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Hi all!

There's been a little news on the upcoming Ken and Joe figures from Sentinel's Tatsunoko Heroes Fighting Gear series. In Sentinel's Twitter feed, they announced that the Ken figure will be released in August, and the Joe figure will be released in September. They've also announced that the figures will retail for 7,800 yen apiece (Roughly $65.50 at current exchange rates).

Sentinel also posted a trio of pictures of the figures, giving us out first look at them in color.

 

 

 

As with the earlier Hurricane Polymer and Casshan figures from this line, the two figures will feature a gimmick that makes their chest symbols light up.

I'm sure we'll see even more pictures of these in the next few months!

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I wish they looked more like the real characters and had more individual-looking faces rather than looking like clones, but I'll probably still get them. Tongue Thanks for the update!

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Yeah I feel the same way CW. Putting these on the list too, I think ! Tongue

Hard to tell if the faces are the same nor not though. I wonder if the helmets come off?

Hopefully they'll be listed for pre-order in the near future. Thank you for the update James! Smile

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They look great! The body armor seems well-integrated - not bulky or 'in-your-face'.

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I'm putting those on my list! I hope they do all of the team and not just Ken and Joe

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I'm pretty sure they're only doing Ken and Joe, alas. This is a series of Tatsunoko characters and they've only been doing the primary ones. I think for the other shows they've released the figures for so far, it's only been one character per show, so maybe we should be happy we get 2.

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Hi all!

Chris is correct, this series of figures has thus far only done the lead male characters from their respective Tatsunoko series. All of these figures have been made using the same body molds, with new heads, chest plates, and add-on bits to make them look more like the characters they represent. You can figure that the only reason we're getting both Ken and Joe is because they only need to create a couple of new accessories and change the colors to have two different characters.

This isn't to say that they can't make a Jun, Jinpei, or Ryu sometime in the future, only that to do so would require an entirely new body. If that body isn't something that can be reused for other figures, it likely won't happen. With that in mind, I can see them possibly doing a Jun, which would give them a generic female body mold to be used again and again. Jinpei and Ryu would be tougher to reuse. I suspect that we're more likely to see a Berg Katse or a Gallactor Member before we see either of those two.

If I were speculating, I'd guess that the next figure after these will be Tekkaman. After that, who knows? It could be Yatterman, Ippatsuman, Urashiman, Generator Gawl, The Soultaker, Karas, or someone else entirely. It's also likely that there will be variant versions of both Ken and Joe. Hurricane Polymer has already been reissued in a metallic version and a black version.

I'll admit that I'm surprised that no one has commented on their capes. We don't get a real clear view of them in these photos, but, to me, they look much too short and oddly cut, like they're trying to look like a pair of wings. I much prefer the full cape look of the original.

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Well their original capes are cut in a wing-like manner, but you're right, they're fuller. I'm mostly trying not to nitpick them to death as I know if I get started I'll never stop, LOL. Do you think the variants will be available by pre-order as well or will they be showing up at various cons? I might have to find people going to those to try to get one from the con itself ...

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Do you think the variants will be available by pre-order as well or will they be showing up at various cons? I might have to find people going to those to try to get one from the con itself ...


The two Hurricane Polymer variants were both released as exclusives for the Comic Market held late in December, and retailed for the same 7,800 yen price the regular Polymer cost. As far as I know, the only way to get them was to either attend the show or to get them through someone who bought them at the show. A number of them appeared on Yahoo! Japan Auctions immediately following Comic Market, with starting bids of 10,000 yen and up.

If they continue in that vein, they'll probably have a Casshan variant for the August Comic Market, and variants for Ken and Joe in the Comic Market this coming December.

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Hmm, wonder if I know anyone who goes to Comic Market. Smile

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Just an FYI: the Ken figure is up for pre-order on CDJapan. Only three per customer. Smile

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And Hobby Link Japan. Smile Here's some links for pre-ordering:

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Hi all!

Since the Joe figure is coming out a month after the Ken, it's probably safe to assume that preorders for that figure will start being accepted sometime in late May.

Sentinel has posted a number of photos of the figure in different poses on their blog site. Here are a few of them.

 

 

 

 

 

You can see more photos here:

http://ameblo.jp/sen-ti-nel-info/entry-12017418561.html

From these, the figures look great in action poses. Not so much when simply standing on their own two feet. Their posture is awful!

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They do have very strange posture, don't they? Smile

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Another picture (courtesy of Sosai Tim).

 

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wow, it does look cool.

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Great pictures! The light up chest is too cool!

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So exciting. Smile

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If you want something like that badly enough you might be able to pay someone to make you a custom one. I haven't looked into custom figma-style stuff, I imagine it would be quite expensive. :/

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