ROBOTECH: REACTION FIGURES (SUPER 7)
This site could always do with a little more Robotech. I didn’t know that until just recently, but now that I do, I’m working to fix that unfair dearth of Robotech reviews post-haste. Post-haste, I tell you! Of course, since a lot of Robotech/Macross stuff is imported, I’m at a slight disadvantage for quantity. Fortunately, every so often, a domestic company will take a stab at it, with the most recent attempt being from Super 7, as part of their reclamation of the ReAction branding. Surprising no one who’s familiar with my prior Robotech reviews, I picked up the Roy Fokker’s veritech, the VF-1S.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The VF-1S is one of the six figures in the first series of Super 7’s Robotech: ReAction Figures line, and is inspired by the appearance Roy’s Veritech in the original Macross, more or less. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. Obviously, this whole scaling thing is being handled rather loosely, since the VF-1S would have to be quite a few times larger to properly scale with other ReAction lines. But then these guys couldn’t be at the same very affordable price, which sort of defeats the whole point, doesn’t it? The VF-1S shares a good number of his pieces with the other three VFs in this assortment; specifically, they’re all identical from the neck down. This is true to the show, though, so it’s really just a sensible re-use on the part of Super 7. It’s a decent sculpt, a bit more squat than the look from the show, which helps it to be a bit more in keeping with the ReAction aesthetic. There’s still plenty of detail work all throughout, and the details are appropriately clean and machined looking. He gets a unique head piece, which matches up with the body in terms of style, and also guarantees him a unique design from the others. The VF-1S’s paintwork is fairly cleanly applied, and consistent with his on-screen appearance. He’s obviously had less wear-and-tear than the last 1S I looked at. There are a few fuzzy paint masks here and there (the edges of the feet are the most obvious), but for the given scale, it’s passable. His Skull Leader emblem is particularly well-handled, and helps to pull him slightly above the others in terms of detailing. The 1S is packed with his standard-issue rifle, which he can hold in either of his hands, or mount on his right arm.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Remember when I reviewed Mekaneck? Well, I picked up the VF-1S at the same time. In fact, it was the 1S that caught my attention, as I’ve had the hankering to pick up something Robotech-related ever since I reviewed the 0S several months back. I love the 1S design, so I was a pretty easy mark for this guy. I’m really, really pleased with how this figure turned out. Sure, he’s not in the same league as one the high end Veritechs, but he’s still a lot of fun, and I really want to pick up a whole set to go with him now.
As with Mekanek, I bought the VF-1S from my friends at All Time Toys. If you’re looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.