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9.27.2007

The Palladium Press Release is Up

It's here at Anime News Network. Highlights:

  • We're looking at a tentative November release date for the Shadow Chronicles sourcebook.
  • No plans to reprint the original books as they were.
  • Regarding future books, I quote, "Much more attention will be devoted to The Southern Cross segment of the Robotech┬« saga." Seriously?! This must be the first ROBOTECH licensee in all of the franchise's twenty-two year history to ever say this.
  • The schedule looks like this: Shadow Chronicles, New Gen, Macross Saga, Southern Cross, and then new & rewritten sourcebooks for all. Maybe Southern Cross is last so they can give it all that attention? (No, I know why it's last, don't bother telling me ...)
  • While the main books going forward will be 5" x 7" -- which they're apparently hoping will be racked near the manga section (hey, the RPG sections of bookstores have traditionally been near the graphic novels) -- they are considering deluxe editions of the books at 8" x 11" with additional artwork, mecha transformations, and more for those who aren't as taken with the pocket-sized books.


More at the link, of course.

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11 Comments:

  • FINALLY Southern Cross is getting some attention! It is the most ignored segment of Robotech next to.....
    thislove to have "official" specs on the Modat.

    By Blogger Admiral DMC McKeever, at 28 September, 2007 02:17  

  • I messed up when I posted the above comments. I'm to tired to mess with html right now, so this is what I was trying to say.

    FINALLY Southern Cross is getting some attention! It is the most ignored segment of Robotech next to.....
    Robotech: The Movie. I would love to have "official" specs on the Modat.

    And this was the link I was trying to post:
    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c35/phantomswan/RobotechLDfront.jpg

    By Blogger Admiral DMC McKeever, at 28 September, 2007 02:21  

  • That's kind of unlikely, isn't it? I don't think Harmony Gold has the Megazone 23 license any more.

    By Blogger Roger, at 28 September, 2007 06:58  

  • I know there will never be anything official. That was the point. The only thing ignored more that Southern Cross is the part of Robotech that HG doesn't even have the rights to. I wonder, when did they lose the rights? Just curious. I know it was released in several countries on VHS and laser disc. And I know the VHS was in the mid-to-late 80s. But it seems like the laser disc would be later than that.

    By Blogger Admiral DMC McKeever, at 28 September, 2007 08:07  

  • Roger's right -- HG doesn't have the MZ23 license. After all, HG fuzzed out the Robotech The Movie comic covers on Robotech.com, for crying out loud. (And yet, Tommy's old fan art of the characters is fine. Go figure.)

    By Blogger Captain JLS, at 28 September, 2007 08:14  

  • Well, I think Streamline sublicensed MZ23 through Harmony Gold when they did English dub (I'd have to check my copy of the Image Entertainment DVD), and you've got to remember, Academy did the Robotech The Movie comic series at the end of 1996. I would guess that's probably right around when HG let the rights lapse.

    By Blogger Captain JLS, at 28 September, 2007 08:27  

  • So that makes about 10 years. Makes sense, that's about how long CPM had VOTOMS.

    By Blogger Roger, at 28 September, 2007 12:52  

  • Okay, I decided to do a little research. The Streamline dub (as released by Image) says it is licensed in North America by Harmony Gold USA. The dub is copyright 1999. So in the late 90s, they still had the rights. The laser disc is a bit harder to figure out. Nowhere on it does it say when the LD is copyright, only that the "program" (meaning Robotech: The Movie) is copyright 1986. So I still have no idea when it was released.

    By Blogger Admiral DMC McKeever, at 28 September, 2007 21:19  

  • wonder if the new RPG stats will be canon, the new artbook didn't give any stats for the Haydonite ships, and few if any for the REF ships.

    By Blogger Treiz, at 29 September, 2007 09:41  

  • DMC McKeever: While the DVD may have been released in 1999, Streamline had ceased producing new anime dubs by then. Their original MZ23 release, on VHS, was in 1995 -- July 25, 1995 according to Amazon. Boy, that fits neatly with the "ten years" figure Roger suggested above, doesn't it?

    Treiz: Well, considering everything's going to be passing past Tommy's desk, I would expect the stats to be essentially set and official, especially given the lack of set stats for the Haydonite craft in the artbook. That's one of the reasons I'm so looking forward to the RPG book -- there have to be stats for the Haydonite craft in the artbook, because in the RPG you can't fight something that has no stats. Or rather, you can't beat something that has no stats. Reminds me of something I read in a video game magazine once, where the WWF was talking to their video game licensee and asking if they could make it so Hulk Hogan always won, no matter what -- a major case of totally missing the point ... stat-free Haydonite ships would be rather the same thing, wouldn't they?

    By Blogger Captain JLS, at 29 September, 2007 14:43  

  • or, a lack of stats could mean that they are extremely easy to destroy, as the have essentially zero armor.
    I guess you never know until you run one over with the SDF3 ;-)

    By Blogger Treiz, at 29 September, 2007 15:53  

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