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  • MSN-04 Sazabi

    Okay, cranky bastard here:

    You asked "what's not to like". Well, how about the floppy, stinky, rubberyness of MSiA's? Just looking at your pics, the main crest is bent off to the side. Also, the thin, yellow beam saber is saggy.

    To be fair, I don't have too much love for Gundam, like you, Josh. I do like the Sazabi, though. MSiA are booty, though. I actually bought two back in the day. They both now stink of chemicals and have a greasy film on them. Awesome gimmick. I let my idiot co-workers play with them now.

    And the lines? The shapes? These things, in person, look like rubber chew toys for dogs. Sure, that's the CHARM of vinyl kaiju...but for "realistically"-sculpted mecha? Hell no. Gundam mecha are designed to have sharp, straight lines...that's why gunpla has been so prolific.

    You want a Gundam action figure? Try the HCM-Pro line. Or just stick with MG kits...if you have the patience/time for modeling.

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    Sanjeev   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • MSN-04 Sazabi

    lot of great responses, thanks!

    What I am going to do to determine who gets this is when i get back from SF this weekend I will put all names in a hat and pick a winner. I will notify the winner over email and announce it in the comments.

    If this goes well i might do it more often, so stay tuned!

    Josh

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    JoshB   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • MSN-04 Sazabi

    Seems Gigamach and I are on the same boat.
    I've been visiting since 2000 something, but registered only now. XD
    Here's to hoping I get it. XD

    Frosty   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • I can totally see that. Especially watching you really take time with these. Plus, not every toy is going to make for good video reviews. For instance, I severely doubt you could make vinyl kaiju figures all that interesting in a video review.

    -Ray

    pocketmego   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • MSN-04 Sazabi

    What the heck, sure. He can battle it out with all my Kaiju figures.

    -Ray

    pocketmego   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • MSN-04 Sazabi

    Sir,

    Well, you did it. You made me register, in the vain attempt to put a Sazabi next to my lonely Nu Gundam on the "Gundam Shelf". What a 30-something won't do for free toys...

    That said, I've been coming to the site for months. I'm a big fan of the newer video reviews, my favorite being for Leopaldon, the SOC Spider-Man Mech (obligatory "WTF!" here). It's always a pleasure to see people actually playing with their toys. I harken back...

    At any rate, I guess I'll be a bit more particapatory now I'm registered. I look forward to the Ideon review, though I kinda hope I receive mine before you tell us how good it is.

    Gigamach   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • MSN-04 Sazabi

    Sazabi is one of the best MSIA designs ever made. If you really don't want the Sazabi (I still can't figure why), I gladly (and strongly) volunteer to take it off "your shelf"...

    }D

    The Mazinger Z   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • MSN-04 Sazabi

    Well, it´s really a great figure! (And by the way, it would be my first gundan MSIA).

    zopilotez   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • Good job. This makes me want to buy this. Metal, cloth and flashing lights. Nice additions. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have given this a second glance as I'm not really a fan of the series or design.

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • Garada K7

    I also butchered the back of it's head to get the sickles at a more vintage-style angle. I wish the glow paint went on smoother/more uniformly and that I was better at painting and photographing it. I'm no Sanjeev, but here goes...

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • MSN-04 Sazabi

    I wouldn't mind. In fact, I can add this to my JP toys collection!

    CIVIL WAR

    I'm with GaoGaiGar

    YuushaFan   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • Garada K7

    Who was it that did a custom glow version of this? Was it you Dave?

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    JoshB   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • Thanks, I wish I had the time to do more but doing a video review is really time consuming!

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    JoshB   15 years 32 weeks ago
  • Garada K7

    Thanks for the comprehensive review on these, Dave! I'd never really given any notice to the black Unifive Garada before...kinda snazzy. Honestly though, after reading this, all it really makes me want to do is pick up one of Tom's replicas. There's just so much MORE soul in the original sculpt than Unifive's pudgy offering...

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    Sanjeev

    Sanjeev   15 years 33 weeks ago
  • You do the best video reviews I've ever seen. I've watched them all. You need to do them far more often. You just have an excellent presentation style.

    -Ray

    pocketmego   15 years 33 weeks ago
  • Oh yeah, the little redheaded guerilla chick's name is Kiki. No wonder I couldn't remember it.

    Destroy All Pod...   15 years 33 weeks ago
  • SDF-1 Battle Fortress

    Boy do you stir up great memories. My Dad bought me that very toy as an eight grade graduation gift. I LOVED it.

    As always Sanjeev not only an informative article a highly entertaining one. Glad to hear my last review inspired you.

    Atom (not verified)   15 years 33 weeks ago
  • Danguard Ace

    In looking through some old pictures recently, I came across this one of an alternate sticker sheet for this toy. Note also the white-vaned missiles that came with this version.

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   15 years 33 weeks ago
  • Mini and Maxi Robots

    I recently got this Maxi Robot in the mail. It's the same color as the blue Mini Robot, but has the Maxi Robot sticker as well as the arms slightly more outstretched. Note also that the stickers on the chest are on the opposite way. A minor variation, but I figured I might as well record it.

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   15 years 33 weeks ago
  • Space Robot

    I've seen the Easter basket with this toy at Big Lots--at least five at the one in State College, PA. It might vary from state to state, but Big Lots/Odd Lots is a good bet.

    atom smasher   15 years 33 weeks ago
  • Space Robot

    Cool piece and an awesome review. I've spent some time looking around for one of these for myself down here in FL but no dice. oh well, Any chance of getting a shot of this guy along side last years gundam and the clover junior? Looking at this piece it looks like the majority of the design was taken off the original RX-78, with the shoulders and lower legs coming from the GP01 from 0083, though overall they did tweek the design a bit here and there, still an interesting piece.

    "I had a choice, buy a new car or buy a Jumbo Machinder Green Ghost C3...it really wasn't a hard choice to make."

    Jerilock   15 years 34 weeks ago
  • SDF-1 Battle Fortress

    *THIS* is was the Comment section is ALL about!! Thanks, Ginrai. Yousa rock star!

    Review updated...

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    Sanjeev   15 years 34 weeks ago
  • SDF-1 Battle Fortress

    The Macross toy is super awesome and I am totally jealous of you guys for having it. I really wish I did.

    Matsushiro released a gray market SDF-1 similar to their gray market release of the Hikaru VF-1J, but Matt Alt told me it apparently came out in Japan or (or maybe Asia in general) and not the UK like the VF-1J. This was actually the smaller (ST?) SDF-1, though, not the one you reviewed here.

    The Matchbox release IS the Bandai release of the SDF-1. This is similar to the other Takatoku toys that came out in the Robotech label in America, like the SD Joke Machine Valkyries. Bandai manufactured them for Matchbox and Matchbox sold them, similar to the Voltron arrangement. Obviously Matchbox also had their own original Robotech toys, but a decent portion of the line was imports from the original TT Macross toy line.

    According to Matt again, Bandai did not just buy the molds to Takatoku's stuff, they basically acquired the entire TT staff that was working on Macross, so it was the same people working on the later DYRL toys and presumably the modified versions of the Macross TV toys we got in America under the Robotech name.

    Matsushiro was the company that did the physical molding and casting of the toys that TT designed. While it's not certain, it seems that Matsushiro kept going after TT's collapse, so it's a fair bet that they were still working with Bandai on the Robotech releases.

    Considering the variation in copyrights on Jetfires (at least two different Matsushiro copyrights and IIRC at least four Bandai copyrights), I think if you were to buy up a bunch of Robotech SDF-1 toys, you would likely find that they had a bunch of different copyrights. Maybe there are some that say Matsushiro (I've never seen or heard of it), but if there are, the majority are still going to say Bandai.

    I don't believe there was ever a Bandai release of the SDF-1 Macross toy in Japan. When Bandai took over everything the movie was out, and the SDF-1 didn't look like that anymore in the movie, so no tie in there!

    Oh, and the TT version of the SDF-1 launches both Valkyries and a QF-3000E Ghost, an unmanned fighter seen briefly in the first episode of Macross (and probably a couple of other places) that was the predecessor of the Ghost X-9 from Macross Plus.

    P.S. The SDF-1 was designed by Miyatake, not Kawamori.

    Ginrai   15 years 34 weeks ago
  • Great Mazinger

    This is the only Jumbo I own, and I absolutely love it. I almost bought a Mattel Mazinga, but I saw this for sale at local comic shop and did not hesitate for long before dropping the $100 it cost. For people who do not have Jumbos, the box it comes in is like a small child's coffin. Jesus Christ is this thing huge. It dominates my room and it is just standing up on my bookshelf. Right next to Jumbo Mazinger is Unicron, looking like he has a serious Napoleon complex.

    Ginrai   15 years 34 weeks ago
  • SDF-1 Battle Fortress

    Yup--after looking at the pics gatchaman posted on robot-japan, the super carriers do have spring-loaded Valkyrie launchers. Man, those woulda rocked! Still...perhaps not worth paying the premium for an original TT. I also noticed the buttons for launching missiles from the Main Gun tips in gatchaman's pics: they're molded in yellow on either side of the white, forward section of each pylon. Oh, and good call about forgetting to flip the shoulders in Cruiser mode! Our readers will just have to live with my botched photography! ;)

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    Sanjeev   15 years 34 weeks ago