 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I think the ordering deadline has passed on these when using the yamato site (and yamato only ships within Japan on their exclusives). I’m afraid i’ve heard nothing about anyone else carrying these.

  7. stone said,

    February 27, 2011 at 3:31 am

    this is my first time posting, but I always read the reviews before buy any new piece. I´m From Chile, and this cloth is a must have for me, anyone knows if is still available from yamato web site, and if they ship worldwide?


  8. micronian said,

    February 27, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I know for certain Yamato does not ship worldwide… but if anyone finds a service that is selling these outfits be sure to post a comment here to help everyone out.

  9. stone said,

    February 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks Micronian, I´m looking for this piece (since I was a child I dreamed with a VF-1A dressed like a zentran) in some japanese web sites, If I found something I´ll post it here

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