Diamond Forges Strategic Partnership with Japanese Toy Giant Bandai
Beginning with the October cover-dated issue of Previews (Diamond
Comic Distributors, Inc.'s monthly catalog), a wealth of previously unavailable
Japanese toys and models will now be available to western collectors, competitively
priced, and available through comics specialty shops throughout North America!
It was with great excitement and enthusiasm that representatives of Diamond
Comic Distributors, Inc. and Japanese toy manufacturing giant, Bandai Co. Ltd.,
recently formed a strategic partnership to bring many of Bandai's incredible
toys and models to western shores. "This has been something we've been working towards
for many years now," stated Bill Schanes, Diamond Vice President of Purchasing. "We're
extremely pleased to finally have Bandai of Japan aboard with us." As Japanese
toy enthusiasts and collectors around the world know, Bandai is one of the
world's leading manufacturers of sci-fi and anime-related toys, models, and
collectibles, but many of their most desirable items have remained out of reach
to most western collectors.
The October issue of Previews features the first wave of toys and models
from Bandai Japan, including fourteen all-new Gundam Seed model kits,
and the latest releases in their world-renowned "Soul of Chogokin" (SOC) line.
Bandai's SOC line is one of the most popular die-cast series in the toy company's
long history. Part retro/tribute to the "chogokin" (metal or die-cast) toys
of the '70s, and part modern marvels, the SOC series brings the stars of Japan's
most popular and legendary animated series to life as high-end, ultra-detailed
die-cast toys, all featuring an unheard-of level of articulation and craftsmanship.
Future releases from Diamond and Bandai will include:
- Soul of Chogokin: Super Robots such as Mazinger Z characters Garada
M-2, and the "Mazinger's Angels" trio of Minerva-X, Diana-A,
Also scheduled for 2005 are high-end die-cast figures of Neon Genesis Evangelion's EVAs!
of Popynica: "Popynica" are die-cast vehicles and figures made
in the classic style of Bandai ancestor, Popy, and are based on classic
and recent anime, such as Kaneda's
Motorcyle from Akira.
Imaginative Chogokin: Hyper-detailed figures (usually with
a motorcycle or vehicle) including the family of Kamen Rider characters.
Fix Figuration: Deluxe, highly-articulated action
figures of Gundam Mobile
Suits, packed with weapons and accessories.
"These are the toys that collectors have been paying extremely high prices for
online," said Frank Supiot, Import Toys Brand Manager, "but now collectors
will have an all-new source for SOCs: their local comic shop. DCD
is working with Bandai Japan to bring these toys to the hardcore
collectors, as these items will not be made available through mass
market chain stores such as Wal Mart, Target, or Toys R Us."
Fans can find these and other great products at their local comics
shop, or by contacting the Comic Shop Locator Service toll free at
1-888-COMICBOOK (1-888-266- 4226), or by visiting them online.
|Posted 23 September, 2004 - 21:56 by JoshB|