GN-U Dou #003 VF-11B Limited + Fast Pack

I’ve been in a bit of a photo shooting mood lately hence the delay in getting the reviews done. Thanks for your patience guys!

Background:

GN-U Dou VF-11B Shadow Colour Limited EditionThe VF-11B is a fictional variable fighter from the Macross universe. This particular version that the toy is based on comes from the 4 episode anime OVA “Macross Plus (マクロスプラス)”, released in 1994.

Macross Plus is the first sequel to the original Macross TV series, taking place in the year 2040. The plot revolves around a competition between two new variable fighter prototypes, the General Galaxy YF-21 and the Shinsei Industries YF-19, vying to be picked as the direction for the next generation advanced variable fighter, as well as a replacement for the current production VF-11b. It’s an awesome anime, go watch it!

Name: VF-11b Battroid / Fast Pack Series
Manufacturer: Yamato
Line: GN-U Dou #003 Shadow Colour Ver.
Sculptor:
Designer:
Scale: Non-scale
Material: ABS, PVC, POM
Release: Sept 2008 / June 2009
Original Price: ¥3,300 / 2,300¥
Height: 125mm / 4.92inches (to the top of head)

Packaging:

The toy comes in a sturdy box with a window cut out at the front which extends slightly over the top edge. This gives you a good view of the contents but design wise it doesn’t really inspire me, informative yes but rather bland (I think anyway).

  • GN-U Dou VF-11B packaging front
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B packaging front

The Fast Pack Series packaging does well to stay in the same style as the toy itself, with some improvements being made visually.

  • GN-U Dou Fast Pack Series packaging front
  • GN-U Dou  Fast Pack Series packaging back

Inside, the toy and super parts are housed between formed clear plastic trays which provide easy access and a snug fit.

  • GN-U Dou VF-11B packaging inside
  • GN-U Dou  Fast Pack Series packaging inside

Accessories:

This guy doesn’t come with many accessories but he doesn’t really need all that many. He comes with a small selection of variant hands, a gun pod and a shield that clips into the left arm. That’s all he needs really, something to shoot enemies with and something to block attacks with, simple.

  • GN-U Dou VF-11B with variant hands
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B with gun pod
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B with shield

Form/Sculpt:

I’ve always liked the design of the VF-11b, it may not be the strongest, fastest or the most advanced variable fighter, but it looks damn good. Yamato has captured this quite well and brought this toy to life with precise modelling and well engineered parts. Everything is so crisp on this toy, and each part fits together very nicely.

GN-U Dou VF-11B Shadow Colour Limited Edition

Articulation/Action:

What Yamato has done here is to sacrifice the transformability to create a truly highly articulated action figure. Featuring double jointed knees and elbows and ball joints everywhere else, there is really almost no limit to the number of poses you can do with it. Although there are no ratchets in the joints, it hold poses really well thanks to the material choice, POM sockets are used here similar to those of Gunpla kits.

  • GN-U Dou VF-11B armed and ready
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B takes aim
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B in flight
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B fly kick
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B kneeling pose
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B shields up

Paint/Print:

Paint job is very even and tidy all the way around the toy, there are the odd misaligned paint apps here and there, but nothing noticeably bad. The shadow colour version has weathering applied to most of the panel lines, but the lines themselves are not penned in. Even though this isn’t the most colourful toy, there is still quite a lot going on, lots of little black panel and booster detail and a few printed Macross logos.

  • GN-U Dou VF-11B head and chest paint detail
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B shield paint detail
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B fast pack booster paint detail
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B leg paint detail
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B Macross logo print detail
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B Macross logo on wing print detail

Detail/Features:

Fitting on the additional fast pack accessories (sold separately) requires some part swapping. These include the outer half of the legs as well as the back wing part, luckily this is quite a simple process, no tools required as everything snaps on and off very nicely – a feature of the GN-U line.

  • GN-U Dou VF-11B GN-U Dou VF-11B super parts swap on the legs
  • GN-U Dou VF-11B super parts swap on the back

The VF-11b also features a swivelling antenna on the head.

  • Antenna goes forwards
  • Antenna goes backwards

A close up look at the double jointed knees which I quite like the execution of by hiding the second joint inside the thigh part. When closed it really looks quite seamless. And for those wondering how big this toy is, here’s a shot of it standing beside my Robot Damashii Arbalest, pretty much the same size.

  • GN-U Dou VF-11B's double jointed knees
  • Robot Damashii Arbalest vs GN-U Dou VF-11B

Overall:

Weathering/shadowing paint or not, there’s just not quite enough there to justify the price especially having to buy the super parts separately. It doesn’t quite cross over to the “collectible” realm of things for me, which makes this a relatively expensive “toy”.

One of the reasons why I don’t think this series really took off is the fact that you can get almost anything from the Revoltech line for 2/3 of the price. It’s a shame because in the end, this is a really well made toy.

Thanks again for taking the time to read my review, enjoy your stay :)



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2 Comments

    is it transformable??

    • hi ADHY, unfortunately not….but it does look great in battroid mode though!

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