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Saturday, 19 April 2014

ROBOTECH - RICK HUNTER VF/S1 Super Valkyrie (MATCHBOX)



RICK HUNTER VF/S1 Super Valkyrie




Robotech was one of my all time favourites cartoons when I was a kid. The Story line was very unique for me compared to other cartoons at the time. Unlike Transformers that are sentient beings, these mecha  you can fly and transform. What was even more cool for me is that they could even transform in three modes (Fighter, Guardian,Battloid). It was like you can be a Transformer yourself.


     VF-1S

Mecha Class: Veritech fighter, aerospace capable
Crew: 1 pilot
Weight: 13.3 metric tons (dry)



I guess what attracted Robotech to me was the battle seance, the love story and it was a first time for me to see a cartoon character to die. that was really shocking for me.




I bought the Matchbox VF/S1 from a local guy on Craigslist. He was selling his whole collection of Robotech figures. I was so shocked when I saw his collection. I knew most of  these figures were never sold in my area. He later told me he bought them on ebay and other sites.

The Veritech Fighter was released by Matchbox (1985), Harmony Gold (1992) and Playmates (1994). The accessories were the same with every release. It came with twelve missiles, 4, missile racks, a booster rocket pack and a gun (which was connected to the bottom). Some of the missle were missing when I bought th VF-S1 but it was something I had to have in my collection.


















The skull and crossbones tail fins and the stickers depicting shot down Zentraedi (visible below the cockpit) are all from the Matchbox version. The Playmates version of the Veritech had a blue tinted cockpit window, blue boosters and no skull and crossbones on the tail fins.

Unfortunately this toy is not transformable, It looks as though Matchbox had tried to make it transform. The rear jets (feet) can open, and the arms actually have hinges visible underneath the body. They are rendered completely useless by screws. Another clue might be that it came with a removable gun. Too bad It can't transform that would be really sweet

The Veritech Fighters were piloted by  Rick Hunter, Roy Fokker, Max Sterling or Miriya action figures.

VF-S1 NO ARMOUR
The Veritech VF-1

 Earth's first transformable fighter. Powered by fusion engines, the VF-1 is fully space-capable, and is carried in great numbers on the SDF-1 as well as the armor series of carriers. The VF-1 supports 3 modes of operation: fighter mode for aerospace superiority missions, guardian mode for close air support missions, and battloid mode for ground combat missions.

 









ARMAMENT AND WEAPONS

*1 x 3-barreled 55mm gatling cannon in a gun pod
*4 light laser cannons, mounted on the head/turret
*2 x light lasers in the nose (upgrade from sensors, only for Veritech fighters aboard the SDF-1)
*4 wing hardpoints (2 per wing) 

*3 x 300mm medium range missiles
*1 (inner) or 2 (outer) x 533mm long range missiles
*1 x short-range multiple ejection 150mm missile launcher containing 15 missiles

















The VF-1S "Skull Leader" is a unique fighter based on a prototype platform of the VF-1 specially designed for commanding officers of Veritech squadrons. Only a dozen of these units had been produced by the time the Zentraedi attacked Macross Island in 2009. The prototype number 001 (AKA Skull One) was the last known surviving VF-1S aboard the SDF-1. It marvelously survived through several years of battle and was never destroyed, making it a symbol of  the people of Earth's fearlessness and determination.


















RICK HUNTER / LISA HAYES


Rick and Lisa, finally together Despite the long and rocky start, Rick and Lisa form a strong and lasting romance that lasts for the rest of the Robotech Saga.They spent the next eight years overseeing the rebuilding of Earth and the construction of the SDF-3.  In Robotech: Prelude to the Shadow Chronicles, (set in 2043-2044) the two are still in love, despite all the challenges they have faced during the last three decades.






RICK HUNTER VF/S1 Super Valkyrie


BIO AS LISTED BEHIND CARD OF ACTION FIGURE


RICK HUNTER

Age: 19
Rank: Lieutenant

 
An amateur pilot and close friend of Roy Fokker, Rick unwittingly becomes one of the major players in an inter-galactic war which could determine the ultimate fate of the human race.
Although he does not approve of violence, Rick ultimately accepts the mantle of responsibility that falls on his shoulders and becomes an ace pilot in the RDF's famous "Skull Squadron."



2 comments:

  1. Nice set. I have one of these in my shed that's mostly intact. I'm gonna try and recover it soon.

    Matchbox did look into having the Veritech transform. But concerns over being sued by Hasbro over their Jetfire Transformer kept the Veritech stuck in spaceplane mode.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Shawn. It would be cool to see your Matchbox VF-S1

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