ETA: February 2011.
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It has been announced in recent days that the Revoltech Yamaguchi line, Revoltechs first and best selling range is to be discontinued with immediate effect. Decembers scheduled release of figures (Enkidudu and Black King Gainer) are to be made as magazine exclusives, and won’t be easily available outside of Japan.
This news will certainty come as shock to Revoltech fans. The Yamaguchi line is considered to be the best and be the heart and soul of what Revoltech is all about. This could be one of the results of Good Smile Companies acquisition of the Revoltech brand. Kaiyodo do seem to have been having some problems with Revoltech over the last 12 months, there are been some serious QC issues and the fact that Fraulein, Hokuto No Ken and SFO ranges have all massively under-performed. Still it seems hard to imagine why they would cancel their best selling range. Perhaps Yamaguchi just needs a break, he has been sculpting 2 figures a month since 2006, that’s alot of hard work, and certainly worthy of a break.
But all is not lost. May 2009 has the release of 3.0 REBOOT, Revoltechs third generation of figures, and sure enough Yamaguchi will return. It is said that the new 3.0 line will be a blend of mech and character figures.
The first ever Revoltech Expo has been a trilling event for all fans of Revoltech figures. There have been announcements and previews galore including including the date for the release of Revoltech’s 3rd Generation (3G) which is being debuted with a trio of cool Queen’s Blade Figures. Despite not much being revealed for Revoltech Yamaguchi, other than Enkidudu and a snazzy new Overman King Gainer figures. All the current lines (Fraulein, Revolution, SFO) will be expanded upon. They will also be accompanied by Assemble Borg by the end of this year. 2009 see’s the release of the already mentioned 3rd Generation Queens Blade and some slightly depressing looking Alien figures to go alongside the new film. There will also be at least one more new range of Revoltech figures released before the end of 2009.
All images courtesy of Akiba Hobby
Good Smile Company come to the rescue for Kaiyodo a they complete their acquisition of the Revoltech licence. This now means that Good Smile has stakes in a huge portion of the vast majority of anime and video game figure manufacturers. Another interesting subject to note is that Good Smile now holds the licence for Kaiyodo’s Revoltech, Max Factory’s Figma and their own series of Nendoriod. I think one of the results for this might be the discontinuation or at least a big re-thinking of the Fraulein Revoltech line, that seems to have under-performed.
It is still unclear if Good Smile will be buying up the licence to any other Kaiyodo ranges. One thing that is almost certain to happen is a price increase of the Revoltech lines to bring it more in line with Figma, Nendoriod and Atelier-Sai’s own action figure ranges.