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  1. Well, I'm in for Blu Rays of everything up to M7 at least. Maybe Frontier and Zero if they go on sale. Not die-hard enough to sit through Delta though. As for new shows, nah. I've given up on anime as a medium. The hand drawn stuff from the 80s and early 90's was fantastic. The new stuff where all the mechs are CGI? No thanks, I don't want to watch a video game. Even the actual character animation is very CGI heavy now which ruins if for me. They draw a character's face once and then vectorize it and manipulate the image to "animate" it. Fuuuuuck that. It looks like garbage, sorry not sorry.
  2. Does this increase chances of a Valkyrie Lego Ideas set?
  3. Yep. I would have been all in on those, if they hadn't replaced ALL the sound effects! Now it's just a bastardization of a bastardization. All Robotech has going for it (over the originals) is nostalgia, and they had to go and ruin that. The new sound effects are jarring and totally rip me out of the experience. Yep, the good episodes will look better and the bad episodes will look worse. I don't remember Southern Cross having as much bad animation as SDF Macross...but I don't remember as much about Southern Cross generally.
  4. I'm guessing it's the higher ups calling it "good enough" at a certain point. Just like they do with video games. The designers could do better with more time and more money, but they don't get more, because why would they? Profits come first, and people are still going to buy this stuff no matter how mediocre it is.
  5. Obviously the MPs are generally really good. Which is why I mostly buy those.
  6. Wow, HasTak is really phoning it in. After 40 years of tech advancement, improvements in CAD software, rapid prototyping, cheaper plastics, etc, it's just not enough for them. They need to go cheaper. They're still going to give you gappy, mediocre toys with major concessions and puzzling deviations from the source material. The robot mode posability and proportions have improved, but nothing else. Alt modes are generally worse than in 1986.
  7. I had no idea a Japanese company was doing Joe figures! I've been hoping for that to happen, especially for Snake Eyes -- except it's a statue not a posable figure and it's some weird female Snake Eyes. So close yet so far?
  8. I never realized Ultra Magnus was just Prime in GBP armor! I still want a good version of Ultra (or especially Delta) Magnus that keeps the separate Prime robot. Was super bummed that the MP Magnus didn't.
  9. Ugh, those curved smoke stacks. (Yes I assume they're that way in the movie; still hate it).
  10. You know, this wouldn't be a problem if there was a big-ass hinge in the middle of that fin so you could fold it in half! (Sorry, just making fun of the shoulder fin. )
  11. So is the Valkyrie the worst of the bunch for these? I got the pencil sharpener versions of the Valkyrie and the Orguss from Cost Plus or something back in the day. I was pretty, uh, not impressed by the Valkyrie. The Orguss seemed to be more faithful to its design at least.
  12. danth

    Hi-Metal R

    Dumb question time. Are there any third party mods to make these PT? Like better hands, gun handle, landing hear, heat shield?
  13. Did you just apologize for winning at life? Sweet collection!
  14. Yep. Since I had three votes, I used them all on Space. Classic, Blacktron, and Ice Planet.
  15. I just realized one thing I don't like about this figure. That chest and torso look like they could come from a sofubi toy. Soft and squishy, very rounded, and no sharp detail. Almost like those old shampoo bottles they would make in the 80's in the shape of your favorite characters (not sure if they still make them).
  16. Not an exact copy but an obvious ripoff. https://www.ebay.com/itm/ULTRA-RARE-VINTAGE-80S-FLOMO-ROBOT-ANIME-SCHOOL-BAG-BACKPACK-TAIWAN-NEW-NOS/112575017817?hash=item1a35fe7359:g:VOYAAOSwkehZxo7m
  17. Speaking of third party mods. I stumbled on to some very questionable things when doing a google image search of third party Arcees. There are some seriously wrong mod parts out there. Things I don't want associated with our hobby! Be careful out there guys!
  18. This is a problem with most CGI in anime these days. I think a lot of fundamentals of animation have been lost in the transition to cheap CGI. The main thing I think has been lost is the use of acceleration curves. Basically, the animation/movement of models should be defined by a curve. The curve shouldn't be linear, because linear movement is boring. It should be at least a second order polynomial. That gives you the "snap", I think, either when decelerating to a stop or accelerating off the screen.
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