Super 7 is working on a third wave of Ultimate New Japan Pro Wrestling figures, San Francisco-headquartered toy maker’s TJ Shevlin shared on the Squared Circle Action Figure Podcast.
Shevlin described his role on the NJPW line as “nerd quality control” and to translate “wrestling speak” to the licensing and design teams. He didn’t give any other hints about the third next wave of 6-inch figures (in-scale with Mattel’s WWE Elite and Jazwares’ AEW Unrivaled figures), although he sounded excited about the possibilities. Notably, Super 7 has yet to produce any members of the Bullet Club.
The first wave of figures featured Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomohiro Ishii and Will Ospreay. That set is scheduled to ship in October, after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That set is still available for pre-order on Ringside Collectibles ($174.99).
The second NJPW wave includes the members of Los Ingobernables de Japon: Tetsuya Naito, Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi and Evil (now a former LIJ member and the current IWGP World Heavyweight Champion). Ringside is also offering that set for pre-order, with a ship date of April 2021 ($174.99). Questions remain whether the Hiromu’s pal, Daryl the Cat will be included in the set.
There remains fertile ground for more NJPW figures, with several top stars left to create, including Kota Ibushi, Hirooki Goto, Juice Robinson, Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr,. Sanada, Shingo Takagi, Togi Makabe, Jeff Cobb, and the aforementioned Bullet Club, including Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Kenta, Toma Tonga and Tanga Loa, among others.
“Wave 3, I ended up being even more excited for than [Wave 2],” Shevlin said.
As previously reported, Super 7 is also working on Ultimate figures of Major Wrestling Figure Podcast hosts Matt Cardona (Zack Ryder) and Brian Myers (Curt Hawkins), as well as Good Brothers Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson.
Super 7’s willingness to sign independent talent opens up many possibilities for future figures, possibly even New Japan legends Tiger Mask and the Great Muta (Keiji Mutoh). Shevlin shared his legends wish list, with an nWo bent, including Muta, Masahiro Chono and Scott Norton. However, he stressed that this wasn’t a hint at planned figures.
As for the possibility of a Super 7 NJPW wrestling ring, Shevlin said collectors should support the line if they want the ring.
Also of note: Shevlin shared that Ospreay wasn’t originally scheduled to be in the first wave of figures. An NJPW wrestler left the wrestling circuit for WWE, opening a spot for Ospreay. The hints point to Kushida being that figure. Thankfully, Kushida is getting a WWE figure in Elite Series 84.
Finally, Shevlin broke news, revealing that Super 7 will make a second Andre the Giant Ultimate figure. He declined to share what attire the next Andre will be in.
Listen to the full interview, which starts at 33:25, at the top of the post. And here are more NJPW Ultimate figure photos.