A Look at the Rockman Wares Coming to Winter Wonder Festival '13

wonderfest2013 The 2013 Winter Wonder Festival is taking place in Japan this weekend. The Rockman offerings seem a little sparse this time around, compared to last year's HOBBY ROCK bonanza. However, once the event kicks off, even more custom and homebrew kits may surface. For now, you can take a look at what we've managed to dig up!

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First up is Fighting Fefnir by Seyou-san, part of Yama Tai Koku's Repliroid Moving Series. This is the same sculptor that has produced fantastic garage kits of Leviathan and Harpuia, as well as Iwamoto's original character Merti. To express Fefnir's position as a power character, Seyou gave him a bit of muscle definition. The kit is color cast, but would need additional detailing to look as good as these shots. And at a planned price of ¥10,000, it'll be a big dent in the ol' wallet!

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Next up is this completely adorable and completely poseable Servbot by Matadora. This garage kit has eight varaties of facial expression stickers and three heads you can use to display them. This kit is also color cast, and as Servbots aren't so detailed, additional coloring may not be necessary. This should be a real product! The asking price is ¥5000, with an additional ¥1000 for the stand and cooking accessories.

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Last up is this Ciel statue by Shinshi Doumei (ever notice there are a ton of Zero series characters at these?). As you can see, being an unpainted statue, this will would certainly take some work to make presentable. The size is said to be comparable to Kotobukiya's Zero kit. There is no information on the price.

Sadly I won't be making to to WonFes this time - it's a bit of an expensive pain in the butt. But good luck to you, avid garage kit collector! Here's some of what you have to look forward to!

Ciel and the Birdbot: Newlyweds

This is pretty offbeat for Mega Man news, but then what isn't these days? Over the weekend, voice actor Koichi Yamadera announced on the internet that he became wed to Rie Tanaka. Ms. Tanaka (or, perhaps Mrs. Yamadera now) of course is well known to us for providing the voice of Ciel in the Mega Man Zero games and the numerous drama tracks in the Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero albums.

Yamadera isn't quite so prominent in the world of Mega Man voices - he served the role as a Birdbot in Tron ni Kobun, and even more obscurely, at least according to Wikipedia, the narrator for the Rockman 5 commercial.

Of course, I doubt their involvement in Rockman is a big discussion point between them. But hey, might as well toss some congrats to the happy couple!

Fan artists and shippers, please pretend that the top image doesn't exist.

News Credit: CAP Kobun

Ciel's Memories Translated

On of the neat things about the Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero albums is drama tracks a lot of them contain. While I've glossed over some interpreted machine translations, however, I don't believe I've ever seen a direct translation of these tracks. But that's changed now that Sensei-Hanzo has notified me of his current translations of the Ciel's Memory tracks on the original album on YouTube. You can check out his full set here as well. Sensei-Hanzo also tells me he intends to translate the rest sometime, so we'll be sure to inform when they're done!

So, Just How Much Do You Like Ciel?

Recently uncovered in a Yahoo! Auction is an ultra-rare piece of merchandise in the form of a Rockman/Mega Man Zero telephone card. It features an original picture of Ciel by series artist Toru Nakayama that you are probably not going to find anywhere else (and if you do, for the Master's sake, share with us!), and only 200 were made and distributed at Capcom's Yamagawa festival. No word on if there were other designs available. The price then? ¥10,000. No word on how many minutes that came with.

Now, the seller is apparently willing to part with this ultra-rare piece of merchandise, but the cost is dear. Very dear. How dear?

¥98,000. Or $1,088.00 US dollars. Ouch. And for the heck of it, I decided to see what it would be in Canuck-bucks: $1,351.57. Yikes.

It's things like this that can make you take pause, look at your pile of Mega Man/Rockman merchandise, and ask "What am I collecting foooooooorrrr???"

Finally, I have to know: Who here is going to go for it? Don't be afraid to share, as I don't think you'll face much competition. Or just tell us after the auction is over, if you wish.

News Credit: Protodude's Rockman Corner