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B-Fighter: Command Voicer & Insect Commanders COMPLETE EDITION Set Revealed


B-Fighter: Command Voicer & Insect Commanders COMPLETE EDITION Set Revealed

Premium Bandai recently announced their next release in the Metal Heroes COMPLETE EDITION series, the Command Voicer COMPLETE EDITION from the 1996 Metal Hero Series, B-Fighter Kabuto.

The Card Input System Command Voicer is the transformation device used by all seven B-Fighters. The first three of the New Generation of B-Fighters (Kouhei Toba/B-Fighter Kabuto, Kengo Tachibana/B-Fighter Kuwagar, and Ran Ayukawa/B-Fighter Tentou) use the original version while the four New B-Fighters (Mac Windy/B-Fighter Yanma, Julio Rivera/B-Fighter Genji, Li Wen/B-Fighter Min, and Sophie Villeneuve/B-Fighter Ageha) use a variant called the Insect Commanders. They store the Neo Insect Armor which is activated when the users of the Command Voicer insert their respective data card and shout “Super Heavy Armor!” (Chōjūkō!). They were also utilized to summon their various vehicles and weaponry, either via voice-command or by inserting a data card.

Released 26 years after B-Fighter Kabuto first made its debut back in March 1996, this complete version of the original DX toy is an upgrade from the 1996 toy. Based on the prop design, the transformation device has been newly sculpted and painted in black ink to give it a cooler, more dignified design. The input cards that come with the figure are all sculpted and plated, including the Medal Warrior cards, which at the time had sticker designs, and the Neo Beet Machine cards, which are being sculpted for the first time.

This product can also be used to recreate the “Insect Commander,” which was sold separately at the time, by replacing the parts. This allows for a total of 10 different playable characters and machines, including not only the three main B-Fighter Kabuto warriors but also the four Medal Warriors.

This version of the toy recognizes “voice words” and allows voice play with various sound effects for each voice word. It contains more than 60 voice word recognition types as well as more than 70 different sound effects, including the transformation and technique sounds of the B-Fighters, which were not available in toys at the time, the shooting sounds of the Road Beetle, and the Input Card Gun, and the launch and weapon sounds of the Neo Beet Machines. Included is the voice of the Artificial Life Bit (voiced by Hanba Tomoe), who gives the B-Fighters various advice throughout the TV series. By entering specific voice words when inserting each card, she will provide commentary on each B-Fighter and machine. In addition, switching to Mission Mode starts a special mission that immerses the user in the world of B-Fighter Kabuto. Bit tells you, “The Melzard are heading for the city at a great speed! What do I do to catch up to him and fight him off before he gets to town?” The user will be instructed to insert the appropriate card and enter the voice word, and if they succeed, they will hear a special voice. More than 10 scenarios in the mission mode are original scenarios exclusive to this product.

In addition, two theme songs, “B-Fighter Kabuto (TV size ver.)” and “GET READY! NEO BEET MACHINE!” are included in the main unit. This set comes with a dedicated pedestal, which can not only be played with but also displayed and enjoyed. It can be displayed with the card inserted, and the back can hold four cards. Two AAA batteries (sold separately) are required.

Product Sizes:

  • Command Voicer main unit … H approx. 107mm x W approx. 79mm x D approx. 53mm
  • Insect Commander Unit … H approx. 107mm x W approx. 79mm x D approx. 34mm
  • Input cards (each) …H approx. 48mm x W approx. 70mm x D approx. 2mm
  • Display monitor cards (each) … H approx. 18mm x W approx. 38mm x D approx. 3mm
  • Dedicated pedestal … H approx. 42mm x W approx. 80mm x D approx. 73mm

Product Materials:

  • Command Voicer body … ABS, PC
  • Insect Commander Unit … ABS, PC
  • Input cards (10 types) … ABS
  • Display monitor cards (4 types) … ABS, paper
  • Dedicated pedestal … PC

The B-Fighter: Command Voicer & Insect Commanders COMPLETE EDITION set from B-Fighter Kabuto will go for 13,200 Yen (tax included) and is scheduled for shipment in February 2023. Preorders are being accepted starting September 22, 2022, at 16:00 JST until October 30, 2022, at 23:00 JST. Overseas fans can use From Japan to purchase exclusive tokusatsu merchandise. Click here for our guide to using From Japan.

Source: Premium Bandai

Also known as HebitsukaiLi Cosplay and @sentairidertaisen45 on Instagram, Charlie Li is a current MFA Student at New York School of Interior Design and a New York University Game Design BFA Graduate. He enjoys tokusatsu of all kind as well as anime and k-pop. His top 3 Sentai include: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, and Denji Sentai Megaranger.

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