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Post by TheFallen on Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:02 am

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MECHA WORKSHOP - ARMARAUDERS
OVERVIEW


PROJECT TITLE: ARMARAUDERS

MISSION: NEW ACTION FIGURE TOY-LINE WITH WEB COMIC AND MOTION COMIC TIE-INS

LAUNCH DATE: MARCH 07, 2012

OBJECTIVE: STAGE 1 - LAUNCH OF ONLINE WEB COMIC

STATUS: WEB COMIC AND MOTION COMIC WILL BOTH BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE FOR FREE

LAUNCH SEQUENCE: ONLINE COMIC WILL BE RELEASED IN WAVES

•EACH WAVE OF THE WEB COMIC WILL CONSIST OF SEVEN PAGES
•MOTION COMIC WILL BE RELEASED IN BETWEEN EACH WAVE OF THE WEB COMIC
•TWO ACTION-PACKED STORY-ARCS ARE CURRENTLY PLANNED
•EACH STORY-ARC CONSISTS OF SIX ISSUES
•EACH ISSUE CONTAINS TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES
•PUBLISHED COMIC BOOK EDITIONS WILL BE RELEASED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TOY LINE

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ARMARAUDERS: THE LAST BATTALION
A PRELUDE TO WAR


The people of Earth had become a hazard unto themselves. The population levels outpaced the food supply, precious resources had been spent, and their planet’s environment was fouled to dangerous levels. Many nations were eying neighboring lands with conquest in mind, and a vicious global war seemed inevitable.

Like an all too convenient prayer, the Runerians came. Although their starships arrived at Earth as broken hulks with the scars of battle, the technology they represented was far beyond that of humankind. A species of pacifists, the Runerians (aka “Runeks”) arrived in the name of peace… but also with a warning—

The Wasters were coming.

The Wasters were an alien species of conquerors. They despoiled planets for resources, technology, and slaves—destroying all which was not of use to them. The Runeks had fled their own planet, Runera, being apparently ill suited to defend against the onslaught. Many Runerian starships—unable to make the voyage—self-destructed rather than allow their species’ advanced technology to fall into such brutal hands.

In exchange for sanctuary and protection, the Runerians shared their knowledge with the humans. Mankind quickly adapted to these new gifts. Mining colonies were established on Earth’s moon—as well as the two moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos—for new raw materials. Machinery capable of turning raw energy into food alleviated the problems of starvation. As to the problem of over-population… the Wasters, themselves, helped solve that.

For the Wasters were soon upon them. The Runerians' more advanced technology allowed them to arrive significantly before the Waster horde, giving Earth enough time to prepare for the impending threat; it was barely enough. Millions of lives were lost. Entire cities were obliterated. Yet, the humans held their ground. Using weapons originally designed to attack each other, humanity held the line, and in a glorious victory, saved planet Earth from destruction.

In a brief span of years, humanity had gone from utter ruin, to a self-sufficient planet able to maintain its current population. But with the Waster armada defeated, humanity shifted its focus to the alien refuges. Some humans, seeing the Runerians as saviors, looked to them as if they were gods. But many more looked upon them with hatred—a focus of blame for the Waster invasion. Some even suggested that the Runerians had visited Earth in the past, and that they had caused mankind to fall into the state Earth was in when the Runerians arrived. The Runerians did little to dissuade such negatively, many actively stating that they looked upon humans as violent, coarse, and uncivilized.

A decision was made, and a pact between nations was formed. Rather than fight a defensive war, waiting for the next attack, Earth would take the fight to the Wasters. Just as Earth had learned peaceful technology from the Runerians, they studied the Wasters’ technology, and learned of war. Giant mechanical assault vehicles were constructed, mimicking the humanoid physiology of its pilots. The first goal of the new mech units was to reclaim the planet Runera for their new allies. But goals are easier stated than accomplished.

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FULL GEAR BELLEROPHON: CAM’S SPECIAL


Mech fans…your voices have been heard. A new mech action-figure for a new era marches your way. MECHA WORKSHOP presents the Bellerphon Mechs of ARMAURADERS: THE LAST BATTALION!

MECHA WORKSHOP is proud to announce an all-new line of action figures featuring the Bellerphon mech. With a committed attention to detail and included accessories, the highly articulated Bellerphon is sure to impress the most dedicated Mech enthusiasts and scrupulous toy collectors alike.

The first to answer the call to duty is the Full Gear Bellerophon: Cam’s Special. Piloted by Private First Class Cameron Knox, this Bellerophon Infantry Mech represents the core in which to build a Mech army.

In a war against an alien threat that spans the galaxy, a soldier must adapt, alter, and conform as needed in order to survive and prevail. Named after the hero of Greek mythology who slew the monstrous Chimera, the Bellerphon is designed to function as a multi-purpose and highly mobile infantry unit—an ultra-advanced mech that serves as both grunt and warhorse against the onslaught of a relentless enemy. With the addition of specially designed optional equipment, the Bellerphon serves as a “jack of all trades” on the battlefield, and can be called upon to serve on a wide range of specialty missions.

With the Bellerophon Mech serving as the core in which to build upon and modify, special add-on equipment such as armor, backpacks, and weapons, make the infantry unit highly adaptable for any battlefield—be it land, air, sea, or space.

MECHA WORKSHOP will first release the Full Gear Bellerophon: Cam’s Special, and it will come equipped with custom full gear armor. A later release will be the Pegasus Drone. This “triple-change” add-on to the Bellerophon Mech for air combat is designed to provide flight capabilities when attached in Jet-Pack mode, as well as serve as a Drone-Turret or Jet.

The Bellerophon is just one component of a highly versatile Mech army that toy collectors and Mech enthusiasts will want to expand upon. Future releases will see additional Mechs with unique functions and capabilities—such as being able to combine and/or reconfigure into additional Mech designs—to face a wide array of enemies no matter where the battlefield may be.

The Bellerphon mech is the vital key to overcome impossible odds and live to fight another day. Be sure to view the Bellerphon Mech in action and check out the exclusive free-to-view online webcomic and motion comic presented by MECHA WORKSHOP—ARMARUADERS: THE LAST BATTALION.

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ADDITIONAL TOY DETAILS


TOY: FULL GEAR BELLEROPHON (CAM'S SPECIAL]
PILOT FIGURE: PRIVATE FIRST CLASS CAMERON KNOX
PILOT FIGURE HEIGHT: 4.5 CM / 1.7 INCHES
MECH HEIGHT: 27 CM / 10.6 INCHES

FEATURES:

MECH POINTS OF ARTICULATION

•HEAD/NECK - 2 (X1) = 2
•HANDS - 15 (X2) = 30
•ARMS/WRISTS - 5 (X2) = 10
•BELLY/CHEST - 4 (X1) = 4
•LEGS/ANKLE - 4 (x2) = 8
•FEET/TOES - 1 (X2) = 2
•SUB TOTAL: 56

ADDITIONAL POINTS OF ARTICULATION

•SHOULDER CANNONS - 1 (X2) = 2
•SHOULDER THRUSTERS - 1 (X2) = 2
•WAIST THRUSTERS - 1 (X2) = 2
•HEEL JETS - 1 (X2) = 2
•SHOULDER ARMOR - 1 (X2) = 2
•SUB TOTAL: 10

POINTS OF ARTICULATION

•GRAND TOTAL = 66

MECH LOAD OUT FEATURES & ACCESSORIES

•PLASMA RIFLES (X2)
•PLASMA CANNONS (X2)
•MISSLE / CHAIN-GUN PODS (X2)
•MEDIUM SHIELDS (X2)
•LIGHT SHIELDS (X2)
•HEAVY THRUSTERS (X2)
•LIGHT THRUSTERS (X2)
•HEEL JETS (X2)
•ANTI-GRAVITY MOVEMENT ENHANCER
•PLATE (X2)
•AUTO SLIDING WORKING COCKPIT WITH DETAILED INTERIOR

TOY PACKAGE

•INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE COMIC BOOK (VARIANT OF ONLINE VERSION)
•FIRST RUN WILL FEATURE EXCLUSIVE FOLD-OUT COVER
•FIRST RUN WILL FEATURE EXCLUSIVE TRI-BLADES (X2)

CUSTOMIZABLE LOAD OUTS

•REMOVABLE ARMOR
•ATTACHABLE WEAPONS AND DRONE PACKS

COMING SOON

•PEGASUS DRONE / AIR BELLEROPHON ARMOR ADD-ONS


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ADDITIONAL COMIC DETAILS


THE COMIC WILL BE PRESENTED IN VARIOUS FORMATS:

•ONLINE WEB COMIC
•ONLINE MOTION COMIC
•PUBLISHED COMIC BOOK

EACH FORMAT WILL FEATURE UNIQUE VARIATIONS SUCH AS:

•EXPANDED SPLASH PAGE RATIOS TO EXPAND AND EXTEND ACTION-PACKED BATTLE SCENES
•COLOR VARIATIONS FOR THE ENEMY "WASTERS"

THE COMIC WILL BE ORIGINALLY AVAILABLE IN FIVE LANGUAGES:

•ENGLISH
•JAPANESE
•KOREAN
•CHINESE
•ITALIAN

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TOY

•PRODUCER: VALENT WANG
•CONCEPT/DESIGNS: DON FIGUEROA
•SCULPOTR: LUCA ZAMPRIOLO
•3D ARTIST: DANIEL DeENTREMONT

COMIC

•CONCEIVED BY DON FIGUEROA & VALENT WANG
•STORY: DON FIGUEROA & DAN TAYLOR
•SCRIPT: DAN TAYLOR
•ILLUSTRATOR/DESIGNS; DON FIGUEROA
•COLORS/LOGO DESIGN & ADDITIONAL ART: ENRICO GALLI
•LETTERS: THOMAS MAUER
•EDITS: NIGEL BRADLEY & DAN TAYLOR

SPECIAL THANKS

•AARON STATIC DANKS
•CHAN KOK WENG (EARTH X)
•CHRIS GUANCHE (MECHA & ANIME HQ)
•DICK DE GROOT (BE YOURSELF MUSIC)
•ED SANDFORD & CREW (ROBOT-JAPAN)
•EMILY LIM
•JEFFRY ENGLERT (TFW2005)
•JOSEPH TSAI (TOKYO-HUNTER)
•JOSHUA BERNARD (CollectionDX)
•LATENDO CREW
•THE FALCON'S HANGER CREW
•TOM FRANK
•YANJIE (RAPID CULTURE)

MOTION COMIC

•MOTION COMIC DIRECTOR: JOE WHITEAKER (STUDIO 414)
•CONCEPT: DARIUS JULIAN & NIGEL BRADLEY
•MUSIC COMPOSER: ALEX KURILOV
•VOICE OVER: FRANK TODARO, JON BAILEY

TRANSLATIONS

•JAPANESE/KOREAN: PETER KIM
•ITALIAN: ENRICO GALLI & MARCO PALESE
•CHINESE: ATAC (SINGAPORE) & CHINA-LINK (SINGAPORE)

WEBSITE

•BLOG/FACEBOOK/WEB DESIGNER: DARIUS JULIAN

CONTACT

•VALENT WANG - valent@mechaworkshop.com
•PRESS KIT AVAILABLE AT - http://www.mechaworkshop.com/ARMA-Press-Kit.zip





















A tonne more pictures (and I mean a tonne) right here: Mecha Workshop: Armarauders

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Post by TheFallen on Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:17 am












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Post by Sam on Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:04 am

That looks really cool! Love the detail on the mech.

Any idea how much these are meant to sell for though? Being that big and detailed, I can only imagine a small fortune!

Cool stuff !

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Post by Sylvain on Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:18 am

I too just discovered this new line and was really impressed. Now I need to know when thos will be available and hope that we would be bale to buy them online.

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Post by TheFallen on Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:42 pm

I am in love with these things. They are like the love child of Robotech, Transformers, M.A.S.K and Centurions.

I am guessing they will be around the $80-$120 price range as that is comparable to 3rd Party Transformers. I just hope they are not too expensive

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Post by TheFallen on Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:52 pm

Worried about price?

This is from Mecha Workshop's producer Valent Wang;

We'd like to encourage "troop" building, so the pricing gotta be right.
Don't wish to force feed anyone with tons of repaints and whatnot.
And remember, having to finally get your hands on a rare toy and only to have it reissued later on? Thus, screwing up the value of your first run?
Our first run will always be a little more special.

Trust me, Don as a toy enthusiast himself knows of all your burdens.
Both Don and I share pretty much the same experience when we were young.
Having to look into a toy store without being able to afford the toy we wanted (Mine was a DX God Mars) I/We love combiners

Pricing and size have been a much discussed topic, and we'll do our very best to balance both. Trust me when I say that all of us only want the best for the toy community, especially Don. This being his "baby" project, he has no intention of screwing toy collectors/enthusiast up in any way.

We've a few tricks up our sleeves that we cannot reveal as of yet.
It's not because we're playing the marketing game.
It's just that it's still in an early stage of development and might not work.

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Post by TheFallen on Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:50 am

Armarauders Facebook Page discussion with some new information;

Me:"Has there been any thought on a cockpit ladder/loading bay add on for the figure?"

Armarauraders:"Yes actually, our very first prototype has a ladder. However, we removed it in the end as it looked out of place and took up lots of space inside the cockpit itself. Our second prototype came with a built in cockpit/motorbike. The cockpit could actually separate/eject from the Mech's chest itself.

Now, with our last and final design. The Mech can actually kneel in a position that would allow the pilot to climb in with ease. This infantry Mech can also "curl up" to make itself smaller, so as to fully untilize the space within the carriers. We're at WAR soldier!!!"

I am not a huge bipedal mecha fan but there is something about this that definitely has me excited, which I think it is obvious as I have the most posts in this thread Laughing


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Post by Artistix on Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:43 am

I wouldn't buy such toys....but holy hell are they some cool sh*t!

TheFallen wrote: They are like the love child of Robotech

Robotech is poor mans macross. Or so I've been told. Laughing

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Post by Sam on Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:18 am

Bet screamy told you that LOL. '


lovin the idea, hopes are high considering what they have said about the 'keeping it decent priced for collectors' etc so yeh im keen.

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Post by The Scream Man on Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:32 am

Atta boy Sam, well done sir! Very Happy


This looks pretty badass i gotta admit.

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Post by Sylvain on Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:41 am

The more impressive are the sketches. I wonder if the vehicules are scheduled to be produced in scales. If so the LR-Earth Force Mobile Base would be huge and not speaking about the LR-Earth Force Space Cruiser. It reminds me of the good old USS Flagg.

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Post by TheFallen on Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:59 am

I too think the concept art is impressive but I doubt they will make those vehicles. I think they are more for the comic.

I doubt they will even go as far as to make the Chiron just because of the size of it. There will certainly be the Bellerophon and multiple add ons but I can't see them going further with it unless it is an unstoppable success

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Post by TheFallen on Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:05 am

Looking at the concept art they can use the Bellerophon buck for the Chiron which means it may actually get made. I have no doubt they have already looked at all the avenues....




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Post by The Scream Man on Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:21 pm

I'm certainly intrigued. I just need some more to go on.

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Post by Gevaudin on Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:18 pm

I'm pretty excited. Very Happy

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Post by TheFallen on Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:06 am

Latest news from Facebook is that the Bellerophon is going to be scaled down to 9 inches but with keeping the pilot at the same size

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Post by FunkyMonster on Sun May 06, 2012 2:02 pm

These look awesome, price however will be a restriction for me.

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Post by TheFallen on Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:00 am

The first comic has been finished;

http://www.facebook.com/Armarauders#!/media/set/?set=a.313387555382219.80823.131955980192045&type=1

And it looks like the price is going to be around $100 but it will include diecast parts

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Post by FunkyMonster on Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:13 pm

Nice looking artwork, some very robotechish stuff, but still cool !

mmm, have to wait and see.

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Post by TheFallen on Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:00 am

Armarauders have updated their Facebook page showing us some refined concept art and a prototype of the minifigure pilot which is only 5cm tall (2 inches)


















I was talking to the producer, Valent Wang, and he told me that this toy line will feature influences and homages to both MOTU and Thundercats plus a big influence from Centurions which you can see by the interchangeable weapons.

There is still no official price but they are expected to release the main figure, the Bellerophon with the pilot, weapons for both and the Mech Stand in one package in Q1 2013. Go like them on Facebook and jump on for the ride

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Post by fishmilkshake on Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:54 am

You Sir....have my attention. Very nice.

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Post by The Dr Of Style on Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:06 pm

looks good.....wanna see the mech now

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Post by TheFallen on Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:59 am

Mecha Workshop have updated their Armarauders Facebook page with new prototype pictures of the Bellerophon;

Cam's FullGear Bellerophon - Refined Sneak Peek (Part 02) | Facebook























I have created a Facebook group for this toy line. If you would like to join then please let me know.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/590199704356533/

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Post by The Dr Of Style on Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:18 am

These look great.....must not buy must not buy

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Post by fishmilkshake on Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:50 am

I must buy!

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