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Brian K. Vaughan to Write Live-Action “Gundam” Film

April marks the 40th anniversary for “Mobile Suit Gundam”, a highly influential anime that continues to produce new sagas every year. A live-action movie will soon be joining the portfolio, and the writer helming it is one comic lovers will be excited to hear about.

According to a report form Deadline, Brian K. Vaughan will be writing the Gundam film. This seems to be a part of his three-year overall deal with Legendary, where the film studio would make movies based on his original works as well as other projects they present to him.

Vaughan is known for Y: The Last Man (which will also have a TV series soon), Runaways, Ex Machina, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, Private Eye, Saga, and Paper Girls (which will be concluding soon). Vaughan has won 14 Eisner Awards, 14 Harvey Awards, and a Hugo Award for his work.

The 1979 series was created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, who founded a landmark anime that has influenced countless other series through the decades.

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Anime NYC 2018: GUNPLA Builders World Cup (GBWC) 2018

The GBWC is an annual international competition sponsored by Bandai Hobby to determine the world’s best Gundam model builder. During Anime NYC 2018, the Northeast US Regional Qualifier was held, and saw some amazing Gundam models participating in this stiff competition.

In the US, eight regional contests will be held across the country to determine the USA Representative for the final round, held on December 9, 2018 in Japan!

GUNPLA builders may enter in the categories of Best Universal Century Model, Best Alternate Universe, Best SD, and Best Factory Finish – with their models judged on Painting, Craftsmanship, and overall Concept. The final USA Representative will go on to compete against modelers from other nations – and one will be crowned the best GUNPLA builder on the planet!

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Dragon Ball Z, DC & Marvel Figma Figuarts by Tamashii Nations

Kamehamehah! Tamashii Nations brought out a ton of new DBZ and Dragon Ball Super figures (or Figuarts) at NY Toy Fair 2018. Here is a taste of them!

Tamashii Nations also unveiled many new figures (or Figuarts) during NY Toy Fair 2018, including a variety from the DC Comics Cinematic Universe of characters from the Justice League movie, Batman and The Joker from the upcoming Batman anime, and new Jaegers and Kaiju from Pacific Rim 2.

Finally, Tamashii Nations always has tons of new product at their booth, and NY Toy Fair 2018 was no exception. This video showcases some of their Samurai Star Wars & Marvel figures, Power Rangers figures and zords in various scales, and many new Gundam model kits. Plus, digivolving Digimon and a few other surprises!

For all of our NY Toy Fair 2018 video coverage, check out our huge playlist with over 50 videos – http://bit.ly/2CpzFHi

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Bluefin Announces Bandai & Bandai Hobby NYCC 2017 Exclusives

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, heads to New York Comic Con with a variety of notable show exclusives from Bandai Hobby and Bandai’s Shokugan line.

New York Comic Con takes place October 5th – 8th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the nation’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. For more information, please visit NewYorkComicCon.com and NYCC’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Bluefin’s Bandai brands will be located at Booth #1612.

Bandai Hobby NYCC Exclusive
Bluefin is proud to unveil Bandai Hobby’s Perfect Grade 1/72 Scale Millennium Falcon for exclusive purchase at New York Comic Con ahead of its retail release later this year. This stunning release depicts Han Solo’s iconic space ship as it appeared in Star Wars: A New Hope and offers builders the highest quality grade in terms of complexity, features, realism and detail, and includes almost 700 parts. The Bandai Hobby Perfect Grade Millennium Falcon will carry a NYCC MSRP of $400.00.

Manufactured in Japan by Bandai Hobby, the Star Wars Plastic Model line features notable vehicles from the classic Star Wars films as well as those created by Disney. 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 kits do not require glue.

Bandai Hobby GunPla NYCC Exclusives
Bluefin also delights GunPla fans during NYCC with an array of special event only kits. All of the following Gundam exclusives are special color variants that were previously only available at events in Asia:

Bandai MG Tallgeese (EW) (Special Coating Ver), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz” · $80.00
Bandai MG Gundam Fenice Rinascita (Clear Color), “Gundam Build Fighters”· $50.00
Bandai HGUC Pale Rider (Ground Heavy Equipment Type) Hades Mode Extra Finish Version · 1/144 Scale · $30.00
Bandai HGUC Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode) + Unicorn Head Final Battle Version, “Gundam UC” · 1/144 Scale · $30.00
Bandai RG Build Strike Gundam Full Package (RG System Image Color),
“Gundam Build Fighters” · 1/144 Scale · $30.00
Bandai HGBF Super Fumina Axis Angel Ver. (Mk-II Axis Image Color),
“Gundam Build Fighters”· $22.00
Bandai HGPG Petit’gguy Fortune Red, “Gundam Build Fighters” · $12.00
Bandai HGPG Petit’gguy Fortune Orange, “Gundam Build Fighters” · $12.00
Bandai SD BB Build Strike Gundam Full Package (Metallic Gloss Injection)
“Gundam Build Fighters” · $10.00

Bandai Hobby NYCC Early Releases
A small number of the new Hi Resolution Model Wing Gundam Zero (EW), the U.S.’s most popular Gundam character, will be available for purchase just mere days after its debut in Japan. This special die-cast and plastic model kit hybrid will retail for $130.00

Bandai Shogukan NYC Early Releases
Bluefin also will offer NYCC attendees early-purchase opportunities for new Power Rangers Megazord and Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kits from Bandai’s Shogukan collections. These kits are fully articulated and faithfully recreate the proportions and details from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. As the Super Mini-Pla name implies, these compact model kits offer simple pre-colored snap-together assembly. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the following kits do not require glue. By combining all 8 Zords from the Megazord and Drangonzord, fans can create the all-powerful Mega Dragonzord!

Bandai Shogukan Power Rangers Megazord Super Mini-Pla Set · $60.00
Set consists of 5 core Zords – Tyrannosurus, Mastodon, Triceratops, Saber-Toothed Tiger and Pterodactyl that can be combined to form the Power Ranger Megazord. The kit also comes with the Power Sword. Enjoy the Dragonzord by itself or combine the components with the Zords from the Power Rangers Megazord Super Mini-Pla Set to create the all-powerful “Mega Dragonzord.”

Bandai Shogukan Power Rangers Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kit· $45.00
Catch the debut of the Dragonzord, the Zord of the Green Power Ranger. Go into Dragonzord Battle Mode by combining the Mastodon, Saber-Toothed Tiger, and Triceratops Zords. Enjoy the Dragonzord by itself or combine the components with the Zords from the Power Rangers Megazord Super Mini-Pla Set to create the all-powerful “Mega Dragonzord.”

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Viz launches new “Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt” Manga

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, unleashes a fresh take on the classic Gundam universe with the release of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT on November 15th.

The new manga series created by Yasuo Ohtagaki delivers an action-packed, character-driven story set in the distant future where the forces of the Earth Federation fight to quell an uprising by the rebellious Principality of Zeon. The preeminent weapons in this struggle are massive robots with human pilots called Mobile Suits.

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT will be published in print under the VIZ Signature imprint and is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens. Volume 1 will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN. Future volumes will be published on a quarterly basis.

“MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT is an exciting addition to the world of Mobile Suit Gundam, which has been thrilling legions of fans for almost 40 years,” says Michael Montesa, Editor. “The new series delivers a tense storyline filled with vivid battle scenes featuring plenty of imaginatively designed mobile suits, making this a fitting addition to one of science fiction’s most legendary action properties.”

In the Universal Century year 0079, the space colony known as Side 3 proclaims independence as the Principality of Zeon and declares war on the Earth Federation. One year later, they are locked in a fierce battle for the Thunderbolt Sector, an area of space scarred by the wreckage of destroyed colonies.

As the first volume opens, two veteran Mobile Suit pilots leap into this maelstrom of destruction: the deadly Zeon sniper Daryl Lorenz, and Federation ace Io Fleming. It’s the beginning of a rivalry that can end only when one of them is destroyed. The lightning-streaked debris fields are about to become the stage for an epic duel where death is the only true winner.

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Bluefin Announces Gundam Builder’s World Cup Contest

Bluefin is Bandai’s official U.S. GunPla product distributor and the company will hold regional qualifiers across the country throughout 2016 at a variety of major conventions including:

·         Anime Central in Rosemont. IL
·         FanimeCon in San Jose, CA
·         A-Kon in Dallas, TX
·         Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA
·         Otakon in Baltimore, MD
·         New York Comic Con, held in Manhattan, NYC

The U.S. top representative will win a FREE round trip to Japan to compete in the final round at the World Championship in Tokyo, Japan.

The Bandai GunPla Builders World Cup is an annual competition sponsored by Bandai Hobby to determine the world’s best Gundam model builder who is awarded the title of GunPla World Cup Champion. Each year, aspiring top modelers from countries such as Japan, China, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Italy, the United States, Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and Malaysia compete for the prestigious world championship title.

Competitors are encouraged to create customized models utilizing Bandai Gundam model kit(s) as the starting point. Many contestants blend different kits and add a variety of custom fabricated parts and unique accessories to make their creations truly one-of-a-kind.  The competition has produced jaw dropping work ranging from highly detailed designs from the various Gundam TV animated series as well as completely original designs.

The 2015 World Champion winner, Win Eiam-Ong, created a breathtaking entry, titled “Another Late Night,” a diorama that depicted a carpenter admiring her latest masterpiece – a Gundam model realistically painted to look like it was constructed entirely of wood.

More rules and information can be found on Bluefin’s website.

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Dark Horse Comics celebrates 25 Years of Publishing Manga

March 2013 is Manga Month at Dark Horse Comics. The comics company is celebrating 25 years of publishing some of the best and most exciting Manga in the industry, partnering with Manga greats like Amano, CLAMP, Hiroya Oku, Yasuhiro Nightow, Kohta Hirano and so many more! They’ve also been publishing english editions of the longest running Manga in publishing, “Oh My Goddess” (which was one of my earliest Manga reads, don’t judge). Dark Horse’s Manga expert extraordinaire and editor, Carl Horn, details their history and what we’re celebrating:

It began as it usually does—with Godzilla rising from the sea. Dark Horse’s first manga, published twenty-five years ago this May, was Kazuhisa Iwata’s adaptation of the 1984 Godzilla movie. It was edited and adapted into English by the founder and president of the company, Mike Richardson, and its vice president of publishing, Randy Stradley. Looking back, the choice seems to pay tribute to the original generation of Japanese pop culture fans in North America, whom they represent. After all, anime’s been on TV here since 1963, but as far back as the 1950s young Americans were thrilling to Japanese kaiju (giant monster) films that were dubbed in English for US theaters, such as Godzilla and Rodan. The tremendous success of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise (from which Dark Horse’s latest release, Evangelion: Comic Tribute, is out in March) has encouraged some of today’s fans to rediscover the kaiju tradition, which remains an important influence on the work of Evangelion director Hideaki Anno.

That brings us right around to anime, which issue #1 of Godzilla already had a nod to. I noticed the ad on the last page that promoted a Dark Horse comic book series that had begun just the year before entitled Mecha,promising a story “in the tradition of Mobile Suit Gundam.” What struck me is that Dark Horse was saying this in 1988—ten years before Gundam had its first US home video release, and twelve years before any Gundam would be broadcast on TV here. But Mecha’s writer (Randy Stradley once more, with pencils and mecha designs by Harrison Fong) was already building Gundam models back then, and he was confident the kind of fans who read Dark Horse would know what he meant; Randy’s editorial on the inside front cover of Mecha #1 felt free to mention not only Gundam, but Macross, Dunbine, and Orguss as influences. Mecha, in fact, was Dark Horse’s very first comic book to be published in color.

Dark Horse is unusual among North American manga companies for its strong tradition of comic book publishing. But that’s the very tradition that launched manga here—all through the 1980s and ’90s, the standard industry format for manga publishing in English involved putting one or two new chapters out each month as a comic book, and we still publish series such as Oh My Goddess! and Blade of the Immortal that began that way. It may seem a strange way to publish manga now, and yet, it had a certain authenticity to the way manga are published in Japan, where they aren’t released straight to tankobon (graphic novel) format, but are instead serialized chapter by chapter in magazines that have page sizes more similar to American comics than tankobon. When I look back over the space of a quarter century to that first issue of Godzilla, the fact that our first manga looked like our first comic books takes on a special meaning—it symbolizes how they were right alongside each other in our founding years, and how they both remain at the core of our identity as a publisher. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it in this, Dark Horse’s twenty-fifth manga anniversary year.

-Carl Horn, Editor

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “Bluefin Distribution” unveils Sailor Moon, DBZ, Power Rangers and more

“Bluefin Distribution” came to NY Toy Fair with many debuting products for the serious fan of Japanese toys!

This is another one of those posts that is really all about the photo gallery, so be on the look out for new super-poseable toys from “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”, Sailor Moon, prototypes for Dragonball Z, Mazinger, One Piece, Godzilla, King Kong, Fatal Fury, and tons of other hot Japanese properties. Bluefin always has an exciting booth to visit of toys that would bankrupt me if I bought too many of them.

Check out the massive gallery below to see all the latest things from Bluefin!

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