NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND Mehve Glider Set Lands Today on BluefinBrands.com as First of Many Exclusives for Studio Ghibli Fans
Highly Collectible Mehve Glider Set Previously Released Only in Japan from Premium Bandai Now Available for First Time to Studio Ghibli Fans in North America
Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release
Special Thanks to Scott Barretto
While the popularity of its films has never waned over its 35-year history, Studio Ghibli is now enjoying a major resurgence as mainstream audiences everywhere experience its films for the first time — digitally. To address fan and collector demand, BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin), a BANDAI NAMCO Group company and the master distributor of officially licensed Studio Ghibli merchandise in North America, announced plans to offer exclusive limited-time and limited-run product for the first time ever in North America via its direct-to-consumer website BluefinBrands.com.
Today’s announcement is accompanied by Bluefin’s first such exclusive release — the Mehve Glider & Nausicaä Set (Full Action Ver.). Based on Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 film NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (風の谷のナウシカ, Kaze no Tani no Naushika), this highly-sought-after figure set was originally released last October and only available for sale in Japan via pre-order from Premium Bandai. The Mehve Glider & Nausicaä Set is part of Bandai’s Souzou Galleria series, a collection of elaborate desktop models that reproduce the unique world of Studio Ghibli works, and features a poseable figure and transformable glider with built-in light feature. Fans are encouraged to act quickly. A very limited quantity of the Mehve Glider & Nausicaä Set is available. The figure set will not be restocked once it sells out.
Bluefin manages a continuously expanding catalog of Studio Ghibli merchandise and currently distributes more than 250 licensed items ranging from accessories, crafts, puzzles, toys and collectibles to drinkware, bento boxes and towels based on a variety of Studio Ghibli properties including MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, SPIRITED AWAY and PRINCESS MONONOKE In addition to growing its product catalog, Bluefin is also committed to making officially licensed merchandise accessible to consumers everywhere through its extensive network online and brick and motor dealers – including major retailers like Barnes & Noble as well independent pop culture stores. As part of this strategy, just two months ago, the company successfully launched “Studio Ghibli Via Bluefin,” which has quickly become the go-to storefront for officially licensed Studio Ghibli merchandise on Amazon. Retailers interested in offering officially licensed Studio Ghibli products can visit BluefinCorp.com for dealer information.
■ Mehve Glider & Nausicaä Set
Release Date: In Stock; Limited Quantity Available
● From the Souzou Galleria series
● Dimensions: Glider wingspan ~10.1 inches; Nausicaä height ~2.6 inches
● Transformable glider
● Poseable figure
● Figure accessories
– Optional head x 1
– Optional pairs of hands x 3
– Long gun
– Muzzle whistle
● Display pedestal
● Materials: ABS, PETG, PVC
● Requires Batteries (LR41 x 2) – Not Included
● Manufacturer: BANDAI CO. LTD.
Available exclusively at BluefinBrands.com.
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About BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin)
Founded in 2002 by CEO Steve Fujimura, Bluefin established itself over the nearly two decades that followed as the leading master and channel distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products in North America. In 2019, it was acquired by BANDAI NAMCO Group and became BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (“BNC”). With the capabilities and resources to now offer the full range of wholesale and channel distribution services and support, BNC has achieved dramatic and continuous growth in retail distribution by providing both direct and indirect customers with outstanding service and fulfillment reinforced by year-round, multi-faceted marketing campaigns that engage fans and build their online communities. As BNC’s consumer-facing brand, Bluefin currently distributes BANDAI’s Tamashii Nations, Hobby and Shokugan lines throughout the U.S. alongside products from Storm Collectibles, Mr. Hobby, GSI Creos, SEN-TI-NEL and Flame Toys; in addition to serving as North American consumer products and retail development partner for Studio Ghibli. For more information, visit bluefinbrands.com.
About BANDAI CO. LTD.
BANDAI CO. LTD., the toy and hobby unit of BANDAI NAMCO Group, was established in 1950 and is responsible for the planning, development, manufacturing and marketing of toys, capsule toys, cards, confectionery and foods, apparel, sundries, and other products. For more information, visit bandai.co.jp.
About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature of 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine. For more information, visit ghibli.jp.