rob morrisseau (moriseau@best.com)
Wed, 13 Oct 1999 16:45:42 -0700


Wow eddie you realy took the wind out of my sails! maybe your right....DOH!
20th would be nice...but hope is a dangerous thing..sigh

rob

>
>
> Macross was never that big in Japan the way it is HUGE in the Western world.
> Although many despise Robotech, Carl Macek deserves all the credit for
> introducing anime and mecha to the Western audience.
>
> Macross came out in the wake of MS Gundam, so despite its better quality
> animation and cool transforming Valkyries, it never made as big an impression
> as MS Gundam did with the Japanese audience. Its only contribution to the
> giant robot genre was transforming military vehicles and the damn annoying
> pop singers, as far as the Japanese audience was concerned. This is evident
> in most of the 80s mecha shows all featuring transformers, even Zeta Gundam
> could not escape this fate - Tomino had to bow to the market's demands.
>
> Every Japanese mecha fan remember standing in line for a new Gundam kit
> release in their childhood, but I don't think the same could be said for
> Valkyrie kits. This could be why Bandai hasn't jumped on a MG Valkyrie yet -
> the demand may not be big enough to justify it. They haven't reissued their
> HCM or chogokin toys either, even for the ones whose molds are still intact.
> The demand in the Japanese market just wasn't enough to justify their
> trouble, and even when an overseas distributor agreed to make more than the
> minimum purchase quantity for the Valkyrie toys, Bandai still refused to make
> a production run.
>
> As long as MG mobile suit kits make money, Bandai won't be making a MG
> Valkyrie soon. Maybe for the 20th anniversary, though...
>
> Eddie
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