Enileph wrote:Sentinel Series have a copyright problem or something like that. Basically I think Sunrise/BandaiNamco owns the MS design and characters and things like that, but the story belongs to another party. So having the MS and character show up is of little problem, as long as the whole story is not played out or moved to the big screen. That having said they have done it before, in one of the old G Gen(I think "G Gen F") the story is played out.
Also, unlike western production like Star Wars, the whole official/canon part is not as tightly organized, nor would the fans normally be big about that. Contradictions would pop out left and right along with retcon type of creations. Alternative timelines are not usually distingulished. Official materials that fails to show up on the tv screen are posted as stories and what not and models being sold. (Think F90 series)
Even Sunrise/BandaiNamco would happily produce products and models for those not-so-official MS if they are ppopular enough, and they are mostly considered to be somewhat official creations (mostly in the form of a "design project" of the in-universe world if not a real MS)
So in the end, for a MS to be able to show up in HG or things like that is kind of a big thing.
Obviously that still excludes some MS, no matter how famous and popular they are, like Char Custom RX-78.
For Sentinel, Sotsu agency has the copyright for All Gundams, but Model Graphix has the specific copyright for designing the Sentinel models(MG didn't work for Sunrise nor Bandai nor Sotsu, they are simply partners)
This is basically why amatuer GK models seldom has Sentinel models, if you want to sell a GK model in a show, you need to obtain copyright from both companies, which will become very expensive. More times you see the SD versions, since the copyright was managed a bit differently and a bit cheaper.
Even when Bandai want to sell Sentinel models, they need to obtain the specific copyrights from Model Graphix as well, which lowers their profit thus they seldom do so, this also made it pretty hard for Sentinel units appearing in SRW(an S Gundam did appeared in the 4th, but that was ignoring copyrights and it was just a hidden unit, not even published in guide books)
Bendai tried to avoid these problems as much as possible, thus they only go with the FAZZ, which is mostly just ZZ FA with different colours, Z plus which obviously comes from Zeta, and S Gundam(with its different equipments), which surely has a pretty high revenue prospect. They did tried the Xeku Eins in HG and Gundam Converge, don't seem to work. The Mk-V or G-V was pretty much just hidden behind the Doven Wolf(which is obviously Sotsu copyrighted in ZZ) and a lot of people speculated the Unicorn series(Anime, Manga, etc.) was for filling up the slots with replacements like the Silver Bullet for the Mk-V, Delta plus for the Z Plus, etc.(Or this is just Katoki's own hobby)
Another problem might be the poor stone heads in Bandai that didn't change their views much since 1989.
Remember how they got a poor relationship with Model Graphix's Sentinel crew when they almost dumped the whole project thinking a non-visualized series will never work? They are quite obviously having the same mind set even after Sentinel's success, and we seldom see them publishing models from novels at all, and manga units are normally quite rare as well and seldom enter their main stream series like HG and MG.(never mind PG, that's not enough of those to be considered mainstream, RG is pretty new so I'm not counting that yet.)
They even MGed AGE, a poorly received anime unit, but not the more popular novel/manga units.
They are changing these few years, so we do see novel units popping up in the MG line like the Hi-Nu and Destiny Impulse, or even the Early version of the W EW non appearance units, but looking at the AOZ series, I don't really have my hopes that high for the copyright troubled Sentinel units like EWAC Nero.