Arcadia 1/60 YF-19 with Fast Pack

When Yamato closed its doors and Arcadia took over the reins, they created an uproar by reviving the 1/60 PT line with a re-engineered YF-19. With the really high standard set by Yamato with it’s VF-19 variants, Arcadia revealed that the YF-19 was going to cost way more than the VF-19’s so expectations naturally ran high and people wondered how they would outdo their predecessors. So did they do it?

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In some ways Arcadia’s box art looks a bit better than Yamato’s offerings, but not by much. There’s still the fancily chromed title except this time it’s even bigger. IMG_3531 - Copy

However it’s a flip top box and you can see the contents within. The box is a bit smaller than Yamato’s toys, but thicker. IMG_3532 - Copy

Nothing too much on the back other than single pictures of each mode. IMG_3547 - Copy IMG_3548 - Copy

There are two trays of stuff, and the second contains loads of ordnance and the Fast Packs. Perhaps in future a re-release may see only the first tray repackaged and sold for a slightly lower price. IMG_3549 - Copy

The accessories in the first tray: Howard GU-15A Gunpod, rear seat, pilot figures, stand attachments and cover parts like the VF-19. IMG_3551 - Copy

The pilot figures are really detailed, with helmeted and helmetless Isamu Dyson figures and Yang Neumann figure on the right. The helmetless Isamu figure can rotate its head while the Yang figure can rotate its arms. Very impressive. IMG_3553 - Copy

And the stuff on the other tray, from top left to bottom right (lifted from the manual):

  • NP-AB-20b Conformal Tanks
  • NP-FB-FA Conformal Tanks
  • Calf attachments
  • HMM-111CS High Maneuver Missile x 4
  • Large Anti-ship Reaction Warhead x 4
  • LPP-12 Self-propelled Laser Pod x 4
  • Attachment parts for Fold Booster (not included)
  • AOM-8S 2-stage Interceptor Missile x 8
  • SPP-8 Self-propelled Physical Warhead Launcher Pod x 4
  • Various pylons

Other than the Fast Packs all the missiles don’t appear in the animation if I remember correctly.

Fighter mode

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I don’t own Yamato’s YF-19 and my VF-19 is back home so I don’t have comparison pictures. This guy is sleek in Fighter mode and is made of matte plastic, unlike the glossy VF-19. There is very little stamp printing which is a bit of a letdown considering the high price.IMG_3555 - Copy

Like the VF-19 this guy also weighs a lot due to the generous diecast amount. Panel lines are numerous but quite shallow and hard to discern. IMG_3556 - Copy

Top view. IMG_3557 - Copy IMG_3558 - Copy

Profile. IMG_3559 - Copy

Rear. The feet can swing up and down like thrust vector nozzles. IMG_3560 - Copy

The canopy is lightly tinted in blue. IMG_3561 - Copy

It opens in two parts but the front requires the nose to drop. IMG_3562 - Copy

The copilot seat can be attached to accommodate both figures. It’s a tight squeeze though. IMG_3563 - Copy

On the underside you can see the hardpoints on the wings and the conspicious Made in China printing. The landing gear are diecast/rubber and identical to the VF-19 but the bay doors don’t seem to fit as well. IMG_3564 - Copy

The vertical stabilizers have articulated control surfaces but these are actually to not get in the way of the heels in Battroid. IMG_3565 - Copy

The gunpod mounts similarly, but doesn’t bend and like all the other variants, points downwards (or upwards in this photo).IMG_3566 - Copy

Pretty much the only printing are the UN Spacy kites and the 19 on the shoulder. Everything else unfortunately is left to the large sticker sheet (which I forgot to take a picture of). IMG_3567 - Copy IMG_3568 - Copy

Possibly a major point of contention – the wings are re-engineered to recreate the high speed mode but as a result they look deathly fragile, held on by only a thin metal articulated arm. There isn’t any locking system. IMG_3569 - Copy

I’m not a big fan of this mode and it isn’t accurate due to anime magic either. Maybe part-swapping might have granted more structural strength but people might complain that it goes against the perfect transformation principle. IMG_3571 - Copy

Forgot to remove the intake shutters. I think this could be the only improvement from the already brilliant VF-19. The turbine detail is quite intricate too. IMG_3572 - Copy

The sides of the legs open to reveal missiles which can be removed. IMG_3573 - Copy

You can mount the missiles any way you like and I heard they use the standard Yamato-style hardpoints so they can fit on the VF-1 toys too. As you can see on the left the wing is drooping due to the lack of any locks. IMG_3574 - Copy

With the Fast Pack attached. They are another problem as the tanks on the legs don’t use magnets unlike the previous version, and consist of only 3 pegs which only hold loosely via friction. IMG_3575 - Copy

It’s really irritating to try to get them to stay on and they make Fighter mode less solid. The wing roots are the only things holding them in place, and the shoulder tanks take over the role of locking the legs down. They’re not well-implemented.

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One of the issues with the VF-19 toys is that their ball-jointed ankles don’t seem spherical and tilting them back would render them loose. Inexplicably the same type of joint is being used here, and on Arcadia’s YF-19 development blog Mr. K actually revealed in the post just before release that they were inexplicably unchanged and he knew of the problem. Seriously – what? IMG_3581 - CopySo here I’ve tried to cheat by tilting the toes instead of the feet – no difference as the left ankle was much looser than the right out the box and after fiddling with it a little both ankles are now as weak as my VF-19. Ugh! IMG_3582 - Copy

Otherwise the transformation is identical to the VF-19 except there’s an extra step where you slide the knee covers that hide the gaps in Fighter mode. However the extending joint for Gerwalk is crazy-tight on my copy one of the limiting tabs broke when the joint finally gave way and budged. It didn’t break all the way so I could still glue it back. There’s no way to weaken the plastic part that provides tension against the thigh and makes it click in different positions. IMG_3583 - Copy IMG_3584 - Copy

Was expecting to see some kind of sliding cover for the neck but Arcadia just stuck to the old formula. IMG_3585 - Copy
With Fast Pack on. The shoulder parts have to be adjusted a little as the mounting pegs on them can slide. IMG_3586 - Copy

With the high price I wish a stand was included like their VF-1S toys. Without a stand I can’t really get it into many poses.

Battroid mode

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Just look at how gorgeous this cutie pie is. IMG_3589 - Copy IMG_3590 - Copy IMG_3591 - Copy IMG_3592 - Copy IMG_3593 - Copy IMG_3594 - Copy IMG_3595 - Copy

Arcadia rehashed the stubby look of the VF-19 and it makes this leagues better than the previous version. I forgot to bring down the shoulder flaps though. Transformation is also almost identical, except the cockpit doesn’t rotate. There are some minor differences around the hips as well, and most annoying thing being the locking button for the hip swing mechanism. It’s much smaller and can’t be accessed by fingers alone so I use a toothpick to push the button.
IMG_3596 - CopyI like how the eyes are bright enough to show through the visor.
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You can remove the front of the head and the visor to reveal the mechanical detail underneath. IMG_3599 - CopyThe cannons underneath the chest are also detailed.

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The panels at the back of the hips swing into place while for the VF-19 they remain on the torso and rotate.
IMG_3587 - CopyThe thigh covers work exactly the same as the VF-19.

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I’m not sure how the legs are different from the VF-19 in terms of length that necessitated the use of sliding knee covers. IMG_3602 - Copy

The cockpit hatch on the VF-19 doesn’t work here. The back is also entirely diecast and due to tight tolerances you might scrape the cockpit when it presses against the back right at the top. You can barely make out the tape I added to the sides to prevent this. IMG_3603 - Copy

The shield has a diecast frame with sliding covers on the top for the head laser to go between in Fighter. The gunpod can transform and mount on the shield. IMG_3604 - Copy

Like so. IMG_3605 - Copy

With Fast Pack. I’d say it completes the look in Battroid. IMG_3606 - Copy

Too bad the leg tanks suck. IMG_3607 - Copy

Articulation is the same as the VF-19.  IMG_3611 - Copy IMG_3612 - Copy

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This time I got it to kneel without swinging one of the hips down.IMG_3614 - Copy IMG_3615 - Copy IMG_3616 - Copy IMG_3617 - Copy IMG_3618 - Copy IMG_3619 - Copy IMG_3620 - CopyIn the end for an increase in price there aren’t any major improvements from the VF-19, and most of whatever Arcadia did differently served to its detriment. Of course, it looks miles ahead of the previous version, but having owned the wonderful VF-19 I was a bit let down for paying so much more. The VF-19 fits together better than this guy. The Fast Packs suck majorly too. Maybe the extra cost was to pay for the missiles which frankly don’t do much as they look out of place in any modes other than Fighter. I would have preferred a stand instead of all those missiles.

Since this was supposedly made to order, it might rise in price like the VF-4G. I’m not sure if I would recommend this due to its crazy price, and the VF-19 toys seem to be better in my opinion though the YF-19 might have a more appealing and well-known design.

With that said Arcadia’s next new mold is the VF-0D. I’m not sure whether to go for it as it might cost a kidney or two as well. Some people say it’s because fans are willing to pay so much for Bandai’s toys on the secondary market so Arcadia is following suit, and the relatively lower prices of Yamato’s toys might have led to their shutdown as well.

★★★★☆

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