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#476 Sonny545

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 02:37 AM

There hasn't been a new announcement in a while, it's looking not too good for this line :(

Do you guys think Buffaloman will be the last figure Figuarts is going to make?


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Posted 19 July 2018 - 03:49 AM

There hasn't been a new announcement in a while, it's looking not too good for this line :(

Do you guys think Buffaloman will be the last figure Figuarts is going to make?

 

I don't think it's the end, but we'll certainly see a slow down. I think 6 months is the longest we've had between releases since the line started. Maybe 1 or 2 figures per year. At least until we get a new Anime or some other material they can cross market the figures with. We really need that Sunshine!!

 

Next year is the 40th Anniversary of the manga, and I've been quietly praying for years now that Toei put out a Perfect Large Number Anime. If they paced it with 2-3 chapters per episode, it could be a really great 100 episode show!!

 

They gave Toriko a shot! Why not Suguru again??!!

 

Volume 63 entered the weekly sales rankings at #8: https://www.animenew...ne-4-10/.132861

 

but sadly it has a bad habit of dropping low after the first week (#49): https://www.animenew...e-11-17/.133154

 

Kinda suggests it has it's core, day one purchase fanbase, but then no broader appeal with the general public. Sad really.

 

For me, the next big telling sign for the future will be JUMP FORCE. If they omit Kinnikuman from that game again, like they did with Victory VS, I think we're in trouble!!


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#478 DetectiveFork

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 06:14 AM

S.H. Figuarts released all the main characters for Lupin 3rd EXCEPT for Goemon, leaving the set glaringly incomplete. It wouldn't shock me if they ditched Kinnikuman the second sales dipped, leaving out many central characters.
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Posted 22 July 2018 - 10:42 PM

I can't really speak on Lupin III, but I know Tamashii have done this will a lot of different lines over the years.

 

I guess i'm more surprise for Kinnikuman though since we've had 20+ figures in the line, which is a significant number to make and then just stop.

 

If it were just 4 or 5, I'd understand, but the fact they've sold this long suggests the line has some legs.

 

In other news, looks like you can take Meat apart! My Buffaloman just shipped from CDJ:

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 01:11 AM

https://ameblo.jp/yhhk47/


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 04:36 AM

I think you wanted this link, there's been an update to the main blog so this is no longer the latest entry.

 

https://ameblo.jp/yh...2392364196.html


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 04:41 AM

I think you wanted this link, there's been an update to the main blog so this is no longer the latest entry.

 

https://ameblo.jp/yh...2392364196.html

 

Oh yeah, Thanks Baltanll.

 

Also, Shishioh review now up! https://shishioh.inf...ALO_MAN_OCE.php


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 02:19 PM

I HOPE that Buffaloman isn't the last figure in the line, but if he is, they went out on a high note. Just received mine today and he's awesome.


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 01:54 AM

Any news? Are these done?  :mellow:


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Posted 22 November 2018 - 11:13 AM

Any news? Are these done?  :mellow:

 

Looks like we are done........next Tamashii event will be in 2019. Hopefully them make a comeback.


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Posted 23 November 2018 - 08:22 AM

In typical S.H. Figuarts style, didn't they show samples of several figures that now may never get released? I thought I saw a Sunshine, at least.


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Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:39 AM

My guess is they are not done. As long as Kinnikuman has been around, there has been merchandise. I think it's probably a way of not over saturating or fatiguing their audience. Next launch will probably have Kinnikuman with a tanktop or with the blue-shoulder-padded look, plus Sunshine, Black Hole, some new comers and a bunch of recolors. There are so many repaints available to them using just the characters we have, I doubt they'd not want to make use of them. Even their only Ramenman is labeled OCE.

 

Toy companies tend to play the long game, especially Tamashii. For example, Nappa's proto was previewed in 2012, and our first Nappa figure came out in 2017. Tamashii also likes to return to long running series with improvements, like with the hip-articulation 2.0 work on Kamen Rider, Ultraman, as well as DBZ.

 

Re-launches are often tied to other things like anniversary years, so 5-ish year cycles are common.


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:43 PM

I don't know if there will be a new release of any Kinnikuman Figuarts anytime soon, but I am hoping there will be. This upcoming weekend is Tokyo Comic-Con. There might be an announcement. It appears that they are going to show more upcoming Figuarts releases.


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 06:12 PM

Well Tokyo Comic Con has come and gone. There was no news or images of Kinnikuman. Perhaps by next year we will see something. Here's hoping there will be some news next month or by the end of the year.


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Posted 04 December 2018 - 01:34 AM

It looks like we may be getting news next year. Kind of a bummer but there were some great releases this year. Hopefully they give us the remaining Scramble for the Throne Kinnikumen: Big Body, Mariposa and Zebra. Hopefully we will see Sunshine and Silverman released next year as well as Black Hole and Pentagon. That would be nice!
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:27 PM

It looks like we may be getting news next year.

What makes you say this?

 

If anyone cares, I can elaborate on why I am sure we'll receive more SH Kinnikuman figs, but I am curious if there was news beyond speculation.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:36 PM

What makes you say this?

 

If anyone cares, I can elaborate on why I am sure we'll receive more SH Kinnikuman figs, but I am curious if there was news beyond speculation.

I say that because the main focus of what was shown at Tokyo Comic Con was Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Dragon Ball. I was expecting to see if we would get any news regarding Kinnikuman, but it seems that will be next year. I am only guessing and could be wrong, but that is what I am anticipating. The line is too deep to kill off at this point plus the manga is still running so here's hoping they will release other characters from it from the Perfect Chojin and with Omegaman's crew. 

 

I would love to hear from you Toyhandle as to why we will receive more. I want more figuarts! :D


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 09:34 PM

That seems like a solid assessment of that showing!

 

Adding to what I was saying before, toy companies tend to work in 5 year cycles. At least, that seems be the case with companies doing work on long-running franchises, as those X0th/X5th anniversaries are prime time for merchandising.

 

Bandai has this 5 year tendency in particular. I mentioned their return to previously made characters across various franchises with updated hip articulation and better proportions in series such as Ultraman, DBZ and Kamen Rider.

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I am nearly positive we will see a new run of Super Sentai/Power Rangers figures with this same set of updates.

 

Bandai is particularly proud of their Wrestling Body developed for Kinnikuman, so I'm not quite sure we'll see a 2.0 like the ones above, but at least better looking versions of Kinnikuman than the speedo version we got, as well as new versions of other popular characters, like a bigger, Manga-inspired Buffaloman.

 

The line has taken a pause at a perfect time, because toy companies rely on being able to release core characters, with new characters sprinkled in. Soon, enough time will pass where it will be financially viable to release versions of the heroes like:

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Metallic Blue Warsman

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Blue and Flesh Robin Mask

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Robed Ramenman

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Anime Colors Ramenman/Mongolman

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OCE Terryman

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OCE Neptuneman

 

And many many more.

 

On top of that, new figures already previewed,

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Those last five that were already shown + a new Kinnikuman would make one decent year's worth of figures every two months.

 

Other figures that were previewed and released later:

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Image from Tamashii Nations 2011, released 2017

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Image from Tamashii Nations 2012, released 2016

 

Figures like the Pokemon Ash Ketchum and Team Rocket are speculated to have been developed long ago, before ever being previewed and released based on the articulation they feature, which is more in-line with Bandai's older work.

 

Many thought their Street Fighter line was over, and then Blanka was shown.

 

In 2012, Bandai showed off an entire line of Evangelion figures. I think that with the new Netflix deal, it is more likely we will finally see something come of those.

 

Ultimately, it's all about timing. Kinnikuman has never been without toys, it has its own new-ish retail store for merch, the manga is going strong, and I don't think there's any way the previous figures have created less of a demand for more Kinnikuman SH Figuarts. I think it's less obvious to Western audiences that Bandai acquiring the Kinnikuman license is no different than acquiring other Japan-powerhouses like Ultraman and Kamen Rider.

 

Thus, I'm confident we will see more.


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