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Ollie Barder’s Mecha Collection

Despite the cluttered nature of my desk, I’ve always been able to work fine (a question I always get asked) and, no, they are not all Transformers either.

Unlike most collectors, I don’t buy everything; only designs from anime and games that interest me. So my collection is by no means random and I delight in surprising people by explaining the back-story to each of the toys on my desk. Though I spared Tim Sweeney that when he visited the studio, as he’s a nice chap after all.

I’ve always had a populated work desk, with my last job being no exception. As for my favourites, that’s a tough one. Dancougar and Final Dancougar are great, but the massive SDF-1 Macross toy is amazing. I also have a lot of love for my Tetsukyojin toy and Kaneda’s bike from Akira. Talking of big figures, the fullsize RX-78-2 Gundam in Japan would be nice to have too.

My current desk  only represents about 10% of my total collection, as I have a lot of toys carefully wrapped up in boxes. There’s also quite a turnover too, as I get newer toys and replace older ones (as I prefer accuracy over nostalgia).

In my spare time I run a mecha gaming site, called Mecha Damashii, and used to look after an original Virtual On cabinet. I also play a lot of mecha games, along with everything else out there obviously, and have won a fair few tournaments over the years as well.

My mecha gaming knowledge as also been helpful in my job, particularly during the two years when I was lead designer on Strike Suit Zero: a space combat game featuring transforming mecha. I came up with the core mechanics and overall design, as well as bringing Junji Okubo and the composer Paul Ruskay on board. However, I left a year before the game was released, so the final game wasn’t exactly what I’d intended. The balancing was off and the mecha had a time limited transformation, among other  things. That aside, all my mecha knowledge was very useful in making the game and hopefully one day I will be able to make another mecha game of my own.

In the meantime, enjoy the photos of my crazy desk and don’t mind me as I have more mecha toys to obtain and mecha games to play…

Ollie Barder – @Cacophanus
Senior Game Designer
People Can Fly

ollie_desk_1My entire desk of toys, plus stuff I need for work obviously…

ollie_desk_2The Swedish flag Optimus Prime is holding was a present from Arcade Berg, another designer at People Can Fly. The small Gundam at the front is the Hi-Nu Gundam from Beltorchika’s Children and one of all-time favourite mobile suit designs.

ollie_desk_3I tend to cluster the toys together, so I thought I should give a top down view. You can just about see the Metal Composite Unicorn Gundam in the centre.

ollie_desk_4I’m a big fan of Gurren Lagann, so you can see Simon in the Lagann and the final form of the mecha tucked away. I also love Aura Battler Dunbine and the alternate colour Billbine was a limited edition figure. Samus from the Metroid games also makes an appearance too.

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Interesting shot this, as it features the Layzner in the centre (a very influential series), as well as the Dougram (that inspired much of Battletech) and the mighty Crossbone Gundams at the rear. The White Dingo GM Sniper II is also from a Dreamcast game called Rise from the Ashes. The little ships either side of the Layzner are the OF-1 Daedalus from an excellent game called Image Fight, which in turn inspired the fantastic Radiant Silvergun.

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The shiny blue mecha at next to the monitor is Tetsujin 28-go, pretty much the granddaddy of all modern mecha. In front of that is MBV-04-G Temjin from the first Virtual On, with the Burglary Dog at its feet. I also have the regular coloured Billbine too.

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Link is at the front, as I adore the Zelda games , and both Getter Robo and Mazinger Z give him backup from the rear. This version of Mazinger Z is from the new series and it transforms into a giant fist. Overman King Gainer and Xan are also in the shot, as I think both the series and designs (by Akira Yasuda) are fascinating.

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The final top-down shot and you can see Sam from Vanquish, the mighty Final Dancougar as well as the YF-29 Durandal with super packs. The blue mecha in the top of the picture is the VF-1J Max Type with super packs from the original Macross. Max Jenius, its pilot, is also one of my favourite characters in all of Macross.

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    • GEARS FREAK

      Nice collection you got there.

    • MichaelSokolkov

      Ah, that Basara’s YF-19. Great collection!

      • Ollie Barder

        Soz to be a total nerd. Nekki Basara’s Fire Valkyrie is actually a VF-19 (not YF-19). As by the time of Macross 7 the variable fighter was no longer a prototype and had entered production. – http://www.macross2.net/m3/macross7/vf-19custom.htm

        • MichaelSokolkov

          I watched Macross 7 about 4 years ago, so I don’t remember it that well. I remember that it was not usual at the time, so I assumed it’s YF. BTW, have you seen the new transformable VF-1A/S kit from Bandai?

          • http://www.mechadamashii.com/ Ollie Barder

            Yeah, I also like the Hasegawa non-transformable Macross kits too. However, I’m much more of a toy guy; I love to play with them!

            • MichaelSokolkov

              I’m more into gunpla, but I like to change the poses of the kits a lot, so I’m not building these “properly” by painting and weathering, it’s mostly straight builds. I’m also trying to build a complete collection of the new RG series: http://fav.me/d6841r2

            • http://www.mechadamashii.com/ Ollie Barder

              Nice, I have a few PG kits too and I used to make a lot of MG Gunpla. I really love the Hi-Nu Gundam MG – http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN948832/Gun

            • MichaelSokolkov

              I have that one as HG – looks really cool. But I like the “standard” Nu more, mostly because of the MG Nu ver.Ka (http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN978604/Gun) – the articulation and detail are awesome on this one.

            • http://www.mechadamashii.com/ Ollie Barder

              I do love Hajime Katoki’s work but when it comes to the Nu, I prefer Yutaka Izubuchi’s original designs. My favourite Katoki Gundam is probably the Deep Striker (which I also have a Gundam FIX figure of) – http://www.gearsonline.net/series/gundam/sentinel/mecha/deep_striker/

    • LeMansFahrer

      Awesome collection, very nice to look at them Thanks for sharing

    • ScarletSpidey79

      Fantastic collection and I love that with all the mechs there is a random Link standing proud. I grew up with a few RoboTech models but nothing nearly as awesome as what you have there

      • http://www.mechadamashii.com/ Ollie Barder

        The figma Link is really fantastic and it’s getting a re-release this September – http://www.hlj.com/product/MAX06243/Act

        • ScarletSpidey79

          Sweeeettt!!!

        • ScarletSpidey79

          Dammit!! Why did you have to give a link lol Bye Bye to my wages this month ;0)

          • http://www.mechadamashii.com/ Ollie Barder

            Ah, sorry! The figma toys are pretty reasonable though.

            • ScarletSpidey79

              It’s great and I love the changeable expression and poses they show along with this I found too http://www.hlj.com/product/enx31879/Act Thanks I may have to plan a little spree to satisfy the itch Have a great day

            • http://www.mechadamashii.com/ Ollie Barder

              The Play Arts Kai figures are quite brittle in the joints. So be aware of that, as they are quite expensive too. Talking of expensive, the RAH Link is crazy pricey but also utterly amazing (though I think I prefer the figma figure, somewhat cleaner looking) – http://www.hlj.com/product/MEDRAH-622/Act

            • ScarletSpidey79

              Thanks for the advise great to know and I am loving the detail in that one but I agree the Figma does look cleaner Cheers

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