Yamato Announces the Next Revolution in Action Figures GN-U DOU: GALAXY CYCLONE BRAIGER
March 21, 2008


 Yamato Announces the Next Revolution in Action Figures  

Torrance, CA, March 18, 2008 – Yamato is pleased to introduce a new revolution in action figures:  The GN-U DOU (GN-U meaning “band of brave warriors”, and DOU “movement” in Japanese).

 The GN-U DOUis a tribute to the giant robots of Japanese anime in palm-sized form with meticulous attention given to articulation and detail.  Employing a new, innovative internal frame system with over thirty points of articulation for maximum range of movement, Yamato’s GN-U DOU are capable of ultra-cool posings straight from the animes which inspired them.  At the same time, the outer armor coverings express the unique look and feel of each giant robot.  The sense of mechanical action is further conveyed through the visual effect of seeing the internal frame through the outer covering. 

And Yamato,famed for its fully transformable action figures, brings the GN-U to life as only Yamato is capable.  After all,an intricate internal frame system for precise movement, as well as a detailed outer construction for exact likeness of character to please even the most ardent of action figure fans adds up to a lot of parts… an average of over 100 pieces per figure!  Just another testament to Yamato’s precedence in toy engineering.

First up for the GN-U DOU is Braiger from Galaxy Cyclone Braiger, the first anime in the J-9 trilogy which includes Galactic Gale Baxingar and Galactic Whirlwind Sasuraiger (Baxingar and Sasuraiger action figures to follow).  Made with safe, high quality non-phthalate PVC, Braiger measures approximately 5.50”, features 37 points of articulation, and includes interchangeable parts and themed weaponry all packaged in collectors style window boxes.

 Yamato USA and distribution partners AAA Anime, Diamond Comics, BBCW, GrosnorDistribution, and Yes Anime are now accepting preorders for Yamato’s The GN-U DOU: Galaxy CycloneBraiger – Braiger.  For more information, please visit Yamato USA’s website at www.YamatoToysUSA.com



Yamato USA is the wholly owned subsidiary of Yamato Co., Ltd with headquarters in the otaku capital of the world, the Akihabara district of Tokyo, Japan.  For over six years, Yamato USA has proudly served otaku on this side of the world with a wide offering of miniature collectible figures, PVC and die-cast action figures, as well aspoly-resin and PVC statues inspired by the hottest titles in Japanese anime, manga, and video game properties.  Yamato’s original lines of product include: Story! Image! Figure! collectible miniatures and trading figures; Story! Image! Figure! EXPVC statues; a tribute to the leading ladies of Capcom,the Capcom Girls Collection; as well as Yamato’s newest lines, Creators’ Labo, highlighting the talents of the leading artists and sculptors working in Japan, and the explosive Project Dynamite.  Nor to be overlooked are Yamato’s Scopedog, Garland, and Motoslave engineering marvels from Armored Trooper Votoms,  Megazone 23, and Bubblegun Crisis, some of the most impressive collectibles you will ever own!


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, 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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