As a kid watching Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball Z in the mid-late 1990s, I always thought the evil Dr. Gero's androids picked some kinda wacky Western clothes to wear, but these days Android 18 looks more or less like a contemporary teen. Shave half of her head and she'd more or less fit in on any major music video shoot, which makes Bandai's June/July release of the S.H. Figuarts Android 18 action figure just so timely.
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Fans will finally be able to assemble the full Mighty Morphin Power Rangers team in S.H. Figuarts form this summer with the official arrival of the Yellow Ranger. Previously showcased (alongside her male counterpart from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger) at conventions through 2013, the Yellow Ranger will sport all kinds of articulation and stand roughly 6" tall.
Toei's current fruit-based Kamen Rider series has been represented on toy shelves in its native Japan with a feature-focused "Arms Change" action figure series for several months, but in May Bandai will officially roll out hyper-articulated S.H. Figuarts versions of the titular hero of Kamen Rider Gaim and his rival Kamen Rider Baron.
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Yet another of Sailor Moon's Sailor Senshi is set to get immortalized action figure style in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line. Sailor Venus is set to follow Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter with a new action figure in May, complete with her white cat Artemis and her alternate masked "Sailor V" ensemble.
The blue-est Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger will be joining several of his action figure teammates in May. The Blue/Tricera Ranger that's been teased at conventions for the better part of the past year is now available for preorder through the Bandai Premium shop in Japan for 3,780 Yen (about $37 USD) and should surely follow suit through Bluefin Tamashii Nations before long.
Following the current season of the dance/gun/dinosaur-themed Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Toei will launch its 38th Super Sentai series, Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger. It's all about trains! Train track helmets, railroad crossing chest motifs, a giant combined train mech known as the TokkyuOh, electronic train ticket device morphers called Tokkyu Chargers -- this show looks like it's going to be the right kind off the rails.
Bandai's Tamashii Nations toys look stellar at conventions when Bluefin displays its wares, and that has as much to do with the toys themselves as it does their unique environments. Come April, even the most casual collectors will be able to come closer to achieving the same level of display detail on their own with new stand bases from the Tamashii Stage line.
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Bandai's AvP S.H. MonsterArts debuted a few months back at SDCC 2013, but the Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth had a brand-new Predator Wolf figure and plenty of new Xenomorph and Predator accessories alike on hand for New York Comic Con. Aliens will get to fire the figurative opening volley in the 7" toy war with the Predators, with the Alien Warrior (from 2004's AvP) figure arriving in February for $57, with the Predator Wolf (from 2007's Aliens vs Predator: Requiem) following in March for $59. The $2 price difference seems like it's due to the mild accessory discrepancy between the figures. For it's part, the Alien comes packed with an egg, a hatchling, a huge tail, and an optional inner-mouth part. The Predator Wolf features a face with a horrifying extended jaw, plus a diecast mask and a host of spears and other weapons. Click through for a closer look at both AvP S.H. MonsterArts.