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  1. There was a comic about him during and after order 66. The Bad Batch episode retcons all of it. It proves a point I've been making ever since Disney threw out the EU and declared everything would be canon. Between the movies, the TV shows, the comics, the novels, etc there's just too many people involved, too many moving parts for it all to work as a single canon narrative. Things are going to get retconned, and the movies and TV shows are always going to take priority over the books and comics when it comes to canon because those reach the most people. I'm not particularly bothered by the retcon itself, but as a comic artist I am always a bit miffed when comics are treated as throw-away material.
  2. I still have and cherish my Animeigo DVD set, but I could see it being difficult now for someone to pick up SDFM if they went looking for it. HG's web store doesn't have it. I couldn't find it on Amazon. It's listed on Prime Video on Amazon but every episode says "video unavailable", so I'm not even sure SDFM is streaming anywhere. It's my modest hope that as BigWest begins pushing the Macross franchise in the west it will prompt HG to rerelease SDFM to Blu-Ray and streaming. On a somewhat related note, is anyone else disappointed that every video after Flashback 2012 on the Macross YouTube channel is region locked? I subscribed to the channel the day of the announcement and every time they upload a new video it's "not available in your region".
  3. My impression is that HG's days of claiming ownership of every little Macross design are over and that all they have are a license to distribute and merchandise the original TV series (and merchandise but not distribution for DYRL). I know after 20 years of HG being a trademark troll makes it hard to get our hopes up, but I think it's time to stop thinking in terms of HG claiming ownership of every individual element of SDFM and start thinking of HG being like any other anime licensee. The fact that Big West can distribute Flashback 2012, complete and uncut, demonstrates this.
  4. Via Shoji Kawamori's twitter: https://macross.jp/news/?id=1442 ---------------------------
  5. I picked up the early access for SubNautica and absolutely love it. The first SubNautica is easily my favourite game in like a decade. And I'm normally not interested in survival/crafting games. So far the sequel feels less mysterious, but I'm still loving my time with it.
  6. I think a lot of character is lost in the translation from animated (or any drawn media) to live action. I thought "Bumblebee" was great, but it still didn't hold a candle to the 80's animated movie. "Mask of the Phantasm" is my favourite Batman movie, and none of the live action films even come close. Same goes for "Into the Spider-verse" and the live action Spider-man movies. I think the Marvel MCU films are all fine, but I'd be more excited if they put the same kind of money into animated Marvel movies. ETA: That's not to say that live action has less character than animation, or animation is inherently a better medium, just that there's not a 1=1 translation between different forms of media. Take something that was live action and adapt it to animation and you both gain and lose character. Same with hand drawn animation to CG. Or CG to live action. It's going to be different and that inherently is going put it at a disadvantage with fans of the original material. It definitely does not help if the people doing the adapting don't respect the source material or its medium and begin making changes in a bid to gain wider "mainstream appeal".
  7. I didn't really intend to start some kind of debate. The age thing wasn't a big deal for me as I still consider Frontier a great series. I do miss hand drawn mecha, though. Dynamite 7 remains a favourite of mine partially because it's the last Macross with great hand drawn mecha action. And a great variety of mecha at that. (And no, this isn't intended to start any debate, either. The CG mecha in Zero, Frontier and such are fine, and I totally get the CG allows them to do more with a tighter budget, I just have a preference for hand drawn mecha.)
  8. Palpatine was in the first teaser trailer. Personally, I didn't dislike the Bad Batch when they appeared in season 7. This seems like an opportunity to flesh them out beyond one note characters, and the idea of a bunch of clones going all A-Team post Clone Wars sounds like fun. Plus it has Filoni at the helm and I loved Clone Wars so I'll be checking it out.
  9. I thought Delta was a bland rehash of Frontier. If it weren't reusing so many concepts from Frontier then I might have enjoyed it. Then again, I didn't care for the music either and that's a big part of Macross, so there's that. And the designs, aaside from the Elysion, were kinda bland. In my mind, the last really good Macross was Frontier. I had some issues with it, like the main characters being mostly high school age, but I liked the characters, story, music, designs and animation. As for the OP's question, no I don't think the next Macross will be the last. Will it be the last with Kawamori? Maybe, maybe not. If Kawamori enjoys what he does, he might never really retire until he's physically incapable of keeping up with the job.
  10. Hey guys. Long time, no see. What I'm still uncertain about this are the specifics on licensing and distribution beyond the original TV series and DYRL. Reading through the thread it sounds like HG is getting all merchandising and distribution rights to the original TV show and DYRL movie, but it kinda also sounds like they'll get a cut of newer shows like Frontier and Delta? Or will shows beyond the original get distributed independently of HG? Or do we really not know for sure at this point and it's all just speculation? In any case, I'm excited to see where this goes, especially with the Macross 40th anniversary on the horizon.
  11. Some food for thought when you're getting angry or frustrated by the delays. Comics generally pay crap compared to other work. Even in Japan which has a thriving comics industry. I really have to wonder how much Mikimoto gets paid working on "Macross the First"? Probably peanuts compared to his other job offers. That would certainly put the delays into perspective.
  12. You're misreading again. I specifically said Hasbro owns the markings that they, themselves, designed. I even quoted myself and bolded that part for you. You'll notice the SDCC "Jetfire" doesn't have the UN Spacy logo on its wing. Of course, if the lawsuit is regarding the box art from the original G1 toy which was included, then that's a whole other issue.
  13. Much of Jetfire's markings on the original toy and this G.I. Joe repaint were created by Hasbro for Jetfire. They bear little to no semblance to the original Macross markings. Any mention of Bandai or Tatsunoko on the box would be due to the licensing of the original toy (Bandai owned the toy after Takatoku went belly up, and Tatsunoko had international merchandising rights to Macross, which they shared with Harmony Gold), not because Tatsunoko owned the Hasbro made markings. That would be like saying Big West owns the name "Robotech" because that's what HG slapped on Macross when they distributed it over here. Even if Bandai came up with the alternate colour scheme and markings for Jetfire (highly unlikely) that would mean Bandai owned them, not Tatsunoko/HG. It's a huge stretch to suggest that Tatsunoko had any involvement whatsoever with the creation or ownership of the Jetfire markings as they would have had no involvement past approving the license to use the toy mold.
  14. Try reading that a little more carefully. I think then you'll understand where you went wrong.
  15. I absolutely adore FF9, but yeah...it falls apart before the end. It felt very much like an incomplete game that was rushed out the door to divert resources to PS2 games. Not only does the villain carry no weight, but most of the characters never get any resolution to their stories. That was a huge let down.
  16. You seem confused. HG does not own either the Bandai toy mold or the Hasbro Jetfire markings. HG would have to prove that it infringes on their license to sell Macross merchandise. In other words, does it look too similar to a design from the Macross TV series. Is it similar enough to the VF-1S from the tv series for the court to side with HG? Or different enough for Hasbro to be in the clear? Posting pics of the old Hasbro Jetfire is misleading. Comparing the markings with those of the old Jetfire is meaningless as Hasbro owns the Jetfire markings they created. Or to turn it around on you, is this: Nearly an exact copy of this?
  17. Who uses a controller for Team Fortress 2? Keyboard and mouse all the way! Seriously, tho, I don't think something like this setup will replace traditional control options for games, but instead offer something entirely different. It's an interesting concept and I like that people are developing it. Will it be how I play all of my FPS games in the future? No, definitely not. When I want to sit on the couch and relax I'm not looking for a workout. But by that same token, when I want to get up and move, I don't want to sit on the couch with a controller in hand and I can't always get a bunch of people together and head out to a paintball arena. Actually, one of the neat things I think of when I see this isn't traditional gaming at all, but just being able to explore an environment. Imagine if, rather than sitting on a regular treadmill, you had a device like this that let you wander through Skyrim or some similarly huge fantasy or sci-fi world. Not running and gunning, but just walking. That'd be pretty neat. Just taking a stroll from Whiterun to Windhelm, or up to High Hrothgar. Just as a part of your exercise routine.
  18. Personally I'm hoping for more mecha from the games and such. VA-3 Invader, VF-9 Cutlass, VF-14 Vampire, VF-3000 Crusader... So many great VFs. Although I can't say I'd be unhappy to get a VF-0D or a VF-11 in the Ravens scheme. I still need to get my hands on a VF-17, tho. Too many toys, not enough money.
  19. Hopefully it did well enough to warrant additional colour schemes. I only have one, but would love to pick up two more. Just can't afford it right now.
  20. Yeah, I was hoping the shoulder thruster parts would be on a hinge like the similar shoulder pieces on the Rodimus/Mirage Alternators toys, which would have allowed for more movement. The lack of underwing missiles doesn't bother me. I still kinda wish the missiles it did come with were glued in place. Might have to do that to mine, but I'm still afraid to so much as apply stickers. This is still, by far, my favourite Macross toy. Yamato outdid themselves.I want more!
  21. Speaking of how simple and fun the transformation is, kinda funny now to think how everyone expected that if Yamato ever made a toy of this, it absolutely would have to be an incredibly complex and frightening transformation. XD I wish I had a VF-19 toy, this is my first Valk purchase since the VF-11. Hoping I can get more work going soon and grab a VF-17 and a VF-19.
  22. Yeah. I *JUST* caught the mailman as he was heading back to his truck, box in hand.
  23. Nevermind! Just transformed it! SO AWESOME! So much fun! The one big impression I get of this toy is that it FEELS like an 80's toy, like the old VF-1 bricks, but it looks and has the posability of a modern toy! It looks gorgeous in all modes, it feels good in all modes, my only real complaint is that...honestly, I'd have preferred it if the missiles were molded into the toy instead of being removable. They hold well when you pick the toy up and play with it, but they fall out all over the place while transforming. ETA: Heh, thanks, kyekye, and yeah, even if the missiles tend to fall off more than I'd like, that's really par for the course in every Macross toy I have. Except, you know, the Macross itself.
  24. There's nothing I need to be worried about in transforming it, is there? No tabs that might snap if you don't move pieces in EXACTLY the right way or anything like that?
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