SUPER DIMENSIONAL FORTRESS MACROSS
10/03/82 - 06/26/83
akatoku's legacy of "kanzen henkei" ("perfectly transforming") robot toys
Initially conceived as a comedy series, "Macross" evolved into a sci-fi
drama set to an engaging (well, to Japanese fans, anyway) pop-music score.
From a merchandising standpoint, the show centered around a futuristic
vehicle known as a "Valkyrie," which resembled an F-14 fighter jet but could
seamlessly transform into a towering robot. The Valkyrie wasn't the first
toy vehicle that transformed into a robot, but it was the first that managed
to pull off the switch without sacrificing the look or style of either form.
Takatoku's groundbreakingly well designed portrayal of this popular robot
character cemented their position as masters of the transforming robot toy.
In a testament to the popularity of the toy designs, other companies
scrambled to acquire the molds to the Macross toys upon Takatoku's demise in
1984. Matsushiro, the firm responsible for the actual molding and assembly
of the toys, sold a brief run of semi-legitimate, unlicensed versions of the
1:55 VF-1J Valkyrie and the
1:3000 SDF-1. Later, toy-industry leader Bandai
used Takatoku's molds and designs as the basis for toy merchandise for the
1984 Macross movie. American firm Hasbro acquired the rights to use a
re-colored version the 1:55 Super VF-1S as the character "Jetfire" in the
Transformers toy series. And the American company Matchbox, famed for their
diecast mini-cars, sold repainted versions of several of Takatoku's 1:144
and 1:240 Destroids and a slightly redesigned 1:3000 SDF-1 as part of their
horrible "Robotech" line of toys.