MWOTR goes international

This weekend marked the arrival of Mystical Warriors of the Ring Series 1 to the minifigure mecha of Japan! I have to give personal thanks to Marty “THEGODBEAST” Hansen and Don “Datadub” Kratzer for their behind the scenes work at setting this up.

Sold during this weekends Wonder Festival and later this week beginning online, its part of a board 2014 drive to expand to international markets.

This pic is a personal highlight for us, the man holding our figures and comics is Tak from Zoomoth, a japanese toy company that is popular for making limited edition licensed minifigures based on classic videogames (Contra, Splatterhouse, Ghouls N Ghosts). The fact he would even take a few minutes out of his day to look at our stuff and then decide to buy it makes me feel fantastic about what we are doing.

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We currently are trying to negotiate deals with stores in Canada, Australia, France, Italy, the UK, and Mexico to get our figures into their markets. It is our hope by the time Series 2 launches later this year we will have a few alternatives for those fans who want figures but don’t necessarily want to pay international shipping. We are starting by specifically targeting the countries we see International orders come from.

If you are in a foreign country and like our figures and want more (comics, playmats, rings, etc) then feel free to email us the name and address of any stores you think might be interested in carrying them.

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8-Bit Art: Takeshi Sumo

Brent Tucker of Spritemare is back with some more 8-Bit Art

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There is a reason to all this, multiple reasons actually but we are not quite ready for those to be shared just yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Evolution of a toy belt

Around C2E2 we showed you the plate for the AWF Heavyweight Championship toy belt

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Well fast forward a few months and the belt is almost ready, rather than sculpt a tiny belt from scratch we figured the best way was to do it in a larger scale and just use the hydroshrink process to get our mini belt. This would also let us make the same belt for “larger” figures that might happen to exist ๐Ÿ˜‰

As you can see there exist multiple sized molds for the belts plate
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The belt should be finished soon and then we will evaluate the best way to get it released, we have several options at our feet and as you can see there is always something going on we have not talked about yet

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MWOTR heading to Japan!

First off Lee and I hope that you enjoyed Volume III if you have not read it before. We felt it brought the Ulric/Sheldon angle to a satisfying conclusion and clearly showed what side a number of the characters are on. Our world is so much larger then you have seen to date and the comics will begin to explore there, the AWF is not the only federation that exists and you will see that and more in upcoming issues.

We don’t have all the specifics yet but we sent quite the assortment of all our products (rings, playmats, figures, comics) to a new retail partner in Tokyo yesterday! Its just another part of our retail expansion that has been taking place over the past few months.

If all goes well Japanese fans should be able to pick any of our products up at the Wonder Festival next weekend

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When we have more specific information we will post it, but we are VERY excited as getting our stuff into the Japanese market! That has been one of our biggest goals since it is the home where the minifigure craze started with what we know as M.U.S.C.L.E. here in the US but originally was Kinnikuman in Japan.

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MWOTR Volume 3 : Pages 21-30

Who will win the AWF Heavyweight Championship, find out in these final pages!

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MWOTR Volume 3 Pages 11-20

The battle between Widowmaker and Sheldon Sabre for the AWF Heavyweight Championship heats up in this set of pages

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MWOTR Volume 3 Pages 1-10

Now that all the January prototype orders have shipped containing this comic I will upload it in 3 parts. This comic ties up Year 1’s storyline and sets the stage for Year 2 which Lee is currently working on. From now on we intend to make each issue 30-40 pages with a anthology release at the end of each “saga”.

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BIO: TALOS

Talos is one of my favorites, he was designed after my best friend Richard and imho still remains one of Jazyl’s best interpretations of my original concept designs.

Some of this bio references events in Issue 3 of the MWOTR Comic Book, so if you have not picked it up or are eagerly awaiting your copy then keep possible spoilers in mind. We will be uploading the comic images later this week a few pages at a time

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Heading into the studio in 2 weeks!

Its been quite some time since we took a visit to the studio to see Marty, Josh and Adam. We will be going down there the week of the 19th and should have some neat pics to show off

We are working on quite a bit of things, preliminary planning for Series 3, Volumes 4 and 5 of the Comic Book and some other side projects which involve brand expansion. We may even reveal one or two of the newest projects that weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Planning our 2015 Convention Schedule

We have begun planning for our 2015 Con Circuit and here is the tentative first halfย  tour:

March 2015 KCPCC (Kansas City, MO)
3/27-3/29 ECCC (Seatlle, WA)
4/24-4/26 C2E2 (Chicago, IL)
6/12-6/14 Wizard World Des Moines (Des Moines, IA)

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We still may be traveling to some cities in 2014, we are looking at 2-3 Conventions to promote Series 2 of MWOTR but since that all depends on production we have nothing to announce right now

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