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    Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts

    created by maxvf1 on 2011.10.01

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    TVアニメーション「超時空要塞マクロス」の主役メカ、VF-1バルキリーです。バルキリーは、日本における変形ロボットの先駆者であり、30年前の放映当時、ファイター(戦闘機)、ガウォーク(飛行機に手足が生えた中間形態)、バトロイド(ロボット)への3段変形は衝撃でした。
    その衝撃を再現すべく、3形態に変形可能な形で作りました。

    マクロスは歴史のあるアニメシリーズで、バルキリーの変形玩具はこれまでにもたくさん発売されてきました。ですが、「組み替えること」ができるのはレゴだけです。組み替えることで変形構造への理解が深まり、さらにパーツの組み換えによって、1モデルからさまざまなバリエーションへ発展させることも可能です。

    また、このようなアニメーションモデルをレゴのプロジェクトとして提案することも1つの挑戦ではないかと考えています。もしこれが実現すれば、日本のアニメーションが生み出した名デザインたちが、アニメとは異なる形で世界に波及していくかもしれません。
    その扉を開くカギを、このバルキリーに託します。

    This is a model suggestion for VF-1 Valkyrie; the distinguished variable fighter from the TV animation "Space fortress Macross".
    The Valkyrie is a highly admired pioneer of Japanese transforming robot. The first animation was broadcasted on TV back in 1982. It made a huge impact on both Japanese kids and adult fans alike with exceptional transformation capabilities of changing between the FIGHTER, GERWALK and BATTROID modes. Here I wish to recreate that same emotional ‘‘impact’’, through a single model offering that is able to transform into all 3 modes.

    Being an intellectual property with a long history as an animation, many Macross and Valkyrie toys launched in the past and present did not strongly consider construction play as a means to demonstrate or even allow better understanding of transformation functions and designs. Whereas LEGO unique build and re-build play qualities achieves just that and perfectly support endless possibilities for personal recreations to expand on variations of the same model.

    I assume it is going to be a big challenge to produce LEGO endorsed models and products inspired directly and created from Japanese animations. However if this entry can successfully gather enough votes to make it into production, then it will be the first official LEGO Valkryrie model that has the potential to introduce greater Japanese animation designs to all fans worldwide and not just limited to animation contents only.

    [Update info] 01 Nov 2011
    新規バリエーション機として、VF-1S ロイフォッカー機を制作しました。
    You tubeに変形動画アップしました!是非、下記URLからご覧になってください。
    Now I added new variation of VF-1, VF-1S Roy-Focker Special.
    and uploaded the transform sequence video on the You tube!
    please watch it on the URL below:
    VF-1 transform video on Youtube

    [Update info] 01 Dec 2011
    新規バリエーション機として、VF-1J マックス機を制作しました。
    ニコニコ動画にも動画を公開しました。
    変形ビデオ公開中!onニコニコ動画
    Now I added new variation of VF-1, Blue VF-1J, called VF-1J Max-Jenius Special.

    [Infomation] 09 Dec 2011
    レゴ社から公式コメントいただきました!
    We got an official LEGO comment! please check it out!
    Official LEGO comment!

    [Update info] 24 Dec 2011
    スーパーバルキリー、ストライクバルキリーを制作しました。
    Now I added fast packs for VF-1, now you can see the super Valkyrie, and strike Valkyrie!

    [Update info] 24 Jan 2012
    ミリア機を追加しました。マックス、ミリア機にファストパックを追加しました。Now I added new variations, VF-1J super valkyrie Max special and Milia special.

    [Update info] 01 Mar 2012
    映画「愛おぼえていますか」より、劇場版VF-1A一条機とマックス機を追加しました。
    Now I added new variations from the movie, VF-1A valkyrie Hikaru special and Max special.

    [Update info] 01 Apr 2012
    新規バリエーションとして、アーマードパーツを制作、アーマードバルキリーを再現しました!
    Now I added new additional parts for VF-1, called Armored parts, and you can see VF-1J Armored Valkyrie! hope you liked it!

    その他過去のメイン画像等をFlickr, MOC pageにて公開してます。是非ご覧になってください!
    You can see more pics on Flickr an MOC page. Please visit my photo pages here:
    maxvf1's photo stream
    maxvf1's MOC page
    Thank you and please support for make it real!

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    • Thanks to LEGO fans like you, this project has received enough votes to qualify for the LEGO Review.

      Now that this project has reached 10,000 supporters, comments are closed.

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    Congratulations on 10,000 supporters, maxvf1!

    2013.09.09

    You did it! What a fantastic build and a great way to celebrate an iconic robot from Japanese animation in LEGO Bricks. As you say, combining construction play with the Valkyrie adds a new level of understanding of how to build transforming models.

    What happens now?
    This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A "LEGO Review Board" composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We'll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.

    The LEGO Review Begins in December
    This project qualifies for the quarterly review beginning in JanuaryFor more information about the quarterly review process, see this blog post.

    The review is a thorough process and from its start, and can take several months. When finished, we make a "go/no go" decision to develop and sell a product based on the “Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts” concept.

    When the review is complete, we will inform you of our decision. If green-lit, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, we create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This also takes several months.

    We will post follow-up information and our decision here.

    The LEGO CUUSOO Team


    Congratulations on 5,000+ Supporters!

    2013.01.02

    Dear Maxvf1,

     

    Congratulations on passing this milestone of 5,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO for your Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts! You're halfway there!

     

    Your project has attracted support from those that grew up with the TV shows and those that rediscovered it as adults.  Also, there aren’t many people that can say “no” to a fully functional, convertible robot (or two).  Fantastic job designing and promoting this creation!

     

    Best wishes as you continue on your journey to achieving 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO.

     

    The LEGO CUUSOO Team


    Congratulatory message from LEGO for 500 votes

    2011.12.09

    Hi,

    Our team is impressed with the design and functionality of your Macross VF-1 Valkyrie model. You have also done an excellent job with the artwork presenting the idea. Our initial concern lies in how stable and playable the model is to a mass audience, however, that is a concern for later in the CUUSOO process when it starts to become clear that this will cross 10,000. For now, keep the ideas and the supporters coming! Best of luck in your journey to 10,000 supporters.

    The LEGO CUUSOO Team


    Note: If your idea is selected, the LEGO Group will make the final decision on how your proposed product should be produced, the final design, applicable licenses, production run size, sales channels, etc. Please understand that our comments here do not have an effect on the LEGO Review that will take place if the project reaches 10,000 supporters.