CCSE 2021: Robotech Games, Collectibles And Comics
by Gary Catig
Last summer, we received a large amount of news regarding the Robotech franchise at Comic-Con@Home. So, when the San Diego based convention held their first in-person show in a while at Comic-Con Special Edition, it was no surprise that the property would have a panel. Even in the several months between events, there were plenty of new announcements.
The biggest news revealed, even though it occurred last spring, was the amicable resolution between Harmony Gold, Big West, and Studio Nue over the rights to the Robotech franchise.
“The landmark agreement immediately permits worldwide distribution of most of the Macross films and television sequels worldwide, and also confirms that Big West will not oppose the Japanese release of an anticipated upcoming live-action Robotech film. The agreement also recognizes Harmony Gold’s longstanding exclusive license with Tatsunoko for the use of the 41 Macross characters and mecha in the Robotech television series and related merchandise throughout the world excluding Japan.
Moving forward, both parties will cooperate on distribution regarding future Macross and Robotech projects for the benefit of both franchises.”
The agreement removes some of the complications for the release of the long in development live-action Robotech film. Speaking of the film, there has been no real progress to report partially because of the pandemic.
On the games front, Robotech: Homefront is an expansion book to supplement the Robotech: The Macross Saga RPG universe. It will expand The Masters, ASC, UEEF, and INVID stories and will come out in 2022. Currently available is Robotech: The Macross Saga HD Edition for Nintendo Switch.
For toys, KitzConcept will have a Rick Hunter variant in his civilian flight suit. They also announced a new licensing agreement with high end collectible company, ThreeZero. Though there has been no new product news yet.
Fans of the comics from Titan should be excited to learn that Harmony Gold has been in talks with the publisher to start them up again. There are details that need to be worked out such as whether to continue with the current storylines or to start anew considering the long pandemic delay.