|Character Design||Shoji Kawamori|
|Toy Design||Billy Wong|
Review by JoshB
The VF-19A Excalibur comes from the video game Macross VF-X2. The mecha design was done by Shoji Kawamori and the toy design was done by Billy Wong.
This was the second YF-19 type toy done by Yamato Toys, and the first to be reasonably right. This version is much tighter and sturdier than the original YF-19. Unfortunately, at this point a lot of people were turned off by the previous valkyries and did not give this one a chance. This is a shame, because this is not a bad toy at all.
The knees of this toy have been completely redesigned so there is no longer the ugly gap on the rear as was present on the original VF-19.
The VF-19A is made up of diecast metal and plastic and is transformable between all three modes - Gerwalk, Battloid and Fighter.
Included with the Valkyrie is a sticker sheet, variant hand and cannon. The cannon fits in the variant hand fine, but does not like to stay in its holding place in vehicle mode. This is the only major flaw with my version. I would also be careful at some of the metal on metal connection points in fear of paint scraping, but it is not nearly as bad as with the original VF-19.
Overall, I would recommend this toy. If you are going to get a YF/VF-19 and you want metal, this is the one to get.
|Posted 12 March, 2007 - 09:19 by JoshB|