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New artwork discovered for an early/unreleased Mega Man anime from the '90s

You've never seen the Blue Bomber like this!

Mega Man has seen numerous cartoon adaptations over the years ranging from serious to cheesy. While Mega Man fans know all about those projects, some brand-new assets from an unnamed 1990s project have just been discovered.

It's unclear whether the artwork above is for an anime that never saw release, or was meant as early artwork for the eventual 1990s Mega Man cartoon. Either way, this is the very first time we've gotten a look at these pieces of art. A neat part of Mega Man history!

Kotobukiya’s Mega Man X Rising Fire model kit due out July 2021 in North America

Heating things up next Summer

We've been covering Kotobukiya’s Mega Man X Rising Fire model kit for awhile now, and the last piece of the puzzle has been the release date. Thankfully, we finally have that information.

Those in Japan will be able to snag this Mega Man X Rising Fire model kit in June 2021, while the kit will launch July 2021 in North America. If you need yet another breakdown of what the kit offers, you can read the blurb below. Also hit up the link for more pics!

From Mega Man X4, the protagonist X appears wearing the full “Force Armor” and joins Kotobukiya’s plastic model lineup with a new red coloring in this FORCE ARMOR RISING FIRE VER. This model kit comes with the largest Plasma Charge Shot effect part in the Kotobukiya Mega Man model kit series’ history, as well as a new “Smiling” face part that gives X a different look than the MEGA MAN X FORCE ARMOR model kit.

Check out more pics here

Capcom celebrates Mega Man's 33rd anniversary with manga and musical releases

The Blue Bomber turns 33

Capcom is celebrating Mega Man's 33rd anniversary in a number of ways. We already know about some new merch in the works, and now Capcom has revealed some other goodies coming up.

Over in Japan, Mega Man fans will be able to snag two new manga series for the Blue Bomber. Mega Man-chan follows Mega Man as he tackles Dr. Light's requests to subdue enemies, while Mega Man-san will focus on a grown-up Mega Man who's learning to deal with adult society. Both of these will be published on Young Ace UP starting in Spring 2021.

Along with that, a new musical release for Mega Man is on the way. Captune ONE releases Spring 2021, and it includes arrangements of BGMs from various Mega Man titles made by Captune, a band formed by members of the Capcom Sound Team. Songs included in the album are “Running Through The Cyber World” from Mega Man: Battle Network, “Esperanto” from Mega Man Zero 4, and “Dr. Wily Stage 1” from Mega Man 2.

Get a closer look at Monika Toys' upcoming Mega Man Robot Master statues

Masterful

Monika Toys is launching a new series of Mega Man Robot Master statues. The initial lineup includes Air Man, Crash Man, and Metal Man from Mega Man 2. You can see promo images of the statues above, but a new gallery of unboxing images and close-up shots has been released as well. You can find those here.

Kotobukiya reveals new Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man X model kits

Powered up!

Kotobukiya has revealed new Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man X model kits. For Mega Man Battle Network model kits, there will be two different options, and one is for the “Dark Mega Man” variant model. The figures will be made out of plastic and are 1/12th scale.

There's also the Mega Man X Second Armor model kit. This one has several face plates, and will also be a 1/12 scale figure made out of plastic. You can check out more pics of the prototypes here.

Mega Man 11 hits 1.3 million units sold, now the third best-selling franchise entry ever

Congrats to the Blue Bomber

The future of Mega Man is looking very bright indeed. Back in Nov. 2019, we revealed that Mega Man 11 had officially sold 1 million units. There are just 6 Mega Man games to break the million mark, Mega Man 11 included. Since that announcement, there's been a sales total update.

In Capcom's latest financial report, we see that Mega Man 11 continues to sell. The game is now at 1.3 million units sold, putting it very much in the upper echelon of Mega Man games. It now sits third place overall in terms of best-selling Mega Man games, with Mega Man Battle Network 4 (1.35 million) and Mega Man 2 (1.51 million) ahead of it. There's a real chance Mega Man 11 could overtake Mega Man Battle Network 4, and a slightly lesser chance of becoming #1 overall. Not impossible by any means, though!

GCCDX Mega Man Battle Network Megaman vs. Bass seeing release in the West in 2021

This could be yours for $180

The upcoming GCCDX Mega Man Battle Network Megaman vs. Bass figurine, which we've covered a few times before, is officially going to see release in the West. The item will see release on Feb. 1st, 2020, and is priced at $182. If you'd like to preorder one for yourself, you can do so here. Check out the official English description of this item below.

“From MegaHouse comes this Game Character Collection DX figure of Mega Man and Bass battling each other atop the head of Treble! It measures 7.9″ x 9.4″ and has been created with incredible attention to detail. They stare down one another with serious expressions as they prepare their next attack. Mega Man can be displayed with or without his battle mask. The intensity of the scene is expressed through dynamic sculpting such as the billowing of Bass‘ cape. The shimmering, transparent head of Treble and base with circuit board-like details engraved around its border completes the atmosphere of the piece. Display this fierce battle of the cyber world in your collection!”

Mega Man movie writer looking to make a "primal and emotional" film that "isn't squarely in kid territory"

Big screen Blue Bomber

We just heard a couple weeks back that the Mega Man movie is still moving ahead, and there should be some news to share in the near future. While we wait for that news, Polygon had a chance to talk to writer Mattson Tomlin about his goals for the character's portrayal on the big screen.

I think the same way with with any other character, you treat him like he’s a real person. I was brought into that later in the process because Henry [Joost] and Ariel [Schulman], who directed Project Power, are also directing the Mega Man movie, and they had been working on it for a while and we just had such a good time working on Project Power together that they decided to be kind enough to continue to party in this other universe. My way into it was always, what is a compelling story? And what is the real soul of that character? We all kind of know him as this cartoonish Blue Bomber who jumps and shoots, and to kind of go beyond that and knowing that, OK, visually it’s going to be a certain thing that is going to please the video game fan, but you know what is the story at the center? They’re like, what is it that this character can really go through? It’ll be universal and primal and emotional and everybody can kind of relate to. So I’m really excited about that script. I’m really excited about what the guys are going to do with that movie and and hopefully there’ll be some news about it soon.

Will Mega Man be a movie that is aimed mostly at kids, just like Sonic the Hedgehog? Tomlin doesn't say the film will push kids away, but it's clear that the team is aiming for something more than just kid fodder.

I think it’s something that the kids will like. I don’t want to say what our comps are because it might betray a little bit too much, but it is not squarely in the kid territory. But I don’t think that that’s an R-rated movie either.

Check out more pics of the Megahouse GCC DX Mega Man Vs. Bass figurine

We saw a new round of pics for the Megahouse GCC DX Mega Man Vs. Bass figurine just a couple weeks back, but now another round of new pictures have come in that give us our best look yet. Check out the gallery below!

Kotobukiya Mega Man X Force Armor kit revealed

Power UP!

Kotobukiya has revealed another Mega Man model kit on the way. The company is working on a Mega Man X Force Armor Kit, which is due out in Jan. 2021, and is priced at $70. Check out more details on the kit below.

- designed to be customizable
- articulated figure
- switch arm parts with the X-Buster
- three face plates that show Mega Man scowling, smiling, and yelling
- people who have collected past Kotobukiya Mega Man model kits can swap parts around
- preorder from Kotobukiya to get a special Omega Man X Force Armor stage background

If you want to get a better look at the figurine, you can check out a ton of pics right here.

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