Astro Plan (a.k.a. Chinese Macross Frontier) Toys

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  1. areaseven

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    For those unfamiliar, Astro Plan is an animated series that aired in Mainland China early this year. If anything, it's a bootleg Macross Frontier with some Gundam SEED/00 on the side.

    After a month of waiting, I finally got my Astro Plan King Size YF-10 in the mail directly from China. For a toy that's derivative of the old-school VF-1 Valkyrie toys, this is actually impressive.

    For now, here's a sneak preview. A full review will be posted soon.

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    P.S.: The pics are marked Robotech: Astro Plan just to rib on the RT fans. :lolol 
     
  2. Matrix Soul

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    Seriously, they can't even make the toy to be screen accurate?
     
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    That vertical tailfin is hideous. :lol 
     
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    It just hideous in general.
     
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    And what's worse, this is an example of exactly how it's possible to do a delta wing valkyrie with wings that still fold up.

    OY. YAMATO. VF-0D. GET ON IT.
     
  6. Matrix Soul

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    Yamato know exactly how to do the VF-0D, they just wanna F#*K with the fans :lol 
     
  7. areaseven

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    At least they did a better job than Toynami's Robotech MPC Veritechs.
     
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    DO ET NAOZ /cosign

    I actually liked those better than the V1 1/60 VF-1's by Yamato from almost 10 years ago. I must say though, I got mine for $50 MIB/new at the time, and the last one I got, Roy, I got mib/new for $10. Decent toys, they won't win toys for originality but they are cool(but the 1/48 and V2 1/60 trump them by far). IMHO much better toys than the Alpha MPC's too(worse design decisions on those).

    Best veritech toys ever made, but not the best Valkyrie/VF-1 toys ever made.
     
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    While I'm still writing my full review, I thought I'd give a quick rundown on the toy's features.

    Materials
    The toy is made of ABS plastic except for parts of the head, which uses the same soft, rubbery plastic found in parts of ROTF Leader Jetfire. As far as texture goes, the ABS plastic is slightly flexible like a Fisher-Price toy and is shinier than the plastic used on the Bandai DX Chogokin 1/60 VF-25 Messiah.

    Transformation
    If you've owned a Chunky Monkey or a G1 Jetfire, you will be very familiar with the toy's transformation. Just about everything locks in place in Fighter mode, except for the head and arms, which simply dangle around under the fuselage. Both halves of the tail fin do not have pegs or clips to secure them together in this mode.There is no dedicated mounting bracket for the Gun Pod in Fighter mode, but you can cheat through that by using one of the fists.

    Also, you will need to rotate the lower legs for Falcon (Gerwalk) mode.

    Articulation
    Articulation, in general, is no different from the Toynami Robotech Masterpiece Collection Veritech. You can get a pretty decent A-stance on Falcon mode, thanks to its swivel joints above the knees.

    No ball joints here. The shoulders, hips and swing bar run on very loud ratchet joints, while everything else is on swivel or hinge joints. Unlike the Chunky Monkey or Toynami's Valkyries, the hip swing bar is one solid "wishbone".

    Gimmicks/Accessories
    Aside from the Gun Pod, the toy comes with an array of missiles and pylons to snap them into the wing hardpoints. Unfortunately, none of the toys come with their signature "Ultimate Skill" weapons. I guess this means I have to scratch-build Jin Gang's weapons to replicate his final attack on episode 26.

    Also, this toy has one thing other Valkyrie toys don't: a landing gear that moves left and right. :lolol 
     
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    Here are some detailed pics for reference:

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    You can drive a voyager truck between those legs :lol 
     
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    Just wondering, did you put the UN Spacy sticker on there, or did it come packaged with it? Either way, that's just wrong :D  .
     
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    I am filled with a sense of meh.
     
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    The back of the plane has the UN Spacy emblem molded on; I just painted it to make it stand out. All other stickers are leftovers from my other Valkyrie toys.

     

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