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Old 02-10-2009, 04:52 PM   #35
WarBlade
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Default Re: The History of Transforming Robots! (abridged)

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Originally Posted by The Lizard View Post
Meanwhile, many of the "Robotech" model kit designs taken from Dougram and Macross were incorporated into the popular BattleTech mecha table-top wargame published by FASA. So during the mid-1980s, the Robotech brand and its Japanese robots were seen in several different formats and storylines. Eventually, FASA would have to change all of the anime-based robot designs in the BattleTech for legal reasons.

1985 BattleTech game showing a Macross Destroid robot in the box cover
...Known in the BattleTech universe as the Warhammer.

The various BattleMechs from BattleTech that had their origins in Japanese anime became known as the "Unseen" when FASA were prohibited from displaying their image. Use of the designs continued in the rule sets and text publications continued however and the publication of Project Phoenix gave rise to redesigns now dubbed the "Reseen." Some of the Unseen were also playable BattleMechs in the hit Activision PC Game MechWarrior 2, though these were shuffled aside in the MechWarrior sequels when the legal struggle came into play.

Transforming 'Mechs in BattleTech were rare, but three of the Unseen, the Phoenix Hawk, Wasp and Stinger made appearances in BattleTech with "LAM" versions (Acronym: Land Air 'Mech). These were based on veritech fighters from Macross/Robotech.


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