Awesome "Super Strike Valkyrie Armor", sans all the wing pylon missiles, in Gerwalk Mode!
Big fan of Macross and Robotech. Also grew up a fan of Mobile Suit Gundam, prefer any UC era MS Gundam, grew up on all the old school 70s heroic Super Robots (i.e. Voltes V, Mazinger Z, "Shogun Warriors", etc).
Evangelion mecha were pretty gnarly designs!
Had a 12-inch Japanese Hikaru Ichijo (Rick Hunter) Skull VF-1S with the Super Strike armor back in middle school. I remember I ha originally wanted a 12-inch Gundam Mk-II (AEUG) but the specialty shop was sold out so my dad made me choose between the Valkyrie or a Z-Gundam.
I didn't get to see any Gundam series until Gundam W was out for rental at a local Japan mini-mart in VA. There was a local comic shop that had a nice section Japanime and manga stuff and the guy who ran the place was a huge anime fan. He kept in contact with some college student anime fan club members that subbed anime laserdiscs onto VHS and the dude was nice enough to give me some tapes that had the first couple episodes of 0083 Stardust Memory. I stuck with the UC stuff. The Alternate Universe Gundams were okay but for me they were cooler as just Gunpla stuff, heh heh.
I am also not a miniature gamer but that Robotech RPG sounds really cool. Will have to check it out!
Too bad Gundam didn't become a really big hit in North America like Transfomers, Voltron, Robotech, did. Gundam W did the best on Toonami, G Gundam not far behind, but none of the UC stuff stuck. Still, can't beat seeing Gundam merch on toy aisles in Walmart and Target! Heck, never thought Hello Kitty & Sanrio would be big out side Asia either, lol.
Even though Gundam never became a household name like Transfomers, Robotech and Voltron have become I am glad Gundam had a good enough run in the US while it lasted.
Gundam Unicorn has been an incredible OAV series!
I've been watching Gundam Unicorn online but will get the actual BR discs eventually. You are definitely right about the series. Seeing Voltron done the same way like that would be interesting. I liked the design on but that was the only cool thing about the series. The theme song set the tone and pretty much was downhill for me from there. Perhaps the Japanese may revive Go-Lion their own way! I was a fan of the other "Voltron", Dairugger XV since he reminded me of Voltes V.
Have you seen the Japanese live-action Space Cruiser Yamato, Captain Harlock, and Gaiking films? I've only seen trailers. Been years since I seen any of those anime!
G Gundam, the "Street Fighter 2" of Gundam, lol! Yeah, that whole series was pretty trippy. Not as trippy as a Go Ngai Mankaiser(Mazinger) series but same fare. I did buy an G Gundam art book, along with art books for 08th MS Team, & Gundam W, a few years before it they hit Toonami but I never got into actually watching the G series. Rather be watching SD Gundam! I don't have those art books anymore accept a few issues of the Protoculture Addict magazines that featured nearly all the Gundam series in the 90s. I have a few Z-Gundam art books, some smaller digest-sized ones for 0083, a Gatchaman, and a 70s Super Robot almanac but I'd love to get art books on Gundam Unicorn, 0083 Stardust Memory, 08th MS Team(again!), Macross(again!), Macross Plus, Macross Zero, Tekkaman Spaceknight and Tekkaman Blade.
That Gatchaman WIP animated film looked pretty good and hope it gets finished! I still haven't seen that last Astro Boy film!