DHX has been busy making deals for their upcoming animated reboot of Capcom’s Mega Man video game franchise. Weeks after securing a US broadcast on Cartoon Network and a Canadian run on Family CHRGD, the media company has announced another major pillar: their toy partner. Jakks Pacific, perhaps currently best known for their World of Nintendo line, has agreed to a multi-year deal to become the master toy licensee for the show due out in 2018.
Commenting on the partnership, Jakk’s chief operating officer, Jack McGrath, said, “I grew up with Mega Man and am a big fan, so I’m thrilled for Jakks to team up with DHX Brands and Dentsu on the new animated series.” The company will produce action figures, figurines, playsets and accessories, everyday dress-up and role-play, Halloween costumes, plush and vehicles, inspired by the new show.
Mega Man re-imagines the blue bomber as a young boy named Aki Light, a regular school boy who can transform into a super hero to take on villains. The series is being produced by DHX’s Vancouver Studio (formerly Nerd Corps) in association with Man of Action, Capcom and Dentsu.
The Mega Man franchise originally debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1987. It immediately inspired a long line of sequels, spinoffs and even three prior animated series.