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VF-1S Valkyrie

VF1S-Strike Fighter-GERWALK-Battroid
Equipped with an upgraded Shinnakasu FAST "Strike" Pack, the VF-1S becomes the "Strike" Valkyrie.

Appearances
Anime Super Dimension Fortress Macross
Movie The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?
OVA The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012
Real World
Mechanical Designer Shōji Kawamori
Kazutaka Miyatake
Profile
Developed From VF-0S Phoenix
VF-X
Variants VF-1S Roy Focker Custom
VF-1S Hikaru Ichijō Custom(DYRL)
VF-1S Max Jenius Custom(DYRL)
Manufacturer Northrom
Stonewell
Bellcom
Shinnakasu Heavy Industries
Operator UN Spacy
Known Pilots Roy Focker
Hikaru Ichijō(DYRL)
Maximilian Jenius(DYRL)

The VF-1S Valkyrie is a variable fighter featured in the Super Dimension Fortress Macross television series, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? movie and The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 OVA. It is the variant used by squadron leaders, most famously Roy Focker of the elite Skull Squadron.

Technology & Combat CharacteristicsEdit

TBA

ArmamentsEdit

TBA

Special Equipment & FeaturesEdit

FAST PackEdit

  • VF-1S equipped with a FAST Pack in Battroid mode.
  • VF-1S equipped with a FAST Pack in Fighter mode.

HistoryEdit

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")

VariantsEdit

GalleryEdit

ToysEdit

ToynamiEdit

1Edit

YamatoEdit

1/60Edit

Released in 2001

1/48Edit

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.

BackgroundEdit

The 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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For the Robotech equivalent, visit [[w:c:robotech:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]].

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