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This section contains rare Harmony Gold production reference material from "Robotech the movie", mostly from Carl Macek's personal collection. Most of it was sold on eBay by his widow Svea Macek from 2013 to 2015. Other material related to the film comes from a variety of sources.

Character Reference Sheets
  Mark Landry
  Becky Franklin
  Eve
  Colonel B.D. Andrews
  Kelly Stevens
  Susie Embrey
  Tiger Ojisan


Mecha Reference Sheets
  MODAT 5
  Garland


Other Material
 "Grassroots Promotion Campaign" Coversheet
 Promotional Artwork Cel and Background
 Anaheim Robotech Convention October 1986 Programme
 Philadelphia Robotech Convention October 1986 Programme

 

Character Reference Sheets

Internal reference material created by Harmony Gold from Artmic's original model sheets. Carl Macek's scrawled corrections on character description for "Mark Harris" highlights the chaos behind the scenes. The original reads; "Mark Harris. Age: 20. Foreign exchange student who becomes the newest hero of the Robotech saga when he uncovers a massive government plot to keep information concerning Robotechnology from the public". The corrected version reads; "Mark Landry. Age: 20. Engineering student who becomes the newest hero of the Robotech saga when he uncovers a secret alien plot to steal valuable information from the Robotech computer complex and ultimately destroy the Earth". Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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On this set of reference sheets, Becky's last name is Franklin. This was changed to Michaels in the final version of the film. Both the original character description and Carl's hand written corrections are hilariously inaccurate when compared the the final film and the original "Megazone 23". The original reads; "Becky Franklin. 21-year-old co-ed who has a part time job as a reporter at a local newspaper. She and her roommates befriend Mark [and] get involved in exposing the government cover up concerning the Robotech project. She ultimately gets involved with Mark on a romantic level". The corrected version reads; "Becky Franklin. 21-year-old co-ed who dreams of becoming a major rock star. Becky becomes involved in the intrigue surrounding a secret invasion when her boyfriend, Mark Landry, uncovers a plot to Destroy the Earth". Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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Eve

Carl didn't correct Eve's character description too much. The original reads; "Eve. Popular Television personality who is ultimately revealed to be a holographic projection from a massive alien computer instrumental in the government cover up". The corrected version reads; "Eve. Popular Television personality who is ultimately revealed to be a holographic projection from a massive alien computer used by the United Earth [...] government". Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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Carl's corrections for Colonel B.D. Andrews character profile are completely different. The original reads; "Colonel B.D. Edwards. Age: 31. A zealous military commander in the United Earth Government who becomes a major villain when his lust for power transcends both law and human decency". The corrected version reads; "Colonel B.D. Andrews. Age: 31 A simulant used by the Robotech Masters to gain access to the United Earth Government's Robotech computer complex". Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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As per the previous character profiles, Kelly's profile has been tweaked as well. The original reads; "Kelly Stevens. 20 year old co-ed, who along with her roommates Susie and Becky find themselves involved in a government cover up concerning the recent Robotech project. She is studying filmmaking in college and uses the cover-up as an excuse to make a documentary expose of the plot, which is a plan that ultimately costs her life". The corrected version reads; "Kelly Stevens. 20 year old co-ed, who along with her roommates Susie and Becky find themselves involved in a secret alien invasion. She is studying filmmaking in college. A film she makes as a student project featuring the MODAT 5 may ultimately cost her life". Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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Besides the name change from Susie to Stacy, Stacy Embrey's profile is probably the least changed of the characters, but still manages to stray from the completed film. The original reads; "Susie Embrey. 21 year old co-ed who along with her roommates Kelly and Becky find themselves involved in a massive government cover up. Her father is an ad hoc ambassador for the newly formed United Earth Government and as such becomes the target of terrorist assassins". The corrected version reads; "Susie Embrey. 21 year old co-ed who along with her roommates Kelly and Becky find themselves involved in an intergalactic war... Her father is the minister for computer science for the newly formed United Earth Government and as such becomes a target for alien assassins". Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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Although not seen in the completed version of "Robotech the movie", this character can be seen briefly in "Megazone 23" and presumably in the original cut of "Robotech the movie". The character is seen in one brief cut in military garb (the three drawings on the left of the picture) in the footage from the "Megazone 23 Part II Overseas Edition & Part I Special Film" release. However this brief cut was excised from the final cut of "Robotech the movie". I found the above image from the B-Club artbook "Artmic Design Works" which was released in 1987. The studio Artmic worked on the designs for "Megazone 23" and subsequently the new ending of "Robotech the movie". The character is actually based upon a real person colloquially known as Shinjuku Tiger Mask, an avid cinema patron and newspaper delivery man who has been working in the Chome 3 area of Shinjuku in Tokyo since the late 1970's. You can still find him riding his bike and delivering papers in Shinjuku today. Click on the image for a higher resolution version.

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Mecha Reference Sheets

Reference sheets for the MODAT 5. It would seem that early on in production it didn't actually have a name except "Cyclone Prototype", obviously trying to link "Robotech the movie" to with the third arc of the "Robotech" TV series known as "New Generation". The words "M.O.D.A.T. 5" have been written in at a latter date. Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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Like the  MODAT 5 reference sheets, it seems the Garland was referred to a different name in early versions of the film; Civil Defence Armoured Cyclone or CDAC for short. Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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Other Material

This interesting item was being sold by Carl Macek's widow, Svea Macek, on eBay in 2014. Part of his personal collection it is an A4 sized coversheet of what was a "Grass Roots Promotional Campaign" plan by either Harmony Gold or Cannon Films. Frustratingly only the coversheet was up for offer, not the rest of the document. Click on the image for a higher resolution version.

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Two unrelated cels and an unrelated background are put together to create an image for promotional purposes for the film. The only instance I have seen this image in any promotional material is for the press kit photo (see here). The promotional image comprises of two cels; one for Becky and Mark and a second cel for Mark's fighter plus a a background. All three come from three unrelated scenes in the closing nation specifically created for "Robotech the movie". I found these images on eBay a few years back. Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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A newspaper advertisement and programme for the Official Robotech Convention in Anaheim, California on 4th and 5th of October 1986. Of interest is the fact, even after the cancellation of a nationwide release of "Robotech the movie", Harmony Gold is still promoting it at conventions. On Saturday 4th October at 4:15pm, the programme states the sneak peek of the film is "coming soon to this area". The preview of the film is repeated again the next day at 3:10pm. Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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The programme for the Official Robotech Convention in Philadelphia on 18th and 19th of October 1986. Just as they had done in Anaheim, Harmony Gold is promoting "Robotech the movie" at this convention seemingly without any release date or type of planned release. On Saturday 18th October at 4:15pm, the programme states the sneak peek of the film is "coming soon to this area". The preview of the film is repeated again the next day at 3:10pm. Click on the image for a higher resolution version.

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