Which of These Upcoming D-Arts Figures Isn't a Joke?

dartsjokeOver on Rockman Unity, Ucchy-san is brimming with excitement to announce FOUR new upcoming characters for Bandai's D-Arts figure line! There's classic series Roll, Ultimate Armor X, Iris, and Zero from the MMZ series. Talk about a deluge of new products! Ahh, but wait. It's April Fools ain't it. In Japan, anyway. Ya fooled poor Ucchy. But here's the thing. One of these four actually isn't a joke. And the truth behind the ruse is planned to be announced within a few days. Until then, which do you think is the most likely figure? Personally, hmm... I think I've got my money on Ultimate Armor X.

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!

Bandai/Bluefin Seeking Fan Involvement with Mega Man

Today Bluefin has contacted us with an interesting update. While we aren't able to give details yet, since they simply haven't been finalized, we've been informed to tell you of an upcoming activity that may have influence on the continuation of the Mega Man product line. This wouldn't be the first time something like this has occurred, and it did bear fruit, but it will be the first time western fans are targeted. For now you should keep your eyes on the Bluefin Tamashii Nations Facebook page, as well as their Twitter updates, as the event is expected to be coming sooner than later. You've been loving the D-Arts line so far, no? And Vile and Zero Ver. 2 are on the way. What else could you want!?

Mega Man X2 Headed to Virtual Console

Well X fans, if figures galore weren't enough, how about another retro download? Mega Man X2 is headed to the Wii's Virtual Console service! So far this is confirmed for both Japan and North America.

Nintendo of Japan's VC lineup has Rockman X2 listed for a December release, just in time for the game's 17th anniversary. Meanwhile, notification of the game's North American release comes by way of the ESRB, where the game is already rated Everyone (phew!). Since NA tends to get the releases after Japan, we can probably expect an early 2012 release, but perhaps sooner anyhow!

News Credit: CAP Kobun, via RTTN01

Rockman Maniax the Next Manga Release

If you think we've been getting Mega Man comics out the wazoo, you still haven't seen anything yet. An updated listing on Wedge Holding's Brain Navi site has Hitoshi Ariga's "Rockman Maniax" slated for a release in Japan in June. Originally, Rockman Maniax was a serialized comic appearing in Comic Bonbon from 1997 to 1998 (and were reprinted in later releases of Rockman Megamix). According to CAP Kobun, it's planned this compilation would not just contain these gag comics, but also the original "Destruction Order" and "Rockman X Megamissions" comics from Rockman Remix, various other 4-panel comics, and a compilation of various concept arts for prize campaigns and such. Additionally, CAP also believes he heard Ariga mention on the Spiceman live stream (presumably where the rest of this info originated) that the compilation will also include the "For Whose Sake" mini-manga that was released with the Rockman 9 Arranged Soundtrack.

Details seem a touch sketchy, but at any rate it is more Hitoshi Ariga manga. And since it's coming from Wedge Holdings, there's a good chance this will be a future prospect for UDON to grab!

News Credit: CAP Kobun's Daletto Blog

Ippo Yamada Announces New Rockman Zero Album

There are no details yet, as this just comes from a tweet. But next week, Ippo Yamada plans to release details on a new Rockman Zero album. Wonder what it could be! All this Rockman Zero attention lately sure is a tad suspect. Update: While the major announcement is still forthcoming, Ippo Yamada did mention some details about the album on Spiceman live stream. The album is being made to coincide with the reduced-price re-release of Rockman Zero Collection, and will be released next month. The temporary name for the album is "Rezonaview" (this may be the French raisonnable or "reasonable"), but seems to not be part of the "Remastered Tracks" series. On the stream, Ippo did play a portion of Clover (Zero 2's ending) arranged in piano. Violin arrangement is expected too.

Info via CAP Kobun, COCOROG, Spiceman @ Stream

UDON Officially Announces Mega Man Gigamix

And here it is! The official announcement of the Mega Man Gigamix trilogy, coming in May!

IT’S MEGA MAN’S MOST EPIC ADVENTURE YET!

UDON to release Mega Man™ Gigamix manga series

Toronto, ON – January 27, 2011 –  This past year, Hitoshi Ariga’s classic Mega Man™ Megamix manga series was finally brought to English readers, much to the delight of Mega-fans who had been waiting to read the manga since its Japanese release over a ten years ago. Now, with another decade of experience under his belt, Ariga is back with the all-new Mega Man Gigamix, an epic 3-volume manga series set to become known as the greatest Mega Man story ever!

Cover and interior art previews: http://www.udonentertainment.com/blog/udon/gigamix/

MEGA MAN GIGAMIX Vol.1(of 3)

$12.95, 224pp, B&W

ISBN: 978-1926778235

UDON's post also has some great page samples. Nothing filled in with dialog yet, but the artwork is definitely the best the series has seen!

Thanks, Matt!

Jazwares Is At It Again

Toy manufacturer Jazwares has had an on and off relationship with Mega Man over the years. As far back as 2003 or 2004, they've ambitiously promoted various lines of Mega Man figures, including traditional figures, the much loved Retro Roto series, and most recently the JUVI series, only to quietly end production while leaving additional series of announced figures unreleased. In the case of the JUVI series, we were supposed to get Cut Man and Elec Man earlier this year, but nothing came of it. Whatever problems Jazwares has faced, however, they aren't letting it keep them down. In a press release this weekend, Jazwares announced they received license from Capcom to produce Mega Man and Street Fighter themed figures to release in 2011. The license grants them the "master toy licensee for Mega Man." There is no information yet concerning if this will be the continuation of a previous figure line, or perhaps something all new, though Street Fighter will be receiving a new line of 3.75" figures releasing in the Spring.

Hard to say where this will go, considering Jazwares' track record with Mega Man. But if they're good figures, then let's hope for the best. Check the break for the full press release.

Thank you, James and Alexx!

Jazwares, Inc., a leader in the consumer products marketplace, has been awarded the toy licenses for Capcom’s Street Fighter® and Mega Man® video game franchises. Under the terms of the agreement, Jazwares will be the master toy licensee for Mega Man. The Street Fighter license is a category-specific agreement that covers only the categories of Boys BS/PVC/Vinyl figures and accessories, 4-inch and under playsets and vehicles.
The Jazwares’ team of design experts have built a reputation for producing true-to-life toys that bring action-figure play to kids and collectors alike. In 2011 they will translate two of the most popular iconic video games into new collections for the fall.“We are extremely excited to put a new punch in the popular Street Fighter and Mega Man brands with all new action figure collections for the next generation of fans,” said Laura Zebersky, executive vice president sales, Jazwares. “We’re thrilled to be on board with one of the premiere action figure design teams to help take our iconic characters from the arcade screens right into kids’ and collectors’ homes,” said Joshua Izzo, Director of Licensing of Capcom.

Capcom pioneered the fighting games genre with Street Fighter, one of the most successful fighting franchises in the world, selling over 25 million copies to date. Throughout its twenty-five year history, Street Fighter has continued to develop and successfully reinvent itself in the gaming industry.

The spring Street Fighter™ 2011 toy line by Jazwares will include all new 3.75” action figures. Available in single packs, double packs and comic book battle packs, the toys will portray the characters of Street Fighter like no kids or collectors have ever seen before.

Created by Capcom in 1987, Mega Man is one of the most iconic video game characters in the world and starred in more than 140 different games. Mega Man collectively sold over 29 million copies worldwide. Mega Man® 9 and Mega Man® 10 brought the reputation of the franchise back by recreating the classic game and graphics of the original Nintendo release.

Capcom and Jazwares team up in spring 2011 to combine classic entertainment with an all new line of kid and collector action figures, allowing kids and parents to continue the adventures of Mega Man at home.

Via Action Figure Insider.

Mega Man Megamix 3 Dated, Big Promises for 2011

Matt Moylan writes in today with some great news for Mega Man book and manga fans. For starters, Mega Man Megamix Vol. 3  is slated to release in comic book stores on November 17th, with it arriving at other shops like Amazon within the following couple weeks. We've come to realize there's always a little bit of a delay between the two. For now you can check out the preview below. (And holy crap things are getting crazy in it!) Matt also wants us to pass on that they will be announcing a number of new Mega Man projects with new books from Japan to localize, and seemingly some Mega Man work from UDON Entertainment themselves (Matt mentions "and yes you will finally get to see the UDON crew drawing our take on the blue bomber"). 2011 is promised to be a huge year for UDON and Mega Man, and that details will come out in the next few months. Perhaps Gigamix? New Official Complete Works books? Something altogether exciting and new!? Stay tuned!

Thanks Matt!

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Inafune Announcing New Game at Comic Con

Get the speculation train a-chuggin'. At this year's San Diego Comic Con, on July 22nd, Keiji Inafune will be making a surprise announcement at Capcom's corner. Quoting from the show schedule:

4:45-5:45 Capcom 2010 and Beyond!—See the latest trailers and get the inside scoop on all of Capcom’s most highly anticipated games for 2010 and beyond:Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Sengoku Basara, Okamiden, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Ghost Trick, Dead Rising 2, and more. On top of all that, hear details on an exciting new game announcement by Capcom legend Keiji Inafune, the father of Mega Man!Room 6BCF

Of course, there's no confirmation if the new game has anything to do with Mega Man. But considering Mega Man Universe is being trademarked all over the place, and we went through a Mega Man-less E3, I'd say there's a pretty good possibility of the Blue Bomber poking his head up. While we have no plans to attend the event as of yet, we are organizing some means of coverage to bring you up to the minute info.

News Credit: Destructoid