Robotech reminiscing: Nostalgic toys continue to impress as movie wait drags on

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If you’re attending Emerald City Comicon this weekend, you may get a glimpse at the future of one of the past’s most beloved future-focused franchises.

In the panel “Robotech: A Look to the Future,” Harmony Gold USA will present the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live-action film seemingly forever in the works at Sony Pictures by the producers of 300 and the director of Furious 7. (Den of Geek has an update on where that movie stands.)

There are lots of interesting things in the works, anyway.

Last weekend, at Toy Fair in New York, these beauties surfaced: action-figure-sized mecha in their humanoid/battloid form (including the gargantuan SDF-1) that I would have killed for as a kid, along with Robotech-branded M.U.S.C.L.E. mini-figures. (Yes, you remember those pink, manga-style wrestlers that were sold by the bucketful.)

Both lines seem to be based on the first-generation “Macross” era characters. Or, are these two products really one and the same? It’s hard to tell from what little I’ve seen (please, chime in if you were there, or know more). But these posts seem to suggest both old-school, action-figure cards and carded M.U.S.C.L.E. packaging, possibly a multi-pack?

Perhaps we’ll learn more after ECCC …

On the higher end, last winter KitzConcept showed off some very impressive, larger-scale Robotech mecha models at Hong Kong’s ToySoul trade show.

Not a protoculture addict? If you’re wondering what in the name of Zor all this fuss is about, you can fire up Robotech reruns on streaming services such as Netflix, Crackle and Amazon Prime Video.

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