Robotech Academy designs, week three (plus SDCC bullet points).
NOTE: Several designs were also shown at San Diego Comic-Con, but I’m waiting until we have non-photos-of-Powerpoint-slides copies of those pics before talking about them.
ALSO: Boy, it really doesn’t look like this is gonna happen, guys.
1. Well, this at least has a silhouette. It’s got vertically-oriented Macross booms at the front (with the multiple pointy bits from the Do You Remember Love version), giant knife-sword things attached to its rear thrusters (why?), and the big side thrusters from that first ship design right below the Academy emblem only without any of the virtual paint apps. Better than the first design, but the repurposed bit and the dumb sword attachments bring it down a lot for me.
2. Yikes. Those super-obvious legs hanging under the airframe are so ugly. This looks like a bad Transformers toy — no, not even a Transformers toy, one of those off-brand psuedo-Transformers you see at Walgreens. I really hope that if this silly thing succeeds they’ll take some of these designs and go back to the drawing board on ‘em, because that really needs to be cleaned up. Change the shapes of the legs so the panels smooth out in Fighter mode. Have the obvious groin/hips recessed into the body in Fighter. Have the purplish color revealed in Guardian/Battloid and NOT shown in Fighter. And hey, what’s with the wing segments being slid forward?
This gets back to what I was saying about the unnamed first ship design — the silhouette is important, and on fighter craft even moreso because without some super-crazy thrust there’s difficulty suspending disbelief that this thing’ll fly if it’s got all that ugly junk underneath it. It doesn’t look aerodynamic, and worse — how many more times can I say it? — it just looks bad. Ugh.
3. NEW(ISH) PRODUCT! Available exclusively on Amazon, for $19.99, this September — the first half of ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA (original U.S. broadcast version) and the first half of SUPER DIMENSION FORTRESS MACROSS (subtitled in English). Nine episodes a disc, no restoration work (Tommy disingenuously remarked that “some fans want the show as they remember it, complete with dirt and scratches”), but if that’s a hole you have in your collection (and given the prices the original MACROSS goes for these days I’m sure lots of people do), might be well worth checking out.
4. NOT PICTURED, comics, manga, and artbook publisher UDON now has the rights to produce a series of ROBOTECH artbooks featuring art from MACROSS, SOUTHERN CROSS, and MOSPEADA — as well as, I assume, original pieces produced for ROBOTECH in the U.S. I would be terribly surprised if these things don’t feature a lot of Tommy Yune’s art from the last decade and a half or so. It was also announced that Udon will be handling the ROBOTECH ACADEMY artbook, assuming that goes forward.
Downer of a week to go with the downer of a San Diego panel. Worst of all, there was no comics announcement. I am way disappointed.