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Pictures from Japan's Comics Bon-Bon
Last Updated 5/12/00|
May pics added.
Pictures from Comics Bon-Bon
Bon-Bon is a monthly manga "phonebook" magazine with several color pages of
ads for toy and TV tie-in stuff. Average issue is about two inches (5cm)
A note on the name of the magazine: my translator friend says that the
Japanese transliterates best to "Bon-Bon," as in the sweet treat. However,
in the logo itself is the phrase "Bom-Bom" inside a circle made to look like
a cartoon bomb with fuse. Looks like they're going for a multi-level pun.
It's a treat, like a bon-bon, but explosive like a bomb.
No manga this month. Hopefully this is just a pause, not the result of
deciding to ditch the TF manga totally. A couple new manga start this month,
but the Gundam kitbashing manga looks like it's ending, so there'll be room
for Car Robots next month. Just a couple of pics.
- Fire Convoy X-Ray: "X-Ray" picture of Fire
Convoy, with exposed systems and stuff.
- JRX et al: A closeup of a mob scene that uses
the computer image models from the techspec cards. JRX is at the center, in
front of Fortress Maximus.
The first Car Robots stuff hits this issue, and the end of the Metals manga.
- Manga Summary: The final installment of the Metals
manga! Everything and almost everyone explodes!
- Manga Metals Cheetor: From the
- Manga Tigerhawk: ...to the sublime.
- Fire Convoy: Vehicle, battle station and
smaller robot modes for Fire Convoy. Also a bit of Mach Alert in the lower
- Microman Motorcycles: Recolors of Road
Pig and Road Rocket from the G2 Laser Cycles line, each now ridden by a
Tail end of Metals, so no pics of Car Robots yet.
- Manga Sumamry: The endgame has begun, with most of
the major characters dead or crippled...or are they?
- Red Transmetal Cheetor: Yep, they're
dragging some of the Fox Kids repaints into Japan to fill the gap before Car
Robots hit. Well, make that past tense, since Car Robots were released the
third week of March. Ah, time lag. Anyway, since I didn't have any other
pics of the recolored Cheetor up around here, I figured I'd put this one up.
- Microman Beetle: You may have seen pics of
hte uncolored version of this from the Tokyo Toy Show, here's an anime-style
drawing of one of the upcoming Microman transforming insects.
Still just unrecolored or imperceptibly recolored TMII toys this month,
presumably we might start seeing Car Robots stuff in March. And no new
Digivolving Digimon toys to scan either (although the skateboard toys I saw
at Kay Bee today include AngeWomon and MagneAngemon). Just the manga summary
and a single Microman pic this month.
- Manga Summary: Airazor proves she's not always
an incompetent damsel in distress!
- Microboy Duo: We've seen a transforming
Playstation base, now we have triple-changing Gameboys! From "Microboy" game
unit to robot to blocky vehicle, and each comes with a special edition
Microman figure (Edison shown, Arthur was on the other page and I didn't
include it in the scan).
No new pics of note. The TMII toys being advertised for release this time
out seem to be identical to the U.S. versions. However, with Transformers:
Car Robots toys due to start coming out in March, figure we've got at most
one more dry month here.
- Manga Summary: The mass-murderer Jaguar lands and
starts slaughtering Destron and Cybertron alike...peace through death. Most
of the issue is a massive battle between him and Convoy.
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