Now that the San Diego Comic-Con buzz has settled down, I've got a handful of interesting details to share straight from Bluefin/Tamashii Nations USA. Bluefin’s Xavier Lim was kind enough to send over the following tidbits, which help clear the air of any confusion about the Mega Man products shown at SDCC.
Hit the jump for the lowdown...
The real meaning behind "for display only":
"To add some clarification, the "For Display Only" signs in front of the prototypes were there to indicate that we were not selling them at San Diego Comic-Con. It did not mean mean they were "props" as some of the comments we received indicated. The text "Under Consideration" or something similar probably would have been better."
Can we expect to see Sigma and Vile's Ride Armor at retail?
"Way back when we were running the D-Arts megaman polls, a very large amount of feedback was generated from the polling results as well as the comments posted on the Tamashii Nations Fb and other places that were holding discussions and speculation. All of this was taken into account along with the buzz generated from previous D-Arts megaman releases to look into product planning. "
"The prototypes on display were made specifically to be unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. This is significant since it marks the first time Tamashii Nations products were shown in the U.S. before Asia and Japan, their primary markets. To have Sigma on time for SDCC was a decision made recently just a few months shy of San Diego Comic-Con. Originally we thought there would only be a really obvious silhouette for the show, but having a prototype there was all the more merrier and it allowed people to see the kind of sculpt and attention to detail Tamashii Nations wishes to pursue if Sigma joins the articulated D-Arts line."
The importance of exhibiting a prototype:
"Typically at Tamashii Nations events, they reveal prototypes of figures that are scheduled as coming out as products within a short time frame, others that may be scheduled for the future, and then prototypes of material that they want to get feedback on first before pursuing further. Any buzz or chatter relevant to what was seen at SDCC is what will provide them encouragement that yes they're on the right track and they should continue with the necessary arrangements needed to release as a real product."
On taking feedback from North American fans:
"Megaman and Dragonball in particular are VERY hot properties in the U.S. and Bluefin has been working very closely with Tamashii Nations to ensure their product releases are taking into account what the N. American market wants. Our Fb and twitter have open ears and are constantly being monitored by Bluefin and Tamashii Nations for feedback. And we are also aware of ballot stuffing for polls and people attempting to hijack momentum for their own personal gain. "
Future Mega Man figure releases. What are they?
"At this point, out of the three X prototypes on display, one is possibly scheduled for early next year, and no I cannot say which one. There are also other megaman related d-arts figures that were not visible at San Diego but may be revealed at future Tamashii events...."
How about a reissue of the original D-Arts Mega Man X?
"A re-issue of the D-Arts original release of Megaman X has now moved from "Under Consideration" to "Now Planning," which should be good news for people who missed the first run of X. Unfortunately I have no date at this time."
UPDATE: Ballot stuffing rules out a Mega Man Volnutt figure?
"Ah, it's come to my attention, that my comment regarding ballot stuffing has been assumed to refer only to MML 3 and Megaman Volnutt on Facebook. That wasn't my intention, it was a general comment regarding the validity of the Facebook polls in general."
"To expand on this, it's not necessarily the winner on the poll that automatically makes a figure. All of the results are reviewed. The results prompts Tamashii Nations to do further market research concerning the product viability and to pursue licensing with companies. It's too soon for mml fans to conclude their voices are in vain."
Any questions? Drop them in the comments and I'll forward them to Bluefin.
Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Xavier!