BLUEFIN ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE OF BANDAI HOBBY’S CHARACTER LINE OF STAR WARS MODEL KITS
March 13, 2018

Snap-Together Kits Are Set For Retail Debut In Late Spring And Include Fully Articulated And Highly Detailed Characters From Classic As Well As The Latest Star Wars Films

 

 

Anaheim, CA, March 12, 2018 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, brings the force to Star Wars fans and retailers as it announces the Star Wars Character Line of model kits from Bandai Hobby.

 

The news of these highly anticipated new products follows Bluefin’s previous North American release of the Star Wars Scale Vehicle Model kit line that encompassed notable crafts and space ships from the earlier classic Star Wars films as well as from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Bandai Hobby is renowned for its high-quality model kits that blend complex detail and innovative construction that fans of all skill levels can enjoy. The kits in the Star Wars Character Line require no glue and color injection molding reduces or even eliminates the need for paint.

 

Some kits, such as the Han Solo and Luke Skywalker releases, feature new technology that allows a digitally printed likeness to be rendered onto the facial components in the kit. Once completed, each Character Line model is fully articulated and capable of replicating numerous iconic poses.

Pre-orders are available now from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets.

 

Manufactured in Japan, the Star Wars Plastic Model Character Line includes classic characters such as Darth Vader, the Storm Trooper, C-3PO and R2D2 as well as others like Kylo Ren and BB-8 from the latest Star Wars movies. Originally available only for the Asian market, these official U.S. releases will include English instructions and will also have product support from Bluefin.

 

The Bandai Hobby Star Wars Character Line features kits in 1/12, 1/6, and 1/2 scales. Initial characters to be released will be in the 1/12 scale and will have an MSRP range of $28.00 – $50.00:

Initial Bandai Hobby Star Wars Plastic Model Character Releases for North America will include:

 

  • Darth Vader
  • Boba Fett
  • Stormtrooper
  • C-3PO
  • R2-D2 & R4-D5
  • K-2SO
  • Han Solo Stormtrooper
  • Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper
  • Shoretrooper
  • Clone Trooper
  • General Grievous
  • Kylo Ren
  • BB-8
  • First Order Stormtrooper

 

Additional character releases will be announced throughout 2018.

 

 

About Bluefin

Based in Anaheim, CA, Bluefin built its reputation as a leading distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products. In recent years, Bluefin has grown to include a range of high quality collectible lines from the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore and established itself as the official North American consumer products and retail development partner for Studio Ghibli. Selling to thousands of specialty, chain and independent stores, Bluefin is an official North American distributor for Bandai Hobby, Bandai Shokugan, Storm Collectibles, Blitzway, and is the sole provider of Bandai Tamashii Nations products, and is also the exclusive and official distributor for Mr. Hobby, SEN-TI-NEL and Flame Toys. Additional information is available at: www.bluefincorp.com.

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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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