- it looked awesome
- it had the word "Valkyrie" on it
- it was thirty five bucks, far more than I could afford at the time.
Turns out it was a Macross (aka Robotech) Valkyrie transforming jet fighter. The same mold for this toy was used for one of the Transformers toys (jetfire I think).
Turns out they're still making Macross shows and toys in Japan. This one has caught my eye today:
It's $150 of awesome sauce, I have to say. The only problem is, while it looks kickass as a plane, it looks tall and spindly as a robot.
Gerwalk mode is pretty decent on this one. I like the overall feel:
The battroid mode is... Well, it's very Patlabor innit? Too tall, too skinny:
Check out this page for a few dozen more pics: