garrick lee (
Thu, 25 Jan 2001 22:14:03 -0800 (PST)


i picked up the yf-19 last year when it was first
released. i have to say it sucks ass. everything was
wrong with it -- flimsy joints, very poor poseability,
weak material (die cast metal next to weak plastic DO
NOT GO TOGETHER DAMMIT), bad proportion
(surprisingly). worst of all was the jet form, where
i had to actually saw off the frigging die-cast metal
tabs on the chest of the battroid form just to have it
transform into jet (do those people at yamato have any
idea how difficult it is to do modelling modifications
on die cast metal???). for the amount of money i
forked over (cost more than an MG fazz), i expected A
LOT BETTER QUALITY toy. fragnabbit. i got half-breed
metal junk, instead. i only like it because i'm a
die-hard macross junkie (er, bad pun). i wrote a
scathing review of the damn thing, actually.

i guess the only selling point was that it was
composed of die-cast metal (which is no big deal
actually). in design and playability, the yf-19
pales in comparison to the all plastic macross 7
valkyries, and the original macross valks. makes me
wonder what all the previews of the yf-19 were
yammering and raving about. what the hell were they

there are version 2's of the yf-19 and yf-21 coming
out. mine was certainly version 1. i don't know
what version of yf-19 you have. and i'm not sure what
modifications they made. i'm not holding my breath
for the yf-21 version 1, but i most certainly am
holding my money until the fast pack versions come

the vf-1 is something to look forward to, though.
but with all these version releases...jeezus, they can
call it dedication to quality improvement, but i call
it butt lousy quality control.


--- Marcel Tualla <> wrote:
> A friend travelling in Hong Kong just recently
> picked up both the YF-21 & YF-19 Yamoto toys
> for me!!! and man are they SWEEEET!!!
> I'll try to write a quick review of them very soon.
> But just quickly they're both really well done.
> Both quit heavy, the YF19 being abit heavier.
> Pretty good detailing for a mass produced toy.
> The only thing that's a pain in da but is the actual
> transformation process. The first time round each
> mecha took at least 45 min to transform from the
> battlroid mode the final jet fighter mode.
> But none the less beautifully done when in those two
> modes (the geriwalk mode for both are kinda lame).
> The antena on the VF-21 actually broke off in my
> struggle to transform it! But was easily fix with
> some resin glue. So be careful. Besides that
> they are REALLY strudy.
> So if your into very "challenging" toys pick these
> babies up. Mine from Hong Kong cost just under
> $90 Canadian each.
> Does any one else have these babies? and care to
> comment?
> Oh and apparently they (Yamoto) have anounced the
> plans to maufacture the original VF-1, including
> the strike version. yaaaaaaaa!!!!
> I'll try to send the link to the site were this was
> annouced...
> Marcel
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