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Bluefin Announces New Star Wars Products Ahead of Star Wars Celebration

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, announces its participation in Star Wars Celebration 2017, the largest dedicated Star Wars convention in the United States.

Star Wars Celebration 2017 takes place April 13-16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The annual event presents a vibrant, interactive show featuring costumes, exhibits, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panel discussions, and autograph sessions celebrating all things Star Wars related. Details on Star Wars Celebration 2017 are available at http://www.starwarscelebration.com.

Bluefin will exhibit an impressive array of Star Wars products from leading collectibles brands such as Bandai Hobby,Tamashii Nations, and Beast Kingdom. Previews of several exclusive upcoming releases will be shown to attendees throughout the convention and a unique collection of products will be available for purchase. Bluefin will be located in Booth 3110.

Bandai Hobby

Star Wars Celebration attendees will be treated to a pair of realistic displays by Bandai Hobby in the Bluefin booth that recreate the iconic Death Star Trench scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in an impressive 5-foot long diorama, as well as a nearly 5-foot long model of an Imperial Star Destroyer.

Attendees are invited to participate in a Bandai Hobby raffle daily in the booth for a chance to win a free Star Wars model kit as well as surveys that will help shape future releases.

Catch a special display of Bandai Hobby’s latest Star Wars model kit – Jango Fett’s Slave 1. A comprehensive collection of Bandai Hobby kits from the Star Wars line also will be available for purchase.

Manufactured in Japan by Bandai Hobby, the Star Wars Plastic Model line are available in 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale and feature notable vehicles from the classic Star Wars films as well as from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Bandai’s Star Wars Plastic Model kits feature trademark color injection molding techniques resulting in intricately detailed vehicles consistent to their on-screen counterparts. Select kits include themed display bases that can be combined with display stands from other Bandai Hobby Star Wars vehicles to create expansive battlefield dioramas. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the following kits do not require glue.

Tamashii Nations

Bluefin will showcase the impressive upcoming release of Tamashii Nations’s Chogokin x 12”PM R2-D2. Depicted as it appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI: A New Hope this screen accurate diecast figure of the famed astromech droid is the second Star Wars character to join the Chogokin product line alongside the earlier C-3PO release.

A dream collaboration between Star Wars and Chogokin, the hatches open to reveal manipulator arms, it can transform between bi-pedal and tri-pedal modes, and eight LEDs illuminate to capture R2-D2’s trademark expressions. The plastic and diecast figure also includes a cover for use when in bipedal mode, a stand, and a droid control bolt. R2-D2 stands approximately 7 inches tall and weighs over 2 lbs.

The Chogokin x 12”PM R2-D2 will be released in August 2017; Pre-orders will be available during the convention. News on additional Tamashii Nations Chogokin Star Wars releases will be announced during Star Wars Celebration 2017.

Be among the first to catch an exclusive reveal of the newest figures to join Tamashii Nation’s Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line – Darth Maul, Jango Fett and the Imperial Shadow Trooper! These figures are scheduled for release in North America later this year.

Tamashii Nation’s Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line pays homage to the Samurai aesthetic in a fun new way and artfully reimagines key Empire characters from the iconic films with feudal-style Japanese armor and weaponry. Each figure is exquisitely constructed with hybrid materials and features up to 15 points of articulation to create endless posing possibilities.

A variety of currently released Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars figures will be available for purchase during Star Wars Celebration 2017.

In addition, on Friday, April 14th Lucasfilm’s Brian Merten joins Bandai Hobby and Tamashii Nations will tease and reveal new announcements on upcoming products not on display in the booth as part of the Star Wars Collectibles Update. An art gallery featuring both Bandai Hobby and Tamashii Nations Star Wars product in eye-catching dynamic scenes will be on display also within the booth.

Beast Kingdom

Browse a comprehensive stock of Egg Attack Star Wars releases, including statues and poseable action figures, available for purchase throughout the convention including:

Egg Attack Stormtrooper “Star Wars”

  • Egg Attack Action First Order Storm Trooper “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  • Egg Attack Action Kylo Ren “Star Wars”
  • Egg Attack C-3PO “Star Wars”
  • Egg Attack R2-D2 “Star Wars”
  • Egg Attack Action Darth Vader “Star Wars”

Also catch the innovative Beast Kingdom Egg Attack Star Wars Episode V: Millennium Falcon Floating Version in a special chrome edition; the world’s first floating Millennium Falcon! The product uses electromagnetic attraction and repulsion to make this meticulously detailed Millennium Falcon float on air! Catch this Limited Edition chrome variant exclusively at Star Wars Celebration.

Bluefin also will offer Beast Kingdom’s newest light-up umbrellas featuring Star Wars-themed designs for Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Anakin Skywalker.

Bluefin Releasing New S.H. Figuarts WWE Action Figures

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, steps into the ring with new S.H. Figuarts WWE action figures from Tamashii Nations featuring iconic professional wrestlers The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Triple H.

Tamashii Nations’ new 6-inch wresting figures are their first products developed for the WWE Universe. The figures are fully poseable with over 30 points of articulation and each figure makes use of Tamashii’s proprietary Digital Color Technology on the head sculpts, resulting in portraits with an uncanny lifelike resemblance to the WWE superstars.

All S.H. Figuarts WWE figures are packed with signature accessories, optional expression parts, and interchangeable hands.

The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin figures are available now at Toys R Us stores and hobby and specialty shops nationwide, including RingsideCollectibles.com. Triple H debuts this week, first at RingsideCollectibles.com, followed by retail and specialty shops. Then in July “The Brothers of Destruction” Undertaker and Kane—available for pre-order now—join the line.

S.H. Figuarts WWE The Rock
Height: Approx. 6.25 inches · MSRP: $49.99 · Available Now!
Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? S.H. Figuarts is proud to present the action figure for America’s top WWE wrestler: The Rock. This 6.25″ (16cm) figure brings all of S.H. Figuarts technology has to bear to replicate the wrestler in all his glory. The Rock includes three heads with different expressions, one pair of posable hands, three pairs of fixed-pose hands, and a microphone.

S.H. Figuarts WWE Stone Cold Steve Austin
Height: Approx. 6.25 inches · MSRP: $49.99 · Available Now!
Here’s the bottom line, ’cause Stone Cold says so! S.H. Figuarts is proud to present the action figure of one of America’s top WWE wrestlers: Stone Cold Steve Austin. This 6.25″ (16cm) figure brings all of S.H. Figuarts technology has to bear to replicate the wrestler in all his glory. Stone Cold’s figure includes three heads with different expressions, two pairs of posable hands, a vest, two cans, and two “splash effect” parts.

S.H. Figuarts WWE Triple H
Height: Approx. 6.25 inches · MSRP: $51.99 · Available Now!
The king of kings, Triple H, joins the S.H.Figurarts series as he appeared in the late 1990s. Full action gimmicks and posing let you replicate all his trademark moves! The 160mm figure includes two optional expression parts, optional left and right hands, left and right hands with posable fingers, sledgehammer, and water bottle.

S.H. Figuarts WWE Undertaker
Height: Approx. 6.5 inches · MSRP: $54.99 · Available July
From out of the shadows comes the latest addition to the S.H.Figuarts WWE line, the ominous Undertaker! Undertaker is meticulously realized in 6-inch scale with strategically placed joints for ultimate articulation. Set includes his iconic hat, interchangeable right hand, jointed interchangeable hands (left and right), and interchangeable heads (x3).

S.H. Figuarts WWE Kane
Height: Approx. 6.5 inches · MSRP: $54.99 · Available July
The incredibly articulated and realistic S.H. Figuarts WWE line continues with “The Big Red Machine,” Kane! This spectacular 6-inch rendition of Kane comes with a variety of accessories including and interchangeable head piece designed with his iconic mask. Set includes interchangeable hands (left and right), jointed interchangeable hands (left and right), towel, and 2 interchangeable heads.

Bluefin is the exclusive North American master distributor for a comprehensive array of Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts products for numerous hit pop culture properties including Dragon Ball, Kamen Rider, Naruto, Power Rangers, Sailor Moon, Star Wars, Suicide Squad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bruce Lee, Freddie Mercury and more. Additional product information is available at: http://www.bluefincorp.com/catalog/tamashii-nations/s-h-figuarts.html.

Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour Stops In NYC In April

BANDAI Co., Ltd., a Japanese toy company, announces a worldwide tour of figure display events to be held in 10 cities over the course of the year in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of its TAMASHII NATIONS brand of collectible figures.

The twofold aim is to thank all of the TAMASHI NATIONS fans who have supported the brand, and to spread the word about TAMASHII NATIONS to even more potential fans across the globe.

TAMASHII NATIONS is proud to announce the third event in the annual series. TAMASHII NATIONS 10th Anniversary WORLD TOUR: NEW YORK CITY will be held at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in Manhattan on April 29th-30th.

The event will center around new products from the DRAGON BALL series (the latest incarnation of which, DRAGON BALL SUPER, is now airing in the US), and the MEISHO MOVIE/MANGA REALIZATION action figure series of popular STAR WARS and MARVEL UNIVERSE characters re-envisioned in Japanese samurai style. In addition, popular anime characters from NARUTO and SAILOR MOON, plus characters already well known to fans from the WWE franchise and GODZILLA series, will also be on display. Other interactive opportunities are planned as well, such as a “touch and try” corner allowing fans to interact with the actual products and a photo spot for taking fun pictures. A total of 9 commemorative products will make their world debut for sale on-site as well.

The World Tour kicked off in December, 2016 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. It was followed by Hong Kong in February, and coming up in April, New York City, which will follow up with June, in Mexico. The worldwide celebration will continue with exciting new events and product unveilings in other cities leading up to October of 2017, with the final stop, TAMASHII NATION 2017, being held in November in Tokyo — a spectacular event commemorating the 10 year history of the beloved brand.

Tamashii Nations & Bluefin Expand North American Market for Japanese Collectibles

Tamashii Nations, the collector’s toy division of Bandai Japan and its most premium label for ages 15 and up, is expanding its footprint in North America as it prepares to mark its 10th anniversary this Spring.

Since its inception in 2007, Tamashii Nations’ portfolio has grown to include products from top entertainment properties such as Star Wars, Marvel, WWE, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and DC. These new Western licenses compliment the Japanese anime and manga properties contributing to the brand’s meteoric rise in popularity among toy collectors.

“Tamashii Nations is an authentic Japanese brand, however, North America is an important part of our growth strategy,” said Adam Newman, Senior Director of Tamashiii Nations at Bandai. “To facilitate that growth, we’ve opened a Los Angeles office to better understand our U.S. fans and capitalize on the advantages of local access to the entertainment industry, retail partners, and our official distribution partner Bluefin.”

Pioneering technologies like the Digital Color Technology, which prints an exact life-like representation of a character on the portrait of its S.H. Figuarts action figures, have been a key factor in the growing affinity for the Tamashii Nations brand.

“Tamashii Nations is synonymous with quality and as the largest dedicated distributor for Japanese collectibles and imports in North America, we are well positioned to help Tamashii Nations increase its market share and expand their consumer base here in the U.S.,” said John Parker, President of Bluefin.

As the official distributor for Tamashii Nations’ products in the U.S., Bluefin oversees channel distribution to retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Toys “R” Us, GameStop, and Hot Topic / BoxLunch. Operations in North America have grown ten-fold since the two companies started their relationship eight years ago.

To celebrate the continued success of the Tamashii Nations brand, an international touring exhibit visiting 10 major cities around the world is making its only U.S. stop in New York City this spring. The Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour will take place on Sat. and Sun., April 29-30 at the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.  The event, which is free to visit, includes specially curated displays featuring exclusive and never-before-seen Tamashii Nations items, as well as a wide array of products available for retail purchase.  More details are available at: https://tamashii.jp/special/tour/.

Bluefin will showcase an extensive collection of new and forthcoming Tamashii Nations releases at Toy Fair New York, taking place February 18-21 at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in New York City. The annual conference and trade show is the industry’s largest gathering. Bluefin will be located in Booth #5331.

According to retail sales data reported by the NPD Group, Tamashii Nations currently holds licenses for 7 of the Top 10 brands in the action figure segment of the $22 billion dollar U.S. toy market. Additional product information on Tamashii Nations products is available at: http://www.bluefincorp.com/catalog/tamashii-nations/s-h-figuarts.html.

Bluefin Announces New Star Wars Models from Bandai Hobby Debuting at New York Toy Fair

In advance of New Toy Toy Fair Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, has announced an impressive selection of Star Wars Plastic Model kits from Bandai Hobby that will be at the show.

Bandai’s Star Wars Plastic Model kits feature trademark color injection molding techniques resulting in intricately detailed vehicles consistent to their on-screen counterparts. Select kits include themed display bases that can be combined with display stands from other Bandai Hobby Star Wars vehicles to create expansive battlefield dioramas. Bandai’s new Star Wars model kits debut at retail in North America starting next month.

Manufactured in Japan by Bandai Hobby, the Star Wars Plastic Model line features notable vehicles from the classic Star Wars films as well as from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Originally available only for the Asian market, these official U.S. releases include English instructions and have product support provided by Bluefin.

 

Bandai Hobby is internationally renowned for its high-quality model kits that blend complex detail and innovative construction that builders of all skill levels will enjoy. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the following kits do not require glue.

Bandai Hobby’s 2017 line of Star Wars kits includes:

Star Wars 1/72 Scale X-Wing · MSRP: $28.00 · Available March 2017

The 1/72 X-Wing features opening and closing S-foils and a cockpit with 2 different canopy options. Death Star panel themed display stand can connect with stands from other vehicles to recreate the iconic Death Star Trench Run.  The exhaust of the trench and 2 proton torpedo effects are also included to recreate the Rebel victory in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Kit includes seated pilot, part swappable landing gear options, and decals.

Star Wars 1/72 Scale Tie Fighter Advanced x1 “Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter” ·

MSRP: $28.00 · Available March 2017

Darth Vader’s special Tie Fighter, known as the x1, features Bandai’s multi=material and color injection technologies.  The different components that make up its wings are molded together, yet remain color separated. Includes 2 different canopy types, a window version made of clear plastic, and also a frame version that can allow the seated Darth Vader to be seen more clearly. Set includes Death Star panel themed display base that can combined with other display stands from other Star Wars vehicles to create impressive battlefields. Set includes laser effects and 1/72 scale seated Darth Vader.

Star Wars 1/72 Scale Tie Fighter ·  MSRP: $28.00 · Available March 2017

A highly iconic ship from the Star Wars universe, the TIE Fighter has been faithfully recreated in 1/72 as a plastic model kit utilizing Bandai trade mark color injection process. Set includes a dedicated display base that can connect with other display stands to build out battlefields. Set includes laser effect parts, 1/72 scale Pilot (seated) and decals.

Star Wars 1/48 Scale Snow Speeder ·  MSRP: $28.00 · Available March 2017

The Snow Speeder as depicted in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back  is faithfully recreated as a 1/48 scale model kit utilizing Bandai’s patented four color injection process that allows for rendering of highly detailed parts that are color molded and reduce the need for paint.  Snow Speeder includes 2 1/48 scale seated figures, 2 canopy types (clear plastic or frame). Collect multiple fighters to form your own squadrons! Includes snow terrain themed dedicated display base, laser effect parts, power harpoon, air brake open/close parts and decals.

Star Wars 1/48 Scale AT-ST ·  MSRP: $28.00 · Available April 2017

The chicken walker known as the AT-ST from the Star Wars universe is faithfully recreated as a 1/48 scale model kit. AT-ST features highly detailed articulated legs, rotating head and weapon systems, two 1/48 seated figures, movable view ports for cockpit, opening top hatch. Set also includes terrain themed dedicated display base, and laser effect parts.

Star Wars 1/144 Scale AT-AT ·  MSRP: $48.00 · Available April 2017

From Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, comes the AT-AT in 1/144 scale! The 4-legged mobile transport has stunning details even down to the side paneling. Recreate the memorable attack at the Battle of Hoth scene with multiple kits!  Legs feature individually movable joints that can even bend low enough to recreate the massive behemoth being defeated. Side panels can also be removed. Set includes seated pilot; decals; snow themed dedicated display base; laser effect parts; leg dampers; and articulated head, legs and laser guns.

Star Wars 1/72 Scale Y-Wing Starfighter ·  MSRP: $37.00 · Available April 2017

From Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, at the Battle of Yavin the Y-Wing Starfighter makes its debut in 1/72 scale! The detailing for this vehicle has been thoroughly adapted in scale and brings incredible realism. The inner cockpit and ion propulsion engine have been fine-tuned and the added Death Star motif display base increases quality of display. Set includes dedicated display base, laser effect part, 1/72 scale seated pilot, canopy parts (clear part/frame part), landing gear set, and water-transfer decals.

Star Wars 1/144 Scale Slave I ·  MSRP: $38.00 · Available April 2017

In Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, bounty hunter Boba Fett’s vehicle, the Slave I makes its debut as a model kit! The detailing to the included display base mimics the scene of the arrival and departure of Boba Fett in Cloud City. Added wing cylinder parts lets you choose between either parked or flying display for the Slave I! Set includes dedicated display base, select-able path part for display base, 1/144 scale seated Boba Fett, 1/144 scale carbonized Han Solo, laser effect parts, hanger hatch open/close parts, wing cylinder part for parked/flying styles and water-transfer decals.

Star Wars 1/144 Scale Millennium Falcon “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ·

MSRP: $50.00 · Available April 2017

The Millennium Falcon as depicted in Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives as a 1/144 scale model kit! Fine detailing has been applied to every inch of this kit. The display base, characters, and added optional effect parts are done in scale and accuracy. Set includes dedicated display base, rear engine effect part, 1/144 Finn, 1/144 Rey, 1/144 Han Solo, 1/144 Chewbacca, canopy parts (clear and frame), hatch open/close parts, landing gears sets, and Water-transfer decals.

Tamashii Nations Dr. Strange & Iron Man Hall of Armor Figure Sets Announced By Bluefin

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, expands its line of officially licensed Marvel inspired action figures from Tamashii Nations with the announcement of the S.H.Figuarts Doctor Strange & Burning Flame Set.

Scheduled for a June 2017 release in the U.S., the 1/12-scale Doctor Strange set includes a uniquely colored burning flame effect that will be available exclusively from Bluefin. The fully poseable recreation of the superhero sorcerer features the lifelike facial expressions of Benedict Cumberbatch, which are replicated with superb detail utilizing Tamashii Nations’ proprietary digital coloring print technology.

Collectors building their own personal Marvel toy universe will not want to miss the release of the S.H.Figuarts Iron Man Mark VI and Hall of Armor Set in April. The Iron Man Mark VI and Hall of Armor is the first S.H.Figuarts Marvel item officially available for domestic collectors and features the extraordinary level of detail that has made the S.H.Figuarts line a favorite among fans and retailers worldwide.

Both Doctor Strange and Iron Man figure sets will be available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and from a variety of leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now (AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth has Dr. Strange and Iron Man).

S.H.Figuarts Dr. Strange & Burning Flame Set

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $84.99 · Available June 2017

You might think you’ve entered the Mirror Dimension when you see these out of this world accessory parts included in the S.H.Figuarts Doctor Strange & Burning Flame Set. The array of interchangeable flame and magic effect parts allow you to truly bring to life the fantastic world of superhero sorcerer Doctor Strange. The set includes interchangeable head part, interchangeable hand parts, interchangeable hand parts for effects, effect parts, and several burning flame effects.

 S.H.Figuarts Iron Man Mark VI and Hall of Armor Set

Height: Approx. 7 inches ·  MSRP: $119.99 · Available April 2017

Recreate Tony Stark’s lab with the S.H.Figuarts Iron Man Mark VI and Hall of Armor Set! The S.H.Figuarts Hall of Armor project begins with the iconic Mark VI suit from Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 and the Avengers, revamped with a completely refined sculpt. The spectacular Hall of Armor includes LED light-up features in the front, back and sides to illuminate one’s armor collection. Set includes interchangeable hand parts, interchangeable shoulder part set, interchangeable leg armor set, and effect parts set, and various Hall of Armor attachment accessories.

Bluefin is the exclusive North American master distributor for a comprehensive array of Bandai Tamashii Nation S.H.Figuarts products for numerous hit pop culture properties including Dragon Ball, Kamen Rider, Marvel Superheroes, Naruto, Power Rangers, Sailor Moon, Star Wars, Suicide Squad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bruce Lee, Freddie Mercury and more. Additional product information is available here.

Massive BLUEFIN Collectibles And Toy Sale This Weekend at BLUEFIN HQ

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, concludes 2016 with a very special Year-End Warehouse Sale that will take place on Saturday, December 10th at the company’s headquarters located in Anaheim CA.

The Bluefin 2016 Year-End Warehouse Sale takes place from 8:00am to 4:00pm at Bluefin headquarters located at: 3321 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806. More details available at: http://bit.ly/2g28SGo.

Collectors and fans are invited to browse a massive selection of figures, model kits, toys and other products from a leading brands including Tamashii Nations, Bandai Hobby and Shokugan and others that will be available for purchase at significantly discounted prices.

The event will be complemented by tasty Japanese snacks and cuisine provided by the OKAMOTO Food Truck.

Bluefin and Bandai Hobby also invite fans across North America to enter a special Holiday Master Grade Giveaway Contest. The Grand Prize is a Psycho Zaku Master Grade model from the anime/manga smash hit, Gundam Thunderbolt. Designed with heightened proportions and mechanical features, the Psycho Zaku includes giant special booster, fully articulated sub-arms that can fold into backpack, realistic joint and power pipe covers, sole mounted-claws and an arsenal of weapons accessories. Enter now at:  http://bit.ly/2h0GFzA.

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Bluefin’s New Products for Early 2017: Suicide Squad, Power Rangers, Star Wars, More

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, has announced an impressive collection of upcoming new figures from Tamashii Nations for pre-order.

Set for release beginning in March 2017, the latest offerings from the world renowned collectibles manufacture includes new Tamashii Buddies releases for the Red and Pink Rangers and alsoLord Zedd from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well as the highly anticipated debut of the S.H.Figuarts Joker from Suicide Squad.

Tamashii Nation’s popular Meisho Manga Realization line reimagines hit comic and film characters as samurai from Japan’s feudal era and expands with the addition of a stunning Samurai Iron Man Mark 3. The samurai action continues with the Yumi Ashigaru Stormtrooper from Star Wars (set for April 2017 release).

Mecha fans and collectors will be impressed by the Hi-METAL R Dougram, which represents a pinnacle for Dougram toys and celebrates the classic 80s anime series. This release is complemented by the FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam which bristles with an array of weapons and was one of the first powered-up variations from the early days of the Mobile Suit Gundam universe.

Finally, Tamashii Nations also expands its D.D.Panoramation series with the impressive Sagittarius Aiolos from Saint Seiya. This new series of 4 inch tall mini-figures features custom backdrops and delivers a total re-definition of action figure style.

All of these products will be available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide in 2017 and also from a variety of leading online outlets. Preorders are available now

New Tamashii Nations Q1 2017 Releases:

Red Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Height: Approx. 3.5 inches · MSRP: $13.99 · Available March 2017

With the TAMASHII BUDDIES brand, TAMASHII NATIONS’s extensive character modeling know-how is concentrated into 3.5 inch tall figures with dynamic interchangeable backgrounds and stackable frames. Joining the line-up is a nostalgic blast from the past with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! Be sure to grab one of everybody’s favorite leader, the Red Ranger.

Pink Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Height: Approx. 3.5 inches · MSRP: $13.99 · Available March 2017

The Pink Ranger looks cute in this chibi-size rendition and is perfect for displaying on a desk at work or home.

Lord Zedd from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Height: Approx. 3.5 inches · MSRP: $13.99 · Available March 2017

A colorful rendition of one everyone’s favorite villains, Lord Zedd who was unique to the American version of the show.

The Joker from Suicide Squad

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $59.99 · Available March 2017

S.H.Figuarts presents the ultimate action figure portrayal of the Joker from the film Suicide Squad. Fully articulated and detailed down to the seams and wrinkles in his clothes, it’s perfect for capturing all sorts of scenes from the hit film. The figure is colored using digital coloring technology so detailed that it’s even able to capture the distinctive color of his pupils. The 6 inch tall figure comes with two heads with different expressions, two types each of left and right hands, and the Joker’s trademark pink pistols.

Samurai Iron Man Mark 3 from Iron Man

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $91.99 · Available March 2017

The popular Meisho Manga Realization series re-envisions hit characters as samurai from Japan’s feudal era. The latest release is Iron Man Mark 3, as envisioned by the talented Takayuki Takeya. Iron Man’s high-tech armor is rendered in the style of the samurai, with details down to the ornate scroll-work on the breastplate and rivets on the plating. Clockwork, steam-punk style jetpack and flintlock rifle-esque cannons enhance the fantastic appearance of the design. The 6 inch figure comes with two types of optional hands (left and right sides), a katana, and a jetpack.

Hi-Metal R Dougram from Fang of the Sun Dougram

Height: Approx. 6.2 inches · MSRP: $134.99 · Available March 2017

The classic Eighties “real robot” as it has never been seen before! The Hi-METAL R Dougram represents a pinnacle for Dougram collectibles, with an opening cockpit, removable weapons, and incredible posability. It can even do kneeling poses! The 6.2 inch figure is made out of ABS, PVC, and die-cast metal. The set includes the robot, three types of left and two types of right option hands, the “Turbozack” backpack with linear gun, a missile pod, two pilot figures, and two antenna.

FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam

Height: Approx. 6.2 inches · MSRP: $59.99 · Available March 2017

This classic re-envisioning of the Gundam design dates back to the “Mobile Suit Variation” model series of the 1980s. Clad in olive drab armor and bristling with weapons, it is one of the first powered-up variations from the early days of the Gundam universe. In addition to incredible posability and a large number of missile and cannon effect parts for dramatic scenes, the armor can be removed to reveal a realistically colored RX-72-2 Gundam beneath. This is the ultimate portrayal of a fan favorite!
The ABS and PVC figure includes a set of Full Armor, four types of optional hands (L/R), two shoulder missile pods, two effects for the missies, two knee missies, two effect parts for the knee missiles, an effect part for the twin beam cannon, an effect for the 360mm launcher, head-mounted vulcan effect parts, a Gundam shield, a Hyper Bazooka, a Beam Rifle with detachable effect part, a long saber grip, two saber effect parts, a curved-blade saber effect, a hand storage rack, and various attachment joints.

Sagittarius Aiolos from Saint Seiya

Height: Approx. 4 inches · MSRP: $59.99 · Available March 2017

The fifth gold saint joins the D.D.Panoramation series! This new series of 4 inch tall mini-figures and custom backdrops is like art in the palm of your hand and a total re-definition of action figure style! Recreate key scenes, or make custom ones. Collectors can even connect them together to make a bigger display!

The Sagittarius Aiolos figures comes in a set with two optional facial expressions, a hairstyle without the mask, two types of optional hands (L/R), a Seiya head, Seiya optional expression, Seiya’s hair (non-mask), bow and arrow set, two baby Athenas, the Palace of the Centaur gate, the Wall of Will, large and small bases, a staircase, and one set of “structure parts.

Yumi Ashigaru Stormtrooper from Star Wars

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $89.99 · Available April 2017

Collectors and Star Wars fans will want to make room on the shelf because the next member of the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line is here. In this case, yumi means “archer” and this Stormtrooper lives up to his name with an impressive Japanese-style long bow just that is as big as he is tall! The helmet design has also been revised to mimic the traditional feudal archer headwear. Set includes interchangeable hands (x6), bow and arrow set, katana set, and quiver.

Bandai’s Soul of Chogokin Might Morphin Power Rangers Megazord Now Available for Pre-Order

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, opens pre-orders for an extraordinary new release as it details Bandai’s Soul of Chogokin Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord.

Scheduled for retail release in May 2017, the Soul of Chogokin Megazord set is a spectacular example of Bandai’s proprietary Chokogin engineering and features high-end die-cast renditions of the iconic Power Ranger DinozordsTyrannosaurus, Mastadon, Triceratops, Saber-toothed Tiger and Pteradactyl that can combine into a hefty and intricately detailed giant robot that stands over 10 inches tall.

Bluefin showcased the Soul of Chogokin Power Rangers Megazord for the first time ever in combined robot form at the recent 2016 New York Comic Con. Fans will not want to miss the opportunity to add this meticulously crafted, die-cast enhanced masterpiece to their own collections.

The new Soul of Chogokin Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord will be available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now. The official description and pics are below.

 

Soul of Chogokin Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord

Height: Approx. 10 inches · MSRP: $299.99 · Available May 2017!

Megazord sequence initiated! The Megazord makes its long awaited debut in the Soul of Chogokin line with exquisite detail and a fully articulated combined robot mode capable of recreating the most dynamic poses from Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. The set features combinable, high-end die-cast versions of the iconic Dinozords – Tyrannosaurus, Mastadon, Triceratops, Saber-toothed Tiger and Pteradactyl. And just as depicted in the show, the five zords can combine to form the massive Beast Tank Dino Tanker just before the final transformation into the giant Megazord.

Bluefin To Debut Storm Collectible’s 1/6 Scale Muhammad Ali Figure at NYCC

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, gives collectors and boxing fans a world exclusive first-look at the forthcoming new 1/6 scale Muhammad Ali action figure from Storm Collectibles at the 2016 New York Comic Con.

Bluefin will be located in Booth #1813. The unveiling (no product available for sale) of Muhammad Ali will take place at 10:30AM on Thursday, October 6th.

The Storm Collectibles 1/6 scale Muhammad Ali action figure is officially licensed and stands 12.5 inches tall. The seamless action figure body is constructed of PVC and features a strikingly realistic facial designand is fully articulated to recreate the Champ’s ability to “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” Each set will come with a variety of additional interchangeable accessories to create endless posing possibilities.Worldwide release is scheduled for Q3 of 2017 and the estimated MSRP will be $240.00 USD. Bluefin will be the exclusive distributor of the 1/6 scale Muhammad Ali for North America.

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Bluefin Showcases New Bandai and Tamashii Nations Collectibles at NYCC

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, returns to the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention – New York Comic Con – with an exclusive array of new and soon-to-be-released products from Bandai Shokugan, Bandai Hobby and Tamashii Nations.

An impressive array of these unique collectibles will be available for exclusive on-site purchase during the 2016 New York Comic Con – in advance of their wider, general retail release. Additional select items will be available for exclusive pre-order. Bluefin’s Bandai Shokugan, Bandai Hobby and Tamashii Nations products will be located in Booth #1612.

The 2016 New York Comic Con takes place October 6th – 9th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, toys and collectibles, anime and manga, video games, movies, and television. Additional information on New York Comic Con is available at: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

This year, Bluefin is pleased to open the show with a must-see display of Bandai’s Soul of Chogokin Power Rangers Megazord — depicted for the public for the first time ever in combined robot form. This latest release from the impressive Soul of Chogokin line is set for release in Spring 2017 and features combinable, high-end die-cast versions of the iconic Dinozords – Tyrannosaurus, Mastadon, Triceratops, Saber-toothed Tiger and Pteradactyl.

Also catch special ADVANCE RELEASE exclusives at Bluefin that include Tamashii Nations’ S.H.Figuarts releases of Naruto Shippuden’s Sasuke Uchiha (Itachi Battle), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Raphael and Dragon Ball Z’s Super Saiyan Vegeta. These highly anticipated figures will be available at NYCC about a month ahead of their general North American retail release.

GunPla and modelling fans will be excited for exclusive 1/100 and 1/144 scale Gundam product from Bandai Hobby that include:

  • GUNDAM CONVERGE LIMITED GUNDAM MK 2 TWIN PACK; $30.00
  • RG WING GUNDAM ZERO EW PEARL GLOSS VERSION; $37.00
  • HG 1/144 G-EXPO GUNDAM BARBATOS COLOR CLEAR VERSION; $17.00
  • HG 1/144 PETIT’GUY MASS PRODUCTION TYPE; $8.00
  • MG 1/100 G-EXPO HI-NU GUNAM VERSION; KA MECHANICAL CLEAR + HWS COLOR CLEAR VERSION; $120.00
  • RG 1/144 G-EXPO OO-RAISER EXF VERSION; $37.00
  • HGUC 1/144 G3 GUNDAM $14.00
  • HG FULL ARMOR GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT THEATRICAL CLEAR VERSIONVery Limited Quantities!! Available for sale only on Friday, October 7th $37.00
  • HG PSYCHO ZAKU THEATRICAL LIMITED CLEAR VERSIONVery Limited Quantities!! Available for sale only on Friday, October 7th  $37.00

The final regional qualifier for the 2016 GunPla Builders World Cup also will be held at NYCC with many amazing custom models on display from talented builders; Takes place October 6th–8th.

Don’t miss this very special trio of the latest Tamashii Nations S.H.Figuarts releases:

Sasuke Uchiha (Itachi Battle) “Naruto Shippuden”

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $58.00

Next in the S.H.Figuarts Naruto series (with an all new sculpt and superior articulation) is Sasuke Uchiha represented with his Itachi Battle design. Sasuke comes with interchangeable face parts that are specially made to recreate the final climactic scene with his older brother, Itachi. The set also features interchangeable hand parts and facial expressions, weapon accessories, and chidori effect parts. Also be sure to check out the S.H.Figuarts Itachi Uchiha, sold separately.

Raphael “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $63.00

The first-ever S.H.Figuarts version of perennial fan favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are being released featuring their original colors from the classic animated series! The “cool but rude” Raphael is the 3rd Turtle to join the series and comes complete with his classic weapon, two sais. The sais can be stored on Rafael’s belt which also comes with interchangeable parts. The set includes interchangeable hands and head, sai parts, optional weapons (kunai, shuriken), and additional interchangeable belt parts.

Super Saiyan Vegeta “Dragon Ball Z”

Height: Approx. 5.3 inches · MSRP: $58.00

“I am Super Vegeta!” S.H.Figuarts adds a new portrayal of the legendary Super Saiyan. Replicate key poses from the series while using optional facial accessory parts to capture his full range of expressions! Set includes parts letting one also re-create his traditional crossed-arms pose – a series first. Collectors can even display him alongside Super Saiyan Trunks (sold separately) for a father-son scene. Set includes the 5.3inch figure, three interchangeable facial expression accessories, multiple interchangeable hands, and one set of crossed arms.

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Bluefin Opens Pre-Orders on Iron Studio’s 1:10 Scale Ghostbuster Statues

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, celebrates cinema’s most famous paranormal exterminators as it announces pre-orders for an exceptional collection of new Ghostbusters collectibles from Iron Studios.

The limited edition 1/10 scale statues are set for release beginning in December and are cast in Polystone and painstakingly hand-painted to capture the detail and nuance of each character. Each statue comes with a custom display base that can be combined to form a complete diorama.

Iron Studio’s Ghostbusters collection features screen accurate renditions of the original team of Egon Spengler, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddmore. Complementing these releases are additional Ghostbusters 1/10 scale limited edition renditions of Slimer, along with Zuul, the hornedGatekeeper of Gozer, as well as Vinz Clortho, Keymaster of Gozer, both depicted in fierce bestial form. A rendition of Gozer the Gozerian is set for release in February 2017 and completes the collection.

Pre-orders are available now from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets. Founded in 2010, Iron Studios is headquartered in Brazil and specializes in a wide range of incredibly accurate and lifelike 1/10 scale products. For additional information on Iron Studios, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ironstudios and http://www.ironstudios.com.br/.

Toy Story Chogokins Now Available for Pre-Order

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, prepares an extraordinary release as it opens pre-orders for the forthcoming new Chogokin Toy Story Combination Woody Robo Sheriff Star and the highly anticipated Chogokin Toy Story Combination Buzz the Space Ranger Robo.

The new releases are stunning examples of Bandai’s proprietary Chokogin engineering. The Chogokin Toy Story Combination Woody Robo Sheriff Star is set for release in December and is composed of 5 memorable characters from the film, including Woody, Bullseye, Slinky Dog, Hamm and Rex that combine to form an impressive giant robot.

The Chogokin Toy Story Combination Buzz the Space Ranger Robo is scheduled to debut in January 2017 and includes individual pieces for Buzz Lightyear, two 3-eyed Aliens, and a Space Shuttle and Big One Rocket that combine to form a similarly impressive robot. In spectacular Chogokin fashion, the Buzz the Space Ranger Robo can combine with the Woody Robo Sheriff Star to form an even larger super-robot that stands over a foot tall!

A video produced by Bandai showcasing the new Chogokin releases is able to be viewed here.

The new Toy Story Chogokin robots will be available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets (links below to go AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth). Pre-orders for both units are available now.

Chogokin Toy Story Combination Woody Robo Sheriff Star

Height: Approx. 9 inches · MSRP: $169.99 · Available December!

Woody and friends can combine!? A totally wild, only in Japan re-envisioning of favorite characters from the hit Disney/Pixar Toy Story films! Woody, Rex, Bullseye, Slinky Dog, and Hamm transform and combine to form the giant 9 inch tall Chogokin Woody Robo Sheriff Star! Early orders will also receive a special picture book. The set contains 5 characters: Woody, Bullseye, Slinky Dog, Hamm, and Rex.

Chogokin Toy Story Combination Buzz the Space Ranger Robo

Height: Approx. 13 inches · MSRP: $169.99 · Available January 2017!

The Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear returns and transforms into a giant robot with the help of his space shuttle and alien buddies! But that’s not all. The Chogokin Buzz the Space Ranger Robo also combines with the separately sold Chogokin Woody Robo Sherriff Star to become an imposing 13.7 inch tall super robot! The set includes Buzz Lightyear, Alien 1, Alien 2, a Space Shuttle, and a Big One rocket.

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