June 29, 2010

Preorders Now Open for Yamato USA’s Fantasy Figure Gallery: Black Tinkerbell (Luis Royo) PVC Statue


TORRANCE, CA, June 29, 2010The legends of white fairies dressed in gowns of diaphanous silk have died.  The fragrant, multicolored flowers they wore in their blonde, curly hair have died too; leaving the air thick with the evil to come…

This winter, Yamato USA promises to cast a spell on you with the next installation in its Fantasy Figure Gallery, the magnificent Black Tinkerbell by Luis Royo.  This devilishly dark beauty from a sculpt by Japan’s Shin Tanabe stands approximately 5.50" from head to toe, 11.25" from her massive, diorama base to the tip of her expansive wings, which ingeniously turn translucent in light.  No detail is left untouched.  The first edition of this wondrous piece is limited to only 3,000 pieces worldwide, comes with numbered display base, certificate of authenticity, and art card all packaged in a collector style window box.

Yamato USA and its distribution partners Diamond Comics, AAA Anime, BBCW Distributors, Grosnor Distribution, Entertainment Earth, and Sideshow Collectibles are now accepting retailer preorders for its Fantasy Figure Gallery: The Touch of Ice (Luis Royo).  For more information, contact your local comic / pop culture shop or visit us at www.YamatoToysUSA.com.




Luis Royo was born in 1954 in Olalla, a small town in Teruel.  In 1972 he starts painting and exhibiting in various forums.  In 1978 he begins his career as a comic-book artist.  In 1983 he goes to illustration, where he will harvest his greatest successes.

In 1992 his first book, Women, appears, followed by Malefic (1994), Secrets (1996), IIIMillenium (1998), Dreams (1999), Prohibited Book (1999), Evolution (2001),Prohibition Book 2 (2001), Conceptions I (2002), Visions (2003), Prohibited Book 3 (2003), Conceptions II (2003), Prohibited Sketchbook (2004),Fantastic Art (2004), The Labyrinth Tarot (2004), and Conceptions III (2005).  To these titles we must add the publication of six series of collector cards, six portfolios, posters, and two packs of Tarot cards, The Black Tarot and The Labyrinth Tarot.

The growing popularity of his pictures has allowed us to find them as well in postcards, calendars, packs of cards, T-shirts, CD jackets, videogames, and even on some sculptures.

With this large production, Royo becomes a true mass phenomenon. His books have been edited many times, being rendered into French, German, English, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, and Japanese. Magazines such as Stampa,Airbrush-Action, or Penthouse publish articles about him in their pages. Festivals, art galleries, or stores specializing in art and comic-books continuously organize exhibitions and tributes to him. He has received, among others, the following awards: Silver Award Spectrum (USA), CartooMics (Italy), and The Pilgrim (Russia).

 Royo’s success is nothing but the acknowledgment of his original work which has come to revolutionize the world of illustration.




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 ten 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 as poly-resin and PVC statues inspired by the hottest titles in Japanese anime, manga, and video game properties.  Yamato’s original collections include Story! Image! Figure! collectible miniatures and trading figures and Story! Image! Figure! EX PVC statues, as well as its newest lines, Creators’ Labo  and Sculptors’ Originals, highlighting the talents of the leading artists and sculptors working in Japan; The GN-U, a tribute to transforming super robots; and the explosive Project Dynamite.  Nor to be overlooked are Yamato’s Scopedog, Garland, and Motoslave engineering marvels from Armored Trooper VotomsMegazone 23, and Bubblegum Crisis, some of the most impressive collectibles you will ever own!  And now Yamato USA adds its own line of collectible figures with itsFantasy Figure Gallery, a groundbreaking union of East and West as the leading portrait sculptors of Asia bring to life the vision of legendary fantasy artists from Europe and the Americas to create resin quality PVC statues.


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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