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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!
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!
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.
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!
First we have some sweet new Rockman Killer figures by Planeswalker, pictured up top. Punk was definitely one of the big draw's at the 2012 Winter show, and now he's getting an all new kit! What's more, he'll be accompanied by Enker and Ballade too. Needless to say, I love these. On his blog, Planeswalker also lists a couple figures from fellow collaborators, Plant Man and Zero from Rockman EXE Transmission.
Next we have Kid's Company. Earlier this year they joined Hobby Rock with a poseable Prairie garage kit. At the time they were also working on Aile, but she wasn't far along enough yet. But now it seems she's about ready. This kit will feature all the same poseability as Prairie, AND it will come with parts for Model X and Model ZX transformations.
As for one of the most unique subjects, here is Zero from Rockman EXE Transmission (the not terribly well remembered platforming Battle Network title). This figure is being created by Bamboo 238. I really have to give garage kit modelers credit - they like going for the interesting characters!
Finally, we have this amazing Yellow Devil figure by Minamida Koren. Koren participated at the previous Wonder Fest with these figures of Rock and Roll. Yellow Devil, however, is an interesting route to go. I just love the size and shape of it!
That's all we have so far. Sadly, I won't be going to Wonder Fest this time around, although I'm a little relieved as well because of the trouble it is. Nevertheless, we'll do our best to show you all the great wares to be available!
Hey, everybody! It's the January MegaCa-Oh, who am I kidding? It's February. I know it. You know it. It's time to just accept it. But despite its belated release, we have a great show for you this month. The classic crew is finally back together including myself (Main Finger), Heat Man, Tabby, and our prodigal son/conspiracy theorist, AWD!
We also have a special guest. Do you want to see what they look like? Just look in the mirror! We asked you to call in with your input on Bad Box Art Mega Man and you did. Well, at least some of you did. We selected three of you to be heard during our discussion. But don't worry! The rest of you are still part of the show. Just be sure to stick around until the very end to hear the rest of the calls.
All this and more on the latest (like... really late) MegaCast: The Bad Box Art GigaCast!
Whew, I'm back from Tokyo. And Wonder Festival was quite the event. One thing for certain - even despite my best efforts I really wasn't prepared for this. Even though I tried to go early I was still far back out in line, and by the time I got to the Hobby Rock booth they were just selling the last of their stock!Pretty much everywhere the good stuff was selling out in minutes. I'm not sure I'm bothered, though, since I really don't know how well I could assemble and paint a garage kit. Nevertheless it was a fun time. There was a lot of neat things to see and I even got to hang out a little bit with Ucchy-san. Also, the Mega Man 2 Dot.Straps were shown off by Union Creative, which are coming out this month (after having been delayed to March). Sadly, nothing on the Mega Man front was shown by Kotobukiya, and I don't think Bandai was even present (could have missed them though).
At any rate, follow the jump to see plenty of pictures of the Mega Man wares present at the show!
Hobby Rock is highlighting a lot of the fan-made Rockman models and figures to be showcased at the upcoming Wonder Festival, but they're far from the only ones who will have wares to show off. A few that I've taken a real shine to lately are the above garage figurines of Elec Man, Tornado Man, and Punk by Kurukuru Mecha Atelier. I really enjoy the attention to detail and proportions, and characters like these have a long shot of being picked up by professional model and kit companies. Sadly, like many garage kits, painting is probably required!
Anyway, while it's not a big deal really, I suppose I should mention that, after a bit of initial resistance, I've finally decided to make my own way to Wonder Festival next month. Will I blow way too much money? Will I make a fool of myself in front of other Rockman fans? Will I get goods that could potentially find their way into future contests? Only time will tell...
For you fans of awesome Rockman garage kits and figures you'll probably never be able to buy, things got a lot easier to keep track of with the opening of Hobby Rock. This site lists the various Rockman kits planned to be at the Winter 2012 Wonder Festival, on February 12th, with product pics and expected prices. Some of the figures present, like Yama Tai Koku's Leviathan kit, were released last year. But there are new ones in the works too, such as an Ariga styled Quick Man, a waist-up of Zero styled after the Mythos arranged album, and of course Iwamoto's highly touted Merti kit, also by Yama Tai Koku, which is said will be color cast (and run you ¥10,000!). Don't think I've heard anything before about that color cast Prairie kit either. So much cool stuff!
Incidentally, it appears Yama Tai Koku is working on a Rockman X kit based on Kotobukiya's Zero kit, although I can't say for sure whether this is aimed at being a Wonder Festival product (they'd certainly be busy with everything else).
Man, I really don't know if I'll be able to make to Wonder Festival, but it'd be a shame to miss out on this rare swag. Perhaps now that Hobby Rock has manifested, we should raise our voices if having them bring their wares out of Japan! They are on Twitter!
Here's a real interesting one for you figure and model fans. Perhaps you're familiar with Merti, an original character in Yoshihiro Iwamoto's Rockman X manga series. I never really thought she looked like much of a Rockman-esque character, but then I don't see a lot of guys complaining... Today Iwamoto put up a teaser page on his website, announcing something to do with Merti at next year's winter Wonder Festival, set to occur in February. The details aren't ironed out yet, but Wonder Festival is a well known event for the sale of hand crafted garage kits. The announcement is rather mysterious, though the link title does say "Merti Garage Kit Announcement!"
If you're a fan of Iwamoto's manga, or just like Merti that much, this sounds like something you'd be dying to have. We'll keep you posted on the details.
News Credit: CAP Kobun
This week has certainly made a lot of people cry. But one group that's been precariously avoided thus far is collectors of all things Rockman. Well, now it's your turn! Cafe Reo and Union Creative are releasing two limited edition Dot Straps at this summer's Wonder Festival, scheduled to go on today only in Japan. The Dot Straps simply feature Rockman in Rolling Cutter and Ice Slasher color variations. Thing is, they are limited to only 300 units apiece. Good luck getting your hands on these, you'll need it!
News via CAP Kobun's Daletto Blog
Capcom's own Ucchy-san stayed up quite late to deliver you his own report of the Winter 2011 Wonder Festival. I don't think he even got to play Rockman 4 before nodding off. His report has some photos of stuff we've seen, and some photos of stuff we haven't. But I figured if anything you'd enjoy this completed Roll! Roll! Roll! puzzle, since the image seems to have a strange effect on some of you.
Additionally, Bandai is having their own Tamashii Features Vol. 2 event in Akihabara later today, and it sounds like their D-Arts Rockman X figure will be on display. We'll keep you posted.
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.
Just giving an update from our previous post to show off the finished sample of Yama Tai Koku's finished Leviathan garage kit, and boy, this is a thing of beauty. The full list of features include being completely poseable, having four face plates with different expressions, coming cast with six colors (resin kits are often entirely unpainted), and comes with decals for the pupils. Aside from the kit, you get a bonus postcard.
Again, it's going for ¥8,000 and is only being sold at the 2011 Winter Wonder Festival in Japan. But if you're diligent enough, you might find a way to get it! Good luck! Check here for more individual photos of the kit.
Just when you thought things didn't get any cooler than Dimension Driver's limited edition Rockman and Roll figures, Atelier-Sai has to come along and make these magnificent works of art. As seen in the photo on the right, Zero and two of the four Guardians have been accurately modeled into completely posable, color-cast resin kits. The diaroma just adds to the sheer epicness emanating from these figures.
Not for the faint of heart, these kits require drilling your own holes. In fact, the ball joints actually have to be purchased seperately along with 1mm-thick brass rods to hold the joints in place.
News Credit: The Spambot