First Gundam: The Origin Footage Shows The Early War Period

Posted by Bob Muir on Feb 19, 2015 in Anime

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin

Gundam fans who love the Universal Century timeline (i.e. most of the classic series) have been waiting for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, the four-episode OVA that retells the original series, focusing on Char Aznable’s life. The 35th anniversary production has a scene at the pivotal Battle of Loum, where Char earned the nickname “The Red Comet,” and the clip below shows part of that battle. I would have preferred less CGI, but this fight does look good, retaining the older anime art style with modern animation. The first episode is out in March in Japan, but a Blu-ray is due out in April, as well as a streaming option. Read more…

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Bandai to Halt Anime Localization? Ouch

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jan 3, 2012 in Animation

Yuki crying

According to reports, Bandai Entertainment announced that they’re through localizing new anime and manga. While they will continue to sell their current products, Bandai plans to shift its focus to license distribution. Subsequently, all the upcoming anime and manga series they’ve announced have been officially cancelled. If you were looking forward to Turn A Gundam, you’ll just have to hope someone will be able to re-license it once Bandai’s current license expires. This also applies to several upcoming manga titles like Gurren Lagann volume 7,  Code Geass, Kannagi 4, 5, 6 and others.

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Star Trek TNG Collectible Card Game Returns

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 24, 2011 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek

Star Trek TNG CCG 1

Back in 1994 Decipher published their first edition of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Customizable Card Game. For the most part, I’ve avoided collectible card games over the years, but I remember having given the game a shot. Unfortunately for a collectible card game, it was incredibly complex with as many as 17 different card types to keep track of. Decipher no longer holds the license for the franchise, and it’s been years since their last set hit the market. Bandai has taken this opportunity to step to the plate with their upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation Deck Building Game — for all intents and purposes, it’s safe to assume that means it’s just another collectible card game. has given us the first look at some of the upcoming cards that will be featured in this summers release.

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Transformable Kanji Are More Than Meets the Eye

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 19, 2010 in Hobbies and Collections

Mojibakeru kanji transformers

Get a load of these upcoming Mojibakeru kanji transformers from Bandai. Each one’s an animal such as a tiger, dragon or dog, that’s capable of transforming into its kanji, the Chinese and Japanese character for which it belongs. I’m not sure why I’ve always loved transformable toys so much, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy them all. I should probably note that these are just trading figures, so they’re not made of fancy PVC or anything and they’re certainly not an Autobot or anything, but for $1 how can you go wrong? I haven’t been able to locate a vendor for pre-orders, but you’ll probably be able to pick them up from AmiAmi. Read more…

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Bandai: Is the Official Company Uniform Gundam Cosplay?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 7, 2010 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections, Japanese TV

My favorite thing about this Mobile Suit Gundam toy commercial? The fact that it shows all of those Bandai employees dressed in in uniforms from the show: Read more…

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Bandai: Toy Fair 2009

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 17, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

Bandai: Toy Fair 2009 - An Impressive Power Rangers Robot Display!

The Bandai booth blew me away! Most of their display was behind closed doors, but guarding those doors were two huge oversized statues of a robot from Power Rangers and Ben 10: Read more…

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