Fans got their first look at Bandai's S.H. Figuarts take on Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto this past February at Toy Fair 2014, but now the action figure's proper release information has been unscrolled. Over at the Tamashii website, it's been loosed that this Naruto: Shippuden era version of the character will arrive in Japan in July and the United States in an estimated September.
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Ever since Bandai's S.H. Figuarts version of Android 18 from Dragon Ball Z went on preorder, fans knew it was only a matter of time before her brother Android 17 joined the plastic party. Well, the time has come. Starting today fans can preorder the web-exclusive S.H. Figuarts Android 17 for ¥4104 (about $40.14 USD), and expect to get it by September. Bluefin Tamashii Nations has announced that it'll be bringing the figure to the US in October for $39.99, though, so fans don't have to sweat international shipping unless they're just itching to get it a few weeks before anyone else.
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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 Kamen Rider Gaim Candy Toy series -- specifically the Kamen Rider Baron and Kamen Rider Ryugen action figures. How do these 3.75" tall action figures (packed with a single piece of citrus-flavored fizzy candy, hence the candy toy moniker) measure up to some of Bandai's more expensive and sophisticated offerings? Watch our full review after the jump to find out.
Mega Man has been getting steady love from Bandai over the past few years with the release of several D-Arts action figures, but now that the line has been folded directly into the wider S.H. Figuarts brand there's been some question as to which character form Capcom's longtime video game franchise would arrive from the year 20XX. Having played in the original series and the Mega Man X universe, the next figure will focus on Mega Man Zero.
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.
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.