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The VF-1 Valkyrie is a variable fighter featured in the Super Dimension Fortress Macross television series and the Do You Remember Love? movie. It is also makes cameos Macross Plus, Macross Frontier and Macross 7 due to its legendary status.
Technology & Combat Characteristics EditThe VF-1 was developed by Stonewell, Bellcom and Shinnakasu for the UN Spacy by using alien Overtechnology obtained from the SDF-1 Macross alien spaceship. It was preceded into production by an aerodynamic proving version of its airframe, the VF-X. Unlike all later VF vehicles, the VF-X was strictly a jet aircraft, built to demonstrate that a jet fighter with the features necessary to convert to Battroid mode was aerodynamically feasible. After the VF-X's testing was finished, an advanced concept atmospheric-only prototype, the VF-0 Phoenix, was flight-tested from 2005 to 2007 and briefly served as an active-duty fighter from 2007 to the VF-1's rollout in late 2008, while the bugs were being worked out of the full-up VF-1 prototype (VF-X-1). The VF-1's combat début was on February 7, 2009, during the Battle of South Ataria Island - the first battle of Space War I, and was the mainstay fighter of the UN Spacy for the entire conflict. Introduced in 2008, the VF-1 would be out of front line service just five years later, replaced by the far more advanced VF-4 Lightning III. However, the fighter would continue to show its worthiness years later when, during the events of Macross 7, Milia Jenius (a major character in the original series) would use her old fighter in defence of the colonization fleet. Due to the fame of the VF-1 Valkyrie in Space War I, the name "Valkyrie" has been embeded as a synonym for "Variable Fighter".
- Howard GU-11 55mm gun pod x 1
- This is the standard canon held by VF-1 Valkyries in their Battroid and GERWALK modes, while in fighter mode, it is stored on the underside of the fuselage. It is capable of firing 200 rounds of ammunition.
- Mauler RÖV-20 anti-aircraft laser cannons (1 on the VF-1A, 2 on VF-1J & VF-1D and 4 on the VF-1S)
- Pivoting hard points under the wings x 4
- Under-wing missiles
- AMM-1 hybrid guided multi-purpose missile x 3
- Mk.82 LDGB conventional bomb x 3
- RMS-1 large anti-ship reaction missile x 1 on inboard hardpoint or x 2 on outboard hardpoint
- UUM-7 15-tube micro-missile pod x 1
- Carries Bifors HMM-01 micro-missiles.
Special Equipment & FeaturesEdit
The VF-1 Valkyrie brought the experimental FAST Packs, an acronym for Fuel Armor Sensor Tactical, into mainstream use. FAST Packs offer a variety of benefits for Variable Fighters; such as additional boosters and verniers to increase speed and maneuvering, extra armor to increase survivability, additional weapons to improve on offensive capabilities, or sensor equipment to improve on early detection capabilities. As they often contain hazards like ammunition and propellant FAST Packs are designed to blow off once they become too damaged, or if their stores are expended. This allows a VF that may have been specialized for a specific task to resume normal operations once it has used up this temporary advantage.
Space War IEdit
The new fighters put on an air-show to celebrate the completion of the SDF-1 Macross's reconstruction, hosted by Roy Focker, however his kōhai, Hikaru Ichijō interfered with the performance with his personal aircraft, luckily no one was hurt. Roy later allowed Hikaru to try one of the new fighters out (a VF-1D), however a sudden alien vasion prompted Roy and other piltos to their battlestations, Hikaru was left in the cockpit by himself and was accidentally launched into battle at the command of Misa Hayase. (SDF: "Boobytrap")
A dual-seater variant, known pilots are Hikaru Ichijō and Maximilian Jenius.
Commonly used by team or squadron leaders, known pilots include Hikaru Ichijō, Maximilian Jenius, Milia Fallyna Jenius, Mylene Flare Jenius, Rex, Gamlin Kizaki and Alto Saotome. The VF-1J is capable of combining with the GBP-1S protector weapon system to form the the bulky "Armored" Valkyrie variant which can fire GBP-1S protector weapon system missiles. By 2040, entirely white (lacking the red accents) VF-1J in Battroid mode are used for target practice. (Plus: "AD 2040")
A famous variant, commonly used by squadron commanders, a notable pilot is Roy Focker of the Skull Squadron and Hikaru Ichijō piloted the "Super" Vakyrie variant which was the VF-1S combined with the FAST pack a system with armour fitted onto the legs/rear fuselage and mounted boosters for extra propulsion and extra armaments like extra missiles that fire out of the armour and RMS-1 large anti-ship reaction missile. The VF-1S mounts four of the Mauler series RÖV-20 anti-aircraft laser cannons and enjoys several upgrades in addition to firepower. The engines are improved Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2001D models resulting in measurably improved thrust and an enhanced avionics package is featured in each VF-1S. While usually reserved for CAGs (Commander of Air Group), the VF-1S also sometimes finds itself serving as the variable fighter for a squadron leader much like the VF-1J. Captain Roy Focker piloted a VF-1S during his command of the infamous Skull Squadron.
Shōji Kawamori and Kazutaka Miyatake pitched their ideas to the Takatoku toy company. One of the complicated parts in designing a transforming toy was a way to swing the rear fuselage to the front to become the legs. Eventually, the legs were hinged onto the cockpit by two metal part, though this cut down show-accuracy, it made this toy a pinnacle of engineering for its time, engineering that wouldn't be seen until the late 80s and early 90s. To this day, other VF-1 Valkyrie Toys toys use the same technique to bring the legs to the front. A notable gimmic is the spring-loaded landing gear. After Takatoku went bankrupt, the molds came into the possesion of toy manufacturer Bandai and they still reissue this toy today. Before going bankrupt, Takatoku gave Hasbro the molds for the VF-1S Variant to use as the character "Jetfire ".
This was the version Matchbox distributed in the USA to promote the Robotech television series.
Released in 2001
Released in 2003
Notes & TriviaEdit
VF-1 and Similar Mechas Outside of MacrossEdit
Since the release of the original Macross series, the VF-1 Valkyrie has become one of the most popular and well-known mecha among anime and science fiction fans alongside the RX-78-2 Gundam. Examples of homages and similar mecha are:
- The VF-1S Super Valkyrie was repainted by Hasbro in red and white, given an Autobot insignia sticker to represent the character "Jetfire " in the Transformers toyline, due to it not being by business partners Takara (Takatoku also was later bought by Takara's largest rival, Bandai), Takara pressured Hasbro to change his character design and name in the animated television series and the comics into the only just similar "Skyfire" which has a boxy futuristic jet look, there's an Easter egg in the episode "Day of the Machines" where Skyfire transforms into a backward's facing GERWALK mode to land on ship. This toy also prevented Matchbox from releasing the VF-1 Valkyrie for Robotech, as a result they had to release a lower-quality super deformed version. Although his design was changed for the show, the VF-1S design appeared in the Jetfire and Shockwave commercial. Years later as part of the Transformers Classics/Henkei line, Jetfire was given a show-accurate toy , incorporating both elements from his appearance in the show and elements of his VF-1 Valkyrie origins, including a removable helmet with Valkyrie antennae (and an arguably Gundam-like faceplate) to place over the show-accurate head that has a mouth and FAST pack-esque armour and canons.
- The generations Jetfire toy fearures an alternate mode based on the VF-1 Valkyrie but a show-accurate robot mode, like the Classics version, there is a helmet that includes Valkyrie antennae.
- The Armo-Fighter AFC-01 Legioss in Genesis Climber MOSPEADA, and of course the show being one of the unrelated animes adapted into Robotech, it was called the VFA-6 Alpha.
- The Decepticon Starscream in Transformers Animated, which featured a similar transformation.
- The Empire of the Rising Sun's Mecha Tengu/Jet Tengu in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
- The Viking in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
- The Maladroids "Zardak" and "Zark" in the Convertors toyline.
- The Transformables figure "Hurricane" released by the mexican toy company Ensueño.
- The Variable Cyberbot from Happy Well's "Galaxy Defender" toyline, which is a slightly remolded VF-1S.
BackgroundEditThe VF-1 was created by the renowned Japanese mecha designer Shoji Kawamori (with contributions by his Studio Nue partner Kazutaka Miyatake) in 1980-1982 to be the centerpiece mecha design of the anime series The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982–1983). The Grumman F-14 Tomcat, with its variable-sweep wing design, served as the main design inspiration of the VF-1. The name "Valkyrie" is a tribute to the real world XB-70 Valkyrie, an experimental supersonic strategic bomber developed in the United States in the 1960s.
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