Jan 25
Cacophanus

Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com

By Cacophanus from Mecha Damashii

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Back in 2006, Yamato released its VF-0S from Macross Zero. It was a decent toy and one of the transforming versions of the design available. Well, a decade later Arcadia has decided to revisit the design and they have done a thoroughly excellent job.

Macross Zero acts as a prequel to the original Macross TV series; set in an alternate 2008, it depicts the end of the United Nations Wars and the conflict around a mysterious Protoculture artifact.

In addition both the UN and Anti-UN forces have initial variable fighter prototypes reverse engineered from the technology discovered aboard the crash landed ASS-1, later to be the SDF-1 Macross.

The Anti-UN’s effort is the SV-51 whereas the UN has the VF-0. Both are capable machines but the VF-0 is the basis for the later VF-1 which would appear later on.

As it is a stop gap prototype acting as an extended test bed for the VF-1, there are some things it does a little differently — namely, the engines in the legs are conventional ones and as such the VF-0 is quite a bit taller in battroid mode as a consequence.

This particular VF-0S is the ride of choice by none other than Roy Focker and he is as adept at its usage as he later would be with the VF-1.

To be honest, I love Macross Zero. It merged traditional 2D animation with 3D models for a unique result. My friends in Western animation also rave about the series and call it one of the most impressive works they’ve ever seen; they are not wrong.

It also has a fascinating story and shows that Protoculture were indeed on Earth long before the ASS-1 crash landed.

Considering that Macross Zero was a side story OVA, I was amazed back in 2006 that Yamato would do toys from the series. They were pretty good, too, but were somewhat frail.

This new VF-0S though is an all new toy though, and has been redesigned from the ground up, to the extent that there is a lot more diecast being used now.

On the surface this may just look like another re-release but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Arcadia has really gone all out on this one.

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The full review should go up soon, so keep an eye out for that!
 

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