Fire Valkyrie VF-19
Review by JoshB
Back in 1995, Bandai released 4 Valkyries from their Macross 7 series. They were a stark contrast from the vintage Macross Valkyries, being mostly plastic with limited articulation. Their simple design made for easy bootlegging, and it wasn't long until the Chinese bootlegs appeared on eBay.
The bootlegs are remarkably good. The plastic is a little flimsier, and there are some sprue marks, but the toy is essentially the same. The sticker quality is a little poor as well. The stickers on the Fire Valkyrie tend to pop up as the adhesive is weak. I had a problem with my Fire Valkyrie where the fists were actually reversed! It was easily resolved with a screwdriver and some patience.
Each Valkyrie can transform into 3 modes - Gerwalk, Battroid, and Fighter. Gerwalk mode is kind of flimsy, but I don't know if that's the bootleggers' fault or a problem with the original design.
So how do you tell the difference between the original and the bootleg? We the most obvious thing is the box. The Bandai logo has been replaced with the face of the pilot, and some of the text on the box is in Chinese. Check out the picture of the original at Macrossworld for comparison. if you're looking at a loose toy, look for sprue marks on the legs, and poor stickers. The bootleg has no © information on it as well.
Bandai later reissued two of the Macross 7 Valkyries in 2001, one of which is the Fire Valkyrie. It's pretty common, so don't pay a lot for this one.
*editors note - the toy shown here was panel lined by the author.
|Posted 31 August, 2005 - 09:36 by JoshB|