Over the weekend I received my Yamato 1/60 scale VF-11B. Instead of taking pics and writing about how awesome it is, I decided to post a pic of that and all of my Macross Valkyries. The thing is that it took me quite a bit of time taking them all out of my closet, putting the parts/fast packs on, and posing them to take the actual pics. So I'm posting pics that aren't great but good enough to see the valks. If it was during the day and I had a better lighting set up, the pics would be better. Another thing is that I didn't feel like transforming them all after I took the initial photos. Anyway, enough with my complaints and excuses and check out what I have below.
The VF-1S Valkyrie was the first Variable Fighter introduced in Macross. The S model that I have is an early version from Yamato that doesn't have a perfect transformation. It does have die cast parts which is cool. In the series this was the squad leader unit piloted by Roy Focker first then Hikaru Ichijo after Roy's death. The unit name Valkyrie also became the slang term for the rest of the units produced in later series.
The VF-11B Thunderbolt is the newest to my collection. It's a 1/60 scale from Yamato and is very solid like all their valks from their recent 1/60 line. This unit was introduced in Macross Plus piloted by Isamu Dyson. It comes with fast pack parts that attach via magnets to the legs and 2 booster packs that mount on the top. Below is the first VF-11B I purchased many years ago from Yamato. It's a 1/72 scale, but it's not as good as the new one.
And a size comparison of the two.
The YF-19 from Yamato in 1/60 scale. This was the first release which means that I had to buy the fast pack and fold booster add on set later. The fast packs are mounted on the legs via magnets and the 2 shoulder packs are above the thrusters in fighter mode. This unit was piloted by Isamu Dyson as a test pilot for project "Super Nova". It's specs prove to be slightly better than the competition and was more cost effective which made it the winner of the project.
Below is a 1/72 scale VF-19A Excalibur from Yamato. It was a YF-19 repainted into the VF-X2 video game version and it has die cast parts. It's not as sleek as the new version.
A comparison with all my VF-19's together.
The YF-21 from Yamato in 1/60 scale. This was released with fast pack parts included. However, the fast pack that connect under the fighter are a pain in the ass to set up. Despite my many attempts, I couldn't get those parts in so I went without them. Anyway, this was the other fighter competing in project "Super Nova". It has stealth capabilities as well as an experimental control system using the pilots mind. The system ultimately cost it the project, but years later this valk was redone with a normal control system and was built in limited quantities as the VF-22S Sturmvogel II. A blue and red version where piloted by Max and Miria near the end of Macross 7 and a dark gray version was piloted by Gamlin Kizaki in Macross Dynamite 7.
Below is the 1/72 scale from Yamato. It has the fast pack parts and is more stable than the VF-19A in my collection. Unfortunately the antenna broke while it was stored in a box. Probably snapped off when I put my Megazord on top of it.
And the size comparison.
The VF-19 Kai Fire Valkyrie. This is a non-scale toy made by Bandai I think. This was the first valkyrie that I ever bought. I first saw it just over 10 years ago with my family in Chinatown, San Francisco for 80 bucks. I saved up my money, took the BART train over all by myself for the first time, and bought it. Anyway, this unit was the main valk in Macross 7 piloted by Basara Nekki. Basara is the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band Fire Bomber. He believes in songs instead of fighting enemies. His band became a squadron called Sound Force and fought the Protodevlin with their music.
The VF-17S Nightmare is also from the same line as the VF-19Kai. This unit was the squad leader version and was piloted by the leader of Diamond Force Gamlin Kizaki. There was also a red VF-17S piloted briefly by Mayor Miria Fallyna Jenius when City7 was separated from the rest of the Macross 7 fleet.
The VF-0S Phoenix from Yamato in 1/60 scale. This was the first version so no fast pack parts or boosters came with it. It was later sold separately, but I never got around to getting one. This unit was the prototype of the VF-1 Valkyrie. It was bigger than the VF-1 due to it's engine and propulsion systems. The Phoenix was piloted by Roy Focker in the OVAs which took place sometime before the original Macross story line.
The SV-51r from Yamato in 1/60 scale. This is the version piloted by Nora Polyansky of the anti-UN forces. She used this unit to shoot down the F-14 piloted by the main character Shin Kudou in the first episode of the OVA.
The VF-25F Messiah from Bandai. It's part of the DX Chogokin brand and seem to be 1/60 scale. It has die cast parts and is pretty accurate to the original designs seen in the show. It's the first version so no fast pack parts. This is the unit piloted by the main character Alto Saotome, or as I call him "that really whiny guy".
The VF-25S Armored Messiah from Bandai just like the VF-25F. This is piloted by Ozma Lee leader of SMS's Skull Squadron. It has around 98 micro missiles and 30 normal missiles as well as the standard payload of missiles hidden in the valk. Like I wrote in my post about this, it is very cool.
So there it is, my Macross valk collection. I hope to get more as the series continues and I get more monies for this collection.