BambooKat has started producing 3D printed, 15cm tall (~6 inch) Krystal figures that are fully painted. He just got his business, AnthroFigurines, up and running. As you can see, it's a very tactical take on Krystal. You can order one for yourself right now for only $99, which is a very good price for this sort of figure.
I was able to speak to BambooKat, who told me several interesting things. First of all, in light of several people wanting a more foxy face for Krystal (as opposed to this more human-shaped one), he's very open to providing that option. Additionally, he's working on several very interesting Krystal-related projects, some of which will be revealed soon (and for sale as well). Keep an eye out for more from this creator.
The first trailer for a new fangame dropped last week. YouTube user Esphirian loved Star Fox Adventures as a child and now, 20 years later, he's work on making a spiritual remake of the game using the Unreal Engine. As you'll see, Krystal plays a much more major role in the game, tag-teaming with Fox McCloud in several scenes. Esphirian was inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and No Man's Sky to make a much more open-world game.
It's not yet known if he plans to release the game to the public, but Esphirian promises more videos this summer. Looking forward to it!
In February 2020, I spoke with Amberluvsbugs at HarmonyCon about her wanting to try to draw more types of characters. I offered to pay for a Krystal commission. She agreed, and she has just finished putting the final touches on it. We had a couple of back and forth communication, but she gravitated towards this dynamic pose very quickly. You can view her gallery post of the image, and download the full resolution version, like my other Krystal commissions. She also did a speedpaint video:
It looks like the video may be blocked from embedding. Don't know why, but you can easily watch it on YouTube.
3D artist and animator JorgeMV has made an epic crossover: Star Fox 64 in Paper Mario style. This is extremely cool! JorgeMV spent a month and a half making this.
As mentioned previously, Metal Fortress has done a medley of Star Fox Adventures songs. This new song is just focused on the hypnotic sounds of the Krazoa Palace. You can also listen to it on Soundcloud. No official release as far as I can tell, though.
Nintendo released several new wallpapers, four of which are from Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins. This provides us with some very good looks at the Great Fox's animated bridge. There's a lot of detail there. I think I can even see an old GameCube in one of the boxes.
This is amazing! Finally! After years of having only printed and extremely low resolution versions of this promo image, someone found a copy of the original. This is at glorious 1771 by 2500 pixels!
Backstory time. When Star Fox Assault was being released, Nintendo and Namco provided promotional images to promote the game. These were sent out to websites and media outlets in high resolution so they could have visuals big enough to print or use in online graphics. This particular one, of Krystal holding her gun over her shoulder, was only ever publicly published online (to my knowledge), on the official Japanese website for Star Fox Assault, and at a very low resolution. However, it did exist in higher resolutions. The various Star Fox Assault Player's Guides in Japan featured this image in much higher resolution and I even found it used by this French publication.
But what about America? Well, I actually managed to obtain the official press kit for that year's E3, which contained a lot of high resolution renders from Star Fox Assault. But that one? That one wasn't in there. I guess Nintendo decided to keep it out of the North American market, perhaps because it was considered too sexy. Whatever the reason, it was never published anywhere that could easily be obtained. I floated the idea of contacting the publishers of the various Japanese Player's Guide companies to see if they would send out the image, but I was never able to get a good Japanese-speaking contact.
Then, a few days ago, this topic on Reddit showed up. I was surprised to find it to be the full resolution. I had thought it was my original ripped image that I had cleaned up and removed the background from. But it was much too detailed. An artist's reproduction, perhaps? No! This was the original, or at least a resized version. The original post creator pointed me to this page on the Star Fox Wiki. You can see that it was retrieved directly from "Nintendo of Europe", which probably means their media distribution website. The real questions now are, who had access to that media site, and what other Star Fox materials can be obtained there? I have already confirmed that their version of Krystal with the minigun is higher resolution than my already high resolution version.
All this was done last year, in January 2019! Amazing that so many years later, we're still discovering new things.
Hugo Peters is a reclusive programmer and game developer who has been exploring Star Fox Adventures and Dinosaur Planet code for a hobby over the last several years. He has made many discoveries, some of which we talked about before. He's also responsible for several tools that help extract data from Star Fox Adventures and the Kiosk version. All this is culminating in what appears to be a fangame designed to be a playable tribute to Dinosaur Planet, featuring a custom engine and references to never-before-seen content from the game. If you look closely, you can even see a nice little Dinosaur Planet Krystal model he appears to have made from scratch.
Very excited to see where this goes and what it can reveal of the history of Dinosaur Planet and the development of Star Fox Adventures! Check out the original post where you can keep up to date on his releases. You can also check out his Dinosaur Planet related page on his website.
I just got off the phone with FoxType1973's sister. She wanted me to let everyone know that her brother, who also went by Richard and Volpfoxtoon on Twitter, has passed away. After many many years of cancer and associated medical treatments, he finally succumbed. What's remarkable about him was that he had been given just a few months to live by doctors some 4 or 5 years ago. Throughout his life, he constantly defied doctor expectations and lived through terrible medical problems that would have killed most other people. This final bout with illness, which started in 2013, eventually lead to the issues that took him. He took a turn for the worst on Monday. A few minutes after getting to visit with his sister and mother, he passed away, peacefully, on Monday night (fittingly on May the Fourth, Star Wars Day).
For those who didn't know him, FoxType1973 was an older gentleman who frequented a lot of different furry conventions and often served as a cameraman for Ayano Harumaki, a Krystal cosplayer. He has provided the Krystal Archive with lots of footage and photographs of Ayano at many different events over the years. When I met up with him and Ayano in person at a convention, FoxType1973 and I collaborated to help make Ayano Harumaki's gatling gun prop a reality, no easy feat considering the logistics of shipping something so large to Japan. Before that, FoxType1973 also made a guest appearance on the Krystal Archive Podcast, Episode 26. The last time I got to see him was in May of last year, when he was in good spirits and seemed to be recovering.
Richard was a man of many interests. He loved the technical mechanics of cameras and spacecraft. He spent his days working on video equipment and doing video editing. He was a big fan of Star Wars and Star Fox. He loved to go to conventions and visit the Disney parks. He'll be missed. His family is doing ok. They are at peace knowing that Richard's suffering is over now. Please keep them in your prayers.
Update: FoxType's sister wanted me to let you all know that if you are interested in sharing condolences or stories of her brother, please email her at email@example.com. She will be making a memory book for her family about him.