Another robot from the “Do You Remember Love?” Macross movie from 1985. This time, the VT-1J trainer. Again, this one didn’t have a large role in the movie. Here he is in toy form and the cartoon still.
Here’s the VE-1 Elint (Electronic Intelligence) Seeker model from the “Do You Remember Love?” Macross movie of 1985. This model is designed to find and gather signals intelligence from the enemy. This robot had a limited release in Japan and they are relatively rare and really expensive!
As mentioned in the previous post, I purchased this from a small, mom and pop toy store in Kyoto Japan. I really had a lot of fun on my trips because my parents gave me so much leeway to explore and do things on my own (most likely because Japan is so safe). Anyway, I stumbled upon this little toy store and I saw this one, the VF-1T and the VF-1S Strike Valkyrie. I purchased all three at the same time because I wasn’t sure if I would ever see them again and as well, I wasn’t sure if I might make it back to that toy store.
Below are the VT-1J Trainer (orange) and the VE-1J Elint Seeker from the “Do You Remember Love?” Macross movie from 1985. I vividly remember purchasing these from a small mom and pop toy store in Kyoto, Japan. I hadn’t seen the movie (yet) but realized it was a new release as these were entirely different robots and color schemes. The VT-1J and VE-1J didn’t play big roles in the movies – you only see them in bit parts. I included the cartoon stills as well.
I purchased these two as well as the VF-1S Strike Valkyrie from the same store. I’m trying to remember what I paid but I think I paid about 40 dollars each. These are fairly rare as they were never released in the U.S. I have seen the Strike Valkyrie in box go for a couple hundred to a thousand dollars in box. Sometimes, I wish I could have kept the box, but it just wasn’t possible since I easily purchased 15-20 robots a time on each trip and back then, suitcases weren’t that big. I ended up having to special freight my toys on JAL.
Here are the anime stills of the Elintseeker and Super Ostrich. You better catch them quick or you might miss them. Both have very little screen time on the anime movie The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?.
I’ve finally gotten around to my Macross box and I took a group picture. Pictured is the entire collection from the Macross series (except for the few Destroid Defenders that I wasn’t particularly in to). These are probably my most favorite of all my entire collection. I don’t think I could ever part with these as these were such a big part of my child hood. I grew up with the cartoons and I purchased the toys while on various trips to Japan. I also received the brown VF-1A from my mom for Christmas in 1983. I remember it was almost a hundred dollars back then and I was VERY surprised she went all the way to Japantown to get it for me. I’ll never forget that.
Here’s another loose Transformer that I just purchased – this one’s “Slag” – one of the 5 Dinobots. As a kid, I had Sludge, Grimlock, and Snarl. I now have the Dinobot Slag and I’m trying to see if I can complete the set and get Swoop, but he seems to be the hardest to get and the most expensive because you rarely find him in good condition. I’ve noticed he usually has a broken beak or wings. When I do find him in good condition, he’s at least $70-80 loose and 100+ in box.
Here’s another new one I just got and another one I never had as a kid – Perceptor – the Autobot scientist. I picked him up for 30 dollars and I’m quite happy with him as he’s mostly complete and he has very little wear. I would have picked him up as a kid but they just kept pumping out Transformers and I couldn’t keep up!
Here’s a new one that I just got from Ebay – loose – “Whirl.” This one was never in the cartoon and he’s originally part of the “Dorvack” cartoon and was originally released by Takatoku Toys. The other robots in this series were “Mugen Calibur” (re-released as “Roadbuster” for the Transformers) and Tulcas (which was not released as a Transformer).
I’ve never had a great love for Whirl, but since I already had Mugen Calibur/Roadbuster – I thought it would be cool to have the set. Plus, he’s rare and when I saw him for 30 dollars, I thought it was a fair price.
Thanks for coming to take a look. Since so many visitors are coming from outside the US, I am going to add a translation addon to the site. We have been steadily getting more visits since we started in August. So glad all of you could make it to our site from all over the world, since our goal is to conquer the world. Just kidding. Hope you guys like our site. We have had just as much fun building it as you have reading it.
I am trying to figure out if I want to use qTranslate, Multilingual Press, or Transposh. Maybe just Google Translate for now until I know which one works best.
After reviewing the translators, I just went quick and dirty. I added the Google Translator tool after all, even though I really wanted to use qTranslate. It was the quickest and easiest to add. I will try adding qTranslate later. I added Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Vietnamese to the translator drop down menu for our most common visitors.
Here’s a set of Insecticons that I just got from Ebay. I think I only paid 30 -35 for the set. I never had these as a kid but I want to get at least, all of the original 1st season Transformers G1’s. There is also another group of Insecticons called the “Deluxe Insecticons” but they are have a different color scheme and they were never portrayed in the cartoon. Below are the original three Insecticons -Kickback, Bombshell, and Shrapnel. I am really glad I have all 3 of them. Insecticons Transformers Hasbro Generation 1 G1 Kickback Bombshell Shrapnel