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column Until the super evolution spirit can be made !! 【The beginning of the first part, planning, and commitment to modeling! 】

A deformed figure "Super Evolutionary Soul" that was once chosen and presented to children !!
The first bullet "Super Evolution Soul 01 WarGreymon" will be released on Saturday, November 18!
Before the launch, let's show you a report full of plenty of things ranging from the backstage to product completion until its appeal !!

◎ The beginning of the project

 プロポーションや可動を追求したS.H.Figuartsを筆頭に、様々な形でのデジモントイを世に送り出してきたバンダイコレクターズ事業部。そこでデジタルモンスター誕生20周年というアニバーサリーに、はたしてどのようなデジモントイを作り出すべきなのか――。
 思い出されたのが、『デジモンアドベンチャー』を皮切りに放送されたアニメシリーズ当時に、バンダイが発売した変形トイ「超進化シリーズ」だった。デジモンの特徴である「進化」を、バンダイが培った変形トイの技術で再現。物理的には不可能な「進化」を、驚きのギミックで実現してしまう「超進化シリーズ」は人気を博し、アニメシリーズの定番商品として長きにわたって展開が行われたのである。
 「進化」というデジモンが持つ特性と、変形トイとしての面白さが融合した「超進化シリーズ」を、現代の技術で蘇らせたらどうなるだろう? ……そんな想いから、「超進化魂」プロジェクトはスタートした。

▲ Proposal plan at the planning stage. Concept and commercialization vision is also described.

◎ What is an ideal Digimon?

 それでは「超進化魂01ウォーグレイモン」を例に、「超進化魂」が完成するまでの行程を、本邦初公開となる開発資料を交えつつご紹介しよう。

 まず、おおまかなイメージスケッチが、バンダイの関連会社であるデザイン会社PLEXのスタッフによって描かれる。

<Sketch> Two bodies with a completely different silhouette called Agumon of the growing period and Wargreymon of the ultimate body are reproduced by deformation. At this point, basic deformation gimmicks are imaged, such as changes in body color of the foot and deformation of the waist part. Based on this image sketch, development will be advanced.

<Deformation gimmicks>  第1弾ウォーグレイモンに関しては、かつての「超進化シリーズ」を意識している点もポイント。これは当時超進化シリーズで遊んだユーザーに対して、その記憶を思い出してもらうと共に、リニューアルしたトイとしての「進化」を感じてもらえるように、との想いがあるという。開発は実際に旧トイを参考にしながら行われた。

<Contrast with old product>

▲ Comparison with the super evolution series. The point of the evolution is noted.

◎ The commitment of collectors division!

When a 3D model including a gimmick is created from the design picture with the hand of the design brain, first the collector's division checks the CG !! WarGreymon Check the balance of parts related to coolness such as volume sense of the arm and shoulder position . Commitment is demonstrated in the limitation by deformation gimmick.

<Bandai correction>

▲ Check by Bandai side. Adjustments are made to fine details.

◎ Watanabe Kenji appeared!

Here, Creator Writer, Kenji Watanabe, who is the creator of Digimon, appeared !! CG of both forms of Agumon and WarGreymon are carefully checked and a line of correction instructions is drawn. Agumon is mainly the face part and the body line. Regarding the painting of the eyes, this corrected image is also referred to. And the modification of WarGreymon is head and chest. Especially for the head, a correction line is drawn on the whole surface. After all, the face of the character is a big point of supervision.

<Supplementary document>

▽ Supplementary materials for further correction made by Mr. Watanabe.

◎ T1 sample completed !!

When designing by CAD is completed based on the correction point of supervision, a mold for actually mass producing the product is manufactured. The first test molded article that was struck out from the mold is a sample called "T1". Based on this T1 arrived from the factory, check the condition and shape of the parts, the engagement of the parts with each other, the mounting strength, etc., and repeat the improvement if there are problems. How much trouble can you find and improve? It is an important process that determines the quality of the final product, so just thorough checks are done. It can be said that it is the most kimo part in the manufacturing process of industrial products Toy. These efforts realize complex deformed toys !!

<T1 comment>

▲ Materials taken taking pictures of the defects and summarizing them as comments. Since the purpose of T1 is to see the shape only, it is molded in a color different from the actual one. By the way, "gui - chi" is a small step that is born due to die gap.

◎ The next part is the second part! When the test shot is over, color sample with color appears at last. Here too we can see a lot of insistence. Continue to worry is by the second part! Candidate draft package that became a crying weep ...! What?

Digivolving Spirits

Picked to children once they were chosen -. In the early 2000s, pursuing the concept of reproducing the "evolution" of the monumental figure of the deformed figures, "Digimon Super Evolution Series (Digivolving Series)", which was a huge hit worldwide in "deformation" to the limit. Expressing "pretty" before evolution, "coolness" after evolution "goodness of proportion" with the latest technology and sharp modeling.
Partly die casting and plating are also used, and stereoscopically sticking to the texture of the material. It is this "super evolution spirit" series that aims at the ultimate adult Digimon modified figure.

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