While Macross was incorporated into the Robotech Saga, many “purists” enjoy the original Japanese version story line and its numerous sequels.
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Unlike other properties of the ’80s that found great popularity for their products in the States, Robotech fans were never able to enjoy the large selection of Macross merchandise that was available in Japan due to licensing issues. In a strange turn of events, license holders in Japan and the U.S. in recent times have produced lines of Macross-themed mecha toys that are completely independent of one another. We’re not complaining, as the more mecha the merrier.
Mecha-11: Battroid Valkyrie VF-1S
Takatoku’s line of VF-1 Valkyries have stood the test of time. Attribute it to mecha designer Shoji Kawamori, the 1/55-scale Valkyrie still looks good no matter how old it gets. Like all transforming toys, this one has its weak points but overall it has stood the test of time and is one of the more rugged toys produced during the period.
(at left) Armor-14:
Macross 1/48-scale Armor Parts for VF-1 Valkyrie
Yamato produced what looks like one of the most accurate renditions of Kawamori’s Valkyrie design thus far. With multiple ball-jointed limbs and hinged appendages, the poseability of this figure is off the charts. Like many modern figures, this version is a lot more delicate than the ’80s-edition Valkyrie.
Photos by Jerry Tsai
Figures courtesy of Tony Yao