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  1. That is such terrible news. Absolutely tragic.
  2. Not necessarily the weirdest place as the series features lots of Macross & Studio Nue cameos, but Episode 9 of Orguss features the salvaging of a VF-1J or VF-1D from an old battlefield. There's also a Studio Nue Chimera sitting on a table aboard the Glomar in the scene immediately preceding it.
  3. Those are absolutely, positively, not from Orguss.
  4. Very cool, Fifbeat! Congrats on seeing your collection to completion after all this time. I had a small army of the Orgroids, an Olson, Nikick, Ovelon Gazzette, and SDF-1 back in the day. The Ovelon and SDF-1 were the boxed KO's which Glane posted previously (the silver/white box versions), and I think I remember picking them up at a mall department store circa 1985. The SDF-1 had yellow booms with blue arms, and it was always an object of some lament for me that not only could you not put the booms on in the correct orientation in cruiser mode, but that they were the wrong color to boot I never picked up any of the Converters or KO Henkei Valkyries although they were ubiquitous in SoCal in the '80s, as I already had a 1/100 Taka bootleg which I judged as being superior. The Henkei KOs I remember seeing around most frequently were boxed versions amusingly branded as 'Battroid Walkyrie'.
  5. These are super cool, really enjoyed seeing them. The cartoon sequences are hilarious and I really dig the SD "lineart"
  6. Hiriyu

    1/55's revisited

    Are there (m)any differences in the foam trays and inserts between the Takatoku/Matsushiro/Bandai valk releases? For instance, was the tray altered for the snub-nosed valks, or was it continued as originally sculpted for the Takatokus?
  7. Just watched your Remastered OP and really loved it. Wonderful artwork and animation, and the use of cover versions of the original songs performed by your friends is just awesome. 10/10 Thank you for your efforts, and for sharing them with us!
  8. Great stuff as always, JVM. Thanks for taking the time to document and share all of these booklets! I love and adore all of the wonderful Toshio Suzuki artwork which adorned many of the IMAI and ARII boxes. I used to collect the ARII 1/100 kit line, and it's interesting to note that what is labeled as a VF-1C head in the lineart in booklet #0 is what ARII actually molded and supplied in their early VF-1D fighter mode and two-mode kits, and bears a strong resemblance to Kawamori's pre-production VF-1D head. Not so surprising, that, but it is somewhat interesting to see it labeled as a "C" variant here! I posted a scan of the weird Orguss/VF-1S hybrid from Orguss booklet #7 here about 15 years ago and people totally freaked So much weird and wonderful stuff from the period in these books.
  9. Disclaimer: I don't own a Sentinel Legioss, so this may not apply due to possible peculiarities in its transformation. From my ownership of the Toynami Legioii I learned to basically transform everything else (bicep/forearm collapse, tailfins, etc) prior to stowing the hands. When everything else is already in place it only became necessary to pose the fingers such that they could fit into the hand cavity in the forearm and be able to close the arm cover without resistance. Never had a broken hand on any of the Toynamis while following that procedure, even though those hands were notorious for breakage and their apparent construction from dessicated artificial cheese spread.
  10. No Way Dude! Face the Music was most excellent and I enjoyed it very much. I went in with low expectations but an open mind, and what I found was an unexpectedly funny film with great feel-good ambience, which recalls why I loved the original. No, it's probably not as good as the original, but if you find yourself making up reasons to be upset about a freaking Bill & Ted movie I suspect that you may have missed the point. It's all about irreverent, goofy fun. Don't try to look any deeper than that. Highlights for me were how awesomely Keanu and Alex played their d*ckwad future-us's (& Dave Grohl, hahahaha), the various tributes to George Carlin's Rufus (sniff, miss you George), and Bill & Ted's daughters were also great. There were lots of laugh-out-loud moments for me with callbacks to the original movies, and I think that the overall message of the movie is just as relevant and true now as it was in 1988: Be excellent to each other, and, PARTY ON DUDES!
  11. WRT a Sentinal Tread, I think a partsforming boom coupled with a fold down panel that integrates into the gap at the back of the Legioss' calves could result in a pretty secure connection. Make the calve lock panel do double duty as part of the Tread's cockpit transformation. I'd love to see a functional origami connection boom, but agree that it's not very likely considering the space available in the Tread's undercarriage.
  12. Still have this if anybody is interested -- I'd guess there's probably not a lot of vintage interest around MW these days, but it is a neat piece of a bygone era.
  13. Hey Noel, the 1/60 Nikicks are only two-mode, so just Battroid/Gerwalk. The 1/40s are three mode though. @Convectuoso I do love me some bean gun action too.
  14. This is a vintage Takatoku/Matsushiro KO of the 1/60 Gerwalk Nikick from Orguss. It's a very cool piece with unusual packaging and is the last remnant of my former Takatoku collection. Box shows wear commensurate with age but the toy is in good, complete condition. Includes gun, missiles and hands. Paypal accepted, and I am on the SSL. $45.00 Shipped in the lower 48, Continental US.
  15. When I had my MPC Alphas I treated them very gingerly, knowing that they were fragile and not especially well built. I had a couple of the glued pieces on one or two of them come loose, but fortunately never broke anything. When I sold them (I had one of each of the original releases), the buyer of my green Legioss reported that one of the shoulders had arrived broken... the shoulder actually broke all by itself while in its packaging, double-boxed and heavily bubble wrapped, during shipment. The original construction materials just weren't very good, and became even less good as time went on.
  16. The same store that had my 1/100 VF-1S also had the VF-1Js, but I never saw any bootlegs of the 1As either. On the knockoffs the chest and feet were diecast, but as I recall the legs, arms and backplate were all plastic. The fragile parts on mine were the large plastic hinges between the back and chest which rapidly stressed and broke, but that might have had more to do with the zillions of transformations I put the thing through in short order.
  17. Yep, the good 'ol days indeed. I remember the first Macross toy I had was a knockoff Takatoku 1/100 VF-1S, the "Hawk Fighter" packaged in fighter mode that came with the Sausuraiger gun. That one was $10 at a giftshop across the street from my school. The only SDF-1 toy I had was a knockoff Takatoku Henkei with yellow booms, which came boxed instead of carded like the Converters version. I was also way into the model kits and always had a particular affinity for the ARII 1/100 fighters and two-mode kits, but also got deep into the Gunze-Sangyo Dorvack power armor kit line. The 1/72 Imai variable Valkyries were also one of my faves.
  18. Once again, very cool stuff here @jvmacross! The SD (paro?) Orguss is definitely a new one on me. Anecdotally, my favorite local toy store here in Southern California in 1985-6 carried Matchbox and Excite RT-branded items right alongside Bandai and Takatoku 1/55s, Takatoku 1/40 Orguss mechs, Gakken Henshin Robos, Imai, Arii and Revell Macross and RT model kits. The 1/55 non-super VFs, 1/40 Orguss mechs, 1/8 Mospeadas and the large Legioss's were all sold for $39.99 (I remember that distinctly because I had saved up all summer of '86 to buy one of the above). I seem to remember the Matchbox SDF-1 being a little more expensive than the VF's but can't put a figure on it. The Bandai 1/55 VF-1S Super/Strike, Elintseeker, and Super Ostrich imports were each sold for approx. $65 but were eventually marked down for clearance at $45. I know this isn't especially useful for determining US market MSRPs, but those were the price ranges at retail.
  19. Right, but wouldn't BW still legally be able to release their own subbed versions (or dubs contracted to a UK production house), along with allowing say, Bandai, to legally sell their Macross toys in the UK market? My question is not really so much about how these things are usually handled in terms of distribution as it is about the basic legal distinction.
  20. I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject, but would the recent development of BW having registered trademark for Macross in the UK potentially open the door to western market (UK) releases of the sequels? I understand that SDFM would probably be off the table given the BW/Tatsunoko agreement, but nothing should be stopping marketing of the sequels and related merchandise in that market, right?
  21. That's not what really happened though. Ford had international racing aspirations and sought to buy Ferrari for their technical expertise in motorsport, as well as for the sales potential and cachet of the Ferrari brand. Enzo was fully on board with the idea of a sale, however he wanted to keep the racing arm of the company as that was his true passion. Selling Ferrari road cars was just an expedient for Enzo's ability to go racing, and he made no secret of it. Sale of the road car brand to Ford would bootstrap his racing business. During negotiation for the sale to Ford, it developed that both Enzo and the Ford execs had arrived at very different conclusions regarding the terms of sale. The lines of communication had obviously been crossed in the lead-up to the sale. What was to become the GT40 was an inevitability when Ford had determined to go sportscar racing. If they weren't going to be doing it with Ferrari, then it was going to be someone else instead. Ford partnered with Lola in the UK, and the rest is history. Now, while there were definitely feelings on both sides of the Ford-Ferrari debacle that either party had been snubbed, those did not really bear into the basic motivation for Ford to go racing. It was no doubt icing on the cake for Ford however to ultimately be able to contest and beat Ferrari at its own game.
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