Review: Includes Robotech, Macross, and limited releases
Packaging & Extras: (2/5) Robotech standard releases
The standard Robotech releases were packaged in large blistercards with decent art. I’m not a fan of blistercards so I much prefer the event exclusive packaging. All versions of this toy come with the following:
1) 3x additional fixed posed hands
2) Gun with expanding stock and permanently affixed strap
That’s it… pretty paltry but these were never intended to be deluxe toys.
Packaging & Extras: (2.5/5) Macross Limited edition releases
The Macross releases come in rather large boxes (somewhat inexplicably). The boxes make it very clear that these are limited edition products, 1 of 1000. A silver sticker that seals the box specifies which toy is inside the otherwise non-descript box. A side panel is the only area that offers even a hint of what the toy looks like. With a bit of fidgeting you can open these boxes without breaking the seal since the other side of the box has no seal and the cardboard has some play to it. There’s no change in extras and I’m only scoring these toys nominally better than the regular Robotech releases because they aren’t in blistercards. The extras are the same as the Robotech release.
Packaging & Extras: (3.5/5) Event exclusives
The event exclusive Superposeable toys come in the smallest and most attractive boxes. The art is an improvement over the regular releases and the box has a window that shows off the goods. The same accessories are included.
Charm & Collectability: (2/5)
You would think that the Macross versions which specify they’re limited to 1000 might score higher here but the limited number is clearly a gimmick. The toys themselves aren’t numbered so they can be swapped with the standard releases (excluding the Max and Hayao VF-1A toys). Even if they were numbered, it seems no where near 1000 people wanted to buy these sets. I literally bought the set of 5 for far less than retail which I believe was $14.99 each. The VF-1D and Last Stand VF-1S toys are most likely the most desired amongst these toys… but that’s really not saying much. There’s no metal, no transformation, and these toys aren’t particularly fun or poseable so there’s really not much to drive collectors here.
Sculpt, Detail, & Build: (6.5/10)
It’s tough to judge this toy because it’s clearly a very stylized VF-1. The sculptor’s intent was never to nail the exact lines of the original art so liberties were taken to really make this battroid pop (say “hello” to the giant knee pads). When this toy is in one of the more natural poses it really does look quite good. The detail work is fair for this class of toy. When one considers just how good some of the transformable VF-1 toys look these days it’s hard to argue this score should be any higher than just below average but you should be able to tell from all the pics if this interpretation grabs you. The Fokker Last Stand toy looks a bit over done for my tastes but it does stand out on a shelf.
The toy comes with hands you can swap out but sometimes the pegs for the hands are so rubbery they take a momentous effort to exchange. The guns have an expanding stock but the toy doesn’t transform so the function is useless. The gun strap permanently affixed to the toy can be frustrating as it makes putting the gun on the toy more difficult. It seems like it would have been a simple matter to make it removable. There’s no reason that the design elements of this toy couldn’t have been implemented on a much smaller toy… heck, the Revoltech VF-1 (released later) is a significant improvement over most aspects of this toy while being a fraction of the size. Any toy that immediately gets you thinking of ways that it could be “so much” better isn’t a toy that deserves a high score here.
Durability & Build: (6/10)
This toy is made or rubbery plastic so most bits should bend quite a bit before breaking. The plastic can be so rubbery that it’s actually a little sticky which isn’t something I really want to feel on any toy. The gun straps on the guns can be fragile. I’ve had my Last Stand Fokker for some time but I remember the gun strap breaking the first time I tried to put the gun in the toy’s hand. If you’re being careful with the gun strap and trying to put the gun in a hand you might actually cause the gun to pop apart, it’s simply pieces of plastic pegged together. The core of the toy is not easily broken but it’s also not something that screams “QUALITY”.
Are you kidding me? Somebody had the gall to call these toys “Super Poseable”? There are transformable toys that are FAR more poseable than these rather large non-transformable figures. Sure, there are several points of articulation but they all lend themselves to one of several poses this toy seems tailored for. You don’t get a huge range of freedom with what this toy will look good doing. Yes, it achieves some poses rather nicely but that’s about it. Keep the toy crouching or on one knee and you’ll do fine.
Total Score: (26/50) Standard Robotech Releases, (26.5/50) Macross Releases, (27/50) Event Releases
I enjoyed bringing these toys together for the group shot which is the lead-in for this post so there is some fun that can be had with these. Sadly, that fun is rather limited. These days with Kaiyodo’s Revoltech and Yamato’s GN-U Options there should be (and is) nearly no draw to these old Toynami clunkers. The GN-U toys can be found right now for steep discounts and, while they’re not without fault, they’re a much better option. Then again, if you’re looking for a tchotchke to put on your desk at work that you wouldn’t be too upset if it somehow vanishes this might be up your alley.