Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Kotobukiya Axl, Sigma, Forte.EXE and More Shown Off at the Shizuoka Hobby Show


This year's Shizuoka Hobby Show is upon us and with it, we get a good amount of news and updates on previously announced model kits from Kotobukiya! Although no groundbreaking announcements were made, there's plenty to delve into. Stick around after the break as we review all the insights gleaned from this show!

First up, we have MAX ARMOR Triad Thunder Ver. Finally seeing this in color is really a treat. The colors really pop, and the additional parts for the dash pose are a welcome extra. The main highlight is, of course, the Triad Thunder piece! It's absolutely massive and translucent to boot! While no release date was given, Kotobukiya did announce that pre-orders for this kit will go live next week, so be on the lookout for that! This one is just begging for your sense and skill! More photos can be found here.


Up next, we have the much-awaited debut of Axl, presented in vibrant full color for the first time! While no release information is available for him just yet, we do get a good look at his accessories. Axl will come with three faces: stern, cocky, and shouting. He will also include two Axl Bullets pistols, as well as his wings. Is this a kit you're excited for? More photos can be found here.


Next we get our first look at the prototype for Forte.EXE. Even though information on this kit remains sparse, we still get a good look at the design, as well as how dynamic his signature cloak can be. More photos can be found here.


Last up is this absolute unit. With the first showing of Sigma's prototype here, we can see that he possesses an imposing and impressive stature! Although we don't have precise measurements yet, it's certain that his remarkable size will tower over the Maverick Hunter trio and leave the competition in awe.


One extra bit of news we got was that Black Zero will be a Kotobukiya Shop Limited Item, similar to Premium Charge Shot X, MAX ARMOR Hyperchip Ver., and Zero Nightmare, so you may not be able to purchase him from your usual retailers.

And that's it for all we were shown at this show. What were your favorite bits of news? Be sure to sound off in the comments!

The full gallery of in-person photos from the show can be found here.

41 comments:

  1. Kinda upset Black zero is a Limited item, but the rest look really great!

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    1. He Will not have standard release ?

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  2. Kinda upset that Black Zero Is an exclusive, But the rest look great! can't wait to get Axl

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    1. Don't be... Previous "exclusives" were easy to get.

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    2. Yeah, I was able to get a Hyperchip X that was on sale from Walmart

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  3. No mysterious figure? This might be the end then...

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  4. oh boy, wasn't expecting to see the sigma model so soon. I'm excited for these

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  5. These all look excellent, cannot wait to get them in-hand. I wonder when we'll get news on that mystery design they teased last time...

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  6. Sigma, Axl and Black Zero are for sure. Probably getting two Black Zeros, one for each character.
    You know, I never realized Sigma had a piece of fabric for connecting his cape until now... Its great they included the cape.
    Triple Triad I am not sure about... Forte I could take or leave.

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  7. Yo! The Axl one looks super cool!

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  8. Can't wait to add these to the collection! Hope they reissue nightmare zero sometime he's the only one I'm missing

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    1. There is a reissue! Big bad toy store is already sold out, but try googling it and finding another site. I just pre-ordered one tonight!

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  9. wonder what they'll announce next for the X series. I hope we get a maverick hunter X armor variant. and it'd be nice to get the glide armor.

    other character-wise, I'd hope iris and alia are next. they'd make the most sense since they have in-game alts that can easily be made into alt kits. though, with RiCO being so popular on the survey, I wouldn't be surprised if we end up getting some alt skins from X dive.

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    1. +1 Iris or Alia. Nana would be cool too but only later.

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    2. I hope we get a x4 ultimate armor eventually to finish up the set from the first 4 games.

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    3. they gotta make ultimate armor

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    4. Ultimate Armor in X4 colors and LC colors. I'm game. I'd take all 4, but those 2 look the best.

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  10. That Sigma is absolutely fantastic.

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  11. Axl, you got a figure you're promised to get it! ☺️

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  12. Axl in color! I thought the day would never arrive!

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  13. Why don't they update the gem on MAX ARMOR to be brighter like the other armors?

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    1. Well the MegaMan fan base has 0 expectation so there's absolutely no need for the concept of quality to exist lol.

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    2. The saga is trash, actually.

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    3. “The saga is trash”

      Or is it…?

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  14. I wonder if the triad thunder kit has the upgraded feet. might get more of him just to get the upgraded feet for the other X3 armors

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    1. I’m not sure how true this is but I remember reading in a article on here a while back that the Triad Thunder X will have slightly better poseability compared to the original and Hyper Chip releases.

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    2. Did you notice the arms have some sort of extension part on them? As opposed to re-molding just a longer arm. Thats a little odd.

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    3. I didn't notice that.

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  15. Good looking stuff.

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  16. triad thunder is up for pre-order now

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  17. Regular X and Zero are being re-issued as well.

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    1. Scalpers already bought up all the pre orders of those reissues from Japan.

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    2. Nope. Still available at Kotous. Give it a few days. They will open again.

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    3. Will store like amiami reopen the preorders? I've been looking for them for a long time, I can't believe I missed this! 😫

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    4. There are no guarantees... But a lot of times when something sells out in a day, companies make more available.
      Give it time. I will bet you a doughnut of your choice it will get another wave between now and release. If for no other reason than to make the scalpers a little annoyed.

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    5. Now KotoUs is sold out of Zero too. I still expect them to release more, though if there is enough demand.
      I still want to get a second one at some point. I'm a little worried about the availability of Black Zero...

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    6. Able to preorder X and Zero Nightmare from USAGS. For Zero I'll just (hoping to) wait for the curved midsection piece redesign.

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    7. Never heard of that site before... I am totally going to get that RG Akatsuki Gundam later down the road. That thing looks awesome.

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    8. I found them when I was browsing YT for 30 Minutes Sisters. Apparently they are one of Kotobukiya NA authorized retailers.

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