So I know what you're all thinking. "Hey Lorcan, Transformers are all well and good, but it's been ages since you posted anything about fancy Macross toys"
I have heard your plight, and I recently got another VF-1, this time Roy Fokker's VF-1S from Do You Remember Love.
For the most part, the toy is identical to the VF-1J I got back in 2015, the main differences being the head and the decoration. The transform and poseability are identical, but with this being a movie figure the pilot has the bulkier spacesuits seen there rather than the tight jumpsuits of the TV series, and the extra hands are squared instead of round.
The big difference here is while the VF-1J came with the armoured parts seen occasionally in the show, this 1S comes with the Super/Strike parts (AKA FAST Packs) which were prominently seen in DYRL and in later episodes of the TV show
In the show, FAST Packs are add-ons to the VF-1 which give it increased manoeuvrability and firepower in space, at the cost of aerodynamics (which are, of course pointless), and this fluff is shown in the design of the packs, with two large boosters on the back and numerous vernier thrusters dotted around the packs. The arm vambraces each have a pair of missiles, and the backpack can either mounr a pair of missile launchers (the "Super" configuration or a missile launcher and a double-barreled cannon (the "Strike" one). In a nice touch, the armoured housings for the leg and back packs are removable, showing the mechanical details within. And you can take kickass photos of the Valkyrie's full war load
There's more missiles in with this version of the VF-1 as well, 6 reaction missiles, allowing you to recreate the movie and TV underwing ordnance options for the Super and Strike.
I love that you can remove the housing for the backpack missiles and count the full 20 rounds carried within. Of course, on the old 1/48 scale you could remove each missile, but that's probably going too far?
Unlike the Armoured Valkyrie, the Super can transform, allowing for nice GERWALK mode moments like this
And Battroid mode ones like this:
Having a TV-style Hikaru pilot figure, I couldn't not fit the Valkyrie out as to how he flew it in episodes 24 and 25. (Macross pedants will note that the TV Super Valkyrie had different vambraces to the movie one. I care so much)
And a few more photos for fun!
And when you think you need more missiles and lasers, the armoured strike valkyrie!