Is some kind of action figure model kit renaissance in on the horizon? First Bandai America announces its upcoming Sprukits line (which includes importing Japan's LBX buildable robot warriors, plus new DC Comics and Halo characters) and now Bandai Japan distributor Bluefin has announced that Barnes and Noble is set to start selling Gundam model kits a.k.a. GunPla in its 400+ U.S. retail locations and its online store beginning in April.
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It doesn't yield too much specific plot information about Toei and Marvel's first major teamup since Japanese Spider-Man circa 1978, but the freshly-launched official website for the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime does deliver a lot of new character information via new artwork, character bios and even some animation.
Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open the latest and/or just greatest action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we're unboxing Bandai's S.H. Figuarts version of Krillin from Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball Z. Does Goku's best friend measure up to the rest of the DBZ crew Figuarts? Or is he merely the sidekick in the otherwise stellar line? Also... what's with the bazillion swappable hands he comes packed with? Click through the cut to watch our full video review.
Compared to the many comic book conventions we cover throughout the year, I don't usually leave Toy Fair with much by way of swag. Since it's a trade show for businesspeople and journalists and not open to the public, most of the merchandise is for display only. Still, I did manage to get my hands on one special giveaway: Underwear. For my iPhone.
Saban's localization of Toei's Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Power Rangers Super Megaforce, finally kicked off on Nickelodeon this past weekend, and Bandai was celebrating the premiere in a big way at Toy Fair 2014. The core component of the line, of course, is Ranger Keys -- the tiny totems of every Power Ranger's abilities that the Super Megaforce crew use to transform into any Ranger from history -- but the team's default pirate-themed gear was also prominently displayed. Classic Mighty Morphin reissues were also on display, including the Legendary Dragonzord and Titanus the Carrierzord. You can see all of the upcoming action figures, Zords, roleplay/costume toys and of course Ranger Keys, after the cut.
I wasn't expecting to see much past new Power Rangers toys when I visited Bandai America's booth at Toy Fair 2014, but I was straight up stoked when I rounded a corner to see its upcoming line of Banda Japan-designed SprüKits. What are SprüKits? Try all-new action figure model kits of Superman, Batman, Joker, Halo soldiers and more -- all available in several scales of size and complexity. Additionally, the SprüKits line is being used to import Bandai Japan's existing Danball Senki LBX figure kits.
Having spent enough to support a small child on Bandai's S.H. Figuarts action figure line, I was a bit relieved to see that Bluefin Tamashii Nations' Toy Fair 2014 booth was relatively relaxed in terms of never-before-seen figures. My relief didn't last too long, however, as I took in the big items from the show. Not only did we get a second, more fleshed-out look at the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us Batman, we also got to scope out a Shippuden-style Naruto and an articulated Michael Jackson in his Moonwalker getup.
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With a "Capture escaped bad guys with special new technology" premise, we already knew Toei's upcoming Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime would have at least a passing similarity to Pokémon. What we didn't know is that Bandai's collectible game associated with the series, known as "Bachicombat," would play out a lot like pogs. Yes, pogs!