Vids I Dig 062: Toy Galaxy: The History of ‘Robotech’ (In 4 Parts)

From Toy Galaxy’s YouTube description (Part 1: Harmony Gold & The Birth of ‘Robotech’): On this episode we dive into the very messy history of Robotech.

A mash-up of 3 different Japanese animated shows imported to the US at a time when Transformers were just rolling out and Hasbro was looking to license any robots they could find, this caused some problems for Harmony Gold, the company behind Robotech.

From Toy Galaxy’s YouTube description (Part 2: The Movie, A Lawsuit & Government Trouble): Picking up where Volume 1 left off this is the History of Robotech volume 2.

This episode covers Harmony Gold’s efforts to get a Robotech movie into theaters with the help of Cannon Films and their efforts to create a season 2 of Robotech with all new animation.

Unfortunately, the governments of the world didn’t care about any of that.

From Toy Galaxy’s YouTube description (Part 3: Games, Comics & Licensing Nonsense): It’s the history of Robotech volume 3 as we continue on.

Harmony Gold starts to really enforce its license and Dan explores the Robotech RPG, all of the Robotech comics from all of the various publishers and the series of Robotech novels and talks about where they fit in the larger Robotech canon.

From Toy Galaxy’s YouTube description (Part 4: Lots of Lawsuits, Failed Kickstarters & the Future): The history of Robotech is very complicated. It is littered with failed projects, like Robotech Academy, Mars Force and Palladium Book Robotech RPG Tactics, and lots of lawsuits.

Lawsuits involving Battletech, Piranha Games, Hairbrained Schemes, Hasbro and more.

And a confusing spaghetti of rights involving Harmony Gold, Tatsunoko, Big West, Studio Nue, Battletech, Hasbro and others.

We do our best to tell that story.

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