VF-1S ROY FOKKER – LAST STAND
ROBOTECH: VERITECH SUPER POSABLE FIGURE (TOYNAMI)
For someone who’s so hardcore into media that has to do with giant robot fighting suits, you’d probably assume that I’d be all about Robotech. Truth be told, I only actually started watching the show a month ago. I’ve absolutely been loving it; I can’t really say why I put off watching it for quite so long. Anyway, there are a ton of Robotech toys out there. They aren’t the most common items to find, since there’s a pretty big fanbase that collects them, but every so often you do find the occasional stray figure, and I was fortunate enough to do so. Today, I’ll be looking at the Veritech fighter of my personal favorite character from the show, Roy Fokker. So, let’s look at the figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
In 2001, Toynami picked up the license for Robotech, and they put out a line dubbed Robotech: Veritech Super Posable Figures. Roy Fokker’s VF-1S was from that line. This particular version is dubbed the “Last Stand” version, presumably based on Episode 18 of the series, which contains Roy’s final stand and eventual demise (spoilers, I guess). The figure was released as an exclusive through ToyFare magazine, as a way of promoting the line. Sculpturally, the VF-1S is the same figure as the standard release, just with a tweaked paint job. The figure stands about 7 inches tall (largely due to his splayed legs; he’d be closer to 8 standing straight) and he has 22 points of articulation. It’s somewhat amusing to see this figure branded as “super-posable” in this day and age, given his lack of a number of joints that are kind of essential in this day and age. The most egregious omission is the lack of anything beyond cut joints on the hips, which means he’s perpetually stuck in this slightly splayed-leg-pose. It’s far from the worst thing ever, and there’s no denying that he’s highly posable in several other areas, but it’s still a little limiting. For the time, though, it was actually pretty amazing, so credit where credit is due. The sculpt on this guy is really solid work; he pretty closely follows the show’s design and the detail work is all really sharp and geometric, just like it should be. The joints are also worked in very nicely, but that’s just a matter of keeping consistent with the character design (which isn’t exactly something that’s always done; looking at you, Hasbro!). This is a non-transforming figure, so he’s always in robot mode (which is the cool mode), but the important elements that remain from the original mode are still there, and very nicely detailed. They’ve even made his skull leader insignia a raised element, to help differentiate him from the other Veritechs. There are a few mold lines that I wish were a little less obvious, but beyond that, I’m very happy with the sculpt. The paint is what differentiates this from the normal release; where the basic figure was clean and shiny, this figure depicts Roy after he takes a beating. There’s a bunch of heavy shading and burn marks, as well as some pretty amazing bullet holes and puncture wounds. Those are all still just painted on, but are quite convincing as actual damage to the figure. I find that all of this extra work really does a lot to bring out the strengths of the sculpt and makes for an all-around more visually interesting figure. Roy’s VF-1S is packed with three sets of hands in fists, trigger finger, and open gesture poses, as well as his rifle, which has adjustable pieces, allowing it to be held in his hand or slung over his shoulder.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As noted in the intro, I only got into Robotech very recently, so I didn’t get this guy new (though I do recall when he was offered in ToyFare, since I was a subscriber at the time). Instead, I found him just a few weeks ago at this awesome place around the corner from me called Lost In Time Toys. My brother got their card at AwesomeCon and we went to check them out and just happened to catch them in the middle of a moving sale. This guy was amongst the handful of items still yet to be moved, so I got him for half of his usual price, which was a pretty darn good deal. I will admit, I was a little annoyed by the hips when I got him out of the box, but other than that small issue, I just can’t help but love this guy. I foresee myself tracking down more of this line.