News(how-to): How-to fix those broken shoulders
So you’ve purchased the greatest rendition of the VF-1 ever made to date… or so websites like mine had you believe after the initial praise these toys received. Then, some months and a few transformations later you noticed some stress fractures on your beloved toy’s joints. A month later you went to transform the toy and one arm (or both) fell right out. What next? Are you relegated to a sweet looking fighter mode display piece?
Step 1: Find a place that can get you replacement parts. Allegedly Yamato figured out what was breaking the shoulders and used a different pin in them that should keep them from breaking. To be 100% honest, I’m not sure I buy that and I’m still a little afraid to handle my V2s and will not be buying another one until it’s clear that there is something different about the shoulder. I’ve been told that I’m being far too fearful but at nearly $100 a pop, more for the super versions, the allure has worn off. So where can you get replacement parts? If you’re outside of Japan this might prove really tricky. First, try contacting the vendor you purchased the toy. If that fails, go over to MacrossWorld and ask for help getting shoulder parts. Your shoulder parts will come in one of two different forms. The first replacement parts I got, from my retailer, came complete with whole new arms. Unfortunately, these arms were from the same production run as the flawed toy and before I could even attach the arms I noticed one was already broken (that’s right folks, it was broken without ever having been on a toy or handled in the slightest). So, I ordered a second set. The second set was flawless so maybe Yamato really has figured things out.
Step 2: Transform the toy to a stage between fighter and battroid to give yourself easy access to the bottom of the toy without the legs being in the way and remove three screws. The first screw is at the base of the swing bar and attaches the tail to the plane. The other two screws would be covered by the arm sliders in GERWALK or battroid modes.
Step 3: Flip the toy over and remove the wing structure (top half of the back) and then remove the two screws that hold the arms in place. Note when you remove the plastic nuts that they have a concave side to match flush with the screw… you’ll want to make sure you have that right when you put things back together again.
Step 4: Remove the fragile shoulder piece from the arm assembly by pulling off the shoulder housing (it’s pressure fit via a couple pegs and a groove, gently pry it apart while applying pressure upward) and then removing the screws in the bicep. You don’t have to completely remove the screws, the shoulder fits via a ball joint so you just have to back the screws out enough so the ball joint has enough play to pop out.
Step 5: Replace broken shoulder piece with new piece.
Step 6: Reverse steps 4-2 and you’ll have a perfectly functional toy that’s just like new (or better than new if your toy was broken right out of the box). A special thanks to those who are helping get replacement parts for people who have purchased this toy and made this post possible.