Rejoice, brothers! The battle is joined, and at long last, something Warhammer 40K fans have been asking for since the 1st millenium. That’s right, for the first time ever, we are getting Warhammer 40K action figures!
Announced on the Warhammer community page, Bandai has joined forces with Games Workshop to produce fully painted and articulated action figures.
Standing at 7 inches tall, we know so far that the Primaris Space Marine will be the first to join the ranks, and will include “exchangeable weapons, and all sorts of other cool details,” though what those are have yet to be revealed.
Check out the image above for an example of the scale difference between the figures and one of the average miniatures!
According to the press release, other Space Marines will be part of this initial offering, but that info has not been announced at this time.
Bandai will also be producing a series of smaller figures in the Chibi style! These two-inch figures will include Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor, an Eversor Assassin, a Sister of Battle, a Skitarii Ranger and a Space Marine as part of the first wave.
These figures will also be full painted,and released in “gashopon” style, meaning blind boxes that come out of vending machines in Japan. Distribution outside of Japan will see them released in proper blind boxes.
This is great news not just for Warhammer fans like me who have been begging for action figures, but also for Bandai. Hasbro scooped up the Power Rangers license recently, one of the biggest parts of Bandai’s toy empire for many years. They need a new international franchise to keep them strong, and Warhammer is a very unique one with not only worldwide appeal, but also skewing towards a focus on adult collectors more than children.
I look forward to seeing where Bandai goes with these figures, and I especially look forward to owning them all very soon.