SDCC09 Coverage: First night at Comic-con is complete
Let’s start with the depressing news. Word slipped out of Japan about a week or so ago that Beagle’s project manager related to the Ride Armor had left the company. This is pretty frequent when a product line fails and began speculation that the line would be finished. There are still some thin threads of hope that that phenomenal Fuke ride armor will be completed but subsequent word is that sales of the line are just too small to keep it going. Toynami was not showing the Fuke prototype which I would have expected if they were still intending to release that toy (MPC Cyclone display above). I spoke with a Toynami booth person today, and to be fair people at the booths generally have very little information, but the word was “If Beagle is done with the line then so are we.” Not much hope for Toynami saving the line. Now before you jump for your torches and pitchforks and attempt to villify Toynami, it’s good to remember that this project would probably have never lived past R&D without Toynami’s offer to buy a significant number. In the end, with the economy being what it was, that significant number Toynami purchased wasn’t significant enough and neither were the sales in Japan. If you’re determined to hold out hope for something more then it should be made perfectly clear that everything I’ve gathered comes far short of an official press announcement. That said, lines getting shut down don’t normally get formal declarations of death so if you were holding out for a Fuke or Yellow MPC Cyclone… well, you might be no better off than the guys waiting for Southern Cross and Macross II merchandise.
In other dark news, it looks like Toynami’s attempted inroads with Bandai in regards to a Macross agreement have fallen far enough to the wayside that neither company is showing anything this year at the convention. The fact Toynami has pulled their prototypes is a very bad omen to add to the fact that the chunky re-releases are now ridiculously overdue.
Toynami was showing off the Aoshima repaint of their first two MPC Beta toys (I have no idea why) at the convention. Also present were the Shadow Beta and the packaged Lunk Beta which should mean its release is right around the corner. There was nothing really special that I could gather from these displays.
The big news of the show is the continuing development of Toynami’s Regult. It appears to be in 1/100 scale but it seems it won’t be released in the 1/100 line but rather as part of the Robot Vinyl line.