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.
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.
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Action figure fans headed to New York Comic Con 2013 this October 10-13 may want to start planning how much room they'll need to save in their luggage. Bluefin Tamashii Nations has revealed its lineup of exclusives and debuts for the show and by all accounts there'll much Gundam, Power Ranger armoring and Dragon Ball Z scouting to be had at booth #1612.
Beginning with the Mobile Suit Gundam anime and feature film in 1979, the mech media and merchandise empire and its spinoffs have traditionally sorta centered around one or more youths hopping inside awesome humanoid mechs to stop civil wars between people living on Earth and those who've colonized space. This fall the newest iteration of the franchise, Gundam Build Fighters, is about a middle-school student who is really good at building Bandai's plastic Gundam model kits... and then battling them like Pokemon with friends and rivals.
Movies: The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special is set for release on Blu-ray and DVD on July 9.
Lego: New images of the Lego DC Universe Super Heroes "Superman: Battle of Smallville" set have arrived online, wit
Movies: Comic book fans should be able to recognize some prominent eye, web and chest emblem changes to Spidey's suit in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 so far.
Movies: New Iron Man 3 character images see Pepper Potts and Tony Stark clutching some worse-for-the-wear helmets.
Art: Uchida Seiji, a 67-year-old retiree in Fukui, Japan,
Gaming: The Xbox 360 demo trailer for Avengers: Battle For Earth seems to incorporate plenty of The Avengers movie flavor.
Tech: Ten One Design's pressure-sensitive Pogo Connect Bluetooth Pen for the iPad is now available for pre-order for about $80, with a scheduled shipping date of October 31.
Movies: WB will release the full The Dark Knight Trilogy on Blu-r
More Hair: This stylin' kid has what I believe might be Chris Sims' ideal haircut. Something tells me hair artist Radames Perez knows his Batman.
Gaming: The Amazing Spider-Man game will come with PlayStation Move support. No word on Wii or Xbox 360 Kinect controls.