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VE-1 Elintseeker


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Yamato virgin here...

I just recently picked up my first Yamato (non-kit) piece. The 1/60 VF-1S Perfect trance. It isn't very often when you get a toy and you realize it is acutally worth the price you are paying for it IMO. Mine has almost no panel creases or mold flash, and the seem lines come together perfectly. I can't wait to get this, although it may be the only other 1/60 valk I get.

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Posted by Kenny G on 26 December, 2009 - 14:54
Someone deleted my earlier

Someone deleted my earlier comment... that's grounds for war right there, y'all.

Great review as usual, Andrew. You are a Valk Mastaa!

'I'm gonna transform this without removing any stuff.' (*clunk*) FAIL. XD

Say- is there any difference between the Yamato 2.0 VE-1, VT-1, and VF-1D other than head and coloring?

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Ya know what? I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with this particular brand of extra stuff. Being as huge a fan as I am of the VF-1, they can really do no wrong in my book. And the VE-1 fits right in there, with a good degree of sensibility: even the Macross can still have limits on its sensors in range, line-of-sight, and power, and so they need a portable ELINT (Electronic Signals Intelligence) vehicle to expand its range.
And the VE-1 plays into that modern military mindedness: the Vietnam-era EA-6B Prowler is an ECM aircraft based on the A-6 Intruder, and they share the majority of parts between them, two aircraft for the price of one. (Same with the new EA-18G Growler and F/A-18F Super Hornet.)
What makes it work for me is that not only is it a Valkyrie, but it uses hard-points already established, implying that any VF-1 could mount these same parts if need-be (and to me, that is crucial in maintaining continuity). And, it wasn't a brand-new vehicle like the ES-11D Cats-Eye was in the series, which basically ripped-off the real aforementioned E-2C Hawkeye but looked lamer.

Perhaps my only veef with the VE-1 was that it had no kind of self-defense capability whatsoever. The FAST Packs were littered with dozens of micro-missiles, and you're telling me they couldn't even squeeze a pair of 4-packs into the legs or boosters? What about the wings- they had four hard-point spaces there for certain!
Of course, we saw the VE-1 for a total of- what?- three seconds in DYRL, so perhaps we were not shown everything that it could carry. (Missile-guidance jamming, flares & chaff, EMP, etc.)

But I also agree with you, Andrew, that it isn't yet-another Valkyrie repaint that we're fed year-after-year.
(In case anyone's wondering, the cautionary-yellow nose allows crews on-deck to visually recognise what is coming at them; since an ELINTSeeker and a FAST-equipped Valkyrie have the same forward-profile at distance. This is similar to how real Prowlers have a triangular symbol painted on their noses, to differentiate them in the same manner from the identical-profile Intruder.)
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 26 December, 2009 - 20:10
Well don't post your

Well don't post your comments before the review is published.

That's cheating.

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Posted by VF5SS on 26 December, 2009 - 22:19
...I did? D-ohh! Being an

...I did?


Being an admin, I sometimes get them mixed ya ya know? ^_^;

Well, then, my bad.
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 26 December, 2009 - 22:57
Well to answer your

Well to answer your question, there's not enough depth to the VE-1 role to really argue why it should or should not be armed. Although the basic idea is most AEWC planes don't really need weapons because the fighters they direct have a much better of intercepting potential trouble. In the PS2 game the VE-1 is armed (with a sawed off gunpod to boot) and its mission is to find some Zentradi scout ship while also fulfilling the role it had in the movie. Then again the same game lets you use the VT-1, which can't transform to Battroid mode because the game has no melee combat so doing so without a gunpod would be moot.

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Posted by VF5SS on 26 December, 2009 - 23:10
AWESOME review... I hadn't

AWESOME review... I hadn't realized just how much cool 'stuff' there was to the VE-1... might have to rethink not owning one.

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Posted by Prometheum5 on 26 December, 2009 - 21:26
What camera

What camera, settings, & lighting technique did you use to take those sweet, photo-realistic pictures of your VE-1?

The pics are believably breathtaking.


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Posted by Rodimus78 on 27 December, 2009 - 00:33

Real nice toy, only problem is the price.

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Posted by north-exit on 27 December, 2009 - 05:24
Great review Andrew. I must

Great review Andrew. I must say that I really love this version of the Elinseeker. Man, its looks great in every mode. I think this may be my break through piece in Yamato's 1/60 2.0 perfect transformation valks. I guess I am just a huge fan of all that stuff! I actually really wanted the vintage Bandai 1/55 version but it is way to expensive, thus making this version even more attractive.

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Posted by Shogundan on 27 December, 2009 - 11:08
This pleases me, Andrew. You

This pleases me, Andrew. You have done well.

I'm with Dan: while I'd like to go with the original 1/55 toys because they're so...toy-etic...the vintage Elintseeker is just too much money for a design that just isn't as tight as this bad boy. I mean, this thing looks almost like a high-quality resin garage kit in each of the images above...and even in the video. But when you start messing around with it and see that it moves--and can be transformed with all the stuff on--it's just plain magic!


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Posted by Sanjeev on 28 December, 2009 - 15:37
Too sexy.

Man, these just look way too good. Between this and the Super Ostrich, I'm dying to get one of these. The only problem is the price. If only they were mediocre like Frontier's Messiah Valkyries I wouldn't be so tempted to buy one.

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Posted by Val Varo on 7 January, 2010 - 18:58