Yamato 1/60 VF-1A Super Strike Valkyrie

Comparing to YF-21, this classic design movie version Valkyrie is relatively has more play value.

The fighter mode is usually the strongest mode in most of the Macross toys. And of course the Yamato version of Valkyrie is no exception!

Transformation of this figure is much easier than the YF-21 with very effective engineering. Almost every parts are being tabbed and lock- in nice and tight seamlessly.

Battroid and Gerwalk modes are steady and as pose-able as it can be. It is way steadier than my YF-21.

yamato-VF1A2Same as the YF-21, I don’t really know where is the diecast located in this figure.

Next up, is the strike pack!!

The strike pack is such a great addition! It enhanced the massiveness of the figure. It is easy to install onto (and uninstall off) the figure, and also it stays nice and tight once installed.

The strike pack does not affect the articulation, and steadiness of this figure at all. It does not suffer any back heavy problem at all even it has a big back pack on.

Another impressive feature is that some of the armor parts of the strike pack can be taken out, and showing great inner details.

yamato-VF1A18For my opinion, I will choose this VF-1A figure over the YF-21. As this figure is just better in every aspect.

Enterbay HD Masterpiece 1/4 The Dark Knight Joker

I missed the Hot Toys Joker 1.0 version caused I had not watched the Dark Knight movie yet at that time. After watching the movie, I am now a big fan of the Batman Trilogy, and begin to search for the Joker figure.

Luckily, both Enterbay and Hot Toys announced they are going to release a new version of Joker during my search, so I do not need to go for the after market price of the older version. I was torn between getting the Enterbay 1/4 Joker or the Hot Toys Joker 2.0? I finally choose the Enterbay version, due to I like the expression Enterbay used in the head sculpt rather than the Hot Toys version. I felt the expression of the head sculpt is more iconic and psychotic, while the Hot Toys’ 2nd laughing head sculpt is rather strange and ridiculous.

 

Enterbay did not disappointed me at all on my first ever 1/4 scale figure! Because of it is a bigger figure, there are more areas for them to work on the details. Both the head sculpt and the clothing are in top notch workmanship!

The material used on the clothing are exceptionally great! The outer coat is using real suede with wiring on the bottom edge.  The vest is using different material in the front (cotton?) and back (Silk like material). The shirt, tie, and socks are with very clear patterns just like the real ones. The shoes are sculpted but with real laces. There are no flaws in the stitching at all, everything is just done nice and clean!  To me, the tailoring is nearly flawless!!

The set comes with a great array of accessories, a whole bunch of interchangeable hands, an extendable knife, a cock-able hand gun with ammo clip, machine gun, bazooka, grenade set, and a display stand  etc. Impressively enough that the bazooka and grenade set are made of diecast, and are heavy. The display stand is also using diecast, so that it can hold the figure more stably. The base of the stand is using metal plating on the surface. All these diecast and metal parts just make me feel good!!

One more thing worth mentioning is the setup of the grenade set. I had read reviews of Hot Toys Joker 1.0 that a lot of collector found the grenade set not easy to setup. Well, it is no exception on the Enterbay version either. It is a pain!! First of all, the grenade are diecast which the extra weight is very hard for the cloth to hold. Secondly, all the strings are just tangle up very easily. It is just not fun at all.

Since my one is the exclusive version, I got one more accessory which is the clown mask. The mask can be wear on the head. I am very appreciated with this exclusive item cause it can really be use on the figure.

The articulation of the figure is pretty good! I expected the articulation will be very limited due to all these layers of clothing on the upper body. But surprisingly it is not as bad (as seen in all photos above). The joints are in ratchets and kind of tight, so it can hold the pose pretty good. But some of the joints are so tight that just feel a bit nervous moving it. Also, the pegs are also fit in super tight. A blow dryer is a MUST when changing the hands! Once the pegs is soften up a bit, it will be easier to remove otherwise you will run the risk to break the pegs.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this Enterbay 1/4 Dark Knight Joker, and very glad that I choose this over the Hot Toys version. To me, this figure meets (or even exceed) my expectation!! A bit pricey, but Enterbay did kick up the quality in terms of material use and workmanship!!

Studio Halfeye Getter Robo Perfect Change (Part 3)

The Getter vehicles were quite impressive as how the design holds true to the original anime. Will the robot mode going to be as impressive? We will see one by one …

Getter 1

Obviously that when Mr. Takashima Hajime designed the transformation of this figure, he must be putting the Getter 1 as his initial design consideration. Out of all three Getter Robo, Getter 1 stays true to the original anime the most. This is understandable, cause this is the main robot.

Getter 1 is the only one comes with the accessory, the Getter Tomahawk, and it is indeed the only weaponry of this figure.

Legs are missing the red stripes, and head sculpt is missing the eye. But don’t worry, it actually comes with a sticker sheet that you can stick the red stripes and eye on the respective areas. Why these two parts are not painted? I have no clue.

The most creative part is the cape, it is transformed from the Getter 2’s legs. It’s not perfect looking, but the design utilized the parts. Bravo to Mr. Takashima Hajime that he did not choose the lazy way out by using replacement part for the cape.

The Getter 1 is pretty articulated due to all the moving parts made for the transformation. But cause of that, the joints are pretty loose, and can only be posed on a very static position.

Getter 2

Halfeye-Getter2This is the most difficult transformation and took me the most time to transform out of the three! Trying to connect the Bear and the Jaguar is just a pain in the butt!!

The look of Getter 2 is the weakest of the three. It is just loosely based on the original design. There are big gaps between the chest and the waist where you can see thru all the mess hiding inside.

The Getter 2 got a very slim leg with a even slimmer feet, and the upper body is extremely heavy where most of the extra parts are moved to the back treated as a backpack (or fuel tank?). With that, Getter 2 has no chance to stand.

Both arms are the weapon of the Getter 2, the Getter claw and the Getter Drill, which looks great and with great articulation.

In my experience, both the transformation and posing are tough and not stable. The looks is very weak. That is why this is my first and also my last time to transform this figure into Getter 2! No way, I will do it again!!

Getter 3

Getter 3 also captures the original anime pretty well. Not as good as Getter 1 though, just felt the upper body is way larger than the bottom tank part. Again, Mr. Takashima Hajime cleverly made good use of the Getter 2’s legs on the back as extra legs (stands) to support the figure. Great design!!

The transformation of it is amazing, especially how the long arms and hands are hiding inside the feet of Getter 1 is just brilliant.

With the tank bottom and extra legs on the back, this is the most stable mode of all three. Although there are lots of joints in the arms, movement is limited in certain direction only, also sometimes it is hard for it to hold the arms in position due to the weight issue.

In conclusion of my experience with the three robot modes, Getter 1 and 3 are both great in their own ways. Getter 2 is a failure. But overall, it is an excellent attempt for Mr. Takashima Hajime!!

Side Note: Studio Halfeye knew that the figure is not manufacturer made quality, the other accessory included in this figure is a small screw driver. It is for you to tighten the joints if they are loose after some movements. It is a very nice addition, and I am kind of touch!

“Although we don’t have the resources to bring out the perfect products just yet, but we try our best to take care of all the imperfection it has!”

This little screw driver symbolized how the small guy tried to survive and out done against the big guys, bring out their heart and soul for their dreams!