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4:00 AM on 07.27.2014

SDCC 2014: Tamashii Nations

So we've gone through and covered Sailor Moon, Tamashii Buddies and Dragon Ball Z ... that can't be all of Tamashii Nations' SDCC offerings, can it? Not in the least, as many of their other licenses got a chance to shine...

Brian Szabelski


2:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Not seeing red, but gold: Saint Seiya / Cloth Myth EX Taurus Aldebaran up for pre-order

Anybody up for a little sacrilege? Because Bandai's Saint Seiya / Cloth Myth EX Taurus Aldebaran, now available for pre-order, is a golden bull worthy of your worship.  Besides featuring a naturally awesome look, Aldebar...

Scarecroodle

10:00 AM on 03.14.2014

Tsume Art opens pre-orders for a manga-styled HQS Phoenix Ikki

Tsume-Art's latest Saint Seiya HQS collectible  is a return to a previous character: the Kurumada Masami Edition of Saint Seiya's Phoenix Ikki. The name comes from the fact that this is more inspired by Masami's ori...

Brian Szabelski



Tomopop LinkUP: the Nendoroid rage edition photo
Tomopop LinkUP: the Nendoroid rage edition
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! It's been pretty crazy this past week, what with everyone trying to extend Black Friday and Cyber Monday into more than just a single day. If you looked around there were some good figure deals to be had, though I can't say I found much of interest at major retailers. Seemed like this year the best deals were online. Or maybe that's the same as every year and I'm just so used to buying stuff online that I don't notice anymore. Well, whatever the case, there were some good stuff out there.

This week on LinkUP we've got an unintentionally large number of Nendoroids to talk about alongside some designer figures, prototypes, bots, another Kickstarter, and some superheroes.

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NYCC 2013: Tamashii Nations - misc. figures and role play photo
NYCC 2013: Tamashii Nations - misc. figures and role play
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nations are bringing over a bunch of the latest gashapon, prize figures, scale figures, blind boxes and other small-scale collectibles along with an ample number of role play items from a wide range of anime. 

When it comes to the Dragon Ball stuff it's hard to tell what's more popular; the figures or the role play stuff. Aside from their S.H. Figuarts and Figuarts ZERO offerings they also displayed their new line of of Shodo articulated mini figures. They're 80mm tall (just over 3 inches) fully articulated, painted like their big brothers, and features a Goku based on his appearance in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. They also had prototypes of some new prize figures on display that will certainly see released soon. 

Fun as those are it's hard to not be impressed by the number of role play items on display. Goku's pole and disk-firing wristbands look good, plus there's Trunk's sword, the Dragon Radar, and glowing Dragon Balls. But the best choice is the variety of Scouters in red, blue, and green. They even have an exclusive three-pack  with NYCC stickers on the sides. They can scan cards to read out power levels and make a bunch of noises. I remember seeing a lot of people walking around Otakon with these on this year so they're definitely popular even among non-cosplayers. 

If Dragon Ball isn't your thing then maybe you're interested in the huge variety of figures being released for One Piece? Portraits of Pirates? Check! Movie Z figures? Check! Costume figures? Check! Super deformed, mini, and trading figures? Check, check, and check! Looks like most of the cast of characters are well represented, even some of the lesser villains look to have multiple figures. 

Perhaps you're more of an Evangelion movie fan? There was no shortage of figures for the third movie; ranging from a number of figures for the pilots (including two figures of Shinji, imagine that!) to the Evangelion Mechanics line featuring little Eva Units in complex display sets. 

Probably the franchise taking up the most space is Gundam. There was so much Gundam stuff that wasn't Gunpla it would take far too long to try to name it all. There's Gundam STANDart, Gundam Converge, Assault Kingdom, and so very much more. Just go look at the gallery, it's all there.

Too a lesser extent they also had a number of different Saint Seiya figures on display for various characters in different forms. They also had the highly detailed figures from Monster Hunter Encyclopedia XI and XII on display. 

This is a great effort from Bluefin. It's nice to see so much stuff from Bandai made available outside of Japan without the need for customers to import. 

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SDCC 2013: Tamashii Nations photo
SDCC 2013: Tamashii Nations
by Brian Szabelski

So we've seen Sailor Senshi and superheroes, xenomorphs and other morphers. But the Tamashii Nations booth was home to more than just some new reveals; plenty of figures coming in the next 6 months were all on display, from the Pink and Red Rangers (both original and armored versions), to a fantastic Figuarts Zero Trunks. 

Don't even start on the gigantic Sigma, or one of my surprise favorites, the black version of Zero. The One Piece Figuarts Zero releases are looking quite amazing as well, specifically Zoro's mid-attack lunge that you see in the header. 

Check out the gallery to see some of what you can expect over the coming months, and let us know in the comments which of these figures you're most looking forward to!

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1:00 PM on 07.04.2013

Japan Expo 2013: Daft Punk headlines Tamashii Nations

As usual, the Tamashii Nations imprint of Bandai has a lot of goods to show off at Japan Expo. Sailor Mars is already accounted for, but there's this little group known as Daft Punk which is also getting a pair of S.H. Figuar...

Andres Cerrato

2:00 PM on 06.24.2013

Tsume-Art announces Japan Expo 2013 plans

Tsume-Art will be attending this year's Japan Expo in Paris, and they'll be bringing quite a bit of new stuff to show. Specifically: The first HQS One Piece figure making a debut; The third HQF Fairy Tail piece; Tsume's two ...

Brian Szabelski

9:00 PM on 06.03.2013

Tamashii Nations' September releases for US & Canada

September is looking to be a good month for the obscurities of many franchises. Figures I never thought would see the light of day are coming in and just as many are heading back out to school. Bandai is set to release quite ...

Andres Cerrato



First Saint Seiya anniversary figure revealed from Bandai photo
First Saint Seiya anniversary figure revealed from Bandai
by Vanessa Cubillo

Earlier this month Tamashii made a big announcement about their Saint Cloth Myth 10th anniversary project. They revealed that they would be making new anniversary editions of their main characters. Now Tamashii has officially listed the first 10th anniversary edition figure that will be released, God Cloth Pegasus.

With the last Pegasus figure coming with his New Bronze Cloth, God Cloth Pegasus will come with two interchangeable faces, replacement wrist set, and a robe set. This 10th anniversary edition will be released in September for ¥7,875. 

[via Tamashii]

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1:27 AM on 05.15.2013

Saint Cloth Myth project makes announcement via Ustream

Last week, Tamashii Nations teased Saint Seiya fans with an announcement that they had a big news. Setting up a special page with just a banner and a video, all that was said was that the Saint Cloth Myth 10th Anniversary Project had an announcement. Their news would be revealed on May 15 on Ustream at 1:30 Japan Standard Time. So what was their big news? Click the cut to find out!

Vanessa Cubillo





Bandai adds Dragon Shiryu to Saint Cloth Myth EX line photo
Bandai adds Dragon Shiryu to Saint Cloth Myth EX line
by Vanessa Cubillo

[Update: Added more pictures!]

The next figure in the Saint Cloth Myth EX line has been revealed. It's Dragon Shiryu! Yes, Dragon Shiryu, the Bronze Saint of the Dragon constellation in Saint Seiya is Bandai's choice for their next figure.

Releasing this image on Tamashii Nation's website, Dragon Shiryu is listed for release in late August. Pre-orders haven't opened yet, but if this figure is like any of the other in this series then it will close fast. Interested buyers should have their money at the ready! Dragon Shiryu's price is listed as ¥6,300. 

[via Tamashii Nations]

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