These Rockman EXE Sneakers are Fascinating and Bewildering

Back in the heyday of Mega Man Battle Network, there was without a doubt much merchandise behind the series, especially in Japan. No surprise, given how incredibly popular and marketable the game was (not to mention its counterparts in animation and comics). So when it comes to goods, I'm never surprised that I haven't seen it all. But sneakers? Those are pretty surprising.

Coming from a Yahoo Auction JP, this is seemingly a pair of unused Rockman EXE themed sneakers. They're 16 centimeters, which is fairly small even for children's sizes. The shoes feature Rockman's head, the name "ROCKMAN EXE" here and there, and even EXE's Navi mark on the heel. Surprisingly they don't feature the color blue at all!

The auction gives no other details about the shoes; they don't even come in the original box. The tag in the picture is tough for me to read, so I have no idea what company manufactured these. What's more, I spent a little time searching around but could find no evidence or info on any Rockman EXE themed sneakers. Perhaps they were some kind of limited or special edition product from a contest or something? Or maybe they're prototypes that weren't picked up? I suppose they could be custom made as well, though there's no indication of it.

However they ended up coming to existence, they're available now for a measly ¥500 on the auction. I might consider getting them myself, though buying children's shoes strikes me as a rather weird collector's item. Another curious mystery for now!

Bank on X with this Rare Good (Update: Mega Man and Rush too!)

Are my puns getting as good as BD's? Anyhow, here's another rare trinket to pop up on eBay. This is a piggy bank modeled after Mega Man X in his X2 armor, apparently created as a Rockman X2 good. Can't say I've ever seen it myself, and neither has CAP Kobun, who came across the auction. When even Japanese super-fans are surprised to see something, you can bet it's rare!

The auction presently sits unbid at $49.99, but I can see the price going up a bit if it's indeed something that excites collectors. The question is, if you do manage to win it, will you have any money left to put in it?

Update: Guess it's not just X. There's also this auction and this one for banks featuring Mega Man and Rush as well. Now you'll definitely be running out of money!

News via CAP Kobun