Capcom Shows Off New S.H. Figuarts Mega Man Zero Prototype
Mega Man has been getting steady love from Bandai over the past few years with the release of several D-Arts action figures, but now that the line has been folded directly into the wider S.H. Figuarts brand there's been some question as to which character form Capcom's longtime video game franchise would arrive from the year 20XX. Having played in the original series and the Mega Man X universe, the next figure will focus on Mega Man Zero.
The news comes from Capcom's Rockman Unity blog, which had perviously teased production images of the figure during an April Fools' Day event teasing four figures -- including the Mega Man Ultimate Armor figure that was actually produced and released last year. The hair piece shown in the prototype photos will naturally be attached when the time comes... although there's still not an official release date for the figure. Our guess is a painted prototype, along with a release timeframe estimate, might surface sometime before or during San Diego Comic-Con International.
The Mega Man Zero series is made up of four Gameboy Advance titles, which were later gathered on the Nintendo DS in the Mega Man Zero Collection. A two-volume manga adaptation of the video game series by Shin Ogino was published in North America by Udon circa 2010.
This new figure follows an articulated action figure model kit from Kotobukiya that came out back in 2011, and will seemingly pack the same kind of articulation. Its accessories are unclear as of yet, but he'll likely come with his trademark Z-Knuckle palm, plus the Z-Saber and Buster Shot pistol (the MMZ games' version of the Z-Buster) and potentially more.
You can see all of Capcom's early S.H. Figuarts Mega Man Zero prototype images below.