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  1. 9 minutes ago, Seto Kaiba said:

    Harmony Gold licensed the merchandising rights to DYRL? c.2000-2001 as part of their effort to stop the importation of Macross goods into the US. 

    That particular move was intended to protect Toynami's then-pending Masterpiece Collection toys from having to compete against Japanese VF-1 toys.

    That sucks. Well IIRC they don't have rights for using Mikimoto's character designs and VF-1s in their own productions, right? Not that HG needs any rights other than merchandizing rights nowadays.

  2. It both would work and wouldn't.

    City pop has been being rediscovered since mid 10's and that retro sound, along with related styles, like future funk, is very liked and appreciated now. Go check Plastic Love views on Youtube. City pop would be great in a new Macross show from the music nerd point of view.

    On the other hand, Macross is all about Japanese style idols and nowadays they are always associated with a certain kind of music (think Frontier and Delta songs) and changing this to something different wouldn't fly with Japanese fans. I doubt whoever makes a new Macross show is ready to do something new and risky. Last time they did that was Macross Plus. Does Plus have nice music? Hell yes! Is it popular? Nope, it's all but forgotten.

    Japanese vote Oboete Imasu ka as the best Macross song part because it's good, part because it's iconic, part because nostalgia. Give them another similar song and they would say "Huh, it's good" but then forget about it.

  3. There are some other aspects of the American series that can't be helped:

    - The dialogues lost their subtielty and deliver a completely different message sometimes:

    - The narrator explaining what's happening on the screen like we are too stupid to get it ourselves. One of the worst offenders is that dead Zentraedi with Minmay doll scene (episode 29 iirc)

    - The music. Taking the iconic soundtrack and replacing it with some generic tunes is unexcusable, considering that this wasn't even required for the adaptation, unlike other stuff they changed. Macross is not Macross without Dogfighter:

    - The songs. Same as above, although they had to be at least translated. I appreciate Japanese bubble era city pop and listening to Reba West crap is just unbearable. We Will Win, while being a bad song by itself, also undermines Macross message (love above war).


    If we are unable to get rid of HG completely, I wish that at least with the new agreement they stop insisting that the original SDFM should not exist outside of Japan. HG should bury their own adaptation instead.

  4. 1 hour ago, jvmacross said:

    Probably because it was better than placing an unknown pilot on the box....and the rest of the VF-1's already had their own characters on their boxes...well, with the exception of Roy....However, the release of the Takatoku VF-1S coincided with the release of the SDFM TV episode 18 "Pineapple Salad" (February 1983)....maybe Takatoku thought having a dead guy on the toy box would have hurt sales....lol.....anyway, it definitely wouldn't make sense to have placed Roy on the VF-1A box....a valk that gets shot down and blown to smithereens in every episode ....:(

    They could put Kakizaki on there... but Misa is a more popular character, probably that's why.

    I find situation with Roy interesting because the 2002 re-release actually designated him as a pilot for the non-super grey VF-1S release (all releases of Hikaru's super Valkyrie are white if I got this correctly). I think that "dead guy on the toy box" sentiment is definitely correct. It's only some years later it became obvious that, dead or not, people still like Roy and he can sell figures. 

  5. On 5/29/2021 at 3:44 AM, nightmareB4macross said:

    In reference to the silliness of the style and shape of the old skull and crossbones.

    Exactly! Though I definitely prefer this silly design.

  6. I think this is a tough question.

    Roy VF-1S is the original one, inspired by the real life VF-84 squadron. The only one to appear in the TV series. Immortalized by Takani artwork. The original 1/55 VF-1S made by Takatoku as opposed to Bandai. Is better known by Western fans, for obvious reasons.

    Hikaru DYRL VF-1S, a hero of DYRL, a superior quality production. Not tarnished by a certain anime compilation TV show. This, along with the fact that it's 1/55 toy wasn't rereleased in 2000's gives it a more "elite" status among the fans. In my opinion looks better with strike parts than Roy ever did.

    What's your choice?

  7. 12 hours ago, borgified said:

    If your POing right now @HKBEN, read the PO thread that JVM has created, otherwise sit and wait until November to get one and @sqidd has given hints above (you might have to pay up 37k yen or more for the Full set upon release date).  

    With the current reseller price of VF-1J being around 45-48k yen, I'll gladly take GBP combo set for 37k.

  8. 2 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

    Thanks a lot! I find this kind of retro artwork fascinating.

  9. One more question: does anyone make old style "derp skull" replacement stickers that could be used to cover the more detailed logos on 2000s releases?


    Edit: apparently the sticker sheet above is from the 1990 release, older ones had a different, crack-less skull:


    I wonder how many skull logo variations are out there.

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