I heard about that too, but since it's like 40+ episodes and only a few people even bought the movies, I guess I'm not too surprised.

The TV series is great through. They really go for a "slice of life... with giant robots" approach that reminds me quite a bit of sci-sitcoms like Red Dwarf. Even the main mecha, the Ingram, isn't really that remarkable or likable until they start representing it as a completely underpowered and overworked old warhorse. The guy who did the mecha designs latter went on to design all the mecha mooks from Gundam Wing, if that gives you any indication.