Kotobukiya Dropping Mega Man Model Kit Line

27808-00 Headby Razorsaw With Tamashii Nation's D-Arts line having brought us a number of Mega Man characters already, many are looking forward to what the line will bring us in the future. However, while these figures may be the current hot topic among those looking to collect plastic versions of the Blue Bomber, many have been wondering what became of Kotobukiya's line of model kits, which has previously featured Classic Mega Man, Roll, Proto Man, and the eponymous Mega Man Zero.

Well, according to Tomopop, it unfortunately seems that what many suspected has proven true: Kotobukiya is bringing an end to the Rockman series of model kits. It seems that despite positive feedback, Kotobukiya has opted not to continue where they left off, which means no Bass to go along with the rest of the Classic series mainstays. Instead, they will be focusing on a new license.

While this is indeed disappointing, at the very least, we have the potential for new D-Arts releases to fall back on. Thanks to Advent-Axl for bringing this to our attention.

From Pixels to Plastic: Kotobukiya Mega Man Zero

Well, this is sort of embarrassing. A while back, we told you about several episodes of Retroware TV's "From Pixels to Plastic" episodes which covered a variety of different Mega Man and Rockman figures, but in the process, one was overlooked. The following comes from November 2011, but nonetheless provides an excellent look at Kotobukiya's Mega Man Zero model kit, a curious addition to their lineup following the release of Mega Man, Roll, and Proto Man from the Classic series:

Have you grabbed one of these yet? If so, what are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments below!

Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! Marvel vs. Capcom!

What happens when the heroes (and villains) of Marvel vs. Capcom forget what they're fighting about and settle down to have a good old-fashioned friendly barbeque? Chaos, of course. Pure, utter, unbridled chaos...

...and potato salad.

Also, be sure to watch to the end for a very special scene.

Thanks for the tip, Sinclair!

Kotobukiya Rockman Zero Now Available with Lots of Pics

The time has finally come for Zero to show everyone what he's got! If you cannot wait until December for the English release, then you'll be pleased to know that Kotobukiya's follow-up to their successful classic Mega Man, Roll, and Proto Man model figure kits, Rockman Zero, has arrived.

To that end, Hobby no Toriko (via GGInfinite has a review of the figure; unfortunately, however, it is only in Japanese. Nonetheless, there are tons of pics of the completed model in action, and that's something anyone can understand!

Thanks for the tip, Lalam!

World Domination 102: Acquire an Official Uniform

by Zerothemaster Whether your robot army is composed of Servbots, Metalls, or Pantheons, there is one thing that every evil dictatorial tyrant needs: A uniform for his military! And Kotobukiya is here to please!

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Kotobukiya is releasing eight new Rockman-themed t-shirts, with a possibility of more to come closer to October's release of Kotobukiya's Rockman Zero figure. These shirts are going to be sold exclusively in Japan at Kotobukiya’s Akihabara direct store for 3675 yen, or around $48.15 USD, so if you’re a tyrant based anywhere else, you’ll have to look elsewhere for your snazzy military outfits.

I told you it’s not cheap to be a dictatorial tyrant. Remember, you’ve got to get at least a hundred of these to clothe even a modest robot army.

Source: CapKobun, via Protodude's Rockman Corner

Kotobukiya's Zero Model Kit Hits Japan October 18th

With the recent fun toys the X series has been getting lately, you didn't forget about the Zero series didja? According to Kotobukiya's mobile site, the long awaited Rockman Zero model kit is officially slated to release next month on the 18th. I say long awaited because originally this was planned to release back in the summer. As detailed before, the kit will come with various weapons, hand sets and facial expressions. If you're familiar with Kotobukiya's previous Rockman offerings, you ought to have a good idea of the quality.

The Zero kit will retail for ¥3,200 (roughly $41.85 US) when it comes out. But I suppose I ought to trot out the usual import sites, which often have discounts. Amiami and HLJ are your friends. Or just wait until December for the localized US release.

There has still been no word yet about any additional model kits continuing in the Zero series. It was, after all, some time before we knew there was anything coming after the original Rockman kit. Should Zero sell well, we can probably expect some followups.

Man I love that box design.

News credit: CAP Kobun

Kotobukiya Mega Man Zero Coming in December

Recently, we had our first opportunity to see the Kotobukiya version of Zero from the Mega Man Zero series, which came with an October release date.

Now, Kotobukiya has updated their English Facebook page with the pics, and according to the image descriptions in their gallery, it sounds like we will have an opportunity to get our hands on it domestically this December.

Source: Game Informer, via Capcom Unity

Kotobukiya Zero Gets Some Much Needed Color

He has been looking a bit pale after all. Today on "Rockman Day" in Japan, Kotobukiya has revealed photos and details of the finished, full color Zero model kit from Mega Man Zero. Accessory-wise, Zero comes with the Z-Saber, the Buster Gun and the Z-Knuckle. He also has two faces, as well as seemingly alternate eye sets allowing him to look off to the side. It also features some pretty bad ass box art. Originally the model kit was going to release in Japan this month, but due to delays it is now hitting store shelves in October. It will still see the standard price of ¥3,200 (roughly $39.94 US right now). Check out many more pictures here.

News Credit: CAP Kobun

Breaking Out the Break Man Customs (Update)

As reported previously, the first volume of Hitoshi Ariga's Mega Man Gigamix is now available from UDON Entertainment. What's more, our previous report also included a few preview pages, including one showing off a rather striking image of Break Man, the alter-ego of everyone's favorite scarf-wearing 'bot, Proto Man. And as we've seen recently, Dr. Light's prototype has received his fair share of model kits and action figures, but short of an alternate head for the Kubrick Proto Man, "Break Man" has rarely-- if ever-- been seen in plastic.

That has done little to stop collector Jin Saotome Nagano Ken, however. In fact, it seems to have only served to fire him up, as he has taken one of Kotobukiya's Proto Man figures, and customized it into the spitting image of Ariga's Break Man. Check it out:

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You can find even more images here, courtesy of Protodude's Rockman Corner.

Figure variants are not at all uncommon in Japan's toy market; one can only hope we might see a figure like this released before long. Ken has shown you how it's done, Kotobukiya: the ball is in your court, now.

Edit: It has come to our attention that the custom figure above has been incorrectly attributed to Jin Saotome; apparently, the creator is actually one Nagano Ken, whose website (with more pics of the figure) can be seen here. We sincerely regret and apologize for the error, and thank Auto for bringing it to our attention.

More Kotobukiya Zero Prototype Pics

X series Zero got his reveal earlier this week, but don't forget that Zero series Zero is in the works at Kotobukiya. The prototype model kit is presently being shown off at an in-store event. The prototype is still uncolored, but now we can see it various angles as well as its accessories, which look to include a variety of hands, his buster gun, an alternate face and alternate saber sheathes. You can see some more photos on Moeyo's article, though I must warn this site puts the "Not Safe" in "Not Safe For Work." According to the site, the figure is presently slated for an autumn release in Japan. Thanks for the tip, HeatPhoenix!

Upcoming Kotobukiya Zero Display

Kotobukiya is prepping another Rockman themed in-store event, the Spring Rock 2011 exhibition, on April 29th. They'll be selling the usual assort of Rockman model kits and goods, including a limited supply of Mega Man branded kits and badges, for whatever strange reason. I think the big pull, however, will be a display of the upcoming Zero model kit, albeit still in prototype form (so potentially still uncolored). Furthermore, the e-flyer seems to indicate the kit is releasing in fall now, not summer as originally announced.

Of course, you might be saying to yourself "Well that's cool and all, but I don't live anywhere near Japan!" Fortunately, Capcom's Ucchy-san has your back, and will be reporting from the event!

News Credit: CAP Kobun

First Look at Kotobukiya Zero Prototype

A little ways back we first learned that Kotobukiya would be tackling Rockman Zero in their next model kit foray. And now a magazine scan gives us our first look at the uncolored prototype. Unfortunately no other details are given concerning accessories or the like, but with this coming out we should hear new details pretty soon. Just to remind you, the kit is planned to release in Japan this summer.

Thanks, Hmm! (Image via Toy-World)

Kotobukiya Rockman Kicks Butt

Here is an incredible stop motion animation by Counter656 Productions featuring Kotobukiya's Rockman model kit. I don't know what's going on when Rockman finds himself battling against Gundams and Transformers, but it's pretty dang cool. And the action runs over a good five minutes, so you know a lot of work went into this.

Thanks, Stealthwoman, for the heads up!

The TMMN Megacast #006 - I Lost a Bet

It's been six months of the Megacast, can you believe it? Half a year! They said it wouldn't last. I said it wouldn't last! But here we are. In this very serendipitous episode, the Megacast crew (sans Andy) welcome special guest, UDON Entertainment's managing editor, Matt Moylan. Matt gives us the lowdown about various upcoming Mega Man publications, especially concerning details surrounding the fan-powered Mega Man Tribute due out this summer. Then in the Mega Man Game Club, we cover Mega Man V (Game Boy) and discover it's harder to carry on a good conversation about a game we generally like (except Jesse, he totally hates this game).

Additional discussion covers looking back at Kotobukiya's foray into Mega Man model kits, and speculation about what new places the Mega Man franchise might take us, which goes utterly nowhere. But just when you think it's all over, a surprise interloper jumps into the podcast!

This episode features a Mercury Stage remix by Saitone from Chiptuned Rockman, and there might also be a little prize giveaway in order if you listen carefully! Hope you enjoy the show!

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Kotobukiya Reveals Zero as Next Model Kit

After Blues came out, it seemed uncertain what Kotobukiya would tackle next, if anything at all. But the Winter 2011 Wonder Festival has an unexpected answer. Kotobukiya's next model kit foray will be Zero. And that is, specifically, Zero of the Mega Man Zero variety.

Price and release date info will be forthcoming (a general release frame is available, but it's covered in this picture sadly. Update: The kit is planned to release this summer.

News Credit: Ucchy-san (updated image via Hobby Stock (NSFW))

Proto on Proto: A Kotobukiya Figure Review

As longtime fans know, for many years, Bandai's Rockman 8 Ironbuster Blues model kit long stood as perhaps the best example of an action figure or model kit based on the prototypical older brother of the Blue Bomber. But more recently, a company by the name of Kotobukiya has gotten into the model kit game and began producing a line of product which has so far included Rockman and Roll, who both preceded the mighty DRN-000, and are slated for an eventual Western release. Of course, you've probably seen the pictures, and while those are worth about a thousand words each, sometimes you still need to know more about a product before buying it. And that's where today's feature comes into play.

One fan by the name of Protoman X, who runs the ProtoRetro reviews channel on YouTube, tipped us off to his latest edition, in which he thoroughly examines his namesake, as well as provides a little history lesson of what Blues/Proto Man has gone through to reach this point in his collectible lifespan:

If that has whet your appetite, then don't forget that we are currently running a Valentine's Day fanart contest in which the winner gets to take home one such figure!

ProTip: Tabby will probably give more points to someone whose picture features Proto Man wining, dining, or otherwise romancing her. Just keep it clean, and the rules are here for further reference.

TMMN Fan Art Contest: Valentines Blues

Funny that Valentine's Day should land within one of the coldest months in the year. But if it's help warming your spirit you need, a fun little contest might just do the trick. It's been a while, but Tabby is taking helm at the festivities once again with a new fan art contest! And I think it will be worth your while, because two people will be winning a Kotobukiya Blues model kit! Just look at this guy, so mysterious and dreamy.

Tabby is not easy to win over, though. She is one of the coldest and most evil people I know (yeesh, women). But I have a helpful tip for you all. I happen to know that she simply goes gaga for Blues (aka Proto Man). So, I think if you draw something Blues themed, you just might have a shot. In fact it's mandatory that your picture be Blues themed. Better yet, just take a look at the rules and guidelines and you should be all set!

You have until Monday, February 14th, 10:00PM PST to submit Tabby your picture. After that, Tabby will confer with a handful of other TMMN staff judges, totally disregard their comments, and pick two winners on her own.

So, get learned and start creating your masterpiece! Good luck to you all! You'll probably need it.