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!
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
Line: GN-U Dou #003 Shadow Colour Ver.
Material: ABS, PVC, POM
Release: Sept 2008 / June 2009
Original Price: ¥3,300 / 2,300¥
Height: 125mm / 4.92inches (to the top of head)
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).
The Fast Pack Series packaging does well to stay in the same style as the toy itself, with some improvements being made visually.
Inside, the toy and super parts are housed between formed clear plastic trays which provide easy access and a snug fit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The VF-11b also features a swivelling antenna on the head.
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.
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 :)