I thought I wouldn’t say this but I underestimated the awesomeness of the additional yamato super and strike parts for VF-1(DYRL? version) that can be purchased together with the 1/60 scale VF-1S/A(DYRL? version) which is slightly cheaper than buying it separately but at least has its own box.
I actually bought this last month(so this isn’t my Christmas gift for myself LOL!) after realizing that my VF-1S DYRL? Hikaru Ichijo version was always shown in the movie as the strike VF-1S valkyrie(with the super and strike parts), I decided to get this one so that my VF-1S can become more anime accurate.
About the fictional super and strike parts
The super and strike part is the upgrade to the VF-1 valkyrie, it consists of 2 fast packs mounted on top of the valkyrie fighter plus some small thrusters attachment to the leg and additional missile attachment to the arm thus improving the VF-1’s overall combat and handling ability.
There are 2 variants, the super valkyrie and the strike valkyrie. The major difference is that the strike valkyrie has the strike double cannon fast pack on the right and the normal micro missile fast pack on the left while the super valkyrie only has both micro missile fast pack.
In the movie DYRL?(Do you remember love?), the strike valkyrie attachment was only shown with the VF-1S which is only piloted by squadron leaders. Also, the super and strike valkyrie was only shown during space flight and was never seen in atmospheric flight suggesting that it’s only for space use.
For more detailed fictional specs, click here.
The VF-1S strike valkyrie as seen in the movie
The youtube video below is the final battle scene and also the scene where Hikaru is seen piloting his VF-1S strike valkyrie. This video also features Lyn Mynmay singing the lost protoculture song “Do you remember love?” which played an important role in convincing the zentran commander Britai to defect to the human side and fight along with the SDF-1 macross against zentradi supreme commander Boddole who wanted to destroy the entire human race together with it’s culture, Britai realized the importance of culture through the song.
About the package
The box includes the left and right fast pack, 1 strike cannon attachment, 2 micro missile attachment, leg and arm attachments and 4 sets of RMS-1 reaction missiles plus a decal sheet for customizing your valkyrie and instruction manual in Japanese.
Now, lets take a closer look
The super and strike parts securely fits to the VF-1S, everything just snaps easily and can also be removed easily except the arm attachment which is a little difficult to remove but once you get used to it, it won’t be a problem anymore.
The 2 main fast pack thrusters can be rotated for some turning display action, great for dioramas. The parts feature great details and can be improved by putting the decals for some more customized details(the decals has color schemes for Hikaru, Max, Roy and Kakizaki) but unfortunately, I’m too bad with applying decals(I messed up a lot of my model kits because of decals and paint) so as of now, I still haven’t placed my decals yet but it still looks good without it anyway.
The coolest feature is that you can remove the case of the fast packs and the leg attachment to reveal the internal engine details.
Still, my favorite mode. With the super/strike parts, the valkyrie looked something more like a space shuttle LOL! The RMS-1 reaction missiles looked great with the super/strike parts.
Still, my least favorite but doesn’t necessarily mean bad. The gerwalk mode is still worthy of displaying.
With the upgrade parts, battroid mode has become more battle ready looking. Even with the added weight on the back, the battroid can still stand up without falling backwards.
Definitely a great addition to your VF-1 collection specially those DYRL? versions. If you’re a macross/VF-1 fan, you better get one of this along with the VF-1 of course, I know you’ll like it like most macross collectors say.
like all yamato macross 1/60 scale figures, this is pretty expensive in fact, with the same price of this super and strike parts only, you can already get a good quality decent transformer toy so serious macross fan are mostly probably getting this into their collection. But as a macross collectible, I say this is really worth buying.