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Sony Picks Up Rights to Live Action Robotech

These days, any Hollywood live action adaptation of Japanese animated properties, will automatically earn the scrutiny of viewers, as the string of failures (both in terms of shoddy products and projects that were consigned to development limbo) have already left a bad taste in people’s mouths.

However, it seems like Sony hasn’t been paying attention (or they’re extremely confident), as Variety has just reported that the studio has acquired the movie rights to Harmony Gold’s Robotech franchise (which in turn is just a Frankenstein localization of several Tatsunoko-produced mecha anime; Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.) and they are allegedly planning to use the license for a live action movie.

10,000 Listens Contest for Let’s Voltron: The Official Voltron Podcast

Let’s Voltron: The Official Voltron Podcast has announced a new contest, where you can win 1 of 10 Voltron Prize Packs!

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For those of you who don’t know yet, back in December of 2013, Let’s Voltron: The Official Voltron Podcast began airing episodes on iTunes and LetsVoltron.com (Part of the The Orange FM Podcast Network). The host of the show is ToonBarn Head Writer Marc Morrell, who started the show with Jeremy Corray. Jeremy was Creative Director of World Events Productions at the time. At the beginning of 2014, Jeremy had left WEP to pursue another position (VP of Digital Entertainment at Coolfire Studios). Jeremy handed the social media reigns for WEP over to RetroBlasting’s Michael French, who also became the co-host of the Let’s Voltron Podcast. Jeremy occasionally joins Marc and Michael as a guest host from time to time.

NYCC: Voltron 30th Anniversary Preview Panel

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From days of long ago… September 10, 1984, to be precise. That was when Space Explorers Captured (Golion name: Escape from Slave Castle), the very first Voltron: Defender of the Universe episode, aired on US Television.

Now, we are approaching the 30th Anniversary of that premiere. In 2014, World Events Productions (WEP) plans to celebrate this momentous occasion by releasing a slew of wonderful new items for fans.

Voltron 30th Anniversary Preview Panel - from the left, Jeremy Corray, Chris Wofford, Bob Koplar, Kevin McKeever

NYCC Interviews: Voltron’s Jeremy Corray & Bob Koplar; Robotech’s Kevin McKeever

Voltron 30th Anniversary Preview Panel Interviews at NYCC

As we approach 2014, excitement is building to see what World Events Productions will do to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Voltron: Defender of the Universe. Voltron was introduced to US TV viewers on September 10, 1984, and the world has never been the same since. The phrase, “Form like Voltron” has been used in the media vernacular to signify a group of people coming together with one common goal that they share. Whether it’s an athletic team, a corporation, event organizers, or people working on a project, Voltron defines unity of purpose in this day and age.

The “Voltron Force” of fans were overflowing the room at New York Comic Con when the Voltron 30th Anniversary Preview Panel kicked off on October 13, 2013. The first 29 fans received a special fan-made print to celebrate the 29th Anniversary of Voltron.

Voltron 29th Anniversary Print

Voltron and Robotech Crossover Scheduled for December

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Fans of mecha anime, particularly Western fans who were introduced to it in the 80s via localizations should get ready for December, as World Events Productions and Harmony Gold have partnered with Dynamite Entertainment in order to produce a comic series that will feature Voltron (Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV) and Robotech (Macross,Genesis Climber Mospeada, and Super Dimension Century Southern Cross).

The project will be discussed at NYCC Friday October 11th at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1A14 with representatives:

Robotech: Love Live Alive and The Shadow Chronicles: 2-movie collection DVD coming July 23

Robotech: 2-movie collection DVD coming July 23

The Robotech saga continues in the Robotech: 2-Movie Collection, as the classic characters from the original series return in an all-new adventure, arriving on DVD July 23. The Robotech: 2-Movie Collection DVD set includes the never-before-seen feature Love Live Alive as well as the previously released The Shadow Chronicles.

Here’s a summary of the plot of the all-new anime adventure Love Live Alive, taken from the DVD:
“Taking place during and after the events of Robotech: The New Generation (available in Robotech: The Complete Series from Lionsgate Home Entertainment), this thrilling installment in the Robotech saga follows the adventures of Lieutenant Lance “Lancer” Belmont as he recounts his journey from before his first encounter with Scott Bernard to the aftermath following Admiral Rick Hunter’s expedition to liberate the Earth from the mysterious Invid race. Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles continues the epic battle as Scott Bernard must once again face his tragic past as he joins the returning Robotech Expedition against new mechanized adversaries known as the Haydonites.”

NYCC Interview: Harmony Gold’s Kevin McKeever for ROBOTECH

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Robotech Fans who attended the Robotech Industry Panel at the 2012 New York Comic-Con were given a brief rundown of all the current happenings at Harmony Gold and the associated licencees of Robotech Products.

Harmony Gold’s VP Of Marketing, Kevin McKeever, hosted the Robotech Panel and gave out Robotech prizes to fans who asked interesting questions during the Q & A portion of the panel.

A quick rundown of what is currently available and happening with Robotech:

    The original Robotech anime series from 1985 is now available in a complete DVD set from A&E Entertainment. You can get it at Amazon by going here.

    The live-action Robotech movie in development now with Warner Bros. and Tobey Maguire’s production company is still in the script-writing stage. Tobey Maguire is only a Producer, and will not be appearing in the film.

ROBOTECH returns to New York Comic Con!

ROBOTECH returns to New York Comic Con!

ROBOTECH conquers New York City!

Join Harmony Gold and Reed Exhibitions, who are proud to announce that the Robotech Convention Tour will make a stop at the 2012 New York Comic-Con. Fans will get the latest updates on all animated and live action Robotech projects. ToonBarn will be on hand to capture all the action.

The New York Comic Con (NYCC) is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. The NYCC show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City.

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