Lots of interesting news from Toynami. It's always fun to sit and chat with George about the goings-on in the toy industry. Toynami had a cool private showroom this year, but there was less on display than usual (at least that would interest the CDX readers).
Things of note
Shogun Warriors Jumbo Bender
2 foot tall, vinyl, firing fist. OK so it's a little odd for the "Shogun Warriors" brand, but I'm not going to turn up my nose at a Jumbo Bender.
If things go well we may see an Anime Bender Jumbo.
Robot Devil (Base not included - just used to house sample sound FX)
Gender Bender 2 pack (retailer exclusive)
SpongeBob Squarepants Hazmapo vinyls
Robotech Officers' Battlepod is coming out. Toynami still has the license and is the only one besides whoever has the movie license (if it ever happens). When asked if they will make more, Toynami said "We need people to buy these first!"
Toynami went through the process to try licensing the classics from Toei and Dynamic, but none wanted to have their robots appear together, or in some cases, the licensing was for only short periods of time. Toynami is now developing seven new original robot designs for the Shogun Warriors property. Story and design are started, with interest from a major comic publisher, and a major game publisher. This is going to be designed from the ground up as a brand that will span apparel and media.
No toy plans as of yet, but as we see with Bender, things may continue to be released under the Shogun Warriors brand.