Digimonukkah 2019 Day 7- Digivolving Duskmon Figure- Photos & Info

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One of the odder ones here...



For Day 7 of Digimonukkah it's an older item that many people may have never seen...

The 5 inch Digivolving figure of Duskmon. Specifically the Chinese release of the figure (for reasons we will get into below.)


Thanks to fcz_x for the images of the figure.

We'll get to the story of the figure below after a look at the figure itself...



First up, the packaging.



The front of the packaging uses the Chinese Digimon Frontier logo, shows off the figure transforming into Loweemon, labels it as a Spirit Digivolving Spirits, and shows off a number of other figures.




The front bubble removed, showing where the instruction booklet is, and that the background has EmperorGreymon on it.





The back shows a number of other Frontier digivolving figures.





Duskmon was a mold designed for the American Season 4 toyline, and comes out reasonably decently in toy form. The toy is quite old at this point and suffers from rust, which is easily visible (this has been reported for the Duskmon Digivolving figure a handful of times.)

It's overall not the best mold, but it's not bad, and is reasonably poseable and can be played with beyond just standing around.



The instructions to show you how to transform it...



Just a basic foldable sheet showing you how to transform the figure. Not super complicated compared to many toys nowadays (and even then.)


When you are done you end up with Loweemon!



Loweemon overall looks pretty decent and Frontier fans back then would probably been happy to have the figure.



Except it didn't come out...



While it was an American toy mold that was advertised in the toy catalog that came with other Season 4 figures, it (and a few others) never came out. The exact reason was likely a combination of them shrinking the size of the line (Digimon wasn't on Fox Kids anymore, and wasn't as heavily advertised) and the Season 4 line already had a number of nice Loweemon figures (same for the others that weren't released. Duskmon didn't have much, and Loweemon was generally the one you'd market, especially in the second half of the show.)

Loweemon had a Digi-Warriors action figure (which was basically the same size as the Digivolving figure) and a nicer and larger Hybrid Digivolving figure (both of which were Japanese figures that hadn't come out in Japan, meaning even fans who would have imported at the time wouldn't have had them.)

The Digivolving Duskmon figure is labeled as a 'Spirit Digivolving' figure on the Chinese release, would have been under the 5 inch 'Digivolving' line in the US.

While the figure never came out in the US. But it did end up coming out in Singapore, China, and a few other Bandai Asia served countries at the time, although still not often seen by fans outside of those countries (and it's not clear how wide the distribution of them was even where they were released.)



Trying to track down information on the Chinese distributor to hopefully find more information (if only to find info on if this was the 'actual' figure and not a similar bootleg, although it doesn't appear to be a bootleg) didn't lead to much (language barrier and over 15 years of things vanishing, etc.) The website listed on the packaging is defunct, although the closest I got was it appears the parent company (or the company itself renamed?) of the distributor of the toy in China looks to still exist, releasing Ultraman toys in China.

What paint differences might have existed if released in the US compared to the Chinese release of the figure aren't clear. A few of the images are also from the listing from when fcz_x bought the figure, which is offline at this point.

The Bandai Asia releases of the figure (and some of the others that weren't released in the US) occasionally pop-up at auctions, often with degrees of rust and damaged packaging, but are still generally of interest to fans who remember them.

Just a neat look at a toy that many likely haven't seen, except maybe in a small Digimon toy catalog over 15 years ago.



Thanks to fcz_x for the images again (which can be found in the gallery), and to the old Season 4 toy guide Chris McFeely wrote many years ago which provided a decent amount of information.



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Images are hosted on our gallery and embedded on the forum, so let us know if anything is acting up.



More to come...


Digimonukkah 2019:
Day 1- Digimon Savers 2006 Mini Calendar- Scans
Day 2- Digimon Reboot Omegamon Model Kit
Day 3- DigiFes 2019 Booklet Scans & Translated Interview
Day 4- Photos & Videos from Digimon Adventure 20th Tour
Day 5- Precious GEM Omegamon- Breakdown and Photos
Day 6- UK Digimon Season 2 DVD Collection- Scans & Breakdown
 

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Well this is obscure. Great work and thanks. It's pretty interesting.
 

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It's always neat to see how different locales affected franchise products but maaaaan, something about Duskmon always gave me the creeps.
 
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