Saint Seiya Myth Cloth (聖闘士聖衣神話,Seinto Seiya Kurosu Maisu) is a popular toy-line from Bandai based on the Saint Seiya franchise, originated by Masami Kurumada's manga It is based on the Saint Seiya franchise by Masami Kurumada is his characters. The title of the merchandise is also known as 'Saint Myth Cloth', Saint Seiya Myth Cloth Legend, but the general consensus usually refer to the aforementioned title. It was originally intended to release 'only' the 5 Bronze Saints to commemorate the series 12th anniversary and for the anticipated Hades Arc OVA in the year 2003. (Hades — Chapter Sanctuary, 2003)
Since its introduction in 2003, the line-up has spawn to mostly all the characters in the Saint Seiya universe and has gain mostly positive reviews from old and new collectors as well as fans. Aside from normal releases, limited editions, and characters from Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas(of this series have been produced, however, only two characters). The figure(s) having a vast improvement over the '80s vintage figures, introduces better articulation and is capable of posing and revoking some of the action portrayed by the characters in the animation; and the high detailed molding and sculpting produce a highly detailed resemblance of the characters seen in the animation as well. Due to all the new technology and high end approach in molding and sculpting, Saint Cloth Myth figures are costly compared to its predecessor but that does not stop its success and demand. Like most of Bandai's merchandise, the line-up is mainly targeted towards a mature and male demographic, but there are also female fans who collect them as well. Sales and demand has surpassed their predecessors and is still growing strong.
In 2007, Bandai released a 'side' line-up called Saint Seiya Myth Cloth Appendix. The line-up is focused on half size bust of the characters, characters in their casual outfits, and Pandora boxes for the cloths. Due to the higher detailed and enhanced sculpting for the specific line-up, it is intended to either display it as a half bust size figure or you can change/swap the head and cloth parts with existing Saint Seiya Myth Cloth Legend figures to enhance their aesthetics.
On May 2011 Bandai announced the expansion of a whole new line-up from the Myth Cloth series - Saint Seiya Myth Cloth EX & Saint Seiya Cloth Crown. A renovation of the figures for a better mobility and articulation whilst in their cloths too! Both line-up are larger in size, with Crown having the most substantial size difference scaling 12" (30 cm) tall! Special effects are included (sold separately) as well as different facial expressions of the characters. Myth Cloth figure(s) aren't just about posing anymore!
During the Tamashii Nations Summer Collection 2014 held in May, Bandai announced to further expand the Myth Cloth line by introducing a new line-up called Saint Myth Cloth Legend. It follows the Myth Cloth line up but will only be focused on characters seen in the 2014 Toei Animation CG animated Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary movie. Though the movie carnation of Sagittarius Aiolos and Pegasus Seiya was first to be revealed, the movie version of Gemini Saga is to be the first one to be released in this line.
In 2017 production of Action figures began on the canonical sequel Saint Seiya: Next Dimension
A package that includes all the 5 Bronze Saints in their revived Bronze Cloth. With the improved figure 'body' and Shiryū's cloth color changed to glossy green as seen in the animation and like the Final Bronze Cloth figure. The previous release of Shiryū's (Revived Bronze Cloth) cloth was too green and did not match the one portrayed in the animation. 5 display stands are also included in this package, and heads are changeable with the Final Bronze figures as well. (Sold Separately)
Two different versions were released at the same time, a normal version of Poseidon which has blue hair and cloth seen in the animation. The other called 'Royal Ornament Edition' has a lot more accessories; (e.g. throne, robe, etc.) and the major difference is the hair color which is yellow and the cloth has a different color compared to the normal pack as portrayed in the manga.
Andromeda Shun (Final Bronze Cloth) ~Original Color Edition~
2011 Tamashii Feature Volume 2 exclusive item
Dragon Shiryu (Final Bronze Cloth) ~Original Color Edition~
Tamashii Nation 2011 Limited Edition
Pegasus Seiya (Bronze Cloth) ~Original Color Edition~
A figure to be released specifically for the Tokyo and Akihabara UDX Saint Seiya 30th Anniversary 'Complete Works of Saint Seiya' exhibition held on June 2016. Figure will be limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will only be available if you buy a ticket to the exhibition.
Nation 2011 Limited Edition
Ophiuchus Odysseus (Gold Cloth) ~Original Color Edition~
A figure Thirteenth Gold Saint Ophiuchus by Next Dimension to be released specifically for the Tamashii Nation 2017 Tokyo 2017 and Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom Bandai and online selling.