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  2. Harmony Gold suing Tatsunoko

    It's a confidential settlement, so likely we'll have to wait a year or two for the next time that either BattleTech or MechWarrior screw up and get sued to find out precisely what they agreed to. What we know for a fact, from the non-confidential documentation is that: Catalyst and Piranha abandoned their argument that Harmony Gold's license was not valid and withdrew their demand for a letter rogatory. The terms of the confidential settlement permit them to continue using the disputed designs. Catalyst and Piranha are prohibited from discussing the terms of the settlement. What we can surmise based on the available facts is that Catalyst and Piranha were likely the ones who threw in the towel, given that they withdrew their challenge to the validity of Harmony Gold's exclusive license to those designs when negotiations began1. That the settlement permits them to carry on using the disputed designs - in a sharp contrast to the original binding settlement - would suggest that they've probably agreed to pay royalties to Harmony Gold over the designs allegedly being based on designs from Super Dimension Fortress Macross. It's probable that they ended up footing part of Harmony Gold's legal bills as well. It means sod-all to Macross... Harmony Gold's rights under license inevitably survived their latest legal challenge, meaning Harmony Gold have nominally prevented infringement of Big West's and Tatsunoko's copyrights. For BattleTech and MechWarrior, it means they can carry on using the new designs for the Unseen and don't have to design a new round of replacements. If it hadn't taken a year and cost both sides a significant sum of money, you could call it win-win... but it's more like a Phyrric victory for Catalyst/Piranha/HBS and a moral victory for Harmony Gold. The BattleTech/MechWarrior partnership technically won in that they can continue to use the new designs, but they're apparently under HG's thumb now and spent flipping great wodges of cash in court for over a year to get that far... a victory essentially as bitter as defeat. Harmony Gold didn't succeed in stopping the use of those designs, but they did manage to make sure those designs are used on their terms, also having spent rather a lot of money to reach that conclusion. 1. Given that Catalyst's predecessor FASA tried that same tactic when Harmony Gold first sued them back in '96 in Harmony Gold v. FASA with no success, it's highly doubtful they actually suspected it to work. My suspicion is that, as everyone knows Harmony Gold is on lousy terms with the owners of Macross, it was a calculated move intended to get Harmony Gold to back down by forcing them to repeatedly nag Tatsunoko and Big West for documentation.
  3. Macross/Animation Cel Collection Thread

    Minmay4......The Original Galactic Diva.....
  4. 1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    It is really a beauty! Did you air brush the panel lines or you used the tamiya weathering kit? I think the later but it looks so clean
  5. Harmony Gold suing Tatsunoko

    OK. The case is closed (apparently) between PGI and HG (and by circumstance, CGL). What happens now, for each of the IPs involved? Macross Battletech MWO Battletech PC
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  7. Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    At least these two boxes were in mail yesterday. Not planned but on time for B-day The RVF-25 was my first DX purchase and gave the impulse for collecting Macross. But it took me really a long time now to get a renewal Ghost Set at a reasonable price.
  8. Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    Gosh, I'm still arguing with myself why not getting hands on an MB 00 Gundam Seven. Looking at your purchases, why I am just waiting? So jealous and congrats btw
  9. Hi-Metal R

    Since HM-R is all about R-especting the past... They could kill 2 birds with 1 stone and release a new take on the Takatoku VF-1S GBP combo set.... We would get a TV Roy -1S and TV GBP armor....with yellow-tipped missiles!
  10. It's rare to find reverse harems, Ouran Host Club is a good series. That reminds me I have to finish watching Brother Complex.
  11. I finished Ouran High School Host Club it was good but I like my Harems the other way.
  12. Hi-Metal R

    The 1D has a unique design, since it doesn't have the elevated rear seat like the VT/VE, and uses a longer normal VF-1 cockpit which changes the chest plate so it doesn't dip in front of the neck in battroid. In real aircraft comparison terms, if you consider the VF-1 to be similar to the Northop F-5, then the normal VF-1A/J/S are like the F-5E, the VF-1D is like the F-5F, and the VT-1 equivalent would be the T-38. Also, YES on the Roy release, and we still need a super pack release. Bandai's just taking their sweet time with those.
  13. Hi-Metal R

    I think they'll do TV Roy just like they did TV Hikaru... In fact, I think it will be the next VF1. Hope I'm wrong, but Roy as a TWE was silly so he needs a regular release.
  14. Hi-Metal R

    I missed the Max 1S. I doubt they release a TV Roy (or TV GBP). So 7 really including the Max 1S (if they even go there...) But yeah, I was including the other 6 you mentioned (Max/Kakizaki x2 each, 2 x 1D's). I forgot the 1D head. I figure the chest piece could be the same as VT-1/VE-1. Depends on whether they go with molded or tampo-d details (also for heat shield). But I suppose its likely a new piece.
  15. FEXTHOBBY Macross Line up

    I asked them a while back, and they told me they are expecting in July.
  16. Wow , you went pokemon on Metal builds. but there was lots of sales lately so you can push the blame on that.
  17. Kitz Concept Robotech Toy Line

    ...I just want the cards.....
  18. Kitz Concept Robotech Toy Line

    OK...so I guess Super7 also makes drinkware.....
  19. Kitz Concept Robotech Toy Line

    http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/75966 I may get the SDF-1 figure.... Anyone have any info on those glasses in the pic.....I'd buy a set of those!
  20. Arcadia 1/60 VF-0S Premium Finish

    Looking great! Can't wait to get mine and pose in Fighter/Gerwalk mode while my regular version finally gets to wear the Armor and stay in Battroid mode.
  21. Kitz Concept Robotech Toy Line

    In case anyone was interested in the KC SD VF-1S Roy......$70.20 plus S&H https://robotech.com/store/product/super-deformed-vf-1s-roy-with-fastpack-bundle No sign of it on KC's site just yet....
  22. How to Train Your Dragon 3

    Films like this, and I'll argue the Incredibles, cater far more to a more mature audience. Kids like the visuals, all the bright colors, music, and the humor, but most kids under 10 or so probably don't pick up on the mature themes- losing a loved one, or, in Bob Parr's case, not having the strength, despite his super strength, to handle losing his family. Those themes hit emotional buttons that I don't think kids can really understand. Heck, even the Kung Fu Panda movies, esp the first two, stir the emotional pot. I'm glad, in the case of the Dragon movies, that the writers didn't water down those themes. The actors did a great job really conveying emotion and feeling, and it elevates the movies beyond kid-fare, for which I'm appreciative, as being an anime fan, I've long understood that mature themes can be explored in animation, and the emotion still carries despite whether the characters are real, drawn, or created in a computer. That said, I hope Dragon 3 carries the tradition forward.
  23. Bandai DX VF-31

    Over 90% does seem like abuse. It’s interesting they mention low prices. Most people probably cancel because they find the same items for cheaper elsewhere. I highly recommend anyone who gets this notice to respond to HLJ and tell them that is why they have so many cancellations. Beyond that, I wonder if anyone has ever done the “right” thing and contacted hlj before cancelling to tell them they found the same item for less to see if they will price match to keep your business. I haven’t but will think about it if I need to cancel for that reason. The way it works now, hlj has no idea why people are canceling so if they did, maybe they would try to be more competitive with their pricing. Or, they might just stop allowing cancellations, lol.
  24. Kitz Concept Robotech Toy Line

    That is hilarious. "Loss of Love..." I think I know how Clash of the Bionoids translation was done.
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