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    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

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press launches the new series I Don’t Know How To Give Birth. From manga creator, Ayami Kazama, comes a personal, informative, and cute autobiography of an artist approaching her first experience with childbirth. A humorous and heartfelt autobiographical comic essay of a manga artist new to the challenges of motherhood. Follow her maternal journey as she learns the ins and outs of pregnancy and childbirth — and the impossibility of finding comfy maternity underwear! I Don’t Know How To Give Birth is available now. About Yen Press, LLC ­­Yen Press, LLC is a joint venture between Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. Founded in 2006, Yen Press has quickly risen to become one of the largest and most prolific

    It’s time for a supercute celebration! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush RSVP for the party of the year as Loot Crate celebrates Sanrio’s 60th anniversary with the October ‘Anniversary’ themed Sanrio® Crate! Kick off the celebration with new and exclusive Hello Kitty® and Friends collectibles and gear. The October Anniversary crate includes a Loot Crate exclusive Hello Kitty Cake Figure, a Loot Crate exclusive Jewelry Pouch and other supercute items showcasing 60 years of Hello Kitty and Friends. Fans won’t want to miss out on getting these amazing anniversary-themed surprises. To unwrap the gift of exclusive Sanrio items & more inside the next Hello Kitty and Friends crate, be sure to order by October 15 at 9:00pm PST. Sanrio Crates start at $39.99 plus shipping and handling. These crates sell out fast, so

    Source: NECA Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has announced new variant editions of their recently released Godzilla 1989 and 2003 figures. Both will be available exclusively from Target in early September. Product details for the 2003 Godzilla follow. Check the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan for similar info on the 1989 figure. Godzilla – 12″ Head to Tail Action Figure – Classic 2003 Godzilla “Hyper Maser Blast” Variant Based on its appearance in the 2003 film, GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S (ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ 東京SOS, Gojira x Mosura x Mekagojira Tōkyō Esu Ō Esu, 2003), Godzilla stands approximately 6” tall and measures 12” long from head to tail. Featuring over 30 points of articulation and an articulated tail, this Godzilla from the Millennium Era is painted in yellow highlights replicating the energy strikes from the JSDF’s Maser Cannons. The figure measures

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press, LLC announced its latest title acquisitions today, which include several manga — Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition, Grim Reapder and Four Girlfriends Omnibus Edition, Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness, The World’s Finest Assasin Reincarnated Into Another World, Adachi and Shimamura, Dear NOMAN, Golden Japanesque – Yokohama Karentan –, Mama Akuma, Mint Chocolate, Sasaki and Miyano, The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess, and the novel and comic adaptation of the highly-anticipated Solo Leveling. Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition Story and Darren Shan Art by Takahiro Arai Discover the manga adaptation of Darren Shan’s Cirque Du Freak, now back in a new omnibus form! Darren Shan was an average kid until destiny brought him to the Cirque du Freak. Now Darren’s been immersed into a shadowy

    Source: NECA Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has announced new variant editions of their recently released Godzilla 1989 and 2003 figures. Both will be available exclusively from Target in early September. Product details for the 1989 Godzilla follow. Check back next week for similar info on the 2003 figure. Godzilla – 12″ Head to Tail Action Figure – Classic 1989 Godzilla “Biollante Bile” Variant This version of the beloved monster is based on its appearance during the final battle from the film, GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE (ゴジラ VS ビオランテ, Gojira Tai Biorante, 1989). Godzilla is painted with splashes of bright green to replicate the acidic sap spewed by Biollante. The figure measures 6″ tall and 12” long from head to tail and comes with a radioactive blast effect part. It features over 30 points of articulation, including an articulated

    Source: The Op Special Thanks to Jamie Scharbarth and Jake Davis usaopoly (The Op) is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new JENGA: GODZILLA Extreme Edition game. The titan of terror is trying to bring your tower down with a heat ray. Featuring custom game play, players remove and replace blocks according to the directives to keep it standing through every threatening roll of the dice. Beware, Godzilla marches toward the tower raising the threat of destruction with every step! The game comes with 54 Hardwood Jenga Blocks, Custom Godzilla Approach Track, Custom Godzilla Die and a loading tray to assemble the Jenga Block Tower. JENGA: GODZILLA Extreme Edition is now available (SRP: $19.99) from retailers. The game is designed for 2 or more players and recommended for ages 8+. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen New manga acquisitions news today from publisher Yen Press as the company announces 3 new titles set for print and digital debut in November and December of this year. 86 Eighty-Six Story by Asatao Asato Artwork by Motoki Yoshihara Original illustrations by Shirabii Long besieged by the fully autonomous killing machines known as the Legion, the Republic of San Magnolia endeavors to turn the tide of war by employing autonomous weapons of their own… Enjoy Asato-Asato’s award winning novel in fully illustrated manga form! Filled with political and military intrigue, 86 Eighty-Six has grown rapidly in popularity appealing to core fans of light novels as well as fans of military science fiction series such as Code Geass and Mobile Suit Gundam. An anime adaptation of 86 Eighty-Six has been announced

    First Round of 2020 SDCC Exclusives Feature Dragon Ball and Godzilla Franchises and S.H.Figuarts, S.H.MonsterArts, FiguartsZERO, Dragon Stars and Final Blast Series Lines Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Fans need wait no longer because tonight BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) officially drops this year’s collection of anime and kaiju San Diego Comic-Con exclusive figures. For 2020, Bluefin, the BANDAI NAMCO Group company and leading distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products in North America, is offering nine different figures from the Dragon Ball and Godzilla franchises across five of the most popular figure lines from Tamashii Nations and Bandai America. “With San Diego Comic-Con happening virtually this year, we’re excited to offer our 2020 event exclusive to the general public for the very first time,” said Adam Newman, CMO of Bluefin. “This collection of Tamashii

    Source: NECA press release Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has announced that their Godzilla 1989 and 2003 Action Figures are rolling out from their warehouse this week and will soon be available from retailers. Godzilla – 12″ Head to Tail Action Figure – Classic 1989 Godzilla This version of the beloved monster is based on its appearance in the 1989 film, Godzilla vs Biollante. The figure measures 6″ tall and 12” long from head to tail and comes with a radioactive blast effect part. It features over 30 points of articulation, including an articulated tail! Godzilla will come packaged in collector friendly window box packaging with opening flap. Item Number: 42898 Release Date: July 2020 SRP: $24.99

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Tatsuru Kaneda Bandai Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos of their new Jet Jaguar Punch Punch Punch figure set. The next release in Bnadai’s “Kaiju Out of the Law” series includes two Jet Jaguar figures (one in his giant pose, the second in a flying pose), two sets of replacement arms, and the flash flash effect parts for the robot’s transformation from human sized to giant. This item is now available for international preorders on the Premium Bandai website. Kaiju Out of the Law: Jet Jaguar Punch Punch Punch Set/ 怪獣番外地 ジェットジャガー パンチパンチパンチセット. Manufacturer: Bandai Product Size: Jet Jaguar Giant Pose Height Approximately 20cm (7.9 Inches), Jet Jaguar Flying Pose Height Approximately 21cm (8.27 Inches) Material: PVC, ABS Release Date: December 2020 (Japan) Price: ¥19,800 (Approximately $185.40 US, Tax Included)

    Source: NECA press release Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has provided high res photos of the packaging for their Godzilla 1989 and 2003 Action Figures. Both figures are now available from retailers for the SRP of $24.99 each. Please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan for photos of the figures. About NECA, Inc. NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) provides wholesale merchandise based on a wide variety of licenses. They are one of the largest providers of wholesale licensed movie merchandise in the country. With products from popular licenses like THE HUNGER GAMES, PACIFIC RIM and GODZILLA, the company provides vendors with the hottest licensed merchandise they can get.

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press has launched a notable new manga series with the debut of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation. The new manga series is a spin-off from the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, which has been one of Yen’s most successful literary releases. The new series by Fuse, author of the original That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, features artwork by Sho Okagiri and Mitz Vah. Volume 1 is available now in-print and digitally on Yen Press partner platforms. About That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation With all its innovations, the kingdom of Tempest-founded by the demon lord Rimuru-is a

    Hit the books with your favorite anime franchises and characters! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Sharpen your pencils, grab your books and get ready to learn all you can about Loot Anime’s August ‘School’ themed crate. Be THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL, KEEP YOUR HANDS OF EIZOUKEN and chow down with SAIKI K. The August crate includes exclusive items and gear from some of your favorite anime properties, including an exclusive THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL T-shirt, one of the first products made from the new hit series that debuted in July. Also included is a MY HERO ACADEMIA Perfect Bound Notebook and more awesome items from your favorite anime shows. To unbox this educational assortment of anime items be sure to order by August 27 at 9:00pm PST. Anime Crates start at

    For a long time in the world of gaming, there have been two principal titans. The first is the combined might of the west, generally consolidated around the UK and the United States. The other is Japan, the relatively smaller nation which is responsible for perhaps more contributions to gaming than all other countries combined. When comparing gaming to other forms of international entertainment such as movies, and novels, the cultural divide between the West and Japan has often proven far too great for translation to succeed. While there are obvious exceptions to this in anime and manga, in general terms, pushing for a transfer is commonly seen as simply not worth the effort. So why is it then, that gaming has so easily bucked this trend? From RPGs to action-shooters, the jump has been an immensely successful one, and we want to

    For a long time in the world of gaming, there have been two principal titans. The first is the combined might of the west, generally consolidated around the UK and the United States. The other is Japan, the relatively smaller nation which is responsible for perhaps more contributions to gaming than all other countries combined. When comparing gaming to other forms of international entertainment such as movies, and novels, the cultural divide between the West and Japan has often proven far too great for translation to succeed. While there are obvious exceptions to this in anime and manga, in general terms, pushing for a transfer is commonly seen as simply not worth the effort. So why is it then, that gaming has so easily bucked this trend? From RPGs to action-shooters, the jump has been an immensely successful one, and we want to

    Hit the books with your favorite anime franchises and characters! Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Sharpen your pencils, grab your books and get ready to learn all you can about Loot Anime’s August ‘School’ themed crate. Be THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL, KEEP YOUR HANDS OF EIZOUKEN and chow down with SAIKI K. The August crate includes exclusive items and gear from some of your favorite anime properties, including an exclusive THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL T-shirt, one of the first products made from the new hit series that debuted in July. Also included is a MY HERO ACADEMIA Perfect Bound Notebook and more awesome items from your favorite anime shows. To unbox this educational assortment of anime items be sure to order by August 27 at 9:00pm PST. Anime Crates start at

    Source: Yen Press, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Yen Press has launched a notable new manga series with the debut of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation. The new manga series is a spin-off from the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, which has been one of Yen’s most successful literary releases. The new series by Fuse, author of the original That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, features artwork by Sho Okagiri and Mitz Vah. Volume 1 is available now in-print and digitally on Yen Press partner platforms. About That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1: The Ways of the Monster Nation With all its innovations, the kingdom of Tempest-founded by the demon lord Rimuru-is a

    Source: NECA press release Special Thanks to Peter de Leon NECA has provided high res photos of the packaging for their Godzilla 1989 and 2003 Action Figures. Both figures are now available from retailers for the SRP of $24.99 each. Please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan for photos of the figures. About NECA, Inc. NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) provides wholesale merchandise based on a wide variety of licenses. They are one of the largest providers of wholesale licensed movie merchandise in the country. With products from popular licenses like THE HUNGER GAMES, PACIFIC RIM and GODZILLA, the company provides vendors with the hottest licensed merchandise they can get.

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Tatsuru Kaneda Bandai Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos of their new Jet Jaguar Punch Punch Punch figure set. The next release in Bnadai’s “Kaiju Out of the Law” series includes two Jet Jaguar figures (one in his giant pose, the second in a flying pose), two sets of replacement arms, and the flash flash effect parts for the robot’s transformation from human sized to giant. This item is now available for international preorders on the Premium Bandai website. Kaiju Out of the Law: Jet Jaguar Punch Punch Punch Set/ 怪獣番外地 ジェットジャガー パンチパンチパンチセット. Manufacturer: Bandai Product Size: Jet Jaguar Giant Pose Height Approximately 20cm (7.9 Inches), Jet Jaguar Flying Pose Height Approximately 21cm (8.27 Inches) Material: PVC, ABS Release Date: December 2020 (Japan) Price: ¥19,800 (Approximately $185.40 US, Tax Included)

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