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Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Robot invaders continued - Robotech Defenders & BattleTech

Revell tried to wrap a story around these unconnected lines of model kits with DC Comics release of a pilot comic book (to test the water) running 3 issues, entitled “Robotech Defenders” to boost sales, but it had such a poor reception (and sales) after the first issue that the second issue included the third and final part of the story and even boasted 32 pages with NO ADS!

An other cohort in this reconnaissance force that came from America was in the from of the FASA Corporation's table-top wargame “BattleTech”, it too repackaged Japanese model kits from Dougram, Crusher Joe, and Macross to sell under its franchise. The game itself took many Japanese mecha designs to fill its universe of 32nd century combat, and by 1986 had successfully released the first “BattleTech” novel, (and to date there are over 100 novels published). [more on BattleTech at a later date]

[I recall scrutinising these transfers (semi transparent stickers, that added detail to a finished model) that came with this model kits that had Japanese writing, and the odd cartoon like characters pictures!]
As a fan of Science Fiction I used to subscribe to a British magazine from my local newsagent called “Space Voyager”, about 1984 – 1986, (dates need checking as I cannot find my old issues), the magazine was devoted to science fiction and science fact (the space program), including movies, and TV shows, and their Special effects that were mostly scratch built models, also games and art. There were lots of photos and art, even some in colour.
I can vividly remember a back cover of one of these magazines having a colour photograph of one of these giant robotic war machines with cannons instead of arms, and inside was a full page advert from a company callled 'Taylor & McKenna' importing Japanese robot (Mecha) kits made by Imai & Ban Dai, my eyes widened looking at something so cool (now a bit geeky), with wonderful names like Destroid Tomahawk, Tactical Pod Glaug, Nousjadeul Ger, and Armored Valkyrie these kits all had the Logo of “Macross” my curiosity was now peaked!

I was on the lookout for toys, model kits, and Video tapes from these new cartoons.

[Having this weekend (30\06\2013) just found a despatch latter from 'Taylor & McKenna' dated 2nd. July 1984 informing me that my 'Armoured Valkyrie and Macross figure character set is on its way!]

 [NOTE: Crusher Joe Mecha as Battletech Kits:- the “Galleon” Tank  (kept its name for Battletech); the robot scout walker “Ostall” (scaled-up and renamed the Locust for Battletech); the “Harpy” space fighter(Battletech Samurai aerospace fighter ); and the “Siren” space fighter (Battletech Corsair Aerospace Fighter).]

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