Toy Fair 2012 – Bandai Ben 10, Thundercats, Godzilla and PacMan
Now with the rest of Bandai’s Toy Fair coverage (see the previous post for Power Ranger) here’s all the news on Ben 10, Godzilla, Thundercats and PacMan.
Ben 10: Coming this year is the 4th Ben 10 series: Ben 10 Omniverse which will include the adventure of a teenage Ben and includes a flash back to 10 year old Ben. The toy range will include new basic figures and 7″ vinyl alien figures. Ben’s also getting a new modular playset of of his command center. The center of the playset is the ‘Intergalactic Plumber Command Center’, which makes up the bulk of the playset. Smaller playsets – the labrotory, training center and jail all connect to the command center to make a huge Ben 10 playset. Vehicles in the line include Rook’s (Ben’s new sidekick) Proto-Craft and Ben’s Nuetron cycle.
Also in the 2012 line is a new Omnitrix featuring touch sensors and other role play toys.
Godzilla: Bandai has 2 Godzilla lines for 2012. Their 6.5″ soft vinyl line includes Gigan, Godzilla 1968, Mecha Godzilla 1st, Rainbow Mothra, Burning Godzilla and Millennium Godzilla in two versions each – a normal deco and a clear version.
The Tokyo Vinyl collection features a trendy take on the Tokyo’s most famous giant lizard. There are three characters will be Godzilla 2004, Mecha Godzilla and Godzilla the First and sized at 5.5″.
Thundercats: The new Thundercats material on display were all the pieces that were announced towards the end of last year including the new Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Claudus and Lion-O figures. New deluxe figures include Panthro and Slithe. In the 6 inch scale are new series Tygra and Cheetara and Classics Lion-O and Mumm-Ra.
Other new pieces on display were the Armor of Omens, the Tiger Fighter with Tygus, Mumm-Ra’s Storm Charger and new role play items.
PacMan: Towards the fall of 2012, Bandai will be introducing a ‘play and play’ PacMan game using the original Namco code – including the glitched 256th level. One of the great features of this game is that there’s a playing mode that takes you right to level 255, finish that and the 256th level and you’ve beat PacMan. Bandai’s done a great job designing this piece, from the use of the original joystick form factor, including cord storage and allowing for multiple display opportunities – this is a nice looking game.