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VFB-9Z Beta Fighter Annie Masterpiece Vol. 2


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I don't know...

Side by side is one thing, but it looks kind of clunky when conjoined with the Alpha. And it's expensive, although I don't exactly have the fifteen hundred or so for the occasional Gakken prototype. I have mixed feelings about this "toy," which I'm not sure can be overcome by nostalgia. To each his own.

One thing I do admire is the packaging. I really dig the updated, photo shopped renditions of these characters. Very nicely done. Who is responsible for these? It's the modern day equivalent to the vintage oil painted robot box art of yore.

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Posted by Materialist Zen on 29 April, 2009 - 23:07
Tommy Yune, The artist for

Tommy Yune, The artist for Robotech the Shadow Chronicles did the box artwork as well as designed the head for the Beta. Tommy is a very talented guy.

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Posted by Shogundan on 30 April, 2009 - 08:09
Yeah, that Beta is a bit on

Yeah, that Beta is a bit on the pricey side but I think that Toynami is supposed to eventually release a regular edition Beta that will be mostly plastic and cost less than the Masterpiece. If that does happen I might just have to pick one up along with an Alpha to go along with it.

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Posted by Riceball on 30 April, 2009 - 15:37
Agreed; that's the biggest

Agreed; that's the biggest thing holding me back right now- a fully-plastic release that's about half the price but not lacking in QC because of it...
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 30 April, 2009 - 19:04
I don't really get where

I don't really get where you're coming from. You compare this to the old Gakken/lansay prototype, calling it "clunky", yet that prototype was far more clunky and included a funky Legioss that did little more than attach to the Tled in plane mode in an odd way. It also was in a much smaller scale.

I'd call the CM's clunky, but that's not the toy being reviewed.

As for the art, none of the old boxes had characters, and this oddly doesn't have any mecha. So I'm not sure what old box art you are referring to.

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Posted by duke togo on 1 May, 2009 - 17:41


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Posted by RobotBastard on 7 May, 2009 - 11:27
I thought the arm of you

I thought the arm of you Legioss broke.

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Posted by VF5SS on 30 April, 2009 - 11:01
I superglued it,

I superglued it, lol.

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Posted by JoshB on 30 April, 2009 - 12:10

Man these Beta's just look amazing and solid too. Unfortunately when placed next to a Alpha it just makes the the Alpha's look even worse. Granted the Alpha is a much more complex design but it looks like two different companies made these things, which I assume is partially true since I'm guessing Aoshima had a hand in creating these.

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Posted by CHEN on 30 April, 2009 - 12:44

I couldn't help but noticed that the price was listed in Trigun double dollars. Does anyone know how they exchange to USD? :)

Lame jokes over minor typos aside, these look gorgeous. I'm going to hold out for the green version, though.

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Posted by ZA on 30 April, 2009 - 17:15
Never tought

That Toynami can make a solid toy (aside from Voltron)... their plastic Valkyre is a bit a letdown.

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Posted by Berserk on 30 April, 2009 - 18:55
Interestingly, Aoshima has

Interestingly, Aoshima has announced versions of the Tlead for close to the same price, so if you have the Aoshima Legioss you may want to wait for those for matching colors.

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Posted by duke togo on 1 May, 2009 - 17:31