I got this as a present from my parents in 1983. This is the model that Hikaro Ichinose (Rick Hunter in the U.S. release) started out with. He then went onto the J model which was white and red and finally the S model with the skull emblem when Rick Fokker died. I vividly remember seeing this in Japantown and was shocked when they got it for me because it was almost a hundred dollars. I have a picture from Christmas of me opening the box actually…This is the one that started it for me with Macross.
I now have all the original Takotoku and Bandai versions. I finally managed to get the blue/red Valkyries in the early 2000’s when Bandai did a re-issue. They’ve since done numerous re-issues of the various Macross generations but the first Macross is the one I grew up with. The featured image is the box that this toy came in but I’ve long since gotten rid of the box. I wish I had kept them because Takatoku was known for their great art work and the unique texture on their boxes.