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 Post subject: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 01 Sep 2018, 18:32 
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this little sweetie just arrived,
part of VOLKS' pre-Super Dollfie late-90's/early-2000's 1/6 scale "Ultimate Figure Series/Dollfie" Anime-centered Character Doll line.

she has the same early VOLKS "Spring Spine" body as my other two UFS Dollfies,
Ah! My Goddess "Skuld" and Mamotte Shugogetten "Shaorin" except that her bust is flatter than either of those two girls'

she's got a nice set of cute cotton undies all ready for her, but otherwise, i've plenty of work cut out for me here,
getting her unfinished resin Ear-Antenna modules ready for her (she's an Android) and cleaning up excess seam fabric on her clothes and such...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi_(To_Heart)

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the fit of her sailor middy blouse was trued up around the collar some, and white ribbon added to the chest ribbon, for a little bit more accuracy towards it's original design;

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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 02 Sep 2018, 11:46 
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Good work. I went to the Volks shop in Ikebukuro in 2001. I bought myself a first series Yamato VF-1J Hikaru in 1/60. That was a cool shop, the staff were gaijin friendly.

I was in awe of all the doll stuff I didn't understand and still don't. I'll bet those dollfie dolls were on the shelves there back then..I remember a lot of Hong Kong 1/6 military repro/fantasy stuff for sale in there too. Cooool stuff.
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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 02 Sep 2018, 16:07 
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funny you say, MACROSS/ROBOTECH was my own gateway into Anime.
in fact, i got the YAMATO 1/60 VF-1Av.1 Hikaru DYRL just as i came out in the U.S. back around 2001 myself, actually.

i would have rather had the -1J Hikaru or -1S Focker, but i had no internet of my own back then, -only off-and-on access via my grandma's place-
and thus only sporadic opportunity to visit MACROSS WORLD to keep up on current events.

in the end, i was only able to get a YAMATO 1/60 at all because i was making regular trips back to my hometown of PORTLAND, OR. at the time,
and there was a shop downtown that specialized in Japanese import toys that got the then-brand-new YAMATO MACROSS items in pretty much as they came out.

it was a heady time; i had just gotten the brand-new 1/60, then, in 2002, i found out -again via MACROSS WORLD- that the groundbreaking YAMATO 1/48s were coming,
and i was able to pre-order the first two, -DYRL Hikaru -1A and Focker -1S- from that same shop in downtown PORTLAND.

i wanted to attempt to continue collecting what was, -at the time to me- certain to be THE penultimate MACROSS VF-1 toy series,
but things went south for me soon thereafter, and i wasn't back on my feet again until 2007 or so.

by then i FINALLY had my own internet. that shop in PORTLAND was long gone, and by the time i began considering catching up on the 1/48s,
the 1/60v.II dropped, and my first, and instant new standard bearer in VF-1 toys, was the Hikaru VF-1J T.V.

by then, i was no longer able to consider pursuing an entire line of $100.00+ toys, but i could afford favorites,
-and had ultimately decided that completeness of collection was largely for the birds anyway-
so i grabbed the 1/60v.II DYRL -1S Focker, and then began to concentrate on looking backward,
adding vintage/retro VF-1 items to my collection of favorites,
-stuff i drooled over back around 2000 or so during the tail-end of the pre-YAMATO MACROSS days-
such as the VF-1J Hikaru T.V. in both 1/72 HCM and BANDAI 1/55 reissue form.

then, YAMATO dropped the MACROSS 7 line, and, with the BANDAI 1/100 VF-19S being one of my early MACROSS items back in 1996,
i HAD to have YAMATO's 1/60 Kanzen Henkei treatment of it.
i waited a year or two, and was able to find them for around $175 shipped. i got two units, that's how fond i am of the -19S.

in the meantime YAMATO essentially became ARCADIA and in 2014 was ready to release the MACROSS PLUS YF-19 1/60v.II,
and i HAD to have one, $250/$275 for one, singular MACROSS item be damned.

today, in 2018, BANDAI seems prepared to trounce all of YAMATO/ARCADIA's previous VF-1 efforts in one decisive move,
with their brand-new DX CHOGOKIN 1/48 VF-1J Hikaru T.V. due our this Dec. as a special pre-order release,
with a general-release edition to follow in 2019.

so, the VF-1 toy merry-go-round is not over, at least not for me. i may not be able to get one of these new BANDAI 1/48s for myself, but i will certainly try...
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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 03 Sep 2018, 11:15 
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Wow that's a lotta VF-1s! Epic story.

I lived in the US '82 to '85 as a kid and caught Robotech on TV there. Changed my world for the rest of my life, cried when the show ended. I remember seeing the Takatoku valks in San Francisco Chinatown in '85 and lusting after Jetfire in Toys R Us. I got Jetfire for Christmas, even at 7 years old I knew what it really was (well I thought it was a Veritech haha), my first valk tho, VF-1S..

My next Valk was that Hikaru 1J in Volks as a student..then during my return to Japan to work I got into some of the 1/48s from Japan Toys R Us (Full circle?) They were truly AWESOME toys as you know, so substantial yet refined, the Takatokus had to be about 1/56 in comparison??

When the v2 1/60s came out it I changed course again, and collected a small DYRL? themed set about 5 years ago. I'm pretty satisfied. I'd still like a VF-1A CF with GBP-1 armor one day (I think it shows up in the background in DYRL? somewhere) and a version 2 Elint Seeker (have a version 1)

btw I'm banned from Macrossworld for daring to question the agreed canon there (I'm not a Kawamori zealot and question the direction he's taken the franchise in. I prefer the strict BW canon)

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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 03 Sep 2018, 16:24 
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yeah, i too was Banned from MW... but i suppose i had it coming,
what with some of the frustrated, cynical jokes i used to make around there back then, among other things.

i do miss the Buyer's/Seller's market very much, but i suppose i don't miss the strict, cultist attitude that tends to permeate the place.

i've been largely priced right out of MACROSS merchandise... and excommunicated from it's prime Western fanbase...
and i almost damned near took that as a rather direct hint to move on in life...
but i'm still here, still a MACROSS fan, a fan for 25+ years now, so i ain't giving up on it anytime soon.


oh, well, since the thread has been derailed real good, back on topic, i suppose;

improved her overall a good bit; a tighter, more realistic fit around the collar of her Sailor blouse,
and the buttons on the upper thighs of her stockings, they've been symmetrically repositioned;

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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 03 Sep 2018, 16:30 
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Damn, I was priced out of the original Takatoku macross toys when they were hitting 500+ for Valkyries, I knew it was time to cash in then.

The collectors were too crazy about the pure white on toys that were 20 years old at the time.
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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 03 Sep 2018, 18:39 
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indeed. it IS Frustrating.

the state of the art in scale model-like VF-1 toys just keeps improving by leaps and bounds,
but then there's those pesky-ass runaway prices to consider, and, well...

back on topic; i'll HAVE to be adding one of these to my collection ASAP;

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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 03 Sep 2018, 19:19 
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OK so did you get the mech ears fixed or you still need to do that??
I read early on but don't see any pictures so I assume that you didn't get them done yet.

And since her hair is a little spiky you may want to use some type of glue or hair gel to make that spike, to me its a little too thin and full
in a way.

But from seeing your other stuff I know you will get her right. :thumbup:
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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 03 Sep 2018, 22:01 
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HA, bans on an anime forum for having the wrong opinion. That seems....harsh...

Macross is one of the few anime franchises I do collect toys and such for. The other two are City Hunter and Lupin.
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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 04 Sep 2018, 16:55 
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OK so did you get the mech ears fixed or you still need to do that??
I read early on but don't see any pictures so I assume that you didn't get them done yet.



long since. i've limited plastic-bashing skills, despite being an fairly avid Japanese-Mecha (Robot) modeler
for a good 25 years now, so this was the best i managed.

probably would have looked much better, had i used plastic modellers' putty to fill in the gouges in the antenna tips,
and complete lacking skill in utilizing the stuff, i wanted to take as few risks as possible with the only set of these antennae
that i may ever get the chance to have;

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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 06 Sep 2018, 10:15 
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Why are the tips pink and rounded? I don't think the source design has that?
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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 06 Sep 2018, 21:01 
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that was just about the best i could manage, with my limited plastic-model-modification skills.

it ain't perfect, and i had to paint it in with something, and, while it could have easily been a gloss or flat white,
i decided to opt instead for a look that echoes that of another, somewhat better-known, "Earless" Android Anime girl;

http://chobit.wikia.com/wiki/Chii(Elda)
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 Post subject: Re: To Heart HMX-12 "Multi" (VOLKS Dollfie Series)
PostPosted: 08 Nov 2018, 16:56 
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these two get along quite well, despite being from very different grades;

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