Aug 29
Cacophanus

Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com

By Cacophanus from Mecha Damashii

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While Evolution Toy’s release of the VF-2SS was decent enough, the design is more known for its inclusion of the Super Armed Pack (or SAP). It’s these SAP parts that have finally been released. From combined sets to separate releases, I picked up the later as I already had a VF-2SS. While the base VF-2SS is okay, I will be honest in that the SAP parts sadly don’t help the figure out much.

The SAP parts are meant as broad allegory to the Super Valkyries used in the original Macross. With extra thrust as well as leg and arm armor, the Super variants are generally beefier, faster, and more armed.

This was updated slightly with the Strike Valkyrie configuration in the movie Do You Remember Love? and included a beam cannon replaced on the left super nacelle.

It’s this setup that the SAP parts broadly include, as there is an impressive railgun on the same left hand side. However, the changes for the inclusion of SAP are more dramatic over the original Super and Strike Valkyries.

The wings are all but replaced with armored versions, with missile pods at their tips and the arm armor also contains extra gunpods. The biggest addition is mini-drones that are closer to the funnels and bits in Gundam than anything really in Macross, at least not back in 1992, anyway.

Macross II is also a curious series as very few of the original Macross staff worked on it, with the likes of Shoji Kawamori unwilling to even talk about it let alone watch it.

That said, the designs by Kazumi Fujita and later modified by Koichi Ohata are brilliant. Based on the original VF-1, the VF-2SS is an update to that in a more futuristic and sleek way.

Bandai released an excellent 1/100 kit of the VF-2SS a long time ago and so these new and bigger toy releases by Evolution Toy are somewhat of a big deal. It’s just a shame that they are so rudimentary.

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The review will be going up shortly so keep an eye out for that!
 

Comments

  1. Looking forward to see part 2

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