Re: [gundam] Gundam in the US!?!?!


A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy, Far, Far Away.... (devillin@juno.com)
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 16:21:09 -0500


>>What happened is that BattleTech was released in Japan, where the
>>derivative mecha would've been painfully and laughably obvious. So
they
>>hired a Japanese artist to redo all of the mecha with the same specs,
but
>>different imagery. Then they went back and "updated" the Western
version
>>with all new mecha.
>
>Actually, FASA didn't update the Western versions of the mecha. What
they
>did do was wipe them out of the Battletech continutity (no more
Maurader,

Well, you guys are both kind of right. FASA did use the redone mecha in
Japan,
but they didn't use the images for the original mechs here in the US.
What
they used those images for in the US was either as brand new mechs (they
showed up in the Solaris 7 boxed set) or as Clan remakes of the popular
old
mechs. Either way though, the Unseen were not wiped out of the
continuity.
What FASA is doing now is not using any of the images anymore (old or
new).
The designs are still in existance and they can be used at tournaments.
There
just won't be any new minis of them produced. So if you have the original
Ral
Partha minis of the Unseen, they just jumped in collector value.

>Rifleman, sniff...). It turns out, FASA got in more Licensing trouble
when
>they realeased the MechWarrior II computer game, and people in Japan saw

Not quite, once again it was the grasping hand of Harmony Gold that
convinced
FASA to stop using the images. HG basically threatened FASA with lawsuit
after lawsuit until FASA either stopped using the images, or FASA went
out
of business from the lawyer expences. Faced with that, FASA decided to
stop using the images. That's why if you get the new edition of the 3025
Tech
Readout, all of the Unseen have been replaced with dumbed down versions
of the original Star League mechs.

>familiar Macross mecha running around. By the time Mechwarrior::
>Mercanaries was released all the "borrowed" mecha had been purged, and
the
>new versions of all their products make no mention of mechs with names
like
>Locust, Maurader, Warhammer, etc.

This was only a side effect of FASA's decision, not the main reason.

--
Linwood Foster,   The_Sentinel@Gundam.Com
3 of 10, Rec.Games.Mecha Moderation Team
10th Lyran Guards, The Revenants.
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