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 Post subject: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:08 pm 
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I've been going back to collecting vintage stuff since the recent Marvel Universe/G.I. Joe drought began and the next line on my list is Robotech, both the original Matchbox and later Harmony Gold reissues.

This was one of those lines which I somehow skipped back in the 80's but the figures are still relatively inexpensive to this day. Having watched some bits and pieces of the series, I only have the backstory sources to fall back upon but it all sounds like one cool mega epic, much like Star Wars. I've been lucky over the past few weeks and managed to land all of the common figures who warmed the pegs during their retail days. So far, the only truly rare ones seem to be Rook Bartley, Roy Fokker, Rick Hunter, Scott Bernard and Lunk, who is likely the Holy Grail here. I know that Lynn Minmay went unproduced during the Matchbox run but finding her Harmony Gold counterpart proved easy enough.

I recently spotted Roy and Scott on the Harmony Gold cards and have my eye on those, (although the HG version of Roy is missing his helmet!) but Rook and Lunk seem to be virtually non-existent at this time. Most of the larger figures are also becoming scarcer, with Breetai the only one I've found as of this writing.

So my question for you guys is: Has anyone on here collected Robotech in recent years or have any info to share regarding the line's availability?

Thanks! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:53 pm 
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Are you only collecting the figures? There are a ton of mecha issued in this line in various scales as well and those are the more expensive items. Of the 6" figures, there is a Miriya that is the hardest to find, the rest are more common but the 6" Zentraedi Warrior can cost a bit more because frankly it's the nicest of them.


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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:12 pm 
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I'm only collecting the figures right now but might include figure-compatible mecha such as the Veritech Fighters later on. And I would love to get the SDF-1 Playset someday!

That large Zentraedi Warrior with the helmet is going to be tough to find, right along with Miriya.


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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:55 pm 
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I keep losing that damn playset on ebay everytime it comes up. My bid of $650 wasn't enough when that last one came up a month ago. Ugh!!

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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:29 pm 
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I haven't even looked for it! I figure no matter what I find, it's gonna be way out of my price range.


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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:51 pm 
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The last two went north of $700. Blah!

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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:14 pm 
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700? Yikes! That's too rich for my blood. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:24 pm 
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Do you have a photo of this playset? I'll keep an eye out for ya!
Never know what I might find last year it was the batcave at flea market.

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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
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krohlf24 wrote:
Do you have a photo of this playset? I'll keep an eye out for ya!
Never know what I might find last year it was the batcave at flea market.

Sure! This Robotech site has a page full of pics devoted to the playset:

http://www.toyarchive.com/Robotech/st4/vehsdfp.html

Congrats on landing the Batcave, that is always an awesome find.

Thanks, Ken! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:13 pm 
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Holy cow. I never knew there was an SDF 1 playset. I'd love it, but yeah $700 is high.


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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:56 am 
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My robotech matchbox collection can be seen at www.action-figures.ca/robotech.htm

I acquired the playset 2 years ago locally, cost me $500.still need to get pics of it up.

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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:32 am 
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I still need Rook Bartley, Lunk, the large Miriya and Armoured Zentraedi Warrior to complete my set. It's been surprisingly easy to find the others within just a few months.


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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:25 am 
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I remember finding a toy stall at a market in the UK in the mid 90s which was selling almost the whole line of the Harmony Gold Robotech line for mere pennies. Carded, great condition.
Picked up all they had. :)

The same stall also had a bunch of vintage Mumm-Ra figures in the mailer baggies, and the vintage Kenner Emperor figure, also in mailer baggies... for about $1 per figure.

Those were the days.

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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:15 am 
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3.75 wrote:
I remember finding a toy stall at a market in the UK in the mid 90s which was selling almost the whole line of the Harmony Gold Robotech line for mere pennies. Carded, great condition.
Picked up all they had. :)

The same stall also had a bunch of vintage Mumm-Ra figures in the mailer baggies, and the vintage Kenner Emperor figure, also in mailer baggies... for about $1 per figure.

Those were the days.

Kudos to you, 3.75. That is what I call a great haul! Cheers. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Robotech by Matchbox/Harmony Gold
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:46 am 
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I've never been a fan of the line. The sculpts are so horrible. I prefer the CMs figures that have come out. They are more or less in scale with each other and they are really awesomely sculpted. The only issue is that any of the main characters that you would find are in their Do You Remember Love flight suits instead of their TV ones.

How hard was it to find a Dana Sterling figure? I've been debating getting one to go with my hovertank.


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