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Everything posted by TheLoneWolf

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Macross Translations, and more

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

    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.

    Thanks for the links! Missed out on the pre-orders the first time around, but got them this time!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. Harmony Gold suing Tatsunoko

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

    If I didn't know any better, I'd swear I was looking at a bootleg.
  13. The History of Robotech by Toy Galaxy

    Excellent point! But there are certain defenses to copyright infringement. That commercial has a lawful purpose: to market a legitimate product. Second, Jetfire only appears for mere seconds, so it would probably be considered de minimus (ie: trivial) infringement. A de minimus appearance with a lawful purpose wouldn't be a cause for concern. If it was an indisputable infringement, don't you think that commercial would've been, ya know, banned?
  14. The History of Robotech by Toy Galaxy

    Or Hasbro just had a dutiful legal office (what a concept!) that sent out a staff reminder saying "We heard you all want to give the Autobots an aerial transportation vehicle. Just a reminder that we only paid for Jetfire's toy rights, not its film rights, so don't include it in any way, name, or form in the cartoon." In the absence of reliable evidence, I tend to find that the more mundane explanation is usually the correct one. Because otherwise...
  15. The History of Robotech by Toy Galaxy

    There's no mention of any actual adversarial legal action from the 1980's in that article. Just a vague reference that the controversy's origins date back to the 80's. If that's what Toy Galaxy is basing their information on, then they're doing sloppy research. There isn't, because Harmony Gold never did take any legal action against Hasbro in the 1980's. Hasbro's contract with Bandai and Tatsunoko Production predates Harmony Gold's own contract with Tatsunoko (source: Robotech Art 1). Likewise, the 1/55's design patent was filed on April 13, 1984 (source: U.S. Patent No. 287,037), which also predates Harmony Gold's contract with Tatsunoko (signed on Sept. 11, 1984). Since they predate Harmony Gold's contract, there's nothing Harmony Gold could've done to Hasbro and Bandai back then.
  16. The History of Robotech by Toy Galaxy

    Can you provide a source?
  17. The History of Robotech by Toy Galaxy

    Just got a chance to watch those videos. In the 2nd video, Toy Galaxy claims that Harmony Gold's very first Macross/Robotech legal action was taken against Hasbro for selling the 1/55 Jetfire. They also imply that Harmony Gold brought about the demise of the 1/55 Jetfire. Did I miss something, or is Toy Galaxy pulling random crap out of their asses? And they weren't talking about the SDCC Jetfire lawsuit either, since they kept mentioning the 1/55 mold.
  18. Harmony Gold suing Tatsunoko

    "Pending renewal" is the key phrase. I wouldn't count out Harmony Gold just yet. As azrael mentioned, if Apple and Samsung can continue doing business together, so can Harmony Gold and Tatsunoko.
  19. The History of Robotech by Toy Galaxy

    To make their creators money?
  20. Hi-Metal R

    I doubt it. Since I consider it one of the VT-1's signature features, it'll be an easy pass for me if it's not there. My wallet won't be complaining either.
  21. Hi-Metal R

    I'm not going to pre-order a VT-1 until there's confirmation that he head can be folded away in non-FP fighter mode. I didn't pre-order the VE-1 and had no problem getting it at a decent price, so I'm not worried about the VT-1.
  22. The History of Robotech by Toy Galaxy

    I think the mods want to limit Harmony Gold/Robotech threads to actual (or potential) products. This place became more peaceful after the "HG and Robotech Debates" threads were closed.
  23. 1/55 Bandai 2000s reissues - coloring question, please help

    Unfortunately the 2002 Hikaru VF-1A was molded in a bright, fluorescent white plastic that no other 1/55 has ever used. The closest match you'll find is the eggshell white that was used with the 2002 Super VF-1S and Jetfire. There's still going to be a noticable difference, but it won't be too drastic.
  24. Bandai DX VF-31

    My experience with Loopaza was completely different; my order was out their door in less than 48 hours. My guess is that their outgoing packages are picked up once a week and I managed to hit the sweet spot through dumb luck.
  25. Bandai DX VF-31

    Last Wednesday.