Accessories for Bandai 1/60 DX Renewal VF-25 Toys: Armored Parts

Observations & Critique: The Renewal VF-25 Armored parts, not original release

These Tamashii exclusive super parts come in the standard brown shipping box with a two tone interior box (blue box for Alto, black box for Ozma).  The parts are packaged much better than they were for the original release and since there’s no longer a display stand included everything fits in a much more reasonably sized box.  Inside the box you’ll get the following:
1) Armored Parts
2) Battroid back support and extra crotch armor to accommodate it
3) Display stand adapters for each mode
4) Instructions (above)

The only thing that seems to be able to limit demand for these armored parts is the persistent demand for the long sold out stand alone VF-25 toys.  If people can’t find those toys to purchase they don’t have much of a need for buying these armored parts.  These renewal parts, released July 2012 for 8,190 Yen were released three years after Bandai’s original effort priced at 6,500 Yen.  For the additional cost you get a much better looking product with lots of detail improvements.  You don’t get a stand though and the price increase seems a little much and this is compounded by what the exchange rate has done in those three years.   Ozma’s armored parts always seem to be a little more popular than the Alto custom as Ozma got more use out of the armor in the show.  Similarly, Alto’s super parts seem to sell better than Ozma’s super parts.

As you can see in the pictures above and below, the Renewal Version Armored Parts do an excellent job emulating the computer model from Frontier and look more natural on the toys.  The detailed pictures up above also compare all the renewal parts to the original parts so you can see that each part has been reviewed and improved for the renewal.  Hinges have been hidden, additional paint details have been added, there are more panel lines, interior missile detail is improved, everything is better.  There was still some room for improvement.  When you think about the individual missiles on Yamato’s 1/48 and 1/60 V2 GBP Armor for VF-1 toys you’ll definitely be a little let down by even the improved missile detail here.

The original armored parts had lots of flaws in the design department, most have been addressed here.
Original Armor Parts Flaw 1: GERWALK mode required separate parts to support the weight of the back half of the plane, the supports came up from the back of the legs making GERWALK and immobile disaster.  Choosing not to use the support parts for GERWALK made the mode nearly unmanageable, if you accidentally bumped the toy it would come crumbling down.  On the Renewal Version the toy has a built in support that makes this whole system unnecessary.  The toy handles perfectly fine in GERWALK mode.
Flaw 2: The original armored parts that cover what I refer to as “Wing roots” was infuriating in how easily it became dislodged as they only stayed on the toy when in very specific angles.  On the renewal parts the pieces connect in such a way where they stay on well, can be articulated with a wide range of motion and can even be used as supplementary support for the back of battroid mode.   The original hip armors also clipped on in a way that wasn’t particularly secure.  On the renewal version you now need to remove the intake shield and the hip armors plugs in using the same connector as the intake shield did.  While this is a notable improvement you’re going to want to make sure you don’t lose your intake shields.
Flaw 3: On the original armor parts the gun couldn’t fit on the toy in fighter mode.  This perplexed me since that toy already required a separate gun attachment piece and all Bandai would have had to have done would have been to include a longer gun attachment piece.  On the renewal version, you don’t need a separate gun attachment piece.  Unfortunately, there’s one additional part you probably will need, a plastic clasp that keeps the legs tuck together tight enough as to keep pressure on the gun.  The solution isn’t ideal but it’s a step forward from the original version.
A forth flaw that went largely unaddressed was the lack of a stopper in the leg landing gears.  The landing gears pull forward but there’s nothing that stops them from being pushed back.  On the renewal version toys the landing gears need a tiny bit more pressure before they go back down but it’s nowhere near enough.  There are also some other design improvements here.  The way the shoulder missile pods attach now requires removing an existing part on the toy and replacing it with a new part.  Any time you have to swap parts out that means you have one more part to track so some people aren’t going to like this.  The benefit to this is that the new part allows the shoulder missile bays a much broader range of movement which better allows you to emulate the line art.

Perhaps the biggest improvement made to the renewal parts over the original is that the armored parts no longer break the VF-25 toy.  On the original toy the armored parts created stress on a hinge leading to it cracking.  While the toy could usually function with these hinges show cracks it looked like the kind of thing that might some day lead to the toy splitting in two.  I haven’t seen any such problems on the Renewal version.

This big bulky armor does a good job in not impeding the articulation of the VF-25 toy.  However, the armor does play tricks on the center of gravity and it’s recommended you use the display stand.  While you can get the toy to display decently without the display stand in battroid mode it always seems like it’s one good knock to your cabinet away from falling over.  This is compounded by the VF-25 Renewal toys propensity to get loose joints.  If the hips on your renewal are loose then you might find battroid mode frustrating to pose with all this armor heaped on it.

Overall I think the armored VF-25 toy looks outstanding.  I initially wasn’t a big fan of the VF-25, I originally likened its battroid mode to “a feminine insect”.  These days the VF-25 has grown on me and with the armor on the toy it gets that real bare knuckle teeth puncher look to it.  If you were lucky enough to snag a renewal VF-25 toy and the armored parts at all appeal to you then you should definitely go out and buy these.

5 Replies to “Accessories for Bandai 1/60 DX Renewal VF-25 Toys: Armored Parts”

  1. Very cool review. Lots of insight. What about the optional Tornado Parts and Powered Armor? Will they be produced too?

  2. I haven’t heard anything on the release of tornado parts but one has to assume they’ll get made. Maybe we’ll get the announcement when (if?) they announce a reissue of the VF-25F.

  3. hi, just want to know, if the super pack for alto (vf-25f) can be used for Ozma(vf-25S) or michael (VF-25G)? same goes for the armored parts if they are swappable to the other VF-25? i ask because there’s not much i can buy these nowadays and they’re just super parts here, vf-25 there…i was wondering if the accessories are compatible with any vf-25 models?

    i know about the renewal versions (version 2) so i’m sure they’re not compatible with any version 1…

    thanks for any info

  4. Man sorry for the way late response to that comment. Yes, the renewal super packs are interchangeable with renewal VF-25 toys but no, the renewal super parts won’t work with a V1 VF-25 and V1 super parts won’t work with a renwal VF-25.

  5. hi there.

    this is my first comment on this site and therefore i must say one thing at first: your reviews are just awesome! i’m a fan of the macross franchise for, nearly, all my life (at age of 9 i started watching the robotech anime on “afn” every sunday morning right before breakfast, without understanding any english at all, but just was totally caught by all those transforming planes) and took a rare chance to buy my first vf-1s in one of those blue book-like boxes many years ago. after years of macross-toy-abstinence, i accidentally discovered the bandai dx 1/60 30th anivers. yf-29 on amazon and the old love immediately came back with large steps. while searching the web for some information on this toy, i found one of your reviews on youtube and… that was like an impact! i can say, YOU took my macross love to a whole new level! :D well, thanks for your good work. that had to be said…

    and now: time for my question… ;-)

    meanwhile, i’ve collected a quite nice fleet of my favourite variable fighter designs (vf-1s, vf-171, vf-25, vf-27, yf-29 and yf-30 // 1 or 2 more to come in the near future, i guess *g*), but i have to admit my “search-find-and-buy-actions” were limited to and until now. with enough time and patience, it was possible to buy at somewhat moderate prices from japanese resellers… in case i was looking for the planes only. but what seems to be quite impossible, is to find some super parts at a halfway affordable price range… o.O

    there is some light at the end of this tunnel, due to the fact that there is a friends friend with friend, who has some relatives in japan, but before starting this kind of message-marathon i would like to know, if this has the chance to get crowned with success.

    i’ve checked the japanese sites, you are suggesting in your “buyers guide”. my first impression is, that those toys are sold out, out of date and can be rarely found… is that true? am i too late and my only chance is to buy one of those super-high-prized-collectors-offers or a second-hand-toy?

    or this just a kind of an online-shop problem and i could send some friends japanese relative to the next toy store and let him buy the stuff i’d like to get my hands on?

    1000 words, simple question. i know. sorry for that, but when i start talking about things that fly and transform and cruise through space… well, just wallowing around…

    thanks in advance for your answer… see you in the next video. ;-)

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