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Third Party Super Deformed SDF-1 “Makuros” by Master Made, First Impressions

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About halfway thru September in the midst of preparing for Macross World Convention 2014, I received a package sent by the folks from lunartoystore.com. This package was actually mistakenly sent to me by a previous reviewer and it was suppose to go to someone else. But I contacted lunartoystore and they said to go ahead and hold on to it until MWCon, which I was happy to. Because inside wasn’t just another toy to be curious about. It’s the first at an attempt for someone to make a “third party” figure based on the series that this site is dedicated to. Now third party is in quotation because, this isn’t exactly the first time a third party made a Macross toy, but what it insinuates. A “Third Party” product is what a unlicensed toy has been dubbed in the Transformers collector’s world. I’m not sure if it’s been adopted by other toy collectors but to me, it’s most prevalent in that line. I’d love to skip that explanation but if I do, then all the emails and comments will be based on that misnomer and not on the toy itself.

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Nyan Kara – Macross F Original Karaoke Album

Victor Entertainment has released a digital-exclusive Macross Frontier karaoke album.

Available on iTunes, Android & Amazon for approx. 1900 yen, Nyan Kara features 22 karaoke versions of popular Macross Frontier songs, including many that had not been released previously outside of karaoke booths.

There are no plans for a physical release at this stage, and the timing of the release seems just a little too close to the opening of applications for auditions in December for the new Macross TV series to be a coincidence.

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Up to the Minute Macross World

Updates courtesy of our Facebook Page.

  
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Macross△!

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At the conclusion of the FIREBOMBER 2014 BASARA EXPLOSION concert this evening, the working title of the latest Macross TV series was announced – MACROSS△.

The reading of the △ has yet to be officially clarified – the Japanese fans we spoke to at the event were speculating it could be Delta or possibly Triangle (or Triangler?).

No further details are known about the series at this early stage other than its set in the year 2067 – 8 years after Macross Frontier and 7 years after Macross 30.

Applications will be accepted from December 1st for auditions for the newest Macross singer. A similar contest was held for Macross Frontier (Megumi Nakajima) and Macross 30 (Haruka Chisuga).

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Macross F x Dollfie Dream Collaboration Announced

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Volks Inc. has announced a new collaboration between Macross Frontier and Dollfie Dream doll designers – 60cm dolls of Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee.

Details are scarce at this stage. If the promotional image is anything to go by, the dolls will be based on the Wings of Farewell costume variants.

Preorders are scheduled to open in late November.

  
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Yoshiyuki Takani Exhibit

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A small gallery exhibition of the works of Yoshiyuki Takani is being held at the Yayoi Museum in Tokyo.

Yoshiyuki Takani was a mechanical and plastic model box artist. Many of his illustrations appeared on early Macross model kits.

The exhibit covers all of Takani’s works, of which Macross only makes up a small fraction.

The exhibit will run from October 3 to December 25. Entrance is 900 yen (adults).

Talkshows and signings are scheduled to be held on November 9 and December 6. Further details can be found on the museums website (Japanese only).
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SpeakerPODcast Ep.17 – All That WF

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Back in August, on a quiet evening, Ken ‘Valkyrie’ Brennan dropped by the Ishbar to talk about WonderFest, the history of MacrossWorld, and all things garage-kit related. Richard and Jason check in from the US to discuss Macross THE FIRST, and Adrian wakes up long enough to discuss the joys of software copyright infringement.

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Due to some major technical difficulties, this episode of SpeakerPODcast very nearly became our first unreleased episode. As it is there is still a lot of background noise (still trying to work out where it was coming from!), but hopefully we managed to clean the audio up enough to make it listenable.

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Variable Fighter Master File Campaign

A select number of bookstores throughout Japan are holding a ‘Variable Master Fighter Fair’ promotion. Anyone who purchases any of the Master Files books at participating stores will receive a bonus alternate cover – in Zentran!

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A list of participating stores (in Japanese) can be found HERE.

  
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Macross World Con 2014 – Pics & Movies

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Macross World Convention 2014 was a smashing success! Below is a collection of movies and photos from the event. (Photos courtesy of Dennis Mah, Henry Liao, Kyle Dunn. Movies courtesy of A.I.C Production)

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FireBomber Concert and Oshare Macross 7 Goods Announced

With a new Oshare Macross 7 store and a FireBomber concert both less than a month away, it was only a matter of time until details about new merchandise dropped, and dropped they have! Organisers of both events warn that this is only the first wave of merchandise with more set to come.

FIREBOMBER 2014 BASARA EXPLOSION GOODS

There will be some awesome Tshirts and hoodies up for grabs at the concert, not to mention official Basara glasses.

Tshirts: 3500yen

Tshirts: 3500yen

Sports Towel: 1500yen

Sports Towel: 1500yen

Hoodies: 6500yen

Hoodies: 6500yen

Glow stick: 2000yen

Glow stick: 2000yen

Basara sunglasses: 6000yen

Basara sunglasses: 6000yen

Chie Kajiura new mini album 'Suimin Heaven': 2000yen

Chie Kajiura new mini album ‘Suimin Heaven’: 2000yen

…as well as assorted Yoshiki Fukuyama and Chie Kajiura merchandise.

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Macross World Convention 2014

The Macross World Convention celebrates all things Macross and its influence on the fans and patrons of the franchise. This year, the Macross World Convention Committee has booked the convention for Saturday, October 4th, 2014 and is pleased to return to the Torrance Cultural Arts Center – Ken Miller Auditorium in Torrance, CA.

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