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Remember the Mega Man X cosplay featured on the Nerdist YouTube channel a few months ago? Originally worn at the New York 2012 Comic-Con, this piece can now be yours! The costume now sits on eBay, pre-owned (of course) but "in excellent shape," and is waiting for a new home with a $130 Buy-It-Now.
You can find more pictured and information here, including the measurements, materials involved, what sort of durability it has, and shipping details.
Thanks to Nick P. for the tip!
Over on former Attack of the Show and Singled Out (among many other things) host Chris Hardwick's Nerdist YouTube channel is a new "Just Cos" video from the 2012 New York Comic-Con. It features Martin, who designed and created his a Mega Man X cosplay to wear to the event, and Nerdist's cameras give us a behind-the-scenes look at what he did to bring it all together.
One might notice that Martin's design is not a spot-on representation of the same version of X we see in the games. As the proportions of the character make a 1:1 translation an iffy proposition, he took some cues from other sources and created a version of the character he can truly call his own.
All in all, not bad, and the more positive press for Mega Man, the better!
Probably not many have heard of MAGFest, which is short for the Music and Gaming Festival. It is a small convention that takes place in the Gaylord Hotel down by Washington DC's beautiful National Harbor.
Fellow TMMN poster and Cool Awesome Artist (tm), rnn and I decided to head down for the weekend and take in the sights and sounds of the gaming culture. There was a lot of Mega Man goodness to behold indeed! This is going to be a hefty post, with posts and videos, so hang onto your socks!
While we didn't get to see them perform, we did catch The Megas Q n A panel, which was being lead by Brentalfloss. Their panel had a lot of Mega Man questions thrown at them, and some interesting tidbits came about about their process and their work with CAPCOM and Epic Scents. We took some loose notes, so we're sort of paraphrasing the questions and answers here.
Q: How do they go about creating a song? What's their process? A: The method is that they think of the story and characterization first, then lyrics and tune start falling into place. Finding the angle for the Robot Masters most difficult one for them. For example was Needle Man. One of the members had started to write out the song and plan his story. Needle man, is he a drug addict? Another joke was when someone wrote a first draft, one of them had written just "guitaaar soolooo" in there. It's now a running gag with them. They settle on the lyrics based on whoever is most passionate about it and compromise from there.
Q: I know they performed music for Mega Man Universe. Were they sad to see the project cancelled? A: Yes. Also, they were supposed to get paid for every commercial they did for MMU but never did.
Q: Will they be doing any more tours? A: Maybe an East coast tour? They think they're overdue for an east coast one since three years ago. (Come perform at Otakon, guys!)
Q: Will they do anymore podcasts? A: May do a Mega Man podcast, but the only reason they don't is because " Nnnnn we probably better write a song"
Q: Most gratifying song? A: History Repeating probably the most gratifying and gave them direction for their next album.
Q: About the song they did for Epic Scents. Did they have total control, or did they have certain things to put into the song? A: "Get equipped with scent busters" line was the one line they had to use and had free reign for the rest of the song. While creating it, they had to think about the characters and scents, translating those into lyrics. Mega Man was sort of young and innocence, with a clean scent. Proto Man was more rebellion and....cinnamon apple pie. There you have it, Young and Innocence, Rebellion and Pie.
The Protomen were also in attendance this year, rocking up the concert floor. Hearing them live is a very intense experience. With all that energy on stage and audience, they rock things pretty hard. If they're playing near you, I highly recommend attending their concerts.
We were also excited to see Kinuyo Yamashita. She is the wonderful music talent behind Mega Man X3. We were very lucky to get a photo, as by the time we got up to her, they were only allowing signatures. So rnn and I used feminine wiles on the gophers. While most of the fans attending the panel seemed to be there for her Castlevania work or her life as a composer, there were one or two questions about her Mega Man experiences:
Q: Was there any homages to Guns n Roses with Neon Tiger's theme? A: When I wrote Neon Tiger's theme at the time, I was not aware of them. *jokingly* Maybe they copied off me.
Q: When writing Zero's theme, what were you trying to convey about the character? A: Cool!
Seeing bands on stage is excellent, but the remix DJs they had were also excellent as well! We got introduced to DJ Cut Man's music for the first time. (Facebook and twitter)He has a great intro to his routine as well, so I had to capture some video along with a few of his songs.
OverClocked ReMix was also there, hosting a few panels. You may remember them as the chaps who did Maverick Rising album and the Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet. Not only were their panels awesome, one of their own Benjamin Briggs was DJing for the night. He only played one Mega Man Mix (Boomer Kuwanger+Magna Centipede mix) but his other remixes were excellent, so I recommend a listen.
There was also "new" non-music people to meet. I finally had the honor to meet fellow TMMNer Andrew Dickman (Starfield Creations) in person. We podcast enough together, now we can put faces to the names. I forgot to get a photo, because I'm a dummy and figured we'd get one on Saturday, but kept missing each other. Greg Sepelak AKA MSipher was also in attendance (He's been in the Mega Man fandom forever, and I believe wrote some of the MM Brady Game guides back in the day), but he somehow dodged me the whole weekend. Next year, Gadget. Next year! I also ran into Jesse DuRona in the Market, manning his own table with his excellent wares. You might remember him as the artist who does Despondent Mega Man. If you haven't read it yet, go do it, now!
Let's not forget about the wonderful cosplayers as well. While MAGFest isn't as big of a cosplay scene as say, Otakon, there were still some fantastic Mega Man fans roaming around all suited up and ready for battle!
TMMN reader TerrorTabby was in an amazing Proto Man cosplay. She's lucky I didn't pick her up and cart her off. ....Or steal her helmet. Or both, really. Tony Murray was spotted as Vile, strutting around looking like he popped right out of his D-Arts box.
A random group of Robot Masters with Dr. Wily was spotted roaming around! (There was a Wood Man, but somehow he kept dodging our cameras). There was also a Zero, Time Man and Elec Man roaming around, but we did not get them on camera as well.
All in all, it was a great convention! If you happen to be in the area and love video game music, I highly encourage you to attend MAGFest. It's also a great convention for first timers, as it's not as large as Otakon, PAX or Comic Con.
Special Thanks to rnn for her photos and help writing this post!
As we announced early last week, the last weekend in July was Otakon, and with it, "OtaRockman." Unfortunately, there wasn't nearly as much going on as in past years, with the cosplay gathering on Saturday being pretty much the one and only thing. And even then, the turnout wasn't as great as in past years.
Still, we had fun, and you can check out the costumes and a few other Mega Man-related tidbits seen at the show in our huge picture gallery below.
Another angle of the group shot above.
A female Proto Man... er, Proto Woman? Proto Girl?
Our own Tabby as Proto Man. Were female Proto Men a thing this year?
Another Proto Man, this time from The Protomen, with a Mega Man from The Protomen. Proto-tastic!
Ryouko as Helios/Aeolus with AzureEmperor as Gregar.
Celebrating 25 years! Classic Mega Man and LBD "Nytetrayn" as Bad Box Art Mega Man.
Emerald as Sniper Joe from The Protomen.
Emerald as Sniper Joe from The Protomen after an encounter with Bad Box Art Mega Man. "Bad Box Art Sniper Joe! It's been years! *click*"
The evil Dr. Wily, of course. Actually, he wasn't so bad in person...
It was a bad day to be Dr. Wily...
Another Dr. Wily, one not at the mercy of arm cannons.
Wood Man was in attendance, but where was he when Wily needed him most?
As was Zero, but he and his actually-glowing Z-Saber were elsewhere.
...and Poochy as Lan! Battle Network, represent!
And Star Force is also in the hizzle, and ready to sizzle!
Terra as Pluto. Strange, isn't it?
A group shot. TMMN and company are in the house!
Tron Bonne, minus the misadventures. But what would Tron be without...
...Servbots! Wait, something seems a little off about this one...
And finally, Captain N! Because his contributions to the liberation of Megaland shall never be forgotten.
In addition to the cosplaying, there was a decent amount of Mega Man merchandise to be found in the Dealer's Room, provided you knew where to look. For instance...
...wall scrolls! There were a few different ones, including Classic and X series scrolls. There were some Mega Man t-shirts around, too.
Bluefin/Tamashii Nations was also there, and had a nice graphic on the side of their booth featuring Mega Man X, among their other offerings.
On the other side of their booth, they had some neat displays set up with the figures, including this one of D-Arts Zero Type 2 dueling with D-Arts Super Saiyan Trunks. Meanwhile, armored X is off to the side, shooting at visitors.
And in another case, we have Vile kindly offering a drink to his new friend, Mecha Godzilla, with X about the blast the purple Maverick in the back. What is with that guy today?
Sadly, the prototype Sigma and Ride Armor were not there, but we do have some info coming up on those for you.
And that wraps up another year of OtaRockman at Otakon. Until next year, Baltimore!
Thanks to JackScarab, Ryouko, Rick Cressen, and Wolfshadow for allowing the use of their photos-- be sure to check out their linked galleries for more. We might have taken more of our own, but it turns out that iPhone touch screens don't work well at all with rubber gloves. Go figure.
If you are featured unnamed in one of the pictures above and wish to be credited, just let us know and we'll try to add it as soon as we can!
This year's Otakon is going to be held from July 27th through July 29th at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. And unfortunately, unlike in previous years, there is going to be no Mega Man panel at the convention. Not for a lack of trying, mind; we applied, they rejected.
And so it goes.
In addition, there won't be much in the way of other activities such as the video game tournament held in years prior, either. But if you would like to take part in the annual cosplay gathering, that will be held as usual at 11am on Saturday morning in the area "behind" the Starbucks (as in, if you face them like standing in line, literally behind. Just keep going past until you see lots of blue). Tabby and I will be there, and it's sure to be lots of goofy fun, so we hope to see you there!
We haven't seen very much of MegaMan.EXE ever since some not terribly well known time travel shenanigans. But our digital blue hero seems to be getting by still, and just recently showed up at Manchester Comic Con in England. Of course, really this is just cosplayer Ribbo enjoying himself at the event. Browsing through the photos, the ladies really seem to dig MegaMan.EXE...
Also, a curious note. Some of you may recognize this costume. It was originally used by Capcom Europe in promotional events, and a couple years back they held a contest giving it away. I don't know if this was ever the only one, but per chance, Ribbo, is this how you came about your threads?
You can find more MCC photos, as well as some general lounging around cosplaying, at Ribbo's DA page. Thanks for sharing, Ribbo!
I certainly didn't make it to Comic Con this year - not a very good swimmer. But Daniel, an old high school pal of mine, did make his way over. I didn't want to burden him too much, but I asked him to take pictures of any Mega Man stuff he happened across. So, I'm just sharing with you what he got: sweet cosplays, a special edition comic, and of course, those sweet, sweet D-Arts concepts. You better be bugging Tamashii Nations to make those!
Thanks for your work, Dan! Glad you had fun!
Here's a Maverick Hunter you probably didn't expect to see when tuning in to NBC 7 San Diego. This guy's Axl costume, which I must say is pretty well made, won him some prime time. I never thought much of Axl myself, but I have to give respect for this amazing costume!
Thanks to The Scene SD for the tip!
Summer is almost here, and you all know what that means: It's nearly convention season! And with all of the hustle and bustle of conventions comes another thing: Cosplay. There will no doubt be a fair number of Mega Man cosplayers this year, as there usually are every year, with inspiration being drawn from the Classic series, the arguably more mainstream Battle Network, and even Star Force, which has not had a new release in the past three years.
For those who would like to capture the look of Star Force hero Geo Stelar, cosplay supplier Cosplaysky has these unofficial replicas of the glasses he wears throughout the series (click the link to see more angles and close-ups). However, they are anything but cheap-- these high-tech shades will set you back a cool $139, to say nothing of shipping.
If Geo isn't who you'd most like to emulate in the busy halls of a convention center, then by all means, tell us who you'd like to be in the comments below.
Just a quick note for those interested: parts 4 and 5 of the Mega Man panel from this year's Otakon have now been posted to YouTube by Hardcore Hecxz. You can check them out below (as well as in the link to the full report above, for completion's sake). Thanks, Hecxz!
Recently, a Brazilian member of the Mega Man fan community dropped us a line to let us know that he was keeping the Blue Bomber (or at least some of his associates) in the public eye by placing in a recent cosplay contest at the Super ConQuest convention. Below, you can see Lucas Veríssimo performing for the judges to an interesting piece of music, which is part of what led us to want to share. How many of you have heard the classic Ruby Spears cartoon theme song... in Brazilian Portuguese? Have a listen to that, as well as some dialogue from their version of the show:
It would seem that Lucas got a pretty good reaction from the crowd, too-- good enough for him to earn second place in the competition. Congratulations, Lucas!
Read on for a transcript of the dialogue, as well as some more pics of Lucas suited up.
Note: the dialogue used was a mix of lines from "The Beginning" and "Electric Nightmare."
Wily: I will blast Mega Man into pieces! Proto Man: NO! I must destroy Mega Man! He is my brother! Wily: You remmember i build you Proto Man and you will obey me! Proto Man: You're right Dr Wily! I will obey you when i want to! Proto Man: Not so fast little brother! Mega Man: If you are really my brother Proto Man you do the right thing and let me stop Dr Wily's crazy plan! Proto Man: It wouldn't be so crazy if you join us bro. Mega Man: Not a chance! Proto Man: You decided... (punch*) Mega Man: Wow! This really cracked my circuits... Proto Man: Lets see how faint your power are against me Mega Junk! Mega Man: I'm as good or better than you Proto Man! Proto Man: We will see about that! (Fifhgt*) END
And here are the additional pics:
Unlike last year, things kicked off on the first day of the convention, Friday, July 29th. Things began with the annual Mega Man panel, this year dubbed "Made in Japan," which presented a look back at the many games of the franchise which never made it to our shores (at least, not in their original forms). The panel was hosted by Ryouko of Rockman.EXE Online and Terra Stardroid of Stardroids.net, while Tabby and myself represented The Mega Man Network.
As ever, the lineup of people waiting to get in was quite impressive. Following the then-recent cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, it was our hope to be able to provide the aforementioned Servbot masks to those who did not bring their own (on a nifty little stick, no less). Unfortunately, due to the short notice and circumstances beyond our control, it was not to be.
Nonetheless, even though they were not masked, you can see in the video at the top of this article that there was still some vocal support from those in attendance.
As for the rest of the panel itself, you can see the first
two three parts of the video footage here, courtesy of Hardcore Hecxz:
There was also going to be a special video tribute to Mega Man Legends, as assembled by our very own Mainfinger. Unfortunately, due to time restraints, it was not able to be included in the panel. And so, for the first time ever, here is the debut of the video in full:
The Underbelly Show even managed to attend (well, some of them, anyway), and walked out with a prize!
And as always, we ended the panel with a raffle for some cool Mega Man prizes. A special thanks goes out to Capcom USA and UDON Entertainment for their generous contributions.
The following morning of Saturday, July 30th, the time came for the annual OtaRockman cosplay gathering and meet-up behind the convention center's Starbucks stand. And as you can see, there was quite the turnout of costumed Blue Bomber fans:
More fun was to be had when the three doctors-- Wily, Light, and even Cossack-- got together to have a quick hoedown and perform some Ginyu Force-styled poses:
And arguably the best part was when I got to live out a life-long dream...
Okay, so it wasn't our Heat Man; it was still pretty cathartic.
Some more fun and poses:
After the cosplay high jinks was finished, there was a follow-up to last year's Mega Man 9 Endless Mode tournament. Of course, this time, Mega Man 10 was the subject. Sadly, there were no trophies to be awarded this year, though if memory serves, the winner got to walk away with a brand-new San Diego Comic-Con-exclusive metallic Mega Man X D-Arts figure from Bandai.
Unfortunately, some of us had to leave early for an RPG, and so we don't have the running tally on-hand for who won, and by how much. If we get the info, we will be sure to add it here.
And speaking of which, for those who looked in the right places, there was more Mega Man fun to be had at the various tables in the dealer's room. Tabby even took the following pictures of the D-Arts display which Bandai had set up:
And with that, another year of Mega Man-themed festivities in Baltimore comes to a close. For more pics from the different OtaRockman events, as well as the rest of the convention, you can check out the galleries of Jackscarab and Rick Cressen on Photobucket, and Dr. Neko on Picasaweb.
If the above image of Arlette Resendiz cosplaying as Tron Bonne inside her Gustaff mech with a giant Servbot looks familiar, there is a good reason, as this is not the first time she has graced The Mega Man Network's front page. Before, she was looking to sell off the mighty mech costume, but today, she's here to gain your support!
She has reached the top 40 out of 1,200 participants in Otaku House's "Cosplay Idol" contest, thanks to 140,000 voters like you. "Please help me make this cosplay number one," she asks of us, "to show love to the Mega Man Legends series!!"
Voting is a simple matter of clicking here, and then clicking either "Like" or "Google +1." You can also tweet it, but the page does not say whether those will count towards the total.
So far, the page (which shows off several of her other costumes, including Samus Aran and Bahamut) states that 371 people want her to win, though the Like and Google +1 totals indicate closer to 490 (as of this writing).
Good luck, Arlette! We're rooting for you!
It's that time of year again! Next weekend, from July 29th to 31st, Otakon returns to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and as always, the Mega Man fan gathering "OtaRockman" will be there as well!
Events kick off with the annual panel, "Mega Man: Made in Japan," a co-production of The Mega Man Network, Rockman.EXE Online, and Stardroids.net. It is currently scheduled to be held from 6:30 to 7:30pm on Friday in Panel 5. Two things about this one: the first is that panels are often subject to change in both time and the room in which they are held, so make sure to keep tabs at the convention in case it is moved or rescheduled.
The second thing is that, despite coming close to filling a room capable of holding 690 people last year, Panel 5 is only capable of holding 375 people. So if you want in, you need to make sure you arrive in time to line up before things get too busy. But then, who knows? Maybe a panel occupying a bigger room will open up and they'll move us? You never know with these things.
In addition, we hope to give Capcom a good showing of solidarity among those attending the panel. To be a part, of this, click on the Servbot mask above to get a full-size version to bring out and use at the panel as we express our desire for Mega Man Legends 3, as well as Mega Man in general. Thanks to Servbot X for the contribution!
Oh, and as ever, there will be our annual raffle for lots of fun prizes!
On Saturday, the OtaRockman cosplay gathering will be held at 11am, behind the Starbucks on the second floor, near the main entrance. Following that, a Mega Man 10 "Endless Run" tournament will be held at noon this year. Sadly, there won't be any trophies this time, but at least the winner will have bragging rights, and be able to gloat until they are pelted with foam Mega Buster bullets and swarmed by Servbot mask-wearing cosplayers (ideally led by a Tron cosplayer).
And the fun need not end there; Panel 5 will later play host to an unrelated Capcom fan panel from 11pm to 12am on Saturday night. While we encourage attending, and even bringing your Mega Man cosplay and Servbot masks, please don't be unruly or disruptive; sure, there are a lot of hard feelings about Capcom right now, but given it says "fan panel," we're assuming that they are not actually affiliated with Capcom, and are not deserving of having their weekend ruined.
Those who enjoy the musical stylings of Brentalfloss will be pleased to know that he will be holding a live FAQ at Panel 6 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on Sunday.
And finally, former Black Ranger and current voice of Zero, Johnny Yong Bosch, will be a guest at the convention with his band, Eyeshine. Plus, UDON's Mega Man Tribute cover artist Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz will be in the Artist's Alley, so stop by if you get a chance!
It's shaping up to be a great weekend, and we hope to see you all there!
Here it is, at long last: The Mega Man Network's OtaRockman report.
While Otakon officially kicked off on Friday, July 30th, OtaRockman-- the Otakon gathering of Mega Man fans (and called such as "OtaMegaMan" doesn't quite have the same ring)-- events did not begin until Saturday morning. As you can see above, there were a number of cosplayers on hand for photo opportunities at 11am, but those are just the tip of the iceberg. Here's a wider spread:
As you can see, there is a pretty good representation of characters: a Mettaur/Metool, Giro, Harpuia, two Lan Hikaris, Alia, Laika (concealed by Alia), FyreFox (with Laika), Phantom, Ms. Yuri (concealed by Phantom), Sniper Joe, Model ZX, Mega Man, Snake Man, "Casual Blues" (as portrayed by our own Oekaki Mom, Tabby), Pickelman, Magnet Man, Bright Man, Geo Stelar (with Omega-Xis), and Mega Man X.
...plus one other I regrettably can not make out. If it's you, or you know who they are, feel free to post it in the comments below.
And I believe there were a few others running around as well; you can catch many more images of the lot in Ryouko's gallery.
Following the cosplay gathering, it was time for Terra's Mega Man 9 Endless Mode tournament! And the prizes for the top-ranking super fighting robots?
Tournaments held in previous years consisted of Mega Man Battle Network NetBattles, but this year, competitors fought their way through as many screens of the downloadable Endless Mode of Mega Man 9 as they could within five minutes, or before they died. Thinking back, I'm not sure anyone met the five minute mark.
Many gave it their all, but in the end, there could only be three winners. And those who excelled were as follows:
1st Place: WolfShadow, with 35 screens.
2nd Place: MetroidMaster, with 33 screens.
3rd Place: Jeffery, with 22 screens.
After the tournament, we dispersed until the nighttime, when we would reconvene at 8pm in the Hilton Key Ballroom "Panel 6" room for "The Anime & Manga Realm of Mega Man."
It should be noted that in past years, there had been far more people who tried to attend the panel than could be allowed in. This year, we received a much larger room, but at a small cost: we were set immediately following the OC Remix panel in another room, and at the same time as the cosplay masquerade. But even so, we still had the room nearly filled (with some people staying in after the Gaia Online panel).
For one hour (and a little bit more), Tabby, Terra Stardroid, Robo Nanya, and Ryouko of Rockman.EXE Online, and myself went over the history of Mega Man/Rockman in comic and animated forms, including the Megamix manga series by Hitoshi Ariga, the Rockman.EXE anime, and other noteworthy adventures...
Following that main portion of the panel, we did a little question-and-answer period before moving on to the raffle, which featured generous contributions from Tabby, UDON Entertainment, and Capcom Unity. Not only did the latter offer up three Mega Man Zero Collection games and t-shirts, but there were also other fun items, including some Mega Man Kubrick sets given out.
Plus, each panelist got their own Mega Man Zero Collection t-shirt, making us a stylish, uniform bunch. So a special thanks to JGonzo and the Capcom Unity!
And with that, the Mega Man-centered festivities came to a close. Good times were had, prizes were given, and with any luck, we'll be back next year.
Want to go to your favorite anime, video game, or comic convention this Summer as two of the most memorable characters from the MegaMan Legends series, but don't have the skill/are too lazy to bring them to life? Never fear, because eBay is here, and they've brought Tron in her Gustaff mech and a giant Servbot, just as they appear in Capcom's fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. Personally, I don't think much of the Servbot; it looks about like any other Servbot costume I've ever seen, and only seems to go down to around the waist. The Tron-in-Gustaff combo, on the other hand, looks really good to me-- especially the Gustaff parts, which carry a nice metallic sheen to them. Plus, it has smoke, lights, and even a rotating gattling-gun arm!
However, this combo doesn't come cheap-- bidding currently stands at $850 USD.
You can check out more pics full of details, and even some videos depicting some of the Gustaff's special effects at the item's page on eBay.