Jan 18
Cacophanus

By Cacophanus from Mecha Damashii

1/100 FFR-41MR Mave Yukikaze by Alter (Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com)

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Following on from our Super Sylph review, here is our take on the Mave Yukikaze from the Gonzo animated Sentou Yousei Yukikaze series that was released back in 2002. This toy is also a re-release by Alter from 2008.

Like the Super Sylph before it, the Mave is Rei Fukai’s ride of choice as well as his mid-story upgrade and it is suitably uber with it. Originally an AI-only craft, it was eventually modified to take human pilots, with some AI assistance.

There was good reason for this though, as due to its extreme performance, humans were unable to pilot it to the fullest of its potential. This was mainly down to the speeds achieved through its revolutionary ramjet engines. As this rather memorable scene in the anime series nicely illustrates…
 

 
Again, if you’ve not read Chouhei Kambayashi’s novels or at least seen the series then I can thoroughly recommend both.

This Mave toy is a fantastic follow-up to Alter’s Super Sylph. With impeccable detailing throughout, this is one of the higher end toys we’ve played with.

…So much so that it makes sense as to why the toy was delayed. While this is a re-release, the toy is actually remarkably complex and intricate. The Super Sylph was already a complicated piece but the Mave is even more so, which also helps to explain the slightly increased price tag.

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The best things come to those who wait it seems and with the constant delays I was worried we might not see the Mave re-released. I am glad Alter persevered, though, as this is a remarkably special display piece if ever there was one. Stay tuned for our full review!

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