The Bluefin booth is always a favorite stop due to its wide variety of Bandai’s Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts licenses. The unveiling of a retro cartoon-based Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line was the highlight for many – for me it’s got the nostalgia factor, but I’m vary happy with the comics-based line we got from NECA and the upcoming Turtles from Mondo. Still, I know this will fill a gap for many collectors looking for super-poseable Turtles from the old cartoon.
There was plenty more to see, including DragonBall Z, Sailor Moon, the Star Wars “realization” samurai-themed line (with new Boba Fett), Naruto, and Super Mario Bros. The Nintendo line adds more characters via another diorama set and a new Bowser figure. And, I am really looking forward to that Bruce Lee figure, even though it will likely be a standalone figure with other Bruce Lee variants possible.
We’d previously seen the S.H. Figuarts Frieza Saga Goku exclusive featured on Facebook, but now we’ve got hi res shots of it and the Sailor Moon exclusive from Bluefin, the US distributor for Bandai’s Tamashii Nations. They included the official description for Goku, but omitted one for Sailor Moon – unfortunately I know little about the property. It’s billed as the “Imposter version” on the packaging.
If you are at the show and purchase either exclusive at the Bluefin booth at #3545, you’ll get a 1Up Mushroom from their Super Mario line as a gift while supplies last.
S.H. Figuarts Super Mario line adds Fire Mario variant, Koopa Troopa, Bullet Bill, and more
Bandai Tamashii Nations is continuing to add to their S.H. Figuarts Super Mario line, which currently has the titular character, his brother Luigi, and three diorama play sets. Coming later this year are a new Fire Mario variant, as he appears when powered up by the Fire Flower, and a diorama play set that could have been entitled “Bring on the Bad Guys.”
For the last couple of years at SDCC, one of my first stops on Preview Night has been the Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth. I just love the licenses that they have like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and the new Naruto line. I absolutely have to have figures from them on Preview Night, to play with when I come back to my hotel room. They were selling a couple of SDCC exclusives in Figuarts Armored Black Ranger and Anime Vegeta.
Of course, they had a couple of new figures to show for the Con. Here’s a rundown of the ones that caught my eye!
I know someone, somewhere, feels like he’s been jumped on by a 300 pound plumber because Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Super Mario is from the video game, not the movie. Not me! I had really been looking forward to seeing this figure (and its accessory packs) at Toy Fair, before our trip was cancelled due to the weather.