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SDCC 2019: Come Set the World’s Largest Kamehameha!

Guinness World Records attempt on Opening Day of the tour.

Toei Animation Inc. Funimation and Bluefin have revealed their complete details for the launch of the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con including a history-making Guinness World Records attempt on Opening Day of the tour.

Co-sponsored and presented jointly by Bandai and Toei Animation, the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure opens on Wednesday, July 17 at an expansive installation on the Marriott Marina Terrace at the Marriot Marquis San Diego. The tour will continue throughout San Diego Comic-Con 2019 from July 18 – July 21 and will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Following San Diego Comic-Con, the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure will travel to seven additional locations around the world including stops in New York City, Mexico City Mexico, Cologne Germany, Barcelona Spain, Shanghai China, Hong Kong China, and Tokyo Japan.


Dragon Ball Guinness World Records Attempt

Come be a part of Dragon Ball and Guinness World Records history! The 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure will open with a special Guinness World Records attempt to become the largest gathering of people simultaneously performing the iconic Kamehameha super energy attack move.

Fans will gather on Wednesday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure on the Marriott Marina Terrace at the Marriot Marquis San Diego. The first 1,000 participants to arrive will receive a free Dragon Ball Scouter accessory to wear during the Guinness World Records attempt. The Kamehameha super energy attack move will be led by actor Sean Schemmel, the English voice of Dragon Ball character Goku. Guinness World Records will be onsite to supervise and validate the record attempt.


Dragon Ball World Adventure Displays

Dive into the world of Dragon Ball with an expansive collection of multi-faceted interactive installations will delight fans and attendees. Catch interactive kiosks featuring the latest Dragon Ball video game titles from Bandai Namco Entertainment, including Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, Dragon Ball Z Fighter, Dragon Ball Legends, and Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle.


Dragon Ball Animated GIF Photo Booth

Capture your visit to 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure with a unique and shareable complimentary memento.  Head to the Dragon Ball Animated GIF Photo Booth, select your favorite background and pose for a series of photos that will be stitched together and delivered to you as a looping animated gif that can be shared directly with friends and family and/or posted to a variety of social media channels.


Dragon Ball Collectibles & Exclusives

On display will be a wide array of S.H.Figuarts event exclusives and special Dragon Ball products from leading Bandai brands including Tamashii Nations, Shokugan, and Banpresto. Event exclusives will be available to purchase at the Tamashii Nations Booth #3545 inside the Comic-Con Main Hall and require an exclusive merchandise time slot issued by San Diego Comic-Con to purchase.


Dragon Ball Sticker Rally

Join the Dragon Ball Sticker Rally and collect stickers at each attraction inside the Dragon Ball World Adventure. Stickers may be redeemed for free premiums including Dragon Ball wristbands, posters, lanyards, stickers, fans and Saiyan Hair Set headbands. In addition, all tour guests will receive an exclusive 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure oversized swag bag to use to carry all of their Comic-Con purchases.

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Preview: The Art of Tekken: A Complete Visual History HC

The Art of Tekken: A Complete Visual History HC

writer: Nick Hurwitch
artist: Various
cover: Bandai
FC | 250 pages | $39.99 | Teen+

Twenty-five years ago, Namco released Tekken and redefined the fighting game genre in three dimensions. Known for its deep gameplay, cutting edge graphics, and operatic lore, Tekken has become synonymous with the PlayStation brand while remaining one of the last vestiges of the arcade.

The Art of Tekken: A Complete Visual History follows the series history through a visual feast of iconic games and characters, as well as in-depth interviews with the Bandai Namco developers who made it a reality and the players who made it a phenomenon on its way to becoming one of the best-selling fighting game series in history. It’s a complete visual retrospective of one of the most indispensable parts of gaming history, over a quarter century in the making, including art from all seven games of the franchise and more.


The Art of Tekken HC: A Complete Visual History Deluxe Edition HC

FC | 250 pages | $99.99 | Teen+

The Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Its own unique matte cover art.
  • A Ribbon bookmark.
  • Your book will fit effortlessly into a glossy, die-cut slipcase designed to resemble your favorite arcade game.
  • A high quality folded sleeve will contain: 4 Tekken Art Prints – featuring exclusive art created just for this book!
The Art of Tekken: A Complete Visual History HC

SDCC 2019: Exclusive 65th Anniversary 1954 Godzilla Deluxe Vinyl Figure

65th Anniversary 1954 Godzilla Deluxe Vinyl Figure (2019 Convention Exclusive)

From Bandai the 65th Anniversary 1954 Godzilla Deluxe Vinyl Figure (2019 Convention Exclusive) is an authentic recreation of the iconic kaiju that introduced Godzilla to the world in the 1954 Toho film Godzilla.  This highly detailed 2019 Convention Exclusive Godzilla features accurate sculpting in a limited edition translucent flake vinyl with added paint treatments for enhanced realism.  The exclusive package is a displayable window box with premium sleeve.

  • 1954 Godzilla commemorating Godzilla’s 65th anniversary
  • 6.5” tall translucent flake vinyl Godzilla with exclusive enhanced deco
  • Displayable window box with premium sleeve
  • Officially licensed by Toho Co., Ltd.

Available at the Godzilla (Toho Co., Ltd./ Bandai America Inc.) booth!

Price: $30

SDCC 2018: Bluefin Offers a Bandai Shogukan Voltron Exclusive

Bluefin has announced a special version of the Super Voltron Super Mini-Pla from Bandai’s Shokugan brand that will be offered as a convention exclusive at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

This special Voltron variant includes exclusive box-art and an additional effect part to recreate the “Form Blazing Sword” sequence and is not found in the standard version of the model kit. It will be offered to Comic-Con attendees at the Bluefin Booth with an MSRP of $70.00. During the convention Bluefin will offer a wide array of products for sale from popular Bandai brands including Bandai Hobby and Bandai Shogukan.

Comic-Con is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction, and pop culture events, and will take place July 18th–22nd at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA. Bluefin will be located in Booth #401.

Voltron is the newest addition to the Super Mini-Pla product line from Bandai Shokugan and is set for general wide release in August by authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now; MSRP will be $62.00. Bluefin is the official North American master distributor for Bandai Shokugan.

Voltron is the legendary hero from one of the greatest giant robot anime action series of the 1980s and returns in collectible form in an impressive new Super Mini-Pla model kit that stands more than 7 inches tall when completed. The Black Lion, Red Lion, Green Lion, Blue Lion, and Yellow Lion are each fully articulated and poseable and combine together to form the iconic Voltron robot. Accessories include a Spinning Laser Blade and Blazing Sword. Parts from each of the lions also may be combined to form a Shokugan original mega-blaster weapon.

As the Super Mini-Pla name implies, this compact model kits offer simple pre-colored snap-together assembly. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the kits do not require glue.

Bluefin Releases Power Rangers Megazord & Dragonzord Mini-Pla Kits

Bluefin has announced the release of new Power Rangers Megazord and Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kits from Bandai’s Shokugan collections.

Units are now available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets in time for the start of this year’s Holiday Season. Please check your favorite online and/or brick-and-mortar outlet for immediate availability. They are also available from Bluefin’s own on-line store.

The Power Rangers Megazord and Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kits from Bandai’s Shokugan collections are fully articulated and faithfully recreate the proportions and details from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series. By combining all 5 Zords from the Megazord kits with the Drangonzord kit, fans can create the all-powerful Mega Dragonzord!

Bluefin will release the Titanus Super Mini-Pla Kit in Spring 2018 as the latest addition to the Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers line.

As the Super Mini-Pla name implies, these compact model kits offer simple pre-colored snap-together assembly. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the following kits do not require glue.

Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers Megazord Super Mini-Pla Set · $60.00

Set consists of 5 core Zords – Tyrannosurus, Mastodon, Triceratops, Saber-Toothed Tiger and Pterodactyl that can be combined to form the Power Ranger Megazord. The kit also comes with a Power Sword accessory. Enjoy the Megazord by itself or with the Dragonzord to create the all-powerful “Mega Dragonzord.”

Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kit· $45.00

Catch the debut of the Dragonzord, the Zord of the Green Power Ranger. Enjoy the Dragonzord by itself, or go into Dragonzord Battle Mode by combining it with the Mastodon, Saber-Toothed Tiger, and Triceratops Zords from the Megazord kits. Collectors also can combine all of the components from the Power Rangers Megazord Super Mini-Pla Set to create the all-powerful “Mega Dragonzord.”

Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers Titanus Super Mini Pla Kit · $150.00

The 3rd release to be added to the Power Rangers Super Mini Pla series. The transformable unit may be posed in “Carrier Mode” and “Attack Mode” and is battery powered and can be combined with the Megazord and Dragonzord kits to create the imposing Ultrazord. Set for release in Spring 2018.  Additional details on the Titanus Super Mini-Pla Kit will be released early next year.

Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour Stops In NYC In April

world-tour-ny-poster-visualBANDAI Co., Ltd. is in the middle of a worldwide tour of figure display events being held in 10 cities over the course of the year in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of its Tamashii Nations brand of collectible figures.

The twofold aim is to thank all of the Tamashii Nations fans who have supported the brand, and to spread the word about Tamashii Nations to even more potential fans across the globe.

Tamashii Nations has announced the third event in the annual series. Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary WORLD TOUR: New York City will be held at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in Manhattan on April 29th-30th.

The event will center around new products from the Dragon Ball series (the latest incarnation of which, Dragon Ball Super, is now airing in the US), and the Meisho Movie/Manga Realization action figure series of popular Star Wars and Marvel Universe characters re-envisioned in Japanese samurai style. In addition, popular anime characters from Naruto and Sailor Moon, plus characters already well known to fans from the WWE franchise and Godzilla series, will also be on display. Other interactive opportunities are planned as well, such as a “touch and try” corner allowing fans to interact with the actual products and a photo spot for taking fun pictures. A total of 9 commemorative products will make their world debut for sale on-site as well.

The World Tour kicked off in December, 2016 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. It was followed by Hong Kong in February, and coming up in April, New York City, which will follow up with June, in Mexico. The worldwide celebration will continue with exciting new events and product unveilings in other cities leading up to October of 2017, with the final stop, Tamashii Nation 2017, being held in November in Tokyo — a spectacular event commemorating the 10 year history of the beloved brand.

Bluefin debuts exclusive SDCC collectibles

Collectibles distributor Bluefin has brought an exclusive lineup of new products to San Diego Comic-Con. This collection includes products from Bandai, Bandai Hobby, and Tamashii Nations.

These collectibles are based on a number of fan favorite properties, including Godzilla, Star Wars, Voltron, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Naruto, and GunPla.

Comic Con exclusives include:

Gigantic Series Godzilla: a massive rendition of the monster from the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destroyah

Gundam Build Fighters HGBF Beargguy Double Happiness Version: An ultra-limited item! Available on a limited basis from Preview Night (Wednesday) until Saturday morning.

S.H. Figuarts Ninja Turtles (Leonardo and Donatello Figures): Special advance releases available at SDCC ahead of figures’ August retail debut.

S.H. Figuarts Black Lady Sailor Moon Figure: A dark version of Chibiusa.

S.H. Figuarts Naruto Sage Mode: The fifth addition to the popular S.H. Figuarts Naruto series.

S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball Broly (Premium Color Edition): A special Comic-Con exclusive! Destined to become a collector’s item.

Stars Wars Meisho Movie Realization Sandtrooper Special Edition:  A Comic-Con variant that features a highly exclusive black pauldron design.

The new Bandai Soul of Chogokin Voltron will also debut for the first time in San Diego. The Voltron figure will be on display at Booth #3545 before it hits retailers in December.

For those attending, Bluefin’s Bandai and Bandai Hobby collectibles will be available at Booth #405 and Bluefin’s Tamashii Nations collectibles will be available at Booth #3545.

Wizard World To Offer Exclusive Bandai Power Rangers Figurines at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

Mighty Morphin Green Ranger Wizard World ChicagoWizard World, Inc. has announced that for the first time it has partnered with Bandai America Incorporated to offer an exclusive Wizard World Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Limited Edition Glow-In-The-Dark Tokyo Vinyl Green Ranger figures, Thursday through Sunday during Wizard World Comic Con Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. With 1,500 total figures produced, only 500 will be available at Comic Con Chicago, exclusively at the Wizard World Store on the show floor, while supplies last.

The offering, a must-have for all toy collectors and Power Ranger fans, is an example of new Wizard World initiatives to offer high-end exclusive collectible figures. The Green Ranger figurines are the first Glow-in-the-Dark Tokyo Vinyl by Bandai, manufacturer and master toy licensee of some of the most popular brands in children’s toys and interactive entertainment today.

Celebrating more than 20 years of Power Rangers history, the powerful Mighty Morphin Green Ranger is now captured in a stylized, modern design as the Wizard World Power Rangers Limited Edition Glow-In-The-Dark Tokyo Vinyl Green Ranger figure. Designed by acclaimed Japanese vinyl artist Touma, this figure’s sharp angular features and oversized forearms and hands make this limited edition Ranger a statement in Tokyo pop art. This collectible figure is sixth in the series of Limited Edition Mighty Morphin Tokyo Vinyl figures and an essential piece to any Power Rangers collection.

In addition to Jason David Frank, the original Green Power Ranger, the Wizard World Comic Con Chicago celebrity lineup will include Norman Reedus, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Renner, Stephen Amell, Burt Reynolds and dozens of others.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 15th of 24 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 20, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday night.

SDCC 2015: Bluefin’s Exclusives

Bluefin LogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, has announced a wide array of exciting new and exclusive products to be showcased and also available for purchase at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Bluefin products will be located on the Main Hall in Booths #3545 and #140.

Attendees that purchase select items at Bluefin’s booths will also be treated to free giveaways. Fans will receive a free Super Mario Bros. 1Up mushroom character when they purchase a Tamashii Nations product from Booth #3545 while supplies last. Also, those who purchase the Beast Kingdom Floating Iron Man Mark III exclusive from Booth #140, will receive a free support stand while supplies last as an alternative display option.

Exclusive Bluefin products available at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con include:

Bandai Hobby

Gunpla Models – Various Kits

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HGUC 1/144 Zeta Plus Test Type Image Color Version

Previously only available at GunPla Expo events in Asia, this limited release of the Zeta Plus has been colored to match the test color red-orange white pattern found on the machines used by Karaba in the photo novel, Gundam Sentinel. Includes rifle, shield, hip cannons and 2 beam sabers. Mobile suit also can transform into wave rider form through part swapping.

MSRP: $25.00

RG 1/144 Gundam Exia Extra Finish Version

A special GunPla Expo limited event item now available in the West: the Real Grade Exia with a sharp metallic finish!  Its parts have been specially chromed to give off a high shine. The Real Grade series combines the intricate part complexity of the higher end MG and PG lines with the size and affordability of the HG and SD lines into a new product that draws inspiration from real world machines. This version of the Exia was supervised by creator Kanetake Ebikawa and features custom markings. All of Exia’s equipment is included, with melee weapons having chromed blades and GN condensers feature transparent plastic. New Advanced MS Joint allow impressive movement to replicate combat scenes in the Gundam 00 anime series.

MSRP: $48.00

HGBF 1/144 Try Burning Gundam PP Clear Version

An enhanced version of the Burning Gundam in the second half of the Gundam Build Fighters Try TV anime series. Features impressive articulation for recreation of martial arts poses. Includes fiery punch, kick, back, and numerous flame effect parts as well as 4 different types of hands showcasing martial arts gestures. This special GunPla expo variant previously only available in Asia renders the model in translucent plastic with sparkles to replicate the flow of Plavisky particles that flow through the plastic in the TV show. MSRP: $22.00

 

Bandai Tamashii Nations

S.H. Figuarts Goku Frieza Saga Version

Complete your Dragon Ball collection with a special variant of Goku as he lands on the Planet Namek!  The S.H. Figuarts Goku Frieza Saga version features his iconic outfit with the “Go” GI symbols and original tied belt, as well as a new facial expression not found in the original! This SDCC exclusive will be available in limited quantities. Figure includes 5 interchangeable faces, multiple hands for different poses, and charging Kamehameha effect part. MSRP: $45.00

 

Beast Kingdom

Iron Man Mark III Magnetic Floating Version

A flashy, new updated color variant of Beast Kingdom’s Floating Iron Man Mark III featuring red and chrome markings. MSRP: $169.99

Star Wars Egg Attack Action Darth Vader: EAA-002SP

This 6-inch limited edition Beast Kingdom rendition of the iconic villain is constructed with compound materials and painted with expert techniques that perfectly capture the texture of Darth Vader’s armor and clothing. Also features a light-up LED lightsaber and life-supporting device on the chest. MSRP: $139.99

 

Comicave Studios

1/12 Shotgun Iron Man Mark XL

The Super Alloy 1/12 Scale Shotgun is a fully articulated figurine made of 75% die-cast metal with interchangeable accessories, and LED light features in the eyes and chest.  A Hyper Velocity Traveling Suit, the Mark 40 is currently the fastest suit of the Iron Legion, and can reach speeds in excess of Mach 5.  Shotgun will be available in limited quantities for purchase at SDCC 2015, one month ahead of its worldwide release in August 2015.  MSRP: $160.00

 

 

Hero Cross

Hybrid Metal Figuration Batman #004S

For the fans of this dark hero attending the 2015 San Diego Comic Con, Hero Cross has prepared a special classic comic color scheme for the figure, with an additional weathered effect. The body and limbs of the figure are made of die cast parts that enrich the texture as well as provide required strength and stiffness. Meanwhile, it is fully poseable thanks to 20-plus points of articulation and the wired fabric cape. The accessories include a light up Bat-Signal and Batarang that serve as nice enhancements to the figure. MSRP: $80.00

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SEN-TI-NEL

Don’t miss this extremely limited edition Synthetic Human figure with samurai sword and sheath accessories. Straight from the pages of the Biomega manga series by Tsutomu Nihei (the creator behind distinguished manga titles Blame! and Knights of Sidonia), this figure is exceptionally detailed and known for its unmatched articulation which allows you to get the figure into virtually any pose. MSRP: $185.00

 

The Loyal Subjects

Power Rangers, TMNT, Transformers Action Vinyl Exclusives

The TLS booth will feature a full array of their ever popular Action Vinyl Exclusives from top licenses. From the Black-and-White Battle Damaged 3” Ninja Turtles to the Special Edition Crystal Pink Ranger to the fan-favorite Construction set, all figures come equipped with multiple points of articulation and fun accessories — as you may already know, the Power Rangers helmets are completely removable! A different exclusive for each day! Find these exciting exclusives and more directly at the TLS Booth #5050. MSRP: Various

 

X-Plus

Super Saiyan Son Goku Figure

This hefty variant (stands more than 18” tall) of the Gigantic Series Goku figure features translucent yellow hair. This vinyl statue is highly detailed, anime accurate and features excellent paint applications. X-Plus is well known for creating beautiful vinyl statues with uncompromising attention to detail. MSRP: $65.00

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