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Premium Bandai USA Opens Online Sales For Exclusive New Collectibles

Premium Bandai USA has begun offering highly sought-after and exclusive collectibles from renowned Bandai toy and collectible brands to domestic fans and customers. The catalog has been expanded to feature Bandai SpiritsTamashii NationsDragon Ball S.H.Figuarts action figure line and Hobby’s catalog of Gundam model kits (GUNPLA), including many rare and limited-edition releases that were, until now, available only to the Japanese market.

Nearly two dozen products—including Gundam Deathscythe EW (Roussette Unit)  MG 1/100Tallgeese (TV Animation Color Ver.) RG 1/144, and S.H.Figuarts SUPER SAIYAN GOD SUPER SAIYAN VEGITO -SUPER-.

Check out the full list of what’s available below!

Tamashii Nations

  • S.H. Figuarts Zamasu – $58
  • S.H. Figuarts SUPER SAIYAN GOD SUPER SAIYAN VEGITO-SUPER $60

Bandi Hobby

  • RG 1/144 TALLGEESE (TV ANIMATION COLOR Ver.) – $30
  • MG 1/100 GUNDAM DEATHSCYTHE EW (ROUSSETTE UNIT) – $55
  • HG 1/144 VARGUIL – $30
  • HG 1/144 GUNDAM G04 – $27
  • RG 1/144 DESTINY GUNDAM [TITANIUM FINISH] – $77
  • MG 1/100 SLASH ZAKU PHANTOM (YZAK JULE CUSTOM) – $55.00
  • RG 1/144 TALLGEESE II – $30
  • MG 1/100 VICTORY TWO ASSAULT BUSTER GUNDAM Ver. Ka – $83
  • PG 1/60 RX-0 UNICORN GUNDAM [FINAL BATTLE Ver.] – $275
  • PG 1/60 FULL ARMOR EXPANSION UNIT FOR UNICORN GUNDAM – $77
  • PG 1/60 EXPANSION UNIT ARMED ARMOR VN/BS – $50
  • RG 1/144 DESTINY GUNDAM EFFECT UNIT “LIGHTNING WING” – $20
  • MG 1/100 EXPANSION EFFECT UNIT “WINGS OF LIGHT” for VICTORY TWO GUNDAM Ver.Ka – $24
  • RG 1/144 DESTINY GUNDAM – $30
  • PG 1/60 RX-0 UNICORN GUNDAM – $230
  • PG 1/60 RX-0 UNICORN GUNDAM LED UNIT – $140
  • PG 1/60 RX-0[N] UNICORN GUNDAM 02 BANSHEE NORN – $250
  • MG 1/100 GUNDAM F90 – $50
  • HG 1/144 GUNDAM GEMINASS 01 – $24
  • MG 1/100 GUNDAM F90II I-TYPE – $70
  • RG 1/144 SINANJU [SPECIAL COATING] – $120

Exclusive Gundam Models and Dragon Ball Figures are Coming to North America from Premium Bandai

Premium Bandai USA is Bandai’s official online store and focuses on stocking high quality anime, video game, and Tokusatsu merchandise. These limited edition and variant products are not available from any other domestic retailer and include action figures, model kits, jewelry and other collectibles based on many popular anime and video game properties

Starting on April 2, 2020, Premium Bandai USA will begin offering highly sought-after and exclusive collectibles from renowned Bandai toy and collectible brands to domestic fans and customers. The catalog has been expanded to feature Tamashii Nation’s S.H.Figuarts action figure line and Bandai Spirits Hobby’s catalog of Gundam model kits (GUNPLA), including many rare and limited-edition releases that were, until now, available only to the Japanese market.

Nearly two dozen of Dragon Ball and Mobile Suit Gundam products will be available direct to North American consumers starting on April 2nd via Premium Bandai USA

Register with Premium Bandai USA before March 30, 2020, for a chance to win Dragon Ball and Gundam prizes!

What is S.H. Figuarts?

A new standard in action figures representing the state of the art Tamashii Nation design technology. Designed to realistically mimic the full range of motion of the human body, the series name is a contraction of the concepts of “Simple Style” and “Heroic Action.” Standing roughly 14cm tall, the highly posable S.H.Figuarts figures are designed to feel like little treasures.

What is “GUNPLA”?

Gundam + Plastic Model = GUNPLA

GUNPLA is the common name for plastic models of Mobile Suits, Mobile Armor, and other robots that appear in the iconic Mobile Suit Gundam anime series.

Over 445 million GUNPLA models have been sold in the past 40 years since the first “1/144 Gundam” model was released in 1980. GUNPLA models are now manufactured in Japan with planning, product development and production taking place at the BANDAI Hobby Center, located in “Hobby City Shizuoka,” in order to maintain high quality and accurately meet market demand while also ensuring uniformity in design.

Bluefin Details Bandai Spirits Hobby Exclusives For Anime Expo 2018

Bluefin heads to the nation’s largest dedicated anime, manga and Japanese pop culture conventions – Anime Expo 2018 – with a vast array of collectibles and model kits from Bandai Spirit Hobby that will be available for purchase during the event.

Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and will take place July 5th–8th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Bluefin will be located on the main show floor in Booth #2406.

Stop by the Bluefin booth to browse an impressive collection of Limited Edition GunPla (Gundam Plastic Model) kits from Bandai Spirits Hobby.

1/100 Scale MG GUNDAM ASTRAY GOLD FRAME (Special Coating) – $80

1/100 Scale MG HYAKU-SHIKI 2.0 (Clear Version) – $55

1/100 Scale MG TALLGEESE (Special Coating) – $80

1/144 Scale HG KAMIKI BURNING GUNDAM PP (Clear Version) – $21

1/100 Scale MG GUNDAM SEVEN SWORD (Clear Color Version) – $60

1/100 Scale MG JUSTICE GUNDAM (Clear Version) – $55

1/100 Scale MG FULL ARMOR GUNDAM (Half-Mechanical Clear Version) – $70

1/144 Scale RG 00 RAISER (Clear Version) – $35

 

1/100 Scale FULL MECHANICS GUNDAM BARBATOS LUPUS (Clear Version) – $30

1/144 Scale HG GUNDAM BARBATOS LUPUS REX (Clear Version) – $17

1/144 Scale HG GUNDAM KIMARIS VIDAR (Clear Color Version) – $17

1/144 Scale RG SINANJU (Clear Version) – $40

1/144 Scale HG GUNDAM BAEL (Clear Version) – $17

 

1/144 Scale PETIT’GGUY UNICORN WHITE – $8

1/144 Scale PETIT’GGUY TRANS-AM RED – $8

1/144 Scale Haro Shooting Orange (Clear Version) $10 

1/144 Scale HG UNICORN GUNDAM + UNICORN HEAD FINAL BATTLE VERSION – $30

HG SUPER FUMIA AXIS BATTLE ANGEL VERSION (Mk-II Axis Image Color) – $22

BB BUILD STRIKE GUNDAM FULL PACKAGE (Metallic Gloss Injection) – $18

1/144 Scale HG ZAKU II TYPE C5 (Theatrical Clear Version)

 

*Will be sold beginning on July 6* – $20.00

Bluefin will celebrate one of the biggest and most popular entertainment properties to ever come out of Japan – Mobile Suit Gundam – in a special expansive booth display presented in partnership with Sunrise and Bandai Spirits Hobby at the 2018 Anime Expo. The Gundam Booth will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #3106.

The Gundam Booth will vividly highlight the evolution and various manifestations of the Mobile Suit Gundam universe and anime series as well as GunPla model building fandom. Several interactive stations throughput the booth will showcase Gundam’s venerable Universal Century timeline as well as the Gundam Build Divers and Gundam Breaker video games and the popular annual Gundam Builders World Cup.

Visitors will be able to demo the latest Gundam video games and also learn about the innovative and extensive line of GunPla models available from Bandai Spirits Hobby through its sole U.S. distributor, Bluefin. Anime Expo attendees are also invited to catch a series of insightful GunPla building tutorials given by master builders and to take part in GunPla speed building contests.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Out November 15th

mobilesuitgundamthunderbolt-gn01VIZ Media unleashes a fresh take on the classic Gundam universe with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt on November 15th.

The new manga series created by Yasuo Ohtagaki delivers an action-packed, character-driven story set in the distant future where the forces of the Earth Federation fight to quell an uprising by the rebellious Principality of Zeon. The preeminent weapons in this struggle are massive robots with human pilots called Mobile Suits.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt will be published in print under the VIZ Signature imprint and is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens. Volume 1 will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN. Future volumes will be published on a quarterly basis.

In the Universal Century year 0079, the space colony known as Side 3 proclaims independence as the Principality of Zeon and declares war on the Earth Federation. One year later, they are locked in a fierce battle for the Thunderbolt Sector, an area of space scarred by the wreckage of destroyed colonies.

As the first volume opens, two veteran Mobile Suit pilots leap into this maelstrom of destruction: the deadly Zeon sniper Daryl Lorenz, and Federation ace Io Fleming. It’s the beginning of a rivalry that can end only when one of them is destroyed. The lightning-streaked debris fields are about to become the stage for an epic duel where death is the only true winner.

Bluefin’s New Anime Collectibles

Bluefin expands its substantial catalog of Bandai Hobby products with pre-orders that are now available for a dozen newly added model kits and other collectibles for popular product lines based on Gundam, One Piece, and Star Blazers 2199.

For the GunPla enthusiast, Bluefin highlights notable releases including a new MG RX78 Gundam The Origin Version kit in 1/100 scale, a pair of new 1/144 scale HGUC Gundam MK II Zeta Gundam kits, and several exciting kits based on the hit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans series – also available in 1/144 scale. Fans of the stylized, super deformed (SD) variants can look forward to the new SD Gundam EX-Standard 005 Gundam Unicorn.

One Piece collectors will not want to miss the release of Bandai Hobby’s beautiful Sailing Ship Collection Red Force, which depicts Shank’s iconic ship in stunning detail. Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers fans also can expand their battle fleets with the Mecha Collection Star Blazers 2199 Gaiderol, the fierce Garmillas ship used by Colonel Schultz in the Star Blazers 2199 anime series.

These products will be available through various retailers in November.

MG 1/100 RX-78 Gundam

From: Gundam The Origin; Height: Approx. 7.5 inches; MSRP: $48.99

The first Gundam as visually re-interpreted in Gundam The Origin features new engineering that allows it to perform amazing feats of flexibility in its torso and ankles to recreate dynamic poses never before possible. Weapons include wrist and chest mounted Vulcan cannons, chest mounted launcher, interchangeable shoulder cannon, bazooka, 2 types of beam rifles, beam sabers, and shield, New to this version are special effect parts to recreate smoke trails/muzzle flash on its small arms weapons.

SD Gundam EX-Standard 005 Gundam Unicorn

Height: Approx. 3 inches; MSRP: $6.99

Part of the new SD Gundam EX-Standard product line the Unicorn Gundam in Destroy Mode has been recreated with an emphasis on articulation and enhanced proportion. Weapons include beam rifle and shield.

HGBF 1/144 Super Fumina “Gundam Build Fighters”

From Gundam Build Fighters; Height: Approx. 5 inches; MSRP: $19.99

Appearing at the end of Gundam Build Fighters Try, master builder Minato Sakai creates this model figure of rival builder Fumina Hoshino without her permission causing much hilarity. Parts include a mixture of soft material and normal plastic to recreate pliable feel of clothing while still maintaining the construction found in a normal GunPla. Super Fumina’s pupils have been recreated with foil stickers layered by transparent lenses.  Based on Fumina’s earlier GunPla, the GM Cardigan, Super Fumina is equipped with beam rifle, 2 beam cannons, and shield with beam sabers.  Includes interchangeable hands and also a stand for display.

HG 1/144 Hykuri “Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans”

Height: Approx. 5 inches; MSRP: $13.99

A transformable mobile suit that can fly, this unique unit has been recreated in model kit form and includes a stand for stability.  Includes 2 rifles.

 

HG 1/144 Hyakuren “Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans”

Height: Approx. 5 inches; MSRP: $10.99

The fierce Hyakuren mobile suit includes combat blade that can be sheathed, rifle cannon, and a pair of re-enforced knuckles that can be mounted over the hands and stores in the hip skirts.

HG 1/144 Graze Kai “Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans”

Height: Approx. 5 inches; MSRP: $10.99

Part of the series Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, the Graze Kai is an upgraded Graze mass production unit used by the Earth organization Gjallarhorn.  Comes equipped with a rifle and battle axe that can be stored on attachment points on its body.

HG 1/144 MS Option Set 2 & CGS Mobile Worker (Space Use) “Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans”

Height: Approx. 3 inches; MSRP: $6.99

A special pack of various accessory parts for customizing MS kits from the Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans animated series or other 1/144 GunPla. Includes boosters, missile launcher, bazooka, shoulder modules, and mounting parts. A special CGS space use Mobile Worker can also be built.

HGUC 1/144 RX-178 Gundam MK 2 AEUG “Zeta Gundam”

Height: Approx. 5 inches; MSRP: $16.99

The Gundam MK II from the animated TV series, Zeta Gundam, reappears 30 years later in an amazing new HG kit!  Utilizing new molding techniques that allow assembly with less visible marks thanks to the “kusabi” gate, as well as a re-imagined aesthetic that balances appearance accuracy and dynamic movement, the Gundam MK II is a classic Gundam suit ready to start off or complete any Gundam collection!  Includes beam rifle, beam sabers, clay bazooka, a shield, and head mounted Vulcan canon pod.

HGUC 1/144 RX-178 Gundam MK 2 Titans “Zeta Gundam”

Height: Approx. 5 inches; MSRP: $16.99

The Gundam MK II from the animated TV series Zeta Gundam reappears 30 years later in an amazing new HG kit!  Utilizing new molding techniques that allow assembly with less visible marks thanks to the “kusabi” gate, as well as a re-imagined aesthetic that balances appearance accuracy and dynamic movement, the Gundam MK II is a classic Gundam suit ready to start off or complete any Gundam collection!  The Titans version features additional marking stickers not found on the white AEUG version. Includes beam rifle, beam sabers, clay bazooka, a shield, and head mounted Vulcan cannon pod.

FW Gundam Converge #1 Trading Figures

Height: Approx. 2.2 inches; MSRP $8.99 each

Bandai Candy Toy is proud to introduce a new “FW Gundam Converge” series. In this series, large-sized mobile suits join the lineup, and some include more than one weapon! The figures are approx. 2.2 inches tall with a uniquely deformed look while retaining stylish proportion. The first installment features ‘Nu-Gundam (with a rifle & a bazooka)’, ‘Sazabi,’ ‘Gundam Gp04,’ ‘Gerbera Tetra,’ and ‘Mobile Worker Late Type’ in two red and blue colors!

Sailing Ship Collection Red Force “One Piece”

Length: Approx. 12 inches; MSRP: $46.99

Shanks’s pirate ship from the popular anime/manga series, One Piece. This large vessel stretches approximately 12 inches long and 11 inches tall.  Ship features realistic trim detailing along its body and unpainted mini figures of Shanks and his crew are included along with a stand.

Mecha Collection Star Blazers 2199 Gaiderol “StarBlazers 2199”

Length: Approx. 4 inches; MSRP: $4.99

Used by Colonel Schultz in the Star Blazers 2199 animated series, this fierce Garmillas ship has been recreated in fun to collect 1/400 size Mecha Collection series! Display stand is included.

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Bandai Namco Announces Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn Pre-order DLC

Bandai Namco has announced exciting Pre-Order DLC content for Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn coming to the Americas for the PlayStation3 on July 1, 2014. Fans eager to pre-order the game will be able to do so on June 24, 2014 when the pre-order page launches on the PlayStationStore. Fans can look forward to the following unique DLC content:

  • Trial of Crimson and Red – Who will be the strongest shade of red? Take on Char and Johnny’s challenging new mission and see if you have what it takes to claim the title.
  • Beargguy – Unleash the power of the almighty Beargguy! Slash, dash and shoot eye lasers at your foes as you rampage across the battlefield.

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn takes the series to a whole new level of futuristic action with new graphical additions, scenarios and characters direct from the Gundam animations, and new gameplay mechanics such as the “Burst System.” The “Burst System” will allow players to apply a variety of effects to their Mobile Suit based on the type of Gundam and pilot. Players will then be able to unleash a combination Burst attack with another Mobile Suit for maximum damage and destruction!

Bandai Namco also revealed new artwork of the following Mobile Suits and their pilots which you can check out below:

  • ORB-01 Akatsuki
  • AMS-129 Geara Zulu
  • ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam
  • MBF-02 Strike Rouge

DYNASTY WARRIORS: GUNDAM Reborn is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and will be available for digital download in the Americas on July 1, 2014 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system at a MSRP of $39.99. Pre-orders will be available on June 24, 2014 on the PlayStation Store. For more information and updates, please visit http://www.bandainamcogames.com/game/dynasty-warriors-gundam-reborn.html.

Gundam Damage Photo Spreads After Quake, Actually from 2009


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First, our thoughts go out to all those affected by the earthquake.  The photo below quickly spread through online geekdom as evidence the giant Gundam statue was damaged in the quake.  The problem is the photo is from 2009.

By the looks of the picture the green robot probably knocked it over by the way it’s walking away from the scene.

From the original Flickr photo:

This photo was taken on July 14, 2009 using a Canon EOS 20D.

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