TruForce's Collectibles' X-Kai Mega Man X is indeed a fine looking figure. But who is he? What's his relationship to Mega Man X and the X-Hunters? Wonder no longer...
By way of the Reploid Research Lavatory, here's a transcript of X-Kai's bio listed on the back of the figure's package:
Leader of the X-Hunters.
Long ago when Dr. Wily stole Mega Man’s blueprint from Dr. Light, a prototype was built. However, with the development of Zero moving forward, this prototype was discarded and forgotten. During the formation of the X-Hunters, the robot was discovered and completed by a mysterious man. Unlike the original blueprint, it was given much higher specs than that of Mega Man X, using state-of-the-art technology.
(At this time, it is assumed there will be no armor evolution as seen in Mega Man X)
■ DESIGNER COMMENTS
This concept came from the episode listed in MEGA MAN X OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS – There were originally four characters in the X-Hunters, however, one character had to be cut out due to ROM capacity.
It still amazes me that CAPCOM did not bring out a villain that looks exactly like Mega Man X. His armor crest has also been switched to Sigma.
by KEISUKE MIZUNO"
You know, TruForce could have just as easily sold this is a variant with no exposition at all. Instead, X-Kai actually has more of a backstory than other canonical X series characters.It really shows how invested in the brand their working with.
If you'd like to learn more about how X-Kai fits into the big picture, check out #20's in-depth analysis here. It's pretty great!