Wow, what a long day, but it ended on a happy note with the unveiling of the Jumbo Machinder Voltron 1 & 3. These toys will be under the "SHOGUN WARRIORS" brand name. Since Toynami only has the license for Voltron till the end of this year, they wanted to go out with a bang. Well, it doesn't get much better than this. 60cm Slush molded poly (?) Jumbo Machinders, WITH FIRING FISTS. Some notes:
Articulation in the head, shoulders elbows, waist and hips. Firing fists will be the type that has the peg that inserts in the arm. Hands, while solid in the protos, will be hollow to allow the jumbos to support weapons.
estimated retail will be about $200 each. If successful, the line will continue with other properties. Some names were thrown around - Combattler, Danguard and Voltes. First two are due around June 2010.
Other news - Vinyl battlepod will be released a second time only this time with missile pods. No other new Robotech merchandise on the horizon. No more masterpiece cyclones.
Re-tooled shadow fighter is out, not the entire piece was retooled - only certain parts. Boxes are the ones used on defective ones. Old ones pulled out, new ones pushed in. The piece we held was more solid, but still had some QC issues. More on that later as we get our act together.