BATTLETECH PLASTIC MODEL KITS FROM 1986

battletech plastic model kitsThis rare pair of vintage Battletech Plastic Model Kits Series miniatures are from 1986.

They are original Gama Battletech Plastic Model Kits from Tatsunoko Productions / Twentieth Century Imports.

The pair includes Set # 6 with Rifleman & Warhammer, and Set #7 with Marauder & Ostroc Mk II. Rifleman/Warhammer is missing the Battlemech diagram / spec sheet, both kits are partially assembled, and though they were carefully stored and look like they are 100% there, I am not positive they are complete. Both kits includes instructions and a Battletech scenario, and the completed pieces are well-assembled and not sloppy. These Battletech Plastic Model Kits received an opening bid under an hour after its listing and ended up at $60.00, because "Human Life is Cheap--Battlemechs are Expensive!" The FASA Corporation of Chicago conceived the classic BattleTech role playing game in 1984, focusing on gigantic robotic humanoid battle machines they called Battledroids. The name was quickly changed to BattleMechs in the 2nd edition because some jerk named George Lucas and his so-called Lucasfilm Ltd. had claimed rights to the term "droid" (so THAT'S what Lucas had been doing all those years after Return of the Jedi...bringing lawsuits against people!). 

The earliest line of BattleMechs were taken straight from popular Japanese Macross and other anime cartoons, including quite a few recognizable ones. In the later years, FASA stopped using these designs as a result of a lawsuit between them and Playmates / Harmony Gold [USA] over the use of the "borrowed" images.  FASA had sued the PlaymatesCorporation over the use of these images owned by FASA, but received no compensation, even though Playmates was court ordered to cease using the images in question. After the realization that the use of licensed images made them succeptible to litigation, and afraid that lawsuits could potentially bankrupt the company, FASA made the decision to only use images owned by them and them alone. The BattleMechs taken from the various anime sources were then deleted and considered "Unseen". They are now hot items on the BattleMech resale market.

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