Macross @ Sapporo Snow Festival 2016

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The 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival kicked off today and features a display to commemorate the upcoming release of Macross Delta!
The exhibit also features a small selection of exclusive merchandise.
MW forum regular and Jefuemon was on the scene and took the following pics.

Merchandise (prices do not incl. tax)
Pocket Warmer: 200 yen
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Clear File: 350 yen
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Tote Bag: 2500 yen
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Acrylic Standees: 700 yen each
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Hoodie: 5800 yen
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Macross Triangle Booth @ Wonder Festival 2016 (Winter)

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As the largest hobby show in Japan, Wonder Festival is always a good source of Macross news, toys and kits – both official and fan-made.
With the broadcast of Delta just around the corner however, the next Wonder Festival (February 7) will have an official Macross ‘Triangle’ booth as well, complete with merchandise and events.

The booth will also be playing full versions of all three songs that were used in the Macross Delta preview episode: (i)Ikenai Borderline, (ii)Love! Halation THE WAR, (iii)Gilitick❤︎BEGINNER.
Of these, only Ikenai Borderline has yet to have been released commercially.

Macross Event Schedule @ WF2016(W)
10:00~10:30: Macross Delta ep.1 (0.89 preview ver.) Screening
11:00~11:30: Macross Delta ep.1 (0.89 preview ver.) Screening
11:30~12:30: HI-METAL R Regult hands-on session.
13:00~14:00: JOYSOUND Karaoke Contest (1)
-Ikenai Borderline @ Wonder Festival
14:30~15:30: MACROSS MODELLERS Mecha Dogfight
16:00~17:00: JOYSOUND Karaoke Contest (3)
-Kira & Ikenai Borderline☆Sing our song!

Merchandise (prices do not incl. tax)

TShirts: 3000 yen each

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Posters: 800 yen each

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Badges: 300 yen each. Allotted at random. 22 variations.

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Macross Eye Wear (glasses frames) Sheryl & Ranka versions: 12000 yen each

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Macross Delta Full Colour Tote Bags: 2500 yen

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Macross Delta Microfiber Towels: 600 yen each.

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COSPA Announces Macross Plus T-shirts

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Anime clothing/merchandise manufacturer COSPA has announced two new Macross Plus t-shirts.
Preorders have already started, with the t-shirts due to be released in late March.
Price: 2900 yen (3132 yen incl. tax)
These items can be ordered via the COSPA online store and online retailers such as AmiAmi.
A limited number will also be available at Wonder Festival Winter 2016 on February 7.

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Kazutaka Miyatake Interview from Megahouse Variable Action Hi-Spec Orguss

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Hot on the heels of the recent translation of the Kazutaka Miyatake interview from the SDF-1 book, comes yet another Miyatake heart-to-heart, this time the big man is talking about his work on Super Dimension Century Orguss, or as I like to call it, “Kei Katsuragi’s Adventures in Wonderland”.  I hope you find it as fascinating as I did, giving an insight into the state of mind he must have been in during that entire 1982-84 period.

This interview is from a booklet that was included with the first edition of the Megahouse Variable Action Hi-Spec Orguss toy from earlier in the year.  I chose to tackle it at this time since it would be perfect to brush up on our Orguss trivia as this year’s Macross World Convention will have a dedicated ORGUSS panel for all your Space-Time Oscillation needs!

The translation starts after the jump.  Enjoy!

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Macross Idol is Back for MacrossWorld Convention 2015!

Macross Idol returns! Our annual cosplay and performance competition will be held at MacrossWorld Convention 2015 on October 17th at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center! Inspired by the amazing idols of Macross, we’re presenting our own unique spin on convention masquerades combining cosplay, vocal performance, dance and more! Whatever your talent is, this is an opportunity to show us your skills and join the fun onstage! See below for complete rules. We’re also hosting a cosplay gathering! Tickets for MacrossWorld Convention 2015 are available now at http://mwcon.ticketleap.com/mwcon2015

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Shoji Kawamori Design Exhibit Announced

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An exhibit of the design works of Shoji Kawamori has been announced.
Titled THE TRANSFORMATION, it will include designs from Macross, Cyber Formula, Aquarion and more.

The exhibit will be held at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Hygo Prefecture. Previously this venue hosted the debut version of the MACROSS THE MUSEUM exhibit back in 2013.

THE TRANSFORMATION will run from July 3rd to October 26, 2015.
Entrance fee for adults is 700yen. There is no word on guest talks or signings at this time.

Macross 30 Makes Super Robot Wars Debut

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A leak of this weeks issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine has confirmed earlier rumours that the YF-30 from the 2013 PS3 game ‘Macross 30′ will be making an appearance in the upcoming Super Robot Wars BX on the Nintendo 3DS.

Series protagonist Rion Sakaki has been shown in leaked screenshots piloting his VF-25 from the opening of Macross 30, while a splash page shows illustrations of both the YF-30, as well as the YF-29 Durandal from ‘Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell’. The article goes on to confirm that characters/mecha from ‘Macross Frontier: The False Songstress‘ will also be included.

Super Robot Wars BX will be released for the Nintendo 3DS on August 20, 2015 for 6640 yen (7171 yen incl. tax). It will be region-locked to Japanese 3DS consoles.

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EDIT: A trailer for the game has been posted by Bandai Namco. Check out the 0:45 and 3:55 mark for some Macross!
https://youtu.be/wfYSgFDahOY

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Mari Iijima: Golden Best (Victor Years)

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Voice of eternal Macross favourite Lynn Minmay, Mari Iijima has announced via her Facebook page that Victor Entertainment Japan will be releasing her latest best-of album later this month.

The album will cover the early days of Mari’s career and include a total of 17 tracks, several of which are from Macross.

Release Date: May 27, 2015
Price: 2000yen (plus tax)

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May’n Takes 3 Month Hiatus Due To Vocal Polyps.

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Singing voice of Macross Frontier’s Sheryl Nome, May’n has put concerts for the next 3 months on hiatus due to polyps on her vocal chords.
The polyps were discovered a few years back by doctors. She has been performing while keeping an eye on the condition which recently worsened. May’n aims to take the next 3 months off to ease the stress on her vocal chords, which means her current acoustic tour will be cancelled. Her management says that Augusts scheduled 10th Anniversary concert at the Budokan ‘POWERS OF VOICE’ is currently still on track to go ahead as planned.

Shibuyack Deculture – Initial Merchandise Announced

Shibuyack Deculture, the upcoming event in Shibuya, Tokyo, that showcases the latest iteration of MACROSS THE MUSEUM, has just announced the initial items of merchandise that fans will be lining up to get their hands on. More will be announced as the attraction’s February 6 open date approaches, with new items being added periodically over the course of the exhibit.

Shibuyack Deculture artcard: 600 yen (+ tax)
Shibuyack Deculture wall scroll: 7800 yen (+ tax)
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Skull Squadron Superdimensional (collapsible) container: 6000 yen (+ tax)
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Super Dimensionlayer Figures (SDF): 1500 yen each (+ tax)
(acrylic character cut-out standees)
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Sheryl Nome Muffler: 5000 yen (+ tax)
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DYRL Badges: 300 yen each (+ tax)
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Smartphone flip cases: 2500 yen each
(available in both iphone 6 and 6+ sizes. Firebomber, Sheryl & Ranka themes)
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Watch this space for new merchandise as it is announced.