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Robotech Master / Dess

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If I didn't know who this

If I didn't know who this guy was (and I don't,since I don't think I've ever watched the later,non Macross parts of Robotech) and just saw the figure,I would honestly think he was like a scarred Freddy Kruger type guy. Are all the figures like this? I like Macross/Robotech,but I'm a pretty casual fan.

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Posted by kidnicky on 26 January, 2010 - 08:21
Elephant Man

Yes, all the figures has proportion sculpting issues although the Zentran and Bioroid Terminator figures are quite cool and good army builders. This figure on the other hand is one of the worst ever made!

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Modcineaste on 26 January, 2010 - 17:54
What a horror! Does it

What a horror! Does it actually have that much lean, or is that a trick of the photography?

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Posted by Prometheum5 on 26 January, 2010 - 19:33
David Lean

LOL!!! Its a bad figure but that's just the camera angle.

Cheers!
LF

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Modcineaste on 26 January, 2010 - 21:55
such a waste

It's sad that the opportunity that Matchbox had with making quality figures based on such a rare anime (Southern Cross) was so epically wasted on such a poor sculpt.
I really wish that a modern line such as revoltech would make some Southern Cross figures. They would be awesome. I had a few of the models back in the day (the armored figures of the Southern Cross). Just wish I still had them today :(

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Posted by Fremen72 on 27 January, 2010 - 08:50
If you want to know why...

there are no Macross / Robotech Action Figures, then look no further than this figure. The Master and Dana Sterling figures were the stinkers of the 80's. The stigma that "Robotech = poor toy sales" starts here. It's a big reason why many retailers just don't order/care about Macross / Robotech.

Matchbox rushed this line into production to compete with Hasbro's Gi Joe line on the toy shelves, so all of these figures were made with a very poor quality plastic and paint. The thumbs are commonly found broken, the footpegs broken. Matchbox, geniuses of design, made the footholes about 2mm too small to properly fit stands for Kenner's Star Wars and Hasbro's GI Joe figures, so it is common to find stand pegs broken off into the feet of these figures. Not a problem with the Master, though, because no kid would have ever put this scumbag on a stand to begin with. Why waste a stand on a purple guy in a dress? As a kid my master figure died a flaming-firework death inside of a friend's at-at.

Also worth note is the bad paint, which will flake off the figure if exposed to air over time. Many of the c10 mint figures you see today were carded figures opened in the last 4-5 years.

Don't confuse these with the even worse Harmony Gold figures. Master wasn't made by HG but several of the other main characters. These have even worse paint and plastic.

I bought a bunch of these for less than 0.50 a piece in 1995 at a toy store, and after years of trying to trade and sell them, got rid of the last of them in 2006!

The Big R's picture
Posted by The Big R on 27 January, 2010 - 09:45
What?

"If you want to know why there are no Macross / Robotech Action Figures, then look no further than this figure."

Huh? There's tons of Macross action figures.

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Posted by Ginrai on 27 January, 2010 - 13:27
Not of the characters

Not of the characters themselves. Just the robots.

We got one full on action figure with the Ex-Gear Alto.

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Posted by VF5SS on 27 January, 2010 - 20:06
There usually aren't figures

There usually aren't figures of the characters from mecha shows. I mean,sure candy toys or vinyl statues of the women,but a full action figure line ala Star Wars is pretty rare for a mecha anime.

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Posted by kidnicky on 28 January, 2010 - 00:38
The fact that you found them

The fact that you found them at retail in 1995 really says it all.

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Posted by kidnicky on 27 January, 2010 - 10:27
ridiculous, right? Another

ridiculous, right?

Another branch of the same chain of stores had carded Kenner Star Wars figures a year before, $1 a piece. Not like one or two hanging on the pegs, like cases. A section at the very back of the clearance section. There must have been at least 50 General Madines and his crappy ilk. Me and my friends would buy them to tie to firecrackers when I was a highschooler. I actually bought their last Rancor Keeper the day they were stocking the shelves with the 95 hasbro line.

They also had an entire isle dedicated to Toy Biz's Marvel X-men toys from the early-mid 90's, with figures being $1 (when these were brand new, hot, and Toys R Us and comic shops had them at $5-7+).

The store went under in 1997. That type of store (family-owned toy chain, not corporation-owned) is now completely gone, because we all fight to save $5 online, and wait for stuff to hit clearance at big box stores to save pennies. and the mom & pop shops, they'll never come back. :(

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Posted by The Big R on 27 January, 2010 - 12:24
Well,in all fairness,I wait

Well,in all fairness,I wait for clearance prices and comparison shop at the chain stores BECAUSE they're big,faceless chains.

As for online,I only ever order imports or things I can't otherwise buy at a brick and mortar. I'd much rather go to a store.

kidnicky's picture
Posted by kidnicky on 28 January, 2010 - 00:36
Elephant man, huh?

I AM NOT AN AMIMAL! I AM A ZENTRAEDI BEING!

I had to make that joke, he really DOES look like that. I'm gonna go see if I can find a Kaybee store near where I like and see if I can find these

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Posted by mrtrainfreak12 on 23 March, 2013 - 20:12
Would make for good fodder

Would make for good fodder for a dr. Wily custom with a little work.

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Posted by The Castellan on 8 January, 2014 - 20:35
 
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