The Mega Man Network's Mega Man Mega Toy Mega Post

There has been a lot of toy news on the Mega Man front recently, and we're just going to lump everything into one big mega post here to help catch things up, okay? First, we remember that Capcom put out a call to we the fandom about the Mega Man Kubrick figures, and it looks as though fruit is borne of our desire:

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These were spotted by Protodude in an eBay auction which currently has a Buy It Now price of $52.20, with five available. As you can see from the packaging, it is in English, thus hopefully confirming a North American release.

As an aside, note the side of the box and the pixel-version of the Bearbrick Mega Man figure. Nift.

In other domestic news, Tomopop (via Protodude) caught up with Scott Levine of Jazwares to discuss their line of Sonic the Hedgehog toys, as well as other lines, including Mega Man:

Among the issues discussed therein are figures in a 3" and 3.75" scale, as well as the possibility of more Retro Roto figures, specifically the unproduced Wave 2, which included such faces as Heat Man and Wood Man.

And speaking of the Retro Rotos, it appears that Jazwares was showing off re-releases of the first line at Toy Fair in New York City, which had been hinted at previously. However, unlike the original releases, it appears that the Build-a-Bot pieces used to create the "Fully-Charged" Mega Man figure will no longer be included, thus making the figure (and for those who keep such things, the complete packages they came in) a rarer item for collectors.

Finally, on the unofficial front, it appears that Rockman924 (via Protodude again) is at work on new sculpts to be released at the next garage kit convention, Spring's Wonder Festival. And the identities of these sculpts?

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That's right! It's none other than Harpuia Tornado Man and Sniper Joe! Joe is 12cm tall, and will be decorated as per his Mega Man 7 appearance when completed. He'll come not only with his trademark shield, but also an interchangeable eye, allowing you to decorate him with a red or green optic.

Sadly, Tornado Man has no such accessories, but looks cool anyway.

We do apologize for the lag in news here; it's been a rather rough month, but hopefully we can get things rolling again in March.

Retro Rotos Return

Remember Jazwares' line of Mega Man "Retro Roto" toys, the six-inch action figures from the Classic series based on actual production art from Capcom? We received only one wave, with subsequent waves lingering in limbo until all hope had been given up that we'd ever see them.

But now, it looks like the first wave-- or four of them, at least-- are seeing a re-release exclusively through online retailers such as BigBadToyStore. Instead of individually-carded figures, however, the figures of Mega Man, Shadow Man, Elec Man, and Proto Man will be sold together in a four-pack for $43.99 (though BBTS is offering them for $39.99), and are expected to arrive in December.

In addition, Protodude has learned from a Jazwares representative that a "follow-up" box consisting of "four Wave 2 figures" should arrive in the Spring of 2010. Unfortunately, specifics were not divulged as to the identity of the Wave 2 figures, but we may be able to determine the remainder by looking at the back of the original Retro Rotos' box.

On the back, it featured the five figures which made up Wave 1: Mega Man, Proto Man, Elec Man, Shadow Man, and Guts Man. Since Guts Man isn't included in the first box, he seems to be a likely candidate for the second. In addition, the Wave 1 figures all contained "Build-a-Bot" parts to create a "Fully Charged" Mega Man, representative of when he charges energy into his Buster. That seems like a likely inclusion, since having a Mega Man would theoretically help the set sell better (or at least, it would at regular retail, where these figures won't be available).

The remaining two on the back of the box were two "Coming Soon" figures in Ice Man and Wood Man, who were never originally released, and were scheduled alongside he likes of Heat Man for a later release which never came.

Of course, that's all only a guess; we'll have to wait until Spring to find out for sure.

Custom Mega Man from Megaland

Sometimes, when you're a fan of something long enough, you learn to take some of the older, less-favorable stuff in stride. Such is the case with this custom figure by one Kyle Robinson, whose work I found when doing research for a separate article. Kyle took one of Jazwares' Retro Roto Mega Man figures, and turned it into the Mega Man from the late 80s DiC cartoon, Captain N: The Game Master. And honestly? He's done a bang-up job, given what he had to work with.

It's almost too bad there's not accompanying figures of the other characters from the series. Sure, it was perplexing then (to put it nicely), but is one chapter of Mega Man's history that he has in common with other franchises, such as Adam West's Batman or the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. I don't think anyone would want a new cartoon with this Mega Man, but it's all in the past now as a curious footnote in the Blue Bomber's history.

It's also an interesting visual, with more regular Mega Man proportions being used, plus a Mega Buster.

Source: Kyle Robinson Customs