Legendary plastic model manufacturer Aoshima has announced that they will be selling Toynami’s Masterpiece Collection “Alpha Fighters” re-branded as “1:48 Shin Seiki Gokin Legioss” toys in Japan. The blue Eta, red Zeta, and green Iota will hit Japanese shelves in late July at a retail price of 10,290 yen each.
Hardly unexpected or earth-shattering news… but wait! Japanese toy-blog Yacolog reports that there’s a twist. Rather than simply importing, Aoshima will be manufacturing their own improved versions of the toys under an OEM license. In an interview with Yacolog, Aoshima described the changes as including “strengthening the joints” and “introducing new versions with different weapons.”
Details are sketchy at the moment, but scuttlebutt on Japan’s infamous 2ch forums reports that these “different weapons” may include missile pods for the left shoulder and a chest-mounted three-barrel missile launcher. It goes on to say that Aoshima is currently investigating the possibility of releasing the Masterpiece Collection “Beta”/”Tread” Fighter toy in Japan, but there is no guarantee that it will happen.
With the CM’s Corporation planning to release their own versions of the Legioss and Tread in the near future, it’s shaping up to be a big year for Mospeda fans. Stay tuned for more info as it comes in.