Yamato 1/60 Zentran Uniform

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

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). Standing 1/60 pilot figures to go in the pocket would have been a glorious addition… but I don’t think the pocket is big enough for that.

These clothes were originally a Yamato web-shop exclusive retailing for 8,295¥ released in December 2010. When I first wrote this review I asked, “The real question here is, 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.” More than seven years later we can see that the Yamato V2 and all of its accessories have done a remarkable job holding their value and even appreciating. Items like the Yamato V2 VF-1A Max TV custom now routinely sell for twice their original MSRP and this particular accessory can demand 3x MSRP if not more.

It’s a decent attempt at getting the uniform down.  Pockets are present (though it’s missing the one behind the Zentran insignia on the left breast), 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.  I have two nitpicks:  1) the over-sized zipper (but things might have been frustrating with a smaller one), 2) the right breast pocket is too small for a 1/60 scale pilot.

From a durability standpoint, the Zentran insignia on the hat and on the left-side of the chest are both glued on and after nearly 8 years this glue is failing. It’s a pretty simple matter to simply glue the insignia back into place. 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.

Original Post: January 10, 2011
Updated June 17, 2018 – added additional photos, 4K video review, and some color on how collectible this item has become.

9 Replies to “Yamato 1/60 Zentran Uniform”

  1. Looks great.

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

  2. 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?”

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Hi!
    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?


  6. 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.

  7. 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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