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  1. Packaging designs are indeed protected by copyrights. Assuming that Bandai acquired all of Takatoku's intellectual property, and not just their toy moulds, they would have a leg to stand on. But I don't see Bandai doing anything. Bandai never used that packaging design under their own brand, not to mention that the 1/55 line is long dead; it'd be hard to argue that they're suffering actual harm. The best that they could hope for is an injunction, which doesn't net them anything.
  2. There's no record of Harmony Gold ever suing Bandai over the 2002 reissues, but Bandai knew that Harmony Gold would nevertheless block their Macross products outside of Japan, so they probably factored that in to their production numbers. But to be honest, the 2002 reissues sold poorly because of competition from Yamato's v1 1/60 VF-1 line and that most people thought the reissues looked like dinosaurs compared to newer toys. You could usually find the reissues selling at half the price of their original MSRP, which ironically brought them down to the price range of 1/55 bootlegs. This is most likely why the later releases, such as the Max & Milia reissues, had small production runs. I doubt Macross Zero had anything to do with the 2002 reissues. Macross Zero was released in the end of 2002, whereas Bandai announced the reissues in the end of 2001. Bandai was probably just jumping on the 2001 Macross bandwagon when they saw all the interest being generated by Yamato's v1 1/60 VF-1's and Toynami's 1/55 line.
  3. Just to add on to what jenius said, I wouldn't be surprised if the 2002 and Origin of Valkyrie lines also had smaller production runs than the the original Takatoku/Bandai toys. Back in the 80's, Macross was on fire and Takatoku and Bandai practically had a monopoly on the 1/55's. But in the 2000's, the marketplace was saturated with toys from Yamato, Toynami, and numerous bootleg 1/55's, so Bandai probably manufactured less of them.
  4. Since these are reimagined designs, one could always say that in this reimagined universe that Yellow has similar proportions to Stick and Ray. Speaking of designs, does anyone know if Sentinel commissioned Shinji Aramaki to redesign Yellow's Ride Armor, or did they do it themselves?
  5. TheLoneWolf

    Hi-Metal R

    I think that Bandai setup the HMR line as a testbed of sorts for neglected Macross toys. Notwithstanding the VF-1 (which was grandfathered in from the old HM line), that would explain why we've never seen blue-chip Macross toys in the HMR, such the VF-25's, VF-31's, and YF/VF-19's. For example, if a HMR toy sells exceptionally well, then that would put it on the short list for the DX treatment (eg: the DX 1/48 VF-1). And if a line consistently underperforms (eg: the Destroids), then Bandai would know not to throw more good money after the bad. Going back to your question, Bandai already knows that the YF/VF-19's sell well, so they're not a priority for the HMR. As for the YF-21, Bandai couldn't release that without committing itself to the YF-19. I realize that's an unusual business model, but it's the only one that I can think of that would explain why Bandai has released certain mecha in the HMR and not others.
  6. Favorites 1) Bandai DX VF-19 Advance 2) Bandai DX VF-31's 3) Takatoku/Bandai 1/55 VF-1's Worst 1) Bandai DX VF-171 CF 2) Toynami 1/100 VF-1's 3) Takatoku Henkei VF-1's Just to clarify, I mainly judged the "worsts" by what I paid for them and what I actually got.
  7. TheLoneWolf

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    The lineart also shows that the pilot's seat should be further back. The trend of pushing the seat further to the front began with Yamato's v2, ostensibly to save money instead of designing a completely separate cockpit for the two-seater VF's. I can understand making that compromise in budget to mid-range toys, but not in premium toys.
  8. TheLoneWolf

    Bandai DX VF-31

    If I had to bet money on a theory, this one would be it. Whenever there's a mystery that's lacking in reliable evidence, I tend to find that simplest explanation is the best one.
  9. TheLoneWolf

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Your theory sounds pretty plausible to me. A good way to test it out would be see if anyone received a VF-31A Kairos without a Big West sticker. From my understanding, Big West is serious with the amount of stickers that they give out to their licensees. Going with your imaginary numbers, I doubt Big West would've let Bandai's factory hang on to 250 unused Big West stickers unless they had a damn good reason.
  10. Just when the art becomes decent, Furman snatches defeat from the jaws of victory by writing crap that's worse than a fan fiction. Is Karl Riber going to be the "Agent Smith" to Rick Hunter's "Neo?"
  11. 1 For these particular Morphers, no. When they first came out they hit the bargain bins pretty fast. I'm surprised that Toynami's going to roll the dice on these guys again, especially when the old Fast Pack equipped Morphers are selling for around the same price on eBay.
  12. Wow, except for the VF-1 (how ironic), the mechanical artwork actually looks pretty good. And the character artwork is passable, which is a huge improvement over the past issues. I'm curious to see if Furman's going to resize the Invid mecha, because current figures make them comically small when compared to the VF-1. If he's going to throw them in the Macross Saga, he might as well.
  13. TheLoneWolf

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Actually, it's both . Shameless plug: Kawamori discussed the origins of the gerwalk mode at a panel in Otakon 2018, which can be found below. http://www.macrossworld.com/shoji-kawamoris-panel-at-otakon-2018-part-1/
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