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1:06 PM on 10.24.2014

The Bandai Tamashii Web Shop is open for everyone...sort of

I've been waiting for this news for quite some time now, but here's the good: Bandai is opening the Tamashii Web Shop for international customers. As with Good Smile Company's opening last year, international customers can no...

Andres Cerrato


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S.H. Figuarts Vegetto is coming for all of you photo
S.H. Figuarts Vegetto is coming for all of you
by Tianxiao Ma

Since Figuarts figures can't actually be fused together, Dragon Ball Z's most powerful character will have to get its own Figuarts treatment. This S.H. Figuarts Vegetto looks, well, pretty much like you'd expect.

You can check out the product page on Bandai's web store to get a better idea of what you'll be getting. He'll have a number of alternate faces, and parts to show the Super Saiyan version. Vegetto will be available April 2015 for ¥4,104.

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Bandai reveals S.H. Figuarts Cardcaptor Sakura, goes head-to-head with Max Factory photo
Bandai reveals S.H. Figuarts Cardcaptor Sakura, goes head-to-head with Max Factory
by Martin Siggers

It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about how there were no Cardcaptor Sakura figures, but now we're practically drowning in them, as Bandai have announced they'll be producing an S.H. Figuarts version of Sakura Kinomoto. What's more, we've already got fully coloured, production ready pictures!

Interestingly, this comes only a few days after Max Factory revealed their own poseable Sakura as part of the figma range. The two figures are uncannily similar, even down to the choice of outfit. Speaking of that, I know this is one of the famous ones, but could we please get a little more variety? Just sayin'. Regardless, it's a clear case of throwing down the gauntlet to a rival company, and it'll be interesting to see which way collectors decide to go. It seems like Bandai have the jump here though, as Sakura is already pencilled in for a March 2015 release. More news as we get it.

[ via Bandai ]

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1:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Sailor Venus joins the Tamashii Buddies line-up

Bandai's Tamashii Buddies line is getting ready to roll out in Japan, but before the first Dragonball Z Buddies arrive in November, we're getting another announcement. Sailor Venus is joining Sailor Moon in the Buddies line-u...

Brian Szabelski



NYCC 2014: Bandai of America photo
NYCC 2014: Bandai of America
by Scarecroodle

While many view Bandai of America as the poor (American) man's version of Bandai of Japan, the company has notably been offering fans things that its Asian counterpart have not: the American-exclusive Power Rangers villains (Lord Zedd and now Ivan Ooze) and recreations of the ninetiestalgic Power Rangers Zords and accessories. Otherwise BoA continues to offer the more kid-friendly, affordable merchandise that it's known for.

Details (and images) after the jump.

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S.H.Figuarts Sasuke Uchiha gets some new shots photo
S.H.Figuarts Sasuke Uchiha gets some new shots
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

You've probably already heard by now, but the Naruto manga is now in it's final weeks, set to end at the beginning of November. Seems like bad timing for Bandai to be releasing Naruto figures, that might have a little something to do with Sasuke here being a Tamashii Web exclusive. But don't fret, Bluefin has us covered.

Over at the S.H.Figuarts blog they've posted a few more photos of Sasuke that, let's be honest, aren't incredibly flattering. Compared to the early photos his face and hair have lost some details. His hair isn't as pointy and now hangs over his eyes more. His facial features have gotten softer and in some shots almost translucent when compared to what was certainly a hand-painted prototype. Body sculpting still looks nice and despite the challenging legs they appear to be very well articulated so that's a big plus. 

He won't be out for a few more months, late January/early February depending on where you go. Tamashii Web prices him at ¥5,184, but you won't be able to get it without some help if you aren't in Japan. On the other hand Bluefin has him priced at US$52.99 and if you go with, say, Amazon you might be able to get free shipping so that may be one of the better routs to take. 

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Scarecroodle's massive EXPLOSION of AWESOME recap photo
Scarecroodle's massive EXPLOSION of AWESOME recap
by Scarecroodle

Sometimes there's more awesome than there is time and humble Tomopop editors can't get around to everything. As such, an explosively awesome recap is needed.

Click the jump to see explosions, Gamera, more explosions, Bishoujo She-Hulk, explosions, a monster anthropomorphized into a young girl, and, oh yeah, explosions. Plus Gamera!

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7:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Spark a revolution with Figuarts ZERO Sabo from One Piece

One of the worst kept secrets in the One Piece anime has finally made his debut in this past weekend's episode and it would seem a figure debut wasn't far behind. Even though the anime refuses thus far to show his face and ca...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:42 PM on 09.25.2014

Perfect Grade Gundam Unicorn coming this December

It's the kit that everyone said they wanted when they learned what they could do. The gimmicks for the Perfect Grade line made people dream of what the Unicorn could be if they were to do it. Yes, it's finally coming this Dec...

Andres Cerrato

6:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Samurai Darth Vader is ready to put a Force Grip on your wallet

Think back to Tokyo Toy Show in June and you might remember Bandai's surprise Star Wars announcement along with the reveal of Movie Realization Samurai Darth Vader. It's not exactly a well guarded secret that George Lucas got...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long photo
Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long
by Martin Siggers

After appearing in scans a few weeks back, Bandai's Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar went up for pre-order yesterday. Despite the wallet-battering ¥32,400 price tag customers weren't deterred as several stores sold out immediately. As of writing Amiami, Hobby Search and Hobbylink Japan have closed orders (though there's still a chance a second wave will become available). He's still up at several of the smaller stores however.

Stoking the frenzy, the Amiami Blog also released a full hands-on preview that confirms several tantalising facts like size (big!), level of detail (high!) and transformation ability (show accurate!). As ever for the Soul of Chogokin line there's minute attention to show accuracy, with little stuff like having full rolling tracks on DrillGao or a sculpted cockpit in LinerGao. Disappointingly, the preview also confirms that accessories will be limited to replacement hands, although you do get hands for both GaiGar and GaoGaiGar, including specific hands for the Hell & Heaven attack. The Dividing Driver is also present and correct, but there's no sign of a Goldion Hammer, which suggests to me an extremely lucrative add-on coming at a later date. There's also no sign of the traditionally fabulous SoC base, though I'm sure that'll be in there somewhere.

Despite the incredibly high cost, this really does look to be the ultimate toy for any fan of the show, and I can tell you I buckled almost immediately and put in an order. Most stores are offering hefty discounts on that list price, which makes the whole affair slightly less insane. It's a tough call, but I'd make it soon - I don't think he's going to hang around for long.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big Bad Toy Store | Nippon-Yasan ]

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9:15 PM on 09.01.2014

The greatest office supplies ever made feature Dragonball Z

Office work sucks. There is no soul or personality in the boring cubicle of life. Now thanks to the efforts of Bandai, you can try to find some happiness in the crushing defeat that is work. This set of gashapon tries to put ...

Andres Cerrato