Unbox Industries to do "Fist of The North Star" sofubi figures!
Unbox Industries brings the characters from classic manga+anime FIST OF THE NORTH STAR into toy-reality! Unbox will be releasing an ongoing series of Fist Of The Northstar figures to coincide with the anniversary celebrations this year. Featured in the above teaser image are "Kenshiro" and "Jagi", and I cannot wait to see who else might be in-store!
"The series has been developed with the assistance of Cosmo Liquid and will debut exclusively at an event celebrating Hokuto No Ken in Tokyo next month. Online sales will commence a bit later." (@unboxindustries)
"Fist of the North Star" first appeared as a Japanese manga series written by Buronson and illustrated by Tetsuo Hara. Serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1983 to 1988, the story and characters had since been adapted into two anime television series (produced by Toei Animation, comprising a combined total of 152 episodes), OVAs, video games and even a live-action feature in 1995 (starring Gary Daniels as Kenshiro).
The closest I have on a "collectible toy" was Kenshiro featured here in 1/6 from Medicom Toy circa 2007 (and on display at AFA 2008), so this is a nice callback to the classics, IMHO :)
STORY: "Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been destroyed by a nuclear war, the story centers on a warrior named Kenshiro, the successor of a deadly martial art style known as Hokuto Shinken, which gives him the ability to kill most adversaries from within through the use of the human body's secret vital points, often resulting in an exceptionally violent and gory death. Kenshiro dedicates his life to fighting against the various ravagers who threaten the lives of the weak and innocent, as well as rival martial artists, including his own "brothers" from the same clan." (Wiki)