Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blast From the Past: Jazwares Spooky Mega Man Figures

We've seen plenty of cancelled and unproduced Jazwares figures here at Rockman Corner, but none so deeply rooted in the festival of spooks and scares as today's batch. With the holiday fast approaching, now is as an appropriate time as ever to look back at Jazwares' ill-fated Halloween themed Retro Rotos.

Scary!

The Retro Roto line was in full swing by 2006, and Jazwares -- looking to capitalize on Wave 1's success -- sought the production of special Halloween themed variants. The line would have been exclusive to specialty retailers like Hot Topic, but those plans fell through. Citing a lack of interest, Hot Topic and the like simply didn't want to stock 'em.

But there's more to these toys than meets the eye: they glowed in the dark. However, the gimmick wasn't enough to make retailers budge; ultimately, they were cancelled. Rumor has it Jazwares tried again the following year, pushing for a nation-wide retail release. As you no doubt know, nothing came to fruition.

It's a shame these never launched. We could so totally use more spooky-themed Mega Man goodies. That and they would've for an excellent collector's items! Alas, Jazewares prototypes are extremely difficult to come by this day and age. Chances of coming across these guys are slim to none. But I'm not a fortune teller: perhaps one day, a former Jazwares employee will sell some unproduced stuff via auction. Until then, we can only marvel at what could have been.

16 comments:

  1. Is that big Iron Man toy one of the halloween specials too? :o

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  2. I remember these!

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  3. Not particularly scary, but neat nonetheless.

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  4. I'm kinda not surprised that retails didn't wanted to stock these. I mean, these look more like bad recolors than anything.

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  5. Actually, I'd love to have them. They remind me of the bizarre first colors we saw on Vegeta and Nappa during Dragonball Z. ;)

    Not to mention just that I'm a huge fan of these sculpts!

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  6. I remember being shown this pic years back; I thought they saw limited release, though (or maybe my memory's just faulty).

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  7. "we can only marvel at what could have been."

    or someone can get some glow in the dark paint and have some fun with the current toys, as they seem to be just a recolor of those with GITD paint.

    ALSO: THIS!

    http://rayquaza555.deviantart.com/art/symbiote-bonds-with-megaman-x-187851627

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  8. inb4Kotobukiyaisbettercomments

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  9. I personally think they look rather bad. Poor choice of colors even though they were going for a Halloween type look. To be honest, they look like rough prototypes of the figures. Just give me Wave 2...3...4...

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  10. What's Elec Man supposed to be anyway? An alien of some sort?

    Yes I know, these recolors don't really look like any sort of monsters or anything, but some seem to give you an idea of what they were... Megaman kinda looks like a zombie, and Protoman makes me think of a skeleton in an orange suit. :P

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  11. On a related note, I can't find the Zero Wristband or any of the other merchandise at Hot Topic.

    Anybody found any of that stuff anywhere?

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  12. Personally, I'm not interested in recolors, especially ones that don't even come from the games =P

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  13. Am I the only one that thinks the Gutsman variant looks just a little like Sigma?

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  14. "inb4Kotobukiyaisbettercomments"
    You don't even have to bring in good examples of rockman figures to knock these! The Jazwares never appealed to me.
    -ud

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  15. Things would likely be different if they released Dr. Wily (MM8 outfit), Skull Man and Shade Man instead of recolors.

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  16. I want that Hulkbuster

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