Bandai America Unleashes Action-Packed Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game
March 20, 2008

As New Dragon Ball Z Action FiguresDebut, Fans Will Soon be Able to Battle with Cards From All ThreeDragon Ball Sagas for the First Time Ever

(CYPRESS, CA – MARCH 18, 2008) – With the return of original toy manufacturer Bandai America Inc. to the Dragon Ball Zfranchise, fans can further celebrate with the highly anticipated debutof an all-new Dragon Ball collectible card game this Summer from BandaiCollectible Games.  For the first time ever, characters from all threeaction-packed Dragon Ball sagas will be incorporated, as well asexclusive and dynamic artwork.  Goku fever is sure to reach an all-timehigh, particularly since Bandai America has new Dragon Ball Z actionfigures hitting retail this month.

“Bandai’s Dragon Ballcard game has already seen huge success throughout Asia and Europe, andwe’re finally thrilled to introduce our new CCG to North America, alongwith a lineup of action figures and other toys throughout the year,”said Danny Satyapan, director of Bandai America’s cards division. “Fans everywhere have definitely been responding to the stunning newDragon Ball images that are exclusive to our cards, and our game systemhas been getting rave reviews from U.S. players.”

The Dragon Ball franchise consists of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, and is one of the most successful anime properties of all time.  It was born in Japan as a manga comic by the famed artist, Akira Toriyama (who also helped to create the new Blue Dragon property, another Bandai America toy line launching Fall 2008).  The Dragon Ball Z saga first arrived in the U.S. in 1996 and continues to air to this day on Cartoon Network. 

The Dragon Ball Collectible Card Gamefeatures a game system similar to Bandai America’s hit Naruto CCG,which has been a huge success among fans.  As a result, the Dragon Ballcard game is sure to appeal and be familiar to the legions of Narutoenthusiasts.  The compatibility of these two CCGs will undoubtedlyresult in incredible card game battles between these two very popularlicenses.

The Dragon Ball Collectible Card Gamefuses the exciting action from all three sagas by allowing players tobattle against their opponents with their favorite characters like Gokuand Vegeta.  Debuting July 18th, the “Warriors Return”Starter Decks have a SRP of $8.99 and Booster Packs retail for $3.99. Bandai America is supporting the game with a strong organized playprogram that will reward tournament participation at conventions andhobby retailers with promotional Dragon Ball Z cards, game mats andother exclusive prizing.  For more information about Bandai’sCollectible Games,  log onto

To celebrate itsmuch-anticipated return, Bandai America recently launched two actionfigure assortments – the 2.5” Ultimate Spark Figures and4.5” Real Works figures – to satisfy the existing demand for toys amongadult fans.  Both offer highly-stylized and Japanese-inspiredpackaging.  For the Fall, Bandai is unveiling three action figuresfeaturing new sculpts, as well as role-play toys sure to appeal toyounger fans.  The company is a consistent leader in the action figureand role-play categories, given its 16 year success with Power Rangers,as well as with hot new boys’ brand Ben 10. 


About Bandai America Inc.

A leader in introducingJapanese toy trends to the United States, Bandai America Incorporatedis a subsidiary of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc., an entity thatresulted from the integration of Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co. Ltd. ofJapan.  Global interests encompass six strategic business units: toysand hobby (toys, models, apparel and sundries), amusement facilities,game content (home and arcade console gaming), network (mobile phoneand PC content), visual and music content (including homeentertainment), and an affiliated business group.  Bandai America isthe manufacturer and master toy licensee of some of the most popularbrands in children’s toys and entertainment today, including PowerRangers, Ben 10TM, Dragon Ball Z®, Digimon, Blue DragonTM and Tamagotchi®.  The company is headquartered in Cypress, California and information is available at

About Toei Animation Co., Ltd.

With headquarters inTokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Paris, ToeiAnimation (Jasdaq: 4816) ranks amongst the world’smost prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation’s operationsinclude animation development and production, and worldwide marketingand program licensing. Since it’s founding in 1956, Toei Animation hasproduced more than 9,000 episodes of TV series (189 titles) and 172long feature films as of March, 2007.


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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