Announcing May and June's Contest Winners!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. I sort of hate to admit this, but being able to announce these winners lifts a huge weight off my shoulders. This is far from the first time I've had to apologize for the lateness of a contest this year, but I'd like to explain something. See, I love doing contests that encourage you guys to make things. There is no lack of talent in this community, and I see awesome fan creations on a weekly basis. That being said, a few burdens have come up in trying to do contests like this every month. First, it's tough to keep thinking of ideas that cover a varying range of skills. It would be easy to do fan art contests every month, but not everyone thinks themselves a great artist. Next, judging these contests also becomes difficult, as I've painfully found out. Not only does it take a lot of time, it takes making some harsh decisions as well. We often just get too many cool entries to make such a simple decision on. A lot of you put in fantastic efforts, but only a few can win.

But, that's largely my own sob story. And I'm very thankful for the efforts you all continue to put up in spite of how inadequately we've handled some of these contests. In the end, I just hope that we can provide some joy and fun in these times where Mega Man is on the back burner. So, without further ado...

Woah! A sudden page break! For drama!

  

The winners of the D-Arts Zero Type 2 figures are alexx1083 and Moogy! I want to point out here, the above images are only portions of their entries. I plan to put up everyone's entries in their entirety, but it's going to be a ton of work. Many entries were loaded with images, text, and even video! alexx1083's entry made good use of figures in a series of panels to tell a funny story. Moogy's meanwhile, well... it had a charm straight off the bat that we weren't expecting. Again, it was exceptionally tough. Many entries were deserving of prizes, and would that I could award them all.

Next is the D-Arts VAVA giveaway, the burden of which I put entirely on a random number generator. In this, the honor goes entirely to HeatGutsV3. V3's comment reads:

My favorite moment in the X series is in Megaman X2 after you collect all the pieces for Zero and your on your way to fight Sigma and a fake Zero is there waiting for you. Just when you think you have to fight him three blasts come through and destroy the fake Zero and it was the real Zero that did it. That shows that original is better than a copy.

Phew, and that wraps it up. Winners, we've already notified you via e-mail. Be sure to get back to us at your soonest convenience! Everyone else, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your contributions. Even though I've talked at length about the difficulty of upholding contests, I still pledge that TMMN will continue to have monthly prizes, likely in the form of the giveaway we did with the VAVA figure. This will definitely be the case in the next couple months, since I'll be taking a pretty big vacation in August (though I'll still find a way to be active I'm sure).

Until then, keep your eyes out for future chances of goodies! And thanks always for supporting The Mega Man Network!

D-Arts Zero Type 2 out this Week, and Someone's Gonna WIN ONE!

Zero is pretty much the coolest character ever. You actually can't disagree with that. You can TRY to, but it just won't come out; it's physically impossible. If you can hear yourself think otherwise, or see it written by someone else, it's just a distortion of reality caused by errant gamma rays bouncing off microscopic black holes (which happens often). Ahem, ANYWAY. Bandai's super sexy Zero Type 2 figure comes out later this week in Japan, and ought to hit America next month. If you're a fan of the D-Arts line you know the great quality and features to expect. But perhaps instead of buying one, like some normal person might, you could WIN one instead!? Well, that's gonna happen!!

Normally I make a special contest page, and I will in due time, but this contest is so simply I can cut to the chase here. To enter, all you gotta do is show us your Mega Man figures. You can try to impress us with how awesome your collection is, or use your figures to make cool or funny scenarios; whatever tickles your fancy. We'll be on the look out for the images that make the biggest impression on us as we judge. We want to send Zero to a very deserving collection!

There will be TWO (2) winners, and the deadline for entry is Sunday, June 10th, at midnight PST. Anyone around the world can enter, as long as your country accepts mail from Japan. So get to it, and show us how cool your figures are!

Of course, if you still feel like paying for one yourself, you can pre-order one from HLJ and BigBadToyStore (sadly Amiami is sold out - told you that Zero guy is popular).

Not a Rumor: D-Arts Zero Type 2 Coming in May (Updated)

Last week we posted on some talk that Bandai had Zero Type 2 at the ready for the May releases in Japan. I doubt anyone had a reason to doubt it, but nevertheless it's really happening. And here is a sweet, sweet promotional image just to show you they mean business. No details are known yet of the figure's features and extra parts, but if this image along with what was shown off at Tamashii Nation is any indication, there will be at least two saber parts. Zero Type 2 was listed among the choices in Bluefin's own Facebook character poll, and given Bandai's flawless track record of bringing over the X series characters, I think North America can look forward to saying "hello" to Zero Type 2 in short order.

Update: Bluefin Tamashii has updated their Facebook gallery with additional pics of Zero in action (and confirming the multiple saber parts). He'll retail for ¥3500, and US release is planned in June. See, that didn't take too long at all!

Rumor: D-Arts Zero Type 2 Coming in May

Some early reports are coming out in various places around the internet that Bandai's planned May release schedule for Japan includes the followup to their previous Zero figure, the D-Arts Zero Type 2. A prototype of this figure was among those shown off at Tamashii Nations 2011 late last year.

The corresponding flavor text states: "Boasting the series' greatest popularity, Zero Type 2 is a go! This figure comes equipped with the powered up buster that served him from Rockman X3 and on."

This is a slightly surprising turn, if only because Ucchy-san revealed the prototype of Vile months prior to that of Zero Type 2. Nevertheless, it appears that Zero may have precedence.

Retail pre-orders are said to begin on February 1st, so chances are Bandai ought to officially have their release schedule up by then.

News via Tarbo (image via GA Graphic)

Vile and Zero 2 Appearing in Living Color, Plus a Mystery Zero

We've already been wowed by the prototypes of Vile and Zero "Type 2" but they are just that, prototypes. And typically, when a prototype is shown, it means more months ahead before the final thing comes out. But it seems these two prototypes is growin' up real fast. These are the full color prototypes set to appear in exhibition at Tamashii Nation 2011, starting tomorrow. Also, along with the additional gold trim and boxy shoulder pads, Zero "Type 2" naturally comes with his beam saber for slashies. Other included accessories, not to mention price and release time frame, still remain unknown. Nevertheless it looks like they're coming along great!

There are appears to be an X1 modeled Zero, but with a faceplate not featured with the original figure. Could this be a hint at an Iwamoto manga styled Zero? Unfortunately no details are present.

While I wouldn't consider it a major chance, I am lined up to head to Akihabara this Sunday and check out the Tamashii festivities myself. And with luck, I may even run into Ucchy-san and Bandai's Adam Newman. Can't make any guarantees, but if you'd like me to relay some questions, here's the place to propose them!

Thanks for the tip, ExiledCross! [Image credit: Shimazou Report]