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Space Pirate Battleship Arcadia


6 comments posted
"While I’m almost positive

"While I’m almost positive Galaxy Express 999 has nothing to do with Harlock"

You would be surprised just how many crossovers between Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 there are.

The Galaxy Express movies would be a good starting point. In fact, I think that's where this ship makes it's animated debut.

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Posted by Tetsuryu on 2 August, 2015 - 08:33
This! The Leiji'verse is a

This! The Leiji'verse is a strange place that more or less co exists and crosses over itself in ways that often seemingly run counter to the primary narratives. There are indications of some connection between Galaxy Express 999's Maetel and Harlock's Emereldas. The gun Matel gives Tetsuro is one of the Creations of Tochiro, the builder of Harlock's Arcadia. Etc. there are even some scenes in the GE999 Manga that show the Arcadia, Yamato and Andromeda in port side by side while the GE999 flies by. Harlock's and GE999 are more solid than the usual cameos as he and Emereldas play major roles in the GE999 movies.

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Posted by faelon on 2 August, 2015 - 14:15
Yeah, I was aware of the

Yeah, I was aware of the easter eggs and indirect references to other shows in the Leiji-verse, sure, but as far as direct references go I'm unaware.

Still, thanks for that, both of you.

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Posted by VIR on 2 August, 2015 - 15:06
The music that this toy plays

The music that this toy plays is all from the first Galaxy Express movie. I was kind of disappointed with that really, I much preferred the cues from SSX - although they were composed by Shunsuke Kikuchi and I'd imagine there was some problems with licensing the music of a big name composer like him.

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Posted by Tetsuryu on 3 August, 2015 - 07:24
So that's why I couldn't

So that's why I couldn't place any of the music, ha!
I was listening to the wrong OST the whole time.

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Posted by VIR on 3 August, 2015 - 15:15
Didn't know how badly I wanted this until I had it in my hands

While I can't claim to be a much of Galaxy Express or Herlock fan (due to opportunities to watch rather than taste), I do love the SoC line of ships so when I saw the Arcadia up for auction on Ebay, I decided to go for it. The box was slightly damaged, so I ended up getting this for <$200 including shipping, which is a huge bargain in my thinking.

Anyway, once I got it out of the box, I couldn't have been more pleased. The review is spot on in terms of heft and detail. My only complaints are that the length makes it difficult to position on the shelf. The Jolly Roger located at the stern of the boat adds another two-ish inches to the length. Also, when assembling be sure the bottom antenna is securely in place. It is precariously positioned behind the rear pillar of the stand (also putting it at risk for bending), so it comes off easily when you remove or replace it unless securely locked in.

This is relatively minor stuff, though, so if you're of fan of Matsumoto, Galaxy Express, Captain Herlock or just generally love bad ass replicas of spacecraft, then I highly advise you pick this up.

Does anyone know how this ship compares in terms of size and scale to the other Arcadia replicas such as those produced by Aoshima, Taito, or in Leiji's Space Battle Ship Collection?

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Posted by qmendoza on 3 August, 2015 - 11:14