Pollinators, aka Cha-Chas, aka Fuzzy Things.
I love that the Robotech Expanded Universe took a random alien animal from SDC Southern Cross (the series that became the Robotech Masters part) and built a whole backstory around them/it. It’s the kind of bizarre thing that makes you happy to be alive.
The idea was that these critters were somehow involved in the pollination of the MacGuffin “Flower of Life”, and had also been created by Zor for that purpose, or were a native life form to the planet he found the Flower on, depending on your source. Don’t ask how small mammalian creatures “pollinate”. I don’t know, either.
(It makes me think of that Bloom County Sunday strip about Basselope mating habits.)
Since the creature’s original model was seen in the company of Dana Sterling/Jeanne Francaix, the Jack McKinney duo even conjured the idea that one Pollinator had been given as a pet to Dana Sterling by our three erstwhile spies, while they took care of her before they died. “Polly” would often scurry off by her/itself, and demonstrated strange powers.
And as you can see from the screencaps above, they had at least three different character models. I’m not sure where the shaggier version comes from, and the more rabbit-like look from the SDC animation might be a different creature altogether.
The Sentinels DVD features also show an entirely new Pollinator character model, in which it resembles a small primate.
They also fluctuate in size depending on the animation, from about the size of a hamster to a terrier.
I can easily imagine Carl Macek or someone else intending to make these fuzzies the cuddly “mascot” character of Robotech’s original sequel content, but if the Pollinators kept up their not-speaking, and were relegated to the background, I wouldn’t mind it.
Because they are really damn cute. Cuter than a jar full of buttons.
(There’s also a scene in one of the later novels that has Exedore petting a Pollinator as he’s talking to Cabell and the Sterlings, and don’t that beat all.)