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?


  • Why does Toynami like making stuff for Sue Graham? It's truly a mystery.

    By Blogger medmapguy, at 11 February, 2007 17:30  

  • I was honestly trying to wrap my mind around this one as I typed this up. Perhaps because the dark colors tie into The Shadow Chronicles better?

    One more thing worth noting -- NO RELEASE DATES. Hrmph. Hope there's little signs with the showpiece models in the exhibition hall, so we can get an idea of this once the on-site photography shows up (IF on-site photography starts coming in).

    By Blogger Captain JLS, at 11 February, 2007 17:53  

  • Sue getting the Cyclone nod was likely done for the same reason Ben Dixon's VF-1A got produced ie the ability to claim the "very first toy released of this Cyclone anywhere in the world!!"

    By Anonymous Cyc, at 12 February, 2007 01:06  

  • I'm surprised they're not milking the Cyclone toy molds to the max... I mean, they did that for the Valkyries, and wow, they made a toy exclusive to Jack Archer. Crazy.

    Get well!!

    By Blogger medmapguy, at 12 February, 2007 03:45  

  • So they're actually going to ignore Rand yet again? That's just infuriating.

    By Anonymous Darklore Alchemist, at 12 February, 2007 12:11  

  • Why not milking the molds? They likely will, but let's see how well the first three(four?) sell before they raise our hopes about future models. And Jack's sales numbers don't bode well for Pinky...

    Ignoring Rand?
    Disappointing, especially considering he's my fav character, but yeah, he's a very minor re-paint/remold of Scott, who is the saga's main character, so it's not a shock or anything :(

    By Anonymous Cyc, at 12 February, 2007 23:10  

  • Why do the new cyclone and veritechs look cheesey and gay? Cmon now- make an alpha that cyclones can link up to.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 February, 2007 01:39  

  • Toynami is learning from their mistakes!!

    By Blogger medmapguy, at 14 February, 2007 09:08  

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