Monday, May 29, 2017

He Has Risen Again: F4F Zero Statue Uncancelled

 "You know me. Never say die."

Due to overwhelming fan support, First 4 Figures' Zero statue is no longer cancelled. The good word comes from F4F's own Alex Davis, who recently returned from a big meeting with Capcom:

"MM - discussed about Zero and got all clear to relaunch Zero! Massive shout out to the F4F MM Community who tirelessly pushed for this! Truly inspirational <3 span="">! No doubt in my mind that Zero would have been vaulted without you.
Now it comes down to it - the ball was in my court, now it's back in yours - Zero will be relaunched and really hope that we get enough orders to go into production! #savef4fzero! If there is a fairy book ending to Zero, then that opens the door to more MM statues in the future! And I promise you this, my lovely MM F4F community - any future MM statues will truly be a collaborative experience - I would tirelessly work with you on all aspects of the designs to make sure that your feedback is heard and we can create perfect future MM products! GOOD LUCK Zero!"

tl;dr Zero is alive again - however, everyone who pushed for it has to keep their word and pre-order when the time arrives (that's how I'm interpreting this, at least). I'll be sure to let you know when the statue relaunches. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long! Thanks to Nokynn for the tip!

Source: F4F Official Collectors Club

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Secret of Giga Armor Rockman X's Ride Chaser... It Transforms?


Our initial speculation suggested the Ride Chaser can combine with Bandai's Giga Armor X to form a powered-up, Ultimate Armor mode. Pieces on the Ride Chaser still imply that - however, there may be more going on here than meets the eye.

Friday, May 26, 2017

First 4 Figures Zero Statue Cancelled


Oh how I long for the day I won't have to use "cancelled" in a headline. On the chopping block today is the 1/5 scale Zero statue from First 4 Figures. Cancellation notices are being sent out to folks who pre-ordered the statue:

"Zero was launched for pre-order in November 2015 and we recently got the reply from the factory that there will be an increase in production cost as the quote they given were not valid anymore. Since the number of orders cannot cover the cost, we have no other option but to cancel the all the productions of Zero.

For customers who have placed the order, we will refund all the deposit you made within 2-3 days. We sincerely apologize for the cancellation.
 

Should you have any inquiries, please fill in the Contact Us form in our website."

So that's the end of that. There's not much else to say on this topic other than be on the lookout for your refund. Thanks to Strider Edge for the tip!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

HMO Reveals Limited $599 Mega Man X Statue


It's been a long time coming but the wraps are finally off HMO Collectibles' 1/4 scale Mega Man X statue. Pre-orders go live tomorrow for a whopping $599. More details and a trailer after the break!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ride Chaser Revealed for Giga Armor Rockman X


It's not immediately clear if it will ship with Giga Armor Rockman X, but Bandai are indeed producing a Ride Chaser to complement the model kit.

Mega Man 2018 Cartoon Series Toys Coming from Jakks Pacific


Jakks Pacific has won the master toy license for next year's new Mega Man cartoon, according to Licensing.biz. The deal between Jakks and the shows producers - DHX Brands and Dentsu Entertainment -includes a range of products, from action figures and play-sets to costumes and plushies.

COO Jack McGrath says, "I grew up with Mega Man and am a big fan, so I’m thrilled for Jakks to team up with DHX Brands and Dentsu on the new animated series. Jakks will bring to life the characters of this terrific franchise through a wide range of toys and costumes for a new generation of kids."

Mega Man is expected to air in 2018 on Cartoon Network. Production heats up this summer.

Source: Licensing.biz (thanks, Daniel!)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

First Look at Giga Armor Series - Super Rockman X


Behold! Super Rockman X! The inagural kit in Bandai's new Giga Armor series of models is looking sharp, designed by none other than Kanetake Ebikawa (perhaps best known for his mechanical design work on Gundam 00 and Full Metal Panic!). It's expected to hit retail later in October.

Pre-orders should go live in the relatively near future. We can expect additional images and information around then. Look forward to it!

Source: Tamashii

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mega Man 8-Bit Deathmatch Version 5B Launched


If you haven't checked out Mega Man 8-Bit Deathmatch, there's no time like the present. Version 5B just launched, and with it a handful of additions and tweaks. The mod's creator, CutmanMike, lays it all out:

* Revamped Story + Singleplayer Campaign! Fraglimits are lower, story is more fleshed out and more terrifying bosses await!
* Easy Mode! For players new to FPS or have difficulty with the game. It makes bots and bosses weaker!
* New revamped training map! Visit auto to check out it's new features!
* More weapon and item reworks, including Junk Shield, Remote Mine, Wire and more!
* Lots of updated older maps, including Wave Man, Gyro Man, Magic Man and more!
* New maps! Wily's fortresses continue to appear! Mega Man 4, 5 and 6 now all have Wily Stages! (not included in campaign)
* Don't forget CTF! Now we have 25 CTF maps!
* Many, many, MANY map/weapon/skin tweaks and adjustments! Too much to list!

The game engine has also been upgraded to Zandronum 3.0 beta. This enables modders to use more tools than ever before to whip up their own 8-Bit Deathmatch.

Here's the link to download V5B. Be sure to check out the change log for a more detailed description of each feature.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mighty Gunvolt Burst - Trailer, Images and Details


Beck and Gunvolt are teaming up for a new adventure on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. Read on for a bevy of info!

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack for Nintendo Switch Announced


Surprise! Azure Striker Gunvolt 1 and 2 are headed to Nintendo Switch with a slew of new features and improvements.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mighty No. 9's Beck Returns in Mighty Gunvolt Burst For Switch and 3DS


Oh wow, you remember Beck, right? That guy from Mighty No. 9? He's back—but not in the way you'd expect. Beck and Gunvolt (of Azure Striker Gunvolt) are slated star in Mighty Gunvolt Burst; a direct follow-up to 2014's retro-inspired Mighty Gunvolt.

According to this week's Famitsu issue, Mighty Gunvolt Burst will feature a character growth elements and a system that awards up-close enemy kills dubbed "Bursts." The game is slated to hit Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. The Switch version will include HD rumble for "dousing". More details are expected to be unveiled at Inti Creates' BitSummit panel this weekend. In the meantime, please enjoy the above tiny screenshots.

Source: Nintendo Everything

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Another Look at Super7's Mega Man M.U.S.C.L.E Figures (Updated)


 We caught our first glimpse of these little guys back at Toy Fair; Mega Man M.U.S.C.L.E figures from the folks at Super7. Recently, though, a better image appeared on Super7's page along with a breakdown of which characters will appear in what sets:

  • Pack A – Mega Man, Ice Man, Sniper Joe
  • Pack B – Mega Man Firing, Fire Man, Metall
  • Pack C – Doctor Wily, Cut Man, Guts Man
  • Pack D – Doctor Light, Bomb Man, Elec Man

No release date is available at this time. UPDATE: Would you look at that - they're available now! More info on that front soon. Thanks for the tip, Daniel! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Want to Work on Next Year's Mega Man Cartoon? DHX is Hiring


Production on the 2018 Mega Man animated series is ramping up this summer, and DHX Studios need you! If you're an animator looking for work, DHX are hoping to hire people with a penchant for 3D animation and storyboarding to work on Mega Man.

You can find the job postings at DHX Studios' career page here. Please do bear in mind the positions are located in Vancouver and Halifax - you know, Canada! I hear they have great water there.

Source: DHX Careers

X and Zero "To The Big Bright Future" Pre-Orders Live


Big Bad Toystore are now accepting pre-orders for Amakuni's 1/7 scale X and Zero figure. It'll cost you a pretty penny: a whopping $324.99. BBTS' offering is pricey, but they're shipping it from the U.S. Alternatively, there's Play-Asia.

I don't have the resources to do a giveaway on this one so you're on your own. If you've got the Zenny saved up and want to add this solemn, subtly romantic piece to your Mega Man collection, snag a pre-order here. It ships in November.