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    Official Macross posters

    Here are my official (lots of bootlegs out there) full-size Macross posters. Sorry about the picture quality, but the only way I could avoid a giant ball of light in the middle of the posters was to take these pictures without any flash. I know a couple of our members also have full size posters, so post them here.
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    Netflix Marvel Universe

    I'm in shock. All of Daredevil's seasons had excellent reviews and I refuse to believe that it fell victim to a lack of viewership. Maybe Disney's exponentially increased show's licensing fees just to bring the show back under their roof.
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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    I'm referring to the movies. I saw most of them before I started reading the books and thought that Voldemort's backstory and motivations were pretty flimsy in them. Obviously the movies could only cover so much material, but I think they missed a golden opportunity to give him more substance. As the primary villain of multiple movies, it's a shame he didn't get more.
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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    I saw The Crimes of Grindelwald and was underwhelmed. It's not a bad movie, but it's certainly not as good as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. When it ended, I was thinking "Was that it?!"; it just felt incomplete. A lot of writers struggle with stepping-stone movies, but I was surprised that J.K. Rowling struggled with it this time, especially when all the Harry Potter books/movies could individually stand on their own feet. One of my biggest concerns going into the movie was seeing Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Newt Scamander is a perfect example of an actor owning a role that was given to him. But Depp's performance, while acceptable, isn't a memorable one. I really liked how the movie gave Grindelwald a compelling motivation behind his actions and why he's able to accumulate so many loyal followers. I found it much more plausible than Voldemort's shallow motivations.
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    Robotech by Titan Comics

    Here's another vote for Robotech: Firewalkers. While 95% of Robotech comic books are rubbish, this is one of the few good ones. It told a short, solid story accompanied by good artwork for its time. Unlike most other Robotech comic books, that shamelessly (and poorly) ripped off the Japanese line art, the mecha illustrations here are both good and original.
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    Hi-Metal R

    If Bandai wants to make up for leaving out Nexx, they could always release a VF-2JA and include Nexx, since he also piloted that VF. I know, wishful thinking. Or, if Bandai wants to save some tooling costs, they could release the VF-XS Super Valkyrie II and include Nexx, since it has no designated pilot. I know, that's really wishful thinking.
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    Hi-Metal R

    To make things even more embarrassing for Bandai, Hibiki's flightsuit is specifically designed for civilians. It's possible that Hibiki wouldn't be able to properly pilot a VF-2SS in his civilian flightsuit, as the cockpit's chair is designed to mount onto the shoulderpads of military flightsuits.
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    Hi-Metal R

    It's understandable that you feel like importing Macross toys is illegal, especially after seeing all the legal actions taken by Harmony Gold against retailers like BigBadToyStore. But as a private citizen who's importing these products for personal use, not business use, you're not doing anything illegal. Jurisdiction Since you're buying these toys from Japanese retailers located in Japan, the sale is considered as taking place on Japanese soil, therefore none of Harmony Gold's rights are infringed. Even though the Internet has no actual "soil," the retailers are still registered in Japan and don't actively market (ie: junk mailings, paid advertisements, etc.) their Macross products in the US, so Japan is still considered as having jurisidiction. Simply having a website in English isn't enough to give the US and Harmony Gold jurisdiction, the Japanese retailer would still have to actively market their Macross products in the US. Importing the Toys into the US After you've purchased your Macross toy from a Japanese retailer, importing your toy into the US is still legal if it's for your personal use. However, if you purchased dozens of toys with the intent to resell them in the US, then you would be running afoul of US trademark laws, as Harmony Gold has registered the name "MACROSS" as a trademark and claimed the UN Spacy kite symbol as another one of their trademarks. Even users such as sh9000, who these toys by the dozen, are safe because we can clearly see from his posts that he buys them primarily for customization and army building, not for business resale. With that said, I'm pumped for the Hikaru VF-4! I hope there'll be a few available at release as I wasn't able to get a preorder.
  9. It was most likely sold at conventions and through fansub catalogs in the 1980's and early 90's. Even though it's a bootleg, it's undoubtedly a piece of Macross fan history. It harkens back to a time before ebay and torrents, where finding authentic Macross videos was rare and expensive for American fans. Whoever initially bought that VHS tape probably felt like they won the lottery back then.
  10. Since there's no manufacturer or licensor information, it's safe to assume that it's a fan copy (ie: bootleg). Before officially licensed anime was the norm, these were pretty common and sold fairly well. Here's an example of some more. https://img00.deviantart.net/7b6c/i/2011/192/9/d/vkll_fansub_vhs_by_mewmew34-d3n2804.jpg
  11. Oh wow, I hope that commercial didn't appear as cringey to Japanese fans as it does to us. I'd say that the English portions of that commercial were filmed just in case Yamato's subsidiary, Sunwards, managed to prevail in court against Harmony Gold. But since that never happened, we never got to see it over here; lucky us! And I don't recognize who the American is, but his t-shirt looks like the custom t-shirts that were sold here on the forums way back in the day. That probably makes him an old member of the forums, or someone who was a friend of someone here.
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    Netflix Marvel Universe

    It looks like Iron Fist and Luke Cage may have been cancelled due to financial belt-tightening, as this article reports that Netflix is trying to raise a serious amount of money in order to keep its original content afloat. If this is indeed the case, then Netflix's future big-budget shows, not just Marvel's, are going to have high expectations and small margins for errors. https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/22/netflix-to-raise-2-billion-in-debt-to-fund-more-original-content/
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    Netflix Marvel Universe

    I can't say I'm surprised the two were cancelled. Iron Fist's disastrous first season left it with bad reputation. And I don't remember seeing any major publicity or accolades for Luke Cage season 2 (it's almost like it snuck out), which doesn't bode well for ratings. After reading that Netflix's Marvel shows are expensive to produce, the writing was on the wall. Since money is such a large factor, I can see Netflix combining the two shows together, ala the comic book, to save money. And if Jessica Jones' third season isn't a ratings hit, then I can see her also being rolled into that show, just like the comic book. While Netflix won't be carrying any more movies and shows exclusively owned by Disney, I believe that Netflix's Marvel shows are are different case. I believe that these shows are jointly owned by Netflix and Marvel/Disney, so Marvel/Disney can't take them away from Netflix without Netflix's approval or for a breach of contract. If Netflix sits on the characters for X number of years, then there's probably a provision in the contract that would return the characters to Disney (eg: Ben Affleck's Daredevil).
  14. As someone who enjoys riding horses, I could see the mechanical horses being utilized by the Forest and/or Mountain Squads, as loud and lumbering mecha may not have been practical in those terrains. But we'll never know for sure since the show was cancelled before those regions were explored. As for the Imai Files, as invaluable as they are, they shouldn't be considered a comprehensive inventory of all the unused SDC Southern Cross designs. The date stamps indicate that the Imai Files were compiled during pre-production. Any designs/revisions created during production wouldn't have been included.
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    This was bound to happen...gray market VF's?

    Is it just me, or does it look like there's a slight hint of pink in the white plastic?
  16. Good finds! I remember reading somewhere that the horses and chariot from slides 42 and 44 were unused designs from SDC Southern Cross. It appears they were slightly redesigned and simplified (probably to make it easier to animate and produce toys) for Robotech II: The Sentinels. I think you're right on the money about Tatsunoko just spitballing ideas when it came to combining the Prototype Cycle to a horse to become the Sentinels Chariot. It was probably sent to Harmony Gold with a note saying "What do you think?"
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    FEXTHOBBY Macross Line up

    I wish Fext Hobby would release some colored armors. I don't know if they're simply paying an homage to the source material and/or trying to save money, but having white armor with uninspired trims looks pretty bland. While rehashing the GBP's color scheme would probably draw unwanted attention from Big West and Bandai's attorneys, there's got to be someone in Fext Hobby who can put together a brilliant color scheme for this armor.
  18. 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.
  19. 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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