Mostly reissues of previously available stuff I suspect
The Alpha fighters in the pictures look like they are the same as the ones previously released as "Limited Editions" in the Robotech:Masterpiece Collection packaging. Unless they have made some significant improvements to them I'm not sure that they are worth the RRP that they are wanting to be honest. The previous versions were...not that great. (And I say that as a big fan of the Legioss as a mecha).
The 1/100th scale stuff looks like the mould they have released a couple of times previously - only there don't seem to be versions with the Super- config parts. The 1/100th are...ok. I owned two - one now due to a fall which shattered the Miriya-1J's tail section. They are better than the Japanese crane-game Valkyries, but like them are better display pieces that they are for fiddling about with. For one thing the sockets which hold the arms into the shoulders don't fit that tightly and too much fiddling with the pose ends up with you holding a detached arm more often than not. Slides right back in, but it quickly becomes annoying. Very much at the "toy" end of things in terms of cost, but somewhat lacking in durability.
The GBP armour is new though. Toynami haven't done the GBP in any scale before, and now we have 3 sets - one in canon colours and two to match Max and Roys Ace-colours. That said, much as I do rather like the GBP "fat-suit", I think I am content with the larger 1/60th scale Macross one I have mounted on a -1S. The fact that it more than doubles the cost of the toy, in such a small scale kind of puts me off. (That and the fact they haven't bothered to do a Miryia-colours version. What would be the point of having a Max-GBP without a Miriya version to, you shouldn't separate the second-best battle couple of the series).
By total coincidence, I am listening to one of the vocal tracks from "Robotech:The Movie" (the deservedly obscure cut-and-shut of Megazone 23 and Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross footage) on returning to this thread.
It is a bit of a trainwreck. Between the "differences if opinion" between HG and Carloco as to what kind of movie they wanted, a short notice overhaul of the project as a result and the fact that the two series aren't even shot on the same size of film-stock (and side by side it really, really shows) it is a bit of a mess before you even get to the truly incomprehensible plot.There are good reasons that its claimed "theatrical run" boiled down to one weekend in two cinemas in the same US State... (followed by a European VHS release on the "it is done now, maybe we can get some money back on it somehow" approach.)
I'd classify it as the "Shadow Chronicles" of it's day, only even more of a disaster.
Spencer of 3P company MAAS toys (the guy who's represented various 3P companies at TFN for the last couple of years and the company that did Rune for TFN last year) has announced that MAAS have officially licensed Robotech from Harmony Gold to make toys.
I've been having a look at these recently. Looks like those new 3+1/2 inch figures are the only new thing there - the 1/100th scale fighters look to be reissues of the ones that Toynami last released about five years back (if I am recalling the dates properly).
The Mospeada stuff looks like it is going to be repackages of the 1/33rdish Evolution Toys Legii that came out last year sometime. That surprises me, because those are very high price ticket items - a couple of hundred quid and I do wonder if the Robotech market can actually support that kind of price point.
Wow a filthy glorified KO company go legit and license an official product? I shall be interested to see what they produce.
A company that got its start breaking copyright law, gets a license from a company with a record of actions which either put them in the "copyright troll" category or indicate a painful ignorance of how copyright law works... There is a certain irony in play there...
It does sound odd to say the least. But I'm kinda interested in the idea of a good 3P company producing properly licensed figures. I can imagine there's a huge leap needed in the whole production process.
Well, that's any attempt to get a decent Western release for any of the other Macross franchises buggered. I'm really surprised how Harmony Gold can keep putting up the money. Tatsunoko must really think 'Eh, we don't need Macross money.'
He looks like his hands were run over by a steam roller.
The original Macross doesn't have hands... The ends of the "arms" are two naval vessels - specifcally the UN Navy aircraft carrier Prometheus and the Marine assault ship Daedalus. They were kludged onto the docking ports due to the destruction of the ARMD carriers that were intended to go there. Neither of the two transformable spacecraft in Robotech had hands - the Macross had te naval ships, and te SDF 2 would have had ARMDs - if she had ever been finished.
In Macross for contrast there wasn't a transformable ship with hands until the New Macross class in Macross 7 (which is currently the only one to do that - the Macross derivative carrier in Macross Delta goes back to a pair of huge carriers instead. Presumably the hands, and separate cannon ship like a giant rifle didn't work out so well in practice....)