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Bandai sets off a bomb at the All Japan Hobby & model show 2015

Sweet dreams are made of this!!
Sep 26
// Chris Seto
They finally did it!! Bandai have finally announced that they will be releasing a Master Grade kit of the V2 gundam from Victory Gundam. A MG release has been rumoured for years and referenced in several interviews regarding ...
Top sales 8/31 to 9/6 photo
Top sales 8/31 to 9/6

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/31 to 9/6

Waving that Good Smile Company banner
Sep 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally we see the top hobby sales go to Bandai, mainly dominated by Gunpla. Not this week. This time around it's Good Smile Company (with an assist from Phat!) dominating. Bandai is still taking over the overall ranking, bu...
S.H. Figuarts Ranma photo
S.H. Figuarts Ranma

Thy Pig-tailed Goddess! Female Ranma 1/2 figure to be released

Anyone got any hot water?
Sep 01
// Soul Tsukino
Bandai  is now taking preorders for a S.H. Figuarts female Ranma figure from the classic Rumiko Takahashi romantic martial arts comedy Ranma 1/2. This figure is just over 5 inches tall and is very posable. This Jusenkyo ...
Top sales 8/17 to 8/23 photo
Top sales 8/17 to 8/23

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/17 to 8/23

WTF Skytube!?
Aug 31
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The universe is clearly broken. An adult figure has ranked as one of the top toys in Japan. And when I say adult I don't mean cast off bikini tops and whatnot, I'm talking a figure doing things that we can't post here (but ca...
Top sales 8/10 to 8/16 photo
Top sales 8/10 to 8/16

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/10 to 8/16

And we're back!
Aug 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So took a break from doing their top sales lists for a few weeks, but it looks like, at least for now, they're back! There have been a lot of summer releases since the last period posted ending July 19, so there mus...

C3X Chara Hobby 2015: We got our Super Fumina!!!

All's right with the world!
Aug 23
// Chris Seto
Rest easy everyone! The single best unit (yes, even better than Tryon 3!!) has finally been confirmed to be getting a kit release from bandai! We knew it was going to happen, it was just a matter of when! The HGBF Super Fumin...
Naruto S.H. Figuarts photo
And perhaps the best so far
After three fairly "meh" figures from the Naruto Shippuden S.H. Figuarts series (Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi) they appear to have finally hit their mark. The fourth figure in the series, the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, ha...

Premium Digimon photo
Premium Digimon

Premium Bandai gives you the tools to lead the Digidestined

Be the next goggle-head
Aug 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Digimon is 15 years old and Premium Bandai knows how to celebrate! They could just do a bunch of figures and models and call it a day, but that wouldn't be enough. Instead they're doing a bunch of figures, a model, a cool Dig...
RG Astray Red Frame photo
RG Astray Red Frame

Real Grade Gundam Astray Red Frame gets promo video at AX

Gimmicks are a good thing
Jul 04
// Andres Cerrato
The Real Grade line is expanding later this year to include the found in a destroyed colony Gundam Astray Red Frame. It's been a favorite design among fans, which helps to explain why SEED is seeing yet another RG release. Th...
Pokemon photo
He's ready to Brock your world!
Bandai knows exactly what Pokemon fans want: a shirtless Brock styled after the Pewter City gym leader's appearance in Pokemon Red/Blue! One of the Pokemon anime's long-running gags involves Brock's lack of luck with the ladi...

Top sales 6/1 to 6/7 photo
Top sales 6/1 to 6/7

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 6/1 to 6/7

Only three robots this week! Amazing!
Jun 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally the majority of toys we see make the rankings every week are robots. But this week things are a little different with only three bots on the list, and only two of those are Gundam. Plus we've got two girls on the lis...
Top sales 5/25 to 5/31 photo
Top sales 5/25 to 5/31

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/25 to 5/31

So this is what variety looks like
Jun 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hey, this is actually a really cool mix for this sales period. Sure, we've got the usual mix of Yo-Kai Watch, Super Sentai, and Gundam, but we've also got a Transformer, a second week of Hatsune Miku, another Kamen Rider, and...
Top sale 5/18 to 5/24 photo
Top sale 5/18 to 5/24

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/18 to 5/24

Cards. So many cards.
May 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Japan continues to change the concept of toys. I get that these card games are played with, but does that make them toys? Seems like quite the stretch if you ask me. OK, so Yo-Kai Medals aren't technically cards, but they're ...
Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Bandai bringing the zoom with Star Wars Scout and Speeder Bike

Watch out for that tree!
May 29
// Soul Tsukino
Bandai announced through their hobby site the release of a 1/12 prop verified scale Scout Trooper and Speeder bike plamo kits from the iconic scene from Return of the Jedi. The finished Trooper figure itself is fully art...
Top sales 4/27 to 5/3 photo
Top sales 4/27 to 5/3

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/27 to 5/3

Is that a drone I see?
May 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Well this is interesting. For the first time since we've been following these top lists we're absent one Shuriken Sentai Ninninjer DX Shurikenjin. It and the Ninja Ichibantou have been something of a staple on the list for th...
Top sales 4/20 to 4/26 photo
Top sales 4/20 to 4/26

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/20 to 4/26

Lots of new arrivals
May 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
By now we should be used to Bandai owning these top lists so I won't harp on that any more. Instead we'll focus on what's actually made the lists rather than who made them. Like last week the overall list matches the boys lis...
Top sales 4/13 to 4/19 photo
Top sales 4/13 to 4/19

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/13 to 4/19

Welp, Bandai wins
Apr 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I guess this is what we've been building up to. It started to look like they were losing their grip, but a steady gain in rankings lead to this point: total domination. I'll comment more down below. Overall (→) Yo-...
Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Ready for some high-flying Sith action? Tamashii releases SHF Darth Maul gallery

Perhaps the Phantom Menace's only redeeming quality... well, that and pod racing
Apr 24
// Scarecroodle
Tamashii Nations has released a photo gallery for Bandai's upcoming S.H. Figuarts Darth Maul. The photo gallery shows off the character's poseability, recreating his crazy fighting style as seen in Star Wars: The Phantom...
Super Mario photo
Can Flower Power beat Bowser's Glower Power?
Were you wondering where Bandai would go next with its Super Mario S.H. Figuarts offerings? Perhaps you thinking Princess Peach or Bowser? If so, you're out of luck because the next figure to follow SHF Yoshi will be a Fire F...

Top sales 4/6 to 4/12 photo
Top sales 4/6 to 4/12

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/6 to 4/12

Also known as the top 5 Gundam of the week
Apr 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This week supported two known facts: trading card games and Gundam are insanely popular in Japan. To say it was a great week for either, especially Gundam, might be an understatement. There are only three new items this week,...
Top sales 3/30 to 4/5 photo
Top sales 3/30 to 4/5

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/30 to 4/5

Plus monthly results for March
Apr 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So last time I lamented a bit that figma Sinon from Sword Art Online II didn't rank during her release week. Well it seems she received a delayed reaction as she ranked pretty high in the first week of April. And she wasn't e...
Top sales 3/23 to 3/29 photo
Top sales 3/23 to 3/29

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/23 to 3/29

Bandai continues to dominate
Apr 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like Bandai finished March on a high note by releasing a bunch of new Gundam stuff as well as their continued Sentai domination. Plus game cards keep being big sellers and... Star Wars? Here's the ranking: Overall (&u...
Figuarts Iron Man photo
Figuarts Iron Man

Bandai rolls out another Iron Man in the fight against Ultron

Figuarts Iron Man Mk XLV up for pre-order
Apr 02
// Tianxiao Ma
Are you hyped for Avengers: Age of Ultron? I certainly hope so, otherwise this post will mean nothing to you. Since Marvel Studios probably has a directive to always be cranking out new Iron Man armors, the upcoming film will...
Top sales 3/16 to 3/22 photo
Top sales 3/16 to 3/22

Top selling Japanese toys for week of 3/16 to 3/22

Good week for Transformers, Gundam, and Super Sentai
Mar 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
  Curious about what's the Japanese are actually buying and how they lineup with your own collecting habit? has you covered with a weekly and monthly sales round up. Last week was a good week for robot fans as ...
HG Yamcha photo
HG Yamcha

Make Yamcha useful by having a dead one on your shelf

Dead Yamcha is best Yamcha
Mar 26
// Andres Cerrato
All jokes aside, Yamcha used to be actually capable of something. Then the Saibamen came, blew him to bits, and it's been all downhill since then. You can now commemorate this moment thanks to Bandai, who have decided to rele...
Bandai photo

Anime Japan 2015: Bandai

Are YOU a Newtype?
Mar 24
// Oansun
Following our Max Factory and Good Smile Company coverage from Anime Japan, Bandai had a few Gundam kits to show. 1/144 High Grade Gunplas were on display, spanning the more recent entries: current series Gunda...
S.H. Figuarts Super Moon photo
S.H. Figuarts Super Moon

Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Super Sailor Moon pre-orders online

For Love and Justice!
Mar 06
// Soul Tsukino
We previewed Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Super Sailor Moon just a little while back, and now they've made the figure available for pre-order as well as released details of what will come included with the order. Super Sailor Moon ...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Tamashii Buddies: Friendship on Titan

The Scout Regiment just got smaller
Mar 02
// Oansun
Tamashii Buddies are expanding faster than we can keep track, adding anime sensation Attack on Titan characters to the roster. Having only made figures of 20+ year old series, Tamashii needed to inject a little bit of th...

This months magazine scans give us the Key to Victory!

Feb 21
// Chris Seto
We all knew it would happen.. nay, it MUST happen but this months magazine scans show that it truly is happening! Hot on the heels of the release of the Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar, we are getting a release of Goldymarg and yo...
S.H. Figuarts photo
S.H. Figuarts

S.H. Figuarts Injustice Superman: Pictures Among Us

Super articulated and super angry
Feb 20
// Oansun
Announced at New York Toy Fair 2015, the next Injustice: Gods Among Us S.H. Figuarts is: Superman. Though now Bandai gives us some official pictures of this murderous dictator in some familiar poses. While we don't have a ver...

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