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  • "Warning, this podcast represents the opinion of two jerks and does not reflect the Collectindx staff. It may contain foul language and filthy dirty lies. It should not be listen to by human beings or taken orally."

    That is our disclaimer in case you can't understand robot voice. We apologize for any confusion.

    Destroy All Pod...   15 years 29 weeks ago
  • FYI

    Thanks for the great comment and welcome aboard!

    In regards to the podcast - DAPDX is a separate entity than collectionDX. They are good friends and we host it for them, but we in no way have any input as to the content of their podcast. At some point we may do a CollectionDX podcast, but that would be labled as such.

    Josh

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    JoshB   15 years 29 weeks ago
  • hello guys, first CDX post, and nice podcast!


    i just had to comment being a big fan of this film, and Matsumoto's work in general. sorry for bad spelling.


    Personally, i just can't let you guys broadcast this to newer fans interested in the series without some kind of comment about your analysis of this film. The review is pretty negative, which is a shame, as all the "bad" points you make out in your review seem either misinformed, or overly skewed to a certain point of view, and not the unusal objective commentary i've come to expect from COLLECTIONDX. I can understand and even agree with a negative review of this film, but not based on the criteria of this podcast (which seems very sophmoric: it's an old show, no continuity, they're Nazis, so its not that good).


    First, it's very obvious you are coming from a more modern, 90's anime-fan point of view, as you reference the film to much more modern works like the newer Gundam shows, and not really in a more fair context of its peers from the early 1980's. You are really also missing a big point that it is a "fantasy" sci-fi, a la "star wars", rather than the "real" sci-fi of Gundam or Macross, where science and physics laws are taken into account and followed to the letter. Hense the flying trains, people in space without space suits, and strange continuity. You guys speak of this like it's a negative aspect of the series, as if the film is "broken" because of this! its just different than other shows & films that are created nowadays which seem to obsess over its back story, science, and/or continuity- all useless unless they advance a story (which they usually don't, they usuall replace weak story!)


    A big point of Harlock and much of Matsumoto's work in general, all the characters in AOMY are -- analogies -- for different viewpoints/theories on the world, from those who are hated for their appearance (nerdy Tochiro), those who are idealists (Harlock/Maya), people who become unwilling tools of governments, etc. Harlock throughout Matsumoto's works is less a real human character, and more an ideal that is presented to the other characters and audience, equal parts warrior poet, philosopher, and Dracula(!)


    Also, and probably most disapointingly, you guys obsess on the Harlock & Tochiro flashback. You seem to regard this scene with distain, and it seems to spoil the film for you (at least in your review, and to the listener). It's really just a visually interesting way to show these new friends have a deep, deep connection, that goes beyond friendship, without being overly sappy (this was a project aimed at 12yr old boys in Japan!) and nothing more, and i agree it does slow the pace of the film and is pretty confusing. It seems you guys think that this part is some type of an endorsement of the Nazis, and that is absolutely ridiculous. It's also disapointing that you didn't get that this film is completely, 100% written and told from a Japanese view, and obsessed on the fact that Harlock & Tochiro in flashback fought for the Axis powers in WWII. It's made very clear that the two characters don't share the idealogy of the Axis, and only fight out of a sense of honor or duty. Yet you seem very intent on pounding this home, as if the film should have taken into account the "american" point of view, even though it was made by Japanese who have no interest in this view! America did occupy Japan for years, and some Japanese felt the same way about the occupiers as the humans in ARCADIA OF MY YOUTH act to their alien oppressors. To deny this fact is to sugar-coat the past, and much of Leiji Matsumoto's work is exactly about this topic, and how dangerous it is to do so! If a movie is made in another country, for another culture, and another language, then why does it have to fall into and cater to an American viewpoint? SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO has these same themes, and you comment on this in the podcast as well, does that make the crew of the Yamato Nazis as well? No, the artists & writers were using the Yamato as a symbol of Japanese pride, very obviously. And i think the same is here as well, to show that regardless of time period, there are reluctant soliders in every army, and these two characters share a rebelious streak and friendship that is their past, present, and future lives- they can't escape their destiny.

    To write off all of these details off and just call them Nazis as you do in this review is not only a severe disservice to the work, it's also a disservice to the art of objective review (which COLLECTIONDX excells at) and the listeners of the podcast unfamilar with this work, who might not try it because the 2 main characters are "nazis." it just feels like you guys didn't really watch the film, or stopped paying attention to it at some point due to this scene, or at least it seems like it in this podcast review, as you guys spend most of the middle of the 25+min broadcast on this point and don't really go anywhere afterward.


    I hope you DAP! guys don't think of this as a slam comment, or take offense, as i like your podcasts a lot actually, it just feels like this time you completely dropped the ball on this film, and came at it from a mis-informed angle. C'mon guys, this is one of the most influential anime films of all time, featuring one of the most influential characters in anime of all time, and there's a lot of deep, great stuff to chew on, don't just eat the candy flower and icing, dive in and eat the whole cake too!

    The Big R   15 years 29 weeks ago
  • I found your podcast from AWO and it's great. Keep up the great work.

    As to Harlock, well I've only seen the first few episodes of the original series so Arcadia is really my only exposure to the character so maybe my thoughts are a bit flawed. I found Harlock to be a bit aloof at the beginning only becoming closer to how he usually is after the blinding incident and completing the circle after Maya's death. Also I didn't think the exposition between Tochiro and Harlock was slow in any way. As his origin story I'd have to expect a lot of exposition but then again I've haven't seen all of the first series. The story of their ancestors made their friendship in the present better to understand if a little implausible.

    But then again I'm not watching Harlock, or any Matsumoto story for that matter, for unnecessary things like logic or plausibility.....

    Eeeper T Gozza   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • Megatron

    The gun is big to keep Megatron scale to MP-01 Convoy/Optimus Prime. If the gun was scale to a real P-38, Megatron would be almost the same size as the old one, which would be dwarfed by MP Convoy. Takara (rightly) chose the lesser of two evils and realized that nobody is going to keep it in gun mode anyway so it was the mode to suffer a scale mis-match.

    I'm not extremely pleased with it myself, due to the limited poseabilty and low metal content. It, like the Starscream MP, is not as good as the Convoy MP. I also feel that the scope/cannon is too large. In either mode it feels like it's overshadowing what it's attached to. It could stand to be at least 10% smaller and lighter.

    The pistol and sword are from the final battle with Optimus in the movie. In the fight he loses his big gun, and since he actually has to be fired by someone else in pistol mode, these were his only options to fight one on one with Prime. The pistol, in fact, is what he uses to deliver the killing blow to Prime so it's actually a big deal to include it. The mace is the nemesis to Prime's axe. They fought each other in one of the first episodes this way and I think they showed up once or twice again.

    All in all it's a nice companion piece to MP Convoy, but it's not perfect.

    duke togo   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • This is probably my favorite of the movie designs. I think all the iconic details of Prime are there, but there is still a fresh "Transformers Movie" look to it. Heh, even the gawdy flames have grown on me a little.

    Nice job on the cool toy Hasbro, and nice job Josh on the great review.

    REX-203   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • Ohh-! So it is 6850 Yen...! Odd- I kept reading 6500 all over the place. So instead of US$54.00, it's really $57.00.
    .
    Well, thanks for catching that, Nekrodave; I've made the appropriate change.

    EVA_Unit_4A   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • Excellent review!

    I generally don't care much for DX Sentai stuff (or sentai stuff in general for that matter), but this one looks really nice, both combined and separately. And if it's got significant diecast content, it seems hard to believe it only cost 6,500 yen! (though, fwiw, if I'm looking at the right thing, the Bandai catalog page actually lists it at 6,850. http://catalog.bandai.co.jp/item/4543112041470000.html )

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • Not bad at all. I'm not a big Transformers fan/collector, but if I were, I think I would be enthused about that one.

    Does he have winshield wipers on his chest though?!?

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • Big, complex transformation...not bad. Still looking forward to the Cyber-Stompin' Prime simply because it looks fun, bashable, and totally NOT Transformers!

    Still, this one somehow reminds me of how a Yamato transforming Valk toy should be! It seems very involved and very clever...but also rugged and solid--something the Yamato Valks lack (I'm thinking specifically the 1/48 here). Well, whether I get this or not, I'm glad it exists. Good job, Hasbro (or is that Takara??? ;) ).

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    Sanjeev   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • GoShogun

    It shoots really nice. I had thought i recorded it, but i had the camera on pause instead of record, so you missed out on me showing the diecast content, and the shooting mechanism.

    I can bring him to lunch if you like.

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    JoshB   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • GoShogun

    May have to get over my modern gokin phobia and pick this sucker up.

    I woulda liked to have seen the Go Flasher gimmick in the video review, Josh. C'mon man...you just don't do enough for us hobo toy collectors! ;)

    Seriously, though...does it really shoot well? Eye-gougingly well??? Reading the review and checking out other collectors' pics, I kept thinking to myself that if this thing had a shooty gimmick, it'd be pretty much perfect.

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    Sanjeev

    Sanjeev   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • Getter Robo (Metallic)

    I Own a GX06M and love it, does great things looks great only one problem, chrome finish on plastic parts gets minor flaws over time. Never played with, just displayed but got minor cloudy spots on plastic chrome. Nothing major just annoying to a perfectionist. I have found Chrome finish always harder to keep pristine than paint....this Chogokin is all Chrome...nuff said.

    aprop3   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • Hayata

    Reminds me of my Captain Max figure.

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    JoshB   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • GoShogun

    CM Corp seems to be the new company to watch. Between this and the Patlabor stuff you are really making me want this. :P

    Atom (not verified)   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • GoShogun

    There is no diecast in the small ships.

    If CM's can keep the legioss and tlead simple, they will be great. I am becoming increasingly weary of overcomplicated toys.

    Josh

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    JoshB   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • GoShogun

    Awesome review and pics Josh. Now you're making me want one. I hope that CMs continues to release robots that are untouched by Bandai. I have high expectations with their upcoming Legioss and Tread set.

    BTW, is there any diecast part on the three ships?

    nikodiablo   15 years 30 weeks ago
  • I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO want one of these............

    Atom (not verified)   15 years 31 weeks ago
  • Shin Getter 2

    Ken Ishikawa is whom you're thinking of. The topic comes up every now and then on TBDX...latest here. I don't follow the politics of what went on too closely...I just like robot cartoons and toys! ;)

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    Sanjeev

    Sanjeev   15 years 31 weeks ago
  • Gaiking

    I really like this Gaiking. The posability looks amazing...everything a Super should be, IMO. I'll likely pick this guy up along with an overdue Mazinkaiser as well.
    The show is actually pretty fun. It's telling that Gaiking's design has remained largely faithful to the original. Ahead of it's (original) time? Perhaps.

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    Gigamach   15 years 31 weeks ago
  • MSN-04 Sazabi

    Woah indeed.
    Didn't think I'd win.
    I'll get the address to you shortly.

    Frosty   15 years 31 weeks ago
  • MSN-04 Sazabi

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    I will contact you for your address, please make sure your email is valid!

    Thanks!

    Josh

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    JoshB   15 years 31 weeks ago
  • Megatron

    Looks really awesome. Yeah, MP Megatron is an engineering marvel, but this is loaded with comic style goodness.

    Nice review, as always! :-)

    REX-203   15 years 31 weeks ago
  • That is a bummer about Danguard, definitely one of my favorites.

    KMH is a great place and Yuki a wonderful guy. I try to buy all of my SOCs from him when possible. He will typically give me deals close to Ebay prices. Picked up a Fang of the Sun 1/72 Dougram brand new from him last time I was there for $70. Japanese packaging not US.

    Dooquie   15 years 31 weeks ago
  • Gaiking

    Hey, hey, c'mon...I got a review to write next week! LOL Seriously, I planned to do the Mattel and then Famosa Gaikings next... (Unfortunately, I don't have a Popy or Nacoral Gaiking, yet though.)

    Nice call about the wings though. As an adult collector who really only displays my toys, I sometimes either forget or don't even realise which points are prone to breakage, simply because I treat them all very, very gently. Especially my Jumbos.

    "This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
    Onyx Blackman
    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   15 years 31 weeks ago