Somone’s already posted a rumored transforming fighter design for the show – it does seem to match a fighter seen both in current computer wallpaper from robotech.com, and several years ago in the “Macross: 2012 Flashback” special.
This announcement is going to divide my friends clearly into 3 camps – those who couldn’t care less about a new mecha cartoon, those who are thrilled to see more Robotech material, and those who are appalled that we Americans are ‘ruining’ the Macross legend even further.
Frankly, I’m in the second camp. Robotech had everything an SF series needed, back when I was exposed to it: an engaging animation style I’d rarely seen before; an ongoing storyline where every episode mattered to the overall plot; complex, evolving characters; a world where the consequences of violence mattered; interesting aliens with their own motivations and technological styles; a cool soundtrack; and believable, sharply designed transforming space fighters. (Not to mention the slightly less believable but way-cool transforming hyperspace-capable battle fortress with a main gun capable of wiping out a small fleet in a single shot.)
If they do a decent job with this at all (not necessarily a ‘given’ when Harmony Gold’s concerned), I’ll be buying their DVDs when they hit the shelves. Now if Harmony Gold would only lay off of FASA and WizKids, so I can pilot my Phoenix Hawk in the MechWarrior miniatures game…