In a couple of posts from last month, I’ve already concluded my review on my Macross holy grail, the YF-29 Durandal Valkyrie (Ozma Lee Custom).
However, I deemed it was necessary for a few comparison shots with some of my other Macross Valks. So here’s a triple shots of them together in there Triple forms… XDc
Firstly, all three Valks in their respective Fighter mode.
Scale wise, Ozma Lee’s ride is the largest in my arsenal, followed by the slightly smaller plamo kit Saotome Alto’s VF-25F Armoured Messiah Valkyrie and the miniature Revoltech Roy Focker’s VF-1S. YF-29 really stands out due to its awesome colour scheme and custom paint job.
A continuation from last time, which is solely focused upon the YF-29 Durandal Valkyrie (Ozma Lee Custom)’s Fighter mode, now let’s transform it into its other modes in this follow-up post.
While boasting of its triple-changing modes of Fighter-Gerwalk-Battroid, there is actually another sub-form shown sparingly in the anime, a tween of Fighter and Gerwalk which I personally called the
AT-ST Chicken Walker mode. XDc
One of the perks of being a Valk is its ability to do a sudden emergency stop and/or reverse thrusts, something of which even its real world jet fighter counterparts have yet to achieve perfectly as far as I know (Please correct me if I’m wrong).
It’s basically your average Gerwalk mode, which is why most of the time it is called as such. The only difference is the arms are not deployed, only the thrusters are detached from its initial location and brought forward as legs.
It is in my interest that I must get a proper figure of a Valkyrie especially the ones from Macross Frontier (I got one Plamo version of Saotome Alto’s VF-25F Armoured Messiah Valkyrie as well as a Revoltech VF-1S before), ever since I laid my eyes on the franchise, but has always put my wish on hold due to their steep price.
Back when it was announced, Bandai’s incredible transformable DX Chogokin figure rendition of Macross Frontier’s Ozma Lee’s custom YF-29 Durandal Valkyrie from the PS3 game Macross 30: Ginga wo Tsunagu Utagoe!! (To coincide with Macross’s 30th anniversary), caught my attention immediately due to its impressive mould as well as an eye-catching colour scheme.
Unfortunately, it would seem that every time I try to get any figures from any Chogokin line, my luck (Or unluck if you will…) would suffer from a steep penalty from my by now a definite trait of Otaku Jinx™…
Ozma’s YF-29 is a standard release retailed at 17,000 yen, meaning I could get it on my usual channel(s) of online stores. But as per the usual trend in the Macross figure collectors’ scene, pre-orders for it immediately went out and closed upon minutes on its opening due to extreme “supply < demand” situation. Unable to secure my cache amongst any of them online stores, I had to resort to a local physical store of which the employee an acquaintance of mine.
That’s just the tip of a series of unfortunate tumbles in my quest to secure the Valk…