Monthly Archives: April 2010

Macross Chronicle, Issue 45: VF-1D and Fan Racer

Macross Chronicle Issue 45 (2010/04/15) has a really nice cover showing the VF-1D with Minmay in its left hand.

Rick Hunter flying the VF-1D with Minmay outside the cockpit and in the fighter’s hand was one of the most memorable scenes from the Robotech/Macross TV series.

VF-1D foldout

VF-1D Mechanic Sheet 1 of 2

At the top of the VF-1D mechanic sheet above, see that picture second from the left, where Rick Hunter is flying out of the cockpit, and gets back in the cockpit because it’s closing?  Amazing!   That scene is one of the most suspenseful, action-packed scenes in the series!!

VF-1D Mechanic Sheet 2 of 2

Immediately after the mechanic sheets for the VF-1D are the mechanic sheets for Rick Hunter/Hikaru Ichijo’s Fan Racer.

Fan Racer Mechanic Sheet 1 of 2

Macross Chronicle calls it the “Fan Liner”.

Fan Racer Mechanic Sheet 2 of 2

When Rick/Hikaru’s Fan Racer accelerates in a vertical climb faster than the VF-1A Angel Birds, you know that he’s destined to become someone important.

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Thank You, Carl Macek

I can’t believe it, but producer Carl Macek who brought Robotech to the U.S. as a series of three anime, passed away on April 17th of a heart attack.  Today’s L.A. Times has an obituary:  http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-passings-20100423,0,2843388.story

I will forever remember Carl for the gift he gave all of us:  a wonderful escape into the world of Macross, Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada, and my initial introduction to Japanese anime.

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“A memorial in Carl Macek’s memory will be held at the Congregational Church of the Chimes at 2pm on May 1st in Sherman Oaks, California. The service will be open to the public, but we ask well wishers to be mindful of Carl’s friends and family.”

Thank you, Carl.  We will miss you!  God bless.


Movie Review: Up in the Air: Life Has a Journey, not a Destination

I really like “Up in the Air” for its mature themes.  In this Academy Award-nominated movie, the main protagonist Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney, realizes that his life is a journey, not a destination.  A self-chosen bachelor (he doesn’t want to be married or have kids), Ryan has one of the loneliest jobs–he’s hired by companies to fire employees, and he flies 322 days of the year.  His primary purpose, other than his job and giving the same motivational speech, is to accumulate 10 million frequent flyer miles on American Airlines.  When he reaches that goal, he feels surprised, and wishes it wasn’t happening.  Even though he’s prepared himself to talk with the pilot who gives him a special metal card, only the seventh ever issued, he can’t remember what he wanted to talk about.  What really bothers him, however, are his personal relationships with his younger sister Julie and an attractive frequent traveler Alex.

His younger sister Julie, played by Melanie Lynskey, is getting married, but since Ryan hasn’t been there to support her and their father passed away, she chose her fiance’s uncle to give her away at her wedding.  But Ryan redeems himself by talking with Julie’s fiance Jim on the wedding day, and curing him of his cold feet.  Jim is having second thoughts because he feels life will become pointless after he gets married, because his life milestones like buying a house and having kids seem so obvious, ending with his death.  Ryan consoles him and makes him realize it’s better in life not to be lonely and to have Julie as his co-pilot.  I think what’s really missing in this dialogue is that Jim is missing the point of those life milestones:  it’s the journey through them that is worth it–witnessing the birth of your first child, their first steps, going to school, etc.  There are so many joys in that journey that Ryan can’t explain because he hasn’t experienced them himself.  The movie never explains why Ryan chose to be a loner, but I bet it has to do with a bad relationship he’s had, whether with his parents or with a previous ex-girlfriend.

In some hotel bar, Ryan meets Alex, played by Vera Farmiga, who appears to be his soul mate because she’s a frequent flyer and likes all the perks like Ryan does.  Alex makes many suggestive comments to Ryan and leads him on, to the point that Ryan invites her to his sister’s wedding and to his high school.  But their relationship doesn’t work out in the end, because of an important detail that Alex doesn’t mention and the fact that she feels Ryan is just an escape.  In fact, she says he’s a “parenthesis.”  Ryan needs a genuine relationship, and the only way to increase his chances is to be grounded somewhere.  He needs to be in the same place in order to build meaningful relationships with other people.

The dialogue and cinematography are excellent, and if you like movies with mature themes, I definitely recommend watching “Up in the Air.”  This movie will make you think about why you chose the work and personal life you have.

Macross Chronicle Issue 43: VF-1A Mass Production and VF-1A Hayao Kakizaki

Issue 43 of Macross Chronicle has tech sheets on the VF-1A Mass Production TV Type and the VF-1A Hayao Kakizaki (Ben Dixon in Robotech).  I like the contrast between white and tan on the Mass Production TV Type, but the light tan on Hayao’s VF-1A seems a little too light…

Tech sheet on VF-1A Mass Production TV Type

Tech sheet on VF-1A Hayao Kakizaki

The Nifty Macross Keychain

Thinking about getting the 1/60 VF-1S Hikaru or Roy valkyrie with Super and Strike Parts “Plus”?  The “Plus” refers to a nifty Macross keychain that comes taped to the underside of the plastic that encloses the toy.  If you really want to be reminded of Macross every day, now you can carry this keychain with you!

Nifty!

Keychain with its four small batteries

About three inches long, the keychain comes with 4 very small AG3 “button cell” batteries, which stack on top of each other in the back of the keychain, the part with the key ring.  The other end of the keychain twists off, revealing a piece of plastic with a skull emblem inside.  When you press the small button above the “AC” in “MACROSS” (the white plastic to the right is to cover the button to prevent pushing it), you see a cool image:

Skull emblem image from VF-1S Roy Focker

As you can see, the image is not clearly in focus because the plastic lens isn’t of high quality.

Later, I’ll take a look at the valkyrie itself!

Hobby Link Japan Spring Sale 4/8-4/28!

Hi Macross fans!  Hobby Link Japan is starting a spring sale today!

What I’m wondering about is there are 3 items coming in May, Hikaru’s VF-1J with armor parts, or each separately.  If anyone can translate what the Yamato Toys Web site says, I’d appreciate it!