As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Sighted at the OSTEC Exhibition Hall in Osaka, here's a Rockman look-a-like showing visitors the basics of energy, matter and electricity:
Fancy that; an interesting mix of your run-of-the-mill Rockman X armor, a bit of a Shooting Star Rockman motif (i.e the helmet), and a pinch of Zero series elements. The character is apparently plastered throughout the children's wing, acting as a mascot for the energy-based exhibits. Interestingly, the nod to the Blue Bomber goes beyond aesthetics: a video presentation depicts the character using solar energy to power a Rock Buster-ish weapon... the very same source of energy consumed by Rock's own Buster. No footage of that, but I imagine it must've been pretty nifty.
We've seen plenty of Rockman doppelgangers here at Rockman Corner, but none so... cool. Usually they're a mess; a conglomeration of random iconic assets hastily put together. But this? This guy's actually pretty slick. Whoever designed this fellow was clearly a fan.
Thanks for the tip, RonJon! (via Tepid Water)