Funimation Releasing Classic Anime Series ‘Robotech’ on Streaming Channel, Blu-ray

Funimation is bringing the “Robotech” franchise to its service this fall via streaming, Blu-ray and licensed products.

The space opera anime epic about humans defending their homeworld against alien domination, produced by Harmony Gold and Tatsunoko Productions, introduced an entire generation of viewers to anime when it first premiered in 1985.

Funimation will be premiering 85 episodes of the series — told over three sagas — on its streaming service worldwide (except Japan) and will debut a collector’s edition box set on Blu-ray in Dolby Digital on Sept. 28 and through a series of licensed product partnerships.

The “Robotech” home entertainment collector’s edition, available exclusively at Funimation Shop, is remastered for the first time on Blu-ray. The remastering will be faithful to the preceding DVD box set release and retain a classic “film grain.” The set also includes retro packaging design, an exclusive Variant Transforming Robotech — Roy Fokker’s VF-1S;  an exclusive Variant Action Figure — Roy Fokker in Pilot Uniform Variant Shade of Black; and a series of Robotech-embroidered patches.

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Funimation now has rights to “Robotech” merchandise and will begin to roll out the products this summer, including the new game on Switch (Robotech Macross Saga HD) and WAX’s “Robotech” Series 1 NFTs released on the digital blockchain.

“Robotech is a beloved series and an integral part of anime history,” Mitchel Berger, Funimation Global Group’s SVP of commerce, said in a statement. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to engage the original passionate fans from decades ago and also expose a whole new generation to this classic series.”

Headquartered in the United States and connected by a global network, Funimation serves fandom in more than 49 countries and 10 languages.

Funimation is an independently-operated joint venture between U.S.-based Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), both subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corp.

FYE Partners With Funimation on Exclusive ‘My Hero Academia’ Products

Trans World Entertainment’s FYE retail chain has collaborated with anime giant Funimation on a collection of “My Hero Academia”-themed products, available now exclusively at FYE stores and for a limited time.

FYE and Funimation partnered with Japan Crate to create an exclusive triple-collaboration “My Hero Academia Crate.” The crates feature an assortment of “My Hero Academia”-themed sweets and snacks from Japan. All crates include a free trial subscription to the FunimationNow anime streaming service.

Also part of the collaboration are “Plus Ultra Cereal,” packed with Ultra Berry Blast cereal, and “Bakugo’s Explosion Chocolate Bar,” with popping candy inside.

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The new season of “My Hero Academia” is streaming now on FunimationNow and Hulu.

FYE Offering Garbage Pail Kids Licensed Merchandise, Cereal and Candy

FYE is offering an exclusive line of branded cereal, chocolate bars, energy drinks, licensed apparel and collectibles from Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids franchise at FYE stores and, according to a release from the retailer.

“As long-time Garbage Pail Kids fans, we are excited to be bringing this pop-culture classic to our customers in new and innovative ways,” said Jodie Evans, FYE’s SVP of entertainment merchandising and marketing in a statement.

FYE stores will be adorned with custom window signage by Garbage Pail Kids artist Joe Simko, according to the release. “To further the interactive experience, we’ll be hosting Joe at a variety of live events to autograph cereal boxes, provide GPK sketches and engage with fans,” Evans said.

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“GPK’s irreverent brand essence combined with our ability to blend food with art has created products that truly brings fun and entertainment back to retail,” said Tim Lopes, FYE’s DMM of consumables, in a statement.

The exclusive GPK Cereal, featuring custom art by Simko, contains two Topps GPK trading cards in a box (four cards to collect in all).

The iconic Adam Bomb character is featured throughout the line, including with a Cherry Bomb energy drink and popping candy-infused cherry-flavored chocolate bar. Leaky Lindsay also has her own chocolate bar with a slimy green gooey center.

“When Topps first published the Garbage Pail Kids cards and stickers in the 80’s and 90’s, it spawned a worldwide collecting phenomenon,” said Ira Friedman, Topps VP of global licensing, in a statement. “Today, many of those young fans are nostalgically reliving childhood memories and re-connecting with the brand. They are our biggest supporters and they’re enthusiastically helping us usher in a new generation of GPK enthusiasts.”