Following the unboxing, here is the review for Arcadia’s thoroughly excellent VF-0S from Macross Zero. While this may look like a re-release of Yamato’s toys from 2006, that couldn’t be further from the truth as this is an all-new toy.
As I owned the Yamato version it’s clear from the moment you take the VF-0S out of the box that this is a very different toy. While it is obviously very faithful to the design, the whole figure has been rebuilt from the ground up, from the sculpt and detailing to the internal mechanics. This is clearly a properly updated toy using modern methods and for that I am very happy indeed.
As this is a variable fighter from Macross, it can transform seamlessly between fighter, GERWALK, and battroid modes. The internal joints and mechanics are almost entirely diecast and nicely strong with it.
However, while this is similar to the VF-1 in terms of the layout, the transformation of this toy differs from the original Yamato VF-0S. In short, while this is a sturdy and well-built toy it is definitely fiddly to transform. Much of this is to ensure that each mode is correctly portrayed but it was definitely trickier than I was expecting.
That said ,for the end result, I am totally fine with this. The detailing is modern and pristine, the sculpt is spot on, and the new articulation is very solid. To be honest, Arcadia didn’t have to do this as they could have happily re-released the 2006 toy but I am very glad they decided to update the toy as per modern standards.
To clarify, the old Yamato toy used to drop the gunpod a lot and the back boosters at the rear never used to sit properly against the chassis. All these and more have been fixed on this new toy.
In terms of gimmicks, you have missiles for the wings, a Roy Focker figure for the cockpit as well as FAST packs for the legs, and you even have nice diecast landing gear, too. Though, the really cool aspect to this toy is that it has extra parts to support the Ghost fighter, which will very likely get a release in the near future.
All of this excellence comes at a price though and this VF-0S is by no means cheap. However, for the money this is one of the nicest variable fighter toys I’ve seen in a good while. Arcadia has definitely delivered the goods here and if you are in any way a fan of Macross Zero then you owe it to yourself to pick this up before it disappears.
Arcadia did good and Roy would be proud.