Monthly Archives: June 2020

  1. Premium Bandai USA Spreads Its Wings
    26
    Jun

    Premium Bandai USA Spreads Its Wings

    We are excited to announce a new wave of GUNPLA is available now for pre-order on Premium Bandai USA. P-Bandai USA continues to bring new and exciting items out West. A total of 11 model kits are making their way stateside, including the long-awaited Master Grade versions of ALTRON GUNDAM EW, GUNDAM HEAVYARMS CUSTOM EW, GUNDAM SANDROCK CUSTOM EW and the always beautiful TALLGEESE III from the popular series, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.

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  2. Kamen Rider Belts: DX vs CSM
    25
    Jun

    Kamen Rider Belts: DX vs CSM

    Kamen Rider belts are used to henshin (transform) characters in the show into their respective form or suit. After watching an episode or two, you feel like you have to own the belt of the rider. For some belts, there is a choice between DX (Deluxe)  and CSM (Complete Selection Modification); which one do you choose? We'll look at both DX and CSM belts and go over the features offered between the two.

    What is a DX and CSM Driver?

    DX and CSM drivers are replicated toys of a Kamen Riders transformation device. DX or Deluxe belts are the flagship toy of the annual rider series. It's because their release is simultaneous with the first episode or any new upcoming Kamen Rider in the annual series. Complete Selection Modification or more commonly known as CSM, are higher-quality reissued versions of older drivers.


    "The "Transform"

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  3. Top 5 Favorite Dragon Ball Characters
    16
    Jun

    Top 5 Favorite Dragon Ball Characters

    Dragon ball is a longtime running franchise. Created by Akira Toriyama in 1984, the manga was serialized by Shonen Jump, with the anime being adapted two years later. Dragon Ball has become a successful franchise all around the world, with millions of fans all over. It has had a major influence amongst many manga and anime fans as well. With a franchise running for over thirty years, there has been plenty of characters for fans to call their "favorite." We're here to give you our top 5 Dragon Ball characters.

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  4. Product Spotlight: Mashin Hero Wataru
    16
    Jun

    Product Spotlight: Mashin Hero Wataru

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  5. Bandai America Welcomes Virgo Shaka & Itachi Uchiha to the Anime Heroes
    14
    Jun

    Bandai America Welcomes Virgo Shaka & Itachi Uchiha to the Anime Heroes

    With SEVEN Anime Heroes characters already available (four from Naruto and three from Saint Seiya), this fall, fans can get their hands on two more favorites from Saint Seiya and Naruto – Virgo Shaka & Itachi Uchiha!

    Virgo Shaka is one of the twelve Gold Saints and is believed to be an incarnation of the gods due to his enormous Cosmo. Shaka is said to be one of the strongest Gold Saints by far in power.

    Itachi Uchiha is a rogue ninja and member of the international criminal organization known as Akatsuki. He is the older brother of Sasuke and a former Leaf ninja. Itachi is a brilliant and deadly ninja.

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  6. Bandai America Launches Tamagotchi On Wonder Garden
    11
    Jun

    Bandai America Launches Tamagotchi On Wonder Garden

    Everyone’s favorite virtual pet continues to evolve!

    Today, Bandai America is set to grow the Tamagotchi franchise in the North American market with the release of the Tamagotchi On Wonder Garden.

    Fans can be first in line for the new release with pre-sales starting online on June 11 at Target, Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, and Entertainment Earth with availability at mass, online, and specialty retailers nationwide starting July 26.

    In new lavender and turquoise colors, the Wonder Garden is equipped with a number of new, special features that’ll keep consumers entertained for hours.

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  7. Read or Watch: Manga vs Anime
    11
    Jun

    Read or Watch: Manga vs Anime

    Anime and manga are two distinct mediums. Manga are graphic novels or comics drawn in black and white. They are released via chapters or volumes and are the base of many anime titles. Anime are TV shows or movies, that are an animated version of the manga source title. Their distinct look or way it's animated is based upon the studio company in charge of the animation. Popular anime titles are released in seasons, otherwise an anime series will run for only one season consisting of either 12 or 24 episodes. With anime and manga being different from each other, which one is considered the preferred medium for any person?

    Benefits of Manga

    Reading manga is the equivalent of reading comic books. There are thousands of different manga available to the public, and with that many choices, not all manga get an anime adaptation. The same idea goes for comic book series adapted into movies. Depending on the series or the publisher, chapters are released weekly or monthly. There are benefits from reading manga, such as not being constrained to sit and watch a 30-minute episode and the ability to read at your own pace. For example, someone could read three manga chapters in the 30-minute span it takes to watch one episode of the anime. Another example

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  8. Top 5 Family-Friendly Anime
    05
    Jun

    Top 5 Family-Friendly Anime

    Anime is not for everyone. In a nutshell, anime can be too graphic or overtly sexual. With a variety of themes to explore, it is difficult to find a good anime that family members can all agree upon and watch together. That being said, there are still family-friendly anime out there. In no particular order, we have compiled a top 5 list of family friendly anime. Every anime listed can be watched on different streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, or Crunchyroll.

    Pokemon has been around for a very long time. Originally aired in Japan in 1997, this anime continues today with new episodes.

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  9. IMAGINATION WORKS Son Goku is the Pinnacle of Action Figures
    03
    Jun

    IMAGINATION WORKS Son Goku is the Pinnacle of Action Figures

    Tamashii Nations is proud to announce the arrival of IMAGINATION WORKS, the true pinnacle of action figures for the ultimate collector. Son Goku is the first figure in the 1/9 scale lineup. IMAGINATION WORKS brings a new level of prestige to the table with high quality sculptures, coloring, texture, value, and articulation. Your collection is about to be cranked up to new heights with Son Goku at the center of it.

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  10. Celebrating 40 Years of Gunpla
    02
    Jun

    Celebrating 40 Years of Gunpla

    In 1979, Mobile Suit Gundam, aired on television across Japan. A year later, the first ever Gunpla Hobby kits were created and sold in Japan. Now, 2020, we are celebrating 40 years of Gunpla. Manufactured by Bandai, these hobby kits were designed to match the likeness of the mobile suits seen in the series. These plastic hobby kits have come a long way from their initial release, and we are excited to see the future and growth these kits bring.

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary, we will be covering an array of all things Gunpla. We will look at the history of Gunpla, and how they managed to improve upon their kits with new techniques, along with key moments in history that helped shape this hobby today.

    Never built a Gunpla hobby kit? That's OK, as we will also explore how newcomers can get started to join the fun

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