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  1. I voted "battroid", but it's really the practicality of using all 3 that had the biggest impact on me when I first saw Macross (in the guise of Robotech) as a kid. They at least bothered to make up an excuse as to why it was necessary to invent a massively impractical transforming robot beyond the fact that they look eff'in cool. You also have to remember what else was being offered to kids at the time to put it in the proper perspective: These weren't silly talking robots with over the top personalities, all a pretty transparent merchandising ploy (a la Transformers, Gobots, etc). These were practical machines of war with a human being sitting in the cockpit, constituting an advanced new stage in the evolution of warfare. Also, other animated shows about "war" that were on the air at the time and aimed at kids (I'm pointing at GI Joe, in particular) portrayed old John Wayne style warfare, where the good guys always won, were never scared of anything, and no one - not even the bad guys - ever actually got shot, hurt, died, anything. Ever. Contrast that to Macross, where at least the poor brownie CF pilots started dying by the score starting episode 1, ultimately wiping out almost every living thing on the earth. I vividly remember appreciating not being patronized. War was supposed to be hell, and while it clearly wasn't Saving Private Ryan in terms of graphic violence, it was a more "realistic" portrayal of how a war would be. And yes, I cringe to use that word to describe an anime about fighter planes that turn into robots and blast aliens to tiny little bits, but I think you all know what I mean.
  2. Has anyone checked the weather report in hell? Did we skip ahead to April 1 and no one bothered to tell me??? This and the Mayan calendar coinciding soon can't possibly be coincidence ... Seriously, this is the most welcome development since the invention of casual sex. M&M Sturmvogels, here I come ...
  3. Hell, I don't usually give a flip about the licensing flame wars at this point, but this made me giggle. I wish I could comment on the trailer, but it looks like Youtube already pulled it because of HG's "copyright claim". I can't wait until Big West sues HG for "copyright infringement" when the (sure to be laughably bad) Robotech movie shows up and the "Veritechs" or whatever they want to call them are just a bit too close to the old VF-1 design (as in being a flying machine that turns into a robot) and sue HG's pants off for violating their intellectual property. This festering blight of a company really just needs to go away. Hopefully their massive-budget straight-to-dvd b movie will finally bankrupt them and the world will be a better place.
  4. If it ever gets made, I predict it will likely be on par with the GI Joe movie in how they "reboot" the property. Lots of flash, zero substance, and resembling the source material very very little if at all. Jar-Jar Binks and those awful "urban" transformer twins come to mind. Hell, why not a talking robot dog? With 'attitude'? The more characters to slap on a slurpee cup the better, right? Ugh. I'd love to be proven wrong on this, and I'll give it the benefit of the doubt if it looks even halfway decent. My cynicism alert is flashing bright red on this one, though. Back OT, there's zero chance of a VF-1 being featured. Not to drag up the whole licensing dispute (ducks), but I don't think Big West would stand for it, and HG's legal position doesn't seem as defensible as it once may have been or they'd like you to believe. If nothing else, it could get held up in the courts indefinitely, as almost happened to Watchmen if you'll recall, and I'm sure BW would just love to poke HG in the eye given the chance.
  5. Nice trailer. More Frontier can only be a good thing, esp since this is probably the last new Macross we're getting for a while. Am I the only one who can't get the "Itchy and Scratchy" movie out of their head when seeing this, though? I suppose all that Japanese text is proudly proclaiming "53% New Footage!".
  6. Heads up, kids: Thoranime just finished Frontier. The last few eps are up on IRC, and the batch torrent for the series is out.
  7. Thanks! I'd been looking for news as to wtf happened there, but couldn't find anything ... guess they just let their '.com' registration run out without renewal or something.
  8. It "supported" mkvs out of the box, but not subtitles within a mkv container. The last firmware update they pushed out added subtitling and chapter support for mkv files, along with a bunch of other improvements. It's really quite functional now. Someone mentioned crazy fonts and graphic effects in subtitles, which do tend to send this thing into a tizzy. The plainer the subtitles used, the better the results. Typically, anyway. Most of the time, this doesn't present any problems, but for shows like Macross that have a lot of dialog spoken over singing, it can sometimes degenerate into an unreadable mess in some groups' fansubs. I'd compare its subtitling support to Gom player (a free download, if you've never tried it). Gom also has trouble with fancy shmancy effects in subs, so it should give you an idea as to what you're in for before you commit to buying. Hope that helps!
  9. I'm secretly hoping this stupid thing is sooooo limited I can't get my hands on one. Because I might just be willing to part with a kidney by the time I see that thing painted up ... I can't help myself ...
  10. Holy crap, I had one of those too ... spotted it at a Sears, I think, and made my mother buy it. I thought it was sold in a Matchbox box here in the states, definitely a bubble pack package, at least ... maybe they licensed it over here?
  11. Maybe the next thread can be about the Bat Boy from Weekly World News.
  12. OK, now how the heck do I get my limp banana-looking head lasers to stay that straight? Seriously, great find. I'm tempted to do mine when I get home now ...
  13. Warera. Rori. Konda. That is all.
  14. Finally broke down and picked up a Hikkie 1S since I skipped that one in 1/48. I swore to myself I'm not going to double up on any of these stupid things, just because a "new" version is out ... I have to say I'm fully in love with the thing. Not a hint of floppiness, nothing's fallen off after a few transformations. I couldn't be happier with it. It's such an improvement over the old 1/60 line, I may reconsider getting a few of these ... at least another brownie CF and maybe a TV Max and/or Kakizaki if they ever come out. Anyway, I knew I'd like it, but not this much. I am very pleasantly surprised.
  15. "Stage lights ... Flashing ... " <me>ducks</me>
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