Getting into Gatchaman
One thing that I find really difficult about this kind of hobby, is getting started. Being born in the 70's, even in theh UKm Battle of the Planets was key. Although I was never much into it, my brother had a Phoenix toy and we watched episodes whenever they were on, and it is still one of the strongest 'nostalgia buttons' for me, along with Transformers, Gobots/Robo Machines and Starcom.
So I wondered about picking it up again, as some of the designs are awesome. There are two things that I want to look into...
1. Animation. I know that there was a (?) Japanese series over two (?) seasons, which were merged together for a Western release under three mostly seperate release titles. The problem is knowing where to start. Obviously, I would eventually love to own everything every made on DVD, but I have no idea what is available, on what formats, for how much money, in what languages. Can anyone untangle this for me?
2. Toys! This is fairly easy. I dont have a specific collecting goal. I just want to start getting a couple of cool pieces and take it from there. Vehicles beats characters/figures for me, but I will happily consider anything. The initial season with the Phoenix is what I remember, and as the Phoenix is iconic, that would be the first place to start, along with any cool representations of the smaller individual craft from it. But, it seems that Gatchaman toy releases are rare and variable in quality, and I am not wild about dropping huge chunks of cash. I would like this to be a fairly low-key collection if possible, and I am OK with not owning the 'must have 18" full diecast with lights and sounds' bits. Just some cool desk toys are fine.
Thanks in advance.
I think that it is really easy to forget just how confusing this kind of thing can be to get into for the outside.... Maybe a future CDX Show discussion?