I have the 2003 auction images of his figures here, though I don't have the pic of the Striking Z Fighter Goku apparently:
These Bomber Jacket SS Goku pics may not be of Soda's, as I know there were two of them if not three. I think carnage6 might own one of them.
This pic is one Soda posted over ten years ago of the figures he received. I'm not sure if the Gohan is a prototype of the Energy Glow figure or if it's an entirely new, unreleased figure. I don't remember what the Energy Glow one looked like.
Soda either forgot to show a pic of it in his topic, or one he no longer has it
My favorite prototype they sold was this one. It's SS3 Goku from series 11, but the hair, face, and neck are entirely different from what was actually produced. I think it's because at this size, it would not have fit in the package, so they ruined the design to make it fit in the package. I started a custom years ago based on this design, and I still haven't finished it.
Well, here it is guys. First off I'd like to say, Cracker nailed it with his guess on what this was based on. Upon in-person inspection , all the little details not visible in the eBay pics became very clear. The military insignias on the jacket sleeves, the holster, the cantine, the laced up boots... It's all there. The articulation of the figure also makes it quite obvious he was meant to ride a bike. Articulated wrists and swivel hips, plus the standard Irwin articulation. Let's get to some pics... First up, the base art for those who missed it in the other thread:
And here's the figure:
Cantine and gun holster
I find it interesting that the separate hair piece was never attached, no glue residue at all
Back of hair and nyobo
Comparison with Irwin goku, perfectly to scale.
All in all I am insanely happy with this purchase, it became 10x better when I realized it was indeed based off one of my favorite pieces of toriyama art. Truly an amazing addition to my collection...
Now if I could only find his prototype bike.... Hmm.
01.01.00 - Irwin Toy's year of the 'Dragonball Z' debuts at Toronto toy fair
Dateline: Toronto Canada. It's a bird! It's a plane! ... Well, no, it's IRWIN TOY celebrating the Chinese 'Year of the Dragon' with an aerial show-stopper to promote what many industry gurus are predicting will be one of the hottest toys of the new century.
Dragonball Z, the hit, animated cartoon series, now airing weekdays on YTV in Canada, has ballooned from its inauspicious debut on U.S. cable network TV a season ago, into one of the most watched kids' programs in kid-TV history.
And just in case anyone should have doubts about who is holding the North American rights to the action figure spin-offs from the series, IRWIN TOY is flying the hand-painted, traditional silk Dragon above the heads of curious retailers and toy-trade visitors to Toronto Toy Fair 2000 as a firm answer.
Dragonball Z, the Japanese anime-style cartoon series which has steadily gained a faithful, if not indeed fanatical following, of Canadian boys and girls airs weekdays on YTV.
Meanwhile, south of the border, down USA way, the series broke records for 'largest Household Audience ' for Cartoon Network last September, then went on to top that by attracting the networks largest kid audience (6-11 yrs) in the network's history.
With IRWIN TOY'S aggressive thrust into the U.S. Market - part of the all-Canadian company's strategic new emphasis on global marketing - its new 2000 Dragonball Z Action Figure line-up is the focus of the fuss and the reason the company sent a 48 foot version of the traditional Occidental firebreather flying high aloft their trade booth at the Metro-City Convention Centre in Downtown Toronto today to kick-off the Annual Toronto Toy Fair.
"The success of 'Dragonball Z - the Series' in the U.S. has validated our research and our gut-hunch, that partnering with the trend towards anime series cartoons was the ideal vehicle for the company's products and new market directions." says Irwin President, George Irwin. "We launched the first line of Dragonball Z action figures last year, here in Canada, and then we waited and watched. When Canadian kids began responding, and the series' producers sold in to U.S. Cable Network TV, we were pretty well convinced we'd made a profitable choice for the company and its shareholders. While the 48 foot silken version undulates in the ventilation of the convention centre's air conditioning system, down on earth IRWIN TOY will be displaying its latest additions to the considerable line-up of ACTION FIGURES from the series.
Fashioned from the celluloid heroes of what is fast becoming one of the hottest cartoon series currently airing in Canada and the U.S., the company has extended the line with a colourful, high-quality series of Dragonball Z stars in a 5" action figure size which features high detailing, removable accessories and improved articulation to keep young fans wide-eyed with pleasure.
Along with the 5" collection, the company is also introducing a Deluxe version of 5 inchers that feature one of the series' most powerful weapons -you guessed it- Dragon Powerballs! Available with select characters, the Powerballs can be ejected from the hands of the special 5" figures and sent flying towards victory at the other end of the recreation room. ( a tiny switch hidden on the back of the figures activates a spring-loaded mechanism which propels the balls towards would-be enemies of Earth).
The magic continues with the introduction this year, of the famous Flying Nimbus Cloud, a unique version of magic-carpet travel which allows the series' starring heroes a unique means of avoiding traffic jams during major crisis in the storyline.
Back in the real world, kids will now be able to place special editions of Goku and Gohan onto a cleverly-designed Flying Nimbus Cloud which , when activated, actually hydroplanes the action figures across surfaces without ever touching the ground. The battery-powered product was actually developed using the same principles as the real thing.
"It's a very convincing toy!" exclaims Irwin marketing manager, Bret Dilabbio, the man responsible for marketing the entire Dragonball Z Action Figure line-up. " When kids see this, they're going to light-up because it really does float along on nothing more than air."
Rounding off the selection IRWIN TOY will also be introducing packaged sets of six, 2"mini-figures this year. These pocket-sized versions allow kids to keep a few of their favourite heroes close-by in case an impromptu recess crisis should happen their way.
IRWIN also plans an aggressive television campaign to support their latest introductions in Canada and the launch of their Dragonball Z products into the U.S.
Tying in closely with the company's new corporate and brand equity management plans, IRWIN TOY plans to leverage their Dragonball Z line to maximise their new territory as specialists in the action-figure/cartoon series tie which is taking both Canadian and American kids by storm.
"You can almost relate this phenomenon to the type of reaction you see in sports and sports fans. The series acts like a playing field where each new show is a new game with your favourite team. Kid's get almost fanatical about Dragonball Z, tuning in everyday to see how the storyline will play out. It's complex, and it's fun. All we've done is set the same set of marketing drivers into place with the action figures. We did it with Sailor Moon and we're now geared up and ready to bring a lot of knowledge and expertise to our partnership. It's an exciting time for the company." And George Irwin knows what he's talking about, if the phenomenal success of 'Dragonball Z the Series' is any measuring stick. "While Sailor Moon provided us with a lot of practical knowledge about this particular type of marketing, it was skewed heavily towards girls. With Dragonball Z we're appealing to both boys and girls. The series and our action figures have a much broader, appeal."
It appears that IRWIN TOY's silken Dragon at Toronto Toy Fair won't be the only Dragon flying high this year.
and a much more interesting article here
07.10.00 - All-new Dragonball Z action figures ready for take-off
Dateline: Toronto Canada, July 10, 2000. It's been only 3 weeks since Irwin Toy tore down it's ageing Website in preparation for the Fall debut of its 'all new, all-cool, IT site', and the e-mail feature is already deluged with more than 150 letters a day. - "Where's Dragonball Z's new line of 5" and 5" deluxe action figures?" - "I think DBZ rules! I can't wait for you guyz (sic) to bring out your new figures!" Over and over again, the mantra continues as kids across North America scan popular action figure websites in search of news about one of the most popular animated cartoon series ever aired.
The series doles out the classic theme of good against evil with a cast of other-worldly heroes and villains who have made Earth the battleground to disputes that began light-years away on planets with curiously Asian sounding names.
"Dragonball Z was a bit of a sleeper." claims George Irwin, President and CEO of Irwin Toy Limited, Canada's largest toy and game manufacturer and distributor. "We negotiated the rights to the series with FUNimation in late 1998, and the series went to air on the U.S. Cartoon Network in a less-than-ideal time slot in early 1999. They pulled the plug on it only a few weeks later."
Last September, the American kids' network tried again, placing Dragonball Z in its prestigious 'Toonami' mid-afternoon time slot, and the series' popularity shot up like a rocket, breaking the network's all-time best viewing for the category in late September and again in October.
With imported product from Asia and Europe, Irwin Toy kept up to demand while racing the clock to design their own new line-up of action figures from Dragonball Z's sizeable list of cast-characters.
"Our imported product was not up to our standards." admits Irwin Toy Vice-President of Marketing, Fran Wells-Cunningham. "Newer manufacturing technologies could give our Dragonball Z action figures some pretty incredible advantages over our imported fare. The new line features much finer facial detailing, more elaborate and colourful costuming looks, and incredible articulation that lets kids pose these new figures in an infinite variety of ways."
The much-anticipated new line will launch this August in major toy retailers across Canada and the U.S. Hyped by a recent North American Burger-King promotion, featuring special pewter-colour finished versions of the figures, the company has big expectations for the arrival of the new 5" and 5" deluxe series. The twelve new poseable figures - featuring some characters never before produced - have been selected from research compiled by both Irwin Toy and the series' North American distributors, FUNimation . In conjunction with the launch, FUNimation will be releasing dozens of new episodes of the cartoon this FALL on Canada's YTV and CARTOON Network in the U.S.
Shepherding the new action figures from initial design to final product has been the sole occupation of Irwin Toy Marketing Manager, Bret Dilabbio. "It's been one heck of a ride and I've wracked up enough air-miles with this launch to fly to the moon and back first class!" quips the 30-something DBZ expert. "We've had terrific reaction to the new figures from insiders, and we're pretty confident kids are going to feel the same."
While Irwin Toy's temporary Website gathers in hundreds of messages a day, one thing is clear: kids right across the North American continent are more than eager to become the Company's first practical test-group.
New packaging for the figures will quickly ID the new product on retailers' shelves. Irwin Toy plans to add more new characters on an every-other-month basis, beginning later this year.
There's also articles about the president of Irwin resigning and stuff. And this one about the company that bought Irwin right about the time they started releasing the articulated figures instead of just AB and SBC reissues. Perhaps right at the time series 3 was hitting store shelves? web.archive.org/web/20010819214416/http://www.irwintoy.com/msie/irwin_news030501.html Maybe they are to thank for the neat paint jobs on series 6+. According to the old DBT news archive, Despotes posted in May of 2001 series 4 was hitting store shelves, so I bet those were still old Irwin Toy products before they became IT.
I found this news item on old DBT:
July 31, 2001: New Dragonball Z toys by IF to receive a “grittier” look by Toxic Mom!
In a move much like Mattel’s upcoming, new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line, it has been revealed that ONE of the sculpting studios behind these new toys will be Toxic Mom’s Studio.
Ralph Cordero from Toxic Mom explains that “The characters we did for IF toys are Dragonball Z related- Lord Slug (a Deluxe figure) and a new Bulma in battle attire for a new wave of toys that Funimation is designing and having sculpted by U.S. talent. The Protos are then sent to Irwin for fabrication. The new Dragonball (Z) figures are going to be a lot more grittier and Mcfarlanesque (a phrase we are hearing alot more these days,) companies are really into the anime line he (Todd McFarlane) put out and it seems to be a mainstay of art direction for the stateside toy producers.”
Not familiar with Toxic Mom’s Studio? The company is known for alot of work for Resaurus, such as Speed Racer Series 2 (Inspector Detector), and unrealesed Gex figures (Pirate Skeleton, Sarge and Mooshoo Pork to name some- accessories, TV and such, were done by the model makers at Resaurus). The company is also currently behind High Dream’s upcoming Tekken Tag Vinyl Figures.
Looks like we have Toxic Mom Studio to thank for part of the IF Labs figures. Here's some research I did on them, unfortunately the larger pics don't work. I'll try to dig them out with archive.org. web.archive.org/web/20030810183200/http://toxicmom.com/gallery7.htm You Movie Collection collectors are going to cheese your crackers when you see that there was an alternate head for Lord Slug. The Bulma makes me want to repaint the face on my Bulma.
From a little bit of research, I found that Toxic Mom Studio was owned by Ralph Cordero, but I can't find any other website for him.
Oh man, no kidding about the pain in the ass part Timone. I spent the last 3 hours being very interested going through everything. Took forever. I went ahead and took images from wherever I could think of as well. I'm sure there are some online stores that used to sell DBZ stuff that might have prototype pics as well, but I never purchased from online stores so I don't know who to look up. They might be even bigger PITAsses to look through. I might try the same trick with old DBT, but not today.
Here are the images I was able to save. Some are HILARIOUS, I wish all of them were saved by archive.org but I was thorough and some just weren't.
That figure is in essence the body for the Striking Z Fighter Tien. I think that figure has gotten insanely rare. The only thing good about the SZF one was the head. I hated every single other thing about it. No knee articulation, goofy stance, stupid arms. Brown cape. He never even wore clothes like that to my knowledge.
I never noticed the Vegetto here is just a repainted series 5 SS Goku lol
I miss SS4Goku, he would have pointed out how incredible the hair on this Ascended SS Vegeta is compared to what was actually produced. I'll have to resculpt mine to look like this.
These may not be exactly what you're wanting, but here you go. Leave it to Branjita the hoarder LOL. I already had these uploaded, so no thank you's necessary. I'd have to look and see if I have other than these...
As the great unveiling grows closer, “Dr. Toymangla” and his staff at IF Labs have been bubbling over with excitement about the new Dragonball Z and Dragonball toy lines, so much so that they were eager to answer some of our questions.
First, IF Labs would be the ones to produce toys from the Trunks and Bardock specials, but they currently do not have plans to do so. That, of course, may change based on feedback from fans.
Secondly, he clarified IF Labs’ desired distribution setup: the new toys are going to be a primarily specialty-market commodity. While mass-market chains may sell them eventually, you will always be able to get them first at your local comic/specialty toy shop. Also, there is a great possibility that there will be variants in packaging and/or the figures themselves for the specialty market, and perhaps even for the first editions of a figure released.
The Doc is extremely proud of the new figures, and sees them to be “raising the bar” in quality and detail. Many of the same people who helped revolutionize the toy-making process for McFarlane toys are involved in this venture, so it would be no surprise if the figures not only live up to, but are actually better than the hype (and the prototypes) when they are actually released. As for release dates, the first set of Dragonball Z movie figures is slated for January 15, and the first set of Dragonball figures should hit shelves in March.
Also, there was a typo on the survey page after the Lord Slug preview video—one of the characters you are able to vote for is supposed to be Turles, not Turtle. They were surprised at how many of you wanted a new Turtle figure, though… Also, they were impressed by the idea on the message board for a “battle area” playset, a generic battlefield with exploding mountains, etc. Kudos for coming up with that one.
And finally, the good doctor favored us with an exclusive scoop on the tentative lineups for series 3 of both the Dragonball Z and Dragonball lines! Please remember that the following is subject to change:
Dragonball Z Movie Collection Series 3
Garlic Jr. (green giant form) Dr. Weelo’s Brain Machine (from The World’s Strongest) Bulma as Prisoner (from The World’s Strongest, ala “Slave Leia”) Goku with Power Pole and Infant Gohan (intended as a Father-and-Son set)
Dragonball Series 3
Jackie Chun Krillin Ox King
And that’s that! Keep coming back for more exclusive information from Dr. Toymangla and IF Labs…
The DB Series 3 was later revised to be:
Jackie Chun Chi Chi Ox King Murasaki
But as most of you know, they were never produced and I've never seen any images of the prototypes .
I already posted the character drawings above if you scroll up, but this is what the lineup was supposed to be according to the 2001 Toyfair: www.dragonballtoys.com/toyfair2001/
Spopovich Krillin w/ Hair SS Gohan (teen) Great Saiyaman Dabura
Majin Boo Videl w/ Long Hair SS Goku (bomber jacket) Majin Vegeta SS Trunks & SS Goten (2 pack)
but what was actually released was different.
Spopovich Krillin w/ Hair put into series 9 SS Gohan (teen) Great Saiyaman Dabura put into series 8 Majin Vegeta (both the error black hair version and blonde version--both of which honestly seemed to be just as common as one another... the error wasn't corrected for a long time) Goku (an exact copy of Irwin series 4 Goku, except he was now painted with Irwin's awesome paint style that started in series 6 and he lacks symbols on his gi unfortunately)
Majin Boo This was supposed to be Super Buu, but he was not available until series 12, which was the first line Jakks produced Videl w/ Long Hair SS Goku (bomber jacket) This was never made, except soda and possibly carnage6 own the resin prototypes of it. It reused the head from Series 6 SS Goku in armor Majin Vegeta Released in series 7 SS Trunks & SS Goten (2 pack) Dabura (was originally supposed to be in series 7) Goku with Halo AKA Angel Goku (this was an entirely new sculpt surprisingly, though it did appear to be almost like a customized series 4 Goku as many features are very similar) SS Gohan in black jumpsuit
There was supposed to be another set of model kits, and in this line there was supposed to be:
Frieza Form 2 SS Gohan Trunks Imperfect Cell Krillin
I'm not sure if any of them were ever shown or released in a different set, because I'm not sure what they looked like. I know Frieza form 2, Imperfect Cell, and Krillin were not made.
I don't think these Die Cast vehicles were made either:
King Kold's Spaceship Red Ribbon Army Car w/Android Capsule 192 Plane w/Krillin Capsule 155 Plane w/Piccolo
For the "Deluxe 5 inch figures" which were light up energy blaster figures this was supposed to be the lineup
SS Gokou SS Gohan, box mock-up SS Vegeta SS Trunks (mock-up)
I never collected these, but I'm pretty sure they never made SS Gohan. I know they made SS2 Gohan, but I'm not sure if it was in this set or what.
If you ever want to do some research, some of the people who worked at Irwin Toy were: Gen & Cindy Fukunaga, Fran Cunningham, and Kevin Sayer
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2014 15:35:30 GMT -6 by Branjita
Like I said above, IF Labs Dragonball Series 3 was supposed to include Ox King, Murasaki, Jackie Chun, and Chi Chi. We have 1 pic of Ox King and none of the others. I wish Irwin showed us.
The regular 5 inch lineup changed and the character assortment ALMOST matched what was actually produced and sold
The lineups are as follows:
Series 8 will include SS Gohan, Videl, Dabura, SS Goten & SS Trunks and "Angelic" Goku.
Series 9 will include Hercule, Krillin, Pui Pui, Babidi and Majin Buu.
Series 10 will include SS Gohan (School Uniform), Bulma, Yamcha, SS Vegeta and Yakon.
Series 11 will include SS3 Goku, Gotenks, SS Gohan, Supreme Kai and Evil Buu.
Series 12 will include Mystic Gohan, SS Gotenks & 2 Kamikaze Ghosts, Tien (wearing cape), Vegito, and Super Buu.
Series 11 was Irwin's last figures though, so Series 12 was done by Jakks and they sold us figures that looked a lot different from the prototypes in 2002 thankfully.
Series 8 was no longer:
and was instead:
Series 9 was
Series 10: Bulma was shown, but put in series 11. Gotenks took her place.
Unfortunately, there were a few changes to some of these figures.
I don't think Bulma changed at all, other than being put in series 11 instead of 10. (I wish I had a large image, but I don't... does anyone have one?!)
Yamcha was possibly intended to have swivel elbow joints similar to what Jakks used. In the picture above, you'll notice his arms are turned different from the production figure and the production figure's elbows just swing forward and backward, they don't turn like these do. A later prototype pic didn't even show him having elbow articulation at all, but the figure looks almost identical to the production one other than the turned forearms and lack of elbows.
School Suit Gohan FOR SOME STUPID REASON ended up getting his head and hair sculpt changed a lot and the production figure looked like crap. He appears like he may have swivel elbows in this pic as it's the same pic used in the group shot, though swivel elbows is just my assumption.
I don't own the production version of this Vegeta anymore, but based on my memory, I don't think he changed at all unless this prototype has swivel elbows like I think it does...?
Yakon strangely changed. The production version has his forearms upside down. The claws are supposed to be on top like the prototype, but the production figure has them on the bottom. He's yet another figure that appears to have swivel elbows.
At Toyfair, he was painted different.
Series 11: Some series 11 figures received swivel elbows like the series 10 prototypes I discussed above looked to have.
Gotenks was put in series 10 instead of Bulma and Bulma took his place. The production version looked pretty much just like this.
SS Gohan in kai outfit received the wrong color of pants when he was produced and technically the production figure and prototype both don't match the right colors for the outfit. Both had very awkward facial expressions.
SS3 Goku ended up with a bigger body than this I think, and his head and hair sculpt was messed with (ruined) for production. I think it's because he must not have fit in the package with the non-flattened hair and head that faced downward at an angle.
Supreme Kai and Kibito pretty much looked like this other than bad paint application on their eyes. (too much black)
Evil Buu/Skinny Buu ended up quite a bit different than this. The biggest thing is they painted him gray for production and gave him a cape that didn't look stupid (I think that's Fat Buu's cape on him).
Series 12: Series 12 was never produced by Irwin. Jakks produced these characters, but they were much different looking.
Although the Gohan is a super cool looking repaint (that's his outfit color from I believe DBZ movie 10 or 11...?) this figure wasn't released. Jakks Released a completely different, new figure in the Goku style orange outfit.
This SS Gotenks is a repaint of the Series 10 one. Jakks did release a SS Gotenks similar to this when they did a lot of repaints, but for series 12 they had their own stupid looking SS Gotenks figure.
This Tien is slightly similar to the Striking Z Fighter Tien that Jakks made, but it doesn't resemble the series 12 one much at all.
The Vegito is oddly just a repainted Series 5 SS Goku. Thankfully Jakks didn't do that to us.
The Super Buu shown here was released in the Striking Z Fighter series of Irwin figures.
Anyway, back to the pics on DBT...
Despotes was not allowed to show unapproved prototype closeups, but if you analyze the long shot he was allowed to post, you can recognize many characters...
Spopovich in package SS Gohan in blue repainted as non-SS and in movie colors (white socks) Kibito SS Vegeta from series 10 I believe Vegito behind him School Suit Gohan Yamcha in yellow suit Bulma in green dress SS Gohan in kai outfit SS Gotenks with white kamikaze ghost Tien from Buu Saga Gotenks from series 10
Striking Z Fighters: Perfect Cell in package Dabura with some green thing by his foot SS3 Goku SS3 Gotenks Super Buu
Super Saiyan Warriors: Future Trunks in armor/SS Fat Buu/Super Buu Perfect/Imperfect Cell SS3 Goku/Goku SS Vegeta/Vegeta
No major surprises or "what ifs" involved with this pic, as eventually we got a picture of the prototypes for series 12 and the others too. As most of y'all know, Jakks started with series 12, so that's how we got Tien and others. There are two other pics on DBT that are from far away, but I don't see anything in them that wasn't released.
Irwin is also continuing its line of model kits into a third and fourth series. The third series, set for an April release, will include Android 16, Android 20, Perfect Cell, and Gohan. The fourth series, set for a June release, will include SS Gohan, Dabura, Great Saiyaman, and Spopovich.
This is an article and pictures written by Despotes about the figures that could have been. I posted most/all of these images earlier (Recoome, Saibaman, etc) so don't freak out that none of the image links work. www.dragonballtoys.com/articles/ex-irwin.php
NOTE: This article compliments the photo gallery of the same name.
Before Irwin declared bankruptcy, they had an enormous showing at the 2002 Pre-Toy Fair in September. Figures.com was there to take pictures; however, Irwin declared the photos off-limits at the time, and they were still off-limits at the time of the bankruptcy. It was decided that we would keep the photos under wraps until we found out what JAKKS Pacific had planned.
Now that Toy Fair has come and gone, we know that JAKKS is not currently pursuing the majority of these plans. This is not to say that they will never take up any of these ideas, but the concepts are currently in limbo.
As most of you know by now, Irwin had planned to refresh the entire Dragonball Z line by adding a "Blasted" theme to it. This means that everything, from figures to vehicles and more, would come scraped and dented and damaged in all kinds of ways. Many of the items at the Pre-ToyFair, such as the Battlesuit and the Stomp Cycle, had already been released in clean versions; the idea was to re-release these items with the battle damage. Also, in the pictures you can see battle-damaged versions of the Saiyan Capsule, which has since been released in a clean version, and some of the vehicles that JAKKS is using, such as the Capsule Plane. At this time, we don't know the fate of the Gohan sports car. You can also see in the pictures the new box art that Irwin had commissioned, which has since been used for late releases of the last few Irwin releases (sans the blasted logo). Also pictured is the battle scene mockup, which JAKKS is kind of pursuing with its planned figure 2-packs, though how close the JAKKS version comes to the initial concept is yet to be seen.
The pictures that are going to cause the greatest stir are those of the "proto-scult" figures. As I can best determine, based on reports from the guys at Figures.com, these were rough sculpts of figures that Irwin was considering. They were in no way indicative of the finished product, or if they were, it was only in the roughest sense. The proto-sculpts include Recoome, Guldo, a Saibaman, Tien, Frieza Form IV, Zarbon, and an "HFIL" Troll. JAKKS, at the Toy Fair, stated that they are considering going back to early sagas of DBZ for figures, since the entire series will be re-aired on Cartoon Network before GT.
The same artist that created the new box art was also commissioned to draw concept art for a series of fantasy figures. The figures would feature DBZ characters in animal-themed costumes, based loosely on original DBZ art by Akira Toriyama. I would have really liked to see these figures, perhaps JAKKS will surprise me.
In my opinion, it's fortunate that things turned out as they did, and the Battle Blasted theme wasn't used. Irwin had some interesting toys in development, but to add battle damage to all of them would have probably been a step in the wrong direction. However, it's a moot point, as JAKKS Pacific now has the ball. We should see figures from JAKKS start to hit stores next month or sooner, and hopefully we'll get some more images of their new figures from them soon.
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I don't own the Bomber Jacket Goku figure because I didn't have the cash at the time but did hold it in my hand and I was the person who went down to the place to pick up Soda's prototypes and send them to him. I think there are at least 3 Bomber Jacket protos based on talking to the guys selling them. Yes it is one of the biggest regrets of my collecting that I didn't get it but I bought the unreleased Chrimson Binome figure from Reboot from them which I like more as a character so it was a trade off. I did eventually buy up all their stock when they got tired of selling on Ebay and ended up with a lot of the protos you have pics of on here. Hope I cleared up some things.
I was told that Infinite Mindz is the company that sculpted all of the IF Labs figures except for Bulma and Lord Slug. Apparently those sculptors names were Brian Claus and Igor Fernandez, but I cannot find ANY info on them.
DragonBall Series 3 will consist of: Super Master Roshi, Giant Pirate Robot, and General Blue & Android 8.
DragonBall Z Series 3, due for release the end of this year, will star SS3 Goku, Vegito, Ultimate Android 13, and Super Buu. A Series 4 is slated for February 2003 and a 5th later in the year.
So this was pre-Toy Fair 2002. This explains to me why the sculpts for Super Roshi, Pirate Robot, and General blue are so much better than the other figures that Jakks ended up releasing in DB series 1 in ~2004? Why? Because they were done by IF Labs for Irwin originally. Makes me wonder if Goku and Krillin were sculpted by the same sculptors or not, as they have nicely done bodies, but Goku in particular has a hideous face. You'll also notice in the pics above that there is a strange prototype package with IF Labs Roshi in it without his lawn chair accessory he came with. He was in IF Labs series 1 which had already been released at this time, so that's a strange thing to see. What it demonstrates is that Jakks didn't resize General Blue, Super Roshi, or Pirate Robot. They were already supposed to be much smaller scale than the already released IF Labs DB figures. I wonder why they changed the scale? It seems to be because they wanted to release them on cards like Roshi is in and not in boxes anymore. I wonder why Jakks didn't end up releasing Android 8?