For quite a while I've been trying to identify the name of an old cartoon / anime I used to watch as a kid during the 1980s (Canada / US).
I've tagged this as both cartoon and anime because I'm not certain whether it was of Japanese or American origins, but the various images I have seem to indicate it may have been at least an American adaptation of a Japanese show.
From what I can recall, the show seemed to revolve around the crew of a spaceship that could transform into a bipedal robot (à la Macross). In what I believe may have been the pilot, or at least an early episode, the crew encounters a couple of people who join the crew.
One of these people, I recall, asks excitedly whether they would receive shiny sheriff badges, to which the crew member replies that they wouldn't, but would receive something that looked like military service ribbons (something that looked like this). Also, I seem to recall the show had a somewhat "western" aspect to it (the sheriff badge, for example, and I recall seeing at least one character with a cowboy hat).
In a later episode, I recall the war which was apparently going on during the run of the show was over (which later turned out to be a ploy I believe). I have an image of the ship/robot being decommissioned. In this image, the ship is being held in a bay, "standing" upright (meaning the cockpit would be facing towards towards the sky), but it is still in its "ship" form (not robot form). Its "breast" plates are being forced open.
I also seem to think the ship was blue (if that makes any difference).
After looking around on Youtube and Wikipedia, I am beginning to think this show might be Robotech, and I've looked at various intro videos and episodes, but none of them ring a bell, and I cannot find the "decommissioning" episode either.
Does any of this sound familiar? If it is indeed Robotech, does anyone know of the "decommissioning" episode I mentioned?