I’m not sure but I think this is identical to the Armor Parts set for the VF-171EX. I think it’s a great add-on set; too bad it’s hampered by the issues on the main toy itself.
Better than one of those ridiculously overpriced 4-piece excuses.
Apart from the Armor Parts a pair of wings with hard points is provided, with ordnance like missiles, launcher pods, MDE bombs and Reaction warheads. An extra pair of mounting pins for the wings is also provided. I heard that on the original VF-171EX they were loose, but the issue seems to have been rectified on this version.
The armour add-ons mostly involve the legs, forearms and chest. The wings are replaced with ones that have hard points on them for mounting the included payload. While it’s easier to switch the wings in Fighter, the arms and legs go on easier in Battroid or Gerwalk.
The leg armour has its own set of landing gear. It’s not die-cast though, unless you count the axles.
Ready to drop some massive heat.
The MDE bombs and Reaction warheads are lovely. Not sure if they fit on other toys though, I didn’t try.
The armour doesn’t make the transformation different, but returning to Fighter is a bit more problematic as the armoured legs have even less clearance to rotate at the knees and will bump against the underside of the backplate if you follow the instructions to the letter. Instead I leave the Gerwalk thigh joint extended, straighten and retract the knees before rotating them, then retract the thigh joints so everything fits together. There’s also less risk of ruining the locking mechanism on the knees as they don’t exactly lock precisely.
The armour complements Battroid well.
The chest armour is a simple clip-on affair.
Same for the forearms but they go on more securely. The gun can swing but the launcher block thingy on the left arm is static.
The thigh pieces simply clip on but fall off a little easily. The leg pieces are slightly harder to get on but I find it easier to start from the outside pieces. Once done they attach firmly via pegs. The thruster nozzles aren’t articulated.
I really like the Armored VF-171. It makes it look even more badass. While the VF-171 itself has its own problems, this set doesn’t really take anything away at all and offers a little bit more playability by giving it a few more weapons.