Tamashii Nations

Detailed Images from the First Stop On Tamashii Nation’s World Tour

The first stop in the Tamashii Nations world tour took place this past weekend in New York City and Jon from Preternia.com was there to cover the event.

Check out the gallery below for pictures from the event, highlights include:

  • New Pacific Rim figures
  • The latest in S. H. Figuarts Marvel including Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Iron Man Mk VII and Doctor Strange
  • The newest additions to their 1:6 scale Star Wars droids and the Movie Realization series
  • New art for upcoming Marvel Movie Realization figures
  • New S. H. Figuarts Dragonball and Streetfighter figures

And more! See it all in the gallery below and if anything catches your eye – nab a pre-order!

Bandai Tamashii Nations Movie Realization Ronin Boba Fett ‘Prototype’ Version for SDCC

Another tidbit of SDCC news coming out of Star Wars Celebration. Tamashii Nation’s Movie Realization line is continuing and a ‘Prototype’ version of the Ronin Boba Fett will be an SDCC exclusive and will also be available online via a Bandai website. More details as they become available.  Thanks to and photo from @bobafettfanclub (www.bobafettfanclub.com).

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.

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.

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.

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’s Tamashii Nations at SDCC 2016

SDCC 2016 logoI realize that I posted a Bluefin gallery the other day, but the Tamashii Nations display was so impressive it needed it’s own post. While I covered the Toy Story Chogokin – there’s improved pictures in the below gallery. Also getting some well deserved attention are the Figuarts Turtles (they look perfect), the debut of WWE Figuarts, the new Samurai Spider-Man and much more.

See it all below.

Bluefin Announce Next Two S. H. Figuarts Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Raphael and Michelangelo

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, makes itself synonymous with Tamashii Turtle Nations as it excites fans and collectors with a pair of new S.H. Figuarts Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle releases for the classic action property. These new Tamashii Nations figures are being made specifically for the North American market and will be available for a limited time.

The first-ever S.H. Figuarts versions of Teenage Mutants, Raphael and Michelangelo, are set for release to retailers in October and will be offered in the classic colors of the original animated series. Each figure stands approximately 6 inches tall and features the full articulation S.H. Figuarts products are renowned for as well as a variety of interchangeable accessories.

Raphael and Michelangelo augment the upcoming summer releases of Leonardo and Donatello. The figures will be available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets. Preorders are available now. Get your cowabunga on S.H. Figuarts style (and grab some pizza while you’re at it too).

Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Ninja Turtles Raphael

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $62.99 · Available October 2016

The “cool but rude” Raphael is the third Turtle to join the series complete with his classic weapon, a pair of sais. The sais can be stored on Rafael’s belt which also comes with interchangeable parts. The set includes interchangeable hands (x6), interchangeable head (x1), sai (x2), optional weapons (kunai, shuriken), and interchangeable belt parts.

Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Ninja Turtles Michelangelo

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $62.99 · Available October 2016

The final Turtle to join the group is “the party dude” and comic relief, Michelangelo! He appears with his classic nunchaku weapons and Turtle grappling hook that fans will instantly recognize from the show. The set also includes interchangeable hands (x6), interchangeable head (x1), nunchaku set (for posing), nunchaku set (for holding and storage), interchangeable belt parts, and a Turtle grappling hook.

Complete your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle S.H. Figuarts collection with the other two bothers Leonardo and Donatello. Pre-orders are available now from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets

Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Ninja Turtles – Leonardo and Donatello Figures ·

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $62.99ea · Available Summer 2016

Collectors will not want to miss what’s in store from S.H. Figuarts! The first-ever S.H. Figuarts versions of everyone’s favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming in classic animation colors! These new Tamashii Nations figures are being made specifically for the North American market and will be available for a limited time.

First to join the line-up is the leader and most pragmatic of the brothers – Leonardo. Strategic use of die-cast material is integrated for realism in the belt buckle and weight in the legs. The Leonardo set includes his iconic katana (x2), interchangeable head, interchangeable hands (x6), weapon holding parts, and manhole covers (x2).

Second to join the line-up is the brains and inventor of the brothers – Donatello. Strategic use of die-cast material is integrated for realism in the belt buckle and weight in the legs. The Donatello set includes his formidable staff, interchangeable head, interchangeable hands (x6), weapon holding parts, and a pizza.

More “Samurai” Star Wars Figures From Tamashii Nations This Winter

bluefinlogoBluefin has announced new details for Tamashii Nation’s Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line, including the upcoming release of Boba Fett, a 2nd Darth Vader and an Imperial Guard. The Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line pays homage to the Samurai aesthetic and artfully reimagines Empire characters from the legendary films with feudal-style Japanese armor and weaponry.  Each figure is exquisitely crafted by some of Japan’s top sculpting talent and constructed with hybrid materials featuring up to 15 points of articulation.

The “Ronin” Boba Fett will be available in December, the “Daisho” Darth Vader will debut in January , the “Teppou Ashigaru” Sandtrooper will be available in March and the Akazonae Royal Guard will be availble in May. The join the “Taisho” Darth Vader and the “Ashigaru” Stormtrooper which are already available. See pictures and full descriptions below and look for them on pre-order at fine retailers everywhere.

Meisho Movie Realization “Ronin” Boba Fett
Height: Approx. 6 3/4 inches; MSRP: $89.99
Available December!

Everyone’s favorite bounty hunter goes medieval! Boba Fett joins the Meisho Movie realization series in a spectacular feudal Japan aesthetic, appropriately portrayed as a lord-less “Ronin” Samurai via the sculpting talent of artists Takeyuki Takeya and Junichi Taniguchi. In addition to his EE-3 rifle portrayed as an flint-lock style blaster, this deluxe figure set features an extensive array of accessories that includes a characteristic backpack missile that can be removed/attached, and a moveable helmet mounted scope. In addition to a short ninja-style katana and sheath, numerous ninja-style blade accessories that are also included can be subtly attached to shin and forearm area mounting points.

Meisho Movie Realization Samurai General “Daisho” Darth Vader
Height: Approx. 7 inches; MSRP: $89.99
Available: January 2016

The greatly popular Samurai General Darth Vader makes a comeback in an all new Death Star motif. Another stunningly unique artistic interpretation master crafted by acclaimed artist Takeya Takayuki, Darth Vader – Death Star Armor – has a revamped armor design. Most notable is the fearsome Death Star-style crest on the helmet and highly detailed chest plate pattern. Set includes interchangeable hands, gun (large, small), and katana sword (light saber and regular).

Meisho Movie Realization “Teppou Ashigaru” Sandtrooper
Height: Approx. 6 3/4 inches; MSRP: $89.99
Available: March 2016

The third figure to join this unique series is the artillery packed Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper! The Sandtrooper version comes with two gun powder type rifles and a Japanese katana sword ready for battle. A special backpack is designed with meticulous detail and finished with a rusty patina look. Flexible material makes posing the Sandtrooper holding a firearm a breeze. The set includes three sets of interchangeable hands, blaster rifles (small and large), a Japanese katana set, and backpack.

Meisho Movie Realization “Akazonae” Royal Guard
Height: Approx. 6 3/4 inches; MSRP: $89.99
Available: May 2016

The imposing crimson-robed Akazonae Royal Guards are next to join the Samurai General’s side in this high-quality Japanese feudal take on the Star Wars legacy. The Akazonae Royal Guard comes wielding not only the iconic force pike-esque staff, but a traditional Japanese-style katana as well. The front robe pieces are removable, giving the option of displaying the Guard in a samurai armor fashion. For further nuanced posing, the Akazonae Royal Guard set also includes interchangeable hands. The unique use of “wa,” Japanese style also makes for a one of a kind sculpt design that fans cannot find anywhere else.

The following Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars products are available now through various retailers:

Meisho Movie Realization Samurai General “Taisho” Darth Vader
Height: Approx. 7 inches; MSRP: $92.99
Available Now!

An exquisitely rendered figure of Darth Vader portrayed as a Japan feudal era Samurai General. A unique artistic interpretation master crafted by acclaimed artist Takeya Takayuki, this original stylized figure pays homage to the Japan aesthetic and film influences on Star Wars. Tamashii Nations’ Movie Realization brand takes the theme of movies and infuses that concept into high quality figures. And the secret ingredient? All figures have an added pinch of “wa” (Japanese style) that makes for a one and only, unique design – from the tip of his sharp lightsaber-turned-katana to the meticulously sculpted Samurai-esque armor. Look closely at Vader’s helmet and one will notice the Imperial insignia arranged in elaborate “wa” style. Set includes two interchangeable lightsaber parts and 3 sets of interchangeable hands perfect for posing the Samurai-styled Sith Lord as he manipulates the Force.

Meisho Movie Realization “Ashigaru” Stormtrooper
Height: Approx. 6 3/4 inches; MSRP: $81.99
Available Now!

In this interpretation, Samurai Vader’s foot soldiers of the Empire come clad in far-gone Japanese feudal era attire and armament. The exquisite figure has been master crafted by Japan’s top sculpting talent and features hybrid materials used for dynamic posing possibilities Set includes katana and blaster rifle accessories, as well as three sets of interchangeable hand parts.

Toy Fair 2015 – Tamashii Nations

tf15-tnThe best place to see import toys at Toy Fair is the Bluefin / Tamashii Nations booth. They bring the best of Bandai’s Collector’s brand to the states from Japan. The gallery below doesn’t have all the product on display, but it does features some of my favorite items. Be sure to check out their third Mario Figuarts toy – up next is Yoshi as well as the Samurai inspired Darth Vader and Stromtrooper figures.

Bluefin Distribution Announce Preorders for S. H. Figuarts Batman & Joker and Unicorn Gundam

bluefinlogoBluefin, the distributors of Tamashii Nations product in the states have announced a December release date for the S. H. Figuarts Batman and Joker figures based on their appearance in the Injustice: Gods Among Us game. These each have a manufacturer’s suggested price of $57.99. Also set for a December release is the Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode) with an SRP of $209.99. Read descriptions of each item below and check them out in the gallery. You should be able to pre-order these soon at your favorite shops.

S.H. Batman “Injustice Ver.” – What better way to celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary than with an ambitiously awesome Batman action figure from Japan’s premium collectors label- Tamashii Nations? Sculpted in meticulous detail and featuring an unparalleled range of movement, the Dark Knight/Batman as he appears in the popular “Injustice: Gods Among Us” game joins the Tamashii Nations S.H.Figuarts advanced action figure line-up with a full array of accessories and an original design face mask part! Deluxe action figure set also includes interchangeable hand parts (two types), batarang x2, bat grenade, and grapple gun. Ideal for posing with S.H.Figuarts Joker (INJUSTICE Ver.) to recreate the ultimate arch-nemesis battle scene.

S.H. Figuarts Joker “Injustice Ver.” –  Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier Tamashii Nations brings on the insane. The Joker, “The Clown Prince of Crime” joins the S.H.Figuarts advanced action series as he appears in “Injustice: Gods Among Us” featuring wicked proportion and detail, as well as ridiculous articulation. Deluxe figure set includes a special, original design gas mask along with an insane array of accessories: interchangeable head part, interchangeable hand parts (3 sets), knife accessory, crowbar accessory, gun accessory, chattering teeth x2, and Joker card. Ideal for posing with S.H.Figuarts Batman (INJUSTICE Ver.) to recreate the ultimate arch-rival battle scene.

GFFMC Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode) “Unicorn Gundam” – Using a unique new metallic finish called `IRIS`, Unicorn Gundam is taken straight from the screen and brought to life in Tamashii Nations’ premium G.F.F.M.C (Gundam Fix Figuration Metal Composite) line. The rainbow tint of IRIS gives Unicorn an out of this world look, perfectly accentuating the Psychoframe. Set includes interchangeable hands (x3 sets), Beam Magnum, Hyper Bazooka, Beam Gatling (left, right), shield, Beam Saber (x2), and display stand. This spectacular assortment of accessories allows for the recreation of Unicorn Gundam at his finest!

SDCC Exclusive Armored Black Ranger Announced by Tamashii Nations

SDCC 2014 logoThe second SDCC exclusive from Tamashii Nations has been announced, a S. H. Figuarts Armored Black Ranger from the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. This figure includes the Power Axe, Thunder Slinger and Blade Blaster; as well as interchangeable hand parts (4 right, 3 left). Check it out below.

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