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  1. I doubt the Prototype Cyclone was meant to transform. The Sentinels' toy sponsor, Matchbox, was a newcomer to the field of plastic toys. Matchbox probably told Harmony Gold to keep the new mecha in The Sentinels fairly simple because they didn't have the talent nor the money to engineer elaborate transformations, as evidenced by their disastrous line of Robotech toys.
  2. I'd say slim to none. If Sony's too cheap to include Bluetooth functionality and an AC adapter with the PS Classic, then they're probably not going to spend money on wi-fi capabilities and an OS capable of connecting to the PSN either. Sony's probably targeting the PS Classic towards casual gamers who just want to power on the system and start playing right away.
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    No Love for Southern Cross?

    My mistake, I completely missed your post. I was wondering why no one had mentioned it since it's highly relevant to this thread.
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    No Love for Southern Cross?

    jenius is right, the Roy MPC sold well enough that there was a 2nd wave. About a year after the Roy MPC was released, RT.com began taking orders for a 2nd wave at the full MSRP. The only difference between the 1st and 2nd waves was the white shipping boxes that they came in. I want to say that there was a 3rd wave, but I'm not entirely positive. Anyways, one of the side effects of having more Roy MPC's on the market was that there wasn't enough Super Armors to go with all those new Roy's. So Toynami released a 2nd wave of Appendix Super Armors. Like the 2nd wave of Roy MPC's, the 2nd wave of Appendix Armors came out about a year after RT.com stopped carrying the initial batch and had a different white shipping box from the 1st wave. I'm pretty sure there wasn't a 3rd wave of Appendix armor. These subsequent waves, combined with the reported serial numbers that they carried, was how we were able to deduce that Toynami only manufactured about 5,000 ~ 7,000 pieces per wave. AFAIK, none of the other MPC's had any subsequent waves. I'm still shocked that the Roy MPC sold so well. While Yamato's v1 VF-1 was a mixed bag at best, Bandai's reissue 1/55 Super VF-1S was readily available at the time and had a superior build, despite being a then 20 year old design. As for Southern Cross merchandise, I believe John Moscato wanted to build an Auroran model kit, but couldn't even get 30 pre-orders to start the project. If that isn't a damning indictment, I don't know what is.
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    Hi-Metal R

    I always thought that the colors used on the Yamato v2 were a little off. Unless my monitor is miscalibrated, the colors that Bandai's HMR uses is a better match with the colors chosen by the Macross Mecha Manual, which is pretty reliable.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    I completely agree. Arcadia's micro-thin panel lines do a disservice to their products' otherwise exceptional engineering by making the them look plain on the surface, especially when compared to Bandai's offerings. When done right, pronounced panel lines can improve a product's marketability without increasing its cost. I don't know why Arcadia continues to make them less visible.
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    Calibre Wings 1/72 F-14D Diecast Macross Custom

    My guess is that if the SDCC version quickly sells out, Calibre Wings can do a 2nd run under the Robotech brand. Also, Harmony Gold needs to maintain the "SDF Macross" trademark in commerce, so they probably require that their toy licensees occassionally release "SDF Macross" products when possible. So this lets Calibre Wings kill two birds with one stone.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    I don't think this will mark the end of Arcadia's 1/60 VF-1. The 1/48's Achilles' heel is that hardly anything else in the Macross universe scales with it; most other mecha in that scale would be too large and cost prohibitive. There's always going to be a market for a 1/60 VF-1, due to ancillary support from 1/60 VF-31's, etc. Though, depending on how good this 1/48 VF-1 looks, it might just motivate Arcadia to begin development on a v3 1/60 VF-1.
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    Calibre Wings 1/72 diecast VF-1

    It looks great, but with the market flooded with high quality VF-1's, there's nothing about this that screams "insta-buy" to me.
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    MOSPEADA

    According to the Hepburn system, it's undoubtedly "Stick." His given name in Japanese is スティック, which is romanized as Stick. The Danish name Stig is written in Japanese as スティグ. Note that only the first three kana in the Japanese names are the same; the last ones are different. I think that Stick's name was inspired by the Danish name Stig, but was purposely misspelled in order to add a unique wrinkle to it, such as we've seen with Focker/Fokker and Mardook/Marduk.
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    Hi-Metal R

    I was hoping that Bandai would make the heatshield completely flush against the canopy with subsequent VF-2SS releases. But I suppose beggars can't be choosers.
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    Matsushiro Jetfire question

    http://www.oocities.org/futuristgroup/vauto.html#jetfire This is the most comprehensive site that I've found, with 7 different Jetfire variations listed. But be warned, it's an old site and won't win any aesthetic awards. The only potential inaccuracy I see is that it lists all of the Matsushiro Jetfires as having "ridged/notched" head lasers. But I've seen a couple of people claim to have bought Matsushiro Jetfires that were still taped shut by the factory and have "smooth/fat" head lasers. With fans Frankensteining their Jetfires together for various reasons, I don't know if we'll ever be a definitive answer.
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    Calibre Wings 1/72 F-14D Diecast Macross Custom

    These con-exclusives are SDF Macross branded products. I wonder if they'll be released to the general public under the Robotech brand. Either way, I'm seriously tempted to get one. If only one of them happened to come with a Minmay figure...
  14. And let's not forget the backlash Microsoft faced when military servicemen pointed out that they wouldn't be able to play their Xbox Ones when they're out on deployment if it required a broadband connection to do a license check. What's that old saying about people living in ivory towers?
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    1/6 VF-1 Valkyrie cockpit speaker

    Let's hope there are no QC defects that would necessitate a return, because I doubt they're gonna cover return shipping.
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    Hi-Metal R

    Oh man, I'd love to see an HMR VF-1SR. But that's doubtful since the VF-1SR is jointly owned by Nippon Computer Systems (NCS), not to mention it's such an obscure design. Our best chance of seeing one is through an option kit from an unlicensed third party. By the way, who made that model kit? It's definitely not the best looking VF-1SR, but I'm still impressed that someone made one.
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    Macross Translations, and more

    That Miyatake interview was great! Your site is truly the most underrated Macross site out there.
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    MOSPEADA

    I was in the same situation. I wanted to get one after hearing the good reviews, but they were already sold out everywhere. Rather than give in to scalpers, I gambled that Sentinel would issue a 2nd batch, considering how quickly the initial run sold out. Even though I'll have to wait a couple of months to get mine, I'm just glad that the line has been selling well. Hopefully that means there's a chance we'll see Yellow and Houquet versions.
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    MOSPEADA

    Thanks for the links! Missed out on the pre-orders the first time around, but got them this time!
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    Calibre Wings 1/72 diecast VF-1

    I have Calibre Wings' Roy Fokker and Rick Hunter F-14's and absolutely love them, but I'm not too excited for a 1/72 VF-1. The Fokker and Hunter F-14's were unique enough for me to justify the expenses. But the availability of other 1/72 VF-1's on the market kind of dulls its charm to me. Plus, a VF-1 in 1/72 scale is relatively small (unlike a 1/72 F-14), so I'm concerned it won't have the same level of detail as the Fokker and Hunter F-14's. The inclusion of internal landing gears, movable flaps, etc., would make it more appealing, but again, I just don't see that happening in 1/72. Hopefully Calibre will prove me wrong.
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    Hi-Metal R

    It's pretty disapointing to see that the Destroids are still selling for so little. This doesn't bode well for future Destroids.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    After seeing all the gaudy tampo on the YF-19, I'm keeping my VF-19 Advance. I rarely display my VF's with their canopies open, so the only things that appeal to me are the YF-19's accessories.
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    Harmony Gold suing Tatsunoko

    Back in 1984, Big West did license out at least one Macross branded piece of merchandise in the USA, but they appeared to have stopped after DYRL was released (most likely because DYRL was originally supposed to be the franchise's swan song). Since they stopped licensing out any more Macross products, nor contested Harmony Gold's subsequent usage of the Macross mark, they've lost all claims to the trademark. If Harmony Gold and Tatsunoko Production fail to renew their contract, then Harmony Gold will be required to assign the Macross trademark to Tatsunoko, as per the arbitrator's order. Even though Big West was the first party to release a Macross product in the USA, trademark common law gives priority to "continued use" over "first to market". When a trademark is assigned to another party, it doesn't lose any of the strength (ie: continued use) that it's accumulated over the years. In other words, the assignment process won't leave an opening for Big West to try to claim the trademark. This isn't related to RavenHawk's question, but damn, there's finally a Youtuber who actually gets it! Thanks for posting this video!
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    Harmony Gold suing Tatsunoko

    Don't have time to read the full order, but it's great news for Harebrained
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    Whats next for Arcadia?

    If I didn't know any better, I'd swear I was looking at a bootleg.
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