Toynami shows off the next two Masterpieces, Chris Meadows kicks a man while he's coughing up phlegm.
Hello, pretty purple-trimmed Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Skull One. (From Raving Toy Maniac's New York Toy Fair 2007 coverage, link via Space Station Liberty show notes.) Interesting that the Battloid images don't have the purple. Somehow I don't think the licensor would approve. Given that Harmony Gold's gallery doesn't include those images, I'm thinking I'm right on that one.
Hello, Scott Bernard w/ transformable Armored Cyclone. (Or should that be "armoured"?) Thank god he doesn't have the creepy blank, unpainted eyes of the old Gakken large Cyclone figure. It looks like he only has the series-proper single dangling mass of bangs and not the tuft he has in The Shadow Chronicles, but I'd really like to get a closer look. Wonder when we'll see some on-site photography as opposed to these publicity stills. (Again, Raving Toy Maniac Toy Fair coverage via Space Station Liberty show notes.)
According to Toynami's press release, the other two Cyclone models that are coming up in the first wave (I'm being charitable with the language given Toynami's release schedules on these suckers) are Lancer's and Sue Graham's Cyclones. Sue Graham over Rook? A one-off character over one of the heroines of Scott Bernard's band of freedom fighters? That's some strange planning right there.
Also odd about that press release is that they mention Cyclone designs "straight from the movie," but fail to mention a one of them. Of course, that can mean only one thing -- Vince Grant's Cyclone, duh. Wonder how far out that's gonna be.
And then there's the fact that they only mention premium stuffage for movie tie-ins. No solid little Alpha Fighter you can nervously reconfigure while you're bored. No little Cyclone rider you can set on top of your desk at work. Nothing you can hand to your kids while you all sit back and watch Shadow Chronicles for the umpteenth time. (And don't go saying it's all "age inappropriate" -- I saw Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in the theater when I was three, dammit. Different kids can handle different things. Also, cool robots are cool robots whether you've seen the show they're attached to or not -- see the 1970's Shogun Warriors line by Mattel.)
I dunno, I'm happy to see these things on their way, but on the other hand, it kind of bothers me to see a few high-dollar items on the way and not stuff at a variety of price points for a variety of fans with a variety of amounts sitting in the ol' pocketbook, y'know?
Speaking of things that bother me ...
Hello, Chris Meadows doing a happy dance of joy and gloating as he sing-songs "I got you, I got you! I got you, I got you!" over a sick man.
No, I'm not in a particularly good mood this afternoon. Why do you ask?